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Photos above are of presentations at several state, regional, and international-level conventions.
April 23, 2016--How do the retired world and working world see each other? Answering that question is one of the adjustments people make as they move into the last 1/4th to 1/3rd of their lives.
Extrapolating from a sample of one--always tenuous, at best--to the retired person, the working world looks like it has not changed one bit. The people that were left behind in the workaday world are still doing all the things they used to be doing. It's how the workaday world looks at retirees that makes most of the difference. The working world doesn't quite know what to make of people who have completed their careers and have moved on to other things. Perhaps to some in the working world, retiring is almost synonamous with dying. I can't say that I know any retired person who views it that way. Retirement just means that we have elected to do a different set of activities.
Being retired from a job does not mean that all of one's talents have ceased. It certainly doesn't mean that one's experiences have become of no value. But now in retirement I have many choices about not just how to apply talents and experiences; I have the choice of if. If I want to apply them. Take away the money incentive and there are a lot of activities out there that people get assigned to that just aren't worth people's time. I wish administrators and personnel managers could somehow gain this perspective. If they had it, they would assign a lot less busy work.
To the working world, a lot of us retirees seem mostly invisible. It's as if they look at retirees and don't see anybody there. This can be good and bad.We don't mind being left alone about some kinds of things. But we don't like be devalued either.
To the predatory part of the "working" world, retirees look like sheep ready to be slaughtered. For the first six months of retirement, not a day went by without getting a predatory phone call from people working the phone books, trying to find old people who could be fleeced. They want our Social Security numbers. They want control of our computer screens to cure some alleged ill of our swift idiots. They want our credit card information. Their repeated offenses at this tell me that they are deaf to our requests to have our phone numbers taken off their robo bots. What finally works in the long run is "no sale." After awhile, the predatory phone activity diminishes.
The working world seems to assume that most retired people have no computer skills whatsoever. Whether we do or not varies with the individual. Given the schemes that the predatory part of the working world seems to keep coming up with, keeping the technology skills alive and improving them through the most part of the life span is a good idea. It helps keep the brain young also.
Older people can help the rest of the world with the "should" questions. That is, should we attempt to do something or should we let it pass by? The younger set is more adept with answers to the "how to" questions. If it is determined that something should be attempted, how's the best way to go about it? This partnership of talents is how the delicate blend of young and old can learn to work together.
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