Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Day in My Future

Have you ever thought about aging?

I haven't.

Yes I have thought about my retirement but it has not occured how I would behave and react with situations when I'm old.

Two Fridays ago, I had the opportunity to try it out.

I attended an event called, "A Day in my Future" organized by the Council for the Third Age. It is an initiative to get the young adults to be aware of the process of ageing and how we can work our way towards an active and healthy retirement.

Held in a gorgeous auditorium down at Shenton Way, we spent the evening participating in activities organised by the Tsao Foundation. And the best part was I met the lovely Delphine. What a pleasant start of the night!

First up, was a test of perception, we had a chance to express what we thought of old people. Then, we thought about adjectives to describe what we would like to be when we are old. Needless to say, it was a good contrast of mostly negatives vs a whole load of positives. Hiaks! Great one to realise how prejudiced we all are, huh?

Aging Props

Next up, was an opportunity to 'grow old'. Laid before us were an array of instruments to help us with our instant 'aging' process. Man! I must've laughed when I saw the props because I thought, there is no way these things can make us feel anything.

But once the bandages, leg straps, gloves, ear muffs and visors came on, I ain't no laughing at any old person who claims they're hard of hearing, or they struggle with long sightedness. It's like my world just changed for a slower version of me.

We had the chance to speak to several representatives from a few stat boards and it was pleasant to hear them share what they had plans for the future of our aging population.

I had a think about what I'd learnt that night. Whilst I am glad that I am leading a healthy diet and exercise regime (more on that later), I'd never thought about how age will slow down my daily activities. This puts everything in place.

At the end of the day, like all things in life, we are responsible for our mental well being, state of health and financial standing. So I'm gonna make sure that I'm in tip top condition for that.

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