AFRIEND approached me to complain that we had no policy in dealing with old age, or the age 60/65 and 90/95. We have been retiring people at 65 and yet they are still with productive lives because of our medical developments. In the time of Jose Rizal to reach 50 was ripe old age but now people are living strong and healthy to 90 years of age. Those 25 years are being wasted according to him. We should harness them for the good of everybody.
When I go to the cemetery I read the ages of my relatives and many of them died in their 40’s with some reaching to 52/55. That was the longest they lived but now 80 is still an age of the strong. They may have some health concerns but they are still lucid and able to be useful. In his opinion, we are wasting the period between 65 and 90 because we did not expect that our health care would preserve most of us to be still strong and lucid during that period. Health medical advances have made us willing and able to still contribute to society.
The two most common problems now are dementia or Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (the shaking of hands in various degrees.) The more common is the forgetfulness of Alzheimer’s. We knew about this when we were young as “ulianin.” They were the old people who forgot things. At that time there were a few who lived to be old enough to be forgetful. Now they are many because we live to be old in our eighties. We have relatives and friends who do not remember what they did to what was entrusted to them yesterday or your name five minutes ago. They have completely no clue as to what happened a few hours ago.
But now there are many remedies to altimeters. One of them is the taking of the old common remedies as coconut oil which have been processed better into VCO or virgin coconut oil (not processed through heat.) Coconut oil has been shown to be a miracle oil with respect to brain processes. For a while other oil processors tried to downgrade it as a saturated oil but it has been shown that this is not harmful for human health. Other vegetable oils may be sources of bad cholesterol, which has been bad for the heart, but not coconut oil.
In many organizations, anyone above 65 or 70 is usually no longer taken into consideration in the planning. There is no logical reason for this except that they expect them to die soon. They are afraid that they would make commitments for the organization and not be able to complete transactions. They are afraid of debts and commitment which will not be fulfilled. But they still have another 25 years of responsible service to give. In many organizations, they would like the sixtiers to move on. This is understandable. They would like to have movement in the organizational chart. In others they would be glad to have them stay. For those who would want the younger people to get a chance to show their wares, the oldies should have work planned out for them. ‘This is the policy my friend has been talking about. There should be a plan to move the people out and into something maybe not as strenuous but still as fruitful and able to compensate for their pay, even at a reduced rate.
For those who retire, the first six months after retirement are seasons for rest but also dangerous for their health. When people do not have to think about what has to be done for the next day, there is a lot of stress. Heart attacks and brain stroke are common.
We have a resource which has to be harnessed for the good of all. I often wonder at the waste of talent and abilities when people die or are incapacitated by disease. Giving retirees a second course in work can be good for them and for the community. What can we do then for the 65 to 90 year olds? How? We can at least try to remedy this opportunity.