Focusing on Adults 50+ in Mesa, Delta, Montrose Counties

Would you like to live to be 100?

Jun 8, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Mildred Thomas recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction.

By Kevin VanGundy

Be careful how you choose to answer. You may just get what you wish for. People are living longer than at any other point in modern history. While reaching the ripe old age of 100 isn’t the rarity that it once was, it still causes us “youngsters” to take notice.

Mike Green, with Hilltop Senior Living Communities, recently asked us to interview the half dozen or so, 100+-year-old residents living with them for a series of articles that will appear in the BEACON starting this month. The interviews may surprise you. They did me.

I asked one centenarian, “What’s it like to be 100 years old?” Having just reached my 50th birthday last month, I expected an answer like, “Amazing!” or “I’m lucky to be alive,” or “It’s been a wonderful life!” Instead, she answered, “lonely.”

I asked another woman how she got to be 100. (Yes, gentlemen, there is a theme here. Most of the people who live to be 100 years old are women.) Again, in my naiveté, I expected an answer like, “I exercised regularly,” or “I never smoked or drank.” Instead, she answered, “I didn’t have a choice. It just happened.”

Of course, not all of the answers that these centenarians gave were so disquieting, but they did beg the question, “Would you like to live to be 100?”

Caregivers Conference

One of the primary factors that will decide how much you enjoy your 90s will be your choice of caregivers. Who will yours be? (Don’t kid yourself. You will need at least some care.) Will you engage a friend or family member? Hire a professional? Move to a facility?

Whoever they end up being, or perhaps you are caring for someone else now, I advise you to attend the conference at 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Just $10 will get you a great lunch, and an assortment of seminars and activities designed to replenish the caregiver in you. I have been several times and have been impressed with the quality of the speakers brought to the event. If you are a caregiver or have an interest in caregiving, please attend.

Got game?

From bocce ball to swimming, track to quilting, dance to golf, and even a black jack tournament, the Western Colorado Senior Games has an event for everyone. Next month, the BEACON will publish a complete schedule of events for this growing senior competition. The registration fee is nominal and it’s great fun for everyone.

By the way, advertisers, if you’d like to help sponsor this City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation event, or advertise in the BEACON’s special insert, give us a call at 243-8829.

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