7 Things Old People Should Never Have To Do

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My father-in-love, Fred Classon, who transitioned to heaven about three years ago. . .at the age of 91 was fond of saying.

“No one ever told me getting old was going to be like this.”

Probably twenty years ago, I read a survey about what would happen on the average to a group of 100 people reaching age 65.

* 1 would be wealthy

* 4 would have enough money for retirement

* 3 would still be working

* 63 would be dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity.

* 29 would be dead.

As scary as that sounds. . .it’s even worse today.  That’s why I felt led to write “Seven Things Old People Should Never Have To Do.”

1.         Older people should never have to live just off their Social Security.

Why?   Simply because . . .it may not exist and even if it does . . . it’s not enough. 

Currently 13% of the population are 65 or older.  By the year 2030. . .25% of the population will be 65 or older.

The Social Security system as currently constituted cannot survive because we’ll be paying out more money than what’s coming in.  As we say in the South, that dog won’t hunt.

2.         People living off their children or other family members.

The household median income of people over 65 is $7,240.   There is absolutely no way to properly survive with this type of income.  So it will become necessary for many older people to live with and/or off their children.

3.         People having to work menial jobs just to put food on the table.

Have you ever walked into a fast food restaurant and noticed older people working side by side with high school kids?  Have you noticed the number of older people who work as greeters or stock shelves at WalMart?

Many people are still working. . .not because they enjoy their work but because it’s an economic necessity to survive.

Twenty years ago, the survey of status of 100 people reaching 65 indicated that 3% would still be working.

This statistic is no longer accurate.  Today, over 13% of the 100 people will still be employed.

4.         People having no place to call their own.

According to AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) the rate of foreclosure between people 65 and over increased over 150% between 1991 and 2007.

Many senior citizens are caught in the current economic squeeze by a higher cost of living and reduced benefits.  Consequently, they can’t afford to make the payments on their home.

5.         People not able to afford proper medical care.

Many seniors simply cannot afford the escalating prices for their medications.  Many are ordering their prescriptions from Canada or Mexico where drug prices are less expensive.

I’ve heard of a painful number of people complaining about a lack of care.

Enough said.

6.         People not being able to leave an inheritance to their children’s children.

Proverbs 13:22 says:

“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the word good is the Hebrew word towb (H2896) and it means:

“good, pleasant, rich, agreeable, prosperous, understanding, excellent”

I think it’s fair to say that a good man, as defined in the scripture, is also a rich and prosperous man.

The New Living Translation of Proverbs 13:22 says:

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”

7.         People living a life ‘not worth living’

God wants you to enjoy a life worth living.

Proverbs 3:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For length of days and years of a life [worth living] and tranquility [inward and outward and continuing through old age till death], these shall they add to you.”

If you’re so broke. . .you can’t afford to buy food. . .that’s not a life worth living.

Let’s turn this into a positive.

If you can afford to buy whatever food you want. . .live where you want. . .do pleasant and enjoyable things . . .while enjoying good health. . .that’s a life worth living. . .and that’s true at any age.

One last scripture:

Deuteronomy 28:2 says:

“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.”

When you do what’s right before God. . . you will have a life worth living.

Let me sum it up this way. 

Today in the news I read where a small child had crawled out on the air conditioning unit of her apartment building and was dancing on top of it.  As a crowd gathered, she lost her balance and fell … 3 stories! 

The man who caught and saved her from certain injury or possible death said, “I just prayed and I was able to catch her.” 

Christians were not called to save the world . . .  just the souls God allows you to catch around you.  If we see an elderly person struggling, we can be pretty certain God wants us to pray and ask what we can do to help.  When everyone helps one another . . . we will all be better off and the world will be a better place in which to live.