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Aging gracefully? No way!

Natalie Altman
Natalie Altman

I want to comment on Ms. Gina Barreca’s July 19 Other Views column on aging. She’s writing from the perspective of a 57-year-old woman; I’m 75. My perspective is living the process:

My grandmother aged gracefully. She was never nipped or tucked or suffered at all for vanity; she wore sensible shoes, breezy house-dresses and her gray hair in a neat bun. She smiled at everyone with false teeth and sported a hearing aid in each ear.

Me, I’m not going anywhere gracefully.

Here are my do’s and don’ts to staying young:

• Don’t wear flat shoes — if you can help it. And for God-sake don’t injure a foot so you have to wear those awful orthopedic boots.

• Don’t wear big, boxy clothes; you will feel comfortable, but you will look enormous.

• Don’t wear bathing suits unless you are among your age group. It is not necessary to swim.

• Don’t wear hearing aids. Nod and smile when people talk to you. They’re listening to themselves talk. You don’t have to.

• Don’t use the term “senior” unless you’re referring to your last year of high school.

• Senior-citizen discount I.D. cards should not be displayed prominently.

• No talk of doctors, early-bird specials or coupons.

• Don’t hang out with “old people” — that’s anyone who wouldn’t go to a nine o’clock movie, take a salsa lesson, laugh till they hurt, complains about their daughter-in-law or put food in their purse.

Finally, each day be more grateful.

Natalie Altman, Hallandale

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