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Time has flown by so fast for me, that I worry about it!  Now, in my early 60's, it just seems like yesterday, that I was in the Air Force (on our side), and I was sitting around with some friends in the NCO Club, having a beer and listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.  And, today (2006), half of the Beatles are gone and those who remain are all over sixty.  That's scary, isn't it?

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The following article on humor and aging is presented here for your information/education and was published in the Albuquerque Journal, Mature New Mexico Magazine.  It was written by Corky Vann of the Los Angeles Times.  In this piece, I will quote from the article; paraphrase as necessary; and I will give my two cents, for whatever it's worth.

Article: "When sandy Moehle received a birthday care that read, 'Old age ain't for sissies,' her sentiment summed up her feelings about dealing with the physical and mental challenges of aging.  It also made her laugh!  'I'm going to put this saying in my office,' says Moehle, 59.  'Some parts of getting older are a real pain, but seeing the humor in them makes the process easier to deal with.'"

My Two Cents: I think old age is one of he worst things that can happen to anyone, but we're all going to have to deal with it...if any of us get that far, etc.  "Life begins at 60?"  Shut up!  Now, that I have turned the 60 mark, I worry more and more about it!  I see other people...the before...and the after and I don't like what I see.  In this society, there four age groups; the young; middle aged; the old; and "my but, you're looking good these days!"  I don't want to go to that last category!  But, then again...what is the alternative?

Article: "Steven M. Sultanoff, a California clinical psychologist and past president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor and self-labled "mirthologist" says the benefits of laughter are no joke!  Learning to enjoy the ups and downs of life reduces stres; improves communications; energizes relationships and generally makes people feel better.  'Studies show that humor might be dangerous to your illness,'  writes Sultanoff, who maintains the website (humormatters.com), which includes an extensive section devoted to aging related humor"

My two-cents: My father and I were as different as black and white.  He lived to be 80 years old, and I don't know how he did it.  He never went to a doctor in his life!  Wh was one of those "medical-phobics," who is afraid of everything medical...needles; tests; plastic tubes, etc.  He was a heavy smoker most of his life, and because of this, he never led a quality life, because he was always sick of something!  My father never exercised.  I asked him one time, if he had ever walked around the block, and his answer, "Why should I walk around the block, when I can drive!"



On the other hand, I have always taken care of myself...walking and jogging 10 to 15 miles a week, and "pumping aluminum," for the last 20 years.  I get a flu shot every ykear; teeth cleaned; a physical every year; I quit smoking; lost 40 pounds in 2001; I drink very little; I have never done drugs in my life and I watch my diet.  But, in the future, I worry because it will probably be my luck, that I will be run over byk a spinich or turnip truck, on my way to the health store to pick up some asparagus!

Article:  "Research has clearly indicated that negative thinking and emotional distress lead to disease.  Humor changes negative thinking and emotional distress and, therefore, can be a powerful health intervention."  Research, though limited, indicates that laughing enhances the immune system, reduces stress and it creates tolerance to pain.  Humor has also proved to be a valuable tool for people facing serious illness and medical treatment."

My Two Cents: I think everyone will agree with me, that we are all seeking a quality of life!  But, how can a person have a quality of life, if that person is sick all the time like my father?  The name of the game for me is prevention.  There are some people who get their exercise every week by clicking and double-clicking...and that's it!  Can we talk?

Article:  "Forget about the 'it only hurts when I laugh concept' says author and humorist Loretta LaRoche.  'The truth is...it hurts more when you don't laugh!'  LaRoache, 62, acknowledges.  That while failing health, the loss of loved ones and other realities of aging aren't funny, a sense of humor is one of the best coping mechanisms around.  'Sure, sure...aging is tough, but what's the alternative? says LaRoche, who recently released an audiotape entitled, 'Aging With Humor.'  Firn your inner sitcome and make your last act a comedy! 

My two cents:  None of us can turn back the clock.  When my wife's parents were in thier 80's, they down-sized and moved into an apartment which catered to the elderly, and had a medical staff on hand and so forth.  And, I would go with my wefe to visit her parents, but I didn't like going over there.  Her parents were in good shape, but t was depressing to see some of the other elderly people sitting around in a wheelchair...slumped over...their heads hanging to one side or the other...and, nobody around!  They just sat there like there was no life in their body, and a person feels so helpless because none of use can do anything about the problem.

Article:  "A new book can help, "Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese"  Wisdom From Our Elders," by Katherine and Ross Petras, is a collection of 350 notable quotes about getting older.  You won;t find any sterio-typical 'old geezer' humor here.  Every contributor's quotes are serious reflections on the aging process, many including title are hilarious observations on the 'golden years.'  A couple of examples follow;

"A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple every year.  I told him that, at my age, I don't even buy green bananas!"  Senator Claude Pepper

"I have everything now, that I had 20 years ago...except now it's all lower!"  Gypsy Lee Rose

Carter Henderson, author of 'Funny, I Don't Feel Old:  How to Flourish after 50,' says older adults should focus less on the difficuties of aging, and more on what mekes them smile...and he works hard to follow his own advice." 

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For those of you wanting to obtain more information on senior issues...a good place to start, is to go to the Suddenly Seniro website; (suddenlysenior.com)  Those of you wanting more on therapeutic humor can go to the World Laughter Tour site.

In conclusion, age is just a number, right?  (boo-hoo)  I've been very forgetful lately, and so I worry about getting Alzheimer's disease.  If I DO get Alzheimer's...there will be one positive thing that will come out of it...I can hide my own Easter eggs!

Humor Helps Us All To Cope With the Aging Process
Time has flown by so fast for me, that I worry about it!  Now, in my early 60's, it just seems like yesterday, that I was in the Air Force (on our side), and I was sitting around with some friends in the NCO Club, having a beer and listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.  And, today (2006), half of the Beatles are gone and those who remain are all over sixty.  That's scary, isn't it?

*           *          *
The following article on humor and aging is presented here for your information/education and was published in the Albuquerque Journal, Mature New Mexico Magazine.  It was written by Corky Vann of the Los Angeles Times.  In this piece, I will quote from the article; paraphrase as necessary; and I will give my two cents, for whatever it's worth.

Article: "When sandy Moehle received a birthday care that read, 'Old age ain't for sissies,' her sentiment summed up her feelings about dealing with the physical and mental challenges of aging.  It also made her laugh!  'I'm going to put this saying in my office,' says Moehle, 59.  'Some parts of getting older are a real pain, but seeing the humor in them makes the process easier to deal with.'"

My Two Cents: I think old age is one of he worst things that can happen to anyone, but we're all going to have to deal with it...if any of us get that far, etc.  "Life begins at 60?"  Shut up!  Now, that I have turned the 60 mark, I worry more and more about it!  I see other people...the before...and the after and I don't like what I see.  In this society, there four age groups; the young; middle aged; the old; and "my but, you're looking good these days!"  I don't want to go to that last category!  But, then again...what is the alternative?

Article: "Steven M. Sultanoff, a California clinical psychologist and past president of the American Association for Therapeutic Humor and self-labled "mirthologist" says the benefits of laughter are no joke!  Learning to enjoy the ups and downs of life reduces stres; improves communications; energizes relationships and generally makes people feel better.  'Studies show that humor might be dangerous to your illness,'  writes Sultanoff, who maintains the website (humormatters.com), which includes an extensive section devoted to aging related humor"

My two-cents: My father and I were as different as black and white.  He lived to be 80 years old, and I don't know how he did it.  He never went to a doctor in his life!  Wh was one of those "medical-phobics," who is afraid of everything medical...needles; tests; plastic tubes, etc.  He was a heavy smoker most of his life, and because of this, he never led a quality life, because he was always sick of something!  My father never exercised.  I asked him one time, if he had ever walked around the block, and his answer, "Why should I walk around the block, when I can drive!"



On the other hand, I have always taken care of myself...walking and jogging 10 to 15 miles a week, and "pumping aluminum," for the last 20 years.  I get a flu shot every ykear; teeth cleaned; a physical every year; I quit smoking; lost 40 pounds in 2001; I drink very little; I have never done drugs in my life and I watch my diet.  But, in the future, I worry because it will probably be my luck, that I will be run over byk a spinich or turnip truck, on my way to the health store to pick up some asparagus!

Article:  "Research has clearly indicated that negative thinking and emotional distress lead to disease.  Humor changes negative thinking and emotional distress and, therefore, can be a powerful health intervention."  Research, though limited, indicates that laughing enhances the immune system, reduces stress and it creates tolerance to pain.  Humor has also proved to be a valuable tool for people facing serious illness and medical treatment."

My Two Cents: I think everyone will agree with me, that we are all seeking a quality of life!  But, how can a person have a quality of life, if that person is sick all the time like my father?  The name of the game for me is prevention.  There are some people who get their exercise every week by clicking and double-clicking...and that's it!  Can we talk?

Article:  "Forget about the 'it only hurts when I laugh concept' says author and humorist Loretta LaRoche.  'The truth is...it hurts more when you don't laugh!'  LaRoache, 62, acknowledges.  That while failing health, the loss of loved ones and other realities of aging aren't funny, a sense of humor is one of the best coping mechanisms around.  'Sure, sure...aging is tough, but what's the alternative? says LaRoche, who recently released an audiotape entitled, 'Aging With Humor.'  Firn your inner sitcome and make your last act a comedy! 

My two cents:  None of us can turn back the clock.  When my wife's parents were in thier 80's, they down-sized and moved into an apartment which catered to the elderly, and had a medical staff on hand and so forth.  And, I would go with my wefe to visit her parents, but I didn't like going over there.  Her parents were in good shape, but t was depressing to see some of the other elderly people sitting around in a wheelchair...slumped over...their heads hanging to one side or the other...and, nobody around!  They just sat there like there was no life in their body, and a person feels so helpless because none of use can do anything about the problem.

Article:  "A new book can help, "Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese"  Wisdom From Our Elders," by Katherine and Ross Petras, is a collection of 350 notable quotes about getting older.  You won;t find any sterio-typical 'old geezer' humor here.  Every contributor's quotes are serious reflections on the aging process, many including title are hilarious observations on the 'golden years.'  A couple of examples follow;

"A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple every year.  I told him that, at my age, I don't even buy green bananas!"  Senator Claude Pepper

"I have everything now, that I had 20 years ago...except now it's all lower!"  Gypsy Lee Rose

Carter Henderson, author of 'Funny, I Don't Feel Old:  How to Flourish after 50,' says older adults should focus less on the difficuties of aging, and more on what mekes them smile...and he works hard to follow his own advice." 

*           *           *
For those of you wanting to obtain more information on senior issues...a good place to start, is to go to the Suddenly Seniro website; (suddenlysenior.com)  Those of you wanting more on therapeutic humor can go to the World Laughter Tour site.

In conclusion, age is just a number, right?  (boo-hoo)  I've been very forgetful lately, and so I worry about getting Alzheimer's disease.  If I DO get Alzheimer's...there will be one positive thing that will come out of it...I can hide my own Easter eggs!

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Site Map/site contents                          The Creative Center
Writers Section                                     The Humor Clinic
The Funny Farm                                   Book: BumpyRoad of Life