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Welcome to the DSA website!
We will get better when we get input and feedback from you.
Thanks to the Vice-President Al Sonnenstrahl who put in endless hours to enhance the website. And to Treasurer Mike Lockhart who worked with Creative Design on developing the database and email listing. Membership listings and expiration dates will be in the database too.
If you have any feedback, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to email me at the address: email@example.com susan sien /editor
Excellent video “Lifeline for Deaf People”
Thanks to Alfred Sonnensthral for taking up the project. He spends many hours gathering information, interviewing people who were the “trailblazers” behind TTYS.
And to Steve Brenner for his editing work.
Fun to watch this AARP video on how young people perceives what is “old”. Sometimes you feel young but the younger generations perceive you are old.
Don’t we remember when growing up, if we see a person who is 50 years old, we automatically consider them OLD!
10 Worries Older Americans Face
Blogging by Tom Sightings, Contributor / US NEWS
Individuals have different concerns than health and financial experts.
1. Maintaining good health. People are focused on maintaining their physical and mental health as they get older, and are particularly concerned about memory loss. Professionals are more worried about the financial lives of seniors as well as the accessibility of affordable housing.
2. False confidence. Older people have more confidence in themselves than professionals do. Only 10 percent of professionals think that seniors are “very prepared” to face old age, while over 40 percent of seniors feel they are reasonably well prepared for what lies ahead.
3. Staying in your current home. Almost 60 percent of seniors have not changed residence in the last 20 years, and 75 percent say they “intend to live in their current home for the rest of their lives.” However, the majority of seniors say they would like to see more services available to help them adapt their homes for their developing needs. Many people admit that they will need help maintaining their homes, but most of them do not believe that their communities have the ability to help them out.
4. Giving up driving. Many people anticipate that they will have to give up driving as they get older, and so they want access to better public transportation. About a third of those surveyed said that providing better public transportation is the single most important thing their community could do to make it easier for them to get around.
5. Financial security. Only about one in five people believe they will need support managing their finances as they get older. But professionals think otherwise. They say most older people will need help figuring out their finances, especially when it comes to medical bills.
6. Sudden bills. Seniors worry about the constantly increasing cost of living, as well as a sudden and unexpectedly large medical expense. Professionals agree that an unexpected medical problem is the biggest concern for an aging population.
7. Cutting costs. When looking to save money, people turn to senior discounts and try to limit expenses involving travel and vacation. Professionals take a longer-term perspective. They recommend that more people consider working beyond retirement age to shore up their finances, and then take some serious steps to reduce their biggest ongoing expense, which is the cost of housing.
9. Mental health. Everyone agrees it’s important to exercise and eat healthy as we get older. It also helps to keep a positive attitude and stay active socially.
10. Social support. Some 60 percent of those surveyed say that young people today are less supportive of older people than their own generation was in previous years. Fewer than half of those surveyed say that their community is doing enough to fulfill the needs of retiring baby boomers.