“Please Don’t Hate Me, I’m A Senior”

(I dislike the title, but I have to admit, it got my attention.)

Globe and Mail writer Margaret Wente was shocked when she turned 65.  But as time passed she started to attune to her new status and began to see the benefits.  Her recent article takes a humorous look at being a senior, the drawbacks and the benefits.  Oh, the benefits!

“I choked the first few times we asked for seniors’ tickets, but now I’d be outraged if we couldn’t get them.”

She destroys some of the false notions we have about seniors, pointing out that they are jamming the local gyms, traveling to the ends of the earth in search of adventure, and are the most powerful group of voters in the country. Politicians, beware!

Most are vibrant professionals with little or no debt. Canadian senior citizens are among the most affluent people in the world, claims Margaret.  

“Fewer than 5 per cent of seniors live below the poverty line – one-third the rate of children who do. Since 1999, the median net worth of seniors has jumped 70 per cent. We are better off financially than our parents, and we’re way, way better off than the struggling 30-year-olds who will never enjoy the job security, the pension plans, and the high house prices and stock returns with which we’ve been blessed.”

We have the tendency to lump seniors into one pot… often, a miserable one. Margaret paints a picture that challenges many common beliefs. It may challenge yours.

Bottom line: There’s an huge upside to being a senior.

To read the whole article, CLICK HERE.

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