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Old rich, old poor

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Last Friday I attended a symposium on “older people” (a term preferred to “elderly”) at the Philippine Women’s University. One of the speakers was Dr. Grace Cruz of the University of the Philippines’ Population Institute (UPPI), which is part of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

It is not enough for the elderly to pray

Yes, Fr. Tito Caluag’s reflection on this relationship of mercy and forgiveness (“A Relationship of Mercy and Forgiveness,” Lifestyle, 9/15/13) is very relevant today. Our Lord continues to invite us with His grace to work with the poor in our midst and not only for them.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Growing young while getting old

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It’s been said that “a woman is as old as she looks, and a man is old when he stops looking.” In my case, I had barely stopped looking when the company declared me old. I was retired at the age of 60 because that’s what the rule book said. But how could they retire me when I could still beat everybody in the R&D gym at table tennis and sometimes at chess when I had the time? My hair was still predominantly black and only a few wrinkles marred my face. And even if I did have the wrinkles, they stood for character etched by hard, rewarding work. Hey, that was what the American actress and writer Carrie Fisher said in 1956: “Wrinkles on a man is character; on a woman, its ‘Oh, my God, s-t!’”

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Just another idea

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It is a popular belief that the lifestyle of people “sixtysomething or above”—and here I am at 87—slows down, that they prefer to just sit in their rocking chair, watch TV or the world go by, and just let the latter take care of itself. The physiology of it, some people say, is nothing but reduced metabolism, thanks to lazy adrenal glands.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Extend favor to elderly inmates

This refers to the letter titled “Also victims of grave injustice” (Inquirer, 2/23/13). I recall vividly that President Ferdinand Marcos, in a display of statesmanship and a gesture of compassion, released from prison his archrival, the sickly and aging Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. so that the latter could undergo a bypass operation abroad. We [...]

Posted: April 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Tracking sunsets

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Suddenly, it is twilight. A stoop matches our gray hair and bifocals. They say we’re the elderly folk we used to zip past unheeding. Where did those years go?

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wise men, and women

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DID YOU know that Jan. 6, Three Kings’ Day, has also sometimes been called “Pasko ng mga Matatanda,” the Christmas of the elderly?

Posted: January 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Seniors’ night out (2)

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The best part of my life now is the freedom to stay in bed and read and sleep and read and eat and sleep again. Often, I lose track of time. I wake up wondering where I am, what day it is, what time it is. Am I meeting someone for lunch, or am I free today to do some vacuuming or mopping, or both? I must sort the mounting pile of laundry, too, or I must buy more clothes.

Posted: September 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Discounts too for elderly aliens

Nathaniel R. Melican, in a letter, suggested that a law be passed, giving senior tourists discounts equivalent to those given Filipino senior citizens. (Inquirer, 3/30/12)

Posted: May 31st, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Poor enforcement of laws on handicapped

I agree completely with Shirley de las Alas regarding the poor enforcement of laws providing specific privileges for the elderly and handicapped. (“Heed that sign!”, Inquirer, 3/18/12) For example, elevators are always full of able-bodied people, while the truly handicapped are made to wait for two or three trips before they can get a ride.

Posted: March 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

How long must elderly wait?

SPEAKING AT a seminar in Washington DC in 2002, Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize winner and former chief economist of the World Bank, said: “There is no subject of greater importance than the aging of the population and the provision of social protection for older people.

Posted: March 26th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Heed that sign

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It’s said that 70 is the new 50; well and good. I have a 70-plus brain and when it wakes in the morning, there’s no debating what it wants me to do first. Run to the bathroom, back pain, knee pain and all. I keep my toilet bowl sparkling white and immaculately clean for when I see it, my brain gives the go signal to open the flood gates. My first morning prayer is: “Thank you, Lord, I made it!”

Posted: March 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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