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By Michael L. Tan
A recent report in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, caught my eye. It was about “disciplined services staff” asking that their retirement age be raised from the current 55 to 60.
This is in reaction to Dr. Virgilio Ofiana’s High Blood article titled “Growing young while getting old” (Opinion, 9/28/13).
By Ramon Farolan
It appears that a lot remains to be done as regards the proper implementation of the Senior Citizens Law. For all the publicity that only recently was focused on the subject of valid and acceptable identification documents covering the elderly, some establishments, including respectable medical institutions, continue to make life difficult by insisting on their own interpretation of the law. Ignorance or bullheaded stubbornness is the only possible explanation for their unacceptable actions.
By Ramon Farolan
First, a word on the elderly. In a recent message to Italian Catholics in Turin, Pope Francis said, “A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children has no future because it abuses both its memory and its promise. The future of society is rooted in the elderly and the [...]
On my recent trip to Manila, my messenger bought my ticket from PAL at the promo rate of P4,649 or a promo discount of P390 from the regular rate of P5,039.
By Neal H. Cruz
Out of curiosity, I went to the provincial-bus terminal in Parañaque on its opening day and, as is usual in such cases, there were opening-day blues.
My wife and I, aged 84 and 88 respectively, with high blood sugar and unable to eat much of our regular food, have been instructed by our doctor to take Ensure or Glucerna, a full cup serving of which is said to be equivalent to a full meal.
By Benedicto G. Arcinas
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.
The top 11 Senate winners range in age between 35 and 49. (As of this writing, the 12th place is still a tossup between Richard Gordon and Gringo Honasan who are both senior citizens.) Does this mean something?
By Denis Murphy
You know you are getting old when you drive into a religious novitiate and care more about the men and women in the cemetery than the present novices. I realized this as we drove into the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart Novitiate in Novaliches one day.
With the veterans of World War II and the surviving spouses in the province of Camarines Norte diminishing in number as one by one they are called by their Creator to that “undiscovered country from whose borne no traveler returns,” Roderick Barbado, the new branch manager of Development Bank of the Philippines, introduced another innovation that facilitates withdrawal and deposit transactions for all senior citizens. Before him, the branch manager he replaced assigned a staff to facilitate pension withdrawals by veterans and surviving spouses.
This question is directed to Inquirer columnist Ramon Farolan or anyone who can answer my question regarding the senior citizen’s discount.