by Ethel M. Austin
What's in a name? I'm all for our dropping "retiree"
(many women never worked so they never retired) and "senior"
is confusing. Confusing because we also have senior high school
students, senior college students, senior vice presidents of
corporations, etc., etc. Elderly is derogatory to those who are
doing everything they can to keep well, healthy and attractive
up to the last day of their lives. Wigs, toupees, all sorts
of make-up, to say nothing of operations to remove wrinkles,
age spots and double chins, make elderly look younger than their
A couple of weeks back I told you all that I liked the French
custom of calling all those over 65, The Third Age, and I am
still in favor of that. However, Richard Simmons, the guru of
good health and exercise prefers the term "Silver Foxes"
and I hate to disagree with him, but the hair dye, wigs and toupees
would prove him otherwise and those wearing them might be offended.
Have you any better ideas? What would you prefer to be called?
Hartford's Jazz Festival was a great success and was largely
due to Thomas D. Harris, IV, president of the event and his hardworking
crew. Although I have been around for some time, I had never
had the privilege of hearing Dave Brubeck in person, although
I do have several of his recordings. I was especially fond of
"Take Five," which the group played to perfection (and
to the enthusiasm of the huge crowd). We are fortunate to have
persons of Thom's knowledge and will to keep "our music"
alive. Thanks for the treat, Thom.
And speaking of the affair, I do not understand why announcements
are not made between acts, at the opening and closing of the
shows to ask people to pick up their trash, put it into the containers
for that purpose, or to take it home with them. Other venues
do this and grounds are left spotless. It would certainly cut
down on the expense of the clean-up crew.
Some tenants have moved into the new Third Age Residence called
Sumner House on Sumner Street in Hartford. Perhaps you aren't
ready to move yet, but you owe it to yourself to check out these
new places to see how they fit into your future or even present
circumstances. Certainly a time might come when you might have
to make new arrangements and there is nothing like moving into
a place which has brand new appliances, a balcony for every apartment
from single room to two bedrooms (some with a bath and a half).
And the prices are right with financial arrangements for one
or more persons.
The Fourteenth Annual Third Age Outing will be held at Holiday
Hill in Granby, August 14, with fabulous food all day long and
games and fun for everyone. Dancing to the music of Vinnie Carr,
Swimming, Bingo, Line Dancing, Hiking, Crafts, and more. Cost
is $24 and includes transportation to and from. Pick up the bus
at Salvation Army Senior Center 9 am and at AHOP, North Hartford
Senior Center . You do not have to belong to a senior center
to go to this but maybe afterward you'd make so many new friends
you'd like to join one of Hartford's eleven centers.
You have all heard me hold forth on the value of using manufacturer's
coupons for buying groceries. Imagine my surprise to have this
paper give me a whole folder full of information about September
being National Coupon Month with chances to win prizes and save
just scads of money by using coupons.
I love the challenge of looking at the bottom of my purchase
slip and seeing what percentage of money I have managed to save
on the day's purchases.
To me playing the coupon game, particularly using the triples,
is one of my weekly pleasures and I am so proud of myself for
staying within my budget. It buoys me up for the whole week til
I shop again.
Below are a few coupon facts I thought you'd be interested
The contest will provide a grand prize of $2,000 cash and there
is a second prize of a $250 Supermarket Shopping spree and a
personal make-over with transportation by limousine. Fifty runners-up
will receive a Coupon Savings Package, T-Shirt and Cup.
To receive the official rules, send to Reward Yourself Sweepstakes-Official
Rules, 9711 Fuesser Road, Mascoutah, IL, 62258. Good Luck!
Talk with you next issue.
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