There are many good things about aging, ok maybe not many, but certainly a few. One is that along with a Medicare card (and wrinkles and seborrheic keratosis or skin boogers) you get an invisible age card that gets you in and out of things.
It works by reminding people you are older than they are (or at least as old) so they can’t possibly expect you to do something.
I started using it in my fifties. My sister-in-law, a very wise woman, started using it in her thirties. She was always very vague about her age. If asked to do something that was not so interesting she was almost 40. (She couldn’t possibly do it if she was THAT old!) If it was fun, she was just about 30. You can make this work for you.
Yes, there are all you straight up folks who say, “So why don’t you just say you don’t want to do whatever it is.” There are times when you want to
force encourage others without such brashness. It’s fun to use. People’s reactions are worth the effort.
The age card is effective when used on me. When I was working, one of our retired employees came in to see me. He was on Medicare with a medical supplement plan, neither of which were overseen by the company. He used a cane (always helpful to support the card) and worked to look frail. (I know this guy played racquetball!) He sat down and asked for my help with his medical bills. I think his words were, “Would you help an old man?” It worked. I helped him.
Sometimes people resist. There are stores in my area who give the “senior discount.” I tried to get one from a clerk I had never seen before. She refused to believe I was 60. Really? I have a driver’s license that said more than that. She looked at me suspiciously telling me I look too good for my age. (What is that? You can never look too good for your age.) I would have pegged her at 60 but she may have been a very worn 40.
My brother loves using it when he has a good golf day. “I golfed my age!” or better still “I beat kids half my age!” He isn’t real good about using it to get out of things. At age 84 he still makes my Mom’s potato salad for our reunions and that’s with a homemade cooked dressing. His wife occasionally helps him use it. “He’s too old to climb on your roof so get a contractor!”
He is very good at wallpapering. So am I. Some parents teach their children how to play Parcheesi but our parents taught us how to wallpaper and paint. He used to help lots of people wallpaper but he hasn’t in years. Wallpaper is out of vogue now but I am sure that he prefers to golf his age.
I use it when I bring a side dish for an event. Let the youn’uns bring the complicated dishes. I’ll bring a nice bag of fresh potato chips, maybe even a designer variety like sour cream and onion. Yum!
I also use it to refuse concerts with stadium seating without chair backs. “You really expect me to sit for three hours on a backless bench at my age?” And for sporting events — “You are inviting me to a baseball game? Do you have a box with a private bathroom and a food buffet?”
There are other great things about aging like wisdom, experience and not giving a crap anymore but that age card is priceless. I don’t go out without it.