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Written while waiting for the Podiatrist, the Ophthalmologist, or was it the Dentist?

 By: Joe Ball, Publisher

CNBNews Contributor


I’m a senior citizen in age, not in activities. 6a00d8341bf7d953ef026be40b05e5200d-200pi

I think I’m one of those who fit the expression, “The senior citizens of today often are like the middle-aged of 20 years ago.”

It’s good to think that. “Because I fit it.”

My wife, Sandy, tells me, however, should I be asked “How old are you?,” to just say,” I don’t give my age.”

“People will see you differently if you do,” she adds.

Recently, she told me a story related to her by the daughter of a 90-year-old, Main Line woman.

This lady for years played bridge weekly with the same group.

Age never came up. She was one of them.

On her 90th birthday, her daughter thought it would be nice to have a birthday party for her- -and invite her long-time bridge friends.

She did.

It was the first time her afternoon social group learned of her age.

All of a sudden, she was cut-off from the group.

They felt she was too old.


On the other hand, one of our freelance writers, Bonnie Squires, has a mother 95-years old.

She thinks young. She gets around as she wants. She is quick-witted, up on current events, and even prides herself telling off-color jokes.

She’s young.

I’ve met her many times. She is a delightful, up-to-date dinner companion, with an opinion on most everything.

She is a treasure.


Yes, advancing years bring declining abilities in many cases. Sad. True.

On a personal basis when I reached the age of 60 I made resolutions to do things I don’t like- –

Like. Example: exercise.

And to do things I do like- -laugh. A lot.

I also am fortunate in enjoying my work. I tell people, “I haven’t worked in 50 years.” It’s true.

That’s because every day is different. Different challenges. Different assignments. Different people.

So, what is the bottom line, a summary of this note?

I don’t know.

Hey, is that an indication of being a senior citizen?


Published on November 21, 2011.



Joe Ball, Philadelphia-area publisher, advertising agency owner, and radio show producer, has been named chairman of the U.S. International Film & Video Festival judges committee in the Business-to-Business category. The subject materials are videos submitted by businesses, production firms, and advertising agencies from throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ball continues to lead American Advertising Services, 29 Bala Ave., Ste. 117, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, a firm he founded 55 years ago.

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