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Aged to Perfection

Jim Burroway

July 26th, 2012

The AARP has an entire section of its web site dedicated to LGBT issues, including this “Gay Man’s Guide to Dating After 50“:

The truth is that you’ve earned your age. You really can own it. Focus on what you’ve gained — rich experiences, accomplishments, survivor skills and wisdom. Your next romantic partner will benefit from all of that, and from your passions for the life that’s in front of you.

Good advice for those of you — those of us — who are now of a certain age, regardless of whether we’re dating or not. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding 51 to be a lovely age.

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Lucrece
July 26th, 2012 | LINK

I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a lovely age — probably at the peak of your professional career, financial issues probably at their best, experience with many of life’s traps.

Sure, likely a receding hairline — nothing a shaved head/buzz cut won’t solve. If anything, I think the complaining and fretting shouldn’t begin happening until the 60′s where s*** really hits the fan physically and sometimes mentally.

Soren456
July 26th, 2012 | LINK

That’s a surprise. Good for them. I hope they update it and tend to it like the rest of their stuff.

Timothy Kincaid
July 26th, 2012 | LINK

Oh, but AARP are radical liberal homosexualists, don’t you know?

That’s why true conservatives prefer the American Seniors Association.

What? Don’t you watch Fox?

Hunter
July 27th, 2012 | LINK

Lucrece: Didn’t you know? 60 is the new 40.

It doesn’t need to hit the fan — it’s all about staying interested, which isn’t hard (there’s always something new out there) and paying attention to yourself, which isn’t hard, either: I started studying modern dance at 48. Best exercise I’ve ever done.

Richard Rush
July 27th, 2012 | LINK

“I don’t know about you, but I’m finding 51 to be a lovely age.”

In hindsight looking back 17 years, I’d say yes, 51 was a lovely age. But I can say I’m happier now than ever – for two big reasons: I’ve experienced 17 more years with my wonderful husband (celebrating 31 years this month), and started my own business about 17 years ago (although it’s been mostly in the crapper since the economy collapsed in 2008). And, of course, being healthy helps a lot. But the years really do go by much too fast.

People might assume that the improved social climate for gays is a major component of my happiness now – and it certainly is – BUT, there is also a surprising amount of anger and resentment in realizing how so many years of my life were diminished under the previous climate. It’s kind of like children growing up in a miserable neighborhood with miserable parents: Their lives may just seem normal for them until they grow up and hopefully become fortunate enough to experience something much better. But you never really shake off all the vestiges of the past.

MattNYC
July 27th, 2012 | LINK

My problem with the AARP–I do not plan on joining in 3+ years–is that they ceased to be an advocate of senior citizens when they decided that being a health insurance company sponsor was more important. They make too much money off of their Medicare “Advantage” (i.e., “take advantage of seniors and gaps in the Medicare program”) instead of fighting–hard–to close those gaps.

Recently, they were conducting “cocktail hours” around the country lauding the executives of the major healthcare insurance companies (who were dumping millions into fighting the ACA).

The only difference between AARP and the ASA is that the former is a major money-maker and will donate to Democrats (especially those fighting replacing Medicare Advantage), whereas the latter wouldn’t even donate to a Democrat who tattooed “Repeal Obamacare” across his forehead.

MattNYC
July 27th, 2012 | LINK

Sorry for the rant. I still think that AARP does good stuff. It’s just that it gets buried.

Dn
July 27th, 2012 | LINK

Hey you’ve linked to my friend, Dave Singleton :)

Next time I see him, I’ll pint him to this!

Edwin in Colorado
July 29th, 2012 | LINK

They might have a good magazine on dating after 50. But in the part of Colorado I live in I didn’t come out to many people until I was over 50. I am now 68. I dropped my house and trucks from their insurance when they doubled my house insurance from one year to the new policy. The same with the trucks.

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