Swam* Momma News. Thursday, December 19,1981 * * * *
Stereotypes oci Aging With Debunked
waltz. Itissodviliied! Kane, 352-4937, or Harry Owen*
. • .to 1888 there were approximately "If you can't do the traditional at •Pk^^PMA4 ^*^^W«WM»a^li^W^^F V^f •»^%«t# ^0^^>^^*j vAv^MM^F
feV million Americans over age 65. Christmas," Ms. BurnteoXJeflen more of us will begin to reach our Anna Neaae, a member of the la-
Dae. 31: New Year's Eve Day Sec-
continued, "then make a new tradi- maximum life potential (110 to 120). land Swingers, a square dance ond Anmkl Qala, 11911 White Bluff
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We're all going to join this life. Don't allow a negative thought ly, "When I'm stiff, I go dancing and Third Age for those who follow, and Savannah Saints; Countdown, Pat Pro-
! If some of us don't live that to persist. When you feel a negative then I am more Umber. When you're to make the younger generations top. M.C. 1 p.m.; entertainment;
W certainly our children will par-
tkfeate in this age wave. We're only
thought coming on, dap yourhands
having ran, it doesnt seem like
work. Hairy Owens, caller of the
aware of how long their bodies and
minds are expected to last!
prim. There are only 90 tickets left.
Tickets: Senior Friendship Days: White
Bluff United Method* Church: Gotten
riathing our own tires when we al- 4i
If this doesn't work, put a weak Island Swingers, told me that five lo- Adjustment to the expectations of
rubber band on your wrist and pop it cal square dance dubs got together society does not have to mean giving Age Centers, Senior Center Inc. Cal
low pessimism about the "third
age" to keep us from doing/being every time a negative thought oc- and renovated their own building so 661*7321/7320; Sandra, 236-0363; Kay, up special habits and activities.
they would have a place to square 661 -$777. Take dancing for example. The el-
anything we wish to doAe. curs. Even before a thought occurs, Every Weak: Dancing. Tuesdays
The rampant anxiety about grow- you can plan what you are going to few presentations or programs real- dance. Bravo! (St Thomas Episcopal) and Thursdays derly say that dancing improves
ing old can be attenuated in part by do to change your thoughts!" ly planned for the interests for the there are several private clubs (Whtte Bluff United Methodist): Senior their physical well-being, sense of
understanding why we have nega- "Depression is not synonymous elderly. in Savannah that meet ooce a month Friendship Days. Folk and ballroom 1 to personal worth, and social outlook.
tive attitudes. We learned last week with aging. Aging is not depression Jokes about the "over-tbe-hiU" to ballroom dance. Wonderful! Once 2 p.m. Free. Authors (the Leitners) say that mus-
that chronological age is no excuse - and oppression at any age is bunch are tasteless, too. I saw an a month is not enough to derive Friday Evenings: 7:30 p.m. Brush- culstV strength and endurance is so
far mental slowdown. Aging is not a treatable." auto's bumper sticker showing an el- health benefits from dancing, but up on Basic Ballroom. $3 per person. improved by dancing, that older in-
disease. Disease, disuse (couch po- We let our past tell us that old is derly person (probably photo- it's great for .the social benefits White Bluff United Methodist Church dividuals are helped to engage in ac-
tatoes)), abuse (alcohol and other negative! This is explainable. Re- graphed in a wax museum) toting a Beginning course
(which are extremely important as gym. 730 p.m. This "fiftyftarts again Jan.
10, plus or minus"
tivity for even longer periods of
drugs, smoking,) may slow us down, member the household stories of the machine gun with the caption: we age). We need more once-a-week group welcomes an trrtergenerettonal time. All of us know that bone densi-
but not aging per se. The negative brothers Grimm? What kind of im- "Grambo, Grambo, she's fighting a dance groups for older adults, such nurture. ty is increased by walking, tennis
perception of older people must age did we acquire about aging from war against old age!" as my husband and I experienced in Thursdays: Cunningham Center.: ^^^^^^W^B«^^^^H ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^•^^^~ V^^^^^^^^B^^ft ™
change. We must focus on the poten- reading Hansel and Gretel? (The old No day passes without someone Flexibility is increased, allowing Europe and Palo Alto, Calif. Aberoom at E. 36th Street. 2 to 4 p.nv
tial. person was a witch!) Red Riding telling me, "I know that I'm 65, but I a greater range of motion in joints Send any announcements about Ballroom dance with old friends to old
While studying in Madrid, Nurn- Hood? (The old person was weak don't feel any different from 35." and muscles. Cardiovascular endur- any activity for older adults you favorite tunes.
berg and Munich, I found a tot of and sick). In earlier textbooks, the Then, why do we act differently? ance allows more oxygen to get to wish to have published to Dr. Ruth Closed: All Senior Friendship Days
negativism among the young stu- image of the elderly was one of sick- There are a lot of older people who the brain. Garrett, P.O. Box 60763, Savannah, activities will be closed from today
are fulfilled, active, interesting, and In one of my one-hour EWerhos- GA 31419. through Jan. 7. Do not go to SFD,
dents toward growing old. The Ger- ness, dependency and grouchiness. Thursday, Jan. 2. White Bluff.
mans, in particular, would respond This is gradually changing. completely free to do as they wish. tel classes, one student wearing a Dance Activities
with disparaging comments when I The media didn't help the image It's up to us, and to them, to estab- pedometer said he had traveled one
asked them to fill in sentences such either. Until quite recently, the only lish new roles as we grow older. Dec. 21: 7:30 p.m. The Island
and one quarter miles in the cue- Swingers Square Dance Group wHI host Rath Garrett, Ph.D., received
at "Old people are ads featuring anyone with gray hair Our children and grandchildren hour class. The hour seemed like 10 its Christmas Dance at the Fraternal Or- her degree in education, gerontology
; For old people life were for tonics or strengthened or a will remember how we rode the first minutes! What a wonderful way to der of Police, Auxiliary buHdIng, Grove and German from Ludwig-Maximil-
is Working with old pharmaceutical. I heard the Geritol crest of the age wave. We will set exercise! But, many of us have Point Road. Bring food or supplies for fans University in Munich, Ger-
people is ." Some ad so many times as a child that I the stage, for we are the first gener- strong reservations about 'looking the Inner City Night Shelter (mittens, many. She is coordinator of the adult
students even related to me that thought it was a fossil fuel! The me- ation with the "health span" that silly ... what 1 would my grandchil- socks, personal items suggested). There education program for Chatham
dia helped create the feeling that ag- will allow more people than ever to dren think? ' Have you watched are five groups of this kind in this area. County Public Schools, where she
they disliked old people because
"they had allowed the Hitler era to ing is a crisis! It was routinely re- attain their maximum life expectan- what your grandchildren do on the Lessons wilt be offered beginning Jan. founded a program for senior citi-
develop." How it never occurred to ported when someone celebrated cy (approximately 75). As our life dance floor? Show them how to 3. For information call Elizabeth or JJ. ^P^^* ^^^^^ ^^^H^"™^PI' •"
them that it was the same group of their 100th birthday (which is a tre-
people who had created the miracu- mendous accomplishment), but t2r>
lous economic rebuilding of Ger- didn't this excessive devotion to a
single occasion make this somewhat
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It's seldom that we like some-
thing we don't understand. Preju-
a fetish? There were, and still are, Vertiery's- \
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Dr. Stanley Frank, a professor of BEAUTY ANDTHI MAST(O)
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are turning 30!"
I asked Dr. Addle Burnsed-Gef-
fen, a Savannah clinical psycholo-
gist, if she found negativism toward
toe elderly. "Yes, aging is connected
with decline. Our culture focuses on
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"The blues sometimes begin at AT An
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different, we feel sad. With all the
emphasis on the family, we may
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wish for things that never I
were ... perfect house, relationships,
gifts ... this lack of reality can rob
us of the joy that we expect to feel.
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needed all over Savannah, and there
is room for everyone to do some-
thing positive for someone else.''
"The Inner City Night Shelter is PRE-CHRISTMAS Starts Tomorrow Exclusively
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sit and share the warmth of your
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