With so many crucial issues in the news, it’s no wonder people want to make a difference in today’s world. Senior citizens are no different. In fact, after retirement, senior citizens naturally have more time on their hands to pursue those things that have been on the back burner for most of their lives.
A recently published a book entitled, How Seniors Are Saving the World: Retirement Activism to the Rescue! by Thelma and BJ Kittredge is very informative on this subject. This book informs us that many senior citizens who are in activism have actually been involved for most of their lives. The focus of their passion and “dedication crosses all societal lines.” It further states that those within activism have an awareness of “their own strength, power,” and offer “the value of wisdom that comes with age.”
Over the years, many retirees have made a difference by raising their voice to the needs of others around them. Once such woman, Helen Quirini, helped to bring about change for cost of living adjustments for General Electric retirees as well as for preventing cutbacks in their retiree health benefits. As president of her local union, she fought for justice from 1983 to 2010 (when she passed away).
There have been many famous persons who dedicated their time to many worthy causes. We, of course, have all heard of Doris Day. But did you know that after she made all those Hollywood films, she founded The Doris Day Animal Foundation in 1978? Her mission statement was simple: “To help animals and the people who love them.” An additional organization that works beside The Doris Day Animal Foundation is the Doris Day Animal League that works with Congress as well as with local and state governments to help with the prevention of animal cruelty.
Many seniors are recognizing that a wide range of topics are being addressed by activists. Take for instance, environmental issues such as climate change. Bill McKibben wrote a book in 1989 entitled The End of Nature. “which is widely regarded as the first book about climate change that was written for a general audience.” That same book has now been translated into 24 different languages. I say this to emphasize that you can be helpful even from the confines of your home. If you have a passion about either a political or personal cause, it is never to late to advocate that position.
From raising your voice against the rising costs of public transportation to topics such as age discrimination, there are many seniors who are outspoken and active about issues that are relevant to the day and to the time in which we live. Remember, you are never too old to be heard.
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