We Want to Hear From You!

When I was hired by Spindle Publishing 15+ years ago, I was in my early twenties and fresh out of college. I had no idea what I was doing at first, but I loved our publisher’s philosophy of publishing guides and websites designed to help audiences going through major life transitions. Our goal is to provide a springboard to understanding various stages of life and finding local resources and businesses that can assist with them — from our Expectant Mother’s Guide for first time expectant parents to the High School Graduate for juniors and seniors in the public high schools to our Senior Citizen’s Guide with “Boomers Resource Guide” supplement. I am extremely proud of our print distribution method – any organization or business wanting copies must submit their request for free copies in writing. This helps ensure that our distributors really want them and have an active method for handing them out to the audience.

I worked on a lot of projects until I was handed the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Pittsburgh, a guide that was started when my publisher’s father retired from a life of government and social service. What first struck me about the guide was that it was very localized and had a wonderful grassroots/hometown feel. I’ve learned so much about Baby Boomer and senior concerns and services and have enormous respect for people who work with and serve older adults in our community. My husband even jokes that I know more about being 60+ than I do about being my own age!

Of course, I’ll never truly understand what it is like to be older until I get there. But I do know first-hand from being very close with my grandparents (Gramp is 80 and Gram 78) that there are many transitions and changes in terms of finances, health, housing and lifestyle they have gone through from back when they were in their late 40’s helping my very young parents raise me to the present as great grandparents to my two children.

I don’t think even they know the extent of their positive influence on my life. I love to hear their stories about the past and present as well as dreams of the future and only wish they were less modest so that they would tell me more of them.

I had many older friends growing up who also shared their insights and histories that still stick with me today, including a woman named Violet who I had been introduced to through a program at church when I was in high school. She lived alone on an old farm with a mean old goose that liked to chase me around as well as a bunch of cats that I would feed for her. I recall her, 80+ and vibrant, washing out her sandwich bags to save them while telling me about the Great Depression and stories of her youth and heritage, teaching me how to make tomato sandwiches – yum! — and to play a mean game of Scrabble. Now, Violet could tell a story and so many of them have stuck with me through the years!

I’ve now been managing the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia editions of the Senior Citizen’s Guide with its wonderful “Boomers Resource Guide” supplement and overseeing its many new city editions from Boston to San Francisco for a total of over 12 years. A lot has changed! Our website, www.SeniorCitizensGuide.com, gets over 450,000 hits on average per month, and we now are even utilizing social media to market our features and advertisers (Twitter and Facebook)!

Now that the Senior Citizen’s Guide is expanding as a series into so many new markets, it is becoming even more important to me to maintain our localized, grassroots feel, no matter how big the series may grow. To aid in this effort, I welcome all of you to submit your stories and articles! Technology makes it possible for everyone to have a voice. Not just the powerful or the young.

This is a call to all readers, distributors, local businesses/organizations, and our supportive advertisers to become “guest bloggers” or contributors to our brand NEW Senior Blog on www.seniorcitizensguide.com!

Let us know what topics you would like covered, what resources we are missing. We long to hear from all who wish to educate, inspire, stimulate and simply tell their stories.

Please email me at jenn@spindlepub.com with your ideas and suggestions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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5 Responses to We Want to Hear From You!

  1. Sandra Templin says:

    Sheesh! I feel I am navagating life in the Senior Zone all alone. I hope this site proves to be worthy of our efforts to view it and give feedback. I need a circle of community who knows something about Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, Memory Units, etc. It has been a long haul this past 5 years dealing with all the avenues we go down when we are seniors, and our parents are seniors as well.

    Glad to know there is a place to come. I just read the Blog again and realize this is a place for Pittsburgh Seniors. Oops, I need one in Texas.

    Thanks!

  2. ned says:

    The Value of Elders—

    The evolution of specific cultures and social mores are dependent on the passage of these rights and privliges onto the next generation. Through my historical lens as a late boomer child we still respected elders in our lives. Most of us had Grandparents from both sides of our parents, and we listened intently about their lifestyles and how they adjusted to the American Way, immigration, raising children, working, how thing’s were very different and difficult back then, and how self-empowerment and pulling oneself up from their own bootstraps was the key to success and survival.
    Boomers carried on family norms and cultural behaviors passed on by their parents and grandparents until the 1970′s. The culture revolution of the 70′s brought forth a movement of insatiable appetite for change in relationships, equality for all races, sexes, and religions. But, most important was identifying with a generation that had the power (because of sheer numbers) 78million that they could cause change. But, as a by-product of all the cultural changes since the 70′s we have neglected to honor and learn from the heritage passed on by our parents and grandparents. In John Izzo’s book- “The Five Things You Must Do Before You Die,” speaks to the value of elders in most cultures and how important they are in family cohesion and social fabric. But American’s no longer value their elders and often times lead a path of poor decision making. Our current social perceptions of senior citizens is based on myths of old age. The belief that their usefulness ends at retirement is prevalent. The act of ageism is alive and well in many sectors of our work environments and social settings in general. We as Boomer’s, soon to be elders must embrace a new perception and reality of aging. We all want to live a long, prosperous, healthy lifestyle into our 80s, 90s, and 100s,. Its never too late to listen to the advice of your elders and learn from them.

    • Nila fordyce says:

      Oh, how true and said this is…I was brought up to respect elders–remembering as a child having to stand up if seated for anyone of an older adult age. They certainly don’t do that now…I’m 63 and I have a father in a Nursing Home and it is so sad to see and hear how some of these elderly people get treated. If anyone deserves to be treated with dignity,honor and respect these innocent helpless people do. I think everyone seems to forget–they will be there one day and need help. However, the tragic Nursing Home situation in this country is another insidious problem. And noone really taught us to get ready for this part of our lives…Let alone the hyprocracies.

  3. As the author points out, we need to take care of our Senior community and preserve their wisdom and ways of looking at life. Too often, we see people not giving our Seniors the respect and attention that they deserve because of our fast paced lifestyles. We need to all take more time to listen and learn from their experience. I have been working with the Senior community exclusively for the past 5 years educating and helping them understand Reverse Mortgages. Everyone explains the pros to them, but not everyone explains the cons which is very unfortunate and exemplifies the lack of care that many have for the Senior community.

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