It seems I've been getting older, and I suspect some of you have also been doing the same, given that the social networks keep ratting on us by publishing our birthdays. I know I'll be seeing many of you and you will be seeing too much of me at the upcoming SIETAR Congress in Dublin. So while we might not talk about it, we will probably check out each other for wrinkles and limps, while finding excuses for not immediately recognizing each other despite, furtive and often futile glances at name tags twisted backwards on a congress lanyard. When will they start printing them on both sides in a typeface large enough to read? ("No, dear, I'm not staring at your bosoms – I'm too old for that – I'm just trying to read your name tag!")
While there has been considerable attention paid to generational diversity, commentary is usually about how to manage the up and coming generational culture and tips for newbies about dealing with their elders on the job. Rarely do I hear anything about retirees in intercultural and diversity discussions, were it not for my AARP newsletters and an occasional something I stumble on while browsing the web or informing my cousin on how to go about cleaning my house at my demise. Those of you have read the book by my best buddy Walt and myself may be aware that we have been working at lightening our lives via strategies we call "chucket", "shucket", "ducket" (and one that begins with f). If don't feel old enough to want to read it, it's a great Father's Day gift for aging dads, uncles and revered mentors and those who love them.
In any case, I was stimulated to call attention to this often missing diversity topic of well-being as we age by a post that reached me this morning, Social Care Class Action on Bingo, written by another guy like us in the throes of cleaning up his life to enjoy it more. John Graham scribbles from the UK about the sad and cranky challenges of the social care system which often separates aging couples from each other. I link it here, realizing that, though the challenges may be different in the country or region where you live, we interculturalists might address a bit more the issues of our own and each other's well-being and happiness as we grow longer in the tooth.