They also produced The Millennium Resolution.
Age Concern continue to point out that the proportion of the population aged over 80 is increasing rapidly. By 2020 their numbers will have increased by half a million and by 2040, by a further one and a half million. Since (if I live that long) I shall be 80 in 2018 they are talking about me! A new friend (born 98) will be 20 and he and his peers will be supporting me and mine.
Anyone of my age, and over, will remember a quiz programme on "Steam" Radio called Have A Go and Wilfred Pickles who hosted it. Prizes were around half a crown (12.5p!) Frequently the contestants were elderly (over 60) and expected, and always received, a clap if they were over seventy and still alive. Now, Age Concern defines elderly as over 80. And maybe it should be 90. The question is: do they still expect a clap? Possibly not, but by gum don't they complain about being old, having to use a stick or being unable to get out.
The Age Indifference Principle:
|What then, shall we sit idly down and say:
The night hath come, it is no longer day?
Something remains for us to do or dare;
Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear.
For age is opportunity no less
than youth itself, though in another dress.
And as the evening twilight fades away,
the sky is filled with stars invisible by day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Third Age is not too late for worthwhile fruit and a special opportunity to collect extra memories to treasure into later life and to record those from the two earlier ages. That is certainly what I have done and I recommend it. It is why I have built my Web pages around the word TREASURE.
Looking Back on Treasure is fine, but much more important is looking
forward to Eternal
Life. What do we really believe about Life after Death.
Do we follow the Creed and believe that we rest in our graves until Jesus
comes again to Judge both the Living and the Dead. Or do we, like
the thief on the Cross next to Jesus, expect to be immediately with Him
in Paradise. What about those who do not believe? The Church needs to get
clear on these matters, so that Fourth Agers (and those who mourn earlier
deaths) can have a real sense of Confidence in Eternity.