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What’s So Great About Growing Old?

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

Ask people how they feel about growing old and the response generally isn’t a positive one. However, if you spend some time chatting with your senior loved one, their statement will probably support research showing people actually get happier as they get older. And, getting older has some perks that being younger usually doesn’t provide.

Financial Stability

By the time your senior loved one has reached their golden years, they probably aren’t burdened with student loan debt or consumer debt such as credit cards. It’s also likely that your aging parent has paid off any mortgages and car payments, meaning they probably have some money at their disposal. They can use that money to spoil grandchildren, travel, or even find a part-time caregiver in Omaha who can help around the house, run errands, or cook.

Cheaper Education

In many states, older adults can receive free or very cheap education at public universities as well as community colleges. Income requirements may vary, but those who meet the requirements can take audited classes or classes for credit. If your senior loved one wants to get a college education or just take a class in an interesting topic, help them research scholarships for older students and fill out any necessary applications. Taking classes is a great way for seniors to stay active mentally, physically, and socially.

Senior Discounts

Senior discounts are everywhere. Your loved one may qualify for discounts on car insurance, at favorite restaurants, amusement parks, movies, retail stores, and more. Usually, these discounts apply to people 65 years of age and older, however some places offer discounts to those 60 and up or even 55 and up. You may also find that local businesses are happy to provide senior discounts to their valued customers.

These are just a few of the many great things that come with growing old. If your senior loved one has been a little down, help them find the many benefits available to those over 65. You can also reach out to Omaha Home Care Assistance, the city’s leading provider of senior care, to find a caregiver who can help your loved one around their home and offer regular companionship to ward off the blues. Call one of our trusted Care Managers at (402) 763-9140 to schedule your free in-home consultation.