Bob's Blog: Don't Limit Yourself

For me, summer is a time when I fondly remember earlier times in my life and the many enjoyable things I did as a younger man.  Occasionally, I will think that my opportunities to do something memorable may be past.  Recently, several older adults reminded me that I have a lot of time left to make my mark.  I will share with you the stories of these amazing individuals.
  • One of our volunteers in her late 70’s designed one of our most popular and well attended classes in Devon.  She has generously donated her time and expertise to make a difference in people’s lives. She also continues to be very active in the community and stays fit by walking for miles every day.
  • I attended a play in one of our local theaters.  One of our members, a gentleman in his 80’s, was a member in the cast.  His delivery was spot on and his timing had the whole audience chuckling.
  • In May, I attended a luncheon honoring Delaware County residents who are 100 or more years old.  There were 66 centenarians in the group. One Surrey member at the lunch is 102 years old, walks to Surrey in Media and participates in the weaving program offered there regularly.
  • Recently, I watched an HBO Special “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast,” where Carl Reiner, a famous comedian in his mid 90’s, tracks down other celebrated people in their 90s as to how they are active and making a difference. It was a very enjoyable show.

Older adults in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 100 plus are making a difference in so many ways.  These examples make me realize that no matter what our age; staying active, trying new things and being social is the secret to living a fulfilling life.  We are so fortunate to have all the programs and activities that Surrey offers.  This summer, try a program at a Surrey near you and watch the newsletter for some great new programs this fall.