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Global Q&A: ‘What do you enjoy most about being a senior?’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 27, 2013 Last Updated: March 1, 2013
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Overall seniors feel accomplished and more content with life, enjoying leisure activities and time spent with their grandchildren. This is what Epoch Times reporters from Peru to India discovered when they asked locals:

What do you enjoy most about being a senior?

Alejandro Enríquez, Lima, Peru (The Epoch Times)

Alejandro Enríquez, Lima, Peru (The Epoch Times)

Lima, Peru

Alejandro Enríquez, 68, Architect

I enjoy my work and seeing my six children who have followed their destiny and fulfilled their goals. To see my 13 grandchildren—I feel like their oldest dad; I don’t feel like a grandpa. I’m not a burden because I still work in my profession, and I’m always aware of them. … Currently in my profession I worry about the housing problem in the periphery. I write about housing opportunities. For 20 years I have been a social activist and a professor at several universities. Now, I’m passing on my experience and knowledge.

Turlough O’Brien, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland (The Epoch Times)

Turlough O’Brien, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland (The Epoch Times)

Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland (traveling Australia)

Turlough O’Brien, 67, Retired Civil Engineer/College Lecturer

I have to be a senior sometime, and I suppose what I enjoy most about being a senior right now is that I’m healthy. Outside of that I can’t really think there’s a great deal more to be said. I do find a lot of things to do, but I’m not tied to doing them so I have some choice. I love to travel as well, of course, but then we would have traveled before I was a senior. We drove home from Saudi Arabia with three children in 1981 so I wouldn’t mind doing that again.

Marisa Pereira Neves, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Marisa Pereira Neves, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (The Epoch Times)

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Marisa Pereira Neves, 63, Pensioner/Businesswoman

I feel accomplished in various ways—to see my children grown and coming to help and grandchildren ranging in age, completing day-to-day commitments. … And also working with determination and disposition as breadwinners. This is all my happiness and motivates me more in my life, in everyday living with goals and determination.

Per Lundgren, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Per Lundgren, Lund, Sweden (The Epoch Times)

Lund, Sweden

Per Lundgren, 85, Retired

The things I enjoy most in my life right now, I and my wife, is the dance association that we’ve belonged to for so many years and that we still enjoy so much. The reason is that we’ve met many of our best friends in this way, and they also arrange a lot of trips, exhibitions, and other interesting activities.

Joanie Watkins, New York, USA (The Epoch Times)

Joanie Watkins, New York, USA (The Epoch Times)

New York, USA

Joanie Watkins, 75; Retired

I’m more chilled out. The things that used to bother me, don’t anymore. I don’t care about what other people think. I could have a younger body though!

Bhojaraj Tiwari, Bangalore, India (The Epoch Times)

Bhojaraj Tiwari, Bangalore, India (The Epoch Times)

Bangalore, India

Bhojaraj Tiwari, 78, Retired

Honestly, there are no reasons to be happy as a senior, especially after having worked so hard and not receiving any pension or support from my son’s family. I enjoy my independence as a senior; the experience I have gathered all through my life has made me a much more knowledgeable person. I also find immense happiness in talking to my daughter who now lives in Qatar.

Marion Killingbeck, Twin Waters, Australia (The Epoch Times)

Marion Killingbeck, Twin Waters, Australia (The Epoch Times)

Twin Waters, Australia

Marion Killingbeck, 74, Retired Management Rights

Being able to please myself about, whatever, and not having to clock on and clock off work. I’m on my own now. I’m thinking of moving down to Nelson Bay because I have family there, but that’s all in the future.

Pansy Lim, Toronto, Canada. (The Epoch Times)

Pansy Lim, Toronto, Canada. (The Epoch Times)

Toronto, Canada

Pansy Lim, 77, Retired

I appreciate everything I have. I really appreciate life. I love to be with family and friends. I love going on cruises with friends because it’s nice to see the sea and the sky—you see that God’s creation is so beautiful. It’s really amazing. I also enjoy playing drums at a senior fellowship center every week.

 

 


Look for the Global Q&A column every week. Epoch Times correspondents interview people around the world to learn about their lives and perspectives on local and global realities. Next week’s global question: “Have you spent much time as a tourist in your own country?”

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