6 Things to know before Buying Gifts for Old People


The world is getting old and this is inescapable, it is pervasive, enduring and it has profound implications according to a U.N. report.

An article in the National Institute on Aging shows that there were about 524 million people aged 65 or older in 2010, expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2050.

Not only are the we going to have more than 50 shades of grey, they will also exert a great pressure on government policies, our natural resources, our consuming patterns and our lifestyles.

And owing to their changing physiological abilities, their changing preferences and habits, very soon we will be seeing a lot of restaurants movie houses, hotels, vacation resorts, transportation, personal gadgets, etc., intended solely for the elderly.

Even now manufacturers of goods and services are realigning their sights to cater to this increasing market. You think it’s funny? Samsun does not think so when it marketed a smartphone specifically for the elderly. It has extra large display equipped with a 1-touch Medical Alert app in case of emergency.

So if you are planning to buy a gift for your elderly parents, grandma or grandpa, or for a relative celebrating his 100th birthday, it is necessary to know these surprising buying and consuming habits of seniors. – Association for Consumer Research Read more

6 Inspiring Stories of Old People to make You feel Young

Desiline at Pres. Obama's State of the Union Address

Desiline at Pres. Obama’s State of the Union Address



“I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” – Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, author and served as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.

He is long dead but his saying has rang through the years influencing a lot, not less these, inspiring old people who proved that they can be as young as they want to be.

Perhaps you will find the word “inspiring” too anticlimactic. After all, you have done much, seen much, erred much, fallen much, yet have remained standing and done quite well after all these years. “Do I still need an inspiration?” you might ask.

We all do. We all need to be reminded that others are in a worse shape than we are; that others face the same struggles we do – probably even worse.

We all need to be reminded that life, even to elderly people, is not static. It is dynamic and that dynamism doesn’t come from outside but deep within. Sadly a lot of old people have forgotten this and need to be fired up again and keep running until they ran out of gas.

These six elderly people may do just that. They have defied the odds; they withstood their tests of fire, the ravages of time and made their marks in history.

They are very inspiring, indeed. Read more