Though I’m not officially a senior citizen, I’m seeing a definite split in the ranks of people at social clubs. The New Horizons club here in Radway is a good example of what I see as a split between the Depression kids and the boomers.
We have quite a few people at the club who are in their eighties. When they were children, there were no transistor radios and rock music. Most of the older members lived on farms and quite a few of them still do.
Us “junior seniors” grew up in homes with TV, our own transistor radios, and rock music. Many of us were raised in towns and cities. Even our education was different, in certain ways, from that of the Depression generation. They learned practical subjects while my generation were taught what elite educators thought was a break from stodgy old traditions. What the educators called “New Math” never did make sense to me.
The split in opinions of what makes for good entertainment also shows up during our outings. The older folks can relate to the old standards while we younger members go for the rock ‘n’ roll we grew up with. Outings to exhibits and similar amusements also need to be to places where tired seniors can rest often. Many of us boomers can go much further and stay up longer.
The matter of leadership is also a thorny issue. A fair number of the elected officials are in their eighties. I’ve heard grumblings among the membership that younger talent isn’t allowed to take over positions which older folks are soon to relinquish. Sooner or later, we younger members will have to take over. We’ll need mentors to help us do things properly. Unfortunately for the smooth running of the club, certain older folks cling to their coveted positions.
I can’t help wondering what things will be like when I’m in my eighties. Will I be forced to listen to groups performing songs by Duran Duran or Culture Club? Will I be dreading outings to performances by rappers and bands playing stuff from the nineties or later? Whatever happens, I hope the New Horizons leadership thirty years from now will choose entertainment which we all can relate to.
Music played a huge role in my life. My first two books at the Bruce Atchison’s books page attest to my love of rock and electronic compositions. I also relate how the older generation rebuked me for my love of rock music in How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. My first two paperbacks are featured at the Bruce Atchison’s books page while the latest is at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s books.