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The Past-Sixty Group


Forty years ago, a third of the nation's elderly lived below the poverty line. Now, just one in 10 seniors is considered poor. That plunge in the elderly poverty rate is credited to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other assistance programs. But the safety net they provide is fragile, especially in rural areas and among elderly women.

Rural System is pleased by the discoveries, inventions, and interventions that have allowed US populations to have an extra 30 years life expectancy. Achieving quality of life during those years remains a challenge. We work on that challenge, at least a little, for selfish interests but because our life quality is a function of that of the people around us.

We welcome ideas and hope for creative work with others. We have made pitifully small efforts in forming the Old Geezers Group, or the Old Codgers, RuraLives, Gardens Group, EarthQuilt, special tours, and Homys.org.

We think that a program "While you were gone..." might become a group task to re-acquaint people who have left the rural areas to return. Pictures, stories, places for sale, periodic emails, and special events, for example, may help them remember and see the assets of the places they have left may be helpful in a changing world and where the urban promise is not as great as imagined.

We believe the diversity within our many Groups will provide opportunities and new insights for those of age past 60.

See folklore concepts from Maine

Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .

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Robert H. Giles, Jr.
April 20, 2006