As Boston sees a growing number of adults over 60, serving their needs will be a growing concern for the city. But older adults don’t want young people to see them as a problem. They have some insights and suggestions for young people and their city. Older people have many things to share with younger people. Their experiences over the decades infuse their messages to young people with insights, cautions and care.
David King, a veteran and a gay, is going to be 90 this December. He advised younger people to value their life. Ann Kennedy, 80, has a different message unlike other cohorts. She said that younger people should not get carried away by technology. They need time to make friends offline, she suggested.
John Howard, an 80-year-old retired teacher, suggested younger people pay respect to older people.
Sue Reamer, a 75-year-old retired nurse, emphasized the importance of health and how to stay and eat healthily. Lastly, Kevin Shancady, a 57-year-old teacher who teaches poem and history in the high school, reminded all the young people not to forget to enjoy their life.