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Are You a Senior? Celebrate!

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. – Lucille Ball

Sage advice.

My mother lied about her age starting in the 1940s. Her sister was four years older, and had started lying about her age, and all of a sudden, my Aunt Marianna was younger than my mother, so my mother began lying to keep up. When my mom was 89, she had a “special friend,” a lovely man who was 91. “He is so old,” she kept telling me. She had been lying about her own age for so long that she had forgotten how old she really was. I loved my mother and miss her every day.

August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day. Celebrate using this list of well-earned discounts and suggested activities. Who is a senior? Many discounts start at age 50, but the most common definition of Senior Citizen is age 65.

  1. Get a “young ‘un” and go out.

Whether a child, niece, nephew, grandchild or a younger friend – remind younger generations that you’re still fun, and it’s your day. Everyone appreciates something and someone to celebrate. And you’re a cheap date now! See #2.

  1. Get your restaurants, entertainment and shopping discounts:

Here is a list of most restaurant chains that offer discounts. And a list of senior discounts for retail. Regal Cinemas offers 30% off for 60+, and AMC offers the same, plus 60% off tickets on Tuesdays. Many local Orlando restaurants offer senior discounts.

  1. Get Cultured:

The Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum, and Morse Museum each offer senior discounts, as well as the Orlando Science Center and Regional History Center.

  1. Get a Senior Pet:

You don’t have to be senior for this one – just someone who wants to love a dear old soul with four legs. Orange County Animal Services offers free adoptions for senior animals, defined as seven years and older. They’re potty trained, they have their shots, and they would be thrilled to contribute to your happy life.

  1. Get Your AARP Card:

Are you 50? Or married to someone over age 50? You can be a card-carrying member of the AARP, which gets you even more discounts. And access to a ton of resources.

Just think of how many discounts my Mom missed because she claimed she was younger than she really was. Embrace your age and have fun on National Senior Citizen’s Day.