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Senior Moments: Some choices are easier than others

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, June 10, 2021

There are so many decisions to make in one's lifetime, especially for seniors. You know, like whether to order the entrée called chicken roulade stuffed with spinach and feta or just a salad. Or maybe a hamburger?

It’s fun to sit in a restaurant again, for sure! But, of course, that means decisions -- including which restaurant on what day and at what time.

In psychology, decision-making is the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several possible alternative options; it could be either rational or irrational. (Wikipedia)

I like to think that most of my decisions are rational. As seniors, decisions become more difficult as our years multiply.

I guess I have decisions on my mind because I made the momentous decision this week to turn in my car keys. I’ve concluded that giving up one’s car keys has little to do with age. I think in one's mind people know when it’s time.

And no, I’m not criticizing my friends near or older than my age for still driving on their own. One of my closer friends once said her world would end if she could not drive. Suddenly, she was put in such a situation and has survived surprisingly well.

We have many transportation options as seniors in our area. To begin with, there are reliable taxi companies a phone call away.

Perhaps this is a good time to remind ourselves that Sunset Empire Transportation District has an amazing array of options available to seniors.

Many are surprised at all the convenient routes set up especially for seniors who no longer drive on their own or who just want to eliminate some of their driving.

Call Sunset Empire Transportation District at 503-861-7433 for schedules, routes and fares or just call for more information. On the computer, go to for most of the needed information.

You can glean a lot of information about Ride Assist Paratransit, Ride Assist Dial-A-Ride, Ride Pal, safety and security and on and on. My goodness, they even have rider information videos.

It’s fun to be a senior with organizations such as Sunset Empire Transportation District.

I’m not sure where to fit this in to our subject today, but I read some advice on how to stay young. “Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. After all, that is why you pay them.”

Proverbs 3:6 tells us “In all your ways, submit to Him and He will direct your paths!” So, with that, I’ll close with "See you on the bus!"

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