Life begins at the age of sixty! Who says growing old is a bad thing? When you are a senior citizen, you are entitled to many benefits, especially in countries like Australia and Canada.
Here are the reasons why it’s great to be a senior citizen.
When you are a senior citizen, you will find that you receive very special treatment. For example, a senior citizen riding on a bus or train will always be given a seat. Furthermore, senior citizens are allowed to skip lines at most places such as movie theatres or museums. When you are young, you find that you have to wait hours and hours in queues or perhaps stand for hours in the bus or train. But when you are a senior citizen, you don’t have any of these problems!
Great Discounts at Many Places
Countries like Canada give their senior citizens a senior citizenship card that entitles them to discounts at supermarkets and many other shops. Certain things are also given free or at significantly discounted prices to the elderly. For example, in France, entrance tickets for many places such as museums are completely free for senior citizens. In other countries, movie tickets may be given at a discount to the elderly.
Higher Interest on Savings
Of course, another great advantage of old age is the higher interest rates given by banks to its customers who are senior citizens. This is especially useful for the elderly who are retired and have no source of regular income and are living on their savings.
Many Sources of Help and Aid
Many governments take good care of their senior citizen community. There are also many private businesses that provide help to people in their old age such as aged care services. A senior citizen that needs help around the house, needs taking care of after being hospitalized or perhaps even simply requires advice on how to go forward in their lives can seek the help of such services.
Free or Discounted Medicine and Healthcare
Senior citizens also tend to receive free medicine and healthcare services in many countries. Other countries provide medicine to senior citizens at significantly discounted prices. For example, in Canada a senior citizen can get a nurse to come to their homes to look into their needs at no extra cost and all medicine and healthcare is provided free of charge.
Plenty of Time for Rest and Relaxation
When you are old and retired, you can finally take a break from a hectic life and live freely and in comfort. You can take time to do the things you always wanted to do, that you never had the time for before. For example, you can finally read your favourite books, go see plays and concerts or maybe take up a new hobby. You can live life the way you want to, at your pace.