The Challenges That a Senior Citizen are Facing

By  Vic Odarve

Physically and mentally slowing down, health problems, and financial woes describe the inner world of a senior citizen. Grey haired, slightly stooped, and memory lapses indicate physical and mental slowing down. Swelling and pain in joints, medication maintenance, and body aches and pains are the common health problems. Above all, it is the financial problem that gives the senior citizens a gruesome picture that troubled them most. Except on untimely demise, no matter who we are — man, woman, rich or poor — we all grow old and become a senior citizen.

Moment with grandchildren

Physical and mental activities appear to slow down upon entering the portals of being a senior citizen at age 60. Some seniors wanted to do same activities done during their heydays but could not do it anymore. Physical and mental faculties seem to slow down. As we age, doing some normal physical work becomes too difficult. We could see and feel the restrictions of our movements and affects our body as a whole. The bones get weak, eyes don’t see clearly. For instance, playing tennis, basketball, and even dancing seems to lose their excitement because of physical constraints. The world seems to be slowing down.

Swelling and pain in joints, maintaining a medication, and various aches and pains are common of the health problems. Most seniors experience more aches and pains that didn’t use to be there before.  Diseases that include genetic disorders and chronic conditions linked to old age began to appear. There are also diseases like osteoporosis, muscular degeneration, and cataracts that threaten the life of an individual and also affect functioning capabilities. As we grow older, it seems that our brain gets old along with the rest of our body. That is why memory lapses are common among seniors.

Above all, it is the financial problems that give the elderly persons a gruesome picture that troubled them most. The financial status often determines the quality of life the elderly persons have. Those without pensions from the government will be greatly affected when it comes to cash flow needed for medication. Medication eats up way too much of the monthly budget. If your savings is not enough, a major illness can wipe your savings in a flash of time.

Senior citizens enjoy a free cinema movie given by one of the malls in Davao city

Unknown to the many seniors the effect of aging can be slowed down by keeping healthy. Making healthy lifestyle choices, like quitting smoking and losing weight, exercising, and eating a healthful diet will help them disease free. Having a body mass index less than 25 will also lower the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Enjoy life with your loved ones, spend more time to travel, visit, and attend get together parties/reunions will slow down the aging process.  Changing lifestyle for a better!

Although we heard of seniors as an age of golden years, those living in them often do not see much gold. However, somebody is willing to help you to find that treasure!

“Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years, I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you, And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4

Except on untimely demise, whether we like it or not, we all grow old. We all become seniors and face these challenges.

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No Cheating,Please!

                    By Vic Odarve

His head seems to turn at 360 degrees, eyes wandering a mile from his own paper, and scribbled mnemonics/writings on his hands or crib sheets hidden somewhere on the body before entering the examination rooms. This is truly an act of cheating during quizzes and examinations … a headache to all college and university professors! No cheating, please!

An institution with a strong Christian foundation

Like a player on the basketball court, the student turns his head looking for an opening where he could copy for any answers for the exam. When the watcher/proctor attention is on the other students he quickly twisted his head for the opportunity. With a sort of connivance /understanding from his neighbors, he can receive a piece of papers containing exam answers/information. But when caught by the watchers, he had plenty of alibis/allegation for why he does so despite that there can be serious consequences to cheating if caught.

But there are students do not twist their heads; instead, keep their eyes staring at the other sheets from their neighbors. Like a hovering eagle, their eyes are sharp and moving like a drone. Still, other students are looking at the wall or eyes on the ceiling appearing to recall something. Because students have nothing to write they are eyeing their neighbor’s answers. By all indications, these are cheating.

Majority of the students employed the old methods of cheating. Scribbled mnemonics/writings on her hands or crib sheets hidden somewhere on the body before entering the examination rooms are prevalent. These handwritings appear to contain a cryptic message that they themselves could only understand and interpret. Moreover, these writings are somewhat invisible unless you’re very, very close.

Observing how students behave during an examination

Lately, we found that some students are ‘extremely inventive’, with the use of their mobile /smartphones devices, and different types of electronics to help them prosper. These devices have memory cards that can store formulas, charts, and solutions. But, at any rate, these can be easily checked and usually not allowed during the exams.

Almost all schools do not relax and always reminding their students that there can be serious consequences to cheating if caught. Some universities even took an extra measure to ensure that no cheating would occur during the exam. They used a drone to supervise the students during the exam; while others employed various cameras placed inside the exam hall to capture every movement of the students even when they whispered to each other.

Learning a lot from an African university on how their examinations are carried out.

Whether cheating is resorted to because of the pressure to pass the exams and too much to memorize for the coverage to study, it still a venture not pleasing to our Creator. The first chapter of Malachi says God was disappointed in the priests because they were cheating on their job. God goes on to tell the cheating priests, “My name shall be great among the nations. But you dishonor it, saying that my altar is not important, and encouraging people to bring cheap, sick animals to offer to me on it.” Malachi 1:6-14

Whatever the forms of cheating that one may be involved, be it in the classroom or in the government offices, it is not pleasing to the eyes of the Creator.

This practice — along with our country’s all-pervasive culture of corruption — have been largely blamed for the cheating practices. Even the Supreme Court justices, the pillars of right and wrong, is not spared from this cheating by not paying proper taxes and not declaring their true Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SAL).

For my students, no cheating, please!

Being With Mother Nature is Relaxing

              BY Vic Odarve

Everyone knows why spending time with our Mother Nature is beneficial – it can reduce stress levels, rejuvenate mind and body, and be more productive. Thus, we can relax and feel the earth rotating its axis!

A math class of 345 students requires patience and preparation in one of the African university

Nature is a great reducer on our stress levels arising from the stressors of daily city life…traffic, financial woes, and life events that pound us down — like a death, family tragedy, natural disaster, etc. These events are out of our control and can cause tremendous struggle and pain for a period of time. But God, the creator of heaven and earth, endowed us the works of thy hands…the great Mother Nature where a simple visit and meditation for a moment gives us the feeling of bliss that will unplug the burden in our mind and body from performing our repetitive tasks. It really helps unwind upon seeing the beautiful sceneries that beholden our eyes… pristine rivers and lakes, beaches, mountains, birds and wild animals! By appreciating the works of thy great hands and relaxing our mind and body it lowers stress hormone levels.

Moreover, spending time with nature will rejuvenate our mind and body. Since our body is at rest, it gives our brain the downtime it needs to recharge- something more easily achieved in nature’s serene environment. Research showed that the fresh air we breathe improves blood pressure and act as a natural antidepressant by increasing the release and metabolism of serotonin in parts of the brain that control cognitive function and mood. Thus a feeling of rejuvenation…relieving the stressors that look like a buffalo pulling at our back in our daily activities!

An awesome and majestic Mayana ricefields scenery

It is surprising for us to know that the connections with our Mother Nature will keep us more productive, live longer, and keep us healthy. Studies showed that when people reported for work after spending some time in nature from vacation, they return with more creativity and are able to deal the problems about the family and the daily work effectively.

Living on this planet is beautiful but when we are involved in activities that feel like we are struggling in pain, it is wise to give some ample time to unwind with our Mother Nature. It is free of charge. The psalmist and the prophets invite us to spend some time with Nature. The Bible puts it,

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12.

No wonder that spending time with the Great Nature is relaxing. Visit and relax, please!