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Twenty years ago, 65 mph instead of 55 mph was declared the new maximum speed for freeway driving in CA. A similar change has taken place for aging limits. At one time, a person was considered a senior citizen at the age of 55. With advancements in technology and people living longer, 55 is considered young and the age divisions for "older" people now have three sub-groups: young-old (65-74), middle-old (75-84), and oldest old (85+). That is a lot of years to be enjoying your life and still making a contribution to your family, your community, and your country.
As a practicing cardiologist in her native country, Marta and her husband left Poland about 30 years ago to meet a greater need - the care of their two small grandchildren. This was a full-time job now that their only daughter and her husband were both launching careers in the medical profession as an oncologist and a retinal surgeon. She became known to the children in her culdesac as Basia, the neighborhood grandma. Marta is not the stereotypical grandma who watches games shows in her rocking chair. Instead, she learns foreign languages, earned her American citizenship, volunteers and at church, and is actively involved with the police service volunteers in her town. Many of us who see her around town affectionately call her Basia Sherrif. Marta is one of many older Americans contributing to her family, her community, and her country. If you are wondering about the grandchildren, they are now a practicing attorney and a medical student working on brain research.
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