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Will Ya Still Need Me, When I’m 64?

| Sep 6, 2007
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A very young Paul McCartney sang that line a long time ago. In the years since then we’ve all grown older and some of us have passed the 64 mark already. Others are approaching it. As transgender folks some of us wonder how we’ll spend our golden years. (Or tin years, or copper years, as the case may be.) There comes a time when age makes us all more dependent on others and in many cases we reach a point where we have to enter a retirement community setting or something providing even more care. I’m hoping to be lucky and not have to worry about it for a few more decades. The fact that my father is 89 and still active (he mows his own lawn and just got married earlier this year to a blushing 84 year old lady) gives me hope that I won’t have to have others take care of me for a bit.

But, if you do need help where does a transgender senior find it? Lynda Frank, past president of the Chi Delta Mu Chapter of Tri-Ess (and former National Board member of Tri-Ess) is conducting a survey among TG seniors. She’s looking to those senior TGs who have already past 64, 65 and farther, to see how they have coped with growing old. What have they faced and how have they handled it?

In Lynda’s words, “If you can help get this survey on to those people you will be doing a great service not only for us but for yourself in the future.”
You can find a copy of the survey online. Lynda asks that you print it out and give it to older TGs you know who aren’t computer savvy. If you have any questions about the survey contact Lynda Frank via email. The survey is anonymous, of course so have no fear of anyone finding out who you are.

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Category: All TGForum Posts, Transgender Community News


About the Author ()

Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc., the former editor of that organization's newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She wrote the Diva of Dish column for TGF in the late 1990s and was the Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She is currently the Editor of TGF. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows. In her idle hours she keeps busy producing her monthly TG parties, Angela's Laptop Lounge.

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