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“Old Age”
Marissa Salvesen

By: Marissa Salvesen on September 9th, 2014

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“Old Age”

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old-ageThis funny poem was originally shared with us by Reverend Lyman “Bud” Taylor, a longtime resident of our Wesley Heights community. Bud came across the poem in his readings one day and thought it might be enjoyed by the older adults who live at Wesley Village, many of whom can relate to the changes of “old age”. Bud passed away in December 2012, but is still fondly remembered at Wesley Village. He and his wife Marian lived at Wesley Heights over ten years.

The poem was recently shared again in the July/August 2014 edition of the Wesley Village Gazette, a campus publication produced by Wesley Heights’ resident, Lisa Ann Sorlie. Special thanks to Lisa for passing along the poem…. 

We hope that even in the midst of the changes of “old age,” you or your loved one can “dust off their wits” each morning and live each day as they please, as independently as possible!


How do I know my youth has been spent?
My get-up and go, got up and went –
But in spite of all that, I am able to grin
When I think where my get-up and go has been.
Old age is golden, I’ve heard it said,
But sometimes I wonder as I go to bed
(My ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up.)
Ere sleep dims my eyes I say to myself
Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
And I’m happy to say as I close the door
My friends are the same as days of yore.
When I was young my slippers were red,
I could kick my heels right over my head.
When I grew older, my slippers were blue
But I still could dance the whole night through.
Now I am old, my slippers are black –
I walk to the corner and puff my way back.
What’s the reason I know my youth is spent?
My get-up and go has got up and went.
But really I don’t mind when I think with a grin
Of all the places my get-up has been!
Since I’ve retired from life’s competition
I busy myself with complete repetition.
I get up each morning, dust off my wits,
Pick up the paper and read the obits;
If my name is missing I know I’m not dead
So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed.

About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

Our Blog is a 2016 Platinum Generations Award Winner! The Generations Award is an annual international competition for excellence in senior marketing recognizing professionals who have communicated to the 50+ Mature Markets.