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Some folks march with heads held high into their senior years. When I turned 60 and could pass for less, i forsook senior price tickets at the movie theater or museum, even stretched that out until I realized that vanity had closed out opportunities I was dumb to miss.(In New York City a bonus comes your way at 65: you get half price fare on subways and buses, a bait that's hard to pass by.By that time it's pointless to pretend not to be a senior, anyway.) I didn't set out to fool the whole world.Came birthday number 60 and, being single, I figured I'd give myself a birthday party.A couple of dozen friends gathered on a November evening at a small French restaurant uptown in Manhattan where the chef (and his occasionally sober boyfriend) put together delicious food and wine.That set in motion self-sponsored birthday dinners every five years thereafter.



By that age I was hearing "Sir" from a young person, and awhile later stopped balking about it.Now that I use a cane, people -- even hurried New Yorkers -- are holding a door or offering a seat on the bus.Sometimes I thank the person and take the seat, sometimes shake my head and, as if offended, say, "No, I'm fine." The person offering the seat, by the way, is most often female.Living in Manhattan, where walking is practiced by most of the population, one sees scores of elderly folks with canes or walkers or wheelchairs or scooters moving around as blithely as if they were mobilized by their own two feet, solo. NYC buses give some help, as they now have slides that open from the front door and land flat on the sidewalk, allowing a walker or wheelchair to board -- in only a minute or two.

It's a great courtesy and wipes out an excuse to stay home.

Seniors benefit from discounts at many museums, no small perk with entry in some places at $20 or more (rendering those places inaccessible to the very people who should go). On a recent trip, in Paris, I queued up at the Musee D'Orsay and asked the ticket salesperson about a senior price. Fortunately, senior housing and organizations built on supporting seniors keep approximate pace with the elderly growing population.