The article in your Sept. 8 "A Reader Writes" column by Jack V. Adler should be read by all who are in their 80s (and also by anyone who anticipates reaching that goal in life.)
We have all heard about one's "golden years" and for those who have achieved that milestone in life, it often turns out to be more "brass" than golden. Perhaps we are expecting too much … utopia on earth, or at least recognition by others that we are on the downward slope of life.
Quoting from Mr. Adler's column in the hope that you will read it before tossing the newspaper aside (or using it to line the bottom of your bird cage), he wrote, "Ah, the golden years … the guy who coined that phrase is depriving some village of an idiot. I have yet to discover what is golden about them."
If you did not read the column, I strongly recommend that you do. It contains thought-provoking ideas and suggestions, in lyrical prose, with a touch of humor. It is the type of column one cuts out and saves to read again and again. I am saving mine and also sending copies to those I care about.