Every once in a while it’s great to see stories about people who live their life, enjoy the time they have here, and inspire others. Sometimes it’s far too easy to assume that seniors simply exist, rely on assistance, or sit around watching TV or playing bridge, but in reality there are so many other things they do as well, and one such inspiring tale comes directly from the words of Estle Finney.
In a series that the Fresno Bee publishes, a different senior citizen is spotlighted, allowing them the opportunity to share a small snippet of their life story. These stories can provide insight into some of the challenges they faced in life as well as what they’re doing now, regardless of their age.
Mr. Finney was born in 1935 and his parents moved to Arkansas when he was 5 in order to find employment. He served in the United States Air Force and then built a solid career for himself and met his wife at one of his jobs. He now has two daughters and six grandchildren.
He goes on to talk about the things he and his wife have done and continue to do during their retirement. He and his wife, Myrtle, continue to help out at the nonprofit insurance company they have been members with for 50 years. They are also officers of the Central Valley and Reno Council. Mr. Finney has been President of the Council for the past three years.
As Estle Finney writes about himself in the blog, Senior Spotlight: Estle Finney published by the Fresno Bee:
“During the last four years, it has been my pleasure to volunteer my services to the Clovis Senior Activity Center providing musical entertainment. I joined the Western band called “Top Dollar Music Dudes” playing lead guitar, fiddle and mandolin. We perform every Wednesday from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at the Clovis Senior Activity Center, 850 4th Street.”
Stories like Mr. Finney’s highlight the many things seniors can and often do as they continue to age. For men and women like this, retirement doesn’t slow them down; it simply opens more opportunities for them to stay active. Age is just a number, as some say, and people like Mr. Finney and his wife highlight that well. Even for seniors who may require some assistance at various times, there are still so many things they can do and enjoy.
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