Long before I became a senior, I believed that "old people" should get more respect and care in some circumstances than much younger people. Now that I've been one of those "old people" for several years, I am aware that I, personally, don't feel old and do believe that I am fitter than many who are up to twenty years younger. That has not, however, stopped me from appreciating that in Ecuador a persons of "Tercer edad" (Third stage of life) are recognized and given additional benefits. Have I rejected being special ? Heck, NO ! I rather enjoy the treatment.
Just after turning 65 years of age, I recall standing in the airport waiting for my son to arrive. The plane and the hour were late. It was then that I noticed that there was a sign over a seating area indicating that seniors got priority. Looking around, it was clearly evident that nearly all those with their butts parked were not seniors. I could have asked a much younger person to move; but, I would have been embarrassed. After all, I am not fragile. Since that time, I have discovered numerous places where I truly enjoy the benefits and don't hesitate to take the advantage.
A recent inquiry about train and bus travel in North America reminded me that there are some situations there that give senior pricing; however, I am not aware that the list is as extensive as here in Ecuador.
I really don't know who is responsible for Ecuador being so caring for seniors and the infirm; however, I choose to credit the recent past Vice-President Moreno. Confined to a wheel chair after having been shot, he, successfully, introduced measures to help all those who were handicapped, aged or in need of special care. I note also that he was / is a member of a Rotary Club; an organization committed to helping others. Thank you Senor Moreno.
( One must be a legal resident of Ecuador to get the reduced airfare)
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