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Old Oaks (Mature Men & Senior Males)

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones". - Proverbs 17:22 NIV

Life changes occur in the adult males life after his teen years, although adulthood appears rather constant to many. From 20-years-old to 60-years-old are often described as a man's most productive years, but the years before and after do not exist in a vacuum and can also be highly productive and fulfilling. With advancing years often come a number of health challenges to older adult males. Battles with receding hairline & man boobs, middle age bulge, and more serious concerns like prostate cancer are common.

Hopefully, retirement planning was done, but if not some older men find themselves homeless, living with relatives, in their cars, or worse, on the streets and sidewalks.
Homelessness, however, can happen to a man at any age.

Some senior men have even become so desperate in old age as to turn to a life of crime (senior/geezer bandit), or worse, they commit suicide.

According to Senior Suicide, people over age 65 number about 13% of the population but account for one fifth of all suicides. The ratio of male to female suicides remains four to one.

Retirement

While life after retirement is often portrayed as the golden years, many men feel cast aside and useless after they no longer go to the daily jobs they worked for long decades. Old age need not be a time of isolation and exile to a status little more than that of a lawn ornament.

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Getting involved in activities that are fun and stimulating are worthy goals for retired men. Hobbies, going back to school and second careers can give retired men an increased feeling of self-worth and mental renewal. Life should be rewarding, but rewards rarely come to those who make little or no efforts to seek them out.

Prostate Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, 217,730 men were diagnosed with and 32,050 men died of cancer of the prostate in 2010.

From 2004-2008, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the prostate was 67 years of age.

Approximately 0.1% died between 35 and 44; 1.4% between 45 and 54; 7.5% between 55 and 64; 19.9% between 65 and 74; 40.3% between 75 and 84; and 30.8% 85+ years of age.

The age-adjusted death rate was 24.7 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are based on patients who died in 2003-2007 in the US.

Homelessness

Homelessness can strike at any age, but is particularly devastating for aged, or disabled, who are limited in their ability to rise above their circumstances.

Homeless people are an omni-present site in most of L.A County and indeed throughout much of California. In L.A. County, they appear to be everywhere, from downtown L.A.Homeless Los Angeles to the more urban streets of the San Fernando Valley.

They come in all colors and ages, from African America to Hispanic to Caucasian, from young to old. One feature that approximately 70% of them have in common is that they are male. In cold winter months, L.A. County's homeless seek shelter under building overhangs, under plastic sheets, or anywhere they can find some cover and warmth. Apparently L.A. County's shelters are not adequate to meet the needs of all the homeless, although I've heard some critics say, "Homeless people just enjoy living outside."

Mens Commission Now Men's commission now Although California has numerous women's commissions at state, county, and local levels, there is none anywhere for men to address such "status of men" issues as homelessness. The National Coalition for Men made efforts to create a commission for men in Los Angeles County a few years ago, but that effort largely fell on deaf ears. While funds continue to be available to fund a plethora of women's commissions throughout the state, virtually no support is available for a men's commission, even when such a commission is proposed without the expense of funding by the government.

Men are not disposable For a progressive state like California, that prides itself in equality for all, the disparity in treatment of humans, based on gender, stinks to high heaven.

Contrary to official government action, men, even those as lowly as the homeless, are not disposable.