ACRONYMS AND OLD AGE
Just as babies talk and walk at different ages so old people age at different rates. It is common to see the reflexes slow down, strength is diminished and movement is much slower. From my observations , in my tennis club while most older members suffer, there are one or two who avoid some or nearly all of these sign of aging, except short-term memory loss. Every senior of my acquaintance tells the story of going into the bedroom from the kitchen and not knowing why? Seniors can remember what they did 20 years ago but not what they did 20 minutes ago. Which leads me to the topic of this piece.
I read a lot, mostly about politics and human relationships. I try to concentrate on the subject matter so I can follow the sense of the article. Half-way through the article I read an acronym IPCC. What do these letters stand for? Its even worse when the acronym is in the headline of the article and you have to read well into the article to make sense of it. How about OLG. I can guess 95% of my readers do not know the meaning of these acronyms. Well, IPCC is the” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” and OLG is the” Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation”. So now you know, but to remember, good luck.
But it is not all bad news. Some acronyms are so popular that they are used instead of the full descriptive words.. Who doesn’t know what NHL, NBA RCAF mean.. There are cases where we know what radar, aids and NATO mean, but cannot write out the full meaning of the letters. Anybody over 60 knows , to our dismay what Gestapo stands for,but there would not be 1 in a 1000 who know” Geheime Staatspolizei.”
Acronyms are fun and save time but for old people they are a problem. In a short period of time we cannot remember the meaning of the acronym, so here is the answer to a problem I just discovered. For acronyms that are not well known at the top of each article print out the acronym and the representative letters. For old guys like me it would be very appreciative not having to go through the body of the piece to make sense of it. I would like to add a few new acronyms that I have encountered in articles recently. See if you recognize them?