The origins of this Senior Texting Code (STC) * is unknown (if anyone has the original author, please let me know).
Many seniors are texting and tweeting these days, and now they can be more tech-savvy! I (Dawn) have eliminated some for space ~ a few weren’t so nice ~ but these are hilarious.
(Note: I am not making fun of seniors since I am on the threshold of becoming one myself; but after talking with a number of seniors, I am convinced that this is simple reality!)
- ATD: At The Doctor’s
- BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
- BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
- CBM: Covered By Medicare
- CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
- DWI: Driving While Incontinent
- FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
- GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
- GHA: Got Heartburn Again
- IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
- LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
- LWO: Lawrence Welk’s On
- OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
- ROFL… CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing… And Can’t Get Up
- WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
- WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
Washington Post staff writer Kim Hart reported that seniors are really taping into texting, not so much because they want to, but because they need to ~ younger friends and relatives send them text messages, and they need to know how to respond. In the article, about 50 senior citizens went to Montgomery Mall in Behtesda, Maryland, to decode the mysteries of the cellphone and texting in a session provided by AT&T.
Hart reported (2008) that, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about 50 percent of seniors over age 65 own a cellphone, compared to nearly 90 percent of people ages 18-29). The number of senior cell phone users is no doubt higher today. Mike Bennett, AT&T’s executive director of consumer and government affairs, said, “Seniors make up the fastest-growing market for companies like AT&T. And they control about half of the disposable income in the country.”
Seniors, no matter the era, always struggle to keep up. I remember my grandpa talking about “those frustrating, new-fangled” contraptions ~ technologies that now seem ancient to me.
We need to be patient with our older generation. They have their feet in two worlds: a familiar world they grew up with, and the new world that youth brings in with gusto! Seniors may feel incompetent and “old” when faced with these quick changes in their lifestyles ~ often changes they must make, but not necessarily want to do. The elderly can be stubborn about change (Ecclesiastes 4:13).
The Bible has much to say about seniors and our relationship with them. I want to share scriptures (and I want to give credit to Diane Dew, who made a study titled “Old Age: What Saith the Scripture?” ~ my resource for the scriptures included here).
Most important: we should honor and respect our elders (Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 23:22). While age doesn’t always make us wise ~ true wisdom comes from God ~ we can honor the wisdom of godly older people (Job 32:7; 1 Kings 12:6; compare 1 Kings 12:8, 13-14). The aged can be good role models and teach us “good things” (Titus 2:2-3) and pray for us (Luke 2:36-37). They testify to the faithfulness of God (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).
Seniors need our help as their strength wanes (Psalm 71:9). There are exceptions. Some seniors, like Joshua, stay strong throughout their old age (Joshua 14:10). They can still “bring forth fruit in old age” (Psalm 92:14) and worship the Lord (Psalm 148:12-13).
Many seniors understand what is important in life, what is eternal. Some do not. King Solomon did not guard his heart in his old age (1 Kings 11:4). God instructs the elderly specifically in Titus 2:2-3 in how they should live. Encourage seniors to know and love the Lord, living righteously before Him (Psalm 91:16; Proverbs 3:1-2, 16; 9:10-11; Deuteronomy 30:20).
God has a plan regarding how long our senior loved ones live (Job 12:10; Psalm 48:14), but they may struggle with the aging process. Encourage and comfort them in any way you can. Care for the elderly is the responsibility of the church (1 Timothy 5:5, 9), and God (Genesis 48:15), but also the family (Exodus 20:12; Ruth 4:13-16; Proverbs 23:22).
NOTE: If YOU are getting older, don’t be discouraged. Remember that troubles can come at any age, not just in your senior years (Job 5:7). Life is temporary (Job 14:5; Psalm 89:47) and short (Job 9:25-26; 14:2; 1 Peter 1:24; Psalm 90:5); but old age can be beautiful and “good” (Proverbs 20:29; Genesis 25:8; 1 Chronicles 29:28). Realizing the brevity of life, determine to focus on what counts ~ eternity and spiritual things (Deuteronomy 32:29). Number (count) your days, and apply your heart to knowing and living in wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
God has something good and profitable for everyone to do until the day of death. So encourage seniors to grow and give of themselves ~ to finish well for God.
* Full list of Senior Texting acronymns at: