Ruth Burdbam, 89

What do you like about your age? “I like the wisdom that you get with age. I now understand many things I did not know when I was younger. I did not appreciate the joy around me as much as I do now, and I used to try to control things that were out of my control. With age, I became more accepting of the things around me, and I have learned to be grateful for every morning I get to wake up in the morning.”

Have you ever been judged or treated differently because of your age? “Yes, many times. People think that once we get older that we know nothing, understand nothing, and are good for nothing. However, that is very far from the truth. My mind now contains much more knowledge.”

How were you effected by the pandemic? “Very badly. My movement became very limited. I became unable to go in and out of the nursing home building as much as I wanted, I could not not meet people as often as I want, and I cannot hear the people around me speaking with a mask on. I became very lonely, very quickly.”

What is the best thing that has happened in your life? “My husband came to the United States from Isreal and fell in love with America. He told me, ‘I want to bring you to America.’ We came here 60 years ago, and my girls grew up and went to school here. My children continued to get married here, and they had their children here. Now we can all live near each other and be together.”

What is something most people do not know about you? “I have a strong passion for education. When I was a younger adult, I was a fable literature professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey along with being the President of my local Hebrew School. Now that I am older and can no longer teach, I continue to learn new things everyday by going to watch educational speakers and reading books.”

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