When is Old Age


When is Old Age?

Every day there’s an article in the paper or a segment on television on how Baby Boomers are redefining the aging process. They will be healthier because they exercise, eat right, and learn a new skill. I think rather than redefining aging, they are denying it. I read in the paper today that Baby Boomers identify 72 as the beginning of old age.

What happened to “don’t trust anyone over 30?” Has it changed to “Don’t trust anyone under 60?” My generation seems to think we can wish away old age. Yet here are some things to consider:

  1. How many medications do you take every day?
  2. Are you stiff when you first get out of bed?
  3. Is your “sweet tooth” getting worse?
  4. When was the last time you stayed out late?
  5. Do you avoid driving in the dark?
  6. Are you less critical of people who get facelifts?
  7. Do you hold Social Security and Medicare as sacred, not socialism?
  8. Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves, especially in a noisy environment?
  9. Do you feel nostalgic when you think about Rice Krispies (Snap, Crackle, and Pop)?
  10. Are your friends all looking tired and older?
  11. Are ailments a major source of conversation with your peers?
  12. Are naps a source of delight?

We want to believe that getting older only happens to our parents, poor things. Iasked quite a few of my friends if they would look at moving to a tiered living community. Each one was shocked. We were too young to be thinking of that! They wanted to stay in their homes as long as possible. This from the same people who had to battle with their parents to convince them of more appropriate housing!

I’m not saying my life is over. Far from it! I intend to work, travel, work out, enjoy my grandkids, find romance and sex, walk my dog, and live life to its fullest every day. But I’m realistic that I need to consider my options. I am only one accident or bad fall away from temporary or permanent dependence on others. I need to lose weight as much for appearance as so someone can manage to move me, should it be necessary. People are living longer and better, but the human body does wind down. Live in the moment!

 

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