This is a good reality check for someone like myself who is nearing 60.
As a person rapidly approaching 60 I believe the biggest obstacles we face as we grow older are the negative perceptions surrounding age and aging. I live in an area that is a popular place to retire. Popular topics of conversation include ailments, procedures and how bad it is to get old. The most popular area of Walmart is the pharmacy with what sometimes seems like a never ending line. Depression, alcoholism and feelings of worthlessness over no longer being able or allowed to work are much more prevalent among the “elder” population than I had ever imagined.
I recently and reluctantly visited my doctor for a sudden and mysterious problem with my knee. He ended up giving me the “as we get older” speech. This was the first time a doctor had ever said that to me indicating they were not going to look for the cause of a problem. …
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