There, I said it. I didn’t say “advice on aging” or “advice on getting older”, I just said it like it is – getting old! It’s been that kind of week; more friends than usual in our group of oldsters have had various reminders of their, shall we say, vulnerability. Lots of what author and physician Atul Gawande, in his book Being Mortal, calls ODTAA. One Damn Thing After Another. And on top of a few serious and mostly just frustrating medical ailments, a non-medical emergency hit recently. Believe it or not, several of us have unexpectedly lost our long-time cleaning services! Can you imagine?! Talk about a serious setback. Good thing this rude awakening has come at a time when most of us can’t see well enough to know if there’s too much dirt around!
Given this sobering state of affairs, I thought I’d share some entertaining advice and observations on old age that have been made over a long period of time. If nothing else, these offerings can remind us that these challenges are nothing new. We’re not breaking new ground, after all. And we have the advantage of being the first generation to grow old with the Internet to keep us informed and entertained! What’s not to be grateful for?!
And I’ll close with this important reminder to younger readers.