How many times have you heard some old timer attribute the
dysfunction of a body part or physiological attribute to “gettin’ old”?
Or how about that time you tweaked your back and everyone was quick to
tell you to get used to it because it’s never going to get any better?
“It’s all downhill after 30!” The funny thing is that this is somehow
supposed to make you feel better about your prospects. Some people, I
guess, prefer to have control over their health wrested out of their
hands and distributed to the fates. Some people like the idea of letting
“nature take its course.” At least that way nothing that goes wrong is
your fault, because you never had a chance anyway. You were always
destined to get all soft and flabby, lose your hearing, get brittle
bones, and be unable to go to the toilet by yourself. Right?
Wrong. Age isn’t “just” a number, and we can’t maintain Dorian
Gray-esque vigor all through life, but that doesn’t mean we’re destined
to be frail, brittle things relegated to chairs and walkers and homes
and doctor’s offices.
Today, let’s take a look at some common “inevitabilities” of aging and why they may not be so inevitable after all.