I pretty much know the answer ahead of time, but I ask anyways:
ME: My lower back aches a lot lately? There are a few new skin discolorations on my leg? This cough has been lingering for weeks? Spicy food just wrecks my stomach? I’m more irritable nowadays, especially with rude drivers?
DR: There could be multiple reasons for your “disorders.” We’ll check everything. But, you know, you ARE getting older. Things change.
Since when did “aging” become a diagnosis? Or an excuse — to accept lessening physical and mental functionality and diminishing quality of life? The universal goal of “healthy and purposeful longevity” is being highjacked by apologists.
I try not to accept the explanation of you’re just getting older. I feel that each time I do, I die a little. Or at least creep a little closer to the end. Like being nudged inch-by-inch off the pirate ship’s plank, one age-related concession at a time.
Instead, medical professionals should be challenged to treat our conditions — and quality of living — as agelessly as possible.
In addition, my personal response to “aging” is to self-medicate with a steady diet of denial and defiance. Also, try to eat healthier. Take a steady regimen of Advil and statins. Go for longish daily walks. And distract myself with music while driving.
The fact is: aging is not a disease. Aging is not an inevitable ailment or illness any more than youth is an all-purpose elixir. Aging is a state of mind. Don’t let a doctor or your body try to convince you otherwise.