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The challenges of getting older

15 January 2013, 08:20

It’s something nobody really wants to think about, let alone talk about, but we are all getting older, daily. Yup – really! That’s a fact of life, inescapable no matter how many denials are spouted, nor how much cosmetic enhancement is used.

Apart from the tell-tale sign of having a child or two over the age of 21 (difficult to hide that very real adult and claim your kids are still babies ….) and the fact that reading a menu can become a problem as either your specs seem to have stopped working, or your arms aren’t long enough suddenly, so that you can read the menu at the restaurant, there are those irritating ‘highlights’ which appear on the head, in the beard, or elsewhere…!

Anybody over the age of 50 will relate I’m sure, so why can’t the ANC simply acknowledge that at 101, certain things will not function so well any more. Senility for instance, reflected in constant denials of reality, eyes which have dimmed, providing no clear vision and absolutely no forward vision, then of course there are the ‘cojones’ – nothing can be achieved really, fertility or bravery-wise, with twiddly bits of that age. (Excluding our great breeder, I mean our great leader, of course – he clearly still has much to prove….)So, following the logical progression with the elderly, days, sometimes weeks and, incredibly, occasionally months, are spent doing absolutely nothing but sitting around, eating and sleeping. Oh and working out how to spend all that lovely money which taxpayers have provided.

Hmm – that’s all a little worrying. Anybody know a really good geriatrician ?

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