“It’s noodle ball time” he’ll call out each time the commercial for the seniors complex comes on TV, we look at each other and smile knowingly. We’ve always assumed our days of noodle ball, support hose, and pureed dinners are a long ways away, we are not part of the greyish crowd just yet.
We are all getting older, but…
The upcoming decades as aging seniors bashing at a helium balloons with pool noodles while sitting in their wheelchairs could still be pushed further into the future.
Our days of sipping on “whisky” a weak solution of diluted apple juice, using water as a chaser regularly offered by staff as a aperitif, medication dispensed by cautious RN’s, daily blood pressure competitions for the highest and the lowest levels, non slip socks would be sometime in the decades after retirement.
At least it all felt far away until I took a look at a magazine supplement that came in our local paper titled Over 55’rs . Brightly colored images portraying greyish haired seniors doing what many seniors do…actively pursuing a good life, and enjoying themselves.
Age appropriate for those in their late 70’s and beyond, so I thought there might be something interesting for my parents, who are in their 80’s.
This is what I consider “over the hill.”
What’s over the hill, and when does it start?
Who ever put together this supplement must have thought anyone over the age of 50 was not only decrepid but wondered if they could remember where they lived, and what they were doing that morning. There is no denying that we are all getting older, but really?
All of the articles described the aging process as starting immediately after 50, and refered to anyone over the age of forty-nine as a senior.
Where on earth did they get this information?
Don’t they know that 50 is the new 30’s?
Let the greyish rebellion start now! Rev up the walkers people…and do those velcro slippers up tighter, we are going to march in protest.
I’m all for encouragement to eat properly, and drink enough water. But they are pushing it when they tell 55+’s to be sure to drink at least 10 glasses of water a day, and to exercise our creaking joints in order to remain flexible until we reached our 60’s. That reeks of ageism.
I bet it was written by some young whippersnapper of a twenty something.
Now if you don’t mind, I’ve misplaced my cane, that I need to toddle off to the kitchen, I can’t remember if I’ve left the stove on and I don’t want to burn my stewed prunes.
Jen @ The Light Laughed
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