Aging gets old, real quick. The time comes, (all too soon to most of us) when we start hearing (especially from doctors, of all people) “well, it’s expected at your age” or “at your age, you tend to see these things” or “it’s not unusual at your age”. Our age? 50, 60? We’re not talking 80 or 90. But no matter our age, it does bother us. And what bothers us most?
- Creeping weight and stubborn belly fat
- Skin problems, from sagging, to thin, to loose, deep and wrinkly all over
- Declining health
- Loss of independence
- Memory loss
- Libido loss
- Chronic pain
- Losing your edge
And this is just the short list.
Age has been both a target of wisdom and wisecracks as long as man could write.
Growing Old Is Mandatory, But Growing Up Is Optional-Walt Disney
Age Is a Case of Mind Over Matter. If You Don’t Mind, It Doesn’t Matter-Mark Twain
Don’t Mess with Old People; We Didn’t Get This Age by Being Stupid-One of the Minions From The Movie “Despicable Me”
You could Google age quotes until you’re bent over with laughter. But it’s not laughable.
A Numbers Game
Certainly, we’re living older than ever. In the year 1900, the life expectancy of women was 46.3, while mens’ was 48.3. Hmm…mid age at 24…and we’re doing some heavy whining today. (Just as an aside; today, women happen to live about 3 years longer than men). But everyone has a different viewpoint on aging; People under 30 believe that old age strikes before the average person turns 60, whereas middle-aged respondents said that old age begins at 70 and adults aged 65 or older put the threshold closer to 74. The joke is, that the Millennials don’t realize how fast they’re going to get there. But then denial has always been part of the concept of getting older. Not me, we all think. Not me, we’re all totally assure. “I’m too young to be old.”
So, what is the real lowdown on life expectancy around the globe today, starting at the top?
Monaco – 89.42
Japan – 85.26
Singapore – 85.21
Macau – 84.55
San Marino – 83.34
Andorra – 83.34
Guernsey – 82.2.61 (don’t know where that is? They’re probably too busy staying young to be on your map)
Hong Kong – 82.52
Australia – 82.31
Italy – 82.58
Liechtenstein – 81.93
So where’s the US? Must be somewhere in the top 20, for sure, right?
Try 53rd, between Taiwan and Bahrain.
Worth packing? Eh…
More Bust Than Boom
The Baby Boomers, born 1946-1964, were named for an uptick in the post-WWII birth rate. Later to become a downtick in the Millennial mindset.
37, was considered elderly only 5,000 short years ago. Hmnn..probably the mind-set of Millenials today about Baby Boomers. It’s anti-aging addiction, right up there with “device non-addiction”. Baby Boomers changed the world, ended a war, created a new culture of values and morphed our style and politics with every move of the Beatles. Pretty powerful (not to mention smart) bunch, so while we’re talking about devices, don’t assume they’re technology afflicted. Yet millions of them are trying to wrap their brains around futures that look nothing like the ones they imagined. “Reinventing yourself”? Just another way of saying too old for the marketplace. Age discrimination at is worst.
He Irons Out the Emotional Wrinkles
As we mentioned above, it’s not just how we feel mentally about aging. Our bodies do take tolls in different ways. Peptides, of which there are many, and which have many functions in the body, can throw off how we feel physically if we are not working to produce enough growth hormone, for example. When this condition is reversed, fitness and athletic buffs can see an increase in muscle mass, strength and stamina. If you feel like your get-up-and-go’s gone, and your game is off, it’s time to check in with Stephen A. Goldstein MD, F.A.C.S. at Denver Hormone Health. In addition to being an expert in hormone therapy, he offers many different Peptide Therapy options. It may seem complicated to you, but Dr. Goldstein takes the time to explain it, and depending on your symptoms, knows just what you need.
He’ll be there for you, body, and mind.