Yes, we already know that growing older means you’ve accumulated a good deal of wisdom and entertaining stories (and a few bad jokes…thank Uncle Peter!!) However, on the flip side, there’s a sharp downside, too. What are the most annoying things about getting older?
- Dealing with illness financially and emotionally. The cost of healthcare can easily eat up the income of those on a fixed budget.
- Becoming less independent. You become more dependent on people to help you with self-care, and they are not always happy about it, and except for the wealthy senior care centers can quickly empty a bank account.
- You can’t remember you put the keys or the remote?. It’s normal to forget things from time to time, and it’s normal to become somewhat more forgetful as you age. Some of these memory flaws become more pronounced with age, but — unless they are extreme and persistent — they are not considered indicators of Alzheimer’s or other memory-impairing illnesses.
- Celebrity magazines are filled with pretty strangers. Haven’t heard who Ryan Gosling is? How about Adele? rings any bells? (Also: You could have given birth to the Sexiest Man Alive, so you feel a little guilty even looking.)
- Having to buy a pill organizer.
- You get your first offer letter from the AARP.
- The force of gravity seems so much stronger. Everything tends to droop downwards.
- Your metabolism slows down, and weight gain becomes a newfound horror. You no longer can eat a lot while still maintaining your shape, and these are the days when you highly miss puberty.
- Money management becomes really, really important.
- A few regrets. Looking back and realizing how much time, love and life you have wasted. Wishing you had been wiser and kinder not only to others but to yourself.
- You spend more time in hospitals. You’ll trade in patronizing the cool downtown bars with hospital visits. As people age, they have more chronic diseases. The average number is three illnesses for people over 65. You’ll give up the wine and beer for poly-medications. Grandma would have told you to stop eating so much fast food and start eating more leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit.
- You snore more as you get older. No, you’re not imagining things. Your partner’s snoring probably has gotten worse over the years. As we get older, we put on weight. The pattern of weight gain changes and we often gain weight around the neck, so the throat space becomes narrower.
- Loneliness: By the time you age, most of the people lose their spouse’s significant others and their children have left their nest to make a life of their own.
Hey, but not all is annoying. Check here 5 reasons to love being over 50!