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Last edited at 11:48AM on 7/30/2013
1. Friends gone 2. your own children not visiting you 3. Technology getting ahead of you 4. people treating you like your not human 5. immobility 6. Drugs 7. affects of earlier life choices 8. bone problems 9. post heart attack symptoms 10. alzheimers 11. eye site going away 12. People not letting you be independent 13. Having to rely on people 14. regrets 15. confusion 16. tired 17. restless 18. not being able to do things like dancing
I volunteer at an assistant living home, just got back. most are 80-100 years old. Its sad that some of them were just put in there and aren't seen by there own children.
Hell, where to start? Is that you in the profile picture asking this? If so, you should have a fun enough time with adolescence then you'll probably have a decent time in your 20's-30's, then there is this thing called "mid life" which for many is a crisis. All I know about it, is that period of life reminds you that you aint getting any younger even though you may not have any gray hairs yet.
Eh?? Speak up! Stop mumbling! Dang kids always mumbling ... . You! Off my lawn! You heard me ... Wait, this isn't my lawn. . End of stereotype. . Biggest problems most of us old people have today are financial. -- Decades of carefully accrued savings which are savaged by bank mismanagement of supposedly "safest" conservative investment funds. -- Pension funds that were decimated during the corporate raids of the 1980-90's. -- The stock market crashes hurt everybody, but especially those who were trying to retire (and then couldn't afford it). -- Social Security reserves raided by every politician in every state for every conceivable use other than the original planned uses. SS payments are so low now that they are a joke. -- Extreme health expenses drain any remaining personal resources. (Medicare does NOT cover everything, people.) -- Nobody will hire old people for any job beyond Walmart greeter. Forget decades of experience, degrees or doctorates, all the interviewers see is "old". -- Obamacare. O.M.G. I can't even ... O.M.G. Doom. -- The government, every administration, keeps making it harder. Those old rich guys always work it to cover themselves and their friends, but the rest of middle class and working class are just attached to some objects by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis. ... Getting old, all by itself, isn't so bad. You can tough out all the other stuff like aging and health, etc., but it's almost impossible to fight a society and government that repeatedly keeps throwing more unreasonable (and ageist!!) hurdles in front of you.
Virtually all the problems have been covered already so I'll add a few personal thoughts.
Our memory doesn't work as well as it used to. The body breaks down and, sometimes, our chest falls into our drawers. Most of us find that our physical strength lessens. We fall over more often and bones are easier to break. People living alone often endure loneliness, or the inhumanity of nursing homes. Such people often suffer from touch deprivation.
But it ain't all bad. Old age gives us the time to do lots of things we were too busy to do when younger.
I had a step-mother who lived to be a hundred and one. Long enough to bury her parents, her brothers and sisters, her husband, four of her eight children, several grand and great grand- children, and all of her friends. That's the really hard part, I think.