by Rob Wynen (guest editorialist)
You are old therefore you are sick.
Catchy titles are always a great way to pull in readers but this one I think pretty much sums up our attitude towards aging. Feel tired, why not try a Viagra, got some wrinkles, try our newest Botox therapy, got some pain in your joints, hey why not get a new one, they are made out of titanium these days didn’t you know? It seems like every time we turn on the tv there is an ad letting us know how we can, or should I say should, be living like we were when we were teens, minus the acne, low bank account and teen angst of course. With a growing baby-boomer population the snake oil businesses are in full bloom. Even amongst my colleagues the language surrounding aging has changed, “take this health survey and get your true physical age”, in my books if you are 50, you have the body of a 50 year old no matter how much you exercise; aging is not something to be avoided even if we could.
One of the greatest benefits to my job is that I get to meet lots of seniors. Seniors have been there and done that. Why reinvent the wheel? I might as well learn something from someone who has been around the block and save myself the trouble. What does depress me is the increased focus on making our seniors feel like they are inadequate and in need of intervention, whether it is glucosamine supplements (they don’t work by the way) or the almost unrelenting focus on getting all men over the age of 50 to take some drug which will make them feel like they are the new alpha male in town. I hope that as I age, I will find something new to enjoy at every stage of my life, that the aches and pains in my body will send me a signal to take it easy, make sure I remember to take care of my body and appreciate all the experiences my body helped bring my way. My hope is that I won’t be looking back at my lost youth but looking forward to enjoying my well worn body.
Fitness Centre Supervisor.