As a change of life baby, I was surrounded by older adults. I was shy therefore I did a lot of listening while older folks told stories. Also it gave much time to think about their age. I wondered how it would be like to be like them. Well here I am.
Aging is a process that we all go through. There is no stopping it. We boomers just need to accept it. I use my sense of humor to do this. One day as a young child I asked my mom why she had so many freckles. Her reply was, “Someday you will know.” Well I know now. Back in my 40’s I noticed freckles all over my arms. I am here to tell you they have spread. There is even a few on my face. A friend of mine was seeing an old down home doctor who was burning his off. Now of course I had to inform him that he had age spots. We all get them. There are many skin creams that help turn back the clock on aging and help fade them a bit but I just let mine do their thing because it is just a part of aging.
I have spent a lot of money at health clubs but my upper portion of the body seemed to go with gravity. The sports bra is certainly not the most appealing under garment when one is in that shape. At least the stores have alternatives like lift and separate. I do find those under wires are very uncomfortable. At first I was rather shocked by this condition but gravity takes over as we age. Some people go for breast implants and tummy tucks but I am not into pain. So that is just not for me. There are many professional cosmetic surgery physicians that specialize in plastic surgery and it might be a choice for some.
Now how about those eye lashes. In my younger years everyone complimented me on my beautiful baby blue seductive Betty Davis eyes. I recently noticed that my eye lashes have started disappearing. There is nothing much left to put the lash lengthening mascara on any more. Oh well, there is always sun glasses in the summer time. Beside that who needs make up. The natural look is the in thing and more important is that I have eye site. Hair loss is another aging process. They do make the nice wrinkle cream fillers but it feels like wearing pancake dough. I found a sure fire remedy for the eye brows. Mine turned white therefore I use a nice eye brow pencil to paint on a little color. There is always a reason to be grateful. We just have to reverse our thinking. Science is always coming up with new things to help us to do that. Of course we want to look our best. Doesn’t every woman? Age gives us wisdom as to how and when to make choices.
Now I know we don’t talk about it but it is all over television in the commercials. There are many sales ads for Depends, gels and etc. Urinary incontinence is a bladder condition after menopause but can be corrected by surgical procedures if one chooses for a better quality of life. Men don’t think I am going to leave you out. How about all those commercials where the elderly couples are floating around in sexual bliss. Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by prostate problems and other reasons related to age. I knew a fellow that took those pills but then his face turned red, had rapid heart beat and always got a terrible headache. Again one must know that men with heart problems, pacemakers and such should avoid taking medicines for this condition. Always consult with your physician and allow him to suggest your best alternatives. Make sure you read the label on side effects. Now on the positive side though it brings back the act of holding hands and cuddling on those cold winter nights. It is nothing new. Everyone ages. It is like the weather. We can’t change it but we can change our attitude about it and seek help with our problems. Always consult with your medical insurance companies to see if you have coverage for any procedures that you might need.
I use to walk 5 miles every day to stay fit. I still walk. The only difference is that I go at a much slower pace. When my knees start crackling like rice krispies then I just snap my fingers and appreciate the fact that I can still walk. A good stretch feels so good. It also helps my friend Arthur, the name I have given to my arthritic aches and pains. The Arthritis Association and your physician can suggest the proper means of treatment so that you can enjoy your retirement years.
Now back in the day, I noticed the older folks talked a lot about their bowels. Then I went into the health care field and found out that was a big topic. It is one of the leading complaints in the Dr’s. office. It was either constipation or diarrhea. So there you go again. Another reason to eat the right foods, drink water and exercise. It saves money too because those over the counter medicines can become pretty expensive. If you are having any of these symptoms see your physician. There could be bowel blockage or caused from many things like irritable bowel syndrome. Don’t give up. There are medicines and treatments out there. We have fought before and we can still do it.
Feet can be a big issue. I remember the high heel spike shoes but that is just a memory. Now I am so grateful for Dr. Scholl’s and the comfy sports shoes. Just look at feet next time you go out. Men have adapted to the sports shoes just fine instead of the designer pointed toed boots. Plus look around we are right in style. I am so grateful for the pedicure places. Whatever happened to those nice natural smooth feeling baby soft feet. Don’t hesitate to see a foot doctor because again there may be underlying problems that can be corrected and improve your quality of living.
Watch out ladies and men for those hair colors on the market. Make sure you do a strain test. It may say it covers gray and white but I am here to tell you don’t expect too much. I have a cosmetology license so it is a completely different subject to cover a full head of white/ gray hair. Again though there are many good new and improved products that are coming out everyday for us. Now men, don’t worry because bald is now beautiful. Please men just accept the aging process. Combing ones hair from back to front and down is not very cool. Also those hair pieces can be a drag. I dated a fella once and didn’t know he wore one. I almost cut a finger on a hair pin when I started to run my fingers through his hair. Just think with less hair how much cooler you will be with vacationing in that nice tropical beach paradise. Don’t forget the sun screen. Those rays can be damaging to the skin.
Now may I suggest regular visits to the dentist with good dental hygiene and flossing. When the dentist tells you this then listen up. Another fellow I dated gave me a shocker when I found his choppers sitting in a cup smiling at me on my bathroom sink. Gum disease can be prevented also as we age. We just have to work hard at keeping healthy as possible. Some things we can’t prevent and we will just have to accept. We can develop a coping skill that is positive and not give up. Sometimes we may not like certain things but we have the ability to accept them.
Now, I have gotten a little carried away here folks rambling on and on. The point I am trying to make is, be good to yourself. Accept the aging process. Practice good health. Accept your body as it is. Accept and love yourself as you are. Aging is a part of life that we ALL go through. We can fight it or accept it as we enjoy the years that we have. We can laugh or we can cry. That’s a choice. I like to laugh myself but a cry now and then helps to when it is needed. It is okay to show feelings. We are aging and that is totally normal. I have found myself crying while watching a movie. You might call it sensitive or you might just call it freedom to express a feeling. Change is change and it always will be. Love yourself and in turn love others. Smile and treat yourself with love and respect. Guess what? Those that love you will love you just as you are and those that don’t, don’t matter anyway. Get out there folks. Be who you are. Exercise that mind. Focus on what you can change and let the other stuff go. Focus more on what you can change instead of wasting time on worrying about things that you have no power to change. Challenge life as life challenges you. Enjoy the journey with a cheerful spirit! We are boomers and boomers don’t quit. Worrying only zaps us of the energy that we need to enjoy our much due boomer years. It is time to have real fun, freedom and some well deserved relaxation time. So lets stroll into that over 55 retirement community and meet others just like us and play golf tennis, fish and let it all hang out. Don’t worry about the young folks understanding. They will be in our shoes someday. It is your time to enjoy life right now.