Okay, I admit that I’m “of a certain age”, however, I must insist that I am not infirm! My mail boxes, both on-line and the actual mail box are full of “adult” ads for aids such as: the infamous “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” buttons; adult diapers, gadgets to help me pull up my own socks – because apparently not only am I too infirm to get up off the floor, I wet myself and I cannot bend over to touch my own toes (while sitting down!). I keep getting phone calls trying to sell me buttons to summon help, hiring a “companion/homemaker”, and to convert my shower into one for people who need to sit down, complete with bars I can hang onto. And then, there are all the ads for “retirement homes”. Like I’d enjoy living in an area where everyone is in the same age group. Who would I play with? Seriously, who would I color with and play trucks with? Who would I run around the backyard with? I really need my younger (much younger) playmates. Can you imagine the boredom?
I am still in my 50’s, and my husband just turned 60. Are Americans so infirm at our ages that we all need these products? I’m also getting calls about less-expensive pharmaceuticals for my imagined diabetes, high blood pressure, extra weight, feet problems, and more! Are there so many of us in our 50’s and early 60’s who have these health issues? I hope not, for that makes certain assumptions about our health that are downright frightening. At my last visit to the doctor he did state that it is unusual for a woman my age to not be on some kind of medication.
Since diet is everything when your health is concerned, I know that I eat much better than the average American. While the health benefits of no longer consuming oil or animal products has been outstanding, it is a little disconcerting to realize that the typical American needs medicine at my age. Just think of the money the average American spends on prescriptions. We could use that money for purchasing better food, and enjoying the benefits to our health.
If it is true that the “typical” American my age is taking so many medications, please, please do yourselves the favor of going to https://nutritionfacts.org/ and reading the information there. Dr. Greger is the author of the book How Not to Die, and his information is science-based. Change your diet and you change your life. Get healthy so you can stay healthy for years to come. And maybe we all won’t be getting harassed by all those annoying calls and ads.