Last month, I wrote a post called When Does One Become “Elderly.” It was a rather scholarly work, or as scholarly as I get, with references from both the regular and medical sections of Free Dictionary, Geriatrics Gerontology International, and the World Health Organization. But, a few things have happened lately that have made me realize there are much easier ways to tell when you’re getting old. Here are a few of them:
- Most of the telephone sales calls you get are about Part D Coverage or Medicare Supplements.
- Those strange popping noises you hear in exercise class are coming from your ankle, your knee, your hip, your shoulder, your neck.
- Sales clerks, waiters and waitresses give you the senior discount without asking.
- You’re much more likely to ask your friends to recommend a doctor than a babysitter.
- When your friends say It’s getting close to nap time, they’re not talking about the grandkids.
- You have more prescription bottles than perfume bottles in your bathroom.
- You can say been there and done that to, well, to almost everything.
- The “noise” your kids listened to as teenagers is now played on the golden oldies stations.
- You can truthfully answer “yes” to every one of the “do you remember” e-mails and Facebook posts.
- Your baby is worrying about the wattle under his chin.