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100_year_old_woman_birthday_cakeThe most obvious way to know you’re getting older is to have another birthday. I had one a couple of  weeks ago, and since it was impossible to ignore the event, I decided to embrace it in typical blogger fashion. Following are ten additional ways to know you are getting older.

  1. Your friendly Medicare supplement carrier notifies you that your health insurance premium will increase again. Mine went up approximately 15%.
  1. Sales clerks, waiters and waitresses give you the senior discount without asking. We went to A.J.s for my birthday dinner, and we didn’t have to show proof of age to get the senior buffet.
  1. You’re much more likely to ask your friends to recommend a doctor than a babysitter. If you doubt this one, just drop by the Senior Center and listen to the conversations.
  1. When your friends say It’s getting close to nap time, they’re not talking about the grandkids. In the interest of full disclosure, it’s not just my friends who say that.
  1. You have more prescription bottles than perfume bottles in your bathroom. These bottles and their contents is also a popular topic of conversation at the Center.
  1. You can say been there and done that to, well, to almost everything. I have discovered that, when you get too old to go there and do that, you can always write about it.
  1. The “noise” your kids listened to as teenagers is now played on the golden oldies stations. When the floors of my house vibrated with the sounds of Metallica and Pearl Jam, I never thought of them as classics material.
  1. You can truthfully answer “yes” to every one of the “do you remember” emails and Facebook posts. Unfortunately, the older you get, the more questionable the remembering part becomes.
  1. Your baby is worrying about his thinning hair and the wattle under his chin. Mine finally gave up fighting the hair loss and shaved his head. I’m not sure what he’s doing about the wattle.
  1. You receive an invitation to you 50th high school reunion. Mine is in October.

Blessings,

Linda

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Comments on: "Ten ways to know you’re getting older | by Linda Brendle" (2)

  1. Ha ha ha! That was a hoot to read! Happy belated birthday, by the way! 🙂

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