And I agree, growing old is nothing to panic about, there are some definite advantages to growing older, unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages. Let’s start top to bottom.
As we grow older, our hair starts to turn gray. While a lot of people are fine with their blond, brown or black hair changing color, others are not and visit their hair salon religiously. A coloring cost on average $65.
Our vision tends to deteriorate as we grow older and glasses are needed to read, watch TV, or just go about our daily business. Depending on which glasses are needed, single, bi-focal, progressive or transitional, this type of vision aid can cost between $300 to $1,200.
Teeth also have a tendency of acting up as we grow older. In the process, cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canal, crowns, caps, bridges or dentures are needed, costing anywhere from $300 to $3,000.
Between the neck and the hips, all kinds of problems might develop. Whether it’s the heart, lungs, stomach, bowels, liver or anything else, medication is needed. I have no idea of the prices of these kinds of pills, but chances are, they’re not cheap.
Aging feet develop corns and bunions. Most regular doctor won’t treat these problems, patients are referred to a foot specialist. There’s a problem though, here in Canada not everyone can afford such a specialist. A consultation starts at $95.
Whether it’s doctors, medication, glasses, teeth or feet, these services are often not covered by medical insurance and patients have to pay for everything themselves.
And here comes the final disadvantage of aging … how many people have enough money to pay for what they need?
If they have a job, they are often outmaneuvered by the younger generation, and the unemployed don’t stand much of a chance to be hired.
Many employers don’t want older people, even though they have the necessary experience and skills. They often prefer college graduates or job seekers with limited experience.
What seems to be the problem? Do employers want younger people so they can mold them into what they want, vs. someone who is set in their ways? Are they worried about older people's health issues? Or are younger employees just cheaper employees?
So, to whoever wrote the post “Growing Old is Not the End of the World” … he or she is right, it isn’t, but how many oldies can afford or can cope with the challenges that come with aging?