Things your mother never warned you about growing older
The Life Experience Handbook parents pass on to their children seems to end at the chapter once children becomes parents themselves, leading to surprising discoveries when their bodies start to change again as well as the general effects of aging. Here is some insight of the things to look forward to that would serve you well to know in advance, but your mother never warned you about.
Story: Maritza Manressa
Growing up, parents love to tell their children stories about those times long ago when they were children, about their teenage years and how different things were back then. Much is talked about how it was so taboo to talk to your children about certain subjects that in today’s world you must discuss with your children for their own safety. However, it appears that there is much more to tell that parents have left out of the list of things we wish they would have warned us about.
Generally, parents try to prepare their children for the rough teenage and college years, but beyond that it becomes a mystery. If parents can have a talk with their children about “the birds and the bees,” why can’t they also have a talk about “life after 40?” When you know something is coming, you prepare for it and, are able to handle it much better, thus avoiding taking the brunt of it. Sort of like a storm, when you are prepared, you can ride out with a lot more comfort than when it takes you by surprise. Well, that is how all the changes that happen in your body as you grow older can be, they come storming into your life and you can either be prepared by taking better care of yourself to avoid or diminish the effects, or you can let them take you by surprise causing havoc in your life.
In general, both men and women suffer from common afflictions as a result of aging some of which include loss of energy, brittle bones and teeth, loss of hearing, decreased eye sight, and body aches to name a few. However, with so many advances in the medical field today, people are living healthier and longer lives than ever before. The older generation is no longer sitting around watching time go by, and neither are they expected to do so anymore. Seniors, for the most part, are enjoying pretty active lifestyles, living their lives to the fullest.
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