I said I’d never grow old
I can’t remember how that used to be
I find myself without the power
I find myself without the glory
Listen! I ain’t the same no more
You’ll find I have changed from before
— Alabama Shakes, I Ain’t the Same
This week BH Mom attended a meeting designed to encourage local Baby Boomers to talk aging. Even though our moderator said that since 2011, 10,000 Baby Boomers a day are turning 65, I wasn’t up for dishing. I still have kids at home and my ever-youthful mom is more bouncy than a Mexican Jumping Bean. Sadly, my dad passed six years ago. He did so many things right; he saved for his retirement, cherished my mom and spoiled the kids and grandkids. He was human, however, and being an over weight work-a-holic caused him to suffer heart disease and diabetes, resulting in an early appointment with the Man Upstairs.
To me, aging comes down to three things.
Money. Countless Boomers are responsible for the healthcare needs of aging parents. Fox business anchor and author Liz Claman wrote The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received: Priceless Wisdom, which sheds light on American’s failure to save for retirement. My wonderful mom-in-law used to be one of the most independent women I ever met. Then Alzheimers stole that life and she never had an inkling of the enormous financial toll her own care would demand. Many of Claman’s highly successful advisors suggest that people begin saving as early as possible.
Fat. This actually touches on the money thing. According to the CDC, 68.8 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese causing healthcare costs to soar. Why are Boomers fat? According to the CDC, we’re drinking a lot of booze and overeating, even though we exercise. Cocktails and processed foods are killing us. Organic fruits and vegetables are on the shelves of Costco, not just high-end markets, so there’s no excuse for obesity to wreak havoc on our hearts and promote disease. Not to mention…
Sex. Men with abdominal fat will see an increase in the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Beware pot bellies and man boobs. Overweight women addicted to Happy Hour or those who take menopausal hormone therapy are also at risk for high estrogen levels. That’s bad news in the sack. High estrogen equals low libido. Watch the cocktails and calories, ladies. For guys, pump iron and be chill.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself and Mr. UnHollywood to do because I don’t like the lyrics to I Ain’t the Same. My plan is to still wear my jeans/blouse combo in the same size, walk dogs and bike with Mr. UnHollywood. But in case I Ain’t the Same, I’m saving my pennies for my Piggy Bank.