Don’t turn the page if you are not yet a “senior”…with any luck, you will be one one day. And forewarned is forearmed. (Sometimes those trite slogans come in handy.)
When you’re a child or even a young adult (that would be – according to my reckoning – anyone under the age of 50), you might bump into things, experience a glancing blow off a bit of furniture that randomly wound up in your path. You might accidentally kick something hard – and thereby sustain the unpleasantness of a toe stub. No biggie, right? When you have achieved the vaunted state of more than six decades, there are both more “no biggies” and also a few familiar things which have now achieved biggie status.
I know – it’s not something that is customarily discussed in polite (or otherwise) society. It’s not something your parents warn you of; friends don’t give you a heads-up. So, when your toes have a sudden run-in with an immovable object, there is quite a bit of shock that accompanies the sharp hit of pain. “Wow!” you might exclaim aloud to the assaulting object, “Why did you do that?” or “Hey, what the bleep is going on here?”
What’s going on is that you are no longer the schtarker (Yiddish for a person of great strength) you once were. The protective energy field that seems to surround us when we are young dissipates with time and age. Ergo, the term “frail elderly.”
It’s worth knowing that for most of us (not all – there are still those miraculous old beasts who seem to retain their schtarkerness well into altacockerhood), we are in need of adjustment (dare I say a pivot?) when those calendar years start to stack up over our heads.
“Walk slowly,” “watch where you’re going,” “be careful,” “pick up your feet.” As with many things inside the great circle of life, this sounds a lot like the admonitions of your parents when you were just a tadpole. For those of us fortunate enough to still be in the race when we are 63 or 79 or 85 or older, it’s time to surrender to these this protective guidance. I didn’t say you had to like it – just incorporate it.
The ultimate reason for this bit of advice is in the aftermath of the over-60 toe stub. A ridiculously long recovery period replete with limping and re-injury can be avoided.
You young’uns – just file this away for future use.
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