We over-50 show up for our appointments with members of the medical community. We arrive on time. We follow all the instructions, ranging from fasting for tests to providing a list of medications. Then, we finally meet with the healthcare provider. And soon enough we hear the degrading phrase, "At your age."
Ironically, that was meant as a compliment for me. My blood pressure was low without medication. I was taking no prescription drugs. I had all my original parts, such as knees and hips. At least so far.
What to say to us over-50? There are age-neutral phrases such as "Your blood pressure is good. Keep up what you are doing."
I exited my appointment feeling violated.
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