Do you ever think that getting older is a disease that can be cured? Are you in search of the latest age-defying miracle? I don’t think I’m one of those folks looking for the fountain of youth. On the other hand, I was harshly reminded last week that I am aging.
My left knee – for no apparent reason – suddenly began hurting with stiffness and swelling. All I was doing was walking my dog, an everyday activity. The knee is still hurting but I am working through it. I’m almost certain that I have aggravated or re-injured my previously torn meniscus. Meniscus tears are quite common as we age. I have read that 40% of adults 65 and older have meniscus tears.
I am hoping to avoid another surgery because of a recent study showing that surgery patients in general have no better outcomes than those who do physical therapy alone. I have some arthritis in my knees as well. In fact, my other knee is achy this week, probably because of the DIY kitchen flooring project that occupied most of last Saturday.
As I considered the aches and pains of aging, I discovered a video on YouTube of a commercial produced by a UK non-profit. The message is “There is no cure for aging – so embrace it.”
The video is short, compelling, and worth a look just to remind all of us that aging is not a disease that we should struggle with. As they say, what’s the alternative?
For me, I’m going to be the best 63 year old guy with a sore knee that I can be!
I have embedded the video below. Enjoy and please comment below.