Senior Citizen Life Stage

Essay by Mil67RiaUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, April 2004

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"Depends, Ensure, Genital, False teeth and hearing aids. Bed pans, catheters and railings surrounding my bed. I can't wait to get old.

Walking with a shuffle. My back not wanting to be straight. Joints talking to each other. I can't wait to get old.

Have to stop doing this. Stop smoking that. Start eating things that make me "pooh." I can't wait to get old.

Chop, blend, beat, and add water, then slurp it down. Walk in circles at the mall. I can't wait to get old.

I can't work even if I want to. I don't do un-old things. I don't try new things. I watch TV.

I can't wait to get old.

Live in home with other old farts. Play shuffleboard and Scrabble. "If I could only remember that seven-letter word!" Now I'm old." (Unknown author)

The above poem is a satirical look at getting older, and the inevitable changes that come with aging.

Time is not on our side; we are all going to get older. Everyone ages; although genetics and lifestyle will determine how well we age, we all have the same "symptoms." In this essay we will be discussing what is happening to the body in our older, senior years, what contributes to "aging", and are there any things we can do to prevent and or lessen some of the things, such as disease, sickness and injuries associated with aging.

The Life Cycle Phase

There are many theories as to why the body ages. Some noted by The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Second Edition are:

Programmed senescence, or aging clock, theory. The aging of the cells of each individual is programmed into the genes, and there is a preset number of possible rejuvenations in the life of a given cell. When cells die at a...