1. Breathing is harder
2. An idea is forgotten as you move to do it.
3. Your reflection looks like your father is looking at you.
4. You scramble to finish a thought or complete a sentence.
5. Your body feels like someone replaced it with one that’s been beaten.
6. Activities that use to be taken for granted; biking, swimming, running require a lot more effort.
7. Doctors warn you to scale back on activities that are fun.
8. A day’s activities are planned around the location of bathrooms.
9. Names that one takes for granted and recall automatically have been kidnapped from your frontal lobe and dropped from your internal directory.
10. Waking up at the gym and wondering how you got there?
11. Always ready for a lively discussion, you suddenly find yourself with nothing to say. You can no longer respond fast enough to join in on a conversation.
12. Suddenly, no one seems to notice you and you walk through your day feeling like your invisible.
13. Coming off of “there’s so much to do.” into looking at your calendar and seeing only doctors appointments.
Becoming older when one has always been very active is at first an afront, then concern, then a small humiliation. Brave through all the above with a great sense of humor!
John Shinavier, MA, Life Coach