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Why Do We Need to “Fight” Aging?

Why Do We Need to “Fight” Aging?

By Susan Williams

The other day an article caught my eye. The title was “Patients Experiment with Prescription Drugs to Fight Aging”.

The post went on to describe how patients were flocking to physicians to have them prescribe drugs to them that may stave off aging. They were wanting to be prescribed medications that are already available and being used for other health conditions but also had some preliminary research that they could potentially delay the onset of some aging and age-related conditions.

Surprisingly, the use of the drugs isn’t what bothered me about this post. I am actually all for research and use of medications that may help in delaying or eliminating potential health issues as we age. But what really irritated me were the terms that were being used to describe the aging process.

The references of “fight aging” and “anti-aging” seem to be something that is still being readily used in not only this article but so many others as well.

When I think about fighting something – it’s usually in the context of something that is bad for either ourselves or society. Fighting cancer, fighting hunger, fighting poverty all come to mind. These are all things that we are hoping we can put an end to.

But should fighting aging be included in this context?

Aging is a natural part of life. It is something that all of us will hopefully experience as part of our own life experience. But by┬ácontinually referencing our desire to “fight aging” coupled with all the “anti-aging” terminology are we not just reinforcing our societal view that youth is to be celebrated and aging to be avoided at all costs?

But what is ironic is that this is not coming at no cost. It’s actually hitting people’s wallets.

According to Orbis Research, the products, services and devices that are created just to reduce dark circles and wrinkles alone is a massive industry;

“The Global Anti-Aging Market was worth USD 42.51 Billion in 2018 and estimated to be growing at a CAGR of 5.30%, to reach USD 55.03 Billion by 2023.”

Now I’m all for feeling good about yourself and putting your best face forward (pardon the pun), but the fact that we may feel societal pressure to try and eliminate an aging appearance is this not what we should be fighting instead?

I just love this quote by Mark Twain. My hope is that one day we will all be celebrating the beauty of aging rather than fighting it.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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