People are often surprised to hear that I've chosen to specialize in medical care for the elderly. "Why geriatrics? Isn't that depressing?" they often ask me.
Well, we certainly get our share of sad moments in geriatrics. Luckily, those are more than outweighed by the many little moments of wisdom and humor that my patients share with me every day.
This week, I'd like to share with you the following list of twelve advantages of being old. It was given to me by 83-year-old Mr. R., who despite his damaged heart and high blood pressure, is still managing to take care of his 98-year-old wife. He brought this list to a follow-up visit, remarking that, thankfully, getting older is not all bad.
12 Advantages of Old Age
You can sleep anytime or anywhere, maybe.
You can drive slow and not be honked at or shot at, maybe.
You can forget to zip up and nobody cares, maybe.
You can reread books a