I am a senior citizen.
What that means is that I've reached a certain age where I am considered to be "over the hill," over dependent, under productive and affectionately superfluous.
It has nothing to do with my physical or mental health.
I “retired” long after the average retirement age and miss the hundred plus mile daily round trip commute to my office. Retirement, is, after all, what most of us long for most of our working lives, equating it with what is euphemistically known as “the golden years.” But to me Retirement is a bore.
So I write. Blogs, novels, essays and even -- occasionally a poem. I watch TV.
When my husband and I sit down to watch a TV show at a certain time in the evening we are bombarded with commercials from pharmaceutical companies directed primarily at seniors. These ads are insidious attempts at keeping customers sick rather than trying to cure them, and often contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease, heart disease, and others. They are supported by federal agencies with major conflicts of interest.
I know. That’s quite a statement. But politics and greed have wormed their way into the medical/pharma communities allowing decisions by the FDA, AHA and other federal oversite agencies to help major pharmaceuticals make lots of money.
I am not a physician, attorney, or scientist and will leave the legal and scientific findings to others as there are many well researched sites which corroborate the accuracy of this information. I will list them and hope that individual seniors begin to listen to their bodies instead of Big Pharma and research the efficacy of the drugs they are being prescribed and sold.
Instead of “ask your doctor about. . .” why not do the research yourself. You’re retired now. You have the time. And there’s abundant information. It is essential for you if you really want to enjoy your senior years.
See these sites and look for more: