Live Your Best Life!
This Millennial command of carpe diem--typically mistaken as basic and trite--represents a grounded, fearful foresight.
First with their grandparents and now with their parents, Millennials have witnessed the greatest pitfall of modern day medicine: the disparity between quantity and quality of life.
Sure, Nana can keep on truckin' through her nineties, but what's her quality of life? Perhaps she's still a Scrabble wizard and serving aces on the tennis court every morning. Or, perhaps she's in a wheelchair, incontinent and demented.
Just because a handful of pills are propping up Nana's heart, kidneys and lungs, is she living?
Quality of life is having the ability to do what you want, when you want.
Well, Nana may technically be living, but she certainly isn't living her best life.
The study of medicine has overemphasized quantity of life at the expense of quality of life.
Why Does Quality Of Life Decline?
What happens to your body over time?
What changes so you can't do the things you once enjoyed?
Remember having the confidence to dominate a meeting?
Remember having the stamina to have sex all night?
Remember having the energy to travel around the world?
Beginning around age 30, for both men and women, hormones begin to decline.
As testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid and growth hormones decline, so too declines the function of your organs.
The skin becomes crepey.
The bones become brittle.
The heart becomes weak.
The brain becomes slow.
The vagina becomes dry.
The penis becomes flaccid.
This decline, this organ failure, is aging.