My ultimate takeaway
As I slipped off the suit, my skin soaked (the guys were right, after all), I thought of my own parents, who sometimes seem to age decades instead of months whenever I see them. I thought of the crowd that attended the lecture, coughing and talking so loudly (they certainly couldn’t hear themselves properly). I thought of the burden of responsibility my generation will face, as my girlfriend (who works in healthcare) is already telling stories about the overwhelming older population, and what it’s doing to the healthcare system.
I thought of myself, as most people tend to do, and what my own health means to me. This is exactly Genworth’s and Ferren’s aim: to broach an often boring and almost always overlooked issue, that is soon to be a major problem for our world. Janice Luvera of Genworth summed it up, perfectly: “The good news is that people are living longer. The bad news is, we are not prepared to handle it."
Driving away from the complex, my iPhone didn’t play any songs about getting older being a drag. I put on The Faces' “Oh-La-La,” with it’s oft-repeated refrain of, “I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger,” because in a way, I had fulfilled that seemingly impossible wish. And as I walked, care- (and limp-) free, up to the plane taking me away from the mountains of Aspen, I realized just how lucky I was to be young. But no matter what innovations come along in the future, the feeling won’t last forever.
Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Supercompressor.com. He is 26 years old. Follow him @WilFulton.
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