15 Terrible Things That Will Happen When You Get Old

Certain things are a given when you get older. You will grow hair in your ears but lose it on your head. You will start liking the taste of stewed tomatoes but will lose your taste for chocolate. You will need to sit most of the day because you’ll be so weak, but will somehow manage to find the strength to run to the bathroom faster than Usain Bolt when nature calls. Such is life. All we can do is hope for a quick death and an easy one.

But the aging process along the way doesn’t discriminate - and it’s one shady mofo. Whether you decline rapidly or slowly, you will have to endure some terrible things that go far beyond yellowed toenails and losing your driver’s license. And it’s going to be scarier than any ghost story you heard at camp, more frustrating than trying to go five minutes without hearing about some member of the Kardashian clan, and more humiliating than any drunken escapade you had in your youth.

Nothing will prepare you for what lies in wait – except for this list! We are going to tell you all the terrible things that will happen to you when you get old, because we know you take a certain kind of twisted pleasure in the horrific. Just do us one little favor – act surprised when these things happen to you.

15 Your Bowel Movements Will Be Monitored

When you get to a certain age, the first thing your doctor will ask you is how your bowel movements are. But being asked this isn’t even the worst part – it’s the answering that will embarrass you! If your BMs are out of whack, you’ll have to describe to the doctor the particular problems that you are having, which will go beyond constipation and diarrhea. You’ll have to describe the shape (nuggets or ribbons), the color (bloody or tarry) and even the smell. Yes, there is such a thing as “foul-smelling stool” - which is quite redundant if we've ever heard it.

14 You’ll Hate The New Generation’s Music

Your great-grandfather hated it when your grandfather listened to swing music. Your grandfather hated it when your father listened to The Doors. Your father hated it when you listened to Eminem. And you’ll hate it when your kids listen to whatever the hell is popular for their generation. But you will absolutely loathe the music your grandkids listen to. If you’re lucky, you will be so deaf that you won’t be able to hear any of it – or you’ll at least be able to turn off your hearing aid when the radio comes on.

However, if you are one of the unfortunate elderly people that maintains a reasonable level of hearing, you will complain incessantly that “the music these days doesn’t make any sense” or that “they took the music out of music” or some such cliché. The point is, you will feel isolated and alone because you’ll have made yourself into a curmudgeon.

13 People Will Talk To You Like You’re An Idiot

Once you get to a certain age, or at least look old, people innately start talking to you like you’re an idiot. Maybe it’s because they assume all senior citizens suffer from cognitive loss. Maybe it’s because they think you look cute as a bug’s ear with your bald head and hairy ears and want to treat you like the baby they never had. Or maybe it’s because they think that oldsters only care about stewed prunes and Matlock. Whatever the reason, you’ll have to endure people speaking to you in high pitched voices, asking you if you are “OK” for no reason at all, and explaining the most mundane things to you, like what the sun is.

12 You Won’t Be Able To See

11 You Won’t Be Able To Pee

When you were in college and couldn’t pee, you were simply concerned that you had the clap – which antibiotics could easily cure. But when you’re elderly, there are all sorts of things that can cause you to have trouble urinating. For men it’s usually an enlarged prostate, and for women it’s usually recurrent UTIs. But there’s also atrophy, stones and of course cancer. The point is, don’t be surprised when you get a catheter the size of Kansas shoved up your urethra. It hurts going in, and it’ll hurt coming out.

10 You’ll Be Bed Bound

Eventually you will reach the point in old age where you will be bed bound. This might sound like a dream come true for some of you. You might think, “Never having to get out of bed? Where do I sign up?!” The reality of the situation is rather grave – pun intended. If you’re lucky – and we mean lucky – you will get out of bed once a week when your linens need to be changed. You can also forget about getting a shower, because you’ll probably be too enfeebled for that so you will get sponge baths every time you mess yourself. No matter how warm the water is, you’ll be shivering in your nakedness, waiting for the torture to stop. And, you’ll probably be screaming your head off because by that time you will have dementia and possess no impulse control.

9 Your Best Friend Will Be Nutty

Ever hear the saying that politics makes strange bedfellows? The same can be said for being elderly. You will reach an age when most all of your friends are dead or demented. You won’t want to be lonely, seeing how your family will only see you on holidays, so you will attach yourself to anything with a pulse. This can be hard to do if you’re in a nursing home. Your BFF might be a stroke victim who can only say “Big money!” Or it might be someone with a head injury that touches you inappropriately. You could get lucky and find an old bitty who tells you the same stories over and over again about her war work or the time she survived the Johnstown flood.

8 You’ll Hate The Stench Of Youth

We’re all familiar with the term “old man smell.” It’s that indescribable odor grandpa has even though he uses the same toiletries he did when he was middle-aged. Young people are turned off by the scent of the elderly, much like how mainstream America isn’t attracted to the smell of people from other countries. Well, guess what! When you are old, you will hate the stench of youth!

7 You’ll Have To Go To Rehab

6 You Will Pass Your Time In The Most Boring Ways

5 Your Family Will Desert You

4 You’ll Be Incontinent


We know, we know – there are a lot of items on this list that pertain to going to the bathroom. But the fact is that when you get old, all you basically do is breathe, eat, pee and poop. It’s just like being a newborn but not as cute. Now, you might be reading this and think that you don’t care if you are incontinent because you’ll just buck up and buy some Depends. If that’s the case, then we’re happy for you. But the fact is that most people who are incontinent have problems that Depends are no match for.

3 You Will Live In A Nursing Home

With people living longer and not better, you are guaranteed to wind up living in a nursing home. If you are an optimist, then you can consider if to be like dorm life for the elderly. If you are a pessimist, then you have already conjured up the sights, sounds and smells of institutional life. The reality is somewhere in between. Most people liken it to being in the service. You have to hurry up and wait, you have to follow rules that make no sense, and you have people screaming in your face, be it the staff, other residents, or your frustrated family.

2 You Won’t Be Able To Eat

There comes a time in every person’s life when they are unable to eat anymore. Maybe your teeth fell out or your dentures got lost. Either way, you won’t be able to chew and can count on eating slop. It’s like having a buffet where all they are serving is tapioca, instant mashed potatoes and Jell-O. Are you thinking right now that you’ll be fine so long as you can have plenty to drink? Not so fast, smarty! The elderly have a little problem known as “dysphagia” which is a swallowing disorder. It can result from a stroke, Parkinson’s disease or just old age. What it means, though, is that you are likely to have liquids going down the wrong pipe which is a danger for pneumonia and choking. So you will likely see a swallowing therapist who will put you on “thickened liquids.” These come in juice boxes and are basically regular liquids thickened by corn starch. So you can drink water – it’ll just be as thick as honey. Refreshing!

1 You Will Lose Your Marbles

It’s rare for people to make it into their 80s without suffering from some age-appropriate cognitive loss. You may forget complex news items or the name of your first pet. But that’s normal and you’ll probably joke about it. But once you go seriously downhill, you will forget where your room is, what you had for breakfast, and even your loved ones. If you are fortunate, you’ll be “pleasantly confused” and it won’t bother you one lick. You will actually enjoy having the same conversations over and over again. But there’s an exception to every rule. It’s highly likely that in your disoriented state that you will become agitated. You won’t know your own name, let alone know enough to understand that the nurse is your friend and is only trying to help you get dressed – you’ll be so confused that you will think she is trying to molest you. If your behaviors get really bad, and you start becoming combative, then your doctor will order you to be sent to a “memory unit.” This is a euphemism for a lockdown unit, which is basically prison for the elderly. You will live out the remainder of your life on a single hallway, asking everyone that comes by how you can “get out.”

Sources: MayoClinic, Buzzfeed, IMDB

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