geriatric

DEMENTIA

[noun]

a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body.

Etymology: taken from Latin, originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”.

[Robert Carter]

GERIATRIC

[adjective]

1. of or pertaining to geriatrics; old age, or aged persons, or geriatric medicine.

2. Offensive (of people or machines): old, obsolescent, worn out, or useless.

3. old fashioned.

[noun]

3. an elderly person; elderly creature.

 4. Offensive: an older person considered as one who may be disregarded as senile or unable to look after his or her own best interests.

Etymology: from Greek gēras - old age.

[Angela Rizza - Morla (The Neverending Story)]

“At an estimated age of more than 150 years, Speed had been in geriatric decline for some time, with arthritis and other maladies. Keepers treated him with medication, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, even acupuncture.
Finally, a decision was made Friday to euthanize Speed, who had been at the zoo since 1933.
Speed, in his earlier decades, was an alpha male and given to butting his leathery head with other males in dominance skirmishes.”

Rest in peace big guy.
-Animal Factbook Team

today was ‘bring your 11 year old son to your senior care job’ day because it’s fall break and his dad is at work and there were no options to pawn him off for a couple hours. 

i wish we had one of those magical moments where a parent and kid bond over such an experience.

the kid gleams with pride over the kind of work their parent does.

the kid has one of those 'a ha!’ moments and decides he wants to grow up to be just like his mom.

the parent is ecstatic to show off her mad skills at scrubbing off dried diarrhea from around the toilet and surrounding walls, explaining that she is privileged to this life changing task 3 times a week. 

deep conversation about the welfare and dignity of geriatrics happens while we ponder how to solve all of life’s medicare part b woes.

sadly, none of these moments happened.  it was more like the kid sat slumped over, head resting on the table, dreaming of a better world where boredom hasn’t taken over his miserable life.

It’s amazing to me how out of the Tumblr loop I feel being unable to check my dash all day. Just one day.

It’s also amazing to me how much more I feel like death during my run after a day full of activities. I’ve been up since 6:30 (kill me) and busy with activities from the super mundane to the super fulfilling and I am just beat. Today was the first day in recent memory that I just didn’t want to run because I was tired. I’m not looking forward to having to push through this feeling for the next two months.

5 miles
52:07 - 2 miles warm-up, some half-assed 4x400s (9:22 pace), 1 mile cool-down
Average pace - 10:25

And now everything hurts and I need to eat a lot of things.