The article examines the "medicalization" of the aging process and the pitfalls of the increased medical care and myths about what constitutes "healthy" later in life. Financial reward and fear of death drive the increasing amount and extensiveness of care for chronic disease encountered in older adults, sometimes to an unnecessary end. The author puts forth the theory that older adults are now part of a weakened generation, rooted in a refusal to "suffer their reality" and ignore the fact that aging is not a disease, that is, not until it is placed under a doctor's care.

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