How to tell if you might be pushing 40
Laurence Koehn
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So, I turned 40 today. Oh, well, I suppose I had a good run. Now all I have to look forward to is memory loss, declining vision, loss of hearing, digital exams, colonoscopies, loss of memory, senile dementia, high blood pressure, heart disease, bunions, gall stones, kidney stones, diabetes, hair loss, and memory loss. Well, I guess it's not all bad. I think there's a secret hand shake I get to learn, and senior discounts before too long. And some day, when I can no longer feed myself or use the toilet, I get to retire to a nursing home.

I know you young whippersnappers are saying this is never going to happen to you, but it might be closer than you think. Following are some warning signs that you, too, might be approaching 40, or that you've maybe even passed it.

(Hey, at least I haven't lost my memory, which is another thing I have to look forward to.)
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This seems appropriate, although of course remembering it isn't a sign you're pushing 40.
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