mediacalmetooism4b_wide-cf5d190b9eea4633b75292465de7ecb0d66a1bcf-s800-c85My father turns 78 in a few weeks. Though in my medical (and filial) opinion he’s aging well, he begs to differ — seeing his own aging as the piling on of indignities and infirmities.

Everything is relative, though, as he’s often taught me. When he compares himself to his peers, he often wonders if he should be undergoing the same medical routines and procedures that they are. My advice when he feels that impulse: Take a heavy dose of caution.

I wrote about this in an essay for NPR, accompanied by a wonderful collage by Katherine Streeter. Please click on the picture and take a look.