When it comes to ageing well beware of false promises and profits.
Ever heard of Dr Jeffery Life aka Jeff Six Pack. From neck level above, he looks like a kindly chemist or the epitome of an avuncular soul that, chronologically at least, nature intended. Look below and you’d think you’re looking at a slightly leaner version of the Incredible Hulk...minus the green.
In the pursuit of ageing well, or appearing to do so, has Life gone too far?
Born in 1938 the ironically named Life credits his attempt at Peter Pan-dom to a mixture of eating well, exercising, and massive amounts of testosterone and growth-hormone injections.
Is it worth it? Is Life actually killing himself? And whatever happened to growing old gracefully?
Time magazine sometime back tackled the subject of Amortality and why acting your age is a thing of the past. In the pursuit of being ‘forever young’ they say more and more people are behaving as if they’ll never grow old and then cautions...”is this such a good idea?”
Writer Catherine Mayer canvassed the spectrum of institutions and also states of mind pumping out the notion that you’re only as old as you feel as well as how much you’re willing to succumb to a combination of ‘sound’ scientific advice as well as vanity.
At one extreme is the institution that uses Life’s litheness as its poster boy promotion. A place called Cenegenics not surprisingly based in Las Vegas. A location, says Mayer, that “is built on land without water or any reliable resource apart from the blazing sun with resorts entombing visitors in the permanent, cool, and jangling dusk of casinos.” Where better to have a life support system that boasts of being “the world’s largest age-management practice.”
With Cenegenics men are the predominant clientele. And with a definite nod to fashion, they’ve attired Life in a combination of snug shorts and a vest with scooped armholes...a style, the writer says, that is particularly fashionable in locales such as Greenwich Village in New York City but may be out of place anywhere else.