The new Reader’s Digest arrived in the mail Saturday. We’ve subscribed for many years to what is, arguably, one of America’s most read monthly magazines.
RD has something for everyone, especially the aging. Sure, there are plenty of heart inspiring articles of bravery, soul-stirring stories of people overcoming adversity, and a monthly dose of anecdotes, jokes, and slice of life episodes to bring a smile to any face.
For the aging reader, RD is loaded with advertisements to help you age better, slower, live longer, and thank God for health insurance. There are ads for diabetes medicine, incontinence, weight loss, memory loss, coughs, colds, flu, and some diseases I’ve never heard of, and hope never to get (though it’s comforting to know there’s already medicine to make it better).
For the health conscious (and who among the elderly is not?), there are ads for soups, teeth whiteners, plaque removers (teeth and artery), and prostate medicine. Medicine? RD collects medicine advertisements, some for products I’ve never heard of, for diseases and disorders I’ve never heard of, with names I can’t pronounce.
Can you say mesothelioma? How about that Nexium? It’s purple, you know. That must make it better. I like the quotable quotes section and word power vocabulary lessons. There are always articles on dieting, health, money saving and investment tips, as well as exotic places to travel.
I enjoy Reader’s Digest but it makes me feel much older than I want to feel.