A decline in skeletal muscle with age. Sarcopenia.

According to NYT’s reporter Jane Brody, “It begins as early as age 40 and, without intervention, gets increasingly worse, with as much as half of muscle mass lost by age 70. (If you’re wondering, it’s replaced by fat and fibrous tissue, making muscles resemble a well-marbled steak.)”

As Dr. Jeremy D. Walston, geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, put it, “Sarcopenia is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.”

It is why I have an exercise room in the basement. And lift weights on a regular basis.

You were there with me last week, Vera. You wanted me to play. I said I needed to work out. So you brought your toys into the room with me. And waited.

As much as I love you and want to spend time with you, sometimes you have to wait.