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Old 05-27-2014, 09:03 AM   #21
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^ Even 10 years older than you is still a kid! (I'll (hopefully) be 72 in four months from today.)
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...Europeans on average said old age began at 62...
I remember reading a movie critic (Siskel or Ebert?) who wrote, and I am paraphrasing as I do not remember the exact words, that actors behave like teenagers in American movies, while teenagers in foreign movies appear wise and old. That stuck with me.

Yet, all developed nations outlive citizens of the US. Oh, if only our denial can bring us a few more years of life.
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For my birthday long ago, someone gave me a T-shirt that said "I may get older, but I'll never grow up."
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For my birthday long ago, someone gave me a T-shirt that said "I may get older, but I'll never grow up."
Another one I recall is "You're only young once, but you can be immature forevere".
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I can't complain about feeling old to my daddy as he always says, 'Wait til you're my age.'

He's 81 and quite active. He knows everyone in town and socializes with a few folks most days. He still drives, cooks for himself, does most of the housework and takes care of his large lawn. My momma died one year after being a resident of a nursing home, so he still visits the residents he got to know well two or three times a week.

He always calls the visits to the nursing home..'visiting the old folks'. Then he'll say, 'Good grief I can't call them old...I'm older than most of them and I'm turnin' into mud.'

That's when I say, 'Ok...so you're turnin' into mud...can I at least say I'm gettin' dusty?'

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After passing 70 I still feel young with limitations.....I now walk 15 miles per week at 3.5 on a treadmill instead of 4.1; back surgery means I limit what I lift, and I eat better.....much more fruits and veggies so my colds and flu have decreased. I see a Doc every 6 months insteaf of every year and I take a little viagra so I can chase my younger, very sezy DW.So, I'm getting older, doing better, I think, than others my age.....and, I THINK getting old will take me to about age 80......and, I will need cataract surgery in the next year or two.
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My reasoning is when I don't want to do something, I blame it on being too old. If I want to do something...I say 'pfffftttt' I can do that.
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My neighbor complained to me of being old when his wife asked him to put in a drip system for her flower beds.

He looked a lot younger and healthier when he dressed up to go to the golf course with his buddies.

That was a true story.
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My neighbor complained to me of being old when his wife asked him to put in a drip system for her flower beds.

He looked a lot younger and healthier when he dressed up to go to the golf course with his buddies.

That was a true story.
So true! I feel I am "too old" to be mowing my lawn, but I feel and seem a lot younger and healthier when I'm at the gym lifting weights.
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^ Even 10 years older than you is still a kid! (I'll (hopefully) be 72 in four months from today.)
It's good to know that I have at least 10 more years before I'm old. Hopefully more. I'm starting to think that my MIL is just starting to get old at 86. She had a rough time completing a 4 hour hilly hike with us last fall. DW says no more hills for her mom because she's getting old.
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No, I do not feel old. Still work out 2x a week, figure skate, kayak and do good bit of physical work. Hang out at my rough camp.

However I think I found a really good answer. Was reading an article about the current president of Uruguay, Mujica. A former memeber of a terrorist group Tupamaros. Who also was imprisoned for two years at the bottom a well. Talk about solitary.

Currently he is very popular with folks and some world leaders.

Finally to the point of the topic.

One of his staunch opponents said among other things: " "You know what getting old means? No longer wanting to leave home." "

I agree.

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Uruguay's José Mujica: the 'humble' leader with grand ideas | World news | Guardian Weekly
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I guess then I am OK if I still have my travel lust.
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I am, I am, once I am past this last procedure that's already scheduled for Thursday.
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My parents researched CCRCs starting when my father was 77. My mother was already significantly restricted in activities due to arthritis (and that's after a knee replacement). My father did not want them to be a burden on my sister (in PA) and me (in TX), and they wanted to stay in warm Florida, so to him CCRC was the way to go.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), after they put their house on the market and signed the CCRC contract, Dad was diagnosed with lymphoma while on their summer visit to MD. We were able to get the CCRC contract cancelled while he was in treatment and they moved into an independent retirement apartment community near my sister in PA. My father died later that year of a hospital-based infection and my mother stayed in the apartment for more than 7 years until a fall put her in a nursing home, where she died earlier this year.

Moral of the story - life (and death) happen(s). It's good to plan, and to have options, and to be flexible.
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Going from 49 to 50 was no big deal.

Going from 59 to 60 WAS a big deal!

Look at the decade of the 60s... can start early SS, the full SS retirement age, and Medicare.

Come on now, that's old!!! You can't be talking about SS and Medicare and not think that is old! Maybe just whistling past the graveyard, or W-F-G or something like that.

Just ask any young people unrelated to you
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Look at the decade of the 60s... can start early SS, the full SS retirement age, and Medicare.

Come on now, that's old!!! You can't be talking about SS and Medicare and not think that is old! Maybe just whistling past the graveyard, or W-F-G or something like that...
Wow! The above is so right, and I did not think of that.

But here's some more. They give you senior discounts, let you into National Parks for free, let you camp for 1/2 price, etc... Why are they so nice? They feel sorry for you, that's how.

I've been trying to convince people here that they are old, but they keep on denying.
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All that said, it is still my goal to be shot and killed at the age of 95 by a 20-year-old jealous husband.
I've been saying the same thing for 25+ years now! Except in my version she's 19!

What's old? I think it's when your body and/or mind have lost capability to perform properly to the point where you are forced to change how you live. I think a lot of the forced lifestyle modification we see around us is due to lifestyle choices, and not old age.

I look at reports on hunter gatherer tribesmen and see that lifestyle and diet keep them healthy and active until just before death, and then they decline rapidly and go in a matter of weeks. Almost to the very end they are active and lead basically the same life they had for decades prior. Replicating that end is my goal. If I die tomorrow, or twenty years from now, I want to be active until the very end. It's why I train and eat like an athlete.
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