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Old 11-17-2010, 06:42 PM   #41
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I am so weary of being told that my physical/mental deterioration can somehow be slowed down by my attitude or by socializing or by vitamins or anything else.

Show me the scientific studies.

Yes, some folks are in wonderful conditions into their 90s. Others are past their maintenance date by 60 or 70.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:28 PM   #42
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Show me the scientific studies.
Here is rather special case:
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In the studies, patients with early- to later-stage colorectal cancer (but not distant metastases) who engaged in regular activity after diagnosis decreased the likelihood of cancer recurrence and mortality by 40 to 50 percent or more compared with patients who engaged in little to no activity. Exercise Improves Colorectal Cancer Outcomes - National Cancer Institute
I have this reference at hand just because I save references peculiarly relevant to me, and I had non-metastatic colorectal cancer a few years ago. However, I have seen many similar results suggesting beneficial effects of exercise to lower the risk for, or ameliorate, various illnesses.
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My grandfather is 95 and still mentally very sharp and physically mobile. Still puts in half a day in the office every day, lunches at his favorite restaurant, comes home to some fine Cognac, newspaper and a nap. Spends the evening watching TV, playing cards, and chatting with his many kids and grandkids, who make a point of visiting him and keeping him company.

An aunt, on the other hand, suffered from dementia, and had to be put into a "home". Spent the last 10 years of her life like a living corpose, not recognizing her family and not knowing her own name. Her eventual demise was, sadly, a relief for everyone.

Growing old is the reality for everyone, but I hope to do so gracefully and with dignity, and have my wits about me for as long as possible. Physical limitations due to age and illness are one thing, but losing one's mind is, to me, the most terrifying aspect of aging.
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If I live to be that old and am unable to take care of myself and still can afford to be placed in such luxurious facility, I think I will not complain too much. Of course, I would prefer not to lose my mind and would want to age gracefully but if that is not to be so, I guess living luxuriously while I can is not that terrible.
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I am so weary of being told that my physical/mental deterioration can somehow be slowed down by my attitude or by socializing or by vitamins or anything else.

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Everyone's situation is different; however, in general...

Physical mobility and strength can be improved at every age. I doubt you can locate a study with negative result.

Unfortunately, mental deterioration is different. Those suffering from it often don't realize it, and if they did, couldn't do much about it. I doubt you can find a positive result. (My mother spent the last two years in an Alzheimer / dementia facility. About the only thing that seems to get through to (some of) them is music, and the effect is fleeting.)
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If I live to be that old and am unable to take care of myself and still can afford to be placed in such luxurious facility, I think I will not complain too much. Of course, I would prefer not to lose my mind and would want to age gracefully but if that is not to be so, I guess living luxuriously while I can is not that terrible.
When I was researching the costs of self-insuring LTC, I got an estimate of the extra costs involved if I required all the female staff serving me to be attractive young ladies in French maid outfits. It was pretty pricey, but might be worth it. You can't take it with ya.......

Of course, everyone's definition of "luxurious" is different. But I understand that for lecherous old geezers, having the attendent pushing them around in their wheel chair be attractive and scantily attired would qualify.
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Of course, everyone's definition of "luxurious" is different. But I understand that for lecherous old geezers, having the attendent pushing them around in their wheel chair be attractive and scantily attired would qualify.
Wasn't that Groucho Marx?
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