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Old 08-08-2016, 09:14 AM   #41
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My grandmother never learned how to drive so she walked everywhere. She mowed her lawn (push mower) into her 80s. When she was 95, she fell and hurt her arm, but did the PT exercises religiously so she could hang her clothes to dry (no dryer). At 99, she could still climb stairs. My uncle moved her into assisted living when she was 101, which, imho, started her decline. She died at 103, but those last two years weren't good. Her mother lived to 96 so I believe a combination of good genes and exercise were at play. My grandmother outlived two of her kids (smokers) and the youngest died just after his 80th birthday (smoker who quit in his 60s).
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Perhaps uncle saw evidence of decline earlier than the rest of the family did, and decided to get ahead of the downhill curve? 100 years old is really "pushing it" for anybody! Thanks for the story about your grandmother. She sounds wonderful.

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I don't know if this counts, but my Mother has been swimming daily for 30 years and goes to a personal trainer 3 days a week. She isn't in as good shape as she once was, but for 88 years old, she is doing well. Up until she had a fall last year, she was often mistaken for someone 15 years younger!


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A former neighbor still walked half a mile, four times a day at the age of 100. He said "use it or lose it."
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This is just what I had in mind. People over 80 who have made a lifetime habit of keeping in shape and seem to be reaping the benefits (something we might all wonder about, as we drag ourselves to the gym or whatever!) I hope it's also helped her recover fully from her fall.

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She used to fully recover from any setback (knee replacement, afib, colds, flu etc) within a few weeks. This latest fall cracked a rib (she fell into a plastic trash can while at the gym). She has recovered about 50%, and her dr and trainer says that's about it, she now has the fitness of a healthy 80 year old.


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It took me over a year to recover full strength after just 4 weeks in a cast with a minor wrist fracture (plus a major sprain - arguably the worse injury, as I bent my wrist completely backward landing on it with my full weight). And I am only in my late 50's. So her recovery looks fantastic to me.

I bet she continues to improve because she won't give up.

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She used to fully recover from any setback (knee replacement, afib, colds, flu etc) within a few weeks. This latest fall cracked a rib (she fell into a plastic trash can while at the gym). She has recovered about 50%, and her dr and trainer says that's about it, she now has the fitness of a healthy 80 year old.


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