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Old 05-07-2015, 12:15 PM   #41
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Its all about lighting now isn't it? I can actually read a newspaper outside with sunlight. Indoor lighting just isn't enough anymore. Distance past my arm length is fine. Don't really see a need to go see a doctor for typical old age eyes.


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Old 05-07-2015, 12:20 PM   #42
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:24 PM   #43
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Its all about lighting now isn't it? I can actually read a newspaper outside with sunlight. Indoor lighting just isn't enough anymore. Distance past my arm length is fine. Don't really see a need to go see a doctor for typical old age eyes.


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I've too have noticed that light is darker than it used to be...
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:27 PM   #44
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I've too have noticed that light is darker than it used to be...

I agree. I recently bought a glass storm door just so I can leave door open and bring more light in. First 10 years I leaved here I never thought it was dark inside. Now I do, and I enjoy the living room being more lighted now.


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Old 05-07-2015, 12:29 PM   #45
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Age 62

Can't walk as far. I have to watch for a "point of no return" if I get too far from home or where my car is parked. Not as much of an out of breath situation, as it is knees, hips, and any other joint used for walking. I have had to split my shopping between groceries and pharmacies, because I can't make it from one side of Walmart to the other. Lawn mowing takes 3 days for a 50 x 100 yard.

Mostly my fault for being a couch potato for too long. Would probably be worse if I wasn't forced to stay in shape during my military career.

In better shape than some 62 year old's I know, but worse than some others. I know some who have had heart attacks and bouts with cancer. On the other side, I know others who run marathons.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:31 PM   #46
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Aging reduces light perception (night driving issues). But sometimes it's cataracts. Get your eyes checked.

I stopped wearing contacts because now I can read fine print without readers due to my lifelong nearsightedness.


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Old 05-07-2015, 12:53 PM   #47
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Getting older stinks, and I'm only 58. I'm finding there are more and more things I'm having trouble doing or just plain can't do anymore. I do have issues with my cervical spine, arthritis and nerve damage. Lately my hands shake so much I need help from DW for some very simple activities. I'm unable to carry a regular size cup of coffee from my kitchen to my favorite chair without spilling half of it. I'm barely able to write a check that is legible (I have to print slowly) and I've given up handwriting anything else because no one (including myself) can read it. I tried changing out the thermostat to a WiFi version, but couldn't manage the wires and small screws.
Anyone else finding it's harder or impossible to do simple activities earlier in life than they expected?
You might check out "essential tremors"... fairly common, but not often mentioned.
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I believe I am actually in pretty good shape for a guy of 71.5. While I have some minor hearing loss, probably due to military time near very loud diesel generators and missile nose cooling units, there is not much indication of arthritis or other deteriorating issues.

I can drive well at night - no sign of any cataracts. Vision only slightly off 20/20 - I do wear glasses. Still can completely disassemble an Iphone and re-assemble it with new parts (recent practice on DW's water logged one).

I just completed driving to St. Louis, Mo and back to Texas (1,800 miles round trip) and did all the driving.

I have a titanium hip implant from a hip being worn out when I was a long distance runner (my belief of the cause) and that has not slowed my ability to walk a few miles each day.

My hair is gray, but lots of it.

No more softball due to loss of quickness.

Golf game is shot - hand/eye coordination getting suspect.

Still do yard work and dig big holes without being in shock the next day.

Had my annual physical last month and all blood work came back in normal ranges. Total cholesterol was 130 (no meds taken).

Summary: Doc says I am in "pretty good" shape for a guy my age. But there are signs of things going south (hearing, quickness, skin tone and spots, slight stiffness in fingers). While I feel good about this, I have a few friends in their mid 70's that appear to be in much better physical shape than me and they have a very good golf game.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:03 PM   #49
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I've too have noticed that light is darker than it used to be...
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My vision is bad, legally blind at 6(uncorrected) but I could always see in the dark to not have to turn on lights. Now that trick sends me walking into walls.

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In better shape than some 62 year old's I know, but worse than some others. I know some who have had heart attacks and bouts with cancer. On the other side, I know others who run marathons.

I do count my blessings that I can walk, am cancer free and have no heart issues. Like you I've known others that have had serious heart issues or cancer. It's just so frustrating when I can't do simple tasks that were so simple as recently as last year. Im thankful I've got a wonderful DW who is understanding...but she won't let me use a sharp knife anymore.
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I'm only 51 and can no longer sprint or run, due to early-onset osteoarthritis in my right knee (and now my right hip is getting achy too). It bugs the heck out of me because I still have the will to dash around like a madman, but no longer have the equipment. As my doctor said when he broke the news, I look young on the outside, but boy do I look old on the inside (he has a way with words!)

Like easysurfer, I have to take my glasses off to see detail up close, when I am working on my electronics home construction projects. A pair of progressives might help, but I'm not very fond of progressives.

Then there's the obvious one. I'm not as vigorous with my amorous pursuits as I used to be but I don't consider that a bad thing. It's rather nice for it not to be as primary a motivator as it used to be
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I can't run as fast or as far as I used to. Can't lift as much weight. Can't see or hear as well. Most laborious tasks are a little more difficult now. But I've adjusted as I've aged.


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Imoldernu pointed out possibility of essential tremors. Had a boss in his forties had it, only cure for him was a glass of wine for temporary relief. MIL, now 89, has same issue and the glass of wine worked for her too, but only so much. She has been on meds for it and neurologist. She's one to insist on more meds until her symptoms go away (despite 89) and one neurologist overdid it. We didn't realize what it was, but thought she was getting Alz, delusional as well. Next Dr backed her down and she returned to her pleasant self. :roll eyes: So if you do try meds for this watch out for side effects.

I can't say there's anything I CAN"T do now at 64, but I've pretty much given up running from plantar fasciitis, won't do ladders for fear of debilitating injury, and while I'll stubbornly do heavy work I shouldn't, I can pay dearly for it. I have noticed that exercise alone will not control weight while you eat as you always did; caloric intake is now being watched, if not under control. So DW and I are both very lucky that that's all the issues.
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Found out last night I can't climb over the pet gate as easily as I used to. Caught my toe on top the gate and tumbled forward on my wrists and knee. Also found out my bones are still good even with osteopenia.

Terrible time with getting glasses that suit me at different distances.


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Found out last night I can't climb over the pet gate as easily as I used to. Caught my toe on top the gate and tumbled forward on my wrists and knee. Also found out my bones are still good even with osteopenia.

Terrible time with getting glasses that suit me at different distances.


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Old 05-07-2015, 02:31 PM   #59
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can't race my bike anymore. Aortic aneurysm so now no heavy lifting and a cap on my max heart rate. I can happily ride, just not as fast as I would like.

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Wear shorts. At 58 and although slender and athletic my thighs have mysteriously turned ugly--rather mottled looking. Ugh.
I just had this 'discussion' with some family members about at what age men should stop wearing shorts...the ones the stop way above the knees. I see a lot of men in inappropriate shorts (ie ugly). The group felt like it was a strange question and the closing comment was "you haven't been to Florida lately, have you?".

My view is there is a point where older men should stop wearing shorts, especially since now there are lots of choices in tropical weight long pants.

This came up because a male in the family group was speaking about what older women should not wear, and I wanted to mention that there are items of clothing that older men should not be wearing. The interesting thing for me was that none of them had ever considered the subject.
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