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Younger than 65 27 44.26%
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Old 11-17-2020, 11:36 AM   #1
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When did you slow down?

It has often been said that retirement can be divided into three stages...the go-go years, the slow-go years, and the no-go years. Generally speaking I would define the go-go years as the time when you are still young and healthy and active enough to do active pursuits which may include travel and activities such as hiking, bike riding, etc. I would generally define the slow go years as the time when you can still do things but you are generally slower and less active and less mobile and overall you have less energy and drive to travel or engage in active pursuits.

So, for those of you who have been retired for some time and have made the transition from the go-go years, my question is at what age did you transition from the active go-go years to the slow-go years?
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Still in the go go years from a physical activity perspective, but "only" 60. Covid has artificially slowed down travel plans.
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Was great until sepsis, age 77.......been working on getting it all back....'soon' (at age 78) getting a hip replacement and then up & running walking.

(Actually I'm still using the elliptical at almost maximum settings.)

A long way from being 60+ though...Sweet Bird of Youth...(apologies to Tennessee Williams .
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Still kind of transitioning. Not as physically able after 60, but still able to do anything in moderation at 66. DW is just starting to feel a bit of decline at 60, but mostly just recovery time after exercise.

DW was ready to kayak during our Antarctica tip earlier this year. I was unsure of keeping up with the group and how sore I'd be afterwards so I declined. About the first time that's happened, but one more kayak paddle just wasn't worth the cost.
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Until my heart attack in 2012, no impact at all. After that, my physical activity increased following doctors' orders.

AFIB caused another slowdown until properly treated. COPD has been responding well to treatment. The biggest issue now is arthritis in both hips. A drug Flex helps me over the hump but it is a constant battle against debillitating pain. It slows me down.

I would say I have been markedly slower in the last 24 months.
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Not yet, I’m only 61. So couldn’t answer the poll. I’m hoping to get to 80 before seriously slowing. That seems to match many that I know.
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Not yet and I'm 66, DW is 64 but don't tell anyone. We're still very active for our ages.
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I am monitoring my older siblings (71,70,67) who have not slowed down yet.

As long as I can briskly walk an 18 hole golf round at least once a day, I will not feel that I have slowed down.
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Not yet, Iím only 61. So couldnít answer the poll. Iím hoping to get to 80 before seriously slowing. That seems to match many that I know.
In my limited experience, 80 seems like a good goal. My dad was 80 when we went on a trip together. I was 50 a bit out of shape and I was just able to keep up with him. Heís 90 in a couple months and Iíd say in his mid eighties, I started noticing him slowing down.

Of course this is a very individual question, but one thing Iíve learned from dad is that you have to keep moving. Heís been walking a couple miles practically every day since he retired at around 70. (I didnít inherit his ďwork as long as you canĒ gene.)
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Really noticed it about 65.... Of course I ran really hard until them. Each year now is slower going...

I now often think of myself as how I treated some of my older cars....They could still get the job done but I needed to drive them slowly, gently and give them plenty of rest in between excursions.
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Really noticed it about 65.... Of course I ran really hard until them. Each year now is slower going...

I now often think of myself as how I treated some of my older cars....They could still get the job done but I needed to drive them slowly, gently and give them plenty of rest in between excursions.
Reminds me of the Toby Keith song:

I ainít as good as I once was
But Iím as good once, as I ever was

Iím ďonlyĒ 48, but Iím interested in this. My parents are just hitting their 70s, but have never been active. Dad has Type 2 diabetes, and Iím seeing some evidence of neuropathy when he walks. It highlights the importance of maintaining your health.

My MIL is 87, and she didnít really start slowing down until she had a couple of falls in her late 70s. She was never an exerciser, but was very active in her home and garden. I think my DW will be similarly vital into old age. Iím 4 years younger, and hope I can keep up!
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At age 50 I started having severe spinal issues that slowed me down significantly. Now I get nerve ablations in four locations that help significantly. After 60 arthritis and IBS have kept me slower than Iíd like to be. Iím managing most of the issues so Iím able to get out, but regular exercise is difficult. If I could get to our Florida condo, the warm weather would help with the arthritis, but between COVID and an elderly father-in-law living with us, travel is not possible.
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I'm age 58. I have been a runner for the last 28 years (and during high school). My times up to age 52 were almost as good as they were in my 30's, then my race times started slowing at 53 and after. Haven't raced in a couple of years but it would be more of the same. Now I lumber along, but the victory is getting out there.

I still average 10,500 steps a day for November according to fitness watch. I just try to keep moving.
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Age 58, still very much in the go go years. Just kinda lost one due to Covid this year. Donít plan to lose any more.

My expectations based upon watching my parents (especially my dad), is that go go years will last to 70. Slow go years hopefully to 80. Then 80+ probably are no go years. The decline in my dad once he reached 80+ was very noticeable. Heís 88 now and donít think heíll see 90 although you never know. Observing my oldest brother who is 64, he is already more or less in the slow go years. Bordering on no go years. But itís an attitude issue with him. He could do things, but heís convinced himself he canít, and maybe he just doesnít want to do much. So my conclusion is attitude matters a bunch, although eventually reality overtakes everything.
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Right now I am 82. When DW and I were married 13 years ago, it was definitely the go-go years. In 10 years we took 16 cruises, 48 trips and 500 travel days.
The past few years have been the slow-go years, with one cruise or trip a year.
After 45 years of flying, I hung up my wings last year after my copilot was grounded, and DW did not want me flying alone.
I am still working on the switch engine, and volunteering at a hospice.
Obviously Covid has put a crimp in everyone's plans, including ours, making it the no-go year.
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He could do things, but heís convinced himself he canít, and maybe he just doesnít want to do much.
All other things being semi equal this, IMHO, is a major factor......you have to want to do stuff...keep moving, stay in some kind of shape, etc.

If someone just wants to eat, drink, and sit on their ass, then any (otherwise avoidable) deterioration will be accelerated.
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Both in our late 60ís and in relatively good health. Covid has changed our life for the time being.

We plan to travel more than ever post Covid. Makes us realize how little time we have left and how thankful we should be for good health.
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Both in our late 60ís and in relatively good health. Covid has changed our life for the time being.

We plan to travel more than ever post Covid. Makes us realize how little time we have left and how thankful we should be for good health.
DW turned 68 last month, currently, (as well as walking, etc), she swims 1 km three times a week, (next week she's upping it to four times).

I turned 78 this past September....the upcoming hip replacement will put a (hopefully temporary) dent in my activities.......so.....if I'm still around, (and mobile) next Fall, and if Covid allows us to travel then we'll go for it.

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I just turned 77. I am active as ever, especially with two new hips! My knees are great! Maybe all those years as a long distance runner have kept me young? (something wore the hips out though! Maybe baseball?)

I'm out the door at 7:00 am daily, play golf twice a week, cut my grass, still maintain my cars (and have totally restored a couple of classics over the last 5 years). I walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day, or more sometimes.

DW has problems at 75 with advanced COPD, osteoporosis, and a few other things. She's clearly not that active anymore.

But we make it work.
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I turned 75 earlier this year (May). I also stopped going to the gym in March because of COVID. I also stopped tutoring then as the library (tutoring site) closed. Obviously, travel has been restricted. (Iím sure we would have gone to Europe or on a cruise this fall were it not for travel restrictions.) Iíve also been dealing with a nagging rotator cuff problem which has somewhat restricted certain activities.

So, Iíd have to say 75 is the age at which Iíve begun to taper back a bit. Whether itís hitting that age, the COVID lifestyle changes or a all of the above, I canít really say.

Even though I donít go to the gym, any more I have a fairly vigorous home exercise program that Iíve stuck to faithfully since March. Iím currently studying for my AARP Tax Aide volunteer certification so I can have a volunteer activity that I can largely do from home during the winter. Time will tell what happens with travel once restrictions are lifted and we are vaccinated.

I would characterize myself as being at the tail end of ďgo-goĒ or in the early stages of ďslow-goĒ.
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