I know a lot of "seniors" who THINK they cant do a lot of stuff anymore.
I'm in that same age group. I dont ACT OLD. We all have a choice. We can
ACT OLD, or ACT YOUNG. I have a few health issues, but I will continue
to ACT YOUNG, and enjoy life till the day I drop dead.
I know far too many seniors who seem to spend most of their lives
thinking about nothing but health, medications, aches and pains, and let
doctors rule their lives. It's like those commercials on ME-TV. I love
their programs, in fact thats about all I even watch on TV these days,
but their commercials are horrid. 95% of them are about illness,
medications, funerals, life insurance, and other thngs that society
wants seniors to spend all their time thinking about. They have the
absolute worst and most depressing commercials of any tv station. But we
must all realize that the bottom line is that they want out money.
Doctors and Insurance companies will take every last cent we have, if we
Personally, I tell them all to "get fucked". I wont give one cent to a
life insurance company, and while I will go to a doctor when I am really
sick, I avoid seeing them the rest of the time. I'm tired of hearing "at
your age, you need all these tests". Fuck their tests. As long as I'm
still moving, I'll keep moving, rather sitting in their waiting rooms,
so they can tell me everything wrong with me, and end their discussion
by saying "it's part of aging, but if you take all these poisons
(drugs), we'll keep you alive for many more years".
I've told many doctors EXACTLY where to shove their poison drugs....
(which most of the time the side effects are 10x worse than what they
are supposed to cure).
I turned down extended warranty on my new car last week but now see that
maybe I should have gotten it. OTOH, I've heard that that average
person can't drive the last 5 years of their life, so it would have been
High school classmate bought a new car last year but then his doctor
said he could not drive anymore.
Looking at last summers reunion picture for our all boys school, out of
35 attendees, I see 3 in wheel chairs and two with canes. There are
also a couple with the look of suffering a stroke and one I know of with
The odds on that are not bad. Only between 1/2 and 3/4 of those who
have ever lived have died. So your odds of dying are between 1/2 and
I think I got 20 or 25 year shingles when I re-roofed my house about
10 years ago. This means I'll have to reroof again when I'm 80 . If'
I'd thought to get the 30 year shingles, I'd probably be out of here
Poor baby ! I've been laying block and spent today capping the cellar wall
with concrete . I'll have to finish the concrete when the rain that's coming
blows on through ... then it's time for some carpentry .
I'm not quite there yet , but hope to be spry enough to still be ridin'
the Harley at that age . Just turned 64 last week , and I have no serious
health issues . That's probably due mostly to quitting smoking 11 years ago
I do have my share of aches and pains , mostly from a dissipated youth -
which I still haven't outgrown . I figger that I'll be able to keep doin' as
long as I keep doin' , if that makes any sense . My next task in this
construction project is to dig holes to pour footings for support columns
for the kitchen . I got a new shovel today just for this task ...
I was amazed at how much more strenuous *digging* is than walking!
E.g., I can walk (at a brisk pace) for an hour and my heart will
return to its nominal 66 bpm in a matter of 10-20 seconds. OTOH,
dig for two minutes and it's hammering away!
I avoid digging and shoveling snow. Both are just too far outside of
my accustomed exertion window.
Guy I used to work with went outside one night to dig a drainage ditch
around the house because of severe rain.
Wife found the body next day...
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