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Old 12-02-2016, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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My ability to withstand chilly temperatures has declined. After decades of keeping my thermostat at home on 62 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter, I moved it up to 63 a few days ago. (For showering, I run a space heater the bathroom in addition to the heat lamp in the ceiling. No 62 or 63 for showering! Brrrr.)
I don't enjoy being cold. But I think my personal thermostat is malfunctioning. I don't like being really warm either. I don't seem to mind hot weather early on. But a warm, stuffy room makes me feel suffocated. Cold temps are almost like pain.
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Old 12-04-2016, 12:35 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I don't enjoy being cold. ...Cold temps are almost like pain.
Better get out of Vancouver by Wed AM (27F predicted with 90+% humidity)!!! I am coming home (PNW) from 75F TX, where I have been felling tress and cutting firewood 'just in case'.

In PNW I ONLY heat with homegrown firewood,
when I can no longer cut, split and stack... I will FREEZE! (No NG available in the boonies, propane is Out of sight). Solar helps, but is tough with 280 day of partial or COMPLETE cloud cover.

I may install 'Annualized solar' (use ATTIC Heat to warm HUGE storage in summer and use that heat storage in winter,) popular in Japan. Very rare in USA.

I am noticing I am no longer age 20 - 40. Been digging / laying concrete / replacing 2000SF of decking... I am as stiff as CONCRETE!

My ability to deal with stoplights is decreasing as I age. I no longer have TIME to sit around waiting to GO! I am on the 'downhill'.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Something I have been thinking about these past few days. I don't think about tomorrow (or yesterday). I'm in the here and now, enjoying the moments. No particular reason. I'm not sick or dying. I've spent a lot of my life in worry-land, fearful of not being the right person or doing the right thing. Now, into my mid 70s, it's like it just doesn't matter. I know I have lived longer than what is left to me. I want the last part to be calm, relaxed, happy.

My financial situation is what it is. Not much chance of it changing, tho with newly elected people running the country, I'll probably have a lot less. But honestly. What can I do about it? I will have to make adjustments, as I have had to do many times before. I've realized there are things I cannot change. Getting my undies in a twist isn't going to do anything but make me uncomfortable.

I'm not here to change anyone else's mind. We all need to do what is right for us.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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I could have dealt with the normal aging changes but when I could see my mental edge was slipping, I fully retired. My pride and professionalism made me take that option. Go out on top so to speak.

Am doing OK as a retiree, so no harm no foul
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Better get out of Vancouver by Wed AM (27F predicted with 90+% humidity)!!! I am coming home (PNW) from 75F TX, where I have been felling tress and cutting firewood 'just in case'.

In PNW I ONLY heat with homegrown firewood,
when I can no longer cut, split and stack... I will FREEZE! (No NG available in the boonies, propane is Out of sight). Solar helps, but is tough with 280 day of partial or COMPLETE cloud cover.

I may install 'Annualized solar' (use ATTIC Heat to warm HUGE storage in summer and use that heat storage in winter,) popular in Japan. Very rare in USA.

I am noticing I am no longer age 20 - 40. Been digging / laying concrete / replacing 2000SF of decking... I am as stiff as CONCRETE!

My ability to deal with stoplights is decreasing as I age. I no longer have TIME to sit around waiting to GO! I am on the 'downhill'.
Its the damp and the wind that I don't like in Vancouver. I am a child of the Midwest. I do know how to deal with cold temps. Even with a cruel east wind, I can dress to minimize the discomfort. I've been doggoned cold in St. Louis! I'll live through the cold snap here too. At least I won't have to drive in several inches of snow here.
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Similar thread up in exercise daily log threads. Sorry I don't know how to do link to that. I asked question about all this, how to get back some of my lost strength in hands, back, legs. Someone replied that after 60 -65 one cannot get more muscle, if one doesn't have a lot of it by then, it's too late. Was extremely discouraging to me. I'm 67, really feeling my age. Contemplating going to gym down the street, do a little work on their machines. I am too late apparently.

Has anyone here managed to get back any of their strength?
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Similar thread up in exercise daily log threads. Sorry I don't know how to do link to that. I asked question about all this, how to get back some of my lost strength in hands, back, legs. Someone replied that after 60 -65 one cannot get more muscle, if one doesn't have a lot of it by then, it's too late. Was extremely discouraging to me. I'm 67, really feeling my age. Contemplating going to gym down the street, do a little work on their machines. I am too late apparently.

Has anyone here managed to get back any of their strength?
Yes. (Though I'm 63.)

The part I bolded above -- that's not true. You can get it back but you'll have to work for it.

Case in point: Last year I developed a lesion on my spinal cord. It made walking quite painful as well as certain other activities. I had a date for surgery but it was months out, so I just stayed off my feet most of the time. Got deconditioned. That means I lost muscle tone from lack of exercise.

Had the spine surgery in September 2015. Then it was a matter of returning to where I was before the lesion. I am just now getting there in terms of fitness, so that's 15 months of playing catch-up. And I work out twice a week for an hour each time, with a trainer directing my movements.

Get this: I had to re-learn how to WALK. I mean, I could put one foot in front of the other right after the surgery but for months after that I was tottering around gingerly like an old person. I had to build the core and leg strength to take long confident strides, swing my arms and let the momentum help propel me.

Now to build stamina. I can do this. You can, too.

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133776...-pressing-iron

http://www.livestrong.com/article/19...les-at-age-70/
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Old 12-05-2016, 05:59 AM
 
Location: next up where ever I go
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I am 10 month shy of the dreaded 62 years of age. I am in pretty good shape even for someone younger than me but over the last two years I have noticed I get more colds and two of which left me in bed for almost a month (they turned into lung and nasal infections). I also noticed that my left leg has a bit of a knee problem because I twisted it at work and it popped out sort of. Rest for four days and missed two shifts at work to let the inflammation go down.

That being said....I work as a hostess at an upscale restaurant that I go go go when I am there. I compete with my co workers who are 19 and 20! I notice that I do not work as fast as they, I have more aches and pains at the end of the night (although last night I gave a neck massage to my 19 year old co worker since her neck was tight. I take up to 15 pills a day for a chronic tremor mostly seen in oldsters but mine started in puberty. These drugs slow me down physically and mentally. I am not as sharp and I know the drugs cause tiredness and lack of mental clarity. But its either that or I can't function I shake so much.

I love the job even though it is hellishly strenuous but I do it four nights a week, no more than 5-6 hours a day, sometimes less. I could not and would not work more in this business. I do not have the stamina I once had. Shoot, when I was 25 I would do an eight hour shift, end at 3 in the morning and be at class at eight! Not no more. But who would want too! Been there done that.

It is the joke around the hostess stand that I can't seem to remember table numbers (big deal I make a mistake every once in a while!) but I know I just don't carp like the youngens when they make mistakes. This is not a launch mission! I take it in stride. For them it is the end of the world. But they like me and I like them. The other one that is almost my age...not so much. But that is another story.

So yes, I have slowed. Is it old age creeping up. Perhaps. The chronic tremor and the meds I have to take and yes I really do...well, I am sure that is part of it...a big part....and it is a HIGH pressure environment. Last night we had a full house with almost 400 guests and three hostesses. Talk about walking my 10,000 steps! And lifting those coats at the coat check! Lord! What a work out!

Take a nap! Best healer around. I sleep much more now than I ever did but I believe that sleep is the great healer and get as much as I can...helps the tremor too! As far as statins. Forget it for me. I told my doc I will not take them. I am borderline high...been that way since I started getting tested. Runs in the family. But the side effects are just over the top for me.

Dear one....you just had major surgery! On your knees! That is a real shock to the system no matter what the age. Give yourself a break! Enjoy your naps!
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Old 12-05-2016, 06:10 AM
 
Location: next up where ever I go
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PS....

I told the youngens I was amazed how fast they go and they finally told me their secret. They drink an expresso or two (we have that as an offering at the restaurant) right before their shift and so they are medded up on caffeine to ridiculous levels while working. I now recall seeing some of the servers doing the same thing...so if your server seems to want to whisk your plate away half way through you eating it think about just how much expresso they have imbibed to get through the shift! LOL!

I could never do that...my tremor would go through the roof!
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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I take up to 15 pills a day for a chronic tremor mostly seen in oldsters but mine started in puberty. These drugs slow me down physically and mentally. I am not as sharp and I know the drugs cause tiredness and lack of mental clarity. But its either that or I can't function I shake so much.
It sounds like you have Essential Tremor aka Familiar Tremor. Have you thought about the brain implants known as Deep Brain Stimulation? I had the surgery in 2010; I no longer shake or take medications for it. This is a good, safe procedure, and you are the right age for it.
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