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Old 11-23-2016, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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For me, since I was in a car accident, it took years to recover so any improvement was wonderful.

I have noticed since our first snowfall that I have to be very careful when walking. I have fallen since then & am almost paranoid about walking outside now. Thus, I am seriously looking into a warmer climate.

Also, the old joke about senior moments has become a reality. I lost a glove & then later looked down & it had fallen on the floor. Yikes, I totally did not see it. This type of thing has become more common than I like.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Two years ago I started stumbling around and falling (at age 66) and my legs seemed weak. I could go up steps only one at a time. My doctor traced it back to a statin drug reaction. My health insurance switched me to a cheaper generic some months before...thank you very much. Still having leg problems with no statins for two years. Turns out I didn't need them in the first place...my former doctor was a zealot cardiologist who thought everyone needed statins. He died.
That's a common story. I think statins are over prescribed. Big Pharma has a heavy influence on doctors.

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Old 11-23-2016, 08:20 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Research has shown that IQ drops 10 points in the last 10 years before you die. Long term studies using the Wechsler over periods of time correlated this information.

So if your intelligence drops suddenly, you got about 10 years left. Go forth and do something!
When mentioning research, the source would be appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Yes, there have been some significant changes in me. I've been increasing my intensity of exercise and adherence to the most healthy and disciplined diet. So, as the years go by, I've become stronger, faster, leaner and more vigorous, as well as sharper mentally and more productive. The heavy exercise also strengthens my joints, so I have no problems with them. It's when you slack off, that the joints decline.
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If everything you say is true, athletes and manual workers would never have to retire.
According to most of what I have heard, Larry Lewis was still working a long day as a waiter at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco at age 104. He ran 6 miles a day and did some sprinting. People who met him, usually thought he was about 60. He had worked for more than 30 years as the Great Houdini's assistant. Read this article linked below. I'm not sure what to make of that bit tagged on the end. He seemed to have everyone else convinced of his age, but his activities were impressive regardless of which version is true.

Larry Lewis - The Genii Forum

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Old 11-23-2016, 08:36 PM
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It's when you slack off, that the joints decline.
And, depending on what kind of joint you slack off in, everything else declines too.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:52 PM
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My balance is starting to go. It's a very subtle change but since I am very much into pushing my balance to the limit in multiple ways, I can detect small changes.

It sucks.

This is the distant early warning of what is to come.
OTOH, this gives you more practice at doing without your old sense of balance. When you get old enough to start falling, that practice might be enough to keep you from falling. People most likely to fall when older are probably those who lose their balance much faster, and can't adapt to it fast enough.
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:59 PM
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The new DR is young and hasn't developed bad habits yet - she removed 2 drugs. DRs claim not to get a kick back from the drug companies - I don't believe it.
Most people take generics. The market for generics is fairly competitive. Doctors don't generally recommend one brand of generic over other brands.

I've found that if your insurance doesn't cover drugs, Kroger pharmacy has good prices. Some prescriptions, Rite Aid and Walgreens charge 2-3 times as much for the same generic prescription.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:15 PM
 
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regarding stumbling and tripping over things............the odds are very low but nearly everyone in my wife's ALS support group mentioned that was the first signs they were developing ALS ( Lou Gherig's disease )
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:13 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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At 72 I was fine until I had cataract surgery this past summer. It caused "glare" at night which means big long rays of light stream out from street lights and any other light alongside the road. So driving at night is really difficult because of all the blinding lights. It has also disrupted my day time vision, and another thing: a film has developed over both of the new lenses.

In a few weeks I get to have more cataract surgery, something called a yag. Quick laser surgery to remove the film that has grown. After that there may be some improvement. The whole thing has been a big let down because this surgeon was supposed to be really good and he even told me I'd never need glasses again. Ha! I already had to pay $200 (Medicare pays the first $200) for new progressive lens glasses that I can't see though. After this "yag" correction, I will try again with different glasses from a different optician, probably at Costo for under $400.

This surgery is really limiting my enjoyment of life and has negatively affected my ability to function on my own, especially in the realm of driving.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:14 PM
 
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I do not agree that "it's when you slack off, that your joints decline".

The cartilage in the knees, for example, can become less and less, smaller and smaller over time from exercising and walking and physical labor or athletics.

Then, for some people, bone is rubbing against bone in the knees and it can be excruciatingly painful.
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