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Old 01-23-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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My health went down right at age 60. I really started to feel like a senior citizen. Can't sleep, stiff and sore, forget things and look terrible.
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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I ask this question, because I am 55 y/o and now I have discounts at many places, that advertise "discount for elderly people", such as McDonalds, Long John Silvers, etc. And just today, I found some apartments for rent, for "elderly" people and the minimum age is 55 y/o.
Kind of weird. I always thought 65 y/o and older is elderly.
When you reach 65 you'll disagree with your former belief.
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: CT
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My health went down right at age 60. I really started to feel like a senior citizen. Can't sleep, stiff and sore, forget things and look terrible.
About three years ago at 61, I started feeling the same way, the aches and pains, bad knees, tired, overweight, on various meds for heart and cholesterol and a couple other things. I looked at the years behind me and those ahead and it was depressing. But, I did something about it, I dealt with the weight issues, got off the meds, began feeling better and my optimism opened up into the many things I can now do, that I probably couldn't a few years ago. So, it's partly a state of mind, and determination to make your life fruitful and fullfilling, it has little to do with age. I am now on the cusp of retirement, I gave to my employers for the past 50 years or so, my wife and I raised two great sons, we did what we were supposed to, and now it's our turn, full of adventure and possibilities. It's kind of scary but it makes me feel young again.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:12 AM
 
Location: sumter
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My health went down right at age 60. I really started to feel like a senior citizen. Can't sleep, stiff and sore, forget things and look terrible.
You have to push back on these feelings, just don't give in or give up. You have many years ahead of you yet, so do what you have to do to feel better. Exercise, eat healthy, doctors visit, medication, vitamins, yoga, massages, and whatever else you have to do.
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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While I do agree that my own experience places notable changes at about age 60 to 65, that may be an effect of retiring and having more time to notice my health.


On the other hand, one cannot generalize. Look at the statistics for the Boston Marathon. There are a few remarkable people over 70.
Statistics - Boston Athletic Association - BAA.org


The qualifying time for various ages in 2014 are linked below. 2016 probably wasn't much different.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston...hon#Qualifying
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Old 01-23-2017, 10:51 AM
 
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I ask this question, because I am 55 y/o and now I have discounts at many places, that advertise "discount for elderly people", such as McDonalds, Long John Silvers, etc. And just today, I found some apartments for rent, for "elderly" people and the minimum age is 55 y/o.
Kind of weird. I always thought 65 y/o and older is elderly.
This is based on a very outdated view of people. A person at 55 or even 65 is not elderly. People live longer nowadays than they used to. A century ago, a person in their 50s would have been considered old.
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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Neither 55, nor 65, better be considered elderly, or I am in trouble. Not quite there, but don't feel and act a day over 30. Hate to wake up one day and find that I am "old".


Elderly is a state of mental and physical well being...or not. Completely forgetful, or severely physically constrained. Maybe use a cane or a walker. Hobble, arms don't reach overhead. That defines "elderly" to me.


Hell, I did just give up my bucket list item of going up Everest. Should I be worried?
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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55 year olds are total geezers!

...says this 53 year old.

Seriously, while 55 year olds may qualify for senior discounts at some places, they're not elderly. 55 is middle-aged.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Neither 55, nor 65, better be considered elderly, or I am in trouble. Not quite there, but don't feel and act a day over 30. Hate to wake up one day and find that I am "old".


Elderly is a state of mental and physical well being...or not. Completely forgetful, or severely physically constrained. Maybe use a cane or a walker. Hobble, arms don't reach overhead. That defines "elderly" to me.


Hell, I did just give up my bucket list item of going up Everest. Should I be worried?
Hate to break it to you Bear, it's gonna happen. If you are blessed with a long life, you will wake up one morning and wonder who is that old guy in the mirror looking back at you. Who wants to die young anyway, just live your life.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:42 PM
 
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I ask this question, because I am 55 y/o and now I have discounts at many places, that advertise "discount for elderly people", such as McDonalds, Long John Silvers, etc. And just today, I found some apartments for rent, for "elderly" people and the minimum age is 55 y/o.
Kind of weird. I always thought 65 y/o and older is elderly.
Nothing matters in my mind until you become property tax exempt.
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