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Old 08-08-2019, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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70 was 15 years ago for me. On my 70th birthday I was in the hospital getting a knee replacement, which is still working fine. I had the second one 2 years later and it too is doing fine. Yes we have slowed down over the years. Do the fun things while you can and enjoy the memories when you no longer can.

We were in St Thomas for my wife's 84th birthday last winter. We decided it was our last cruise. We had sold our travel trailer 4 years ago.

There are still things for us to do here in the retirement community.
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Yep me too. I've seen three orthopediac surgeons who all independently looked at my MRI. Surgery won't work. "Core Exercises" I don't want to do "core exercises". I want something easy, like a pill or insurance covered massages.
It's not at all funny but wouldn't we all like 'something' that required no effort?
Unfortunately and not even from the Bible but true..."The lord helps those that helps themselves"
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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As I appreciate and try to honor the body that was granted to me, I'm doing my best to love it and support it.

I'd rather spend my $ on healthy food and exercise than pay it to pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals...
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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On the HGH it's homeopathic gel rubbed into the thin skin veins and it's working in my daughter's and my life. She's 55 and almost feeling as she did when 20 and then the years of marriage, stress, babies, drugs took it's toll.

For me at 81 soon it's aging and body riddled with arthritis and a mess from hip replacement....so I'm having shifts in the almost 7 months.

All the aging and damage didn't happen overnight, so it's slow but it's working and no side effects...no steroids...nope.

Actually HGH starts it's decline 20 onward. And I had heard for years our own HGH is replenished some from 10PM-2AM while sleeping, true I don't know. But I always had gone to bed fairly early to get that production if it was true.

On the exercise program, I did that well into my 60's and did a lot of joint damage too. so now it's stretching and walking as best I can and supplements.

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Old 08-08-2019, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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As I appreciate and try to honor the body that was granted to me, I'm doing my best to love it and support it.

I'd rather spend my $ on healthy food and exercise than pay it to pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and hospitals...
Totally agree and I try not to dwell on what I did, but do have some regrets on the surgery.
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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It's all about the hormones - primarily HGH. After age 70, we're pretty much running on empty.

How healthy and fit do you feel at age 70?-hgh-decline.jpg

Exercise helps with HGH production.

Or money. Those elderly public figure dynamos mentioned above - at least some of them are regularly seeing anti-aging practitioners. Yes, there are side effects to HGH - but with patience, many benefits.
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Old 08-08-2019, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Eastern N.C.
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I've often said if in the morning I wake up and nothing hurts, I'm probably dead.

That said, I went to an ortho doc complaining of a sore knee. I was popping adult M &Ms (ibuprophin) before playing tennis. He noticed some arthritis and prescribed Meloxicam as needed. I started taking one every other day and while not "dead", I really am pretty pain free.
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: delaware
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I'm 76, and in pretty decent health. I've had type 2 diabetes for almost 24 years, have never had to take insulin ,am reasonable about diet-few sweets and starches-, and take one oral diabetic med per day . My weight has never been a problem( genetics )- 5'8 and 138.


I exercise sporadically, though I try to walk some each day. I do not have a lot of joint aches and pains- usually chiropractor can take care of them. I have to be more careful about lifting, pulling ,pushing. For example, I don't buy the largest cat litter bag anymore- 20lbs- too much to lift. I have chronic sporadic pain issues due to adhesions from extensive surgery years ago. Usually exercise and a few P.T. sessions can cause them to dissipate. I probably have less stamina than I did ten years ago, but I can't say I really feel weak or unusually tired. I sleep 6-7 hours a night,


I've never been a really athletic, active person, and although I try to remain as active as I've always been, I don't really try to increase my level of activity- just don't want to spend time that way.


Catsy
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:48 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I turn 71 in 4 days. my 71st year was one of recovering from a hip replacement and joining a gym for some basic cardio and machine exercises. The gym activity lasted about 60 days. I'm too sedentary when left to my own time management -- no discipline. I managed to put on weight and now trying to get back down to my pre-surgery weight. It is working slowly. I'm just getting over the shingles but not much other stuff going on. Usual blood pressure pills but that's it.

Mentally, I'm a bit forgetful in conversations -- forget names and a few descriptive words. I sometimes don't commit things to memory, anyway, because I rely on being able to find source information if I need it. I'm a writer -- essays and poetry -- and various internet sites, so that helps a bit. I'm thinking of getting one of those FitBit wrist things to remind me to be more active and not sit as much.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:21 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Staying active and maintaining a normal weight makes all the difference, I believe, in how well we age. I am 70 and in generally good health. I work out at the gym, don't overeat and don't smoke cigarettes. My BP is low. No arthritis or heart problems yet.

My husband, at 78, is a completely different story. He has a bad heart, high BP, achy hips, back and knees and an enlarged prostate. He spends most evenings napping in his recliner, perhaps trying to make up for the sleep he loses every night getting up multiple times to pee.

This thread has been eye-opening for me as I'd been wondering if fatigue was normal at 70. Apparently it is. I have also experienced a lack of ambition to tackle household projects and a tendency to become winded with even mild exertion. It was a relief to hear that these are common issues.
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