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Old 04-21-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Sounds like one of the old fashioned bikes with three speeds - you sit up straight rather than bent over the bars. Those three speeders were killers going up steep hills! How does the hybrid help older folks - in any way?
Only by the more upright posture. Hybrids are considerably more sophisticated than those old bikes with the touch gears and 21 speeds or so.

They make multispeed tricycles that can be very good for infirm people. My brother got one because he has a balance problem and it is great for him.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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They make multispeed tricycles that can be very good for infirm people. My brother got one because he has a balance problem and it is great for him.
My grandmother had one of those back in the 60's! My cousins and I loved to ride it around her place
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Old 04-22-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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Only by the more upright posture. Hybrids are considerably more sophisticated than those old bikes with the touch gears and 21 speeds or so.

They make multispeed tricycles that can be very good for infirm people. My brother got one because he has a balance problem and it is great for him.
Tricycle....how are they in going up rising roads?
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Tricycle....how are they in going up rising roads?
That's what the gears are for. My brother rides his in mountains. I think they are expensive but for him it was well worth it.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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Yet another friend is having a hip replacement, age 60. I am wondering what is going on with boomers, why are we having such a hard time with hips, knees, arthritis, et c when many are eating well and living good lifestyles???
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:22 PM
 
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Yet another friend is having a hip replacement, age 60. I am wondering what is going on with boomers, why are we having such a hard time with hips, knees, arthritis, et c when many are eating well and living good lifestyles???
As I recall, my mother's generation & the one before had plenty of arthritis. Many had a lot of trouble getting around and didn't do a lot of things because of it. The difference is that joint replacement can get us back in the saddle. I know I am a lot more agile than my mother was at this age. Stretching, exercise, & some alternative supplements have made a big difference.

I think the mobility problems have many more solutions than were available to our parents at the same age. My mother did better in her 70's than in her 50's because of it.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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As I recall, my mother's generation & the one before had plenty of arthritis. Many had a lot of trouble getting around and didn't do a lot of things because of it. The difference is that joint replacement can get us back in the saddle. I know I am a lot more agile than my mother was at this age. Stretching, exercise, & some alternative supplements have made a big difference.

I think the mobility problems have many more solutions than were available to our parents at the same age. My mother did better in her 70's than in her 50's because of it.
Yes all true. I just wonder sometimes, with the boomers eating very well, avoiding junk foods and taking supplements, jogging, doing yoga, etc...why so many including myself have physical problems despite all the good care we give ourselves. I wonder how much is simply environmental, or stress, etc. I don't remember my mother or any of her friends ever thinking about health foods, exercise, supplements, etc...just meat & potatoes and many of them seemed to live to a very ripe old age!
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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Yes all true. I just wonder sometimes, with the boomers eating very well, avoiding junk foods and taking supplements, jogging, doing yoga, etc...why so many including myself have physical problems despite all the good care we give ourselves. I wonder how much is simply environmental, or stress, etc. I don't remember my mother or any of her friends ever thinking about health foods, exercise, supplements, etc...just meat & potatoes and many of them seemed to live to a very ripe old age!
Has anyone here age 60+ become a vegan without dairy and feel healthier for it? I'm reading Dr. Hyman's books and they really make sense. I ate this way in my 20s but in ensuing years though I stayed "natural" I strayed, now trying to deal with health problems (he says due to inflammation). Just wondering what others have experienced.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Although I not a vegan ~ I do live DAIRY-FREE and have done so for about 15 years. Since I do not have to take drugs to maintain good health I consider that to be significant, especially at my age ~ OLD ~ My blog tells more.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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Yes all true. I just wonder sometimes, with the boomers eating very well, avoiding junk foods and taking supplements, jogging, doing yoga, etc...why so many including myself have physical problems despite all the good care we give ourselves. I wonder how much is simply environmental, or stress, etc. I don't remember my mother or any of her friends ever thinking about health foods, exercise, supplements, etc...just meat & potatoes and many of them seemed to live to a very ripe old age!

Some ideas....
above ground nuclear testing when we were children;

thousands of new chemical compounds inadequately tested for safety before their introduction (BPA is just one)
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