I love to hike and many of the people I hike with would be called 'elderly' based on their age alone. I remember one hike a few years back that I organized to celebrate my friend Sam's 90th birthday. He was NOT the oldest hiker in the group - he was 'only' 90 and several were older than him, including a woman who was 94. Every single one of them hiked to the peak under their own power, some of them going cross-country [which is harder] and/or climbing 2 nearby peaks before joining us. He had also mentored a woman named Hulda Crooks, teaching her to hike - she became famous for making 23 climbs of Mount Whitney, the last climb at age 91, the same year she climbed Mt Fuji in Japan. She did hike part of the way up Whitney a few years later when she was 95 [although she got assistance for some of it] - www.nytimes.com/1997/11/26/us/hulda- cr ooks-101-set-climbing-record.html
Quite a few people at my gym are in their 80s and at least one couple in their 90s - one man I met when my dad was spending a lot of time at the VA hospital in Long Beach was riding a 3-wheeled bike. He complained that he hated the 'tricycle' but his wife insisted he get one when he turned 100 because she was afraid he would fall off his 2-wheeler bike. His name is Octavio and he is now 104 www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpTkqKtbPcs
I don't know what my generation is called, but it's the one that came after the baby boomers.
My husband likes me to wear short skirts and tight clothes. I think that is not age (or decency) appropriate. We have conflicts about it. But, there are times, when I just want to wear a bright feminine dress and feel my husband's attraction. Can one ever be too old for that?
Goriana, So Cal, USA
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Last week I was at the gym. The woman on the treadmill next to me was doing a brisk walk and I started my current walk/run routine (walk 2 minutes, run 4 minutes, repeat). After a while, the woman bumped up her treadmill speed and added a few running intervals to her walk, too. Later in the locker room, she told me she had never done that, but I inspired her. She said I looked to be about her age (over 50) and she thought if I could do it, so could she!
Depends on in what way, really. There's responsibility (job, bills, taxes, etc) and there's hobbies/activities, just for starters.
My mother went rock-climbing in her 50s. She wasn't going to stop because someone got a notion it wasn't appropriate to her age group. On the flip side, I remember my grandmother in her 60s doing little more than a walk to get food, in her 70s not being comfortable having the grandchildren or great-grandchildren visit. I didn't visit her in later years because she preferred a dark room and minimal stimulation.
Responsibilities-wise, I've usually acted older than my age. But I'm definitely not "old" in my way of approaching the world. I'm still likely to stop along the sidewalk in awe of a bright moon or squee over seeing three planets in the sky every night lately. And SOMEDAY I fully intend to skydive. If I'm 60 when I do so, that's fine.
Blue, Lethie, or Jennifer May - I answer to them all (aka Astraxialus in NaNoWriMo) San Jose, CA BLC#20 & BLC#21 - ONYX OUTLAW
I've never had a problem with my age... I'll be 65 in 100 days I find I can't tell any more by looking at someone how old they are... I can't believe my kids are 29-41 already. The most important thing to me is being able to keep up with my grandkids because they get to do all the fun things in life!!!! My attitude will be "Forever 21"
I agree with Lynda... "It's not the years in your life that's important, it's the life in your years."
I think I have to agree with Ladyirish - where is it written that certain activities are associated with certain ages? I guess I'd have to say I "act my age" because I act however I act and I am the age I am - but that doesn't mean anybody else 'my age' would do the same things or act the same way.
Some people of all ages have trouble getting around - other people of all ages are very active going on hikes, running, doing yoga, helping others - some people are very responsible as a child, others never seem to develop a sense of responsibility no matter how old they get - some people like to play, laugh, get silly, joke around and others never seem to 'let loose,' all of them regardless of age.
So I guess I reject the entire idea of defining myself or anyone else simply by years - as they say, it's not the years in your life that's important, it's the life in your years. Look at all the gorgeous 'older' women and men - people who are out dancing, hiking, driving, working, raising children, going to school and all sorts of things throughout the decades. And also look at all the people who 'give up' on life at some point, regardless of whether they make that decision at age 20, 50, 75, 99 or whatever - I think there are a lot of things that define us as people but very little of that is specifically connected to 'age.'
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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