I'm 59, and not quite there but had a stroke on Halloween 2013 with a brain bleed. I have some deficits, including balance and a right hand/arm that shakes, but I still do the walking I can (even though I've been doing it for months I still can't do what I did a year ago. The balance issue when walking wears me out faster) I do my stretching exercises daily and strength training 3 time a week. When I was in a couple of different hospitals, I told medical personnel what I had been doing before the stroke and all of them told me that those things helped me to have much more limited problems than if I had been doing nothing. I also worked with "senior" citizens for many years and saw amazing people doing all kinds of things in their 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and even one that was 100! And the Senior Olympic events are awesome, local, state, and national. The usual but also bike racing, field and track, swimming, and a lot more events for people of all ages over 50. I loved it! Stay active no matter what your age!
What a wonderfully useful article! Details, reasons, measures, and altogether sensible talk. Thank you for this.
11/1/2013 8:27:41 PM
Dean, I am 67, have had 8 bypasses, 8 stents and three heart attacks in past 30 years. I am pretty much sedentary because of bad circulation in both legs. I am also a brittle diabetic on insulin pump. I need to lose about 30 pounds and regain strength in legs. Can you help me figure out what to do? I appreciate your help and time. Dayne
On the back scratch test, I could touch fingers on one side, not so good on the other, I would think that this is normal in people. It would be nice if they would improve this article by telling people how to improve on these items.
I found the link that was supposed to give me info to be a link for info from arkansas and it contained more links, ad infinitum.
I really dislike articles that say what you should be able to do without giving you the path to get there!
I kind of got hung-up on the 65+ year-olds being more likely to exercise than the 45-64 year-olds, then the obvious answer hit me--retirement, blessed, glorious retirement! Did pretty good on the assessment, but failed the shoulder flexibility test, gosh darn it, but only on the left side. However, considering the number of injuries these poor shoulders have been through in 64-years....
8/30/2012 8:00:55 PM
Hi all. I'm new to the site. I too am over 60 and I have made some great lifestyle changes. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is very attainable after 60. I made some changes to my diet and started to exercise and this helped me avoid having to go on medications to reverse my unhealthy condition. In the process I lost weight and I now have more energy. I am no starting my own blog. http://65andalive.tumblr.com and http://65andalive.net Its amazing what are bodies can do.
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