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A New Definition For ''Old''

Life Tales From a Former Olympian


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  • Age is a matter of mind. If you don't mind, it don't matter.
  • I'm with you. Please do give Webster a call. I am 75 and proud of it.
  • What is this old you speak of?
    At 56 1/2 I still feel 19 inside, albeit a wiser one!
    My daughter-in-laws Father has participated in the Senior Olympics swimming event every year for years. He has had bladder and kidney cancer. Last November he went to Israel with his church group and then met his wife in Southern California for Thanksgiving, they live in Ohio. I told him I want to be just like him, he is my hero, I am 65. Then there is my mom, a widow She paints her own house, does her own yard work and takes care of her own pool, She goes to exercise class & weight trains 3 times a week, cleans her own rugs, reupholsters furniture, these are some of these things she has done all of her life. I could go on but I don't need to, she is another hero and role model in my life.
  • Thank you for this inspiring article - it gives me hope for an active future!
  • Very inspirational piece.
  • I know a lot of people who might be considered "old" but they are much more fit and healthy than I am! Age is more than chronological age - it is a state of mind and it is a healthy lifestyle. True, an element of luck is involved but the choices we make will help us stay young.
  • I believe old is a state of mind. I do not feel old. I do not act old. I can keep up with the younger people at weight lifting class. I even out lift some of them. I went to the gym the other day and I did 100 lb. leg presses on the machine. I was so proud of myself for that. I refuse to let age define me as it's just a number of how many birthdays I have had. I have had 58 to be exact. I have no intentions of slowing down any time soon.
  • When Social Security was initially unfolded, the age at which one could draw this benefit was set because very few people lived beyond 65. Now the average lifespan is over 70 and extending every year.

    If you have old family photos, go back and look how your grandparents looked in their 40's, 50,s 60,s and beyond. Today look at the same age groups - Big Diference in appearance!

    Before I retired, young associates were shocked that I was old enough to have a teenage grandaughter. When I retired, I had a young 20's associate tell me I "looked about the age of her parents (49 & 45)" - I gave her a giant hug, a kiss on the check and gave her a silver dollar (new composition, not "real" silver).

    It certainly is not because I had never had any serous health problem. I'm a Type 1 Diabetic, I had all of the childhood diseases available in the late forties and fifties, plus polio;, bronchial pnumonia twice as an adult, spinal meningitus, three heart attacks because of pancreas damage from defoliants used in Vietnam. Two of those attacks required open heart bypass surgery (#one = 4 bypass grafts, #two = 5 bypass grafts). My third only required a stent. I now also have an implanted defibrillator in my chest because of atrial fibrilation in my 50's (luckily, I was in my cardiologists office for my semi-annual checkup check-up and treadmill test (I was at 75% of my Max heart rate when this happened).

    What made the difference in my case, I think, was that after every serious health setback I made the best effort I could to complete whatever rehab was needed to get back into the best possible condition.

    In the past 5 years, I have been "carded" twice to check if I qualified for the "Over 55" discount. Both times absolutely "made my day" - especially the looks on the youngsters who "carded me"!

    My advice is to walk, run, swim, or whatever it takes to keep your heart and lungs healthy. Do different challenging strength exercises to keep your muscles, bones, tendons and joints strong and healthy Don't smoke, don't use alcohol to excess (I will have an occasional glass of wine and I "drink" NA beer in the summer), and don't use drugs beyond what your doctor has prescribed them for.

    Attitude? Well, that's a given.
  • I always say I am not old. That's just a number. When my grandkids ask me how old I am I say 16. They say how can you be younger than your kids. LOL
  • I just turned 51 and do not feel "senior". But I am becoming aware of the amount of ageism and condescending attitudes towards seniors that is out there. for example, the badminton player didn't "resemble" an athlete, she IS an athlete.
  • I want to wholeheartedly agree with SKIDEE's comment. Time and chance do play a part in our health, and there are times we have to make the best of a difficult situation. Besides the greater likelihood of healthier golden years, living a disciplined and healthy lifestyle brings the reward of feeling better right now.
  • I totally agree.

    I still remember when I was in high school and a friend of my Aunt's, a lady in her 50s or 60s, invited me and my cousin to go jogging in the morning. I had my "sure, whatever, I can keep up with someone that much older than me!"

    Yeah right! She blew us out of the water. We jogged for about 2 minutes and then walked, gasping for air, and watched her quickly and gracefully jogging her way far into the distance.

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