I hope to be that way when I'm that age. Hopefully it's something that will become second nature to me, and not something I'll have to go out of my way to achieve when I'm older.
I've noticed there's a bigger shift between baby boomers and the generations before them. Baby boomers are more in-tune with their health and fitness, and want lots of details when they're working out or recovering from surgery compared to the generations that are older than them. It's quite refreshing to see.
I think we've already seen a shift, but I think it'll just continue as the generations keep aging. It's also never to late to start! I've worked with some wonderful folks who didn't start working out or being active in their life until their 70s or 80s... It's always possible.
- Occupational Therapist - Not as devoted to Sparking as I used to be
..... and if cost keeps you from getting the Shingles or Pneumonia vaccines, check out your insurance. I discovered my HMO paid all but thirty dollars or so for my Shingles vaccine and I had put it off for years thinking it would be three hundred dollars out of pocket. I too have had friends over the years none too pleased with the outcome of Shingles.
Dave A.- South Central PA, USA
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." - Mark Twain
Pounds lost: 81.0
Fitness Minutes: (103,700)
3/11/18 4:20 P
Smart man - especially as we age, it is really "use it or lose it."
My Dad suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, but still walked every day - and it kept him in great health. Unfortunately a tough bout with shingles caused nerve damage that left him unable to walk much at all without difficulty - his health declined pretty rapidly after that, unfortunately. (Get that shingles shot! Besides my Dad, my husband also has serious permanent effects from shingles - in his case facial paralysis on one side and hearing loss - look up Ramsey-Hunt syndrome, which I'd never heard of before he got shingles, but basically it attacked the nerves inside his ear and on one side of his face. Awfully painful, and permanent nerve/hearing damage. Shingles can be a LOT worse than just a really bad rash!)
I hear that the 99 year old gentleman responds to "JR".
He tells my wife that he gets on the treadmill for 20 to 30 minute sessions at a time until he racks up 5 miles. I think he really enjoys it.
Many of the inmates in this facility are unable or unwilling to participate in exercise. I suspect that JR is the exception. The residents seem to prefer movies and bingo over everything else. I suspect that they would sell any remaining teeth to participate in a mean round of bingo.
Humor aside, most of them just cannot exercise due to past injuries, physical, or mental condition.
My Dad for instance, a survivor of multiple heart attacks and countless strokes, has an exercise bike where he lives, but just won't use it. He would benefit from it and build needed muscle mass. He claims to use it, but on a recent visit, I noticed he had no routine for physical activity. In addition to that, my Dad never learned about nutrition. He spent his entire life in the military and so food was always prepared and cooked for him. He was married and food was always prepared for him.
He got divorced and now suddenly finds out what it means to be on his own. A lifetime of dependency on other people now leaves him without the skills to plan and prepare a decent meal. He thinks nothing of going out to dinner every night. It is sad to see.
But, we have the ability to learn from this, and become our own nutritionists. We can plan and create exercise plans. It just requires the desire to focus on health and well being before it's too late.
Not enough people plan for comfort in their old age. We assume we will march unimpeded to our graves. The reality is we become weaker and life becomes more harsh as we get older.
I think JR is on the right track and planned for his comfort.
Knowledge is power.
"Feed freedom with knowledge." (My high school motto)
Edited by: I_ROBOT at: 3/11/2018 (15:32)
Thirst can be mistaken for hunger. You cannot outrun the fork. The journey never ends. Exercise is medicine. Move to Improve.
Harry in Wild and Windy Casper, WY, USA Mountain Time
July Minutes: 178
Fitness Minutes: (67,499)
5,148 3/11/18 12:43 P
My MIL lived in two different Senior Living/Assisted residences....and both had fitness rooms and class activity time led by qualified people. (One was a Physical Therapist...another a Personal Trainer.) They would also schedule private training time if someone wanted although there was a cost for that; or the fitness area could be used whenever it was free. Getting people to attend was a different story!! They also offered free transport to the Community Centers/YMCA offering Senior Activities including fitness, and it was their least used service.
The several residences that my Dad is currently looking at, and the one friends just moved into also have fitness rooms (and, I expect, some classes....)
I honestly think that our current "senior" population had much less focus on exercise and staying healthy. Hopefully OUR generations are changing that! patti
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
I always love hearing these stories about older people who are still active. I know it's part of what has kept them going for so long!
@HAWKTHREE I agree with you! I hope the facilities' see the benefits and make and such. I know the Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit programs are available through Medicare supplement plans and many gyms and community centers offer classes geared towards these people.
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
July Minutes: 1,817
Fitness Minutes: (24,124)
4,666 3/10/18 9:37 A