What is it like to get old? I am not sure. I had an appointment with a doctor I had only seen once 3 years ago, before I had my spine fused, not for my diabetes. After studying my medical record and examining me he said "your know you are healthier than most people your age. I said I have had diabetes for 20 plus years and I decided 50 years ago to experiment to see how healthy I could be in my old age. I studied everything I could get my hands on and did it. and it worked.That was the end of my conversation with that doctor. Now my goal is reached, I am old pushing 77. I am in perfect health, my body feels like about 40 years old instead of 77.
What I didn't for see is how people expect you to be when there is no denying you are old. They
expect you cannot learn anything new (scientists believe this) That you can't remember a lot of things. That you can't sit up without help. I have had to rearrange my plans to do what I wanted because of peoples attitudes toward ageing. No, I don't need sympathy, as I am pretty flex able
and am happily working on my plan B. However if one more persons suggests I play bingo at the senior center, I will do something naughty to them.
I write posts that require me to think and gather information, write it in ways that make sense. This is protective of the brain. Responding to what others say is especially helpful in this regard. Oh yes, you are supposed to have a degree of dementia too and old people are set in their ways.
It is fun to see doctors reactions too me as I don't fit their mold for old people. The office assistant always says, you don't take any drugs! I guess you got to get your kicks wherever you can.
People at the YMCA are always asking me how old I am. My regular doctor challenged me. He said when I was 75, let see if you can be this healthy at 80. I love a challenge. How about 90.
I ask him how his diet was as I wanted to know if he would be working when I was 90. He is about 48 or so years old I would guess.
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