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Am I the only healthy and health conscious senior? Of course not!
posted at September 15, 2011 2:34 PM EDT
First: March 16, 2011
Last: June 6, 2012
Does anyone else experience this? Doctors are always amazed that I'm on no meds. Are most over 65 on medication of some type? Why are we expected to automatically be on meds!
I live in a senior community, and most activities are planned with the idea that we're all infirm in some way. Our apartment community has it's own bus. I constantly have to remind our bus driver that I don't need any help getting on or off the bus. My health is better than his.
I go to lectures and seminars on health and fitness. On at least two occasions, we were asked if we learned anything from them, and I, truthfully, said that I already knew everything they talked about. So did some others. Do they think we just woke up today and became seniors, not having learned anything along the way? Should we pretend we learned stuff that we already knew, to satisfy them? Since I retired some time ago, my main focus has been on living a full, healthy lifestyle. There's always the chance I'll learn something new, but not likely. My mind is like a sponge. It soaks up stuff from the papers, the Internet, the TV, books, etc.
Just about every study I hear about, has been done before, yet it's always news, as if it's the first time.
Are we supposed to act like we didn't already hear about it?
Are there other healthy, health savvy seniors out there who feel that we get no respect?
Reaching senior citizenry does not spell stupid. I'm not a know-it-all, but I do know a lot! As do most who have reached this "golden" age. Anyone agree with that?
Re: Am I the only healthy and health conscious senior? Of course not!
posted at June 18, 2012 5:39 PM EDT
First: September 16, 2011
Last: May 20, 2013
You are not the only healthy and health conscious senior , of course! And, you certainly have a good point about having heard all of those studies before, many times. There are many seniors who are very healthy, and do not even take any medications. They, like you, are active, stay busy, mentally and physically, and have done the right things for their health for many years! You do deserve kudos, and respect for this achievement! And, you can probably teach the rest of us a thing or two!
Tell us what your best secret is, and how you have managed to stay healthy, and active. What daily routines do you do that help keep you so healthy?