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Old 30th Apr 2014, 19:49
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And a lot of the cold war warriors now arse fast in office chairs are loving it Mr Rock.
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Old 30th Apr 2014, 20:15
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I always recall my dad coming back from a civil defence meeting in Purley Town Hall during the Cuban missile crisis. He was wondering whether to buy some whitewash for the windows! Thank heavens I was too young and innocent to understand the fear.

alison - a very sombre post. It's different for me. My mental health imploded from my mid-40s onwards and I became someone that wasn't me. In the end my breakdown was total and I had to be put back together by highly skilled professional who did (I think!) a fantastic job.

It took them a year.

But then, essentially as I turned 50, I started getting physically unwell. Gall bladder out, oesophogitis, arthritis, quintuple heart bypass, complications following the bypass which took two years to mainly resolve, but will never fully be cured. And currently polyps in the colon (heard last week they are not cancerous - yet).

However, my cardiologist told me something that stunned me. The heart disease I had was hidden. It was genetic and only discovered by mistake (I am adopted). He said, "You are now almost certainly the longest living male ever on your father's side of the family."

Every day for me is a miracle that I enjoy. I want many more of them! In many respects I'm glad to have had these problems while I'm relatively young and have a modicum of stamina.

Now go out and enjoy yourself -- even if you have to wrap up a bit more nowadays!!
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Old 30th Apr 2014, 21:18
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There's no future in getting maudlin!

I've buried some fine people who were younger than I was - and some who were seriously older. One was a retired Brigadier, the last person left of his regiment: he'd been at dozens of their funerals, but there was nobody left to attend his. Pretty poor show from the war office not to send a platoon or some such in his honour, though: it was just his two children and me. We gave him a good send-off all the same.

Passing from 69 to 70 was a bit of a jolt - no particular reason, but suddenly I felt old. The DVLA at Swansea added insult: they took a load of groups off my driving licence for some reason - legalised ageism, I call it. It's not as if I'm likely to want to drive any of those things any more, but being told "You can't anyway" is galling.

Can't complain about the NHS, though. If it weren't for some excellent medics neither I nor the memsahib would be alive now.
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Old 30th Apr 2014, 23:16
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Had a "mini debate" with my doctor colleagues, told them that I thought that the best strategy was to avoid blood tests......looked at me as if I was daft.

Not sure blood tests save lives
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Old 30th Apr 2014, 23:24
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Cattletruck wrote:
My friend related the story of his dad who turned 70 and decided to get a check by a doctor.
Doctor: "Ok, so what medications do you take?"
Friend's dad: "None, am I supposed to?"
All clear and straight back to playing golf.
Luckily fall into that category - medication just one tab a day, not entirely necessary.

Original post was just me having a bit of a whinge about not being able to play golf at that particular time, and lack of adequate sleep meant I wouldn't have been able to play well if I had. Managed 18 holes later on though, and that's walking the course. The mind is ever willing, but as for the body well ...... Thanks for all the positive replies.

Keef: "Passing from 69 to 70 was a bit of a jolt - no particular reason, but suddenly I felt old". It does doesn't it. Threescore years and ten resonates in the mind continuously.
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Old 1st May 2014, 04:03
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My recalcitrant neighbour is pushing 90. Physically strong, he will often use a walking frame if he has to visit the bank, court etc but has been observed literally throwing it over the front fence and jumping straight onto his bicycle. He's currently up a ladder struggling to prune back a 15m tall tree.

Sadly it's his brain that's turned to mush before his body. He's now fighting his daughters in court from what I can ascertain are his new "friends" trying to take advantage of his mental condition by screwing his daughters out of a big inheritence. As it mustn't be a good image for his defence/sympathy his bicycle was stolen, so he chained his second bicycle to the iron gate, both iron gate and second bicycle were soon stolen.
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Old 1st May 2014, 08:16
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I am guessing that the genes have all the answers here.My 71 year old brother looks 60 and I am regularly mistaken for early 50's by people who don't know me.Having never smoked probably helps as does daily exercise but sometimes I encounter ex schoolmates with walking sticks or on mobility scooters.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 02:16
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From local paper:-
Paul Ramsay, the billionaire founder and chairman of private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care, has died after a short illness.

Mr Ramsay, who was valued by Forbes at $3.7 billion in March, was 78 years old. He owned 36.20 per cent of Ramsay Health, a stake worth $3.3 billion.
So having access to the best health care available, and not being short of a quid or two doesn't help.

Not too sure about genes either. Both parents died in their sixties, and have sister and two brothers who would be hard pressed to walk one tenth of the distance I walk when playing golf. Subject to any catastrophic occurrence, I have every expectation of being at the funerals of all three. As replacement bodies are well out of my budget, I do tend to look after the one I have. Like to feel that this helps.

Quite a few years back read of a survey of Scandinavian nonagenarians, and by far the most interesting aspect of their lifestyle was how rarely they saw a doctor. The survey didn't indicate that this was because they didn't need to, or it was a personal preference. I like to feel it was the latter. People die after seeing doctors.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 02:42
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One's warranty runs out after 60 years of age Ms CC.

Things don't automatically repair themselves anymore -
one can only get them patched up or duct taped.
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Old 2nd May 2014, 12:06
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When you get past 50 everything hurts.

Or, if it doesn't hurt it doesn't work.
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