A Guide to Getting Old
Getting Old Is Not For Sissies
“If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself” That’s an easy, throwaway line, good for a quick chuckle, but there’s an element of truth in those words. But, when you were young, or if you’re young now, has anyone told you what to expect? Do you know what to do now so you can have a productive and enjoyable old age?
Buzzfeed has a simulator outfit so young people can enjoy the many treats and benefits of old age. Are you young and scoffing at the infirmities of old age? Yeah, I was like that not so very long ago, but somehow the decades slipped by all too fast. My generation, the “Baby Boomer Generation,” has enjoyed better health, a better standard of living and greater longevity than any before. Now, our politicians are trying to dismantle the social safety nets. Baby Boomers generation may be the first generation to see a decline in the standard of living, health and even lifespan of their children. This might be something to consider when you cast a vote; do you want a big insurance company to make health choices for you based on profitability? On the other hand, how about the people you vote for or against in government? When was the last time you heard about someone being denied treatment by Medicare? Now, when was the last time you heard about someone being denied coverage by an insurance company? Could you convince an insurance company to change their mind when you’ve been denied coverage? Death can be very profitable for business when medical care costs a lot. These are the political issues we face every day and I welcome anyone to give us examples of why we should abandon Medicare for private, for profit insurance.
Old age simulator
- Old Age Simulator [PIC]
Old Age Simulator: Like a false pregnancy belly, only infinitely more depressing...Via - Blame It On The Voices
80 Years in 40 Seconds
What do you have to look forward to in old age? EYESIGHT
1. Eyesight, Buzzfeed places a pair of goggles on a young lady to simulate poor vision. You can look forward to becoming farsighted, as the lens in your eyes loses flexibility. You start out by holding the book farther away, but it won’t be long until your arms are too short. Time to see the eye doctor and find out that “Presbyopia” (The loss of the ability to focus the eyes) is only one of the conditions that loom on the horizon. Now you have problems with glare but you still need more light to see as well as you used to. Floaters are annoying, (floaters are the harmless cellular debris floating in your eyes that may obstruct vision) but if you see flashes or sparks of light, get to an Ophthalmologist right away, this is a sign on retina damage. Many of us, especially women after menopause, may find that the ability to produce tears has reduced resulting in dry scratchy eyes, eye drops will help. If you live long enough you will develop cataracts, this is when the clear lenses in your eyes start to discolor, resulting first in a loss of color perception; eventually the lenses will become completely opaque leaving you blind. This is correctable with a fairly simple surgery, a surgery covered by Medicare until it is turned over to private insurers. If you’re otherwise in good health, these may be the only eyesight problems you have to deal with. On the other hand, there are complication from high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, any family history of disease and plenty of others which can show up as problems in eyesight such as age related macular degeneration. If you’re pumping up and using steroids to get bigger cataracts are in your future along with lots of other problems.
Tom Rush on getting old
Ear Trumpet For You?
Hearing loss, or “presbycusis”, is the slow loss of hearing that occurs as people get older. The good news is that we don’t all lose our hearing with age. Smokers, people with a family history of hearing loss, some medicines and repeated exposure to loud noises all contribute to hearing loss and or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Tiny hairs inside your ear pick up sound waves and send signals that the brain interprets as sound. Hearing loss occurs when the tiny hairs inside the ear are damaged or die. There are treatments which provide some help, but the hair cells do not regrow most hearing loss is permanent. The best treatment for hearing loss is prevention; simple foam ear plugs can cut damaging volumes down to acceptable levels. If you like concerts with damaging volumes of sound start saving now for your first hearing aid. Once the damage is done hearing aids may help but these cost thousands and some people may be helped by cochlear implants. Start saving while you’re young; private insurance and Medicare are both unlikely to help with the cost of hearing aids or implants.
1. , Buzzfeed didn’t touch on this but the sense of taste tends to decline with age as the taste buds degenerate. All of us have heard our older relatives or friends complain about how food doesn’t taste as well as it used to, years ago; some of this is true but some of this is about the loss of taste. Many times the loss of taste is actually a loss in the sense of smell. Anything which interferes with the lining of the nose can affect the sense of smell. The loss of taste and smell can then make someone less interested in eating. This can lead to a poor diet with any of many nutritional problems; older people tend to have a poor appetite to begin with and so quickly lose weight. Certain illnesses can also cause a change in taste.
1. Shoulders are the most mobile joint in the body and the problems with shoulders can come on at any age, mostly from overuse. There is of course an increased amount of shoulder surgery with age; the rotator cuff is especially prone to problems which accumulate due to age. There is little that can be done in youth to prevent shoulder problems but an education helps. If you’re doing heavy manual labor you are doing damage that will show up later in life, so the way to avoid that is by getting an education.
Buzzfeed has their young lady in a kind of corset, forcing her into a stooped position; unfortunately this is all too common in the older population. Back pain is among the most commonly reported symptoms in the elderly and osteoarthritis, disc degeneration, osteoporosis and lumbar spinal stenosis, all increase with age. If you start while you’re young you can actually avoid the worst symptoms of osteoarthritis; the less strain you put on your joints now the less likely they are to wear out later. Controlling your weight takes the stress off of many of your joints. Learn to use good posture, and if a joint starts to bother you, rest it immediately. Avoid doing the same activity repeatedly, that’s not easy advice for a worker but when you switch activities you relieve some of the stress on joints which have time to heal. Degenerative or osteoarthritis is caused by excessive wear. Spinal stenosis is a painful compression of the nerves in the spine, usually caused by degenerative arthritis. Osteoporosis can be controlled with diet and supplements while you’re young, wait until you’re old and it’s much more difficult to reverse. Observe good practices while you’re young and you may avoid problems when you’re old.
A Glowing Healthy Tan?
Skin, Wrinkles and Melanomas.
Every day your skin rejuvenates itself, shedding old cells and growing new ones. I n youth your skin cells regenerate quickly, but that slows down as you age, beginning as early as your twenties. A healthy glowing tan now, whether from the sun or a tanning bed will give you a nice wrinkled, leathery appearance in old age with age spots thrown in as an added bonus. And, there’s always the boosted chance of skin cancer, caught early enough skin cancer just leaves scars on your wrinkles, ignored and skin cancer will kill. Avoid the sun now and use a sunscreen and you can avoid looking like the Tibetan Lady in the photo.
George Carlin on old age (CRUDE)
The time to prepare for old age is while you are young and oblivious to what awaits you in later years. Healthy habits in youth will lead to healthy aging. Following a balanced diet, avoiding sun exposure, proper excersise and avoiding loud noises will pay off eventually. If the conservatives get their way in the political arena, there will be no Medicare or Medicaid for the younger generation so the time to act is now.
Technology to the rescue; MIT has been doing research for years to find ways to alleviate the worst aspects of old age. As with everything else in this world, having money is key, and if you do have enough cash, there will be new technologies that will help you remain active well into your dotage. Or, you could change your life style now, and preserve your abilities for many years.