How old are we when we’re old?

I’m well into my sixties now, but I don’t feel old at all. Or at least, no more so than I did twenty years ago. In some ways, probably because of improved diet, I feel like I’m in better shape. I do need to work out, though. I’m planning a lot of business travel this year, and starting a new space venture, and I feel as up to it (perhaps more, given my experience) as I ever have.

5 thoughts on “Aging”

  1. Certainly the more I exercise, the less old I feel: there’s something to be said for autophagy.

    And, in my experience, the more active people do seem to live longer, but it’s an open question as to whether they live longer because they’re more active or whether they’re more active because they age slower.

    It’s just lucky that VR 2.0 came along a couple of years ago so I can get exercise while playing computer games.

  2. Mindset, diet, exercise. Started taking T at 60 and found my energy and alertness greatly improved. I’m older now than when my dad retired, and plan to work till at least 95. My parents declined fairly quickly after retirement.

    1. “Started taking T at 60 and found my energy and alertness greatly improved.”

      I assume by “T” you mean Testosterone? If so exactly what are you taking? Any experience/recommendations on taking DHEA or Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?

      “My parents declined fairly quickly after retirement.”

      My late Dad retired at 58 and lived to 83 in relatively good health until the last year or so of his life. My mom retired at about 65 is currently 85 starting to show signs of dementia. I think however excluding those examples that you are right; I am currently 59 & plan on working at least until 70, likely longer than that if I can.

  3. Yes, testosterone. There is a tremendous amount of info on the web on the health benefits for older men. I went from a measured level of 183 to averaging in the mid-900, but there are several different things to be mindful of such as total testosterone, free testosterone, and estrogen levels.

    Specific benefits to me were that my creaky joints went away, I put on a little muscle mass without even any additional exercise. More energy, less winded, probably because of increased red blood cell levels. Mental fog was gone and I could once again focus for prolonged periods of time.

    On the down side, I have to give a pint of blood about every quarter to keep my red blood cell counts from getting too high and causing clotting issues.

  4. My Dad said when he hit 70 is when he started going downhill more quickly, and for me that’s milestone is coming right up. Dad had to have valve replacement when he was 80, then died from cancer when he was 87.

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