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Organismal Senescence

Discussion in 'Health and Wellness' started by Benjamin, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    "...is the aging of whole organisms. Aging is generally characterized by the declining ability to respond to stress, increasing homeostatic imbalance and increased risk of aging-associated diseases."

    Aging-associated diseases might include rheumatology, dermatology, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease…general organ failures etc…

    A long time ago this old guy, after he and his friends had told me all about the gory details about their ailments which involved breaks, leaks, diapers, surgeries, and all kinds of whatnot finally succeeded in grossing me out and then said, “Yep, growing old ain’t for sissies!”… lol

    Anyway, I’m wondering are you considering possibly making some lifestyle changes now to improve the quality of your later life, or are you just taking the “wait and see” and will deal with it when and if it comes approach?

    If considering it now, what do you suspect might affect you? What precautionary measures might you explore? Do you take any preventative measures now to avoid or lessen the chances of these certain ailments or make up for things you suspect might affect you later in life due to neglect, abuse, genetics or whatever?
    #1 Benjamin, Sep 18, 2009
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  2. Deacon

    Deacon Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2002
    Quite a fancy title for saying, "Yer gittin old!"
    I first thought that this should have been posted in the Mens Forum

    A 90+ year old woman visited my office for a visit with the cardiologist.
    At the end of the visit she confided to the doctor, "I think my best years are behind me."
    He chuckled and asked, "When were those best years."
    She exclaimed, "Oh, somewhere between 45 and 85."

    My 77 year old mother-in-law living in near-by Lancaster, PA, had an aortic valve replacement and coronary bypass surgery last week (she's doing well).
    When first she heard the surgery was needed she asked me, "Do you think I'm too old?"
    I replied, "Do it now while you're young."

    Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.”
    Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky.
    Remember him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and before your eyes—the women looking through the windows—see dimly.

    Remember him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades. Now you rise at the first chirping of the birds, but then all their sounds will grow faint.

    Remember him before you become fearful of falling and worry about danger in the streets; before your hair turns white like an almond tree in bloom, and you drag along without energy like a dying grasshopper, and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire. Remember him before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.

    Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Don’t wait until the water jar is smashed at the spring and the pulley is broken at the well.

    Ecclesiastes 12:1-6 NLT

  3. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    Laugh…I came across a new term while looking into the fields of Geriatrics. I’m trying to decide if I want to specialize in a particular age group within the new career field I’m working toward (Physical Therapy/Exercise and Wellness).

    Promoting healthy lifestyle changes, both physical and spiritual, is a big part of what I want to do, but older people, especially, often seems to be set in their ways and feel it is too late so are reluctant to make major changes which would improve the quality of their life.

    Personally, a few things:

    I want to limit restrictions due to immobility; therefore I plan to keep my muscles and bones in shape by exercising using resistance weight training. (I tell my kids, should I live to be a little old man I hope to be still pumping iron).

    Many health issues are related to poor spinal health; therefore I plan to work toward maintain a good posture.

    In a sense, it is true that you are what you eat; therefore I hope to learn more about nutrition and improve my diet, which may require different directions as I age.