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Ageing & Growing Old

Are you growing older?

  • Yes, I am

    Votes: 83 61.0%
  • No, I'm getting younger

    Votes: 28 20.6%
  • Sorry, I don't understand the question

    Votes: 17 12.5%
  • I'm a Mod; I think adding silly polls to chat threads is pointless

    Votes: 8 5.9%

  • Total voters
    136
I'm sort of thinking "Vampire" here. Run.:)
LOL - This woman was a very interesting person. A great cook who gave me some wonderful recipes, a good friend for a time, but she suddenly moved away to become a casino worker at our Jersey Shore casinos. Then moved clear across the country to work in the casinos out west.
And she never aged. Baffling.
 
I never had any of the symptoms either.
One of the aides at a school I worked at was some kind of Eastern European and looked to be in about her 50's.
One day she was very annoyed when it came out she was in her 70's.
I know that my blood type is Eastern European, and my Dad's sister, my Auntie, had that lovely skin also.
But she had beautiful cheekbones, I always had fat cheeks which I hated - however, now I realize that chubby cheeks keep you young-looking!
 
Well R J,

Funny you said that.

My wife and I are on the “chunky side “, and we were at a wedding and the last thing I thought I would hear from people who have known us for a long time is that we aged well and our skin had no wrinkles.

I guess a little fat is good !

Also these family members have been in the sun too much, and their skin looked wrinkled.

I am not a sun worshipper.
 
Well R J,

Funny you said that.

My wife and I are on the “chunky side “, and we were at a wedding and the last thing I thought I would hear from people who have known us for a long time is that we aged well and our skin had no wrinkles.

I guess a little fat is good !

Also these family members have been in the sun too much, and their skin looked wrinkled.

I am not a sun worshipper.
A little fat never hurts! :)
 
I was always out in the sun, from dusk to dawn, or down the shore on the beach, for years.
Didn't do anything to my skin.
These days I will only sit under the trees, but I still catch the sun easily, and I find that getting some sun tightens up the skin, which is a good thing!
 
I was always pale, having red hair so kept out of the sun. The only time I was badly burnt was on an overcast day.
My nephew died at 36 from melanoma. He had red hair and lived in Queensland.
 
I saw on TV in the past that in Australia 2 out of 3 people will have to be treated for skin cancer before they reach the age of 70.

The Australian sun must be really damaging to the skin.
 
I grew up in the high desert (altitude 5500 feet to 10,000 feet above sea level) Usually lived in the mountains about 7 or 8 thousand feet above sea level. We were outside from sun up to sun down (or later) in the summer, got our first sun burn then turned brown ( or for us lighter, freckled less pink). Now I have to get those benign skin cancers burned off every year, but my face is still fine except for a few dark spots (we called them liver spots when I was a kid). I used sun screen for a while in the 80's but that is when I started getting the skin cancers. So I don't use sun screen, I wear long sleeves and a hat now that I am an old lady with fragile skin.

My aunt an my mother both had to have melanomas taken off in their 60's. My aunt is 90 now, and looks it, but she only had that one skin cancer. She spent her days on horseback most of her life in Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.
 
Really interesting !

Doctors claim skin damages are done when we are exposed to the sun at a young age.
Yeah, doctors aren't trained to take into account all factors. So they can claim all kinds of things and be right a little over 50% of the time.
 
I saw on TV in the past that in Australia 2 out of 3 people will have to be treated for skin cancer before they reach the age of 70.
I learned that fact only last week while reading an 'outback' crime novel. Jane Harper 'The Lost Man' I think it was.
 
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I am an old lady with fragile skin.
Another poster I've managed to misimagine (is that a word?) ... for some reason I'd always visualised you to be in your late 30's. Unless of course you do consider late 30's to be old :)

Sollywos (early 70's in case you were wondering) Hang on what year are we in? Oh yeah '23 mmmm coming up to mid 70's then.
 
Really interesting !

Doctors claim skin damages are done when we are exposed to the sun at a young age.
Well, what happens to an older persons over-exposed skin then I wonder. . . enter the competion for Bake-Off perhaps?
 
I love the word “ misimagine” because we could be a green Martian from Mars on this web site and nobody would know.
Nope. I'm a purple Venusian:cool:. I always thought I'd like to be from Venus. No rationale. Just a planet with a romantic name.
 
When I was young my brothers and sisters just tolerated each other, but not really good friends.

My older brother died too young with Multiple Myeloma and when I think back about his funeral, I was sad, but I felt like I did not know him.

I wonder how other siblings in families get along with each other ?
 
Was at an outdoor event on Saturday where there was a brass band. They played various lively songs including Baggy Trousers to which I performed appropriate dances. Just a couple of others and me, in little dance-off. Great fun.

Some of them approached me later to say they'd enjoyed seeing our performance.

I'd kept it up longest, I told them, especially with the Madness, because I'm a 64 year-old cyclist with no ego and thighs of iron. :chuckle:
 
Was at an outdoor event on Saturday where there was a brass band. They played various lively songs including Baggy Trousers to which I performed appropriate dances. Just a couple of others and me, in little dance-off. Great fun.

Some of them approached me later to say they'd enjoyed seeing our performance.

I'd kept it up longest, I told them, especially with the Madness, because I'm a 64 year-old cyclist with no ego and thighs of iron. :chuckle:
I have to have a sit down half way up the stairs nowadays.
 
I wonder how other siblings in families get along with each other ?

I'm a singleton. BUT my husband is one of four. All of them have always socialised several times each year even though they are scattered across England and Scotland. Partners have been adopted in. My baby BiL has died (brain tumour) and his wife is still part of the gang.

Later this summer Mr and Saint Frideswide will be having a join holiday in the north of Scotland with the sister and the niece.

The remaining BiL and I have always enjoyed each others company - shared interest in art and gardening for example. He visited recently and much happiness in galleries and nurseries was had by the three of us - Mr F is fine with galleries and nurseries as long as there is a decent coffee shop!

I went darn sarf to the widow/SiL's small holding earlier this year. Gin and horses!
 
I was marching in a parade and waved a flag on a long flagpole all the way.
Only I could do this, partly because of my awesome upper body strength but mainly after securing the flag to the pole with a cable tie. :twothumbs:
 
Another poster I've managed to misimagine (is that a word?) ... for some reason I'd always visualised you to be in your late 30's. Unless of course you do consider late 30's to be old :)

Sollywos (early 70's in case you were wondering) Hang on what year are we in? Oh yeah '23 mmmm coming up to mid 70's then.
Thanks for that. I am closer to 70 than 60. I grew up in the 60's running around the desert in shorts, a tank top and barefoot or sandals (even when we were horseback we didn't worry much about our feet - which is weird I think back now). I have had one melanoma cut off 2 years ago, and I get these benign, crusty spots that the dematologist burns off with liquid nitrogen (or is it nitrous). I do go to the dermatologist every 6 months because of that. My mother and her sister both had things cut out, some kind of skin cancer.

Speaking of imaging the age of some posters, the first forum I spent a lot of time on there was a guy who I thought was a teenager because he was so emotionally unstable and posted things that indicated he was not educated. There was another one who was thoughtful and seemed educated. Though I was wrong about both of them, the one I thought was a teenager was in his 50's and the one I thought was at least 30 was 15. :D:hahazebs:
 
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