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WOMEN AGES 50+ FOR DECEMBER 2020

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  • Snowflake1968Snowflake1968 Member Posts: 5,501 Member Member Posts: 5,501 Member
    Katla - My Dad passed in 2012 and my Mom is in a nursing home in NB with Alzheimer's. My brother is near my Mom and my best friend goes and visits her when she's allowed. My Mom grew up and lived her whole life in the town that the nursing home is in so she knows most of the other residents, a lot of the staff and is very content where she is. The nursing home has a Facebook page and they post pictures of her and I can arrange to have a FB Messenger video chat with her as often as I want. It would be nice to have her closer and be able to hug her but it would be best for me not her so I have to make do with video chats. From Dec 2017 when she was admitted to Sept 2019 I didn't have the video chat and very infrequent phone calls so I'm more peaceful with it now. I haven't been home to visit since 2016 due to financial restraints and this year of course Covid.

    Beth - I am in a province where a lot of people have the same motto. It is very aggravating to those of us that don't feel that way.

    Allie - I bet your colour is much better, I remember when my uncle had heart issues that were corrected. I didn't mean you had to defend your visits I hope you didn't think you had to, I just forget about the restrictions being different in different places all of the time.

    Margaret - I share positive and uplifting quotes on FB most nights before I go to bed. It helps me and my friends.

    Tracey in Edmonton



  • Peach1948Peach1948 Member Posts: 2,336 Member Member Posts: 2,336 Member
    Lisa & Karen
    My brother ( the farmer) has cows that are over 10 yrs old and he names them all. They are more like pets because he does not treat them as dairy animals although my dad made his dairy farm living when I was young. It always was fun when it was feeding time and he called them to come from the pasture over the highway to go to the barn.

    Carol in GA
  • margaretturkmargaretturk Member Posts: 4,300 Member Member Posts: 4,300 Member
    I could give the name of the groups that send them to me and if you do Facebook you could look at them too. Taking a picture of them I don't think would work well and they are copyrighted pictures.

    Beauty of the Earth
    Planet Earth
    English Zen Garden
    Power of Positivity
    Flowers my Inspiration


    I also share the Missouri Botanical Garden

    I belong to Grow with Kare gardening group that only shares within the group. Beautiful garden pictures and sharing gardening knowledge.

    These sites along with this site are helping me through social distancing.
    edited December 2020
  • Machka9Machka9 Member Posts: 19,567 Member Member Posts: 19,567 Member
    Thank you Beth. I know you do not have an easy road, too. T

    This is why I try to share something beautiful on Facebook everyday. For some reason I have been sent these gorgeous pictures from all over the world. Facebook will not let me share them here. If someone knows how to do that let me know. Those pictures remind me how amid all the negative that is out that there is beauty that will take your breath away. The nice thing is when I share them they go to my timeline. There is also other things to weed through on Facebook, so when I need a pick me up I go to my timeline so this is the majority of what I see.

    Right click ... copy image.

    And if it doesn't work right from your newsfeed, click on the picture, then right click ... copy image.

    I set up Friends Lists with pages I like. That way I can see what I like to see. :)


    M in Oz
  • janetr7476janetr7476 Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member
    Lisa in AR - thats terrific about your son and the new job. I hope he gets it. Everyone needs some
    thing to be happy about these days.

    Janetr OKC
  • janetr7476janetr7476 Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member
    Karen in VA, You have Julia's cell number? I wanna hook up with her on the next trail ride.

    Janetr OKC
  • Machka9Machka9 Member Posts: 19,567 Member Member Posts: 19,567 Member
    MACHKA
    I know it's really upsetting and it probably doesn't help but I think it's not unusual that with age-things occur (health issues or accidents) that make it harder to travel like we used to. I used to backpack and do tons of sports, and jog. That's really not an option now: knee and foot issues but also overall energy.

    The thing is ... I've still got the energy and still want to do all kinds of things. I'm only 53! But it is harder now with my husband. I'm looking at options like starting to run at lunch.


    Is the obligation to stay in Tasmania definitive ?

    For now.

    I highly doubt we'll be able to leave Tasmania in 2021 and possibly not 2022 either. After that ... we'll see.

    Tasmania is pretty but small. It's slightly larger than West Virginia in the US. Bigger than Lithuania, smaller than Ireland. Just a little bit bigger than Nova Scotia. Twice the size of Vancouver Island.

    And I miss a lot of places. I'd love to hop over to Victoria (state in Australia) to see the area around where we used to live. I'd love to go up to Queensland for a week in winter. Of course, I really want to go to Canada again.

    When I say "we'll see" above, it has to do with my husband's worker's compensation situation but also his health in general.

    We were told that a person has a normal life expectancy ... whatever that may be. His parents passed away in their late 70s, I think, so 80 might be his life expectancy. However, a severe brain injury reduces that life expectancy and the normal deterioration of the brain as you get older is accelerated. So maybe that brings him back to a life expectancy of 75.

    He's 65 now and struggling to do things that he could do really well before the accident. When he was 62, we cycled a 300 km event in 18 hours including all breaks ... and he was slightly stronger than me! Now I'm the strong one.

    The longer worker's compensation delays in allowing us to live our lives, the more he'll deteriorate. So if they happen to remove the restrictions in 2022, I'm not sure how much we're going to be able to do anyway. It is just frustrating.

    Eventually I would like to get back to Canada so I have some of my family around me, but I'm not making any plans.


    M in Oz
  • Machka9Machka9 Member Posts: 19,567 Member Member Posts: 19,567 Member
    @Snowflake1968 ... so sorry about this situation in the place you work and the loss of your favourite resident. :(
    @TerriRichardson112 ... sorry about your teaching colleague
    @sh0tzz99 ... ((hugs))

    @evie1958 ... lovely cradle!

    @OregonMother ... your family, including mother, should go for another test just to be sure. The numbers in the US are likely to soar because of the careless desire to be with family this Christmas.

    @Anniesquats100 ... do your parents do seated exercises so they don't have to get down on the floor?

    @exermom ... I'm glad you have an appointment. It's best to get these things properly checked and to get medical advice on what to do.
    I have read that many people who have maintained regular income have saved since the beginning of Covid: no/less eating out, no/little travelling, less/no non-essential shopping...

    We saved money! No transportation costs. Less shopping. No travel for quite a few months.

    Awesome! I have almost never done competitive sports or competition, but the one time, a few years ago, I did I did okay found the training for it very helpful and motivating health-wise.

    In high school, I was into running races. The 200 meter distance was mine! But I did a few others as well. After high school, I didn't do much of anything competitive until I got into bicycle racing in my late 20s. I did fairly well at Criteriums, not so well at Road Races, and reasonably well at Time Trials ... and loved the Time Trials. So in my last year of racing all I did was Time Trials.

    Then I got into ultra cycling and the only competitive events I did were 24-hour Time Trials, where the person with the most distance at the end of 24 hours wins. I loved those but they don't have them here in Australia.

    More recently I've done one or two races with Zwift - indoor cycling and it's a great motivator. I'll have to do more this coming winter.


    Weighing ... I weigh myself daily, unless we're away and I don't have scale handy. I find that helpful for me.

    Tank Tops & Shorts ... for a while, earlier in the menopause process, I went through wicked hot flashes. Now I have occasional ones, but I'm generally hot now. It has to be quite chilly for me to want to wear much more than a tank top and shorts! I have to dress up a bit when I go to work, but there I usually wear a skirt and sleeveless top.


    M in Oz
  • janetr7476janetr7476 Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member
    Evening ladies
    All i have to say is holy cow how did women wear corsets lol
    I have my life vest on and that has to be tight to the upper ribcage.so God forbid im unconscious that it could zap me if needed. And to compound that bought a 42 G bra to wear over it,which keeps the sisters together.. but the 2 together OY..
    The incision where they did the surgery is sore,basically the upper right breast but taking Tylenol messes with the blood thinner.
    The defibrillator has a 5 lb battery that i have to wear like a purse ,so im in my nightgown,with the battery habging on my right arm,wrapped up tighter than a tick, and trying to get comfortable..
    Well i shouldnt complain ,cause its better than the alternative..

    Oh, Allie, bless your heart. Here you are making jokes and all stuffed into a corset. I'm not sure whether to be jealous or in awe of a 42 G bra!! Ha.

    You hang tough girl, we love you.
    Janetr OKC
    edited December 2020
  • Anniesquats100Anniesquats100 Member Posts: 828 Member Member Posts: 828 Member
    My dad does a whole routine that he learned at the senior center, some of which is seated. My mom, who needs it more, has already lost interest. One of these days she is going to have trouble with the stairs, and that will be a problem.

    Annie in Delaware
  • pipcd34pipcd34 Member Posts: 12,768 Member Member Posts: 12,768 Member
  • grandmalliegrandmallie Member Posts: 7,156 Member Member Posts: 7,156 Member
    JanetR- nope you dont want the sisters that big.. very uncomfortable... ive had enough surgery ,so will leave it alone. But nope ya dont want anything that size ,believe you me...
  • barbiecatbarbiecat Member Posts: 14,963 Member Member Posts: 14,963 Member
  • janetr7476janetr7476 Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,979 Member
    JanetR- nope you dont want the sisters that big.. very uncomfortable... ive had enough surgery ,so will leave it alone. But nope ya dont want anything that size ,believe you me...

    I'll take your word for it, girlfriend. :)

    Janetr OKC
  • bwcetcbwcetc Member Posts: 2,176 Member Member Posts: 2,176 Member
    Flea ... same situation in my house ... no one in since March ... except for a couple that brought dinner to us one night in August. They dropped the food off but stepped into the kitchen to put it on the counter. Even though they were masked, it freaked me out. We are hyper vigilant here with my disabled son.

    Lisa ... I forgot that you don’t like surprises of any kind!

    Beth
  • Machka9Machka9 Member Posts: 19,567 Member Member Posts: 19,567 Member
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    Machka in Oz
  • bananasandorangesbananasandoranges Member Posts: 2,092 Member Member Posts: 2,092 Member
    Machka9 wrote: »

    The thing is ... I've still got the energy and still want to do all kinds of things. I'm only 53! But it is harder now with my husband. I'm looking at options like starting to run at lunch.

    For now.

    I highly doubt we'll be able to leave Tasmania in 2021 and possibly not 2022 either. After that ... we'll see.

    Tasmania is pretty but small. It's slightly larger than West Virginia in the US. Bigger than Lithuania, smaller than Ireland. Just a little bit bigger than Nova Scotia. Twice the size of Vancouver Island.

    And I miss a lot of places. I'd love to hop over to Victoria (state in Australia) to see the area around where we used to live. I'd love to go up to Queensland for a week in winter. Of course, I really want to go to Canada again.

    When I say "we'll see" above, it has to do with my husband's worker's compensation situation but also his health in general.

    We were told that a person has a normal life expectancy ... whatever that may be. His parents passed away in their late 70s, I think, so 80 might be his life expectancy. However, a severe brain injury reduces that life expectancy and the normal deterioration of the brain as you get older is accelerated. So maybe that brings him back to a life expectancy of 75.

    He's 65 now and struggling to do things that he could do really well before the accident. When he was 62, we cycled a 300 km event in 18 hours including all breaks ... and he was slightly stronger than me! Now I'm the strong one.

    The longer worker's compensation delays in allowing us to live our lives, the more he'll deteriorate. So if they happen to remove the restrictions in 2022, I'm not sure how much we're going to be able to do anyway. It is just frustrating.

    Eventually I would like to get back to Canada so I have some of my family around me, but I'm not making any plans.


    M in Oz

    That is hard.
    That is great that you are still full of energy!

    For me that was the case when visiting my sister for 2 weeks a few years back, and she couldn't walk more than a few minutes or when my sister's younger family visited me and 2 had walking issues and the other, other health issues.

    It's true that accidents and other health issues can have an impact on overall life expectancy.

    In the 2 lockdowns here, we were limited to 1km, very strictly the 1st time (no going to work...) so I discovered almost every street within 1km in this busy city with many little streets.

    You are right that the lockdown is slowing us all down these years. For others there may be family and money issues that keep from travelling.

    My sister, who is 65, has lots of family and usually quite a head on her shoulders, actually suggested we go for a road trip in the usa last summer!

    ---

    I saw that 25% of French people are spending new year's alone this year, or not celebrating at all.

    With curfew at 8pm, inflatable mattresses sold out these days.
  • Machka9Machka9 Member Posts: 19,567 Member Member Posts: 19,567 Member
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