Older Verses Younger


Lionel Rumi ice skating

I went to see Al today and it was a nice visit. I took him a chocolate milkshake. Plus his meats are now pureed. He ate everything. He struggled with his carrot slices so I told him after I saw him beginning to pucker up to just use his fingers. Finger food are getting real popular I told him. He smiled at me and then was able to eat them.

I had picked up my mail today since I didn’t do it yesterday. In there was a little magazine geared towards seniors. I started reading it after lunch was over and Al decided to pick sports on the TV. There are very few sports I enjoy watching except ice-skating.

One of the articles I was reading started me to that crazy thinking again. Oh no, watch out. Her brain is loose again.

I have noticed that women outlive men by an average of five years. We as a country are living longer and yet younger people are having the heart attacks sooner. They suffer from injured knees and backs. Older generations are a little bit healthier. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Older generations worked harder than we do today. People younger than me work less hard than even I did. Could this have anything to do with more medical issues? Well maybe, but I have no proof.

Where the older generations worked the land, built their own homes, ate out of the ground, we buy boxed foods, meats that are processed and sometimes not even grown here. We take more vitamins to supplement our need to lose weight.

Did you realize that you can now go through a drive-thru just not for food, but for even more?

You can bank through a drive-thru, visit the deceased through a window while wearing shorts and a tank top. You can order groceries online. You can visit your doctor online.

Shopping from the internet has saved us many steps, and much time so we can spend more time working out and getting toned. You can take a pill for just about everything. The morning after pill, arthritis pills, jells to add more excitement to your love life.

Cook a complete meal in a microwave. Push a button and let a robot sweep your house with it. You can text, email, talk on cellphones that never leave your side. Use a remote to change channels on every TV in your house.

Take your computer with you. Order credit cards on-line, have packages picked up from your house. Leave your windows closed and flip on the air conditioner. We as a whole have at least one car and a truck, motorcycle, bicycle or gulf carts.

Why go to the vegetable patches when we can pick up in pretty plastic containers and clear cellophane anything we need at our grocers. We can hire someone to walk our pets. We can hire maids to do our Spring cleaning.

Nannies for watching our children. Church on the TV.  I could go on and on, but I won’t bore you.

Is the reason that the older generation is living longer and the younger generation has old people medical issues because we have become too laid back?

24 thoughts on “Older Verses Younger

  1. As you write… it is so amazing what we can do now, due to technology. Just imagine 40 years ago , when we were young nothing like that was possible. We lived , were happy and did not miss anything. Life has changed so much, I am still happy though, also with most changes. On the whole it does make us lazier, but it is also more convenient. More time for other things! … like blogging! 🙂

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  2. Hey Terry, I have been thinking about you. You and Al have been in my prayers. How are you doing? Did I see that Al will be coming home? You both continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, Sheri : )

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    • Hi Sheri! I have been having two good days in a row. Al has been having a couple of good days, not much crying. They changed his meats to puree so this has helped him to eat better without crying. He is coming home, I am hoping this month, but one never knows when the government is involved

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  3. sounds pretty accurate to me…I know so many younger women that have more health problems than I will ever see…
    maybe that’s why younger women like me for their friends…I’m not hurting or complaining about ailments…just a thought…

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  4. I’m thankful for technology in my life, but I wish I could turn back many years when the world wasn’t so hectic as it is now. No wonder that we’re all sick. Life became a race against the clock and on the other hand we have to much time to think.

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  5. You’re spot on, Terry. Luckily I came for the Pacific NW, where people never bought into the fast food lifestyle (that encompasses a lot). I came into the world surrounded by hippies and tofu in the early ’70s! Even though I’m about 40, I’ve still never had a Big Mac and was a vegetarian as a kid! I see it here where I live now, though. Everyone is so massively overweight and while I carry a few items of fresh produce to the check-out line, they have carts full of Frankenstein food–everything frozen/pre-packaged and blue, sugar water for their kids to drink (and rot their teeth out). It’s not cheap, either–so tired of that excuse.

    It makes me mad b/c I have a genetic disease that stole my life, and I was/am so health-conscious and was always active. It’s predicted that the following generations will die earlier now and the rates of childhood obesity (which leads to so many diseases) is through the roof. I see that in my parts, too. I miss my hometown of Seattle with its clean living! I never do drive-though anything, either (and I have plenty of aches and pains!). I must be at the pharmacy 2 x week and I always force myself to walk in for my scripts. Thanks for posting on this topic! I probably went off on my own tangent, but I get really mad when I see that all the handicap spots and scooters at Wal-Mart (my least favorite store) are taken by morbidly obese Americans, which is the root of all this in my opinion. They can choose to be healthy and feel better, but I can’t no matter what I do.

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  6. Great that Al seems to have a good appetite 🙂 Maybe the younger generation is too laid back. My extrovert sister’s stamina loses to my dad who walked 30 minutes together to home. My sis is the one who toppled and immediately took a nap.

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    • I think the problem that younger people have today is called overdoing. They seem to do everything in over load. Our bodies are made for exercise, this is true. We are to work hard, but overdoing the heart is plain stupid

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  7. Right on the button 🙂 My mom lived to be 87. She worked hard physically as a young woman because housekeeping required a lot more then than it does now. It wasn’t until she slowed down (got a vacuum cleaner, a dishwasher, automatic laundry machines, etc) that she began to experience serious physical problems. Of course, part of it was due to simple aging; however, when she began to walk for exercise, she started feeling a LOT better. Hmmmm.

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    • this is exactly what I was trying to point out in this post. We over do body parts by exercising to death, over working our hearts, and yet the housekeeping job your mom had is a balance of exercise for every part of the body. I am glad you understood what I was trying to get across

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