On being 82 years old …

Last year I posted The Ravages of Age which I intended as a kind of joke on the reader as I enumerated the toll that age was taking on my 15-year-old dog, not me. The fact is that I enjoy reasonably good health. I feel well-informed on the subject of health as I read and write about it every day of my life. Nonetheless, one of the distinctive aspects of my age is the loss of a sense of context.

This is my bike. The black circular item is my bluetooth speaker for my music while riding.

I hope that isn’t too vague. What I mean is that since I have outlived many of my friends, family and loved ones, I don’t have many contemporary friends. I have lots of friends and acquaintances 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years younger than I am. But people within a decade of my age are few and far between.

For that reason I often feel out there and alone when it comes to a lot of the nitty-gritty aspects of daily life.

I hope the following example makes this clear.


Filed under aging, successful aging

4 responses to “On being 82 years old …

  1. If the 10am nap is not interfering with the rest of your day, and is enabling your body to recover faster, is it a bad thing? No harm? I don’t know though, I’m exactly half your age!

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    • I think it is a bad thing. My body can not recuperate without a nap. To me that means I am overdoing the exercise – for my 82-year-old body. So, I have to accommodate it by cutting back on my energy demands.

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  2. I enjoy reading your blog every day and look forward to your posts. I will be 72 this August. This past year I have noticed memory problems that may be COVID related or something else.
    Your blog is helpful and and I appreciate your information on the various topics. Thank you for writing it 🫂

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    • Thanks for your kind words. Some ‘memory’ problems can be solved by ‘paying attention.’ I used to ‘forget’ where I put my keys. Now, I make it a point to leave them on my dresser every time, so I always know where they are. With other, less regular, things, make it a point to ‘think about’ what you are doing, so you can recall it later. For example with keys,don’t just throw them down and go about your business. Realize and visualize what you are doing with them. Sometimes what appears to be a ‘memory’ problem is really just a lack of paying attention to what you are doing.


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