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In a single phrase:Your chest drops into your drawers.

By the time you reach old age you're likely to pay the price for a lifetime of bad habits. If you habitually ate the wrong kind of food there may be all manner of illness, especially those related to cholesterol and heart conditions.

By the time they reach 50 smokers are moving into danger areas including heart disease, emphysema, and cancer.

Most of us end up with arthritis and the majority of men probably have prostate problems; many of us develop prostate cancer, which is normally treatable.

Sex is likely to suffer for several reasons. Prostate is one but there can be a lessening of desire. (I can still remember how, I can't seem to remember why.)

And most of us get some form of arthritis. That's good fun.

Basically you can still have a great lifestyle but you have to work at it. Diet and exercise, even at an advanced age, can reverse many problems.

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Hi. Ya know, I'm an interesting sort of cat. I really don't mind growing older. I think it's because I think I'm getting wiser. Of course, not everyone who knows me would agree with that! Hahaha! Wisdom to me is sexy and fun and I really do love my husband. Like I said, I am a crazy sort of cat! I really do take pleasure in reading your suggestions/answers. You still could look into being an author. I would buy your books! If we don't cross paths again tonight, for soon it's Valentine's day. I'm going to make Don Chocolate chip/walnut homemade cookies. (His fave) Have a nice night! Happy! Happy!
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Thanks, Merlin. Like yourself, I don't mind aging. There's a sense of fulfillment about it. I could to without the creaky body but it's a small price to pay.

It's already Valentines Day here. I might take a leaf out of your book and give Lynne a surprise (we have our hot meal at lunch time, so it'll be a real surprise). Have a nice day tomorrow.

Oh, and as for the author bit, I just like playing with words. I'm a bit too undisciplined to be very successful in that area.
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Of course off the top, the chest and drawers got me giggling - I almost typed chester drawers!!!!

I've noticed that my injuries 20+ years ago seem to exasperate with age - ugh.
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Win, that word is even more appropriate than exacerbate.

I thought I was indestructible and ran three full marathons in three months. That's when the rot set in and now the best I can manage is a slow shuffle for a couple of kms. At least, I can still walk long distances.
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Yeah, I have to admit, I had to check the definition between the two, and that's how I chose the other.

I always wondered what happens to marathon and triathon folks when they hit the age of 70. Not saying you're even close to 70 Doz!!!!!
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I was close to 70 five years ago, Win. Now I'm getting closer to 80.

The triathlons don't do much damage but it takes a lot of training to do a marathon and that's what takes the toll.
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Thanks for the clarification - whipper snapper!
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Whippersnapper? You're not going to say you're even older?
Unbelievable!
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Nah, the name just popped into my head, and thought it would be funny to say, yet not realizing some of the meanings behind that term. Out of respect, I won't be saying that one again, and hope you took no offense. :o)
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Of course not. You'd have to work awfully hard to be offensive to anybody, Win. Certainly you'd never offend me.
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Thanks Doz. :o)
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After eavesdropping on your entertaining conversation, I had to look up what whipper snapper meant. A term I hadn't heard in many a year myself. My Uncle used to say that! He always used it in a comlipentary context.. so I thought. !!! Now, I have learned being the arrogant and nieve child I was, the adjective did work! This is so funny and yet another example as how "everyday is a learning and fun adventure!" Have a great weekend and I'll be careful to use words more appropriately as well...and all this time I thought it was a compliment! Big Giggles. I love learning even at my age! Happy! Happy!
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Merlin, There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with whippersnapper. It just means a young person, or a child. It's kind of jocular and friendly ... and largely out of use these days.

In Australia we have a lawnedge-trimmer marketed as a "Whipper Snipper" which is something else again, but just a play on the word.
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So true! My point of reference was dictionaryBoss. It stated when used as a noun, it is also called a whipster. Both meaning an insignificant but prestentious or cheeky person, often a young one. It goes on to state: Probably from whipsnapper a person who snaps whips, influenced by earlier snippersnapper, or obsure origin.
Which then goes into see whip, snap, -er. Above and beyond all of these, it does mention something to do with a garden tool. Being that I do LOVE to dig in the dirt, I am slightly embarrassed I wasn't aware of it's usage in the way. Like I love to do... live and learn.. and dig too! (I would have been a very bad dog!) hahaha! Have a great weekend! Happy! Happy!
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You too, Merlin.
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Weight of gravity catches up with our brittle bones and we get shorter. Osteoporosis kicks in. Our immune systems will be more vulnerable. Skin will get saggy. There are many, many symptoms of aging. Good thing I am not there, yet.

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Bodies get weaker..and immune system gets weaker i think

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The body gradually declines as we get older, in a process which takes decades. As for health, that depends on luck, although most people will get a touch of arthritis at least and more than likely everyone who gets old enough will experience health problems of some kind.

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Your body starts breaking down the day you're born. Some faster, find slower.

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It slows down.. Partially because people just don't take care of themselves as much when they hit the 40s

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What specifically are you asking? Do you want to know what to expect as you age? Or something about a specific age/decade?

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Hi. 2 thoughts come to mind:
Gravity, and "Only The Good Die Young." There's a song there.
Stay young at heart and laugh as much as you can. Have a nice night.

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That works for me, Merlin.
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Regeneration can't keep up with degeneration. Insufficient mortal resilience.

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