Hip replacement for my 94-year-old dad

Regine,  Age 68

I posted some time ago about aging, and mentioned my blog serimuse.blogspot.ca. I’ve posted a recent experience there for November about going through my 94 year old father’s hip replacement surgery. I thought I’d share this because many of us still have aging parents living and even as we age and go through our personal difficulties, we also have parents to take care of. It can be very emotionally draining. And it’s important to find ways to share our experiences, and also to take care of ourselves. So now that my dad is back in long term care, I’m working on my book again, reading, going for walks,

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sad 70

Anonymous,  Age 70

don’t. know why I’m. here
sad money depressed
not enough money to live on. nice looking for age so common.  I look damned good body and all. redhead and still hot.

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Post election blues

We’ve just endured a political season that stirred up anger and hatred in this nation that might not subside for quite some time.

As we try to recover our equilibrium, it helps to recognize what we gained…especially as women.

Although she didn’t make it to the presidency, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and demonstrated to us and to our children and grandchildren that yes, a women might well lead this country one day. On the threshold of her 8th decade, Hillary Clinton had the will, the knowledge, and the talent, and felt ready to take on the enormous job of President of the United States of America.

Our daughters and granddaughters can know that anything is possible for women in the years ahead — gender and age no longer barriers to success.


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Our Leader’s Guide now available!

We’re happy to report that in answer to your requests, we have created a new booklet, 70Candles! Gatherings–A Leader’s Guide. It is now available in print at Amazon.com.

We designed it as an aid for those ready to start a 70Candles! discussion group in their geographic area. The Guide contains tips for organizing a gathering of women, and material for conducting an interesting, interactive, 1 1/2 hour group conversation about the joys and challenges of being this age, in this era of extended longevity.

We hope you’ll let us know what you think of it.

Jane and Ellen

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Moving to Venice

Gloria, Soon to be 74

Last year, at age 73, I moved alone to Venice, Florida. Due to an unexpected divorce and a previous down payment on a new home in Florida, I found myself in a new town with one friend, who is 83. I had wintered in Venice with my then husband for several years, and wanted to continue to spend part of the year

Now I am living in Venice full-time.
I left behind in Ohio my two daughters and two granddaughters, plus their husbands.

As I began to settle in, I joined a church and the church choir, I joined the local art center and began taking a water color class, I joined a water aerobics class and a book club. These were all activities I had enjoyed in Ohio. Of course, there I had long time friends with me. Here, I struggle to retain the names of my new friends.

Fortunately, my neighbors are also new to their homes as the area is just being built. I have found them very friendly, helpful when I need an extra hand and fun to be with. We are a multi age community, but my near neighbors are mainly late 50s and up. We have many social events and I join in fully, though most are couples.

The weather has been a boon to my arthritis, and I have no joint pain here. My new friendships, the weather, time to read and paint at my leisure are plusses. Face timing my granddaughters frequently, having calls and visits from friends and relatives has eased the loneliness. But I believe my own desire to be happy, to dwell on the sunshine and the beach, and to stay healthy have been my strongest support. I have two chronic diseases, but have found good physicians and my health has improved since moving.

Challenges exist, but my faith sustains me, and the fact that 2 active choir members are 91 encourages me.

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Esther, Age 69

I shall be 70 in a few months. I’ve read that i shall not be really old but instead “oldish!”

I am single, a retired high school teacher, have no immediate family but a fabulous group of close friends. My 70th birthday has been planned around these close friends. We shall be meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, Florida where I have reserved marina view suites for us. We shall be spending an entire week in this gorgeous resort and beautiful city which offers us renowned beaches, culture and of course the circus. I have bought stunning outfits for this birthday. Am excited to be able to share this special birthday with close friends in this great style. I’ve been told that I am too young to be old!

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Trying to stay busy – seeking ideas

Anita, Age 70

I turn 70 on Oct. 9th. I have been retired for 4 years and am trying to stay busy and alert. I have been able to travel a couple of times outside of the US with a college class of nurses. I am not a nurse but they let other go on these trips. I have enjoyed this very much but am not able to go every year because of finances.

I live in a small town in Texas and try to stay busy but I find it difficult sometime to get new ideas for activities. I am also a single female. I go to the symphony in Lubbock.

My mother lived to be 92 but suffered from back problems, macular degeneration and later in life dementia. I hope to avoid these as long as possible.

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Mae Buesking, Age 74

I like to think of being in the 70’s as being in the “youth” of my old age!

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Inspired by the 70Candles! book

Sandy, Age 71

Upon reaching 70, I thought that was the end of my world. People refer to us “seniors.” I’ve also heard the word “elderly” used in the newspaper to describe anyone over 60!! Unbearable and wrong. We are still youthful in our looks and thinking, ripe with life and work experiences and certainly filled with wisdom. The number 70 filled me with dread.

After reading the 70Candles! book, I felt a renewed sense of energy. I loved how these women were beginning new lives and taking chances. It gave me hope for the future, that there are still things to accomplish in life no matter your age. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks aging is an end, and not a beginning, to new life experiences.

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Too stubborn to let this get me down

Cherrie, Age 69

Hello. Who knew 70 would feel so lonely. I’m retired advanced practice nurse, for about two years. Still miss the patients and staff. Recently had a total knee replacement surgery and doing well. Except, it has brought up so many anxieties about aging. I have been crazy active and busy, this seems so alien. One step and one day at a time. Really, I think I’m too stubborn to let this get me down for long.

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