What Health Problems Have You Experienced As A Senior?

What health problems do you have now as a senior?


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tbeltrans

Senior Member
Personally, I am not particularly worried about interrupted sleep patterns. My understanding of insomnia, and I could be wrong, is that it is a condition in which we simply can't get to sleep. Interrupted sleep patterns is a phrase I just chose to differentiate from insomnia.

When I was working full time, and especially when I was younger, I remember the "older folks" (i.e. late 50s and into their 60s) talking about waking up at 2 or 3 AM and being up for an hour or two before being able to get back to sleep. Because I had heard these things so many times, when it has started happening to me, I just figured it is part of getting old and have not gotten worried about it. I think not being overly concerned about it has helped me just "roll with it" and I do usually (but not always) get back to sleep.

If I had insomnia (as I understand the term), I would be seeing my doctor about it to get some help.

As for the checklist, I didn't fill it out. That would feel too much like visiting the doctor, rather than socializing on a forum. I have some "gifts" from my time in Vietnam that would contribute to some of what is on the list, so it might be difficult for me to determine what is due to aging and what is due to that experience.

Tony
 

SeaBreeze

Endlessly Groovin'
Location
USA
Well, those I have checked I have had for several years. Though I am sure they have worsened over time. I marked insomnia...which is a newer ailment for me. Possibly because I am less active.
When I was working, I got very little sleep. I had to wake up very early in the morning, and I always fought to get to sleep early so I could get a decent amount of sleep, but I usually was too wound up and unable to get good rest during the week. On the weekend, I'd often sleep very late, my husband would shut the bedroom door and be very quiet not to wake me.

Since retirement, I probably get more sleep than I did during my working years, usually 7 or 8 hours per night. I do take some sleep aids like the herbs Valerian Root, Passion Flower, sometimes a half of a Unisom tablet or a small amount of Melatonin. Although I take a long walk with my dog every day and do house/yard work and run errands when needed, I'm nowhere near as active as I used to be. Before Covid I was visiting the gym (free with Silver Sneakers) a couple of times a week, but the gym has since closed, and I likely wouldn't be going anyway these days.

I have a tiny radio I keep under my pillow every night, I either listen to AM talk shows, or FM public radio stations. A lot of times I fall asleep with it on, and that's okay. My husband isn't disturbed by it because I keep a low volume, but whether I'm interested in what I'm listening to, or bored, I'm able to be lulled to sleep regardless. :sleep:
 

tbeltrans

Senior Member
No. Waking in the middle of the night for 3 to 4 hours is part of insomnia.
OK. Thanks for the clarification. That means that I often have insomnia. I do know that I am very glad to not be working now, because it would not be fair to an employer who is paying me for 8 hours work to not get that from me as I drag through those days when I don't get a good night's sleep.

Tony
 

Ruth n Jersey

Well-known Member
I have very achy legs and knees due to spinal neuropathy and having torn the meniscus around my knee when I fell off a ladder several years ago. I have sleep issues which is part my fault because of reading to all hours of the night. Ambien works wonders. I'm to old to care if I'm hooked on the stuff.
I have high blood pressure which I try to control by not stressing about things I can't change, watching my salt intake as well as weight.
I have some dental issues which I take care of as they occur. If I get a toothache it gets pulled. No messing around trying to save roots and whatever else they recommend to make money.
Hearing aids are my major expense. The prices are so inflated but not much I can do about that.
I've been to PT several times and quit when I learn all the exercises. Medicare pays but hate running over there 3 times a week to preform like a monkey doing the same exercises.
This probably sounds strange coming from a former nurse but the medical profession isn't what it use to be.
I'm doing well on my own, I know there will come a time when I'll need some medical help but right now I'm doing it my way.
 

Aunt Marg

Granny Pantie Power!
I checked insomnia, and while it's not chronic with me, I do go through rough spells every now and then.

Never had to go on medication or anything, as it always has a way of correcting itself, it does make for some miserable nights and even more miserable days, because when I don't sleep well my energy level suffers, I have no drive, no ambition, and no desire to do anything.
 

hollydolly

SF VIP
Location
London England
I have very achy legs and knees due to spinal neuropathy and having torn the meniscus around my knee when I fell off a ladder several years ago. I have sleep issues which is part my fault because of reading to all hours of the night. Ambien works wonders. I'm to old to care if I'm hooked on the stuff.
I have high blood pressure which I try to control by not stressing about things I can't change, watching my salt intake as well as weight.
I have some dental issues which I take care of as they occur. If I get a toothache it gets pulled. No messing around trying to save roots and whatever else they recommend to make money.
Hearing aids are my major expense. The prices are so inflated but not much I can do about that.
I've been to PT several times and quit when I learn all the exercises. Medicare pays but hate running over there 3 times a week to preform like a monkey doing the same exercises.
This probably sounds strange coming from a former nurse but the medical profession isn't what it use to be.
I'm doing well on my own, I know there will come a time when I'll need some medical help but right now I'm doing it my way.
I do that exact same thing with the PT...as soon as I know all the exercises I don't go any more, I just do them at home ( incidentally my PT is not on the NHS and so therefore I have to pay out of pocket for her, so after about 3 appointments that's it, I'll save my money and do them at home) (y)
 
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