"I was not able to function on a reliable basis in the classroom, so I had to quit work."
"I think as you get older, you're definitely going to struggle with things," she admits.
"We start recommending that all our patients get a one time pneumonia shot," and keep up with those mammograms and colonoscopies, says Dr. Sam Cullison from Swedish Medical Center. He says women need to watch out for Osteoporosis, and people in their 60's and older are at risk for Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. And now there's an immunization for a condition you REALLY don't want to get: Shingles.
- Pneumonia Shot
- Regular Mammograms
- Macular Degeneration
- Shingles Immunization
"It's an excruciatingly painful, and just horrible condition to come down with. It presents itself as a nasty, nasty rash on one part of the body. Sad news is that in a percentage of patients, once the rash goes away, the pain stays," says Dr. Cullison.
"The worst things that someone in their 60's and 70's can do is to stop moving!" warns Fitness Expert Tim Koffler, who is the Fitness Director, the Seattle Athletic Club. He says you don't need to stop having fun, just go for low-impact exercise so you don't pound on the joints. Find out how your medications work--most can raise or lower your heart rate. But he says, keep it up, even if you have painful arthritis.
- Reduce Joint Stress
- Discuss Medications
- Listen To Your Body
"The more muscle you have to stabilize the joints that are affected by arthritis the less pressure that's put on the joint itself, so you're pain is actually decreased," says Koffler.
"That's 20 pounds?" I ask Nutrition Expert Claire Kjeld from MultiCare. "Yep! Imagine walking up the stairs with that!" She says, after pulling out a thick, yellowish blob and draping it over my body.
She says your metabolism is really slowing down when you hit your 60's, as well as your ability to absorb vitamins. So, get plenty of fresh, fiber-filled foods. Kjeld says a multi-vitamin, with lots of calcium, vitamins D and B-12. But a warning: they could affect your medication-so ask your doctor about that. Last: portion control is a must.