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Old 13-09-2016, 18:28   #1
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I have been sailing a Cal 39 on Lake Champlain for about the past 20 years, and other boats since about 1970. I have chartered extensively in the Caribbean and Central America. I would be interested in hearing from others who are experiencing the effects of aging, and short of swallowing the anchor, what they are doing to stay afloat.
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First off, welcome aboard CF. There is currently a thread running about continuing sailing following knee replacements. If you look at that, you will get an idea how compassionate some of the advice offered here can be.

Well, y'all might tell us how old you are, and what the physical problems are that you are experiencing sailing. So that you're not alone with self disclosure, I will tell you that I am 76 yrs. old, still sailing, and have had spinal reduction surgery, and bilateral total knee replacement, and bilateral tkr revision surgery. Fortunately for me, the revision was only a minor one: a replacement of the insert, they did not have to wrest the implants from my bones. There is plenty wrong with my body, it is no longer 16 yrs. old; but, sticking with sailing despite the hardships is a decision only you can make for yourself.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, vtcal.
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Vtcal,

First off, welcome aboard CF. There is currently a thread running about continuing sailing following knee replacements. If you look at that, you will get an idea how compassionate some of the advice offered here can be.

Well, y'all might tell us how old you are, and what the physical problems are that you are experiencing sailing. So that you're not alone with self disclosure, I will tell you that I am 76 yrs. old, still sailing, and have had spinal reduction surgery, and bilateral total knee replacement, and bilateral tkr revision surgery. Fortunately for me, the revision was only a minor one: a replacement of the insert, they did not have to wrest the implants from my bones. There is plenty wrong with my body, it is no longer 16 yrs. old; but, sticking with sailing despite the hardships is a decision only you can make for yourself.

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I am 77, and have had 1 total knee, 1 rotator cuff, bilateral cataracts, and a couple of major surgeries that do not enter into my problem. The knee is great, the shoulder likewise. I can see at night better that I could 20 years ago. I am more curious about the inevitable creeping problem of loss of reflexes, diminished balance, and all the other things which develop over time. (I also have hearing aids) My wife and I really do enjoy sailing, and see our boat as our cottage on the lake. We do not want to stay tied to our mooring, but relish getting out and about. I guess my question, to be more precise, is how does one stave off the inevitable, or at least slow it down more? I do the gym thing, swimming 3 times a week,, but there has to be more....
Many thanks for your input.
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Actually, now the shoe's on the other foot. I tried hearing aids, and it was lovely to hear birdsong again, but I found them next to useless on the boat, because the ssssshhhh of the water and the whoooosssssshhhh of the wind totally blank out just in the range of my hearing loss, the result being I still couldn't hear Jim. If your hearing aids are satisfactory on the high frequency loss side of the picture, could you post here what kind they are? I might be willing to give them another go. Thanks in advance.

About the balance issues, I don't know. However, if you're concerned about it in an immediate sort of way, I'd go consult with a physical therapist. They have techniques and tools to help you improve your sensing of upcoming balance problems, and your reaction time.

Something else i like to do is talk positively to my body, tell it how much I like it that it is healing fast, or how it's coping with challenges. I really don't know for sure that it helps, but it seems to. And, yeah, sorry it sounds crazy.

Good luck with it.
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