[sasi] Aging with a disability
chapalacheryl at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 00:40:22 GMT 2011
I have never had good balance and have always been fearful of going down
steps. Since I have been using guide dogs, I am much more at ease being
able to hold onto the harness. Now that I am getting older and taking
Lyrica, I have to be especially careful when walking around the house.
It has been my experience that hearing aids really distort sounds and do so
much popping, so much so that I have to wonder if they are worth my using
them. Hate them but can't live without them.
It is pretty tuff to get that perfect climate, that's how I ended up here in
Mexico. In my opinion, the best states for good weather are California and
There are many, many restaurants here, most of them are pretty lousy, even
for Mexican food. However, Guadalajara, which is my nearest big town has
some very good restaurants and, of course, many bad ones too. The big
cities have most of the same chain restaurants as the US, but not all of
them stick to the same quality. I find that the beef here is just not the
same thing. It is very tough and to me, it tastes salty.
From: "Rick Roderick" <rickrod at insightbb.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:48 AM
To: "sasi, (sight and sound impaired) discussion list" <sasi at acb.org>
Subject: Re: [sasi] Aging with a disability
> This list has been pretty quiet lately, and I am glad that you have
> up this topic.
> One of the things about aging is that we all have different needs at
> different times. I have already discussed the guide dog dilemma with
> increasing hearing loss, and I appreciate all the support and camaraderie
> have received about this.
> One of the things I have thought of with aging is this whole ting of
> balance. Falling is much easier to do without intending to. I used to
> very good balance, but this is no longer the case. I slow down when I
> to steps and take them very carefully unless there is a rail.
> I am facing the dilemma of the second cochlear implant. Do I go for it.
> Perhaps, this would improve my directionality. If I do it, I could lose
> appreciation of music.
> I have also wondered about moving to a milder climate. Louisville doesn't
> have the extreme cold of a lot of the states further north, but we do get
> snow and some ice, and the summers are very humid.
> My wife is sighted. Although we have a pretty good paratransit system, I
> worry about what will happen if my wife dies first. I have just turned
> sixty, and I feel that I am on the brink, being on the verge of something.
> The young old, a real oxymoron, is where I fit.
> You mentioned not being able to get a good hamburger. Are there
> where you are? Is the Mexican food a lot different than what you get in
> this country.
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