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Posted 8/12/17

bemused_Bohemian wrote:

You will figure it out as you age.........say past 70 when certain immune systems fail, eating habits change (they better or.....). Physical is bad enough; mental (if you're intelligent to begin with) is tragic.


maybe I'm not intelligent enough but can you explain that? how would that make mental worse?
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In general, I'd say mental. Some physical illnesses trump mental illnesses, but generally mental

With the state of technology, overcoming physical illnesses is getting easier and easier. Combine that with initiatives to make living with a physical illness easier (handicap access, etc.)

Further, more and more work is becoming mental; less move the thing and more figure out the thing and put it in a computer.
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most physical illnesses can be cured and/or given something to calm the pain. as for mental illness there's no such thing as cured, not to mention if you're misdiagnosed then there's a strong possibility that they will give you the wrong medicine which most have side effects and if the doctor doesn't know what they are doing, give the wrong dosage that could either leave you with lasting side effects to even kill you. taking something in the first place that "might" or "suppose to" doesn't sound very comforting to me.
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you'd be hard pressed to find an illness as devastating as dementia ( brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities (more info). Alzheimer, in particular, is a catastrophic disease. once you get it, there's no cure and you'll gradually, but surely, forget everything you held dear. even your children, parents, best friends, ect name and face. you'll eventually not be able to go anywhere without supervision from a healthy adult. even for taking a shower or using the toilet (because you can accidentally hurt yourself or lock yourself and forget how to unlock the door).
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dat necro thread

There apparently does exist a measure of how bad an illness is though in the form of disability weights
https://pophealthmetrics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12963-015-0042-4
It should be noted that though it is labeled "disability" weights, it takes into account more factors than simply not being able to work such as ability to do hobbies and amount of discomfort/anxiety and lifespan that you are expected to lose.
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Posted 8/13/17
mental for sure becuase if you aren't focused mentally, your physical perofrmances will not be that good!
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Radster042 wrote:


bemused_Bohemian wrote:

You will figure it out as you age.........say past 70 when certain immune systems fail, eating habits change (they better or.....). Physical is bad enough; mental (if you're intelligent to begin with) is tragic.


maybe I'm not intelligent enough but can you explain that? how would that make mental worse?


Likely greater minds prevail re not letting physical impairments influence mental cognition. I have found at this stage I don't drive at night anymore because at a T-intersection my sight cannot distinguish which lane an approaching auto is in so I wait longer hoping for a larger opening to become available before venturing forth. In retrospect I'm getting a lesson about my judgement errors honking at oldsters back in my youth when I was "stuck" behind them.

Muscle strain from lifting heavy objects, falls.....recovery takes longer than when I was younger. It's a startling revelation I'm getting used to. Every time I go down a flight of stairs (house has a basement) the thought of consequences if I trip, fall plays in the back of my mind. I don't like hospitals and no amount of my level of health insurance adequately covers pain relief immediacy. Ounce of prevention walking mindfully saves my wallet. In essence these physical activities which I used to take for granted are occupying much more space in my cranial working memory banks than past. My thought recall is atrophying. It's taking longer to recall ideas than in the past. I find I'm getting cognitively lazier as I age.

In the last 2.5 years I've had to deal with "frozen" shoulder on both arms; thankfully, not at the same time. One shoulder healed over time with physical therapy. The other shoulder did not respond to physical therapy and eventually it did heal 18 months later. THIS took a toll on my psyche.

On the lighter side of aging: as a guy my testosterone level is in decline. The "make you feel inferior or impotent unless you buy our dubious product" penis enlarger ads no longer work on target audience guys like me. And it's not the big deal it might've once been thanks to low-T. The upside to this vulnerable state: I now have the questionable ability at this stage in life to watch copious quantities of porn and not really lose it. I can stay turned "on??" forever......

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Posted 8/13/17
Hard to say but i'll say mental for now.
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Posted 8/13/17
Mental illness. Easy. I'd much rather see my body fall apart than lose my mind.
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Probably mental illness. People are generally less understanding towards those with mental illnesses than they are towards those with physical illnesses. Also, mental illness messes with you, not just your body.
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Posted 8/14/17
Ya know I actually had to think about this for a minute. I mean sure the obvious answer is mental illness, the human brain is one hella of a fragile thing when you think about it. So much that can and often does go wrong, especially in the memory department...The thought of forgetting everything really terrifies me in a way nothing I experienced as a soldier can.

But then again a lot of who I am I identify with my body. I've spent every day of my life cultivating it into the pinnacle of physical fitness it is now. It is the temple I worship at , it is the the tool with which I work with , it's every cell dedicated to the service of my country . And I am not entirely sure I could take losing even a fraction of it's capability . I am not the smartest , or the cleverest but I have always been the strongest, the fastest, and the one who possess the most endurance of those I know.

That is what has defined my professional life , the physicality I am capable of. It's why the CAF employs me, it's why I lived where so many others have died. The push ups, the sit ups, the free weights, the jogging , the hours spent at the target range, and even more various physical pursuits is how I deal with the demons in my head. The exhaustion helps stop me from thinking too much.

You take that away from me and I honestly don't know how I would live. So I have to say for me a physical illness would be worse.
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Posted 8/14/17
Physical, Severe cancer.
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