A retired doctor, Judge lives on his own in an
Edmonton condo. He swims competitively, paints,
attends university courses, plays bridge and is a
patron of the arts.
I enjoy the fact that I can arrange my own time and
do my own activities. There’s more going on than I
can keep up with. I don’t know how I ever worked.
I’ve just recently had a couple of skin cancers . . .
but they haven’t affected me at all. I’m getting what
treatment I need. I don’t think I worry excessively.
Good. Excellent, I guess. I am fortunate; I don’t have
any mobility problems. I swam in Italy (in August) and
I was the oldest registered male swimmer there, and
I did the IM (individual medley, which involves four
I have had a couple of problems. I’ve had my aortic
valve replaced. It wasn’t bothering me a lot, but it
reached a critical point. I was in my 80s. I was in good
I was out in the sun a lot. I think increased sun
exposure is undoubtedly the cause of the skin cancer.
Had I been more careful, I would have used a hat and
sunscreen more than I did. I think I was a little cavalier
Keep physically active. There’s a new phrase that
sitting is the new smoking. It’s also important for
seniors to keep in contact with their friends and
Eagle Child lives in Lethbridge and cares for her
mentally challenged adult daughter, one of her four
I like going out to meet people. Once my daughter is
off . . . I’m on my own and I get to do what I need to
do. I like walking, visiting with friends and talking on
I don’t want to develop arthritis. In my family, there is
a history of diabetes, heart attacks and arthritis. I’m
borderline diabetic. My biggest worry is to control it.
I’m in great shape. I do a lot of walking. I’m always
keeping busy. I like dancing and I do it in my home . . .
with four-pound weights.
It has been keeping my weight down. I don’t follow any
diet, I just limit my food intake.
I should have watched what I was eating to begin with.
I should have been more aware (of the potential to
develop diabetes). You never prepare for what’s ahead
of you until you’re there.
My best health advice is to keep motivated all the time.
Don’t have self-pity. Do what you can for yourself.
If you can still walk, walk, even if it’s just around the
block. Never give up. You are never too old to grow
and learn or turn your life around.