99 and Feeling Better Each Day!
Reva Gornbein Finds the Secret to Independence
Hi, I am Reva Gornbein. I did one of the first video interviews for Gracefully Greying when I was 97. I am 99 now, and will be turning 100 on September 10th. I spent most of my life in the Detroit, Michigan area, but moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to be closer to my son and his family. I currently live in in an independent living high-rise only a few miles from them - I choose to remain independent.
Recently I have been feeling poorly. I have been in hospice and have been on oxygen. I spend almost every day going to different doctors. Each one has a different opinion, and it has been very frustrating. I have been losing a lot of weight and have had no appetite. I have been on many different medications and have been feeling like I am in a fog. I have always prided myself on taking care of my self, being physically fit and mentally sharp. I still play bridge, and until December I was still driving.
A few days ago I started taking medical marijuana products - CBD oils. I have cut down on many of my other medications. I have more of an appetite and am starting to gain back some of my weight loss. I feel good and mentally sharp again. I don't know if it is the marijuana for sure, but something is clearly making a difference. I look forward to turning 100 and voting in the upcoming presidential election, as I have some strong political opinions.
My advice to those of us who are getting older is to live each day fully, exercise, drink a lot of liquids and keep in close contact with family and friends. My family are now communicating by zoom and this has been great!
Also enjoy Reva's interview with Henry - 99 and Still Going Strong