Today is my 70th birthday. That is a pretty scary number, though I don't feel any differently than I did at 60. I'm older -- I have joked with some of my friends that this is the year we go from being "older" ladies to "old" ladies.
I'm fortunate in that I'm healthy and seem to be getting healthier. Maybe it's all the walking, though I have always exercised and continue to do so outside of the constant and required walking. All my old injuries are manifesting traumatic arthritis, and I seem unable to convince my knees to improve no matter what I do, which does not bode well for possible future skiing.
In Japan, one gets goodies for getting old. Some don't kick in until I am 75 but there are a couple of others that start now. I got an envelope of coupons from Ota-ku and discovered that I get discounts at various hair salons! Only a couple of times a year, but, hey, that's nice! I'll be going in to get my Silver Pass, which, for a small fee, will let me ride various bus lines for free. I'm looking forward to exploring the bus lines. I know they're out there, but I haven't been using them. I've been using trains almost exclusively, but there are hints that sometimes buses might be more convenient.
Then there is the bath house pass! Woohoo! This gives me discounts at my neighborhood (and other) onsen! Half price!
I think there are more benefits to aging that aren't necessarily confined to Japan, but I'll find those as I go along. For now, these are pretty darned good.