We caught up with Jim Davis, 78, after he returned from a walk with his wife Brenda and Revere, their 75-pound Australian cattle dog.
“Good morning,” he said. “We just got back from a three-mile walk and we’re feeling good.”
Davis has been active most of his adult life.
After serving as a senior master sergeant with the Air Force in Vietnam, he enrolled at Lynchburg (Virginia) Baptist College, now known as Liberty University. Upon graduation, Davis returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he starting working part-time with the New Mexico National Guard as a multimedia photographer, walking everywhere and staying on the go to take photographs and videos. It was a position he held for 20 years until retiring.
But Davis didn’t stay retired for long.
“I went to work for a mortuary here in Albuquerque as a funeral associate,” he said. “I got my chaplain’s license and now perform funeral services. This work is very rewarding to me.”
But like many active adults, as time goes by, the padding between bones and joints begins to tear and wear down.
For Davis, the pain in his right leg started after he retired and got progressively worse.