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Re: Susceptibillity to Sea Sickness with age?
I think age can work for or against.
First, I think that nerves are among the number one cause of seasickness. It's clearly precipitated by a conflict in signals from your inner ear and eyes, but whether it runs away has a lot to do with how calm or confident you are. As you age, or more specifically get closer to having seen it all, you are less likely to be shaken. IMO.
Secondly, however, one's sense of balance is degraded with age. I actually consider sailing to be one of the best ways to help maintain balance skills as you age, unless you only go out very infrequently. I surmise that degraded balance contributes to the conflict between the inner ear and eyes. Further, it would increase your anxiety level as the boat is being tossed, if you're having a harder time keep your feet under you.
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