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Squats and Deads are crucial to building or maintaining physical sturdiness and functionality for any gender, any age (above childhood). When you decide to take them on as a component of your strength routines, you will naturally want continuous improvement. We all want to see results, but strength results come slowly especially after age 35-40.
Either that, or decide that you want to maintain yourself where you are now. That's ok too as long as it is not easy because workouts are meant to be "work," ie difficult and unpleasant. A walk in the park is no "exercise" for healthy people.
Deads are called "The King of Strength Exercises" because they are a functional, total body exertion. Squats are entirely functional. Because exercise time is limited for working people, a 5X5 of barbell squats and another day with 5X5 deads is a decent lower body foundation. Go heavy.
I'm 57, doing squats one year after hip replacement. I started with the high bar type and progress was slow. Last month I switched to low bar and am now adding 5 lbs a week with much better form. I recommend following Rippetoe Starting Strength and Grey Steel if you need a guide.
Way to go browndog! At a meet in October I did a 227kg/500lb deadlift for the first time (at age 58, bodyweight of 218 lbs) so I know how gratifying that accomplishment is. I also did a 168kg squat, not sure if/when I'll ever get to 182.5, though. Good luck to you!