you can get a compression gauge and measure you compression and record the numbers then drop about a table spoon worth of oil in each cylinder, wait about 30 sec. then check compression. If it significantly increases with the oil then your rings are bad. But if your tearing apart the motor I know personally I'd never tear into a motor without replacing piston rings and a bearings, so why not just replace them im sure even if it's got low hours it's still got some wear and a refresh is only going to give you more power.
The old people seem to be worse than the teens texting, I say once your 60: driving test every year.