This week’s edition of aging news, lifestyle ideas and healthy tips we can use to live longer and healthier than our parents.
And, we’ll kick things off with:
8 Anti-Aging Exercises:
The Huffington Post recently published an article listing 8 exercises they say will reduce the effects of aging.
Our quality of life depends upon our ability to get around and do the things we love.
And, regular exercise helps us do just that.
Can’t say which form of exercising is right for you. But, each body area you exercise, brings benefits to that area…and beyond.
Personally, I try to reach a ‘full-body balance’ instead of concentrating on any specific exercise.
Huffington Post’s anti-aging exercise list has possibilities:
- Tai Chi
- Strolling: as opposed to walking and jogging?
- Leg exercises
- Weight Lifting
Get the full story at 8 Anti-Aging Exercises
Americans Over 55 Hold 64% Of Nation’s Wealth:
According to a report from Consumer Finances, Americans over 55 control almost 2/3’s of our nation’s wealth.
And, as the infamous bank robber, Willie Sutton, supposedly said when asked why he continued robbing banks:
“Because that’s where the money is.”
Likewise, con artists continually come up with schemes to rob senior citizens because that’s were the money is.
According to the investment company Motley Fool, three popular methods crooks are using to cheat seniors are:
- Medicare, Social Security, and tax identity scams
- Investment fraud
- Homeowner scams
Click on the following blue link to see how you can protect yourself from these sometimes skillfully developed schemes: How To Protect Yourself From Fraud
Extreme Cane Defense:
Well…It’s a natural:
Senior citizens using their canes to defend themselves…
When I chanced on the this short video about classes teaching seniors how to use their walking canes to fend off would be attackers, I was intrigued enough to do a little research.
Turns out Cane Fu Fighting (sung to the tune of ‘Kung Fu Fighting’) has become a popular senior citizen exercise program throughout the nation.
It’s clearly becoming a popular way for seniors to step and jab their way to fitness.
“It makes you feel young. It gives you more energy,” said 74-year-old Kim Bogue.”
According to an article on (yet, again) Huffington Post, Extreme Cane Fu Fighting qualifies as a regular exercise program which can also help with persistent and debilitating aches and pains, which affect over half of all seniors…
Hey, there’s even schools where instructors can become certified to teach, uh, ‘Caneology’:
Although I keep thinking of my Mom misusing her walker, I figure this Extreme Cane Defense stuff is a pretty good idea.
Runaway Heart Aging Syndrome:
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the heart of an average American man is 7.8 years “older” than his chronological age and 5.4 years higher for a woman.
Hearing that our ‘heart-age’, is out distancing our overall age, is just the kinda news we wanted to hear, isn’t it?
Yet, as we talked about Top 10 Causes Of Death In America, heart disease is the number one killer of us kids On The Far Side Of 55.
But, the concept of ‘heart-age’ is a marketing gimmick to add ‘buzz’ to gain public awareness of the serious nature of hearth health.
On the other hand, according to a government study:
…”In both the aging and cardiovascular fields, it is generally accepted that a low calorie diet combined with exercise will increase the health span of mammals and that adiposity and a sedentary lifestyle have the opposite effect…”
Our actions do affect our heart’s health:
Click on the following blue link to see how: How To Prevent Heart Disease
Aging In Place: Not For Sissies:
Read a funny, if insightful, article by Scott Funk, about the absurdity of aging.
Even the 1st paragraph made me smile out loud:
“It turns out 65 is the awkward age of aging: older, but not yet old. I’ve got all the energy necessary to hurt myself…”
Good stuff. You’d probably enjoy it too…
Read it when you click on the following blue link: Aging In Place: Not For Sissies
That’s it for this issue. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, and your comments are always very welcome.