It’s another beautiful day here in sunny Panama City, Florida, U.S.A.
Been cooler the past few days with temperatures hovering around 65 to 70 degrees.
Nice sleeping weather, though.
I’ve been having a great time watching the NCAA basketball playoffs. I don’t wanna reveal whom I’m rooting for…
But, I was born, raised and sorta educated, in Kentucky.
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Senate Special Committee on Aging:
A Senate ‘special committee’ has been holding hearings about last year’s formalized National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease program.
On Tuesday, 03/24/2015, the committee was visited by members of the Advocates at the 25th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, the group that was formed to carry out the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
The meeting featured testimonies from experts, and from people with personal experience with the heartache of Alzheimer’s.
For example, country music’s Glen Campbell’s daughter, Ashley Campbell, was emotional as she talked about her family’s pain from experiencing the effects of her Dad’s Alzheimer’s.
According to latest stats available, there’re over 5 million people with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. alone. And, that number is expected to double, or even triple, as us Baby Boomers continue to clog up the system.
From the hearings:
The defining aspect of the cost associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia is that it is age related. Roughly speaking, the prevalence doubles every five years beginning among people in their 70s…”
Talking won’t change anything…
Yet, any exposure on the issue of curing Alzheimer’s, could be a step for getting more research funding.
To find out more about the hearings, click on the following blue link: Finding A Cure For Alzheimer’s Disease
Should Advertising For Testosterone Be Banned:
Because I don’t think they work, and might possibly harm you, I wouldn’t use testosterone supplements.
On the other hand, I generally disagree with bans. We’re adults and should have the right to choose for ourselves.
On yet the other hand, yeah, I still have two, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society makes a decent argument for banning any advertising for the supplement.
They recently published an editorial, Disease Mongering of Age-Associated Declines in Testosterone and Growth Hormone Levels.
Yeah, that’s quite a mouthful.
Even the FDA is looking into banning ads for both testosterone and growth hormones:
On September 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a meeting to address concerns that many men are receiving testosterone who should not and because of reports of adverse cardiovascular events in men using testosterone…”
And, that’s just a tip of the iceberg, so to speak…
You can read more about the dangers when you click on the following blue link: Should Advertising For Testosterone Supplements Be Banned
Elderly Murder Suicide On Rise:
As more of us live longer, I guess this trend was inevitable.
Almost without exception, the man does the murdering, then finishes with doing himself.
It most cases, the man’s depressed and the wife’s suffering an incurable disease, like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Here’s one example:
Woolum, 90, shot his wife, Georgianne, in the Keller nursing home where they lived, police said. Then, holding his dead wife’s hand, he killed himself.
Georgianne, also 90, was sick with multiple health problems and required constant care. Joe left no note, but it is logical to conclude that he simply made the heartbreaking choice that it was time for them to go…”
If you’ve ever worried about the stability of your parents, I’ve found a web site that lists warning signs you should be on guard for.
To get the list, (about half down the page) click on the following blue link: Elderly Murder Suicide On Rise
While we’re on the subject, warnings signs of suicide:
The Mystery Of Getting Older:
This week I read a funny article by Paul Prather, in which he laments his advancing age.
Poor dude is barely 59 and he’s already spouting off about how he’s outta step with today’s world.
If he wasn’t so dog gone agreeable about playing the ‘old’ card, way before he’s lived long enough, I’d take offense.
Because he’s from the Mount Sterling area of Kentucky, I’m giving him just a smidgen of discretion.
Plus, in the article, he talks about his Grandparents. And, from his references, we seem to have similar musical tastes.
Enjoyed his article. You’d probably like it, too.
You can enjoy it when you click on the following blue link: The Mystery Of Getting Older
Baby Boomers Increasingly Overdosing On Drugs:
Sounds like some of us kids on the Far Side Of 55 are ignoring the adage once bitten, twice shy, when it comes to drug use.
The ‘Baby Boom’ generation is infamous for indulging in sex, drugs and rock ‘N roll. Fortunately, most of us outgrew recreational drugging.
Yet, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal, an alarming number of us are again fooling around with ‘getting high’.
…accidental overdose rate for these late middle age adults higher than that of 25- to 44-year-olds for the first time. More than 12,000 boomers died of accidental drug overdoses in 2013, the most recent data available.
That is more than the number that died that year from either car accidents or influenza and pneumonia, according to the CDC…”
Aging causes our metabolism to slow. And, our bodies can’t process the same drugs as easily, or as quickly, as when we were younger.
Also, today’s drugs are reportedly more potent.
Therein lies a lethal formula for aging, and unwary, ‘Baby Boomers’ whose intent is merely to put a rosy glint on their day, or night.
To read more about this, click on the following blue link: Baby Boomers Increasingly Overdosing On Drugs
10 Celebrities With Shallow Insecurities:
If you wanna cheap laugh and public figures expense, and possibly feel better about your troubles, click on the following blue link: 10 Celebrities With Shallow Insecurities
I could probably top that. And, I will the next time we talk.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always welcome…