Welcome to our weekly digest of news, views and lifestyle ideas that effect the health and longevity of us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
Age Related Financial Vulnerability:
This week I read a new report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, about the alarming upward trend of senior citizen bankruptcy.
The researchers suspect the increases in money problems are linked to older people’s decline of cognitive abilities, that are associated with aging brains.
They’re specifically concerned that poor financial decisions are an early indication of dementia.
The report also calls for health professionals, and caregivers, to become more sensitive for signs that their patients are making questionable financial decisions.
In an ideal world, it would make sense to assess for financial vulnerability as part of a regular comprehensive assessment for common age-related problems – falls, mobility issues, difficulty managing activities of daily living, isolation, cognitive changes – that often affect the health and life of seniors…”
You can read more when you click on the following blue link: Age Associated Financial Vulnerability
Smokers Die Up To 10 Years Sooner Than Non-Smokers:
Of the 1.1 billion smokers worldwide, half of them will die from smoking-related diseases. Source
The leading causes of death by smoking are cancer, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease, which are also known as aging-related diseases…”
For years, researchers have detailed evidence that smoking accelerates the aging process.
Yet, the exact process hasn’t been verified.
Researchers from Osaka University, report, in a new study, that the aging is linked to a molecule found in smoker’s blood serum.
They also reported that smoking causes a rise in blood serum concentration of fibroblast growth factor, a factor in aging.
The study also links smoking to increased inflammation, a known cause of cardio vascular disease.
If you’re a smoker, or are concerned about one, this report could scare the smoke outta some smoker fans.
Read more when you click on the following blue link: Smoking Causes Aging
How To Be Healthy & Attractive At 95:
Read a ‘feel-real-good-story’ on Forbes website, about a sweet 95 year-old lady, named Julie.
From the story:
Julie is still sharp at 95, no sign of memory problems. She stands straight and walks confidently, unassisted in her high heeled pumps…
She looks amazing…”
When asked her secret, she answers that, among other things, she eats a good diet and always walked a lot.
She also goes to exercise class 5 days a week, and is an avid socializer.
To see Julie’s other tips for beautiful aging: click on the following blue link: Healthy & Attractive At 95
Issues Senior Citizens Are Talking About:
One of my favorite writers who regularly reports on the ‘horrors’ of getting older, is Helen Dennis.
Ms. Dennis writes for the L A Daily News, and has been writing her column, Successful Aging, for 14 years.
This week she published her 686th column, which she devoted to reader response to her research and reporting.
Surprisingly, for me – anyway, the article she received the most feedback from, was about Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s assertion that he hoped to die by age 75.
In passing, we’d also mentioned Dr. Emanuel’s pronouncement, here at Living On The Far Side Of 55.
Quite honestly, once I’d read his thoughtful reasoning for limiting his life span, I moved on. Hope To Die
Yet, readers of Ms. Dennis’ column, thought it controversial enough to make it #1 on their feedback hit parade.
To get the rest of the story, lick on the following blue link: Issues Senior Citizens Are Talking About
Check the article out, you’ll enjoy it!
Alzheimer’s Disease Is Curable:
So says researcher Samuel Cohen in a recent Ted talk.
I’ve long contended Alzheimer’s wasn’t inevitable part of aging: Alzheimers Isn’t Normal
Course, you’d be foolish to take my thoughts on, well – just about anything, seriously.
But scientist Samuel Cohen, on the other hand…
Samuel Cohen is a Research Fellow in Biophysical Chemistry at St. John’s College and the Centre for Misfolding Diseases in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, from where he holds PhD, MSci, MA and BA degrees…”
Yeah, I’d probably let old ‘Samuel’ sit next to me at lunch…
Since that’s not gonna happen, his Ted talk about the curability of Alzheimer’s disease, will have to do it for me this time around.
Get his learned, but layperson friendly, talk when you click on the following blue link: Alzheimer’s Disease Is Curable
Republicans Gone Wild:
On the extremely rare occasions when I was in doubt on whom to vote for, I’ve always voted republican…
Not that I think there’s much difference between most professional politicians.
Basically, politics is show business.
And, a politician’s job is to get elected to office, and then do whatever it takes, to stay there until the cows come home.
Not that I’m judging anyone…
Yet, if you get their ‘joke’, politicians can provide us hours of amusement.
Generally speaking though, republicans are just more fun to watch, than are the average democrat.
- Ben Carson recent admission/claim that he foiled an armed gunman by directing his attention to a Popeye’s cashier.
- Ohio Governor John Kasich picking a fight with senior citizens over money.
- Michelle Bachmann blaming violet weather as God’s wrath for our sins.
- Senator Kevin McCarthy’s bashed love affair with becoming senate majority leader and his alleged ‘love affairs’…
Yup, republicans are making pundit’s jobs easy.
For more head shaking antics…
Click on the following blue link: Republicans Gone Wild
Still More goofiness: Ga Ga Politicians
Hey, I can’t top that kinda stuff!