Today’s News About:
- Chronic Loneliness Could Become A Public Health Threat
- How To Reset Your Brain
- New Alzheimer’s Drug Tests Have Researchers Excited
- Get Old & Get Happier
- 16 Ways To Naturally Relieve Stress
And, we’ll begin with the following:
Chronic Loneliness Is Becoming A Health Threat:
Most of us feel lonely now and again.
We PTSD survivors, feel it more often and more deeply, than the general public.
Feelings of abandonment, i.e. loneliness, have been a health problem for senior citizens since 3 generations of one family stopped living together.
Loneliness, in itself, isn’t easy to define.
At its core, loneliness is a feeling of separation.
…have found mounting evidence linking loneliness to physical illness and to functional and cognitive decline. As a predictor of early death, loneliness eclipses obesity…”
While a long life probably beats the alternative, living longer means we’ll lose old friends to the grim reaper.
Therefore increasing our feelings of being out of touch with society.
Speaking of ‘Friends’, CNN News recently ran a piece suggesting most of us wildly overestimate the number of friends we have. (Not me, I’ve outlived my 5 friends)
On an interesting side note: researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have identified an area of our brains where both loneliness and depression spring from.
Getting back to chronic loneliness and feelings of separation becoming a national health threat, read this face-paced interview at Vice.Com
How To Reset Your Brain:
Why would you want to reset your brain?
Simply put, our brains get ‘stuffed’ with new knowledge and experiences daily.
Those daily ‘stuffings’ need be organized and located to the proper regions of our brains so we can recall them for future reference.
If we wait too long to clean up and catalog our newest data, our brain’s performance declines.
We could compare brain overload to a computer freezing up from different software conflicts.
And, like fixing a frozen computer by shutting down and restarting, we need a good night’s sleep to shut down and restart our brain.
Sleep allows our brain an opportunity to organize itself.
Scientists at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, sums this process as:
…when we are awake, the synapses that form connections between our brain cells strengthen more and more as we learn and eventually saturate our brains with information.
The process requires a lot of energy, but sleep allows the brain to wind down its activity, consolidate our memories, and be ready to start again the next morning…”
Fascinating, isn’t it?
Read more about this when you click on the following blue link: How To Reset Your Brain
New Alzheimer’s Drug Have Researchers Excited:
You already know that losing my thinking abilities is my greatest fear about aging.
Luckily my family ‘tree’ hasn’t any branches showing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Still, I’d rather be dead than not recognize my family members or not remember how to take care of my physical needs.
Anyway, imagine my delight (isn’t delight a great word?) when I saw the following blog title: “Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Game-changing’ new drug could STOP progression of the disease”
The new drug being tested is called ‘aducanumab’.
During lab tests, aducanumab treatments have stopped, and in some cases reversed, the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since there’s no known cure, that’s huge news!
The fly in the clam chowder though, is the tests have been run mostly on lab rats.
However, in the article mentioned above, Dr James Pickett, Head of Research for the Alzheimer’s Society said:
The study showed that the drug, aducanumab, was first able to remove clumps of amyloid – a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s – from the brain of mice and also, excitingly, in people.
What is most compelling is that more amyloid was cleared when people took higher doses of the drug…”
Not only are human tests now being done, they’re actively looking for volunteers.
Read more about this research, when you click on the following blue link: New Alzheimer’s Drug Have Researchers Excited
Note: Live in the UK?
Anyone interested in volunteering for dementia research, including the current phase 3 trial of aducanumab, can sign up at Join Dementia Researcher. Or, call Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5 111.
Getting Old & Getting Happier:
Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
However, researchers are again arguing that the older we get the happier we become.
We’ve talked about this phenomenon before: The Happiness U-Curve
So, why bring up the subject again?
Because I can…
Actually, the newest study I read strides into a different direction.
For instance, they’re calling the link between aging and happiness, The Aging Paradox.
And, there does seem a paradox between declining physical abilities accompanied by an increase of contentment.
Links to more ideas pairing aging and happiness:
16 Ways To Naturally Relieve Stress:
I’m not brow-beating you because I’m stressed.
And, having 5 quadruple lattes, and 14 energy drinks, so I could get through this day from hell, isn’t why I just questioned your ancestors link to homo sapiens.
Nope. Not At All.
I’m simply trying to transfer my frustrations onto you because I’m pretty sure you’re not going to climb over your cashier’s booth and beat the surliness outta me…
While it’s shameful, we sometimes ‘give it’ to the other guy…
I’m convinced that most people, at any given moment, are doing the best they’re capable of.
I’m also convinced that we all could benefit from easing down and giving up the idea we can control anything outside of ourselves.
Letting go of stress can help us do just that.
To help you do the best you can, here’s a link to 16 natural stress busters: 16 Ways To Naturally Relieve Stress
Annoying Song I Kinda Like:
That’s it for now.
Talk to you next time…