It’s another gorgeously sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
Hope your Thanksgiving was fun and you’re intentionally satisfied with your many blessings…
Like watching the Detroit Lions beat the ‘stuffing’ outta those Chicago Bears! Of course, I loved it. And, wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions won their remaining games of the regular season.
Knowing their history as I do, I won’t hold my breath. Yet, it could happen..!
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll kick things off with…
Social Security 2100 Act:
Back on July 31, 2014, John Larson, a U.S. Representative from Connecticut, introduced a bill titled, “Social Security 2100 Act“. (House of Representatives recorded the bill as: H. R. 5306, 2nd session of the 113th session, 2013 – 2015) Source
The bill was then referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and to the Committees on Education and the Workforce and the Budget. Where it currently languishes until the House Speaker lights a fire to spark some action on it.
The bill’s stated intent was To protect our Social Security system and improve benefits for current and future generations…
It’s unlikely all 11 proposed changes will survive committee intact. But, there are three changes we’d like to see make it through and be passed on to the U.S. Senate for passage.
- Adjust the cost-of-living adjustment
- Boost Social Security payroll taxes
- Increase the tax on the highest-earning individuals
You can see why we particularly favor these three changes, and why we’d like to see them acted upon soon, when you click on the following blue link: Protect and Improve Social Security
Bedtime Habits That Put You To Sleep:
I’ve always been a poor sleeper. I’m either too tired and my body aches, or I’m hyped about something or other.
Sleep is essential for good physical and mental health. And, I’ve tried different remedies like noise machines, lighting alternatives, natural supplements, prescribed drugs, and so on.
Lately, I’ve had some success by tinkering with my evening routines. I’m not there yet, but feel like I’m finally getting somewhere.
My sleep problems, and my interest in trying natural solutions, like behavior modification, led me to read the article, “9 Bedtime Habits That Will Improve Your Life Dramatically“, by Emily Co, an editor of Smart Living.
I’ve not tried all nine of her sleeping tips. But, I’ll guarantee to you, I’ve not, and won’t, use number seven on her list.
You can read this smart and entertaining article when you click on the following blue link: Natural Solutions For Sleeping Problems
How Aging Affects Your Sleep:
It’s no surprise that many of us kids on the far side of 55 suffer from more than our share of problems with getting enough sleep.
Some of those problems are, of course, related to health conditions caused by the aging process. How aging affects sleep, is well documented.
…not many (lay people) are aware of new research that tells us that sleep actually affects aging itself. Let’s first look at some basic facts about sleep and aging…”
This quote is from an article by former sleep researcher, Cliff Singer.
In the article, Singer discusses how aging is related to sleep problems like, insomnia, obstructive apnea or narcolepsy, use of sleep medications, caffeine and alcohol effects and even talks about the role of sex.
You can check it out, when you click on the following blue link: Aging and Sleep
9 Home Improvements for Your Aging Parents:
Much to my surprise, I’m already in my late 60’s.
Dumb luck, or not, in many ways, this is the greatest time of my life… So Far, anyway.
Because, I’m pretty healthy, semi-retired with lots of unstructured free time and have reasonable amounts of money coming in, I consider myself independent. And, not about to give it up without a fight… My independence, that is.
Your aging parents feel the same way.
You can help them stay in control when you make their homes, or living quarters, ‘senior’ friendly. The ideal time to make these age-related adjustments is before they need them.
If you’re in this situation, you’ll want to read the article, “9 Home Improvements for Your Aging Parents“.
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Help Aging Parents Gain Or Maintain Their Mobility
Tips To Prevent Falls:
Did you know that one out of three older adults in the U.S. falls each year? Or, that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of death and hospital admissions for injuries?
No? Me neither.
…In 2012, the total cost of fall injuries was over $36 billion. If the rate doesn’t change, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that figure will increase to almost $60 billion by 2020…”
Falls by senior citizens are way more serious than I’d imagined.
The National Council On Aging recently published guidelines on preventing falls that are caused by aging.
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: 6 Tips To Prevent Falls.
Last Meals of Famous People:
Robert E. Lee: The South’s most successful Civil War commander’s last meal was: beef soup and brandy.
General Lee probably didn’t partake in the amount of brandy his Union’s counterpart, Ulysses S. Grant, would have recommended.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.