It’s a really terrifically sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
With expected highs around the tail end of the 60’s, and with all the nasty side effects from pain pills finally worked outta my system, I’m feeling reborn.
About time, too…
Because I couldn’t concentrate, and because those damn pills make me sorta goofy, I’m behind on things I wanted to do.
This post, for example, is coming to you a day late!
Never the less, on with the show:
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Depression Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging:
And, I think it’s a downright shame how quickly
some many trained medical professionals assume senior citizens seeking help, can be shut up with a healthy dose of drugs like Prozac.
There are times when anti-depressant prescriptions are the best solution.
But for most people, depression is a natural situational condition lasting no more than a couple of months.
Plus, depression is sometimes a side effect from other prescribed drugs.
Or, a side effect from an undiscovered health problem.
We senior citizens may have a tendency to whine about ourselves and how we feel. But, if we’re actually depressed we need a health care professional to eliminate possible causes, before prescribing us more drugs.
From personal experience, getting outta the house and doing something is an excellent cure for regular old depression, or ‘the blues’.
Exercise that makes us sweat, is especially curative, when it comes to normal feelings of depression.
This week I read an interesting article, written by Carolyn Rosenblatt, about a lady who started ‘fast-walking’ at age 72, who is now winning marathons, at the ripening age 80.
The lady, Anne Garrett, says she started the walking, which evolved into running, as a way to get over the grief of losing her husband. She also says it’s a wonderful way to combat stress and maintain her ideal weight.
You can read her story when you click on the following blue link:Depression Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging
Meditation May Preserve Aging Brain Functions:
The bad news:
The ‘gray matter’ (neuron-containing tissue where we process information) in our brain shrinks as we age. Sorry, it’s true. And, there’re studies proving it’s so…
The shrinkage are thought to cause declines in our cognitive abilities. Which makes sense.
The good news:
New research results, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that meditation may help preserve the brain’s gray matter.
The research was done on 100 people between the ages of 24 to 77. Fifty of them had meditated from 4 to 46 years, while the other 50 had never meditated.
To gauge the differences of the gray matter between the two groups of subjects, the researchers scanned their brains with MRI’s.
While the researchers identified reduced gray matter with increasing age – as they expected – they were surprised to find that individuals in the meditation group showed significantly lower gray matter loss in numerous brain regions, compared with those in the non-meditation group…”
You can read more about the effects of meditation when you click on the following blue link: Meditation May Preserve Aging Brain Functions
Also, see more when you click on the following blue link: Meditation May Slow Mental Aging
The Vampire Effect On Aging:
Catchy intro, huh?
On the other hand, researchers are actually transferring human blood (plasma) from younger people into the veins of older folks.
Of course the tests are being done in California… no offense meant…
This all started when similar tests proved positive when done on lab mice.
I figure the reasoning was something like, ‘hey, it works on rats, why not us?’
Yeah, why not?
The tests are being done by a company called, Alakhest. They’re hoping that factors in the blood of young people will repair and rejuvenate ailing brains.
Very interesting stuff. You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: The Vampire Effect On Aging
The Aging Process: Canada To Track 50,000 People:
It’s not surprising that a progressively humane country like Canada, is doing the biggest ever formal study that’s to track and record the effects of aging of their citizens.
I used to visit Canada often when I lived in Michigan. Liked how polite everyone, well most everyone, was. And, liked how the government seriously wanted to cuddle up on its citizens…
That was my take, at least.
Anyway, the results from a study of this scope, could revolutionize how we, as in the ‘royal’ we, view aging. And, perhaps, change how old people are treated in our society.
In the 20-year study researchers will be able to look, for example, at risk factors for dementia and the more common cancers, Wolfson said. They’ll be looking at factors associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
They’re also going to be able to look at macular degeneration, osteoporosis and injuries, among other things…”
Kinda exciting stuff, huh?
You can read the rest of this story when you click on the following blue link: The Aging Process: Canada Tracks 50,000 People
Are Walmart, Walgreens, Target, GNC and CVS Selling Junk Herbal Supplements?
News Item: The New York State Attorney General’s office just sent cease and desist letters to four retailers of herbal supplements.
According to the AG’s own expert study, and prior studies by the federal government and a prominent Canadian university, several popular herbal supplements do not contain the primary ingredient advertised, or they contain adulterants.
If you purchased a Spring Valley (Walmart), Finest Nutrition (Walgreens), Up & Up (Target), Herbal Plus (GNC), or CVS store brand dietary supplement, you may have bought bogus product.
When buying supplements, remember that the Food and Drug Administration regulation of dietary supplements is pretty much a joke.
Many herbal supplements are harmless and you just pee them out.
Yet, some supplements can interact with medications and could have harmful side effects.
Having learned the hard way, I like to check with my MD before I start taking a supplement.
To read more about this, click on the following blue link: Bogus Herbal Supplements
What’s In A Kiss:
Bonus: the health benefits of kissing:
Just 10 seconds of French kissing can transfer 80 million germs from one person’s mouth to the other, according to a Dutch study published this past November in the journal Microbiome. (Click on the blue link below to see why this is actually a very good thing)
Kissing releases endorphins, the ‘feel-good chemicals’ produced when we work out.
Kissing lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to a 2009 study done at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
You can read more entertaining facts about kissing, when you click on the following blue link: What’s In A Kiss
Hey, I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.