So far, it’s a sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
Good news… the temperature for today will be creeping back up into the 70’s.
I can just about handle some of that.
Treasa, Ginger and I, are all feeling good. And, at least two of us, are also looking good.
Sure hope you’re feeling good and keeping warm.
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Good News For Senior Citizens With Limited Mobility and Heart Problems:
We both know about the health benefits of regular exercise. But, what about people with limited mobility?
Are they denied those benefits?
Perhaps not completely… According to a study released this month, and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The highlight of the report was the assertion that the amount of activity was more important than the intensity.
The researchers said that encouraging individuals to just reduce the amount of time they spend being sedentary may have important cardiovascular benefits.
The study also said:
…senior citizens, even those in their 80s, and those with already limited mobility, have no excuse not to try a little physical activity.
They can lower their risk of a heart attack – and coronary death – for every minute they spend in even light physical activity…”
Also compared were the pay-offs from low-impact activity versus living a sedentary lifestyle.
The report was dry reading, but I found a reader friendly article, written about the same study, at the Senior Journal’s web site. (Link Below)
And, thanks to this article, I now know how scientists measure the difference between being sedentary and being physically active, not that I’d ever thought to question the difference…
Anyway, an interesting article.
You can get more details when you click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens With Limited Mobility
Aging Well Does Not Mean Acting Or Looking Young:
So says Michael Friedman, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work.
In his article, that I read earlier this week, he said of our Western culture’s view of aging:
“You believe that old means being decrepit, over the hill, used up, finished.” I say, “Sorry, that’s just not the case, you can be old and good.”
Well now Professor, or rather, well said Professor…
In the article, Friedman, went on to testify that us senior citizens still know how to ‘party’. He even mentioned that we’re still having sex.
Uh, Prof, in some circles, those are considered the same thing…
Not done yet, Friedman, also alleges that most claims made by peddlers, of anti-aging products, are bogus. Yeah, I’ve gotta agree with that.
After asserting that we can’t stop the effects of aging, he said:
…people will experience declines as they age. They will develop more chronic health conditions.
Over time physical and mental abilities will diminish. Youthful good looks will give way to (hmm what to call it?) mature bodies…”
Enjoyed Friedman’s article. It was sometimes profound, but written in an humorous tone. You might like it too…
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Aging Well Does Not Mean Looking Young
Young Blood Rejuvenates Heart And Brain:
Don’t get too excited because we’re talking about lab mice here.
However, research does show that young blood rejuvenates the heart muscle and brain activity of older mice.
Harvard Stem Cell Researcher Amy Wagers, thinks human adaptation is inevitable.
I’m not convinced. But, on the meantime, I’ll try to keep an open mind about all this vampire treatment news.
Getting back to Ms. Wagers, in an article I read this week, she’s quoted as saying:
…There’s this sort of long term communication that’s happening through a number of different substances that are traveling in the blood and are sort of telling different parts of the body how old you are…
She and her team are doing this research using a 150 year-old technique that she said was “called parabiosis and it involves basically conjoining the circulatory systems of two animals kind of like you would imagine Siamese twins…”
An 150 year-old technique? Starting to sound real Vincent Price, to me…
Uh, no wonder she’s excited, huh?
Despite my drollness, this is interesting research and you’d probably like reading about it too.
BTW: Don’t forget to read the whole page, as there’s additional stuff after the article about the research…
You can read the story when you click on the following blue link (also source of above quote): Young Blood Rejuvenates Heart And Brain
Why Old People Fall Down:
Because we’re tired of standing up?
Oh yeah, because we lose our sense of balance as we age.
Being home alone, falling and not being able to get up, isn’t pleasant at any age. It’s a more common occurrence as we age.
And, old people falling is dangerous business.
Like everything else I’m learning about aging, and things I’ve always taken for granted, maintaining our balance is complex.
Balance involves a complex interplay of physical and mental factors but depends on three sensory components: vision, the inner-ear (vestibular) system and proprioception, the subconscious sense of movement and position…”
Unfortunately, aging does weaken the powers of all three of these basic balance attributes.
Fortunately, we can strengthen and ‘train’ our balancing act.
You can also discover how, and find out what the heck ‘proprioception’ is, when you click on the following blue link: How To Improve Your Balance
Don’t miss the nifty little balance self-test…
Senior Citizens Speed Dating:
Yeah, I know, ‘Senior Citizens Speed Dating’ is too easy an oxymoron to not call. Consider it called…
Don’t know how you feel about NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Me, I kinda like their borderline psychotic compulsion too please.
In small doses, anyway. 😉
This week they showed a short video of senior citizens speed dating that you’d probably enjoy watching, too.
Before you can see the speed dating part, you’ll have to suffer through a short commercial. Totally worth it though.
To watch the video, click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens Speed Dating
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…