It’s another beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
After a week of temperature’s in the mid to later 80’s, we’ve been seriously considering taking the extra blanket off our bed.
Guess we could shut a few windows, instead…
This is my favorite time of year. Nice & warm, but not so humid you have to run the air to get rid of the dampness.
Hope you’re healthy and having fun, too…
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with:
How Sedentary Nursing Home Residents Can Quickly Change Their Lives:
Recent studies show that people in their 80’s and 90’s, who go on a regular exercise program, quickly increase their mental and physical abilities.
Of course, the studies were done under controlled conditions with trained professional trainers.
…the program is designed to enhance functional independence and improve quality of life for seniors…”
The researchers said their biggest problem was convincing seniors to get off their duffs and participate.
Considering the researchers were targeting people who think already don’t think they can take care of themselves, much less exercise, the lack of enthusiasm is understandable.
According to the researchers, those seniors who did the test program had remarkable results.
From an article I read about the research:
By starting slowly and building up gradually, those who have become physically frail from inactivity can more than double their strength in a short period of time.
In addition, regular exercise can help prevent or delay the effects of many diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke…”
For the source of the quote and to read more, click on the following blue link: How Seditary Nursing Home Residents Can Quickly Change Their Lives
Hobbies That Lower The Risk Of Dementia:
According to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic, the types of hobbies we pick up while in our middle age, can made a difference in whether we get dementia as we get older.
The average age of the study subject was 87 years old, btw.
Results of the study, were published in this month’s Neurology Journal.
Creative hobbies, the researchers say, can help keep our brains sharp, help us retain our memory and lower our chances of getting dementia.
Well, not that I would’ve agreed with the choices, in an article I read about the study, they listed ‘arts & crafts’ type activities, as being creative.
More from the article:
…participants who engaged in artistic hobbies such as painting, drawing or sculpture in both middle and old age were 73 percent less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than those who didn’t.
Those who crafted — doing things like pottery, woodworking, quilting or sewing — were 45 percent less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment…”
Well written article, which you can read when you click on the following link:Article: Hobbies That Lower The Risk Of Dementia
To go a little deeper into the subject, click on the following blue link to get info from the Mayo Clinic: Dementia & Alzheimer’s Risk Factors
Brain Regions That Improve With Age:
Finally, a glimmer of hope..?
New technology is allowing researchers boldly go where no man (or woman) have before trod. Or, something like that.
New techniques in cognitive neuroscience are revealing regions of the brain that actually improve with age, reports assistant professor of psychology Angela Gutchess in the current issue of Science Magazine.
Gutchess also said in an article I read:
Despite the losses that do occur with age in physical and cognitive abilities, one’s sense of well being actually increases later in life.
Older adults improve at regulating, or controlling, their emotions with age.
This may allow them to feel more positive emotion, and less negative emotion, throughout the day and in response to life’s ups and downs compared to young adults…”
The article also hints that new research techniques used to test aging brains, may show how our social and emotional processes work.
Interesting article. And you can read the story when you click on the following blue link: Brain Regions That Improve With Age
The Humor Of Getting Older:
OK, this isn’t breaking aging news. But, it’s funny and it’ll make you feel good.
This week I read a new’s report about a group of senior citizens who perform live skits for other seniors.
They write their own material which focuses on the ‘funny’ side of aging.
Sorta like: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em deal?
According to the report, the group tackles things like memory loss, aging bodies and how things take on new meaning as we age.
Enjoyed the report and liked the excerpts from their latest show.
Check this out. You’ll like it, too: click on the following blue link: The Humor Of Getting Older
One Smart Woman’s Thoughts On Aging:
Elizabeth Angsioco has just published a thoughtful article about aging and how it has changed her physically and emotionally.
She also asks young people for two things:
- Learn to listen
- Don’t look at us with disgust when you see us having fun
She also offers some wonderful advice for us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
I’m pretty sure you’ll be impressed with her short article. Read it when you click on the following blue link: Wonens’ Thoughts On Aging
25 Biggest Rip Offs That You’ve Probably Been Tricked Into Buying:
I won’t top those rip offs. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always welcome.