Welcome to our digest of news and views that affect us kids on the Far Side Of 55.
Let’s kick things off with the following:
Is Alzheimer’s Disease Contagious?
Fer Cryin’ Out Loud!
This week I happened upon an article at MSN.com, entitled: Alzheimer’s disease may be infectious, study suggests.
As if the title didn’t scare the, you know what, outta me, the 1st paragraph finished the job:
The “seeds” of Alzheimer’s disease may be transmitted from one person to another during certain medical procedures, scientists have found…”
Uh, Alzheimer’s is catching?
Just shoot me now…
So what’re the ‘certain medical procedures’ and how do we avoid them?
And, how worried should we be?
In my quest to answer those questions and to verify the information in the MSN.com article, I backtracked the referenced material to the journal Nature, a publication which publishes results from world-wide scientific research.
The relevant report in Nature starts with the following:
Only a decade ago, the idea that Alzheimer’s disease might be transmissible between people would have been laughed off the stage…
But scientists have since shown that tissues can transmit symptoms of the disease between animals — and new results imply that humans, at least in one unusual circumstance, may not be an exception…”
OK, now we’re getting somewhere…
Evidence of Alzheimer’s disease being transferred between humans is limited to one unusual incident, which:
…emerged during autopsy studies of the brains of eight people who had died of the rare but deadly Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD; Z. Jaunmuktane et al.
They contracted it decades after treatment with contaminated batches of growth hormone that had been extracted from the pituitary glands of human cadavers.
Six of the brains, in addition to the damage caused by CJD, harboured the tell-tale amyloid pathology that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease…”
These findings, while limited, are causing alarms in the medical community.
Scientists are concerned about similar fates for some of the thousands of people who also received treatments of human growth-hormones.
And, because they also suspect the transference was caused by contaminated surgical tools, they’re worried that other surgical procedures could also spread the disease.
To get more of the story, click on the following blue link: When Alzheimer’s Disease Is Contagious
Anti-Aging Super Food:
Now there’s a study to confirm the old saying: An apple a day keeps the doctor away…
Specifically, apple peels are rich sources of ursolic acid and tomatidine.
These chemicals, according to University of Iowa scientists, can help prevent elderly people’s muscles from atrophying and delay muscle weakness that’s due to aging.
The scientists further stated, based on study results:
…show ursolic acid and tomatidine ‘dramatically reduce age-related muscle weakness and atrophy’, increasing muscle mass by 10% and ‘muscle quality’ by 30% after just two months….”
Interesting stuff. You can read more when you click on the following blue link: Anti-Aging Super Food
Confusing World Of Medicare and Medicaid:
Medicare and Medicaid are not one and the same.
Medicare and Medicaid are government-sponsored. Each intended to help cover healthcare expenses.
Since the names are so similar, people confuse the two and how they work, the coverages they offer, and the eligibility requirements…”
Essentially, Medicare is health care insurance for people over 65 and those living with certain disabilities.
Medicaid, on the other hand, is a program operated jointly by federal and state agencies, intended to help cover medical costs for people with limited income and resources.
Guidelines and coverage of the two programs also vary.
Learn more when you click on the following blue link: Confusing World Of Medicare and Medicaid
Get more Medicare info at: Medicare
7 Ways Retirement Saves You Money:
A quick round of ‘retirement gratitude’:
- Taxes: U.S. taxpayers 65 and older get a larger tax deduction. And, unless we continue to work, we no longer pay into social security & medicare.
- Less clothing costs because we aren’t working in the outside world.
- Save money we used to spend on co-worker gifts & not buying fund-raising stuff they sold for their kids.
- No more commuting expenses.
- Driving fewer miles should lower auto insurance costs & save on auto maintenance & upkeep.
- No longer funding retirement accounts.
- Senior discounts on everything from dining out to sweetened travel deals.
How many more can you come up with?
See more ways retirement can save you money when you click on the following blue link: Ways Retirement Saves You Money
Bonus List Of Senior Discounts:
Get a list of 100 stores that offer senior discounts when you click on the following blue link: Senior Discounts
How To Maximize Social Security Benefits:
We’ve already mentioned how government programs, like Medicare & Medicaid, are a tad inscrutable.
We could say the same about the Social Security Benefits Program.
Instead, here’s a layperson friendly explanation of how you can get more out of the program: click on the following blue link: How To Maximize Social Security Benefits
Simple Happiness Truths:
Speaking of living a life of gratefulness:
This week I read an uplifting article about how our busy lifestyles often get in the way of true happiness.
I’d sum up the article’s main theme thusly:
Happiness doesn’t occur by chance, it’s a constant choice we have to make, every second of every day…”
After the week I’ve had, this message fell upon fertile ground, indeed!
I think you’d like it to. Get it when you click on the following blue link: Simple Happiness Truths
That’s it for this week, talk to you next time…
Until then, your ideas for this blog and your comments, are always very welcome.