How ya doin’?
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in the Florida Panhandle. Kinda warmish, but that’s how I like it.
Treasa got her new Kindle Fire yesterday, and spent last night checking out some of it’s very cool features. Why I Love My Kindle HDX
Anyway, time for another round of Aging News…
Why Senior Citizens Have Trouble Sleeping:
It’s common for us kids on the far side of 55 to have sleep problems. I have trouble going to sleep. If I wake up during the night, it’s often difficult to get back to sleep.
I’ve had the same problems since I can remember. Ok, ok, sometimes my memory is a little like a piece of Swiss cheese, give me a break here…
So I always figured it was a lifestyle thing.
Although it’s hard to argue with my simplistic theory, some Harvard Medical School professors are saying it may be more of a health issue:
Sleep loss and sleep fragmentation is associated with a number of health issues, including cognitive dysfunction, increased blood pressure, and vascular disease, and a tendency to develop type 2 diabetes. It now appears that loss of these neurons may be contributing to these various disorders as people age.”
The neurons they’re referring to are called inhibitory neurons. And, you can read more about this interesting study when you Inhibitory Neurons
No Limit Human Lifespan:
Harvard researcher, David Sinclair: “There’s no limit on human lifespan…”
Sinclair isn’t delusional. He doesn’t really foresee human immortality. His research isn’t looking for the Fountain of Youth, but he does think, from his research findings, that someday we’ll hit the 100 plus mark regularly.
He also suggests lifespans of 150 years as attainable.
I first ran across this interesting dude when researching the pros and cons of taking the nutritional supplement resveratrol. He’s very pro, BTW.
Katie Couric recently did an entertaining interview with him. And, I’ve found it…
Watch the video when you Harvard Researcher Intervies
Aging Brains and Spatial Attention:
Spatial attention is what we use to do everyday activities like walking, talking and driving. It’s long been thought it diminished during our aging process. Not necessarily so, according to a new study released by The University of Adelaide.
The ongoing study compares how older and younger people respond to visual and nonvisual stimuli, the kinda stuff you’re dealing with when you’re driving over to Motel 6 for a little fun of the carnal nature.
Early results are showing seniors scoring on par with the younger testees.
So, don’t surrender your driving privileges just because family members are harping about how you’re too old to drive, without a fight.
Get some scientific reasons why you’re as capable as they are to drive, when you read this short study summary: Scientific Proof You’re A Safe Driver
Senior Citizens Driving Safety Tips:
Speaking of driving and us older kids, I’ve found a nice little set of tips to help keep us behind the wheel. Driving Tips
Hey, that’s enough news for one day. Looking forward to next time…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, and your comments are very damn welcome!