Another beautiful and sunny day here in Panama City, Florida. All this brightness is deceiving, though…
It was 45 degrees when I got up this morning.
And, the temperature’s not expected to get past 64 degrees today. I do love the sunshine, but prefer mine backed up with some heat!
Hope it’s pleasant where you are. And, that you’re happy and feeling good about it all.
It’s time for this week’s edition of Aging News.
We’ll kick it off with…
Medicare Health Benefits Quiz:
If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you know many of the coverage rules and regulations are kinda foggy. A situation that can make the answers to health care questions hard to come by.
Yet, not knowing, can cost you.
Wellll, I’ve found a fun quiz that tests your healthcare smarts. To take it, you’ll have to give up your email address so you can get the results emailed to you.
I took the quiz. And, I was miserable at it. Ouch, I’ve probably been throwing money away. Guess I’ve got some homework to do.
I think you’d enjoy taking it too. Click the following blue link: Medicare Healthcare Quiz
Senior Citizen Power:
So guess who are the fastest growing segment of voters in the U.S.A.?
Yeah, that’s right… it’s us kids on the far side of 55!
According to Fox’s Brit Hume, senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic in America. Hume also figures we’re the voters who triggered the recent Republican party’s midterm election win.
By chance, I happened to be watching Fox News on that particular evening. And, based on the information Hume cided, thought his observations were reasonable and interesting.
But, more interesting still, are the implications of a united senior citizen voting juggernaut. Oh, what a world that would be…
You can also watch Hume’s editorial when you click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens Demographics
Scientists Find Aging Gene:
Hm, didn’t know good old Gene was lost…
Announced at the 17th annual Age Management Medicine Group conference in Las Vegas: researchers have found a crucial gene responsible for aging…
The research team’s leader, Dr. Stephen Coles, a UCLA gerontologist, has spent his professional life trying to find reasons why some people live to be 110 and older.
Coles and his teams big revelation was confirming that longevity isn’t just lifestyle differences, but that genetics also plays a key role.
From there the team set about isolating the genes which are responsible for some people reaching great ages, and how this applies to other people…
…Over the past year, Coles and his team, which includes researchers based at Stanford University, and also at institutions in New York City, Boston and Italy, did full genome sequencing on 23 supercentenarians. Using these results, they believe they figured out what separates the old people from the very old people – and this is a key difference…”
Exciting stuff. Click on the following blue link to read more: Aging Gene Discovered
Reverse The Effect Of Aging With Your Mind:
I’ve always figured our attitude is often more important than facts. But, didn’t know that researchers had some proof of this theory being true…
Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer did studies that showed mental attitudes can reverse the effects of aging and improve physical health.
Building from her teams pass successes, they’re now making plans for similar tests studying women suffering from breast cancer. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Learn more about her research and plans, when you watch Langer being interviewed on CBS Morning News (you’ve gotta sit through a short Ford Mustang commercial first, but it’s plenty worth it)
Click on the following blue link to watch: Aging and Mental Attitude
6 Ways To Lower Medicare Healthcare Costs:
More Medicare musings…
Escalating health care costs makes it smart to finds ways to control, and possibility lower, our medical expenses.
Did you know we can still save money and lower our out of pocket costs, even if we’re enrolled in Medicare?
It’s true. And, here’s an article that can show you how. Click on the following blue link: How To Lower Medicare Expenses
6 Ways To Age Gracefully:
We both know it’s sometimes fun to kick and scream, and generally raise hell, about the conditions of getting older. We also know such antics get old real fast for the people around us.
Rather than fight the inevitable, I’ve always leaned toward acceptance. After all, the end result is usually the same either way.
I’ve always favored a good attitude about living. And, aging is about the ultimate test of living. So, my creaky old heart was warmed when I read Tom Sightings article, 6 Strategies for Aging Gracefully.
I bet you’d like it, too. Click on the following blue link to get it: Aging With Grace Anyone know who the hell this ‘Grace’ person is?
Famous People’s Last Meal:
Marilyn Monroe: our favorite old-timey sex symbol’s last meal was a helping of meatballs, served with a side of guacamole…
And that’s it for today. Looking forward to talking to you next time. Until then…
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome.