Except for the yellow pine pollen over everything in sight, it’s another beautiful sunny day here in Panama City, Florida.
Expecting some rain later, but right now it’s a pleasant 67 degrees, with a mild wind.
Only days away from my 70th birthday and still not getting any smarter. Now ‘ain’t that somehow wrong?
Hope you’re doing good, too.
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
New Technique Reverses Aging Cells By Decades:
Read an interesting article about how we’ll maybe get another method for living longer and healthier.
Scientists from Stanford Medical Center have successfully tested a method for extending human telemores.
Telomeres are those critical protective caps located on the tips of chromosomes.
Think of them as those protective pieces of plastic on the ends of your shoelaces. Without them, the tips basically fall apart, which is kind of what happens with chromosomes over time; human telomeres, which are about 8,000 to 10,000 nucleotides long, get shorter and shorter with each cell division.
Over time, they reach a critical length, and the cell stops dividing, or simply dies. At the macroscale, we experience this as senescence, or aging, as your body’s cells progressively lose the ability to replenish…”
If they’re able to repeat the process within us human types, and not just on ‘cultured’ cells, this could be a real boon to treating age-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Plus, increasing our life span as a delightful side benefit.
You can read more about this interesting breakthrough when you click on the following blue link: New Technique Reverses Aging Cells By Decades
How To Talk With Aging Parents:
We’ve already mentioned the difficulties of talking rationally with aging parents.
Parents can be stubborn, and even resent their kids trying to advise them.
That’s understandable, yet it’s our duty to help our parents when they need us, even if they get defensive and think we’re interfering with their lives.
Last week I read an interesting article laying out ways to help us understand our parents point of view and how we could better bridge this communication gap.
If you’re in this situation, you’ll probably get some good ideas from the article that may help you…
Two Excellent Posts About Communicating With Aging Parents:
The Over 70 Crowd Still ‘Doing It’:
Uh, yeah, old people still like getting their ‘freak’ on.
This very post is well over an hour late because of that little three letter word beginning with a ‘S’ and ending with an ‘EX’…
Anyway, in the 1st major sex study, that included people over 80, the results revealed that sex is alive and well with a good percentage of the people surveyed.
More than 7,000 people took part in the research for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), led by Dr David Lee, an Age UK research fellow at the University of Manchester’s school of social sciences.
Problems most frequently reported by sexually active women related to becoming sexually aroused (32 per cent) and achieving orgasm (27 per cent), while for men it was erectile difficulties – 39 per cent…”
The study also said that 31 per cent of the men, and 20 per cent of the women, reported they enjoyed frequent bouts of kissing and petting.
Sounds like some of us still have our moves.
The bummer finding, for both genders, was that more women than men reported themselves as being less sexually active.
Overall, poor health was the most common reason for lack of sexual activity. No surprise there.
You can read more when you click on the following blue link: Sex After 70, Still ‘Doing It’
Aging Was The Hardest Part Of Being Married For 81 Years:
Imagine, if you can, being married for 81 years. Then imagine your greatest regret is what aging has done to your life together.
Well, this is the reality for Helen and Charles Stein. They’re both pushing the century mark and are still in ‘love’.
Excuse me while I get a couple tissues…
Helen has dementia. The disease has crippled her, and has taken away most of her speaking abilities. But, Charles is by her side offering her love and support.
Don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned love story.
You can read more of this love story when you click on the following blue link: Aging Is The Hardest Part Of Being Married For 81 Years
More Senior Citizens Driving Than Ever:
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 84 percent of all Americans aged 65 and older are licensed to drive. This is a major increase from the 51% that were licensed in the early 1970’s.
The foundation also said, 68 percent of motorists 85 or older, continue to drive five or more days a week. Sounds good to me…
Another survey, conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston, found that 78 percent of older drivers remain behind the wheel, despite having declining physical abilities.
Hm, be interesting to know what kind of abilities are headed south?
Anyway, you get the picture, senior citizens are keeping the roads hot.
And, despite car manufacturers reluctance to cater to the older crowd, new cars do offer features that can help seniors, and others, with limited physical abilities, driving experiences easier and perhaps better protect public safety.
You can find out about the new car feature when you click on the following blue link: New Car Features Help Senior Citizen Drivers
From John Updike:
Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews…”
Sounds like Déjà vu all over again?
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…