It’s a sunny and warmish day here in Marshall, Michigan.
Temperatures are expected to hit 87 today and continue along that vein for all of next week…
The higher temperatures should go down easy with the visitors at the Calhoun county fair which started yesterday and runs for a week.
Plus, the heat will help maintain, and distribute, the earthy aromas coming off the farm animals that county fairs traditionally cram into display barns and corrals…
Tuesday is kids day so I’m saving my energy for saying “uh, OK, yeah, sure…” to 5 grandkids and 1 feisty dog, while pretending to not notice Treasa’s famed “No, you don’t need to eat that junk” look.
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
No Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Increase Next Year:
Due to this year’s lower oil prices, trustees overseeing Social Security, are projecting there won’t be an increase in COLA for next year.
Uh, I guess they haven’t filled their gas tanks lately?
A gallon of gas was $2.34 when I filled up on Wednesday.
Next morning, I stopped at the same station for a cappuccino and noticed gas was $2.99 a gallon!
Wow! Jump of 65 cents overnight…
Social Security ‘watchdog’ groups have been trying, unsuccessfully, to get the COLA formula used to calculate payments changed for years.
Presently, inflation calculations are based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
Critics argue, and I agree, this measurement doesn’t factor in the increased health costs related to getting older in American.
To fix this glaring inequality, Senior groups advocate the Social Security trustees use a Consumer Price Index for the Elderly, which includes senior health care averages, as a better yardstick to measure inflation’s effects on COLA.
“If that index had been used from 1985 to 2014, Social Security benefits last year would have been 6.5 percent higher than they are today, according to an analysis by J.P. Morgan Asset Management….”
30% of Medicare Enrollees Face Steep Jump In Premiums:
“…enrollees not protected by the hold harmless provision, the Part B standard monthly premium will be $159.30 in 2016, a 52 percent increase.
Higher income enrollees who pay higher premiums will also see a 52 percent increase; their 2016 monthly premiums will be between $223 and $509.80, depending on income…”
One Town’s Secret To Longevity:
Read an interesting article this week about the residents of Loma Linda, CA’s tendency for good health and longevity.
Loma Linda has even made it onto the National Geographic’sfamous Blue Zone list of places where people live better and longer.
Not to take away anyone’s thunder, but the ‘secrets’ revealed, were pretty much lifestyle choices we talk about on this blog.
Good article, though. You should read it…
Read it when you click on the following blue link: One Town’s Secret To Longevity
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015:
I know, I know…
We talk a lot about Alzheimer’s, dementia and cognitive functioning.
But, after heart disease and cancer, mind malfunctioning is a monster…
“Worldwide, around 36 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a condition that accounts for around 60-80% of dementia cases. In the US alone, around 5.3 million people are living with the disease – of whom 5.1 million are aged 65 and older…”
My thing is, without control, I’m no use to myself, or my to family.
Accordingly, I’m always looking for insights and prevention ideas. Plenty of both on the following web page that features the highlights from this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
Here’s a sample:
“”Evidence suggests that the process of Alzheimer’s disease begins more than a decade before clinical symptoms appear, suggesting we may need to intervene earlier to have a major impact on the course of the disease, particularly when using therapies designed to prevent the development of abnormal protein structures – plaques and tangles – that are abundant in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s…”
Get more at: Alzheimer’s Association International Conference
Chickenpox Vaccine Can Cause Shingles:
New research suggest that chickenpox immunization, as prevention against shingles, only lasts for 2 years, not for the 20 years as was originally thought.
Not only that…
Scientists from the Universities of Antwerp and Hasselt (that’s way over in Belgium) say the vaccine increases cases of shingles, but primarily in 31 to 40-year-olds.
On the other hand, just read an article about the same research that says the chickenpox vaccine’s shingle prevention is worth the side effects, huh?
To see what you think, click on the following blue link: Chickenpox Vaccine Boosts Cases Of Shingles
Related: To see how all this relates to us kids on the Far Side Of 55 click on the following blue link: Shingles Vaccine
5 Ways To Build Solid Self-Esteem:
Does pride get in the way of self-esteem?
Know how to turn off your shame muscle?
Ever do something so utterly stupid, you just have to laugh at yourself?
If you’ve wondered about any of these questions, you just might have too much free time on your hands…
Then again, without the benefits of self-examination and self-awareness, we’d be dull boys and girls, wouldn’t we?
Anyway, this week I read an interesting article that lists, and gives details, of 5 ways to build our self-esteem.
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: 5 Ways To Build Solid Self-Esteem
Top Nutritionist: Ultimate Healthy Breakfast:
If, like me, you think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you’ll want to read this surprising list of healthy food we should be eating when we roll outta bed…
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: The Ultimate
Time Has Come Today:
Classic Chamber Brothers Music:
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.