It’s another beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
We’re being blessed with cloudless slate blue skies and lots sparkling sunshine.
When you add temperatures that’re supposed to just reach 70 degrees, it’s gonna be a pretty good day for all the spring breakers that started rolling into our beach town yesterday.
Entertaining spring breakers is big business here.
For the next 30, or so, days, we’ll have a weekly rotation of college kids from schools spread out all over the mideast U.S.
And, our local merchants have schemes to make sure that none of the kids go back to school without leaving their last dollar here in sunny old Florida…
Yep, we do love our spring breakers!
Hope you’re healthy and having as much fun as you can handle.
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
Scientist Discover How Long-Term Memory Loss Happens:
Results of a study that was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience, say that scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, have discovered the cause of age related long-term memory loss.
That’s exciting news, because if we know the cause, finding a solution is only a matter of testing and time.
But, wait… The discovery was made using fruit flys as the test subjects.
Well, it seems that the ‘fruit fly’ is a widely recognized substitute for human memory studies.
The possibilities of a ‘cure’ for long-term memory loss is good news indeed, and you can read more about this interesting story when you click on the following blue link: How Long-Term Memory Loss Happens
Are Our Aging Eyes Playing Tricks On Us?
You probably know my greatest aging fear is losing my cognitive abilities. i.e. losing my freaking mind…
My 2nd greatest concern is probably losing my eyesight.
If I couldn’t read, I just don’t know if I could adjust. Oh, I’m aware of braille and books on tape, but some of the stuff I read isn’t gonna show up on those kinda mainstream media.
Over the last 4 – 5 of years, I’ve had to change the prescription for my glasses more often than in the years past. I don’t think I see as well as I used to, even when I get new glasses.
All of which nags my subconsciousness.
And, probably makes me aware of new information relating to aging and eyesight.
While searching out aging news for today’s issue, I read an interesting article, written by ophthalmologist Dr. Saralyn Notaro-Rietz, about what aging can do to our eyes…
And, it ain’t a pretty picture!
According to the doctor’s article, the three major eye problems were:
- posterior vitreous detachments: a condition affecting most people over 70
- macular degeneration: # 1 cause of eyesight loss in people over 50
- diabetic eye disease: worsens with age
Interesting, if scary, article. Here’s a sample:
A posterior vitreous detachment is a common occurrence as one ages. In fact, one can be found in the majority of people older than 70 years of age.
The vitreous is the “jelly” that fills our eyeballs. When we are born, it is attached to the back wall of the eye, or retina. As we age, the jelly “liquifies,” and separates itself from the retina…”
Of course she goes on to further explain things like ‘floaters’ and our ‘eyeball jelly’. An interesting article, easily understood by us laypeople.
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: Aging’s Effects On Our Eyes
Physical Fitness Slows Brain Aging:
This just in from our Why Ain’t I More surprised? file:
Seniors citizens who have the fastest aging brains, also have the worst physical fitness conditions…”
This, according to new information presented at the American Heart Association’s 2015 EPI/Lifestyle conference.
Discussing findings from a 20-year study, done on 1,271 people, Dr. Nicole L. Spartano, said, in effect, that parallels between physical fitness and mental fitness were undeniable.
It seems to be particularly evident as people age into their sixties. Seniors in the best physical condition tend to have the best mental abilities. The latest research finds those with poor physical fitness in their 40s may have lower brain volumes at age 60…”
The study was done by researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine. I found a short article written about the findings, and think you’d like reading it too.
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: Physical Fitness Slows Brain Aging
Incontinence Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging:
Incontinence is a common problem that affects millions of elderly people, and their caregivers.
Hey, when you gotta go… ya gotta go!
Which is to say, having an ‘accident’ isn’t necessarily a symptom of chronic incontinence.
According to U.S. government health abstract:
Evaluation of incontinence is easy and inexpensive and does not require hospitalization.
A basic evaluation consists of history taking (including a review of drug use), physical examination, and appropriate laboratory testing. Urodynamic evaluation may also be necessary.
Treatment may consist of behavior modification techniques (eg, Kegel exercises, biofeedback, bladder retraining), use of a mechanical device or pharmacologic agent, or surgery.
Should medical and surgical methods fail, alternatives are available to ensure patients’ well-being and comfort…” Source
Incontinence: causes, treatments and possible cures
This week, I read an article from the Mayo Clinic’s Health Letter, that focused on incontinence, it’s causes, treatments and possible cures.
If you’re concerned, either for yourself, or a loved one, you should take a look at this short article…
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: Incontinence Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging
Super Agers are people 80 and older, whose memories are as sharp as people who are many decades younger.
New findings suggest these overachievers have brains much different from… well, everyone else.
Compared to the brains of normal seniors of similar ages, super-agers’ brains have a thicker region of the cortex, far fewer tangles (a primary indication of Alzheimer’s disease) and a large supply of neurons linked to higher social intelligence…”
Scientist hope the study of Super Ager’s brains will help researchers learn how to prevent cognitive decline, dementia and even Alzheimer’s Disease.
And you can read more about this, when you click on the following blue link: Super-Agers Discovered
Happy Senior Citizens:
Enjoy this video adaptation of Pharell’s Happy…
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are always welcome…