“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens!”…Abraham Lincoln
Welcome to another digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids Living On The Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
Item #1. Secrets Of Life: Confessions Of 80 Year-Old Man:
Well… the old dude isn’t exactly confessing to anything.
It’s more like some enterprising journalist flattered him (the 80 year-old) into waxing poetically about things he’d learned during his 8 decades.
All told, the two came up with a total of 50 ‘life lessons’.
On first sight, some seem mundane. Upon reflection, though, not so much:
For Example: # 37. Once in a while, take the scenic route…
On the surface, a little shallow.
Yet, when you consider the implications behind the decision to slow down and savor the moment, plus, how doing so is an act of gratitude, well… deep thoughts ahead…
How this dude managed to come up with 50 life lessons, is beyond me. About the best I can do is:
Don’t ever answer ‘yes’ to the question, “Does these pants make me look fat!”
Anyway, click on the following blue link to get the other 49: Confessions Of 80 Year-Old Man
#2. How To Die Like A Hero:
Maggie Fergusson’s article How To Have A Good Death, discusses, in a very agreeable manner, preparing for that day…
‘That Day’ being death.
The ‘D’ word, death, says Maggie, is a word people avoid saying; even though, somewhere in the world, 2 people die each second.
The following is from her article:
“Fifty years ago, most of us would have died at home. Now, though 70% of us would like to, only 12% do, leaving the vast majority to die in hospitals, hospices or care homes.
…(we) longer know what death looks like…”
Looking at death in this light, it’s little wonder we dance around the ‘D’ word.
Uh, perhaps we (society) should get death out in the open. Maybe even talk about it?
And, darn if this article doesn’t describe the author going to a meeting, sponsored by Death Cafe, where people meet, on purpose, to discuss death and its ramifications.
Surprisingly, Fergusson, at age 51, was the oldest person in attendance.
These death meetings are gaining in popularity and are showing up throughout Europe, UK, USA and Australia.
In her article, Fergusson quotes a clinical nurse, Min Stacpoole, who says the following about society’s fear of death:
“A hundred years ago, everyone knew how people died…
…people are frightened of having a dead body in their house…”
The article is longish, but reads well.
The author includes quotes from medical professionals who, oddly enough aren’t themselves comfortable discussing, or being around, death.
For example, Dr. Atul Gawande is quoted:
“I learned about a lot of things in medical school, but mortality was not one of them…”
To read this insightful article about the state of dying and how we might do so with some dignity, click on the following blue link: How To Die Like A Hero
#3. Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Nutrition Advice:
Here at Living On The Far Side Of 55 we’ve often talked about eating healthy foods and the like.
Although the posts were well researched and referenced to authority sources, they were discussions, and always stopped well short of being advice.
I mean, even someone of my limited intelligence, would have to live in a cave without outside contact, to not realize that best (recommended) practices for nutrition and health, changes with the latest published study.
Health and Nutrition Are Linked:
And, that’s about the only thing people in the ‘nutrition business’ seem to agree upon.
A cynic, might say that everything else, nutrition-wise, tends to exist because of a profit center.
Of course that’s not fact, or even a factoid. (I don’t agree, but some purist insist there’s a difference between the two…)
Where were we?
Oh yeah, click on the following blue link to find out why you shouldn’t trust popular nutritional advice…
Warning: you could be shocked!
Well, maybe not, but you might laugh out loud…
#4. 7 Ways To Achieve Happiness:
This just published by the BBC, so it must be true?
An article written by David Robson, promises to show the reader how they can achieve happiness in just 7 days.
It takes me longer than a week to bounce back from staying up past 10:30 pm!
Yet, Robson’s article is fun.
The 1st paragraph, for example, references the following:
Drudgery; boredom; self-pity; gloomy days and Mary Poppins.
And, that’s just the beginning!
Here’s one suggestion he makes: For a week, give up something you love.
Sound like happiness to you?
You might think differently after you read the remainder of that suggestion.
If you’d like your spirits lifted, click on the following blue link: 7 Ways To Achieve Happiness
Item #5. 20 Foods That can Age You 20 Years:
This item goes pretty well with #3 above: Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Nutrition Advice.
Found a MSN News report listing 20 foods that’ll age us before our time.
Looking like I do, I’d better make it a point to stay away from each & every one of these.
I don’t agree with some of the food included in this list.
However, with new health studies being released almost daily, who knows whats next?
Here’s number one on the list: Margarine:
Not all fats are created equal, and margarine—more often than not—seems to give [other] fats a bad rep…
The culprit in margarine is trans fat, which destroys hydration. The less your skin is hydrated, the faster the wrinkles appear…”
Also on the list was ‘Energy Drinks’, or a young person’s replacement for sleeping.
To see why energy drinks made the list, and the other 18 no-no foods listed, click on the following blue link: 20 Foods That can Age You 20 Years
David Robert Jones aka: David Bowie…RIP:
With the right song, David could be a mellifluous crooner: Here’s he’s crooning Ray Davies great Waterloo Sunset:
Talk to you next time…
Until then, I’d love to hear your Living On The Far Side Of 55 story!