Mighty pretty day here in Panama City, Florida.
Cloudless slate-blue sky with enough sunshine to satisfy even mega sun worshiper, me.
Oh yeah, it’s also Valentine’s Day here. As it may well be where you are. And, I’ve already surprised Treasa with a obscene amount of chocolates.
Hey, she’s a girl. And, girls love chocolate…
Happy Valentine’s Day to you.
Uh, please don’t take that in the wrong way…
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
The Drug Rapamycin Proven To Extend Life Spans:
Rapamycin comes from the bacterium, Streptomyces Hygroscopicus. And, it’s medical properties were first used as an anti-fungal agent.
The drug turned out to suppress immune systems, a powerful benefit for the success of organ transplants. Plus, it’s routinely used in various other surgical procedures.
But, the big news is:
Rapamycin’s anti-aging properties worked in rigorously designed clinical studies!
That’s a first in the extremely lucrative ‘I wanna live forever’ product driven market.
Over the past decade, it’s shown promise as a drug that not only can extend life by delaying the onset of aging-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, but also postpone the effects of normal aging….”
Rapamycin, as an anti-aging pill, isn’t yet available to the general public. But, Novartis, a huge pharmaceutical company, is hard at work on compounds made from rapamycin into the anti-aging marketplace.
You can read more about this story when you click on the following blue link: Rapamycin Extends Life Span
Are Senior Citizens Terrible Drivers?
I’m sure the hell are not!
Of course that’s only one man’s opinion…
Kenny Martin has some interesting
opinions thoughts on us older drivers. In an article, he just published, he listed a few of the ‘sins’ we senior divers are sometimes guilty of.
And, often accused of.
He also asks for the public’s understanding and consideration for older people in general, and in particular, for senior citizen’s antics behind the wheel.
At least, that’s what I thought he was saying…
See what you think he’s talking about when you read his short article, by clicking on the following blue link: Are Senior Citizens Terrible Drivers
20% Of Americans Over 65 Are Depressed:
Geeze, that’s a totally depressing statistic, isn’t it?
Yet, that’s from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
With this stat in mind, a writer when out and interviewed a buncha senior citizens to find out how they kept depression at bay.
The results was an ‘endearing’ and entertaining article, that I read this past week.
Here’s what 83-year-old Dottie Blythe had to say, “My secret to success? Attitude, I think, is a lot. You have to be happy. I think that can be a choice that you make.”
Sounds like a mighty smart woman. Or, maybe that’s because I happen to agree with the lady.
“Yeah, there’s limitations on what you can do and you just have to do what you can and push yourself a little bit”, says 77 year-old Jack Potter.
Anyway, good stuff, and you can check it out for yourself when you click on the following blue link: 20% Of Americans Over 65 Are Depressed
6 Reasons to Rethink Aging and Retirement:
Really enjoyed this one…
On these very pages, I sometimes do a little whining about how the unwashed masses just don’t get us kids on the far side of 55.
Now, ‘scientifically trained’ researchers, from no less a prestigious facility than Stanford Center on Longevity, are doing some ‘whining’ along with me.
They’ve even come up with a convenient list 6 specific things that people get wrong about aging. Among them are mental and physical health issues.
Heck, this list could even surprise someone as smart as you…
You can check it out when you click on the following blue link: 6 Reasons to Rethink Aging and Retirement
What Is Successful Aging?
What do you think of the following quote?
…successful aging is multidimensional, encompassing the avoidance of disease and disability, the maintenance of high physical and cognitive function, and sustained engagement in social and productive activities…”
Yeah, me too.
Who talks like that?
Well, scientists working in the field of gerontology, the study of social, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging.
And, in this month’s The Gerontologist Journal, 16 different gerontologists give their insights from their individual aging studies.
All of which are probably très interesting, if you’ll excuse my French…
But, I didn’t feel like paying 40 bucks American, for a one day pass to the journal’s site.
On the other hand, I did find a free source that gave a decent, if brief, overview of the goings on with the state of gerontology.
If you’re interested, here’s that link: What Is Successful Aging
Walk This Way:
Here’s a cool, très cool, even, video featuring a guy going by the first name of ‘Kid’, and who is my sister’s neighbor up in Clarkston, MI…
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…