It’s a partly cloudy day here in Panama City, Florida.
The past week has been mostly overcast, with the exception of an all day rain (Florida version of snow).
There’s been a definite lack of good ole Florida sunshine.
Plus, this week has given us this winter’s most consecutive chilly days, where the temperatures only briefly nudged into the 60’s, maybe a couple of times.
OK, not bad when compared to what’s happening, weather wise, north of where I’m sitting. I appreciate that, so forgive my bout of, well, what was suspiciously like: whining.
When I catch myself complaining, a trait I detest in myself, I try to remind myself that there’s already more than enough pain and suffering going on, why should I add my 2 cents into the mix?
Being a really old dude, I’ve had time to reflect upon such mundane things, like complaining. And, I’ve a life hacks about it:
Never Complain; Never Explain.
And, there’s better sailing weather ahead for us all…
Whatever today’s weather, I hope you’re feeling good and enjoying yourself.
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll kick it off with…
What Is The Basic Nature of Aging:
Much to my surprise, I have conflicting ideas about what exactly aging is. Primarily, I suspect, because I’ve never taken the time to think about the concept of the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of aging.
I’ve just accepted that we all get older, and then we, well you know what happens at the end of our story…
When I ran into the concept of The Basic Nature of Aging while researching this week’s Aging News feature, the vision of a gaping pit of endless questions that evoked an impossible cast of answers, immediately appealed to me.
- What does it mean to age?
- How do we age?
- How can we measure the aging process?
- why do we age?
- What causes aging?
- What can we do about aging?
At their core, the questions deal with biological factors. After giving them a decent think-over, much like a stranger in a strange land, I felt way outta my depth.
Didn’t know it until this week, but there’s specialists, biogerontologist, who study the biological mechanisms of how and why we age. So don’t worry, we’ve good men and women on the job…
Aging Theory: Programmed Aging:
The lives of all organisms are restricted. After a more or less prolonged phase of ageing, every living thing dies. We all accept this inevitable fate as ‘biologically’ normal…” Source
Aging Theory: Simple Deterioration:
Many people believe that biological aging is simply the result of universal deteriorative processes such as oxidation or wear and tear that cause aging in machinery, exterior paint, and other inanimate objects.
These theories are superficially attractive if only human aging is considered but fail if life span characteristics of other species are also examined…” Source
Aging Theory: Non-Programmed Aging:
…aging does not serve a valid “selectable” evolutionary purpose and that therefore an evolved mechanism whose primary purpose is to cause aging or otherwise purposely limit life span can not exist, at least not in mammals.
These theories contend that aging is an unavoidable adverse side-effect of some useful biological function or that organisms do not have an evolutionary need to live longer than some species-specific life span and therefore did not develop or lost the maintenance and repair capabilities needed for living longer.
A life span longer than a species-specific value conveys little benefit but no disadvantage…” Source
Benefits of Calorie Restriction & Healthy Aging:
we’ve talked about this ‘theory’ before. Haven’t made up my mind about living hungry, but willing to keep an open mind about the deal.
This week, I found and read another article about a recent study with a twist on eating fewer calories and how doing so may relate to a healthier aging story for it’s practitioners.
Here’s a taste of the study:
Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on healthy aging without the need to alter food intake, suggests new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health…
Hm, do the researchers think they may have stumbled upon a hack that will trick our body into reacting as if we’re enduring calorie restriction, without us actually doing so?
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: Benefits of Calorie Restriction
Exercise Programs Enhance Senior Citizens Physical Functioning:
From the ‘use it or lose it’ files:
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health, recent studies involving sedentary nursing home residents in their 80s and 90s have demonstrated the overwhelmingly positive results of regular exercise…” Source
Ideally, we don’t wait until we’re on the Far Side Of 55 to put ourselves on a diet of regular exercise.
The benefits of exercise aren’t theory.
And, the results are almost immediate. This week I found two more articles about senior health as related to exercise that you’d probably like:
Article one: Senior Citizens Physical Functioning
Aging in Place News:
In his new book, Aging in the Right Place, author Stephen Golant, a University of Florida researcher who studies housing needs for older Americans, Golant argues that the popular notion of aging in place, staying home and being independent as long as possible, sounds great but doesn’t work for everyone.
If you’re interested, here’s a link for more of Golant’s thoughts on the subject: Aging In Place
At first, this video of the headstones at the grave sites of people like Johnny Cash, Don Knotts and John Wayne, weired me out. Yet, I watched it two times… What do you think?
One more thing…
In case you’ve been stuck in the bathroom without your smart phone for the past week, here’s the link to a video of a bunch of energetic seniors putting their take on the trending song, Uptown Funk
Fun stuff, you’ll like it: Old Town Funk
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…