It’s another beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
Thanks to a storm front, our temperatures have been topping off around 80 degrees…
That’s just a little under my ideal temperature.
Yet, the humidity has been so darn high we’ve had to start running the air conditioner.
Central air is a wonderful convenience, but if it wasn’t for the dampness, I’d sooner do without it.
Anyway, feeling good and having a great time…
It’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
3 Ways To Keep Your Mind & Reasoning Sharp:
How To Promote Cognitive Health:
As we age, it’s natural for us to have changes in our brain that affects our mental functioning. The health community call this process: cognitive aging.
And, we’re all subject to it’s favors…
“The brain ages in all of us. But there’s wide variability in the way the brain ages”, Dr. Dan Blazer, an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Duke University.
According to a news report from the Institute Of Medicine,
Gradual and variable change in mental functions that occurs naturally as people age, not as part of a neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the most challenging health issues encountered by older adults.
…the type and rate of change can vary widely among individuals.
Some will experience very few, if any, effects, while others may experience changes in their memory, speed of processing information, problem solving, learning, and decision-making abilities…
The report also mentions the lack of proof that vitamins and supplements touted as panaceas for brain health do anything other than drain your bank account.
They do list 7 ways us kids on the Far Side Of 55 can help keep our mind sharp despite the aging process.
Get them when you click on the following blue link: 8 Ways To Keep Your Mind & Reasoning Sharp: How To Promote Cognitive Health
How Much Physical Activity Should You Get?
As we get older, regular physical activity is just about as important to our overall health, as are balanced sources of nutrition, 7 – 9 hours of sleep and drinking plenty of water.
Not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition. Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all.
Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do…”
But, how much exercise do we actually need?
While the answer varies, depending on each individual’s circumstances, the CDC’s researchers have come up with a reasonable set of guidelines for senior citizens.
You can check them out when you click on the following blue link: How Much Physical Activity Should You Get
And, check out the following to learn how to fit exercise into your daily life: Get Moving
Suzanne Somers Selling A New Way To Age:
Former TV sitcom star, ‘ThighMaster’ inventor and best-selling author, Suzanne Somers, says age is more than just a number.
Savvy Suzie has also figured out a way to make money on her aging ideas…
She out in the marketplace pitching a concept she calls a New To Way Age.
Even though she played one on TV, this lady is no ‘dumb blond’. In a short interview, Somers said:
The actress revealed her key strategies to keeping her “organs and glands in tip-top shape” depends on focusing on what her body needs.
“I do designer vitamins, meaning I take vitamins per blood work so I can see where my mineral and nutritional deficiencies are,” she shared.
“I eat organic food and I sleep eight hours a night…I’m enjoying aging, in two years, I’ll be 70!”…”
The interview also includes an interesting video in which she talks more about her ideas on aging, her take on Hilary Clinton, and more…
To watch the video and read the interview, click on the following blue link: Selling A New Way To Age
When It Comes To Age, Is 60 Is The New 40?
A short article and a video clip on NNCNOW News, says that not only is this claim true, scientific research now backs it up.
Well, that ‘sounds’ wonderful, but the proof, presented in the article, while interesting, it was on the shallow side.
Case in point is the following direct quote from the article:
The new research argues that since life expectancy continues to rise, age 60 should not be considered old…”
Wouldn’t that statement fall under the category of a uh, let’s see, An Opinion?
Anyway, I do like the overall theme of the article. After all, I’m 70 now, and I’m don’t feel I’m anywhere near the cusp of being Over The Hill.
Make up your own mind, when you click on the following blue link to read the article and watch the video: When It Comes To Age, 60 Is The New 40
Super Foods That Protect Our Brain:
Read an article in the March issue of Food Technology’s online magazine, written by Linda Milo Ohr.
In the article, she describes the benefits of eight nutrients that will help keep our brain healthy and sharp…
Her List of Brain Super Foods:
- Cocoa Flavanols
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic Acid
To discover how, and why, these help keep our brains healthy and possibly fend off dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, Click on the following blue link: Super Foods That Protect Your Brain
New Therapy For Age-Related Macular Degeneration:
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among seniors.
AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older.
It causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead…” National Eye Institute
Basically, AMD deteriorates the central portion of the retina, or macula.
Research in The Wang, S. Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai, say they’re having some success slowing AMD with injections of stem cells directly into the ailing eye. Source
I gathered, from reading a related article at the Senior Journal, the injected stem cells promote the growth of healthy cells which surround, and protect, the retina.
This could be great news for the more than 1.5 millions Americans suffering from AMD. You can read the reader friendly article at the following Senior Journal web page: New Therapy For Age-Related Macular Degeneration
25 Health Myths:
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time…
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always very welcome.