Another beautiful day here in paradise. 81 degrees with a soft, steady and fragrant breeze that’s cooling and reminds me of carefree summer days growing up on a small farm in eastern Kentucky.
Watta bargain: no entry fee and only costs your life to live it. Hard to say ‘no’ to a deal like that…
Whoa, sorry about that, got carried away in the moment.
Anyways, hope you’re fit and full of p*ss and vinegar, as they used to say back in KY.
Today we’ve another edition of Aging News! Sincerely wish you get something good outta it…
American Senior Citizens Need Help
New study released by the University of Michigan says that:
Nearly half of the senior citizens in the U.S. – 18 million people – have difficulty with daily activities or get help in managing them…”
The results of the study were published in the current issue of the Milbank Memorial Quarterly. Interesting read, and I thought some of the stats surprising.
And, you can read them when you click on the following blue link: Senior Citizens Needing Help
Benefits of Positive Attitude About Aging
Just read a newly released study that was taken on over 2,000, fifty-five and older Americans with military experience. The qualities tested were their mental health, over-all attitudes, and social activities…
Researchers, from the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, CT, in a report published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, concluded that:
of the participants with the most positive attitude toward aging, only 2% had post-traumatic stress disorder compared with 19% of those with the most negative attitude. They also found similar differences for experiencing suicidal thoughts (5% compared with 30%) and anxiety (4% compared with 35%)…”
They also said these results were consistent with findings in non-ex-military people of the same age group…
Don’t know about you, but I’m not real surprised about these findings. You don’t have to be a scientist to notice that older people with good attitudes seem to feel and do better.
Still interesting stuff… read more when you Click Here
Fruit Fly Research & Human Longevity:
Scientists at UCLA say they’ve identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated in key organs.
The gene is called AMPK and they reported extending fruit flies lives by almost 30% when they added more (AMPK) to their intestines. Even then, the little rascals only lived about 8 weeks total.
The head researcher says, While AMPK therapy is a ways off for practical use on humans, it’s feasible. They went on to describe how they could use the procedure on us humanoids.
Maybe you wanna read more? If so, Click Here
When Are We Too Old To Drive?
After a 83 year old man, with a suspended license, caused a fatal accident driving onto a Michigan freeway the wrong way, the media is again harping about closer scrutiny and annual testing of older drivers.
That’s understandable, even the expected reaction, from a medium that must, at all costs, cater to any buzz worthy current event. Yet, the focus on the driver’s age isn’t the logical crux of the story.
Yeah, he was 83…
But, more importantly, he was driving on a suspended license. He had recently failed two driving exams, had his keys confiscated by concerned neighbors, and he still managed to get out on the roads.
The local police knew about his problem behavior because neighbors had also called them into the battle to keep the man outta the driver’s seat.
That’s the relevant story…
That his age is an interesting back story, can’t be denied. But, smearing an entire age group with the same brush, is probably stretching it a bit.
Anyway, you can read the full story: Click Here
Famous Last Words:
BTW, this Dude stole my exit line…
Jazz drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987. As he was being prepped for surgery, a nurse asked him,
“Is there anything you can’t take?”
To which Rich replied,
“Yeah, country music.”
And that, my Friend, will be today’s last words, too.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…