It’s time for everyone’s favorite, this week’s edition of Aging News.
We’ll begin with the following item:
Fixed Income People Are Getting Their Pockets Picked:
People who retired in 2000 have seen inflation erode their fixed income and savings by nearly 30% within the ensuing years.
“Since 2000, the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) has increased benefits just 41 percent while typical senior expenses have jumped 84 percent, more than twice as fast.
Inflation has been at historic lows in recent years and seniors received a 1.5 percent COLA this year… ” Source: Inflation Draining Senior Citizens Bank Accounts
Klotho, a natural hormone, may help us live longer, and increase our cognitive skills:
Scientists from Gladstone Institutes and University of California, are saying that KL-VS, or Klotho, improves cognition functions, and fights Alzheimer’s Disease. Source: Improved Cognitive Performance
The hormone may also act as a tumor suppressor, according to Dr. David Boothman, professor of radiation oncology and pharmacology. Tumor Suppressor
Possible Breast Cancer Breakthrough:
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an advance in breast cancer research which shows how some enzymes released by cancerous cells could have a protective function. New Breast Cancer Research
Having A Life Purpose Protects Us From Alzheimer’s And Leads To A Longer Life:
When you’re on the Far Side Of 55, you don’t need a scientist to know that having goals and reasons for getting outta bed, you’re happier, healthier and will probably live longer, than people who grind out one more day of existence, and whine about their problems.
(Whew! That looong sentence wore me out! 😉
The problem with having a Life Purpose, as I see it, is thinking our life purpose needs be some exalted, higher calling kinda deal…
That kinda thinking is why only 10% of the 900 elderly people, researchers studied, admitted to having what they’d call a life purpose.
(The researchers were testing the anti-aging effects of people who felt they were living with a so-called purpose, vs those who weren’t.)
Rather than strive for our true life’s purpose, what’s wrong with doing normal things like… well, having a vegetable garden, collecting Bobby Vinton album covers, or (something I did for years) driving blind folk to bingo?
We don’t have to change history… If it’s about us doing something, it’ll get our juices flowing, and keep our minds pumping.
But that’s just my thinking. If you’d like to read the researcher’s side of the story Life Purpose Ideas
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or your comments are always very welcome.