It’s another beautiful day here in Panama City, Florida.
Sunny weather, with the temperatures finally nudging the late 80’s, which is real close to my sweet spot…
I’ve a confession about the ‘Seniors Driver’s Safety Course’ I told you I was taking…
It’s paid for, but I’ve not got around to doing it!
I’m hoping the public revelation of my laziness, will shame me into getting the darn thing done.
I mean, it’s only a 6 hour course. And, it’s online…
Anyway, it’s time for another edition of our weekly favorite Aging News.
And, we’ll begin with…
What Is Cognitive Aging?
First off, it ain’t dementia, or a form of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Basically, ‘Cognitive Aging’ is the decline of cognitive abilities, that naturally occur, as our bodies, and brains, get older.
According to Dr. Jason Karlawish, of the University of Pennsylvania ,
“The best advice for staying sharp as you get older: Be physically active. The sooner you start the better, but it’s never too late…”
To date, researcher’s haven’t established a clear separation between normal aging and cognitive decline.
But, they’re working on it…
BTW: according to records kept by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 8 people over age 60, have some form of chronic memory lapse, or cognitive loss.
To read more about cognitive aging, click on the following blue link: What Is Cognitive Aging
Safe Driving Tips For Senior Citizens:
To make up for my tardiness at my driver’s safety course, this week I read a good ‘driving tips’ article, written by Victoria Dalton. (She’s an attorney, please be kind.)
Victoria reminds us that:
“Driving is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. Just like our health, it must be maintained in order to keep it.
The thought that some day we may not be able to drive and lose our independence is a scary proposition. …reviewing our driving skills is definitely an important task….”
Good advice. And, a good, to the point, article.
The main points touched upon:
- Accident stats for drivers over 65 when compared to younger drivers.
- Medications and health conditions associated with aging.
- Pre-planning driving excursions.
- Safe driving courses.
Anyway, you can read the who thing when you click on the following blue link: Safe Driving Tips For Senior Citizens
7 Anti-Aging Tricks For Women:
Read a great post, written by Margaret Manning, this week.
Just check out how she starts the post:
If I see one more online ad with a tagline like “Doctors hate her! Discover the one weird trick this woman used to look 10 years younger,” I’m going to scream.
I’m not sure what makes me more frustrated — the fact that companies think that we are naïve enough to buy their latest pills or potions, or, the fact that so many of us still fall for their lies…
I’m crazy for this woman!
She’s so humorously sensible…
And, I thought the 7 anti-aging tips she gave, were excellent, and well-balanced.
Get them when you click on the following blue link: 7 Anti-Aging Tricks For Women
How To Keep Your Brain Young:
Hm, seems to be a theme going on here…
We’ve already agreed that some of our brain functions can slow down, or erode, within the loose parameters of aging.
Let’s also agree that our actions can favor an healthy brain, whatever our age…
Case in point:
Nobel laureate and neuroscientist Eric Kandel, co-director of Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, says results from more research studies are confirming we can take steps to prevent, delay or even reverse memory decline.
In an article I read, Kandel also said:
“One of the best ways is to challenge our brains with new stimuli. There is a connection between how we learn and what we remember.
If you learn well, you generally remember well, too…”
There’re also a list of ‘brain foods’ in the same article.
See it at: Brain Food
Note: To learn even more about keeping our brain young, click on the following blue link: How To Keep Your Brain Young
How To Take Care Of Aging Digestive Systems:
I sometimes listen to a couple of radio doctors, who often allege that nearly all physical ailments are caused by problems starting within our digestive systems.
Could be, I suppose…
Anyway, this week I happened upon a web site, where a Dr. Camardi, says about 1/3 of the problems of the patients with whom he consults with, are digestive system related.
One-third isn’t ‘most’, like the radio doctors cite, but it’s still a lot, isn’t it?
Among the things that cause Dr. Camardi’s patients digestive problems are:
- The effects of aging upon our gastrointestinal system
- Poor oral care
- Not chewing our food completely
- Chronic dry mouth
- Unbalanced diet
- Not drinking enough water, etc
Interesting post, that you’d probably like, as well…
You can read it when you click on the following blue link: How To Take Care Of Aging Digestive Systems
3 Stories About Relocating Aging Parents Nearer To Family:
I’m getting older by the minute.
Other than Treasa, my closest relative, Sister sue, is 10 hours away. Our only Son, Benjamin, is about 23 hours away.
I already have a heart condition that’s put me into the hospital 4 times in the last 10 years.
We’ve been talking ‘around’ the idea of moving to Michigan, so we’re nearer to Benjamin.
BTW: he just broke the news that Grandkid # 5 is expected some time in August.
Treasa’s Mom, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, also live in Michigan. As do 3 of my sisters.
Other than the long, and awful winters, it would be a smart and happy move for us.
Yet, we love Florida. Still, our time is coming…
Something to think about…
Perhaps by sheer coincidence, this week I happened to read the insightful, if brief, personal stories of 3 senior citizens moving to be closer to their children.
Read them when you click on the following blue link: 3 Stories About Relocating Aging Parents Nearer To Family
10 Things You’ve been Doing Wrong:
I can’t top that. Talk to you next time.
Your ideas for me, aging related story, or comments are always welcome…