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Low Dose or No Dose
Low-dose aspirin is not helpful for healthy older adults as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. However, those who have stents or have had heart attacks should continue taking them. And of course, talk with your doctor. Here’s an in-depth article from the New York Times, “Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re Healthy” by Laura M. Holson, 3-18-2018
Popular podcasts for our crowd include TedTalks, Freakonomics Radio, The Daily, Stuff You Missed in History Class, This American Life, Good Job, Brain!, Guided Meditations and Lux Radio. For more information, click the live links.
Boost your brain power – “go and do” with your pals! Social interactions require us to compute complex and subtle social cues requiring mental attention and flexibility (Aging & Mental Health Journal, 2017).
Exercise: A Miracle Drug
Exercise is a miracle drug, especially group exercise for those 55+. It improves blood flow to the brain, relieves stress, lifts your mood, slows down the aging of cells and more. When you exercise in a group the social stimulation helps your psychological, physical and cognitive helath. START TODAY. We commit to walking TODAY. This information is compiled from McMaster University in Ontartio, AARP and LIVESTRONG.
Blooms or Bust
Blooms + Festivals are a Springtime necessity (especially after this winter)! Bluebonnets, Azaleas, Tulips, Peonies, Cherry Blossoms, Dogwoods, Rhododendrea and more. Bet ya there is one near you, so chat it up, do an online search, make a plan, get out there and enjoy.
With Tax season underway, the IRS reminds us (especially Seniors) they don’t: demand payment over the phone, ask for credit or debit card numbers or threaten to call the police. These calls are from scammers. Hang up. Report IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting on the IRS website or call 800-366-4484. For more information on this warning, click IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain Alert.
Limit TV or Forget ‘Bout It
Limit TV watching or risk verbal memory decline. For those 50+, poorer verbal memory is associated with watching more than 3.5 hours of TV as discussed in Bill Andrews’ article, For the Elderly, Too Much TV Could Hurt Their Memory (Journal Scientific Reports). Suggestions – listen to music, read, play a boardgame, go out to a show, take a walk or watch less tv! For more information, the live link takes you to Andrews’ article.
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Diabetes: Who Me?
Who me? 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Family history is a strong risk factor. Warning signs include frequent urination, feeling very tired, increased thirst, always feeling hungry and more. Be proactive and get screened! Click for more information: American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute of Health.
Do you have the Sitting Disease? Although not a recognized disease, WebMD defines it as the propensity to not get enough physical activity which increases our risk for poor health as we age. Tips: Interrupt sitting with standing for 1-2 minutes, take a walk, use a standup desk, hop on the treadmill or do whatever gets you movin’. For more information click here.
Are CBD shops popping up in your neighborhood? Many states have legalized the non-intoxicating marijuana extract (no THC) although the science is still developing says Webmd who recommends seeking professional Healthcare advice before using. Forbes says CBD sales are expected to be $22 Billion by 2022 with a large portion being sold to seniors and babyboomers treating chronic pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety and others. Note: background articles are live links in this recap.
We See You
Include good health care into your routine starting with regular comprehensive dilated eye exams. Plus lifestyle choices help – eating plenty of leafy dark greens, maintaining a healthy a healthy weight, no smoking , wearing sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes from the sun and more in this National Eye Health Education Program report, Helping Older Adults See Well For a Lifetime.
Is Gray the New Color of Divorce?
Gray divorce accounts for 25% of divorces, nearly twice the historical rate. Reasons include longevity (people living longer don’t want to be unhappy), interests (or lack of common interests), retirement schedules (a spouse may think a sandwich and everyday lunch partner is the norm), sex (interest in, frequency, changes in the physical aspects) and more. To move ahead experts say to develop a new life plan including your self-image, finances, spiritually, interests and more. Embrace, adapt and move forward. Here are a couple of in-depth articles that might help: Facing a Gray Divorce? Watch Out for These 7 Critical Issues by Joe Dillion, Divorce Mediator 10-18-2017 and This is Why Baby Boomers are Divorcing at a Stunning Rate by Angela Moore, 10-20-2018.
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Sing, Sing a Song
Sing a Song for better brain health says research from Johns Hopkins. Singing, listening to music or taking a music lesson are total brain workouts that can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain levels. Plus they improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory. Details are in Keep Your Brian Young with Music from hopkinsmedicine.org
Let’s Go! We are on the move – those 65+ are making 3.2 trips per day (2017) versus 1.8 (1983). Be sure to budget for Transporation costs including vehicle, fuel, maintenance, insurance, roadside plan and/or ride services and public transporation. Additional information in this Forbes.com article, The Big Surprising Cost in Retirement No One Plans For, But Should by Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab CEO.
What’s your NEW today?
What will be your “new” be today? Our brains luv new information as it may slow the aging process says a Univ of Montpellier study. Try a new recipe, book, exhibit, puzzle, restaurant, movie, store or exercise. And let us know – your “new” may inspire us. For more read A New Study Found a Surprising buy Simple Way to Slow Aging and Boost Creativity, Jessica Stillman, inc.com, 2018
Do you have trouble or pain swallowing especially steak, chicken or large bites? It might be dyshpagia (more common as we age) and if it happens often, call your doctor. Risk factors include eating too fast, taking too large of bites or not drinking enough water while eating. And it may be a problem with your esophagus or something else. If minior, steps that can help you include chewing food longer, take longer to eat, don’t eat lying down and drink more water during your meal. Click the familydoctor.org link for in-depth information on Dysphagia.
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Couples see an Increase in Humor
Over the long term as couples age together, humor and affection increased while defensiveness and criticism decreased says a UC Berkley 25-year study published in the Emotion journal. Click the link to the full article, Hang in there. As couples age, humor replaces bickering by Yasmin Anwar, 12-3-2018
Connections Matter as Americans Age Alone
More Americans are aging alone as discussed in this recent The Wall Street Journal article, More Than Ever, Americans Age Alone. We suggest work at staying connected, discover new interests and reach out to someone who may need you. Digital connections count, so invite your connections to join Fantastic55 or other groups that might be of assistance.
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Friends for Better Health
Keeping, making or re-connecting with friends is tougher as we mature, yet is is critical to our health. Reach out and go for coffee, lunch, a walk, tour, class or whatever. Discover shared interests and go forward from there. The Trick to Keeping Friends as We Get Older by Diane Cole, wsj.com gives an in-depth look at “re-potting” friends. The graph shows age on the bottom moving from 15 years to 80 years and hours with others are tracked in multiple colors from Henrik Lindberg; US Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Survey, 2003-20015
Older adults show more positive emotions and more quickly move out of a negative mood as discussed in research from the Association for Psychological Science. See the full article at Why Do Older Adults Display More Positive Emotion? psychologicalscience.org
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