Friday, August 28, 2015

Family Goes On Forever; Only The Players Change

Our oldest daughter and her husband have a daughter who is as lovely as is her name, which is Sarah. Sarah teeters on the brink of change, having left Middle School and all that nonsense behind, and now is (1) a high schooler, a situation that emphasizes (2) the beginning of growing up, with all that is involved in that, both physically, mentally and emotionally. There is also the bodily changes that involve hormones, emotional rides high and low, all of which hits you while you are learning a new school, studying harder than ever before, thinking about dating and the many implications of that, and trying to decide what happens with the rest of your life, should you survive long enough to live it. Oh! And then, there is homework, lots of it because now, you are in high school and nobody coddles you there. Oh, God!

Seniors Often Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Three quarters of a million American citizens - all of them seniors who did not have any intention of harming themselves - wind up in the hospital each year because, through confusion rather than from malicious intent - they poisoned themselves accidently, sometimes nearly to the point of death, and in some cases, too far beyond to be saved.

A study performed by the respected Johns Hopkins University Hospital of Baltimore, MD studied the issue, concluding that seniors are often their own worst enemy because they get confused about what medicines in what quantity, and finally, in their confusion, they take an action that at best makes them very ill and at worst, makes them very dead.

It is a new problem to the United States, as it is to the rest of the industrialized world, where people are living far longer than at any other time in history. That is the good news. The bad news was in the first two paragraphs of this story. Where that leaves seniors - and their families who would like very much to have their ancients live for as long as they can - depends on family resources, a lot of time seeing that older family members come to no harm, and a ton of luck.

We All Get One Life: Make It Last!

One of the most important ingredients in an effort to attain a healthy and long lifestyle is knowing what is important for you to do to help you reach that goal. Not many of us would wish for long life that was limited to how far we could go from our bed connected to a breathing tube. And, like everything else in life, preparation for the future by good planning followed by good execution is everything.

To help seniors and those about to become seniors plan for living a long and healthy period after retirement, the federal government has come up with a program designed to help newly-anointed seniors get help they need for a long and healthy retirement. That old rocking chair might be okay for watching a beautiful sunset, but other than that, today’s aging multitudes have agendas that keep them active, fit and involved. Watch out, because Grandma is learning judo in some government program they call Go4Life.

What Grandma is doing, of course, is staying active which keeps both her brain and her muscles in trim, and creates the exercise patterns that keep her heart and body healthy and operating like Grandma was back in her 40s again. It may be kind of tough on Grandpa, but he should have signed up for the program when she did.

The Future is out of This World

As if we needed a reminder, the Center for Disease Control reminds us that with each new dawning - 365 days a year, every year - another 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. And, in less than two decades from now, the 65 and older population will represent 20 percent of the total national population, and will be focused on heading for a majority percentage somewhere between 2040 and 2050. While you and I will have surrendered our seats at the table long before these things happen, my children and yours as well will be around as national political power via the voting ballot swings to the old and the wise. And, mind you, that is not going to happen only in the United States but in most of the industrialized nations of the world. That's a lot of gray for one old world to carry.

Living in a Popcorn Machine

A growing percentage of Americans suffer from imaginary problems, demonic and otherwise in the end years of life, and most of them, researchers say, are women. Why that is is rife with opinion but thus far, there are no valid answers that hold up under scrutiny. One prevailing theory which appears to be mostly unprovable is that as so many of us become senior, we worry who will be there for us when we die. Aging is filled with anxieties, and it seems there is always room for another one. But when 14% of the national population is worried about what happens to them when they are dead, shouldn't they really be worried about whether they can get out of bed tomorrow?

Discovery Important For Learning And Memory

New findings in mice suggest that the timing when the neurotransmitter acetylcholine is released in the brain’s hippocampus may play a key role in regulating the strength of nerve cell connections, called synapses. Understanding the complex nature of neuronal signaling at synapses could lead to better understanding of learning and memory, and might offer the promise of new and novel treatments for disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. "A change of even a few hundredths of a second in the timing of acetylcholine release can make a difference," said a national researcher. "No one had shown this was important until now."

At The Beginning of Time

At the beginning of time, there was no time. There was light and darkness in the jungle. Life was simple: kill or be killed. If you killed, there was food to eat. If you were killed, you were dinner. There were pockets of men and women who were like you, who ran about naked wielding large clubs, seeking out something small enough to kill and hiding from what was too large to kill, or frightening enough to kill you. Everything was jungle, with paths carved by the big animals you could not kill but who could easily kill you. And then, there was woman.

When Seniors See Demons

Up to 14 percent of aging Americans suffer fear and anxiety as they age, with women being more impacted by these mental concerns than are men. Most find it becomes enough of a concern to impact on their lives, and some require medical treatment. While almost everyone can become frightened by something in life, being continually worried about it happening impacts on mental stability. Is it real or is it imagined?

Take that Rocking Chair And Shove It

Today's seniors are a rambunctious group who do what they wish when they wish to do so, and they take no guff from anybody. And, mostly, they have the experience and the huge numbers to pretty much get what they want from government, which is simply saying, from us. As a senior, a fella's got to like that because as workers, we took orders at work, and when we got home and everywhere else we went. Now, as the majority of folk, we've got the votes to get a fair share of the benefits of living long. Sorta makes a fella want to live a long time, just to keep it going.

Let Me Introduce You To Maria

Maria has been a teacher for 35 years, and loves the work. Her students love her because she cares about them, helps them learn how to learn, is interested in their future and encourages them in a happy, smiling way to which they eagerly respond. But lately, she has been forgetting things-routine things mostly, but sometimes important things. It scares her. Her world seem to be falling apart.