Actively Aging

Actively Aging

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Keeping a Journal Can Help You Live Longer

Keeping a journal or diary is more than just a way to document your experiences and record your thoughts. Recent research shows that journaling is an effective stress relief exercise, and people who write in a diary or other notebook reap both physical and emotional benefits, potentially increasing their longevity.

One recent study published in Psychotherapy Research found that psychotherapy patients who were told to let out their emotions through expressive writing experienced greater reductions in anxiety and depressive symptoms and better progress in psychotherapy when compared to a control group.

Journaling may help you reduce the amount of worrying you do, too. Another study, published in Behavior Modification, showed that expressive writing was associated with significant decreases in generalized anxiety disorder symptoms, including worry and depression.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Thinking Needed to Handle Aging of America

The well-noted aging of the American population will continue long after the Baby Boomer generation crests, posing continuing economic challenges for the country for decades to come, a new congressionally mandated report states.

Not least of all, a consistently older population over the age of 65 will put a severe strain on federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

But the United States does have options that don't guarantee a grim future, according to the report by the National Research Council.These options, however, will require considerable changes in American lifestyles and in how federal programs are structured, the report, Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-Term Implications of an Older Population, stated.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Artist Peter Max Still Hard at Work

He has painted popes, presidents, Beatles and American heroes. His color-blasted, kinetic images have been expanded to 40,000 square feet to cover the hull of a Norwegian cruise ship and shrunk to the size of a postage stamp (for an actual 1974 U.S. Postal Service 10-cent stamp). He has worked on sections of the broken Berlin Wall and at teeming Super Bowl stadiums. 
He has been praised on the covers of TimeLifeNewsweek and the New York Times Magazine, and he has been famous since the 1960s, a decade he defined perhaps better than any other visual artist of the time.
Yes, here he is, the act you've known for all these years, Peter Max — now 79 and working harder than ever, evidence of which is the beautiful Summer of Love commemorative cover wrap AARP The Magazine commissioned for its August/September 2017 issue.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Have You Visited Cracker Barrel? Well, This Retired Couple Has Visited 644 of Them

Do you think that if you've eaten at one Cracker Barrel restaurant, you've eaten at them all?

Then you've never met Ray and Wilma Yoder. The Indiana octogenarians actually have eaten at them all. Well, save for one. And they're getting to that last one — soon.

In a quest that has lasted 40 years and still continues, the Yoders have visited 644 of the 645 Cracker Barrel locations across the country. The only spot they've missed? The Cracker Barrel in Tualatin, Ore.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Airline Mechanic's Career Still Flying After 75 Years

Azriel Blackman has been an American Airlines mechanic for longer than commercial airlines have owned jets. He’s been a mechanic longer than American has been known by its current name. He’s been a mechanic so long that he worked on transatlantic planes that took off from the water. And he’s still working.

Blackman, 91, was honored earlier this month by American Airlines for his 75 years of service, and he still works at Kennedy International Airport in New York five days a week. The airline held a celebration earlier this month as Blackman broke the record for the longest career as an airline mechanic (a distinction that has been certified by Guinness World Records). The company even dedicated a Boeing 777 in his honor.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7 Myths About the Aging Brain Debunked

When it comes to what happens to the brain as it ages, don’t believe everything you hear. There are many myths about the ability of older people to keep their memory and concentration in tip-top shape. 
There is no evidence that brain games, for example, live up to their promise of better mental acuity. That’s one finding in a new report by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars and policy experts that was convened by AARP.
Here are some of the myths the GCBH examined and why they’re wrong:
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Rockin' Grandmom Is Shredding Aging Stereotypes

An 81-year-old guitar-slinging Singaporean granny has shredded stereotypes to pursue her love of rock music, becoming a sought-after performer and unlikely internet sensation.Mary Ho's late-flourishing career will reach its zenith Wednesday when she performs in front of a huge crowd at Singapore's National Day Parade, marking 52 years of the city-state's independence. Grandmother of seven Ho only started playing the guitar at 60, fulfilling a lifelong dream to learn the instrument. 
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Grandmother Recreates Drive-In Experience for Today's Kids

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s drive-in we go?! Yes, there is such a thing for an Ohio family. Using her creativity and imagination, a grandmother turned her backyard into an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater for about a dozen children.
A big screen plus decorated cardboard cars with customized license plates that serve as seating were just the beginning. Sherry Pratt topped it all off with popcorn and candy.
The 49-year-old explained to ABC News that she got the idea while scrolling through Amazon. “[I] saw these movie projectors, and it hit me,” she said. "I thought, Wouldn’t it be fun to have an outdoor movie night?" 
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Monday, July 31, 2017

15 Things To Know About Blood Pressure As You Age

When Raymond R. Townsend, M.D., was in medical school in the 1970s, the formula for blood pressure was simple. "Doctors were taught that the normal top blood pressure number was 100 plus a person's age," says Townsend, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "We now know that numbers even close to that high — as you get older — are very dangerous." 

Research has come a long way, but there's still controversy about optimal levels, the best treatments and even how to measure blood pressure. There's no debate, however, that high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, stroke, vision problems, even dementia. 

Here are 15 must-know facts about high blood pressure that just might save your life.

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