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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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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Say No to Ageism - Stephen Richards

“When we age we shed many skins: ego, arrogance, dominance, self-opinionated, unreliable, pessimism, rudeness, selfish, uncaring ... Wow, it's good to be old!” ― Stephen Richards

Friday, July 28, 2017

Positive Attitude Can Help You Live Longer

It's a well-known fact that being optimistic and focusing on emotional wellness seems to reduce stress. But did you know that a glass-half-full kind of attitude can offer even more tangible health benefits? 

Research has found, for instance, that an upbeat attitude, or happiness, can help lessen the burden of chronic pain, say from arthritis, or even reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

In fact, some experts now think that staying positive can help you live longer. In an intriguing study done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researchers followed a group of people for 30 years. They found that those who were originally classified as "optimistic" on a standard personality test turned out to be 20 percent less likely to suffer an early death than those classified as "pessimistic."

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Voters 50+ Show Little Support for Republican Health Care Plans

AARP conducted a survey in eight states, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, West Virginia, among 50+ likely voters to explore attitudes towards the American Health Care Act and the policies included in this bill.
Key findings include the following:
  • There is little support for the American Health Care Act.  One-third of 50+ likely voters support this bill. In addition, a sizeable number of 50+ likely voters say they do not know whether they support or oppose this bill. 
  • There is strong opposition towards the policies included in the bill. Across political parties, majorities of likely voters age 50+ oppose policies such as charging older Americans five times more for health insurance, charging those with pre-existing conditions more, and reducing funding for Medicare and Medicaid. 
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Willie Nelson Talks Pot, Politics, and the American Dream

In an interview with The Washington Post aboard his tour bus, Willie Nelson urged Americans to bridge what he calls a great divide in politics. The 84-year-old also asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open his mind on drug policy.
Nelson, a marijuana advocate and purveyor, strongly disagrees with Sessions's statement in March that marijuana dependency is "only slightly less awful" than heroin dependency.
Nelson said Sessions should "try heroin and try marijuana and then call me and let me know if he still thinks it's the same thing and one is as bad as the other."
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Daily Does of Pot May Protect, Heal Brain, New Study Shows

Despite your average Shaggy and Scooby-style stereotypes, researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life.
Researchers at the University of Bonn and Hebrew University have discovered that low, regular doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main active ingredients or cannabinoids found in marijuana, may help to keep our brains from 'slowing down' as we get older. 
Published today in the journal Nature Medicinethe German study revealed that while younger mice suffered a performance drop under the influence of THC, the psychoactive chemical gave older mice a considerable performance boost, even putting them on par with younger mice who'd abstained.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Say No to Ageism - Melvyn Bragg

Too old at 72? 

Careful. Ageism is out. 

We'll have the law on you!             

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grandparents Are Filling the Gaps in Drug-Ravaged Families

Pamela Livengood was happily embracing her status as a new grandmother when suddenly she became the primary caregiver for her daughter's 2-year-old son.
"It was quite an adjustment," said Livengood, 55, of Keene, N.H. "I wasn't ready to go back to changing diapers and getting up in the middle of the night. I thought all that was behind me. But my daughter and the baby's father got caught up in using opioids right after Francis was born. He needed me."
In Maine, about 8 percent of babies are born to women who are addicted to opioids and other drugs, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The number of children raised solely by grandparents in that state rose 24 percent between 2010 and 2015. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million people are raising grandkids, according to census data. That number is rising rapidly as more parents are jailed, are forced into treatment centers or die from overdoses, according to testimony at a recent aging committee hearing.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Say No to Ageism - Cyndi Lauper

There's ageism in everything. I don't give a hoot. It isn't what other people think; it's what you think. But it's hard to come to terms with getting older. I admire people like Vivienne Westwood. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A New Model for the Future of Aging

In the United States, about 10,000 people turn 65 each day, and one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2030. Globally, the number of people age 60 and over is projected to leap from about 900 million in 2015 to 2 billion by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. 

Between 2000 and 2050, the 80-and-older cohort will almost quadruple, and those 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 14. It should be noted that many experts see these demographic predictions as too modest. In the wake of the decoding of the human genome, even longer lives and larger aging populations may be just ahead.

We envision a future that advances public health, creates age-friendly homes and communities, enables lifelong learning, work and entrepreneurship, and promotes purposeful engagement and volunteerism.

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