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Think About It . . .

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. . .after a few short weeks in captivity,

dolphins train people

to stand at the edge of the pool

and toss fish at them.

Heel Pain Follows Aging

As fat grams and low-fat foods consume Americans’ thinking about the cuisine they love, there’s a
part of the body that can’t function without significant fat. The heel and ball of the foot require
healthy fatty deposits for shock absorption to cushion the impact of walking and exercise. The
heel hits the ground with a force 10 to 15 percent above body weight, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Heel pain is natural for seniors because there’s loss of muscle tone and atrophy of the foot’s fatty
deposits. This is no excuse to go out and splurge on ice cream sundaes because there’s nothing people can eat to replenish fat on the bottom of their feet. It’s just something people need to be aware of as they
age.

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November 25, 2022 at 2:00 am

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Tablemate . . .

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. . . said the newly arrived lady

was a bookkeeper for a dozen years

before moving here.

She had our concierge return it to the library.

Hedonism Can Boost Longevity

Indulging in wine, chocolate and sweet snacks in moderation can actually help increase your
longevity, according to a British psychopharmacologist.

Dr. David Warburton of Reading University in Reading, England, said, “These substances have
a mild effect on the pleasure pathways of the brain, resulting in the improvement of mood. A good
mood lessens stress and helps strengthen the immune system. And research shows that people
who are happy on a regular basis are healthier and live longer.”

Warburton does not advocate giving up exercise and sound nutrition. But he does encourage
more leeway for indulging in life’s small delights. “I really worry that the health-conscious world
may be going overboard,” he says. “A too-severe, restrictive approach to pleasure produces a climate that encourages negative emotions and, ultimately, poorer health. You might say that we are advocating a life of moderate hedonism.”

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November 23, 2022 at 2:00 am

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If The Head Of Ikea . . .

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. . . ever gets elected president of Sweden,

I wonder how long it will take

to put his cabinet together.

Move Quickly to Reclaim Identity

More than 9 million cases of identity theft are estimated to occur each year and adults older than 60 — married women especially — are among the most likely victims. You can minimize the consequences of identity fraud if you act quickly should your important
documents or numbers, such as Social Security, credit cards or bank accounts, fall into someone else’s hands.
Your first step is to call the police and ask for a crime report. Attach copies of the report to letters you will send to credit-card companies and banks.
Replace your credit and debit cards with news ones, with new numbers, and close your checking account, too, and open a new one.
Check your credit report with Equifax, Experian and TransUnion for unfamiliar charges and ask that you be contacted if anyone tries to establish credit in your name.

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November 18, 2022 at 2:00 am

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Apropos Of Nothing . . .

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. . .do you think

if cannibals ate a clown,

it would taste funny?

Getting Fatter Not Inevitable With Aging

Contrary to popular wisdom, getting fatter is not inevitable for those over 50.

The weight most of us put on after 50 results more from overeating and under-exercising than
from any ‘natural’ aging process, according to a report out o Vanderbilt University.

However, nutritional needs and metabolism do change after 50.

For instance, coping well with stress is an effective way to combat “apple” fat, which is the type
of excess weight most tend to gain after 50. Apple fat is the kind deep in the upper torso and
around the waist that leaves you round like an apple. This type of fat distribution has been linked
to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and, in women, to breast cancer.

Developing a repertoire of nonfattening stress-relievers, such as doing crossword puzzles or phoning an old friend or praying and meditating or getting a weekly massage, is recommended to prevent
stress from redistributing even more fat to your middle.

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November 17, 2022 at 2:00 am

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When The Folks Around Here . . .

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. . . get to discussing exercise,

I just tell them I’m into resistance training.

I refuse to go to the gym.

Older Couples Share Dental Habits

Couples who have been together a long time tend to have similar dental habits, according to a study conducted by the University of California and the University of North Carolina.

A person with dental neglect is 32 times more likely than others to have a partner with neglect and a person without neglect is 5.4 times more likely to have a similar partner. Persons who are “in denial” about their oral health are 1 to 1 1/2 times more likely to have a similar partner.

Results of another poll by the Sacramento-based California Dental Association include the following:

— Blue is the most preferred color for toothbrushes;

— 47 percent of Americans wet their toothbrushes before applying paste;

— Americans spend an average of 911 hours brushing their teeth during their lifetimes;

— The average number of dental visits in a lifetime is 142, and

— 4 percent of American adults think they have periodontal disease — in reality, closer to 75 percent do.

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November 10, 2022 at 2:00 am

From High School Science . . .

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. . .we were taught the universe

is made up of protons and neutrons and electrons.

But no one ever mentioned the

limitless and ever-increasing number of morons.

Men “Bulletproof” Until Mid-40s

A major health concern in this nation is the fact that many men in their 50s and older haven’t seen
a doctor in years.

With the aging of the baby boomers, more than 150,000 men a month are turning 50 from coast to coast.

“Up until around 45, men are basically bulletproof, so there’s little need to see a doctor,” according to Dr. Gordon Ehlers of Denver. “Men also are not conditioned, as women are, to have annual checkups. All of which leads to a large segment of the population who does not know about or use the health-care system.”

That changes after about 45 because of three critical ailments that begin to emerge – joint deterioration, cancer, and heart disease. The last is the number-one killer around the world.
But the biggest health-care problem is that men who have reached this age do not visit doctors
regularly.

The first critical move for men in this cohort is to begin with an annual general physical exam to screen for general problems, such as stress and anxiety.

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November 3, 2022 at 2:00 am

The Concept of Zero . . .

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. . . has always baffled me.

For example,

if you have two choices

and you take one option away,

you’re left with zero choices.

Shortage of Medical Staff

The aging population not only is creating more demand for medical services, it’s also accelerating the shortage of doctors and nurses as they approach retirement age.

As the 65-and-over population grows by almost 50 percent over the next decade, almost the same percentage of doctors will join that phalanx during the same period.

We expect to be almost 140,000 physician short of what we need by 2033, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, reports Bottom Line.

To protect yourself, you can look for a younger doctor to care for you should your current physician b e close to retirement. You also can seek a primary care physician affiliated with a group practice so there will be a medical doctor in-house to serve you should your current doctor leave.

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October 27, 2022 at 2:00 am

How Do Knowitalls . . .

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. . .know when

they know it all?

Obesity Weighs Heavily on Elderly

When people think of poor health in the older-adult population, images of frail and underweight individuals often come to mind. But nutritionists and health professionals on both sides of the Atlantic have noted an overlooked “obesity epidemic” affecting more than 30 percent of adults over 60 years of age.

The issue of a few extra pounds pale by comparison for many people when they consider such other old-age issues as dementia, chronic disease, lifestyle limitations, and money woes. Physicians may avoid talking about obesity with their older patients because they think it may be too late to encourage a change in health behavior, experts say.

Here are some facts.

— One in four people older than 50 is considered obese.

— Slightly more than half of adults 50 and older reported being asked during routine medical check-ups about physical activity or exercise. The likelihood of being asked about exercise during a routine check-up declined with age.

— Only one-third of adults 65 and older get the daily recommended level of exercise.

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October 24, 2022 at 2:00 am

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People Keep Asking . . .

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. . . why I take so many naps.

Because, I tell them,

it prevents aging,

especially when you take them

when you’re behind the wheel.

Listen to Communicate with Alzheimer’s Victims

A friend has a running gag in which he tells someone he received a solicitation for a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association but he forgot where he put it. It’s his form of gallows humor to forget the fact that some 5 million Americans are victims of this disorder.

The AA urges victims to be candid about their disease and, at the appearance of its signs, to discuss their symptoms with relatives and friends. Maintaining open lines of communication with people facing dementia are critical to keeping victims, caregivers, relatives and friends on as even a keel as possible as disabilities progress.

The first of a half dozen steps recommended by the AA to everyone around an Alzheimer’s sufferer is to listen. And let the sufferer know they are listening, are being patient, and are trying to understand what he or she is saying.

Many times the emotions being expressed by the victim are more important than the words used. Tone of voice can help you search for the feelings behind the phrases. If you don’t understand what’s being said, ask  the Alzheimer’s-afflicted person to point or gesture to let you know what he or she wants.

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October 18, 2022 at 2:00 am

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Even At This Age . . .

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. . .an old buddy was worried

about an on-line date he’d made.

I suggested they meet in a gym

and if she didn’t show up

then he’d know they wouldn’t work out.

Positive Attitude Negates Arthritis Pain

Millions of Americans live with arthritis, which occurs in more than 100 forms and at varying levels of severity. But not everyone copes in the same way, even among those with similar signs and symptoms.

People with a positive, proactive attitude are likely to experience less pain and fewer limitations from their arthritis than those who are more negative. And when people feel in control, they’re more likely to use medical-treatment options effectively, medical experts report..

The following are some healthy lifestyle measures that can help people cope with arthritis.

–Reduce stress, because stress increases muscle tension than can worsen arthritis pain. This can set off a cycle of increased pain, decreased ability to function, and more stress.

–Take time to relax in a variety of ways; meditation and prayer can calm your minds while massage or slow and deep breathing help relax muscles. Exercise, such as yoga or tai chi, often enhances relaxation.

–Understand your pain by learning the difference between pain associated with general joint discomfort and what is caused by joint overuse.

–Know when to rest. The feeling of fatigued joints may be a signal to back off or change activities. Painful, inflamed joints may require total rest temporarily or even an immobilizing splint. Whole body rest also is important. If you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, talk to your doctor about strategies to improve sleep. During the day, rest before you become too tired.

–Use “assistive” devices, such as as jar openers, specially designed kitchen knives, devices to extend your reach, and aids to help you dress, to make common daily tasks less harmful to your joints.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 16, 2022 at 3:00 am