Here are some of the fascinating articles BA50 found for you.
“Anything you are emotionally attached to can affect the brain,” Tanzi said. “Music memory can activate the brain. In a nursing home, you might see a moderate-to-advanced Alzheimer’s patient suddenly at the piano playing music and singing, even if they haven’t uttered a sentence in weeks.” From boston.com: A “Rock Star” Harvard Professor Just…
“Examples of positive epidemics include the spread of good viruses that protect their hosts instead of harming them or even beneficial social phenomenons like the use of agriculture technology spreading among humans.” From UpWorthy.com: Did You Know That Positivity is Literally Contagious?
“Many studies have previously found that older adults who are physically active have better quality of life and a lower risk of mortality. Regular exercise is associated with prevention of early death, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers.” From Sciencebeta.com: Older Adults Who Lift Weights Live Longer
“Rosacea, the facial redness affecting millions of Americans, may be linked to a higher risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. However, the study authors were quick to stress that people with rosacea should not be overly worried about the finding.” From Health.com: Study Suggests This Skin Condition Is Linked to Alzheimer’s Risk
“Medicare is reducing a year’s worth of payments to 758 hospitals, including some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in the country, with the highest rates of infections and other potentially avoidable complications, including blood clots after surgery, bed sores, hip fractures and sepsis.” From the New York Times: How Medicare Penalizes Hospitals For…
“Researchers at theMelbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that when work for people 40 and older exceeds 25 hours per week, there is a negative impact on cognition.” From HuffingtonPost.com: Why Part-Time Work May Be the Healthiest Option For Those Over 40
“To say that drinking juice detoxifies the body isn’t quite the same as claiming leeches suck out poisons, but it’s fairly close.” From the New York Times: Fancy Juice Doesn’t Cleanse the Body of Toxins
Grab the earplugs and get the Led Zeppelin tee shirts out from the attic, we’re going to a rock concert! From the Telegraph.com: Attending Live Music Events “Reduces Your Levels of Stress Hormones,” Study
“For starters, catching Zzs is like a dishwasher for your brain.” From RealSimple.com: 7 Surprising Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sleep
“The concept that carbs are evil can be put to bed with one statement: All vegetables and fruits are carbohydrates.” From lifereimagined.com: Why Some People Can Eat More Carbs Than Others
“Sometimes it can just be a matter of ‘turning a page,’ adding a new element, or simply re-examining your path. Whatever you call it, it turns out that changing things up can have a good effect.” From WomensVoicesForChange.org: On the Bright Side: Reinvention – at Midlife, Small Changes Go Far
Contrary to popular belief, exercising does not give you a free path to the “I will never get osteoporosis” line. From the New York Times: Exercise is Not the Path to Strong Bones
“For centuries, doctors explained migraines as a woman’s problem caused by emotional disturbances like hysteria, depression or stress.” And yes, we all know that is NOT true! From the New York Times: Women’s Emotions Do Not Cause Migraines
“While evidence remains insufficient to definitively recommend only whole-fat dairy, it certainly is robust enough not to recommend only low-fat dairy.” So, don’t throw out your low-fat frozen yogurt just yet. From CBSNews.com: Are Full-Fat Dairy Foods Better For You After All?
“Pairing up with a brainy lady acts as a ‘buffer’ against the disease, the Daily Mail reports.” We’re not sure how that helps the woman, though. From yahoonews.com: Why Marrying An Intelligent Woman Helps Protect Against Dementia
“Applewhite rails against greeting cards that make fun of saggy skin and lost keys – the view of aging as nothing but decline. ‘Why should I accept the notion that the present-day me is inferior to the younger me?’” From the Washington Post: It’s No Longer Okay to Be Sexist Or Racist. She Asks…
An online chat took place in the UK this past week regarding how to make the best use of older people’s skills, knowledge and experience. The discussion and the comments were very interesting and thought-provoking. From The Guardian: How Can We Build A Better Society For Older People?
“The subject of the most recent Field Notes column tackled some crucial questions one should ask before going down the aisle. In the comments section and on Facebook, readers offered additional questions one might ask a partner.” From the New York Times: How Well Do You Know Your Partner? Readers Offer Still More Pre-Marriage…
“The more people are aware of this condition, Heymann said, the stronger their likelihood of saving their own lives or the lives of their loved ones.” From HuffingtonPost.com: Patty Duke’s Death Announcement Is a Milestone For Sepsis Awareness