If we want our brains to continue to grow as we age, we need to stimulate fresh brain pathways. Learning something totally new will produce those new neurons and synapses needed to store new skills. Begin by thinking about what you’ve always wanted to do – but never had the time: Play the cello? Write … More Senior Moment or…Something More? Part 4
More women than men are stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. And it isn’t simply because women live, on average, four years longer. Researchers* are investigating if genetic factors and hormonal-related milestones – puberty, pregnancy, and menopause – are triggers. The brain controls all body functions, gobbling up about 20% of our body’s fuel, glucose. Our brains … More Senior Moment or…Something More??? Part 3:
Research shows we are not all destined to slip into dementia as we age. In fact, a study I read* looked at a random sample of the population in the U.S. aged 71 or older and found only 14 % of that group developed dementia. That means 86% were “normal” – not demented. Ta Dah! … More Senior Moment or…Something More??? Part 2:
Part 1: “Just took a class titled Brain Health.” I’m amazed how that simple, casual statement causes a listener’s ears to perk. Are we obsessed as a society with a fear that we will one day succumb to Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, mixed dementia, Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Huntington’s … More Senior Moment or…Something More???
Arizona residents live in perpetual summer – right? Well, actually about half the state is “above the Rim.” That’s the Mogollon Rim – a geological plateau that rises thousands of feet above sea-level, is covered in pine forests, and has a climate very similar to my native Minnesota. And in those forests reside large, wild … More A Science-Fair Project on Steroids
When it comes to taxes, it seems that nothing is truly simple. If you are like most tax-paying patriots, you probably are targeting April 15th of this year as the deadline to “pay up or shut up.” It’s a calendar date almost as memorable as December 25th or the 4th of July. But you’re wrong. … More Tax Day: a Moveable Feast*
In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, Daylight Savings Time arrives followed by the First Day of Spring the following week. Spring has sprung and the itch to “move to a better location” is bound to infect many homeowners. Your neighbors, without so much as a hint, will ring up their local real estate agent … More Movin’ Up*
There’s a new rascal threatening our desire for eternal youth, and the unexpected culprit is (drum rolls please)…your cell phone. Companies that research this sort of thing, for fun and profit, tell us the average person checks their cell phones anywhere from 47 to 85 times a day. And that doesn’t include the five hours … More A New Wrinkle
Lucy, the narcissistic character in the Peanuts cartoon strip, loved to fuss and fume whenever Snoopy gave her a kiss. She would dash in circles, shouting, “Ugh! I’ve been kissed by a dog. I have dog germs. Get some disinfectant. Get some hot water. Get some iodine.” So today’s burning question, with Valentine’s Day (aka … More Kissed by a Dog
Did you know the primary definition of “drone” is a male bee? Also, the continuous low humming sound made by the creature. Did you know the correct name for what most of us call a drone is UAV or Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle? But those humming, buzzing, whirring, rumbling mechanical flying things that swoop around at dawn, … More The Drone that Saved … Christmas?