Aging by Design

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According to Theodore Goldsmith he wrote Aging by Design because, “We cannot hope to understand or most effectively treat and prevent age-related diseases without understanding aging.”

The author covers two modern theories for why we age.  He discusses the pros, cons, and implications for each theory.

  1.  In the programmed aging theories, organisms purposely self-limit their lifespans and processes what amount to suicide mechanisms to accomplish this function.
  2. Aging is the result of the body’s inability to better combat deteriorative processes that affect all organized systems, such as wear-and-tear, oxidation, other molecular damage, or accumulation of toxic byproducts.

Before, reading this book I never considered the benefits of age related research or how that research could help find cures for common diseases that plague mankind.  This book  was eye-opening and put medical research in a whole new light for me.

I highly recommend this book.

Aging and Disability: Transitions into Residential Care

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The book Aging and Disability:  Transitions into Residential Care is full of useful information that is presented in an organized and concise manner.

Here are a few of the main points:

There are certain personality traits that make it easier for people to successfully transition to residential care:  feeling in control of their lives, valuing strong bonds with friends/family, and viewing change as a challenge rather than as a threat.

The features of successful aging are:  having a sense of purpose, interacting with others, opportunities for personal growth, self-acceptance, and autonomy.

Once an individual is placed in residential care, they still need their family.  The family should be available to check on the quality of care their loved one is receiving, provide companionship, and assist with financial management needs.

Play More

Everyone knows playing is important for children, but it is also important for adults.  There are a lot of benefits to playing.

Here are a few examples:

It’s fun.
It’s a great way to reduce stress.
It exercises the brain, improves creativity, and problem solving skills.
It strengthens relationships.

There are a variety of ways adults can participate in playing:  video games, board games, puzzles, sport teams, and host of other activities that could be listed.

Remember to spend time playing today.  It’s good for you.

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Migraine Update

Over the past few months, I have suffered from additional migraines.  However, none of them were severe enough to send me back to the hospital.  For that, I am extremely grateful.

I started studying about migraines, so I can hopefully prevent future attacks.  I learned migraines can be triggered by: stress, alcohol, weather changes, artificial sweeteners, salty foods, lack of sleep, dehydration, and food additives.

I also learned a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce migraine attacks.

I plan to make some serious life changes this year, because living with migraines is pure hell.

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Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom

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Bernice Bloom discusses her weight loss journey, both the success and the failures, in her book Adorable Fat Girl.  The book contains five important tips for successful weight loss.

  • Understand what your body wants
    • Eat when you are hungry, not just because you are bored, lonely, or emotional
    • Eat the foods your body needs to stay healthy
  • Psych yourself in, instead of psyching yourself out
  • Be nice to yourself, treat yourself with respect
    • Consuming large quantities of junk food is hazardous to your health
    • Eating healthy foods is a sign of respect for yourself and your body
  • WAW!  Water and Walking
    • Consuming water is great for your health and can decrease hunger pains
    • Walking is an easy exercise to incorporate into your life
  • Make it a habit

The one thing I really appreciated about this book was the honesty.  The writer admitted how difficult her weight loss journey.  She also explained how to overcome the common stumbling blocks to weight loss, using her own personal experience.

This is a very interesting book and worth reading.