♠ FACT: a vast majority (i.e. 80 % or more) of human cancers arepreventable – rather than being genetically imposed. Our lifestyle (smoking/excess drinking), sun damage, inflammatory diets, and environmental toxins are four leading factors for “self-inflicted” cancerous wounds.
♠ FACT: Obesity is a factor in far too many Americans of both genders (14% for men and 20% for women – according to the American Cancer Society). Oy!
In full disclosure, I voted for Richard Nixon. In retrospect, I agree with some experts that we are losing the “WAR on CANCER” which President Nixon declared 35 years ago. This is tragic!
Hope springs eternal
In a simple yet hard hopeful way – perhaps we can win the War vs. Cancer like we finally offset America’s COVID-19 Pandemic –
T O G E T H E R.
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It is quite timely that today, on June 1st, a majority of Americans have been protected with COVID-19 miracle vaccines. I offer my cameo role in thanking our heroic drug developers and first responders with my virtual Hug!
Remember that hugging, OR just thinking about hugging, is a darned good boost to morale in good times and not-so-good times. We are chemical wonders when we can naturally generate OXYTOCIN – that wonderful hormone for peaceful, easy feelings
As hugs can lead to other intimate acts, THANK YOU Juno for helping couples with weddings and fertility. Face-to-face weddings are here – hopefully to stay!
We are social critters, as the past 15-months of suspended COVID animation reinforced. And now we can row, play pickleball, and interact without MASKS! I did a double-take today in today’s pre-dawn hours as NO masks were needed at the Boathouse.
Can you tell that I am excited about this new month? Here are otther reasons for my happy Midsummer Night’s dreams:
The Boys of Summer are soon to play before full crowds in ballparks around our country.
I can set aside my masked man haberdashery for most summer activities
I can help spread the good word for Men’s Health Month
I will wear Blue on June 18th, 2021
I will see my primary care physician in a few weeks – – – coincidental for Men’s Health Month’s mission:
“to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.”
If lucky, I will get a tad spoiled on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20th), and
We all can celebrate the official first day of Summer on Monday, June 21st. For San Diegans like me, that means that we can revel in 14+ hours of daylight.
Then, let’s all celebrate our Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 24th – which in days of your was the midpoint of growing seasons. YEA for great “VITAMIN P” that is the source of so many vital micronutrients needed to help each of us thrive and strive.
Thank you Juno!
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 is the AARP / Senior Planet celebration of a special Health and Fitness Day.
Why not join other baby boomers across this ZOOM’ed land for FREE Morning Stretches, Fitness workouts, and informational sessions about wearable fitness devices? If you’re like me – you believe that ATTITUDE is a great way to influence our encore years – Right?
Bring your anti-aging Attitude on ANY day that ends in a “Y“! You just might improve your vital Waist to Hip Ratio (WtHR), sleep better, and love the one you’re with as honorary boomer Stephen Stills sang…
As you might have heard in recent BLOG posts, Bo Derek
and Olympic legend Dan Gable
are darned serious about thriving and striving into their 90s! Let’s get serious TOO!
We know that social activities can promote healthy encore lifestyles and longevity. Think dancing, pickleball, and crew (rowing) yup…
Today’s post assuredly hasn’t gone to “The BIRDS”, although I used this BYRDS album title as my lead-in.
And, I tribute that raspy poet Bob Dylan for these iconic lyrics which the BYRDS sang so well:
“…but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now…”
Self-realizations, as we gain life experiences just, might include youthful or childish reexaminations of what is important.
I ask rhetorically – isn’t it fun to be silly or child-like every so often? Dylan reportedly thought that waaaaay back in 1964!
I’ve conveyed the importance of simple yet hard things like:
Playing on the ground as children and Blue Zone centenarians tend to do. One darned good longevity marker is one’s ability to rise from the ground without using hands or support objects! Do check your own SIT to RISE capacity, please!
Or challenging our PROPRIOCEPTION (spatial awareness) to stand on one straight leg with eyes closed. Please wear a helmet if you want to scoot around like Marty McFly in his time travels to show your Proprioception!
Or avoiding stress while investing in one’s physical bank account as much as one’s fiscal savings.
*** Please note the relevant Muddy Waters lyrics too.
BACK PAGE, you ask?
Think of your BACK PAGE as those personal artifacts of your journey. What do you want your BACK PAGE to convey to future reviewers?
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Our merry month of May is known for Derby races, flowers blooming, a Wall Street arguable adage about “invest in May and go away”, plus Mental Health Month. Please don’t go…
I’ll bet a nickel that most boomers hope that equities will continue to climb a wall of worry. And another nickel that most of us “Encore aged” folks in America had some darker than “normal” days in our lockdown year. Are there any takers on my wagers?
But wait, even in the best of times – mental health problems stagger most casual observers and professionals! Three statistics follow for your consideration;
You might [correctly] imagine that Military Veterans, folks in the Criminal Justice System, and minorities are well past tipping points as outliers for UNhealthy mental states. We know more, too!
Now, today’s entry is a layman’s Public Service Announcement (PSA), and hope that readers can know enough about possible symptoms to say something IF they see something. That “something” could be a red flag in a family member, friend, or community member. It could be depression, suicide risk, major sleep problems or PTSD. Knowledge is indeed POWER – in ancient tongues or in modern English.
Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
Trying to harm or end one’s life or making plans to do so
Severe, out-of-control, risk-taking behavior that causes harm to self or others
Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort, or difficulty breathing
Significant weight loss or gain
Seeing, hearing, or believing unreal things
Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality, or sleeping habits
Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
Intense worries or fears get in the way of daily activities.
And, most certainly EXERCISE can help one’s mental health in good times or bad. This British site summarizes the positive role of exercise to improve mental health better than I…And, this infographic about older people and mental health strikes home!
KABOOMER also addresses MANOPAUSE condition with the acronym A D A M for an unhealthy condition that too many gents in my boomer generation suffer.
As I wrote on page 98 of KABOOMER:
“Wither not on your uber-important strength journey to party past 90 years young.”
And then on page 251,
“all of us should produce “T” until we stop breathing, though in diminished levels as we age…”
We want all KABOOMERS to be normal or better PRODUCERS!
I share my KABOOMER bad-boy list about ADAM so that you can readily compare that to Simon’s natural BIGBOY checklist @ Testosteronerd.com.
Here are 16 danger signs and possible ADAM symptoms:
Adverse changes in physical appearance
Body fat gain, particularly abdominal weight gain
Loss of lean muscle tissue
Loss of hair
Wrinkling and drying of the skin
Poor sleep quality or insomnia
Decreased libido, possible erectile dysfunction (ED)
Hot flashes (yup), blushing, and sweating
Aches and pains
Mental functions decline
Nervousness, anxiety, and irritability
You undoubtedly grasp how ADAM (aka Andropause or Manopause) can adversely impact one’s quality of life. If one lets it DROP.
Circling back to Simon’s counterpunches – Go Natural, as far and fast as you can, IF your regular LAB readings for Testosterone at your age are “low.”
Or, to be a bit profane yet true for Guys between regular blood draws; consider Tim Ferris’ interview with Dr. Kelly Starrett in The Tools of Titans,
“if you wake up and you don’t have a boner, there’s a problem. Yes or No?”
Don’t become a “T”-dropper! KABOOM.
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Ah, Springtime… a prime season for flowers and frolicking.
As the classic 1978 Disco song written by Young and Vanda suggests about L O V E,
“it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes…”
This post is rated PG – so don’t skip ahead to look for carnal knowledge or harlequin romance or specifics about Spring as a breeding season for mammals… With that spoiler alert offered, remember that “the stimulus to mate is the result of a photoperiodic response .., which is thought to be controlled by day length.”
Longer days and eventful pillow time in spring’s shorter nights? Sounds like Love can indeed be in the air! We, as consenting adults, know, from KABOOMERand a million + books or scientific articles about wellness, that lovemaking can assuredly help a boomer live better, and perhaps live longer.
Yet, sexual health has a gazillion forces and factors at play that shape foreplay and more …from marketing billboards to bandicoot bedrooms.
As I wrote in KABOOMER, “sex” is what men do to relax, and women need to relax to do…I’m not Doctor Ruth or Doctor Masters or Johnson, or a Relationship Therapist. You’ll be introduced to one of those in a moment.
I had a fairly conservative, almost Victorian upbringing, so I used to nod my noggin when I saw this fluentlyforward.com assertion:
“Sex seems to be in everything…except the list of appropriate conversation topics…”
No Mas! I extend this conversation because Sexual Health and well-being are NOTTABOO. They are appropriate for KABOOMERs to consider!
I share this wonderful post by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) named Megan Harrison. She offers one score and ten  valid reasons for healthy lovemaking from her Couples Candy website.
Megan kindly offered to update that original stimulating article for post-menopausal women, as some of those 30 facts are more relevant for pre-boomers.
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Assuming that I caught your attention with this Good versus EVIL theme – the topic for today’s post is INFLAMMATION.
As you may know, I’ve been an author of monthly NFPT blog posts for almost a year…
My addressal of bodily inflammation as this good news / bad news is summarized in this image- – –
Isn’t it ironic that we desire the “right stuff” of just enough muscular inflammation from exercise to stimulate our cyclical process of repair and growth? As your Koach, I argue that motion to sweat and musculoskeletal motion against resistance to create muscular “micro-tears” are fitness and wellness imperatives for one’s optimal GYM-SPAN. I operationally define GYM-SPAN here for emphasis:
“Gym-span is the expression for extended “gym age” or adjusted fitness age… clients can gain and maintain impressive Gym-spans by stimulating the “just right” degree of inflammation in workouts.” Then, conditional wellness steps can support that restorative process after induced short-term inflammation:
Appropriate absorption of macro-and micronutrients
De-stressing to lower “drip-drip decay” caused by cortisol when cytokine messengers do NOT trigger a restore and grow process :(.
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Before getting to Groundedness and Earth Month ’21 matters – I tip my ballcap to Queen Elizabeth II. Her stately countenance at last week’s funeral for her husband prompted me to ponder, what’s next for this regal widow? One answer was in a newspaper article this week. The Queen advised,
” If you stop…you drop.”
Amen. I offer that this 95-years young ruler is indeed grounded, perhaps like a Beech which is considered to be the queen of native English trees.
Another leader I admire, Teddy Roosevelt, offered a groundedness challenge from his bully pulpit:
“TR” wasn’t just a rough rider, he was an outdoorsy visionary who established our National Park system. We don’t call him the Conservation President for nuttin :). We encore-aged folks get free access to most of our wonderful National Parks!
And, as our Down Under Friends offer, “The main aim is to keep your mind and body connected and working together.”
Whether we seek to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in our global village or stay on our personal journeys for mind-body alignment (aka stamininety) – let’s commit to groundedness to make the best of every moment. And God Save the Queen!
Go barefooted often, breathe mindfully, and stay well past forty.
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I’m excited about this spring’s new romantic comedy titled “SENIOR MOMENT.” One of my favorite actors – Christopher Lloyd, supports the William Shatner character and the delightful Jean Smart in Palm Springs sagas. I don’t know if these folks got their COVID vaccinations, yet I hope so. Sometimes we boomers get an advantage over younger folks, according to Saturday Night Live…
As an aside, I nearly played a cameo role in a sports movie with Christopher Lloyd and the notable James Gandolfini. Yet Galdolfini’s untimely death means that the Best Supporting Actor won’t be moi. Stay tuned for a “10” movie cameo in a few paragraphs.
Just one more aside – – – March and April Madness. John Wooden must be smiling after that ever-memorable semi-final game between GONZAGA and the UCLA Bruins. That overtime thriller was one for the Ages! As I share in my sport of Rowing when my crew doesn’t prevail; we didn’t lose, we just ran out of time… Wowza!
Back to this Spring season and Senior Moments. In a spirit of diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Urban Dictionary also defines “Millenial Moments.” Yup…
As we advance in calendar years, most of us boomers wonder if we’re a bit more forgetful, or experiencing something worse. In full and open disclosure, a client gave me a TILE device to help me find my car key after I missed her training session. Oy… I remake a case that teenagers can also be forgetful.
What we definitely do not want to have are chronic attention deficits that can be precursors to sad and costly dementia diseases, possibly the most common dementia called Alzheimer’s. If a loved one or you seem to frequently forget where those reading glasses or car keys are – please be proactive and address a potential life shortener before it is too late. If/when lapses of memory or cognitive failures impact one’s activities of daily life (ADL) – it is time to seek professional care. As the Alzheimer’s Association advises,
“Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments…”
Some of us are more pre-disposed to mental fog and forgetfulness than others. We can’t choose better parents for our crystal clear mind-fit body alignment or misalignment that we inherited – right?
Yet, we do know that our brains function best when exercise and sleep keep those cranial blood vessels tuned. As the British arm of Alzheimer’s non-profits advises, “regular exercise appears to be one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting dementia.”
I, as your KABOOMER KOACH, believe that counter-dementia focus on EXERCISE without questions. Our amazing human brains need three basic inputs [oxygen, glucose, and restorative rest] to thrive, strive, and hopefully generate neuroplasticity, I implore all to take the appears to be one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting dementia theme of MOTION as MEDICINE seriously for your Encore Years.
Thrive and Strive
Should you hesitate to believe me, perhaps these perfect “10″ – Bo Derek’s – thoughts will inspire you:
Adding to Motion (exercise) – – – other fun ways to keep our inner brain wires humming are; travel, mind games, and enjoying art forms (visual, musical). You might have enjoyed the MASTER’s Golf Tournament this past weekend, with vicarious images of Augusta in springtime. And, I hope that you can soon enjoy Grand Masters artwork in not-too-distant travels.
You’ll have to Drive Route 16 in South Dakota to see for yourself if The Wall Drug Store is a liquor in the front and poker in the rear kinda place.
Fine Arts offer a wonderful way to stay mentally young. As April 24th marks another birthday of the Bard, DO get to a Shakesperian play to celebrate timeless trials, triumphs, and yes – tribulations of amazing personae (take John Falstaff for example). Motion, laughter and the Arts are great for KABOOMER minds and bodies. Don’t be strangers to them as we crawl out of our pandemic pot-hole… And, watch “10” (if you like RAVEL music…) and SENIOR MOMENT this spring.
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