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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Thanks, Coach! I’m certain to seek a fuller life, looking ahead to new challenges in my encore years. I’ll remember my Gap Year, as I’m sure that you will.
Let’s remember that too much of a good thing, too quickly may NOT be wonderful.
Your and my encore-age journeys for fresh, springy steps and motion should be deliberate, measured, and safe.
Today’s Wall Street Journal column by Anne-Marie Chaker offered some easing reminders to get one’s MOJO back in our great outdoors. Her summary observations and recommendations are totally in-stride with KABOOMER themes:
Get your Rest
Eat Clean nutrients
Include resistance training, and
Add variety as a good Mix-It-Up.
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Today is a special shout-out day for gender equality – International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge.
In my lines of work, I hopefully enable and I definitely admire women’s demonstrated fitness, persistence, and achievement.
I’m blessed that I get to endure athletic events without OMNIS VIRIS as a mantra. In Rowing, some of my crews’ highest achievements have been in mixed boats.
I hesitate to mention a MADMEN commercial from 1968 which some readers may remember – Virginia Slims’ You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – as it was tobacco-related. Yet it well reflected the times that were a-changin’ in those roaring 60s. Recall dramatic societal shifts, Woodstock, anti-war movements, and technological advances like birth control pills. “The ad campaign successfully captured the zeitgeist of the United States at that time with an image of a confident, tall, slender, pants suit-wearing woman on the go, mirroring the country’s mainstream awareness of the women’s rights movement…”
Half a century later – on this #IWD21 I ponder what the spirit(s) of our time is/are… I hope that WE (in the universal sense) can leverage today’s societal/cultural shifts and technological advances to help more and more of US live longer and live better.
This spirit of mine transcends pandemics. It is rooted in soft skills like empathy, motivation, self-actualization, and self-realization.
I commend this British gent’s sentiment and slogan’ed T-Shirt!
It also has taproots in immunity-boosting motives of diet and exercise.
I tip my cap to women. I envy their relative demographic survivability over “my” gender. I think enough of this distinction that the first exemplar I wrote in KABOOMER was “never quit trying ” Dolly Parton. And, I admire each and every female baby boomer who reaches for that little bit extra to KABOOM.
When preparedness meets opportunity, campaigns (however long they can become) can end in victory. The century-long struggle by women for Equal Rights in the USA finally overcame OMNIS VIRIS and truly made US better together. Most women I am privileged to know are “on the go”, confident, and aware. And they don’t smoke Virginia Slims today.
We should all choose to challenge. Every one of us should capitalize on preparedness.
Family members and many friends truly made the start of my 69th solar lap one of the best days of my life. More about my contemplations and introspective thoughts about physical banking in a bit. Stay tuned, please.
Onward! My wife and I can now count ourselves among fortunate CALI “seniors” who have received their double-barrel COVID vaccinations. As one of my informal public service announcements – I offer this fine ATLANTIC weblink for what vaccinations do not and DO mean for each and all:
“When deciding what you can and can’t do, you should think less about your own vaccination status,
and more about whether your neighbors, family, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, and friends are still vulnerable to the virus…
Getting vaccinated means that your choices no longer endanger you much, but they still might make you a risk to everyone else.”
As we individually and collectively near the one-year anniversary of our Patient “0” death from COVID-19; I recall and relay a public service reminder:
We can through this TOGETHER.
An Encore Performance?
Now, for my introspection and contemplation as I gauge the last third of a wonderful life. Circling back briefly to a Marine hero who didn’t survive Iwo Jima – Sergeant John Basilone. As this Medal of Honor recipient led from the front across black sands, he challenged his Marines to respect their enemies.
In a far different, yet functionally same manner, I reflect today that I respect three insidious “Ss” of aging:
I don’t fear any or all of this devilish trio. Yet I respect what any of these “Ss” or all can do to devastate an elder and possibly here or his family members and friends.
Holding each of these “Ss” at bay with motion as medicine, accident insurance, mind-body alignment, and the other elements of our KABOOMER Physical Bank –
I want these climactic last years of mine to be special. They will be if I can inspire others to Join the KABOOMER Movement, to thrive and strive longer than many of our peers. As I’ve written and shared in many podcasts, it is my goal to be a notable mortality outlier in Social Security actuarial numbers.
Sure, what I do can seem like work. Yet, work is the basis of both Frosty banks – fiscal and physical!
I’ll close on this last Friday of February with a Hebraic good story (Godspell) phrase: Live long and prosper.
With the Day of Cupid in our rear-view sights, we can and should still relish those XXXOOO symbols for lovin’ spoonfuls:.
How about the OX paired letters? As in this new Chinese Lunar Year of the OX?
I learn new things every day, such as this is now the Year of the METAL OX, according to CNN.com Travel and fengshui expert, Thierry Chow. Wait wait for her prescient thoughts about syringes and movement – – –
“The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021.
“The ox, …is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.”
I am a big fan of 15-day Festivals to begin a New Year. Although as a Vietnam-era veteran, the synonym TET for Lunar New Year brings back unhealthy memories. This year’s Lunar Festival ends on February 26th – occasionally called the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
As I penned, this is a good time to consider Xs and Os, and sturdy, moving Oxen…
Why don’t we all party on to celebrate this NEW Year of Metal, successful syringe Vaccinations, and Movement as really GOOD medicine?
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How did I choose an overweight, flawed, and boastful character from the Bard for today’s weblog?
Well, February IS Heart Health Awareness Month. Though Sir John Falstaff fell in battle; he likely would have died prematurely from clustered Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) effects or Cardiovascular problems if a battle hadn’t taken him to his fictional grave at Agincourt. And, our tickers’ pumping of oxygen and nutrients to certain male and female body parts is plainly sexual health, or what our World Health Organization (WHO) cites as “an integral part of our overall health, well being and quality of life.”
If you don’t think that the name of this supporting actor is a play on words – consider some Falstaff bawdy-sounding associates:
Ancient Pistol (his sidekick)
Mistress Nell Quickly (from our world’s oldest profession), and
Miss Doll Tearsheet…
Guys – what about ancient pistols? Or flagging mast? Fallen staff? Or that dreaded acronym “ED” for age-related erectile dysfunction?
Bear with me as I cite a book title that rhymes with venus or genus… by Urologist Aaron Spitz, who shares facts about Flags and Blood flow in an 11-minute segment of ED 101. Erector sets decrease steadily with age IF a boomer doesn’t work naturally and diet well to improve his blood flow to erogenous zones.
‘Tis sad yet true that ED increases with age – at about a 10% statistical increase per decade after males’ middle ages. Thus, by age 70, about 70% of the male population experiences chronic ED.
Might there be a holy grail for sexual super-aging without enduring injections, implants, or pumps? Millions of men can certainly hope so. Dr. Spitz cites a pilot study for mice and men taking the natural “neuroceutical” Revactin. Time may tell if this compound is safe and effective…
One of this compound’s natural ingredients is L-Citrulline, which athletes like me take as supplements for increased blood flow and increased levels of Nitric Oxide. Somme who can tolerate Beet Juice and Spinach may eat these Vitamin “Ps” for similar gains.
Let’s review those five root causes of fallen staffs:
Narrowed arteries: if you believe in early warning signs, ED may actually be a lifesaver if you act before a cardiac event or stroke occurs!
Lower sensitivity, thus more stimulation may be warranted before carnal knowledge can be found.
ADAM – remember manopause caused by lowered testosterone [T] levels? We acknowledged and considered ADAM in an important KABOOMER appendix… ADAM is the acronym for Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male.
Oxidative Damage from poor diet, stress, environmental toxins, or even exercise. Bodily capacity to produce Nitric Oxide (the good “NO”) decreases with age, converse to accumulated increases in free radical damage.
Excessive drug use or alcohol consumption.
Quoting Appendix C of KABOOMER:
“Testosterone or “T” is an organic chemical messenger
(C19H28O2) with just carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Nothing
too sexy about those elements?! This controller is generated
by male testes or by female ovaries, plus adrenal glands for
all. Unless an abnormal factor arises, all of us should produce
“T” until we stop breathing, though in diminished levels
as we age. Testosterone is hopefully, and naturally, present
in the right concentrations for both men and women who wish
to maintain and build skeletal muscle, and to support red blood cell production.
And to churn butter better, bandicoot,
belly-bump (for one position), or better dance in the sheets.
Remember Mr. T on television’s A-Team? Well, the real Mr. T
as a KABOOMER suggests that we “Pity the Fool” who doesn’t
work naturally to boost his or her T. This alphabet letter T is
key to the livelihood of both genders. Yup…
Takeaway? Resistance training (with diet and sleep) can offset andropause effects on us … Lift. Work. Sinews. Vigor.
Viagra may not be necessary if you hit the weights, eat clean,
Dr. Spitz asserts that “it’s never too late.” KABOOM.
Gents: Please don’t emulate Falstaff, who try as he might, didn’t please two ladies in Merry Maids of Windsor.
Stay lean and fit to please your bandicoot partner for far longer than your peers.
Sadly, our American killing field of Heart Disease is unlevel. Two statistical  examples of canted cardio-deaths are:
Males suffer more heart diseases than females.
African Americans die from heart disease more frequently than Whites.
As your Koach, I try to set an example of healthy heart living, with NO Smoking, exercise, clean eating, and de-stressing as much as humanly possible whatever life throws me. Recall from KABOOMER that Diets are a leading cause of death in America, Double Oy.
Both my Mom had Dad had congestive heart failures which accelerated their funerals. It is very likely that you too know someone near and dear whose heart health was sub-par.
Simple to say, yet regrettably hard to change our inherited or ingrained ways. Yet, yes we can as this dual NIH graphic suggests!
Heart Health is critical to your KABOOMER physical Banking for increased stamina and “stayin’ alive.”