♠ 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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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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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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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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