♠ 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…
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!