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High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia – NYTimes.com

Sugar, salt and animal fat (mostly cholesterol) are the mainstay of the American diet.   These three main ingredients are omnipresent–avoiding them is nearly impossible.

As the baby boomers reach their golden years, especially in the aftermath of the recent deep and long recession, the retirement years will be lean for millions of them.  Lean in terms of resources and lean in terms of access to lean and healthy foods which are usually more expensive, harder to cook or keep in the fridge and requiring more frequent shopping as vegetables and fruits do not keep well on the counter or in the fridge.

Behavioral health, lifestyle and diet will have a much greater impact than so called healthcare reform and access to health insurance will.  Health insurance gets you medical care, in a system that is not proactive nor preventive.  The danger is that we will not change our health habits and that access to health care will only mean greater utilization of services…   Indeed,  the baby boomers will be a tremendous cost to the healthcare system and their Rock and Roll attitude may not bode well for their aging lifestyle and healthcare risk.

“People with diabetes face an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a connection scientists and physicians have worried about for …”

via High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: ACA and Medicaid, access to education, Aging, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Demographic Change, Health and Exercise, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, , , ,

Suicide Rate Rises Sharply in U.S. – NYTimes.com

Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm.

via Suicide Rate Rises Sharply in U.S. – NYTimes.com.

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Suddenly, They’re All Gone – NYTimes.com

As the baby boom generation we have had all the benefits that come from the exercise craze and the health food awareness diet bonanza.  We have learned to drink skim milk, munch wholewheat bread, and eat our veggies…  Others have taken it further and have gone stock, lock and barrel into the Whole Foods, or “whole paycheck” abyss.

But it is not so much healthy living that is our biggest challenge… Perhaps it is facing mortality while seeing the previous generation die right before us… Since they were so much more likely to abuse salt, sugar and tobacco, their gerontological downfall is not pretty…  But the idea that life ends so absolutely, and that their life, perhaps, ends with relatively little meaning or impact, that kills us…  We are the baby-boomers and we learned to question everything, and we are perhaps the most spoiled generation….  If you think about black and white TV, how many toys kids got for the holidays prior to the 1960s and beyond,  you see a picture of how colorful our lives have been…. The end, however, may not have changed much for us … and when we see our loved ones leaving we have to face their mortality in a post modern world that is perhaps more complex, less spiritual and simply busy.

The Policy ThinkShop recommends the following read in the NYTs for those of us who are being forced to see and feel the inevitable end though our eyes and our nostrils…

“Caring for the old is just like parenting an infant, only on really bad acid. It’s all there: the head-spinning exhaustion, the fractured brain, the demands and smells. Only this time with the knowledge that it won’t …”

via Suddenly, They’re All Gone – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: Aging, Blogosphere, Culture Think, Death and Dying, faith-based, Health and Exercise, Health Literacy, Parenting, Religion, WeSeeReason, , , , , , ,

For the Aging Rocker in you: The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker

Interesting conversation between the boys in the Led Zeppelin on their stairway to heaven and the Stones on their cloud!  The same cloud today’s aging baby boomers won’t get off of and bad boy Jagger peers out from as he may feel less and less “cool” as marihuana becomes legal and eventually boring in more and more states.  The Stones have not changed and Rock and Roll is relevant and cool to less and less Americans.  Yes, those of us over 50 have now definitely become “them”.

The world has changed beyond recognition since British Rock absconded with the mojo resting in the soul of American Blues.  Read this little ditty from the New Yorker and smother your aging enthusiasm in the blossom of bad boy nostalgia …

“Two of the landmark sixties British blues bands, likely the two that mattered most, are rounding out their stories. Led Zeppelin reunited briefly in December of 2007 for a show at London’s 02 Arena that’s …”

via The legacies of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin : The New Yorker.

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Reverse Mortgages Costing Some Seniors Their Homes – NYTimes.com

The very loans that are supposed to help seniors stay in their homes are in many cases pushing them …

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Filed under: Aging, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Election 2012, Feminization of Poverty, Gender Policy, Medicare, Mortgages, News, , ,

The next crisis: Sponging boomers | The Economist

ANOTHER economic mess looms on the horizon—one with a great wrinkled visage. The struggle to digest the swollen generation of ageing baby-boomers threatens to strangle …

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Lawmakers Offer Bipartisan Plan to Overhaul Medicare – NYTimes.com

A Democratic senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and a Republican member of the House, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, unveiled a bipartisan plan on Wednesday to revamp Medicare and make a fixed federal contribution to the cost of coverage for …

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Q&A – Authors on Aging Boomers and Housing Options – NYTimes.com

The 72 million American baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are turning 65 at the rate of roughly 10,000 a day, and many are considering not just how to age …

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Senescent Cells Are Linked to Diseases of Aging, Study Finds – NYTimes.com

In a potentially fundamental advance, researchers have opened up a novel approach to combating the effects of aging with the discovery that a special category of cells, known as senescent cells, are bad actors that promote the aging of the tissues. Cleansing the body of the cells, they hope, could …

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Study Suggests Way to Delay Age-Related Changes – WSJ.com

Scientists may have found a way to put off some conditions of aging, according to a study in which they postponed or even prevented such afflictions as cataracts and wrinkle-inducing fat loss in mice by removing cells that had stopped …

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The Ticking Male Biological Clock – WSJ.com

Several months ago, my friend Anna called to complain about her boyfriend of eight months. Bombarded by media warnings about the female biological clock, he wanted to make sure that Anna was fit for childbearing before the relationship moved forward. He had taken her to a fertility clinic where a …

MORE via The Ticking Male Biological Clock – WSJ.com.

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