Conversation with the incomparable Normal Lear

Here is the intro to one of the very best TED interviews I have had the pleasure of watching.

In the 1970s (and decades following), TV producer Norman Lear touched the lives of millions with culture-altering sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times, pushing the boundaries of the era and giving a prime time voice to under-represented Americans. He is now 93. In an intimate, smart conversation with Eric Hirshberg, he shares with humility and humor how his early relationship with “the foolishness of the human condition” shaped his life and creative vision.

Continue reading “Conversation with the incomparable Normal Lear”

This blog now shows Contributor advertisements

contributor adYou may have noticed in the sidebar a small advertisement that looks like the image to the right. This is for Google Contributor which has now gone live after running for a time on an invitation basis to certain publishers. We received notice of this via the AdSense newsletter on November 5. It certainly would be handy to be receiving more revenue as a result of this initiative. Continue reading “This blog now shows Contributor advertisements”

Age-related changes influence your dietary needs and your appetite

stomacheThis article is contributed by Peter Smith.

It is an indisputable fact that as we age our bodies change. Our metabolisms tend to slow down and we slowly get weaker. Good diet and exercise can stave off the majority of these effects but they cannot adjust nature’s cycle. As people mature, they use their body in a different way to when they were younger. Their nutritional needs are different and the whole system is not as good at absorbing important nutrients anymore. An old person’s appetite decreases with age, and his/her dietary needs change too. Here are some of the most common changes: Continue reading “Age-related changes influence your dietary needs and your appetite”

Relaxation therapy may improve your mind

walk in tubA concern for many seniors is those occasional memory lapses when something they know so well does not come quickly to the tongue. Could this be an early sign of some type of dementia? Some seniors may suffer from early stage Alzheimer’s and with advancing age the risk of this becomes ever higher.

There are several suggested ways of reducing the odds of this occurring, such as exercise, both physical and mental, and following a good diet. One of the most appealing solutions involves relaxation therapy. A recent news item gives hope that this too can be successful.

Dr. Kim Innes, associate professor of Epidemiology, West Virginia University School of Public Health has been awarded a 3 year grant from the Alzheimers Research and Prevention Foundation to investigate the possible benefits of 2 simple relaxation therapies for improving memory and related outcomes in adults with early memory loss.

What could be better than relaxation therapy? An ideal way this can be achieved is with hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in the treatment of disease. The use of water for therapy has been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, and forms an integral part in many traditional medicine systems.

The healing properties of hydrotherapy are based on its mechanical and/or thermal effects. It makes use of the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli, to the protracted application of heat, to the pressure exerted by the water, and to the sensation of the water itself. Nerves carry what is felt by the skin deeper into the body, where it is then vital in stimulating the immune system, influencing the production of stress hormones, improving circulation and digestion, encouraging the flow of blood, and lessening the body’s sensitivity to pain.

 

The bathroom can be a dangerous place

Perhaps some of the benefits of hydrotherapy can be gained by enjoying a warm bath. Unfortunately most bathrooms present many hazards if you should stumble or fall. The bath itself can be awkward to enter and requires some dexterity.

For those who find a traditional Bath too challenging, there are alternatives. Walk in tubs for seniors are available that feature a wide, leak-proof door in the side. This allows you to take a small, safe step into your tub rather than climbing precariously over the ledge of a regular tub. Other safety features you may find are:

  • an ergonomically designed seat
  • a skid-resistent tub floor
  • a grab bar
  • controls to ensure an anti-scald water temperature

In this way you can have a most enjoyable bathing experience and at the same time you may be improving your mind.

Keeping Your Brain Strong

organized messy desktop

This is a guest post by Amanda Carlson.

I was working in a very large, very busy office until I was about forty-six and because of all the demands on my time I was always leaving myself reminders. These reminders were in the form of sticky notes, computer reminders, or calendar notes. They kept me on time and on the right course through thick and thin. Without these types of reminders I would have been lost since I am not the world’s most organized person to begin with. Continue reading “Keeping Your Brain Strong”

Is Health Information Technology Making The Pharmaceutical Industry Safer?

pharmacy assistant

This is a guest post by Tasia Galimi.

Pharmacies carry some major responsibilities on their shoulders: Much patient care comes down to the services provided by a pharmacy and the pharmacy’s handling of patients’ sensitive medical data. Recent advancements in technology are being used to minimize the chances for human error in the pharmaceutical practice. Continue reading “Is Health Information Technology Making The Pharmaceutical Industry Safer?”

Did You Get Your Flu Shot

getting a flu shot

Dr. Jesse Goodman, chief scientist at the FDA, emphasizes the importance of getting that flu shot and even now it isn’t too late.

He noted that this season’s flu presented several challenges, and access to vaccines is as important as ever. Continue reading “Did You Get Your Flu Shot”

Top Up Your Energy When Caregiving For A Sick Relative

caring for a senior

This is a guest post by Alisha Webb.

Taking care of sick person in the family can be a nightmare. If it’s hard on the sick person to face so much suffering, it’s equally hard on you to be giving constant care day after day, as it can zap you of all energy and numb your senses. Inasmuch you love the person you are attending on, you need your space and time to reinvigorate your own biological batteries. Continue reading “Top Up Your Energy When Caregiving For A Sick Relative”

Healthy Brain for Life

sudokuThis is a guest post by Jack Meyers.

There cannot be enough said about the need to keep your brain healthy as you age. Degenerative diseases likes Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are frightening to think about, but they do happen. As you age, your brain becomes less capable of cognitive performance. There are some things you can do to fight this, however. Continue reading “Healthy Brain for Life”