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If I only knew then what I know now…
It’s been said that life can only be lived forward, and understood by looking backward. So we crash headlong into each day, each year, and each phase of life trying to figure out how to do it.
If we are terribly wise, we may make the best of the advice and wisdom of others.
If we are terribly independent and sure of ourselves, we may feel there is little we can learn from others and prefer to make our own way. Or we may believe those who came before lived in such a different time that their advice no longer applies.
It’s a common understanding that as we age, our brains slow down. Aside from the very real tragedies of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there is a general belief that seniors will lose their sharpness and forget more…and more.
A recent article in the Journal of Cognitive Sciences, however, takes another look at our assumptions about how the aging brain behaves – and why it might function the way it does.
It’s a common observation that older people are slower in recalling facts and processing information. The study authors, however, note that this may not be due to deterioration of the brain and its functioning, but rather the burden of sorting through the amount of information an older brain contains.
In December of 2013, a prestigious joint national committee announced new guidelines for what constitutes high blood pressure – as well as new recommendations for what medications should be taken to lower blood pressure. After years of adhering to the last new standards, which defined a “pre-hypertension” state when blood pressure reached just over 120/80, we now hear that some people over the age of 60 could actually be OK with a blood pressure that doesn’t exceed 150/90.
MyLifeStages asked Dr. Junaid Khan, a cardiac surgeon with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley/Oakland, to help us sort out these new findings.
How do we keep ourselves and our families healthy during the flu season and all year? The key is to nourish our body, soul, and spirit so they can stay in optimum health. In holistic medicine, balance leads to health or ‘ease,’ and imbalance leads to illness or dis –‘ease.’ In addition to hand-washing and other practical germ-avoiding steps, try these holistic concepts for staying healthy.
A recent study published in The Lancet has shown that the already-small death rate from joint replacement surgery has shrunk even further over the past two decades. The rate of patients who died within 90 days of having joint replacement surgery fell by almost two-thirds. This reduces the death rate far below one percent of patients having joint replacement procedures.