Monthly Archives: May 2013

Does It Delay, Or Even Prevent, The Onset Of Alzheimer’s?

A study recently published in the online version of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease should be of keen interest to Upgrading Seniors. The study is titled, “Interaction of Cinnamaldehyde and Epicatechin with Tau: Implications of Beneficial Effects in Modulating Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis.” Well, that title pretty much says it all, don’t you think?  There’s not…

Reading List: Blue Zones – How To Live Longer

Two books I have read recently are Blue Zones by Dan Buettner and The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer by Dr. Jonny Bowden. Briefly, Blue Zones reports Buettner’s findings after studying the longest lived people on earth.  He condensed his findings down to nine factors that are common among these long-lived people.  “Blue Zones”…

UpGrade Your Mind With Binaural Beats Technology

You are familiar with training your body, but what about your brain?  Did you know that there is an inexpensive technology available to train your brain? Why Train My Brain? Scientists have come up with a method to alter your brain waves.  I know, I know.  You’re probably asking “why on earth would I want…

Mingo Falls Hike

This UpGrading Senior took the short, but steep, hike up to Mingo Falls today. Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation just outside of Cherokee, North Carolina.  The trail is only about a quarter of a mile long (one way), but it starts with 162 steps going up, up, and up.  Here’s a surprise. …

In The Mountains

The Upgrader-in-Chief is in the Blue Ridge Mountains soaking up a little mountain air.  Ahh, I feel healthier already! Today’s hike was up to the Waterrock Knob Trail summit.  This is the highest trail summit in the Blue Ridge Parkway at 6,292 feet, and it’s the second highest peak on the Parkway.  It’s also the…

The Untethered Soul

The Untethered Soul “This is a seminal book” “This is a seminal book that quite frankly is in a class by itself.  In a simple, yet paradoxically profound way, Michael Singer takes the reader on a journey that begins with consciousness tethered to the ego and ends having taken us beyond our myopic, contained self-image…

Longevity – What Are Your Odds

For the geeks among us that like to study statistics, or the gamblers among us who want to know the odds, let’s talk about what your statistical chances of living a long life are. In the 20th century, the average life span increased an amazing 57%, from 49 in 1901 to 77 by the end…