Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr.

People have the misconception that age makes you old, but I realized it’s a state of mind that makes you old.  Age . . . gives most people – the majority of people – a reason to be lazy. So says Sam “Sonny” Bryant, Jr., my latest UpGraded Senior Superstar.  Sonny is a 70 year…

Falls, Seniors & Nietzsche

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) I Disagree! Well, UpGraders, with due respect to the esteemed German philosopher, I’m going to have to disagree. While Nietzsche’s observation may have some validity, the oft-repeated quip is far from having universal application. In fairness to Nietzsche, it looks…

Should You Take Statin Drugs?

I previously published a post referencing an article by Dr. Mercola which is very critical of the widespread use of statin drugs.  However, I recently read a book by Dr. David B. Agus, in which he extols the virtues of statin drugs, at least for a fairly large segment of the “over 40” market. While…

World’s Oldest Active Gymnast

OK, UpGraders.  Here’s another one – 86 year old gymnast Johanna Quass, the world’s oldest active gymnast in 2012.  The videos say it all (even if in German!).  And, for some of you doubters, hop on the parallel bars and try to duplicate the routines.  I’m not a gymnast, but I have been on parallel…

Do Mental Abilities Necessarily Deteriorate With Age?

One long held assumption regarding aging is that our mental faculties are in a steady state of decline beginning somewhere in the latter part of mid-life, but is that actually true? At the outset, I will admit that it is undeniable that age brings with it some easily observed decline in both mental and physical…