Monthly Archives: December 2016

Champagne Trivia for New Year’s Eve

champagne flute

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne Did you know that the pressure in a bottle of champagne, prior to opening, is 3-4 times the pressure in a car tire? Well, now you do, so don’t put someone’s eye out when you pop the cork. And, how many bubbles do you suppose are produced in…

Life of a Typical American

Typical American Life

Listen Carefully, My Fellow UpGraded Seniors You owe it to yourselves to go and read – no, you really should study – this post on the website WaitButWhy.Com. Pause & Reflect I am writing this post on New Year’s Eve, 2016, a day when many of us pause to reflect on the past and plan…

Emma Morano, Age 117

Emma Morano

Raw eggs, ladyfingers and brandy.  Could that possibly be the secret to living longer than anyone else on the planet? Enter Emma Morano Emma recently turned 117, and is the oldest person alive today. What’s her secret? Well, since she was a teenager she has eaten 3 eggs a day – 2 raw and 1…

Health Alert: COSD Epidemic

Crisis

Do you have chronic COSD?  It’s an epidemic that has swept the country in recent years and remains uncontrolled – but not uncontrollable. The Latest (Absurd) Manifestation I read the latest manifestation of this epidemic just yesterday. A university (theoretically an institution of higher learning) decided to stop using the term “Holiday Parties,” which was…

They’re Saying Your Grandkids Won’t Live As Long

Grim Reaper

I just used that headline to get your attention.  Sorry! New statistics from the National Center For Health Statistics released this month indicate that a baby’s life expectancy at birth actually declined for the total U.S. population from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015. This is the first such decrease in more than…

Don’t Exercise For Weight Loss!

Don't Exercise to Lose Weight

I’ve kinda known this for a long time, but it runs exactly opposite to the popular notion of why we exercise. We don’t exercise for weight loss, or at least we shouldn’t. If you’re one of those people spending hour after boring hour every week on a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, elliptical trainer or…

Disaster Averted: Running Lesson From a 4 Year Old

question

Did you ever see an old guy trying to run in 15 year old running shoes with a sole that’s come unglued in the front flopping around? It’s a recipe for disaster (fall, broken hip, etc.) and that was me until yesterday when my new running shoes arrived. I’m trying to resurrect my ability to…

Lethologica

Question Marks

I’m sure this has never happened to you, but some seniors are occasionally afflicted with lethologica. Say what? Oh, What’s the Word I’m Looking For? You might say that these seniors are at a loss for words.  Or, more precisely, at a loss for the word. During the course of a conversation, they are unable…

Can Your Kitchen Counter Make You Fat?

See Food Diet

I’m always careful not to place too much confidence in all the various “scientific” studies that are reported related to health. As you’ve probably noticed, the studies tend to contradict each other, and the “proven” facts change over time (eggs are good – eggs are bad, fat is good – fat is bad, cereal is…

Dueling Brains

Brain Battle

Are you of one mind?  Are you sure? What about your ability to focus or concentrate? I thought I was pretty strong in those areas, until I took this little test.  Go ahead – try it yourself if you can handle the truth. So, how’d you do.  I improved quickly once I “trained my brain,”…