Work Out Your Body to Work Out Your Brain

Here’s a quick tidbit that I came across. I found it interesting and maybe you will too. Most seniors are concerned about the possibility of diminishing mental capacity, or even worse, developing Alzheimer’s. If you want to do what you can to protect yourself from mental decline as you age, strength training may be important.…

Betty Ashley 5K Gasparilla Competitor, Age 95

Well folks, the UpGraded Senior-in-Chief (Me) competed in the Gasparilla 5K Distance Classic yesterday in downtown Tampa, Florida. It’s a weekend long running event that features several different runs.  I chose the 5K, which is 3.1 miles long. I must admit that I was feeling pretty impressed with myself – a 69 year old guy…

Gasparilla 5K Distance Classic

Well, the “Old Dude” (a/k/a The UpGraded Senior) checked off another bucket list adventure yesterday with the help of over 11,000 other runners by running the Gasparilla 5K (3.1 mile) Distance Classic event in downtown Tampa, Florida. Fantastic!  I don’t know how the event organizers pull it all together, but they do an amazing job…

Bridge a Life Superhero 5K Run

Well, on February 18, 2017 the Sarasota Bridge a Life Superhero 5K run was held for the benefit of foster children in the Sarasota area. Count me in!  How could I miss supporting the foster kids and having a great time in the Florida sunshine at the same time?  It’s what UpGraded Seniors do. Running…

Habits – Our Invisible Prison

I’ve been thinking about habits lately.  See what you think about this, UpGraders . . . (Warning:  it can be at once enlightening – and frightening.) Take a few minutes to ponder your habits and how they affect you. It truly is frightening, and if you don’t think so, then you haven’t pondered enough. “A…

This Is a Job I Do NOT Want!

Tower Man

Talk about a job that requires both nerve and fitness, watch this video all the way through. The star of this show doesn’t qualify as a “senior,” but I bet when he’s older he’ll be an UpGraded Senior. His is a job I would not do – period!  No amount of money could change my…

I Hate Scraping Ice Off My Windshield!

Frozen Windshield

But, You Live In Florida? While it’s true, your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief now lives in Florida and rarely (OK, never) has to scrape frost off his windshield in the winter, I lived in Kentucky not so long ago. One thing I hated about winter was having to stand in the freezing cold and scrape my windshield…

Jack LaLanne, Age 95

Jack LaLanne

Most of you have heard of Jack LaLanne.  You might even say he was the original “UpGraded Senior.” Mr. LaLanne died at age 96 in 2011, so this is a posthumous induction of Mr. LaLanne into the UpGraded Senior Superstars. He is referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness” and for good reason. He was…

Fingernails Win!


Here’s another totally useless fact for you: “Fingernails grow about 4 times faster than toenails.“ If you figure out anything to do with that

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

I guess at times we all feel like our contemporaries have aged much more than we have. I suspect that secretly they feel the same way about us. It’s a matter of perspective, I suppose.



If you are a senior who is clueless about how to start an exercise program, take a look at the National Institute on Aging Go4Life Program.  It’ll get you going in the right direction. OK, we eliminated that excuse.  Why are you still here?  Go4Life.