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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…

Disaster Averted: Running Lesson From a 4 Year Old

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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,”…

On the Shortness of Time (and Its Misuse)

Time has Flewn

Home Be Inspired Laugh Get Fit Live Longer Bob’s Comments & Adventures Eat Better Have Fun Get Smart UpGraded SeniorLifestyles for Active Seniors! On the Shortness of Time (and It’s Misuse) “You may delay, but time will not.”  — Benjamin Franklin As we get older I think our appreciation of time increases.  We are more…

Don’t Believe the Haters

There’s a reason the UpGraded Senior mascot (see icon in photo) has a sunburst behind him.  Sun exposure is good for you. Don’t believe the haters when it comes to sunshine. If you listen to some experts, you’d think that sunlight is a death ray and that you skin will turn into one large melanoma…

Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that there is evidence that broccoli can help reduce your risk of: Cancer Diabetes High blood pressure Arthritis & Kidney disease? Yep, this under-appreciated cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse of nutritional, disease-fighting goodness. I know. Most people’s reaction to a steaming hot serving of broccoli is something along the lines of “YUCK!”…

Legend of the Falls

This is an update of a previous post which I wrote in 2014 on the same topic and which richly deserves an UpGrade.You Can’t Handle the TruthRemember that famous line from the movie, A Few Good Men?Well, the truth when it comes to seniors and falling may be hard to handle too, but we as…

Nola Ochs – 95 Year Old College Graduate

It’s time to honor another UpGraded Senior Superstar – another inspirational senior citizen. This time, it’s Nola Ochs of Kansas, who graduated from Fort Hays State University at age 95 in 2007, giving her the Guinness Book record as the oldest college graduate. Remarkable! But wait, there’s more.  As Nola herself said in the interview…

Long Walks

We all know that walking is good for us, but you probably never realized that someone else’s walk can also be good for you.