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Words Used Badly

use of words

We UpGraded Seniors need to continually (not continuously) challenge our minds to keep them sharp. Vocabulary Challenge Here’s a quick read that you may find instructive.  I did. Steve Pinker, a linguist and cognitive scientist at Harvard has compiled a list of the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases in the English language. As…

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…

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…

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,”…

Some Seniors Never Learn

Doris Payne

So much for the old saying, “with age comes wisdom.” This 86 year old geriatric jewel thief, Doris Payne, doesn’t seem to have learned much about personal integrity, or staying out of jail, in all her many years. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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 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 mindful of…

Top 10 Movies for Grownups

The AARP announced its “Top 10 Movies for Grownups” last Friday.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m out of touch with movies and television, but I have never heard of any of the movies that made the list with the exception of Sully.  I should broaden my horizons. Here’s the list: Arrival Fences…

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…