Mental Fitness

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.…

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…

Robert Marchand, Cycling Records at Age 105

Robert Marchand

These UpGraded Senior Superstars just keep raising the bar. Record keeping organizations are having to create new categories and age groups. That was the case when Robert Marchand, age 105, set the world 1 hour cycling record for the 105+ age group. Apparently, no one had ever attempted a record at that age before. For…

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,”…

Lilly Day Gets Down At Age 95

This is Lilly Day, age 95, and she is strictly bustin’ the moves with her Christmas scarf and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Christmas CD. Does this put a smile on your face, or what? You can’t help but love her spunk and sassy attitude. You go girl. Lilly is the newest UpGraded Senior Superstar!

Music Therapy For Alzheimer’s Patients

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Remarkable changes in Alzheimer’s patients occur when they listen to individualized music. The simple act of listening to music from a patient’s past enables the patient to reconnect with the people around them and to remember more about their past. Music therapy seems to have benefits for a wide range of patients, not just those…

Ray Chavez (Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor) – Age 104

Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day in the United States.  It’s a day of remembrance for the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor – “a date that will live in infamy,” according to FDR. More than 2,400 people lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Ray Chavez was one of the lucky ones who survived.…

Ed Whitlock – 85 Year Old Marathoner

An October, 2016 article in Runners’ World magazine caught the eye of your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief. It was a story about yet another remarkable senior.  The headline read like this: At 85, Ed Whitlock Breaks Four Hours in the Marathon. I have run marathons.  For those UpGrading Seniors who have never been runners, let me tell…

Neal Unger – 60 Year Old Skateboarder

It’s time to add yet another “UpGraded Senior Superstar” to our ever-growing list of totally amazing seniors. Neal Unger – Skateboarder Our newest inductee is Neal Unger and he is a 60-year old skateboarder!  You don’t see too many of those now, do you? Most of us UpGrading Seniors would think skateboarding is a poor…

Ida Keeling – 100 Year Old Sprinter

Ida Keeling

Time for another installment of UpGraded Senior Superstars. Save Your Lame Excuses I live in a 55+ community and I can’t tell you how many times I hear some of us geezers excuse ourselves from exercising. In fact, some of those excuses may have come from someone very close to me (ahem). Oh sure, we…