weekly blog--one for the ages
Ah. Today was supposed to be professional baseball’s day to open. Let’s hold that thought as we move through some intriguing news items.
NPR reports there is a woman who can determine who has Parkinson’s by their smell, which could lead to new diagnostic tools. The woman smelled the disease on her husband nearly a decade before his symptoms became severe enough for them to seek medical help. When the woman was asked to sit in a room with other people who had Parkinson's, she said they all had the same greasy, musty smell as her husband.
Gen Z versus Boomer slang terms:
Fit (outfit) - Threads
Fire (cool or amazing) - Groovy
Tea (gossip) - the Skinny
Lit (exciting, high energy, intoxicated, drunk) - Loaded
Wig (amazing) - Fab
Big Yikes (very embarrassing) - Bummer
Salty (annoyed, bitter) - Ticked Offer
Lewk (a signature physical trait) - Decked Out
Go Off (used to encourage a choice) - Don't flip your wig
In case you haven't noticed, today is the first day of spring. But as caution increasingly trumps carefree outdoor walks and bike rides, even public health officials who specialize in risk assessment recognize the need to blow off steam for those afraid to venture outside. Says one scholar in health security, “If you’re not within about six feet of somebody, in almost every case you’re not taking much risk, so I think people should get out in the sunshine. Taking your dog out for a walk, or going to a park and keeping your distance, is safe and necessary.”
Something to ponder as the Coronavirus alarm spreads across the globe..."Too much time spent with no purpose is associated with unhappiness. Stay busy! Not with busy work or trivial pursuits, but with meaningful activities."
A new study finds that women are at increased risk for both widowhood and Alzheimer’s disease, both of which increase in frequency with age.
Another study estimated that one-quarter of community-dwelling Americans aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated, and a significant proportion of adults in the United States report feeling lonely.
People who are 50 years of age or older are more likely to experience many of the risk factors that can cause or exacerbate social isolation or loneliness, such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and sensory impairments. Over a life course, social isolation and loneliness may be episodic or chronic, depending upon an individual’s circumstances and perceptions.