weekly blog--one for the ages
Some of the newer tech products to help seniors live more safely.
By the numbers according to University of New Hampshire researchers:
Some of the names consumers have given to senior living communities over the years: The “home.” The raisin ranch. The drooly dropoff. Senior Housing
Older women are more likely to have bunions as they get older, and the more severe their bunions are, the lower their quality of life. Harvard Med
How well do you deal with stress? If so, add five years to your life. Do you smoke? If yes, subtract 15 years. If you are a women, add 3 more years. The question is Why? Boston Globe
From live-streaming funerals to online memorial pages and even chat-bots that use people’s social media footprints’ to act as online ghosts, the digital afterlife industry (DAI) has become big business. So what are the commercial implications? SciBlog
Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday night at her home in Houston at age 92. Days before her death, the announcement that she was seeking “comfort care” shone a light — and stirred debate — on what it means to stop trying to fight terminal illness.
Times have changed. When John Kelly ran his final Boston Marathon at age 84 in 1992, he was one of only 180 runners age 60 or older, which represented just 1.9 percent of the 9,629 official entrants. This coming Monday about 38,000 runners will participate, of which 2,702 will be over the age of 60 or nearly 9 percent of the total.
Enter the ice bath or quick cold shower to reduce muscle soreness after a race. A 2009 study analyzing 17 trials involved over 360 people who either rested or immersed themselves in cold water after resistance training, cycling, or running found that 24-minute cold water baths with a water temperature of 50 to 59 degrees F or colder were effective in relieving sore muscles for up to four days after the event.
Regular cold exposure may also cut sick days. Researchers in the Netherlands asked 3,000 volunteers to spend a month completing their morning showers with up to 90 seconds of cold water or to stick to their normal routine. The cold-shower group took almost a third fewer days off sick. Another exciting discovery is that cold exposure can trigger huge improvements in the way type 2 diabetics process insulin, effectively reversing some of their symptoms.
Jumping into an ice bath is certainly not the most relaxing way to start the day, but A-list celebrities and elite athletes are convinced of the health benefits of a regular freezing plunge. In addition to preventing muscle soreness, it can reduce inflammation, speed recovery, burn fat, boost the immune system, and even increase how long you live.
Paula Radcliffe, the marathon world record-holder. When she won her 10,000m race in 2002, she revealed that she has an ice bath after every contest: “It’s absolute agony and I dread it, but it allows my body to recover so much more quickly.”
Mo Farah, Britain’s most successful distance runner. He often takes an ice bath after a race. “The 10,000m is first and I’ll run that, get in my ice bath, recover and if all is well get ready for the 5,000m,” he says. The water from the ice bath Farah took after his 2012 Olympic 5,000m win was auctioned on eBay. The starting bid was $1,000.
For some, an ice bath is not cold enough. Instead, they opt for cryotherapy, which involves standing in what is essentially a fridge freezer for humans for up to three minutes. Liquid nitrogen is used to drop the temperature in the chamber to below minus 100C. The pop star Justin Timberlake, his actress wife, Jessica Biel, and the NBA champion LeBron James are all fans of the treatment.
Today is the Boston Red Sox’s home opener at Fenway Park--the 106th if you are counting. It’s also a good day to focus on Major League Baseball’s oldest active player of all-time, Leroy Robert “Satchel” Page, who played until the ripe old age of 59.
While Paige was playing baseball, many ages and birthdates were reported, ranging from 1900 to 1908. Paige himself was the source of many of those dates. His actual birthdate, July 7, 1906, was determined in 1948 when Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck traveled to Mobile, Alabama, and accompanied Paige's family to the County Health Department to obtain his birth certificate. In 1959, Paige's mother told a reporter that he was 55 rather than 53, saying she knew this because she wrote it down in her Bible.
Paige, who passed away on June 8, 1982 is perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history. He was a right-handed pitcher in both the American Negro and Major leagues (MLB). At age 42 in 1948, he was the oldest major league rookie while playing for the Cleveland Indians, and was the first player who had played in the Negro leagues to pitch in the World Series. In 1971, he was the first electee of the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
While his outstanding control as a pitcher first got him noticed, it was his infectious, cocky, enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star. On town tours across the United States, Paige would sometimes have his infielders sit down behind him and then routinely strike out the side. He played his last professional game on June 21, 1966, for the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League.
The spectacle of watching Paige pitch was made all the more entertaining by the expansive pitching repertoire he developed over the years. In 1933, Paige debuted the "hesitation pitch," a tricky delayed delivery. By the 1950s, Paige was throwing almost any pitch imaginable, including a screwball, a knuckleball, and an Eephus pitch, a very slow-speed junk pitch that often catches the hitter off-guard.
In August 1968, the owner of the Atlanta Braves, William Bartholomay, signed Paige to a contract running through the 1969 season as a pitching coach/pitcher, although it was mainly done so that Paige could gain service time to receive a major league pension. Paige did most of his coaching from his living room in Kansas City, but he did pitch in at least one pre-season exhibition game in April 1969, striking out Don Drysdale.
Buck O'Neil, a former teammate and longtime friend of Paige, claimed in the 1994 documentary Baseball that Babe Ruth batted against Paige once. According to O'Neil's story, the two men opposed each other in a barnstorming game after the Babe's retirement, and that Ruth hit a 500-foot home run off Paige. O'Neil said that Paige was so awestruck by the shot that he met Ruth at the plate to shake his hand, and later had Ruth sign the ball.