weekly blog--one for the ages
“In the last 10 years, the average move-in age in senior housing communities shifted from 78 to 83. If the move-in age continues to creep up at this rate, the wave of baby boomers will not start moving into senior living until 2022 to 2025, about five to eight years later than many forecasts call for. This would lead to a stubborn oversupply problem given recent construction rates. In two of its markets, Senior Living Communities has seen available beds increase 200% over a two-year period.” CEO of Senior Housing Communities
“Growing evidence supports the health benefits of intermittent eating in which you alternate periods of eating with periods of fasting. Studies show that intermittent fasting not only helps people lose weight, it may also improve brain and heart health and even increase exercise performance.” Neuroscience Lab Director National Institutes on Aging
The three methods on how to do it...The 5:2 fast: With this method, you eat normally for five days during the week. Then for two non-consecutive days, you generally eat less than 600 to 800 calories per day. This type of diet is called “fasting mimicking.”
Time-restricted feeding (TRF): There are several versions within this category. Essentially, you limit your feeding window to a certain time period, the most common being eight, ten or twelve hours. For example, you might stop eating at 7 pm and start eating again at 7 am.
The 24-hour fast: The premise of this daily diet is simple: You basically eat dinner every day and then restrict your calories the rest of the day. For example, you would try to consume under 150 to 200 calories for both breakfast and lunch so you’re eating about 400 calories until dinner. After that, you eat a regular dinner.
I grew up in Long Beach (NY), and the biggest event of the year was the Memorial Day parade. It brought everyone in town together to remember those who fought in America’s wars, and to celebrate the start of summer.
We are a long way off from the dog days of summer, but often overlooked in Memorial Day celebrations are the roles dogs have played in warfare. Since ancient times, they have been used as scouts, sentries and trackers. The first official use of dogs for military purposes in the United States was during the Seminole Wars. Hounds were used in the American Civil War to protect, send messages, and guard prisoners. General Grant recounts how packs of southern bloodhounds were destroyed by Union troops wherever found due to their being trained to hunt men. Dogs were also used as mascots in American World War I propaganda and recruiting posters.
Dogs are especially important for the 50 and over group too. They keep people connected to their communities and keep them on the move, a vital part of staying healthy into the later years. Research studies have repeatedly found that dog ownership correlates with lower risks of heart disease, stroke and depression. Dogs are great for providing physical exercise, socialization, and overall day-to-day companionship.
Now, a new research study implies that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual’s genetic makeup. Researchers found concordance rates of dog ownership to be much larger in identical twins than in non-identical ones.
Among the top dog breeds for seniors: Pug, Schnauzer, Cocker Spaniel, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu, Beagle, Poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian.
According to a recent article in the New Yorker magazine, from age zero to twenty-one takes about eight thousand days. From twenty-one to midlife crisis is eight thousand days. From the mid-forties to sixty-five, another eight thousand days. And if you make it to age sixty-five, you have a fifty-percent chance of getting to eighty-five, which is about another eight thousand days.
Ernest Hemingway’s description of aging: like bankruptcy it happens in two ways, slowly and then all at once. The slow way is the familiar one: decades pass with little sense of internal change, middle age arrives with only a slight slowing down—a name lost, a lumbar ache, a sprinkling of white hairs and eye wrinkles. The fast way happens as a series of lurches: eyes occlude, hearing dwindles, a hand trembles where it hadn’t, a hip breaks.
In “Gulliver’s Travels,” author Jonathan Swift invented the race of the Struldbrugs in order to imagine what eternal life would be like. Eerily, they were given a precise phenotypic marker, a blemish above the left eyebrow, and were given, too, the ill temper associated with age. Promised eternal life, they were cursed with ever-progressing aging, and were the most miserable people alive.
Answers to two questions that can determine whether you’re going to age well in place: “Who’s going to change the light bulb, and how are you going to get an ice-cream cone? Little tasks become sources of high friction. It’s not that you can’t climb the ladder to change the light bulb. But for the first time you are going to have someone yelling at you, ‘You’re going to fall and break your neck!
For some, moving to a new location after retirement is the “dream come true.” MarketWatch has come up with an online tool that will give you 10 customized suggestions of metro areas that fit you best based on criteria such as weather, cultural amenities, financial considerations and metro size.
The Census Bureau estimates that only 348,000 people moved last year for retirement reasons. And those that did tended to go to the South and West. Tops on the list: Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada; San Antonio, Texas; Scottsdale/Mesa/Gilbert/Surprise (Phoenix), Arizona; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Eugene, Oregon.
Seeking to stray a little farther from home? Ecuador regularly shows up on those “Best Places to Retire Abroad” lists. International Living named Ecuador its No. 4 country for the past two years and Live and Invest Overseas ranked Cuenca, Ecuador No. 7 on its 2019 list. But what’s it really like to retire in the South American country of Ecuador and why are so many Americans doing it?
The author of a book on the subject might have summed it up best: "Some people I interviewed said International Living provided far too rosy a picture. I didn’t talk to anyone who felt they were tricked into moving to Ecuador. But I talked to people who said they had read articles and reviews on that website and moved there and then realized it wasn’t possible to live on $700 a month.
It is possible to live in Cuenca, Ecuador on a very low income, but it means radically changing your lifestyle. Many said you need to more money to live comfortably there because many of the apartments cater to North Americans and reflect North Americans’ tastes and are expensive."
In the not too distant future, Facebook profiles for dead people will actually outnumber the living people on the site, a new study has suggested, which raises important questions over who owns the data of the dead. The study estimates that the number of deceased users on Facebook could reach as high as 4.9 billion before the end of the century.
Guantanamo Bay, the US prison in Cuba for terrorism suspects, may soon need a major refurbishment in order to accommodate hospice facilities for aging inmates, according to a report in The New York Times. The Pentagon now seeks to build a small prison with communal hospice care that can accommodate 15 prisoners, and requested $88.5 million to fund the project.