Tidbits

I recently subscribed to a handful of newsletters, blogs and magazines containing information on various aspects of aging.

I found a neat new blog offered by The New York Times: The New Old Age by Jane Gross.  You can receive it on your Kindle (ad free) for a nominal fee per month (1.99) or read it at this location with all the ads:

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/author/jane-gross/

The blog is directed to care givers and the children of aging parents, but aging boomers and others will find many interesting items. Included in the current issue, an article on medical foster care for aging veterans offered by the VA. 

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I also subscribe to a couple of university newsletters concerning aging-related issues: Health After 50 from the John Hopkins Medicine and the Wellness Letter from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. 

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Over the years, I have subscribed to several arthritis and diabetes magazines owing to my family’s proclivity to develop these ailments.  My favorite magazines are Arthritis Today and Diabetes Forecast, although I subscribe to several others. I recently discovered Amazon has a nice service which automatically extends a subscription when it expires. This is great for me as I tend to hate returning those ‘renewal’ forms.  In fact, I have a pink slip from the American Diabetes Association gathering dust on my desk.  

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You may think it will never happen to you, but if you live long enough aging happens to us all. The major reason for me getting on the WW program (for life) is the desire to reduce my weight to a healthy level.  So many ailments are linked to being overweight it pays to keep on trying even if you are over 60 and before 60  for that matter (to my children who now approaching, at, or over age 50).

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I am not a overeater, I am a underexerciser. I hate exercise.  No danger of me turning into a health and fitness nut.

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After David fell down the stairs a few days ago, I got online and checked out my favorite realtor’s website. Carole sold me my condo many years ago and our house 30 years ago.  She is doing so well she formed a partnership with her two daughters.

One of Carole’s girls must be a computer whiz because what a fantastic site she has.  You can pull up her listings, sort them by interest (cost, geography, etc.) and take virtual tour..all online.  I found several condos I like in Washington and even in Arlington which is often more pricey because the stock is so new, but I did not check on animals, i.e. can you have dog(s)?  I know more and more landlords accept dogs, especially in Arlington.  I simply cannot live without my dogs  (David yes, the dogs no….just kidding, she said).

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After he told me he thought he was dying, I called and made the appointment for David with his bone man.  He is bruised from stem to stern and has a black eye.  How can anyone land on their face?  The first comment he made when he raised his head from the floor was, “Maybe it straightened my nose?” He broke his nose decades ago.  So did his mother, but she was thrown from a horse.  David fell off his own feet. I sometimes fall down too, but I always throw my arms out to protect my face and head.  I thought everyone did.    

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Tidbits

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  2. Good to protect the head from a hard service as can be enough for what is called closed head trauma — no outward breaks or bleeding. The person can end up with cognitive problems — short term memory, judgement, impulsiveness to name a few. Better to break a bone which can heal but arms and hands out not necessarily the best route to go.

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  3. Life is a gamble, esp. when you get older and are prone to falls, whether down the stairs or just “off your feet” as you say. We all gotta be careful, esp. those of us with arthritic knees, ankles and hips. Btw, thanks for the tips on the health sites.

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  4. Nope. You don’t always have enough time to throw out your arms. I fell straight down on my forehead in front of Sam’s Club a few years back. Freakish thing. Passersby said they actually heard my head hit the asphalt. My mother said she just fell on the concrete outside and she couldn’t understand why. She says her legs just gave way. Sheesh! Scary! Now her knees are all scuffed up and bleeding.

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  5. I can understand David landing in his face. The ground comes up so fast, you can’t break the fall in time with reduced reflexes. I did the same thing, landing on my beezer and had the very same thought about my previously broken nose and hoped it had straightened out. Sadly nope.

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  6. Apologies for the missing words in my comment above, it must be something in my coffee since it is far too early for a drink! 😉 Thank you for the Jane Gross link, I will be delving in later and passing it on to a friend too.

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  7. It’s a good thing his fall did not result in trauma to the BRAIN. A friend’s wife fell down the stairs and she went into a coma and never recovered, dying shortly thereafter. BTW, the good thing about carpet is that it cushions your body and head when you fall. Once when my grandson was just a year old, I tripped over something and fell, throwing him down on his back. His head also hit the ground hard. Thank goodness for carpeting, because he was okay!

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  8. Most people put out their hands to prevent a fall, but it is not actually a good idea or recommended. I learnt the hard was (a different fall) my right wrist broke when it hit the ground.
    I try not to make a habit of falling! 😆

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