SOS: WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE FLIES?

  Have you noticed that your car’s windshield seems cleaner today than it did twenty years ago, due to the fact that fewer insect bodies have been splattered on it?  I can remember as far back as into the middle/late 1960s when I had to clean my car windshield every few days, in order to clean off the little insect bodies that were stuck to the windshield.  But today, I can get by with only doing it occasionally.  A part of my compassionate nature-loving side is thankful that fewer bugs have been killed by my car; but, another side of my nature-loving self gets nervous, wondering ‘why.’ Why are there fewer flying insects?  One explanation may be that the transportation system is different with larger, wider highways, where fewer insects may go.  But, the bigger issue that is promulgated by science is that there are actually fewer flying insects than in the past.     According to an article in the Washington Post, titled, “This is Very Alarming: Flying Insects Vanish From Nature Preserves,” this phenomenon of having ‘cleaner windshields’ is a real sign of a dramatic problem of declining populations of flying insects.  Flying insects are worth approximately $57 Billion to the U.S. economy each year.  They save farmers $4.5 Billion per year by eating up the crop pests.  And, they make $3 billion per year by pollinating fruits and vegetables. They also represent billions of dollars by being food for birds, game, and fish.   In short, they keep our infrastructure of life going by supporting its ecosystems.   Continue reading

THE VALUE OF LEARNING DANCE ROUTINES

Have you ever found it to be frustrating to try to keep up with the steps in a line-dancing class?  Well, not to worry.  Whether or not you miss a few steps, the entire exercise experience of the line dancing (or any new dance routine) is dramatically helping your brain.  Specifically, recent scientific research suggests that dancing, particularly dancing where you are continually learning new steps and routines, not only has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus part of your brain, which controls memory, learning, and balance, but it also dramatically improves balance. Continue reading

PROTEIN: THE NEW SPINACH FOR SENIORS

  Do you remember how Popeye used to open up a can of spinach when he needed strength?  Today, PROTEIN is the New Spinach for Seniors.  Read this article to find out WHY: We may come from different backgrounds, geographic areas, and even from different attitudes and perspectives, but one thing that We Seniors have in common is the loss of muscle mass as we age.  This is a serious issue for Seniors because the loss of muscle mass may lead to more frequent falls, frailty, and other mobility issues as we age. Continue reading

TOMORROW'S ANSWER: MICROSCOPIC LIFE

  The science of microbes is one of today’s hottest research subjects.  Within recent decades, we have learned that we are made up of approximately 100 trillion microbes.   These microbes, which are collectively called microbiome (bacteria, viruses, some fungi and algae, and so on), help our bodies perform life-sustaining functions. Continue reading

A NEW STRATEGY FOR PAIN

Did you know that pain affects more Americans than the combination of cancer, heart disease and diabetes?   Continue reading

FALL PREVENTION: BUILDING STRENGTH AND BALANCE

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death in seniors? As a matter of fact, sources show that approximately one of out every three seniors falls every year.  There are many contributing factors causing this problem, such as, lack of physical activity, vision issues, diseases, such as, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, fogginess from medications, and environmental factors causing tripping and falling.    Continue reading

HEALING THROUGH TAI CHI & QIGONG

Over the past few months, we’ve written about how high intensity training is the best anti-aging exercise and non-contact boxing helps Parkinson’s disease patients.  But, did you also realize that slower exercises, such as Tai chi and Qigong, provide great health benefits? Continue reading

Spicing Up Our Vegetables

How do you prepare and eat your vegetables?  Do you sauté, steam, boil, or bake them?   Do you prepare them with herbs and/or spices?  If so, are there specific herbs/spices that you prefer, such as, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, cilantro, dill weed, ginger, curry, rosemary, thyme, and so on? Researchers at the University of Illinois are interested in understanding adult vegetable-eating habits, so that they may be able to figure how to convince adults to eat more vegetables.  According to many studies, we are supposed to eat an average of 2-3  1/2 cups of vegetables each day, but on average, most of us only eat 1  1/2 cups per day.   Continue reading

BOXING WORKOUTS HELP PARKINSON'S PATIENTS

Given all of the research indicating that concussions contribute to the acceleration of brain disorders, it may seem counter-intuitive to associate 'boxing' with 'helping Parkinson's Disease patients.'  However, non-contact boxing programs are helping Parkinson's patients dramatically improve their strength, balance and walking abilities, tremors, and overall quality of life.    Continue reading

ONE CUP OF TEA EACH DAY

If you haven't become a tea drinker by now, maybe this will convince you.  Research is suggesting that tea consumption may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in seniors at 55+ years of age. Specifically, according to research conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, daily tea consumption can reduce cognitive impairment in elders by as much as 50%... and by a whopping 86% in seniors with a genetic predisposition for the Alzheimer's Disease.  Continue reading