I'm currently 73 & the chart's wrong for me. Genetics matter.
My mother lived to 101. My father died at 89 but that was due to a collapsed lung suffered as a result of too much smoking when younger. He could have lived well past 90 if he hadn't smoked.
So, I'm good to at least 90. 🤞
A new challenge competition from XPrize calls for proactive and accessible health care solutions for improving the quality of life among older people worldwide.
A quotation from Rogers, Will:
This thing of being a hero, about the main thing to it is to know when to die. Prolonged life has ruined more men that it ever made.
Full quote, sourcing, notes:
Ageism: the -ism affecting the lives of older people living with HIV
"...The model of care for older people living with #HIV needs to go beyond virological success by adopting a geriatric mindset, which is attentive to the challenge of #ageism and is proactive in promoting a comprehensive approach for the #ageing population..."
Okay so here is my take on #aging
Aging is the constant duel between the ever increasing downtime it takes to recover from injuries or illnesses of any sort and the willingness to live in a state of decay or decline that is increasingly permanent until entropy is like a snowball rolling down the hill
#TechBlick's first #online #HealthTech Series focuses on #Aging-in-Place. I'll moderate #industry #leaders in two panel discussions. Get live & replay access to this & the other 11 monthly events, plus all TechBlick virtual events. Use HTCODE for 25% off.
Down Syndrome in a New Era for #Alzheimer Disease
"...Alzheimer disease is now the leading cause of mortality in adults with #Down syndrome older than 35..."
I can’t wait for my body to get acclimated to winter weather so I can run out with a tshirt in -10c and grab the mail or pull in the trash bins.
It’s like -5c today. I went outside for 10mins and now I’m bundled up inside and need a hot drink and a hot water bottle and a heater.
Wired: A Life-Extension Drug for Big Dogs Is Getting Closer to Reality https://www.wired.com/story/a-life-extension-drug-for-big-dogs-is-getting-closer-to-reality/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Science/Biotech #longevity #Science #biotech #animals #DogDays #aging #dogs #pets
Aging is more than a number.
NEW research uses multiple measures to help clarify how racism accelerates biological aging among Black relative to White people in the U.S.
"More than 30 million older Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, wooed by lower premiums and more benefits than traditional Medicare offers.
But a bipartisan group of lawmakers is increasingly concerned that insurance companies are preying on seniors, and, in some cases, denying care that would otherwise be approved by traditional Medicare."
At my cervical screening appointment today, the doctor said to me, 'Well, you're nearly 50... it's worth doing some investigative tests for things like diabetes, high cholesterol...' and she rattled off several other diseases I could potentially look forward to as I age.
I'm fine with doing the tests -- my family tree is littered with a litany of inheritable conditions, so I figure it's best to know rather than not -- but I'm also pondering the way ageing is medicalised. I don't know. I like living and I'd like to have any conditions well managed, and at this age, most can be managed with lifestyle changes, I guess. And I'm generally healthy, so I'm not expecting bad news!
Just thinking about life and the changing body, I suppose. And what that means in medical terms too.
While the local economy in Okinawa is on a recovery track after the COVID-19 downturn, finding a taxi is becoming increasingly difficult because of a shortage of drivers. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/11/27/japan/society/okinawa-taxi-labor-shortage/?utm_content=buffer5befa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #japan #society #okinawa #cars #buses #aging #taxis
"Here, we demonstrate that damaged #lysosomal #membranes are repaired by #microautophagy (a process termed “microlysophagy”) and identify key regulators of the first and last steps. We reveal the AGC #kinase STK38 as a novel microlysophagy regulator...microlysophagy is regulated by STK38 and GABARAPs and could be essential for maintaining lysosomal integrity and preventing #aging."
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A sweet story of old age.
Celia and Miss Mozeen were best friends. They lived together, enjoyed life together, and loved each other. But they had to keep their love a secret.
50-year-old muscles just can’t grow big like they used to – the biology of how #muscles change with age
Old and young people build muscle in the same way. But as you age, many of the biological processes that turn #exercise into muscle become less effective. This makes it harder for older people to build #strength.
Not a bad idea: To mark turning 60, he made a list of 60 things he hadn't done, and did them. Gift link: https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/how-to-avoid-being-boring-at-60-1e9d087a?st=3cmvg86zvfu6z5g&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink #aging #bucketlist
Grade 1 parent/teacher interview today. Shocking contrast from when I was a kid.
My parents would threaten to beat me if teachers had anything mildly less than perfect to say about me.
Now we're being supportive and making notes on what we can do at home to help improve our child
Senolytic therapy alleviates physiological human brain aging & #COVID19 neuropathology
I've been getting destroyed at work with last-minute-urgent projects.
My kid has been sick and preventing me from sleeping at night
My wife has been home recovering from a medical procedure
I'm stretched in so many different directions. Woke up with a sore throat and body aches.
Wish I had more time to focus on myself...😩
“One way or another, taxpayers are going to have to pay more for long-term care needs of the baby boomers.”
Many experts believe it’s untenable to expect that a private insurance market can protect most people from the growing burden of long-term care costs.
“The whole situation is poorly suited to that kind of insurance offering,” said Robert Saldin, a political science professor at the University of Montana who studies the industry.
The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Odaiba district has made “aging” a centerpiece of its new permanent exhibitions. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/11/22/japan/science-health/miraikan-aging-exhibition/?utm_content=buffer9d0a6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #japan #sciencehealth #science #exhibitions #aging #elderly
How to slow the aging process
Death is inevitable, but it's good to postpone it if one can maintain a healthy life that minimizes the pain and suffering of chronic illness.
There are no sure things, but one can take steps to minimize the risk of harm (thus we use seatbelts in automobiles).
This brief video has some interesting information about what we've learned about the effects of diet.
The #study, conducted by #CaliforniaStateUniversity – #LongBeach and #published in the #peerreviewed #journal #AgingandMentalHealth, found that more than one quarter (25.8 per cent) of #trans #adults aged 50+ in the #US have seriously considered ending their #lives.
The Most VITAL Thing As You Age? Maintaining muscle mass. Research shows that people over age 50 lose 1% of their muscle mass *per year,* which leads to increased risk of falling, increased pain, lower metabolism, and less independence over time.
If you're 50+, this guy is a good follow. No hype - just solid info.
Why do I care so much about #accessibility? I have seen firsthand how totally healthy people become incapacitated. People that are executives, award-winning teachers, top notch scientists, and athletes. One day totally fine and the next day completely changed. Also the #aging process comes for us all. I want to find ways that all of us can continue to use technology and have the lives we want.
I found Jenny Diski's writing a decade ago. Just spicy enough.
"One of the problems of ageing is knowing when to start complaining about being old... I supposed I must accept that I was old because my hairdresser says, ‘Ah, bless,’ in response to whatever I say in answer to her questions. ‘Are you busy today?’ ‘Just regular working.’ ‘Ah, bless.’ ‘How was the weekend?’ ...
I hear it too from shop assistants as they call out that I’ve left my purse on the counter. ‘Ah, bless,’ they say when I return to pick it up. I used to leave my purse behind in my younger days too (though not nearly so often), but I don’t recall anyone ah-blessing me until recently.
The ah-bless alters or confirms whatever it’s responding to, and in my mind’s eye (altered and confirmed) I see a small, nondescript old lady going bravely about her business. There are other signs that I am no longer young, but the ah-bless is the most open and public."
a shimmer of gray
feathers blowing in the wind
Time waits for no one...
Good morning. 🍄🍄🍄
14 November 2023
Growing old happens suddenly, doesn't it, or it seems to do that sometimes. Where I worked, before I retired, I needed a badge, well more of an ID card or pass. I had to get a new one every couple of years, so they took a new photo of me. Every time I joked that something was wrong with the camera. It was kind of corny I know, but I'm an introvert and struggle to hold a conversation, particularly with strangers. Whoops, I skipped the track didn't I. Well back to growing old. In my office I have a black and white photo of my company at the USMC Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton in 1971. I'm in the photo and I think I know which Marine I am but I'm not at all certain.
“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.” - Ellen DeGeneres
"Gurwitz fears geriatric medicine is on the decline. Despite the surging older population, there are fewer geriatricians now (just over 7,400) than in 2000 (10,270), he noted in a recent piece in JAMA. (In those two decades, the population 65 and older expanded by more than 60%.) Research suggests each geriatrician should care for no more than 700 patients; the current ratio of providers to older patients is 1 to 10,000."
Time slows down while we age
But on the Life's Essential 8, we engage
Our body can reverse
Those years so perverse
And a healthier life is our gauge
“if #cycling maintains cardiovascular performance more effectively than a $2m-a-year #antiaging regime, maybe a #bike is the only rejuvenation tool any of us really need”
“If #exercise were a drug, what’s the correct dose?”
“It’s tempting to assume that there is something like a clock encrypted in our #DNA counting down the time we have left. But that’s an unhelpful analogy” https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/the-anti-ageing-face-off-dollar2m-a-year-blueprint-project-versus-the-humble-bicycle #bicycle #fitness #aging #longread
I love naked mole rats. They exemplify communal control of individual physiology, they are social, very ugly and live long for their size and some of this, improbably may be due to a giant polysaccharide. #nakedmolerats #aging
As the number of children in Japan decreases, public money has been made available to help municipalities repurpose old schools. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/11/05/japan/society/school-out-forever-aging/?utm_content=buffereff60&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #japan #society #schools #education #aging
Weightlifting and other forms of resistance training can help stave off loss of muscle mass and other age-related physical decline.
Here’s an example a strength training routine for older adults based on the National Strength and Conditioning Association guidelines:
I really enjoyed this essay by Xochitl Gonzalez about #aging with control and gratitude. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/11/female-body-aging-breast-reduction-surgery/675878/
Someone at work casually dropped an observation that, in our culture, people between 30 and 45 or so tend towards terror of any perceived corruption to the body, from age or disease, willing to pay any price to avoid it. After that, it becomes easier to relax, accept the path, and refocus on quality of life. This tracked profoundly with my own experience. I'm still thinking about it.
"Prisons weren’t designed for older folks, and the California Institution for Women is no exception. Nigel and Earlonne pay a visit to CIW’s Senior Center to hang out with a group of women aged 70 and up and hear their stories about aging inside."
Hi, everyone! Time to formally introduce myself in #Mastodon
My name is Matteo (@macesari)
One wife, three kids, one #dog
With Germany's acute labor shortage leaving few candidates to take on skilled but dirty and hazardous manual work, some companies have turned to robots. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/business/2023/10/31/companies/baby-boomers-german-robots/?utm_content=buffer092e6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #business #companies #germany #jobs #robots #aging #population
Anne Lamott on getting older: https://wapo.st/3SjKJM7 (gift link).
"A lot of us thought when we were younger that we might want to stretch ourselves into other areas, master new realms. Now, I know better. I’m happy with the little nesty areas that are mine. For some reason, I love my softer, welcoming tummy. I laugh gently more often at darling confused me’s spaced-outed ness, although I’m often glad no one was around to witness my lapses."
How Older People Got Left Out of Climate Planning
A conversation with Danielle Arigoni, author of the new book Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation
OCTOBER 27, 2023
Woke up with an unhappy back that has just grown more aggravated throughout the day, think I pulled something in my thigh walking to the store earlier, feeling older than I should a few weeks out from my 32nd year. #aging
One of the weirdest ways I feel old is when I see how computer-illiterate young adults are these days.
(Is it the equivalent of my dad being disappointed in me every time I open the hood of the car and I have no idea what all those things are or do?)
And also, they don't know how to write e-mails (you know the part where you say hello and the part where you sign your name.)
The most remote rural counties had Wave 4 COVID-19 mortality rates 52% higher than the most urban counties. Older age composition, worse pre-pandemic population health, lower vaccination rates, higher share of votes cast for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election, and lower socioeconomic composition completely explained the rural disadvantage in reported case rates.
From our magazine: Today a nonprofit that helps the #aging occupies this "haunted" home in #Austin's Hyde Park neighborhood, but it's the place's #history that really chills its current occupants ... https://www.texasobserver.org/confederate-women-home-austin-haunted/
Three year 65 landmarks:
1. Reset Face ID as it was getting unreliable - presumably due to aging.
2. Rebooted my #crossfit to increase frequency (5/wk) but decrease intensity. Focus on form rather than my weights of 3y ago. I scale without shame.
3. Encourage my mountain biking buddies to sometimes do black trails on their own while I do some mellow blue and session things.
People in the oldest stage of life who regularly engage in aerobic activities and strength training exercises perform better on cognitive tests than those who are either sedentary or participate only in aerobic exercise.
The Ugly Truth: American Society’s Disposable Attitude Toward #Aging
The media and advertising sectors are dominated by a small group of extremely wealthy persons, and they maintain a fixation on youth and beauty. This fixation harms people’s self-esteem and mental health and encourages a disposable attitude toward aging. The #oligarchy establishes an impossible standard by continually bombarding us with pictures of young perfection, which leads to the devaluation....
For spooky season, Staff Writer Michelle Pitcher visits the former Confederate Women's Home: https://www.texasobserver.org/confederate-women-home-austin-haunted/
"Three-quarters of adults over the age of 50 want to remain in their homes as they age, according to the AARP. But in many cities, including Portland, older residents may face physical and social challenges when wanting to age in place.
A draft report released this month by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability aims to identify ways to address some of these issues."
"Suppose the disabilities of age mean you can no longer safely live in your own home. Well, you’re on your own. Unless you can afford to move to some kind of assisted-living facility, you’re in real trouble. Your main alternative is to spend down most of what you own, so you qualify for the pittance that your state Medicaid program will pay a (most likely for-profit) nursing home to warehouse you until you die." #Aging #disability https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/aging-alone-in-u-s
This week's epiphany: All of us in our 40s or older who have put off writing even though it's something we've always wanted to do have no reason to criticise ourselves for not doing more of it sooner. Our views of the world change and mature as we get older, so being older and wiser is actually an advantage. It might not be true for everyone, but it does tend to be for people who are deeply reflective, as most writers are. #writing #aging #wisdom
A new crowdsourced competition seeks more robust early indicators of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias using analytics powered by artificial intelligence.
I'm just on the threshold, but I am beginning to embrace Old.
I embrace all that I have lived and all that I have loved. All I have survived and how I have, and have not, thrived.
I embrace wisdom and knowledge and increased empathy, compassion and understanding.
I embrace moving a little more slowly and noticing more around me. And yes, the pains and creaks that give me the grace to do so.
And I relish really fitting into my skin and not giving a crap if someone likes me for who I am, or not.
Youth-glorifying culture is a mindset; don't subscribe to it.
I do not recommend using the term 'stagnate'. That implies absence of change.
Changes in population, New Mexico 2010 to 2019.
The trend of greatest growth of senior citizens is expected to continue for at least a decade.
(And compared to our neighboring states TX, AZ, CO and their rapid growth...New Mexico is shrinking.)
I wonder what demographic changes are projected to take place in 'stagnant' California in the next decade?