Sunday, August 20, 2006

Meet Millie!

I found this while blogsurfing via Kay's Thinking Cap:

"At 81 years young, Millie Garfield is one of the Internet's oldest bloggers, according to The Ageless Project. With an authentic and humorous voice, a knack for story telling and frequent updates, Millie's blog, My Mom's Blog, shows that people want to hear from someone with a story to tell."
Stop by Millie's and wish her a Happy B'Day... she has posted some pictures as well.

There's also a gentleman I'd like you to meet. Dr. Homi Dastur recently turned 80. He is the oldest practicing neurosurgeon in India, and he is the father of one of my favorite bloggers, Dina Mehta!

Now, promise you won't laugh. A few months ago I decided that I want to live to the age of 130 or more. And I don't mean by spending my time walking with a cane and trying to gum supper down. I believe that using common sense, diet, excercise and mentally setting the goal can help me arrive, still standing, at 130 (barring any sort of accident, or murder or ---HoRRoRS!--- "Bird Flu.")

In 1900, 13 percent of people who were 65 could expect to see 85. Now, nearly half of 65-year-olds can expect to live that long. Immortal? Not quite, but many of us believe MINDSET plays an important part in living a long and healthy life. From The New York Times:

"New research from around the world has begun to reveal a picture of humans today that is so different from what it was in the past that scientists say they are startled. Over the past 100 years, says one researcher, Robert W. Fogel of the University of Chicago, humans in the industrialized world have undergone "a form of evolution that is unique not only to humankind, but unique among the 7,000 or so generations of humans who have ever inhabited the earth."

The difference does not involve changes in genes, as far as is known, but changes in the human form. It shows up in several ways, from those that are well known and almost taken for granted, like greater heights and longer lives, to ones that are emerging only from comparisons of health records.

The biggest surprise emerging from the new studies is that many chronic ailments like heart disease, lung disease and arthritis are occurring an average of 10 to 25 years later than they used to. There is also less disability among older people today, according to a federal study that directly measures it. And that is not just because medical treatments like cataract surgery keep people functioning. Human bodies are simply not breaking down the way they did before.

Even the human mind seems improved. The average I.Q. has been increasing for decades, and at least one study found that a person’s chances of having dementia in old age appeared to have fallen in recent years.

The proposed reasons are as unexpected as the changes themselves. Improved medical care is only part of the explanation; studies suggest that the effects seem to have been set in motion by events early in life, even in the womb, that show up in middle and old age.

"What happens before the age of 2 has a permanent, lasting effect on your health, and that includes aging," said Dr. David J. P. Barker, a professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Southampton in England.

Each event can touch off others. Less cardiovascular disease, for example, can mean less dementia in old age. The reason is that cardiovascular disease can precipitate mini-strokes, which can cause dementia. Cardiovascular disease is also a suspected risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.

The effects are not just in the United States. Large and careful studies from Finland, Britain, France, Sweden and the Netherlands all confirm that the same things have happened there; they are also beginning to show up in the underdeveloped world."



Here's
the LINK
to the complete article.

3 comments:

Mildred Garfield said...

Hi Dave

Thanks for the mention and the birthday wish.

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