Most human being prefer living at home than in created communities (assisted living, nursing home, Board and Care, and retirement communities). That is the way I feel…safer at home…more independent at home…more comfortable…eat what I want and when I want…relax when I want to relax. That’s all good. We just have to keep in mind that we are social beings. We do better, live longer, have less chronic infirmities, less cognitive decline when we are challenged mentally,physically, socially and spiritually. So go exercise, eat right, do sudoku but also have fun with friends.
As we get older we can mourn our losses, but still try to create meaningful relationships. We can be grateful for the capacity to find warmth, shared values, interests, understanding, trust and fun with former strangers. We always have the capacity to make not only acquaintances but friends. As we grow older we shed superficial relationships and concentrate on the more meaningful ones. The library, gym, work-out room, senior centers, the internet are all places where we can make new connections… so do it. Will it be easy, maybe, but it’s worth trying.
Can You Regain Muscle Mass After 60? Studies have shown that human beings in their 60s and 70s who begin progressive weight training developed muscle as large and as strong as an average 40-year-old. While young people who work out add “new” muscle fibers. Older ones do not. They increase the size of their muscles without adding new fibers…in practical terms their is no difference. Older muscle become stronger if you work them. The key is that your muscles should be pushed until they are exhausted. Go to the gym and lift weights 2-3 times per week.
‘Aging in place’…’aging at home’ means a lot more than making modifications to your home. However the first step in ‘aging in place’ is to make your home safer. Lists of home attributes are an absence of stairs, wide doorways to accommodate a walker or even a wheelchair, at 24 hour surveillance system that can be monitored by friends or family members remotely via smart phone, GPS locators for family members that might wander. However it will take more than modifying your home to help you ‘age in place’ our communities need to be adapted. We have so many suburban and rural communities where if you choose to stay at home you can still be isolated from the rest of the community. It might mean adapting in an urban neighborhood where you can walk or take the transit to just about everything you need. Most current developments for independent retirees typically come in two flavors: isolated, gated subdivisions, large homes on golf courses or far out in the suburbs. Both require driving everywhere which is a problem for those we don’t want to drive or can we need to create a new paradigm; the walkable urban space or WUP. Quality health care institutions need to be nearby, good public transportation, barrier free sidewalks and if possible be relatively close to your family.
Osteoarthritis is more than just the cumulative, effects of wear and tear on your joints. Chronic inflammation which can be a cause of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease is thought to cause or play a major role in osteoarthritis. An increase in inflammation can predispose your body to osteoarthritis. Here we go again: eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes reduces inflammation markers in the body. Diet with sugar sweetened drinks, red meat, alcohol, trans fats and excess sodium increase the inflammation markers.
Abaloparartide vs. Forteo…Who Wins? Hopefully women, more specifically women with osteoporosis, there are about 8 million of them in this country. These cool drugs do not just prevent osteoporosis but they are truly bone building drugs. Not just drugs/Medications which slow osteoporosis they actually help build new bone tissue. Many women are reluctant to take the present generation of osteoporosis medication because of rare but horrifying side effects. Forteo is already out and available to the public but it is expensive, however it does not have the side effects of the present generation of medications for osteoporosis. Abaloparatide is a promising new medication, looks promising according to the clinical trials conducted by Radius. With Abaloparatide weak spots/holes in the bone fill in faster than with Forteo. The most important point is that there will be more choices for women facing osteoporosis then there are now, hopefully more effective and with less serious side effects.