UPDATE: Please remember (in regard to the Vitamin D item below) that no one, even a physician or researcher I have not vetted, may advise, suggest or imply in this blog that any treatment - even non-prescription drugs - should be used. You may explain what works for you but only in that personal, singular context.
ELDERS REACT TO 50 SHADES OF GREY MOVIE TRAILER
Have you read the 50 Shades of Gray books? I haven't but there has been so much talk that I certainly know the general idea.
In this video, the “Elder React to” group is back, this time watching the trailer for the movie of the notorious series – and reading passages from the books too.
[NOTICE: Parts are not safe for work, grandchildren and starchy types]
AN OLD CAT'S ADVICE TO THE NEW KITTEN
With more than 15 million views on YouTube, this video is likely to have passed your way already. But just in case...
There I was one morning, minding my own business, drinking coffee and checking the upcoming weather when I ran across this story:
”Buried beneath the snow-covered ice of the wind-battered, subarctic earth, Alaskan wood frogs freeze solid each year in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving Alaskan winter.
"'We found they can survive far longer than you can see something stay in your freezer,' Larson said, adding the frog's unique biology prevents its cells from dehydrating during freezing and they do not become susceptible to freezer-burn.”
What an amazing nature story. Go read it here.
BORED IN THE OVAL OFFICE
Kids. There are almost as much fun as internet cats.
I've spent time in the White House Oval Office – once during the Reagan administration and again when Bill Clinton was president. It is impossible to be unimpressed whether meeting the president or contemplating the history that is made there day in and day out.
Given my personal awe of the surroundings, I laughed when I saw this photograph of a Secret Service agent and his wife with President Barack Obama while their son takes a dive on the sofa. I hope the kid will come to love the photo when he's grown and keep it around in a frame.
LIVING PASSIONATELY IN OLD AGE
So many readers sent this TEDtalk from 71-year-old writer Isabel Allende that it seems redundant to post it. Maybe, instead, it is an indication of wide interest.
Personally, I'm not convinced that passion is what I'm looking for in old age but whether or not, Allende seems oddly dispassionate about it.
AMAZING MIND READER REVEALS HIS “GIFT”
This looks like a standard mind reading act although more detailed that most. Keep your eye on it and thank Darlene Costner for sending it.
VITAMIN D AND DEMENTIA
After a physical examination last January, test results showed that I was in the normal range in all health data benchmarks except for one – I was deficient in vitamin D.
The doctor said, “Don't worry about it. Everyone in Oregon is vitamin D deficient - not enough sun here. Just take this supplement every day and you'll be fine.” I do that now without fail and after this new study, I'm glad.
“The international team followed 1,658 men and women aged 65 and over for six years and were surprised by their own findings.
“They expected to see a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment; they didn’t expect a 53 percent increase in the risk for dementia among people who were moderately D deficient and a staggering 125 percent increase among those who were severely deficient.
“For increased Alzheimer’s risk, those figures were 69 and 122 percent.”
It's a moderate-sized study and needs some additional work but I don't think it can be dismissed. There is a lot more detail and good information in the story at Senior Planet.
MUTANT GIANT SPIDER (DOG)
The picky among readers might say it's not nice to scare people. Maybe so, maybe not. But this sure is funny and let's thank Larry Beck of Woodgate's View for sending it.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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