- Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
- The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
- The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
- Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
- Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.
We can say for certain, as each individual’s life follows a different path, but we can generalize based on the latest statistics from the government.
If you are a 65-year old woman, count on an average of 20.6 more years. If you are a 65-year old man, the average is 18 more years.
If you are Keith Richards, all bets are off!
According to AARP, here are some dressing tips for cold weather:
1.) Wear a hat that covers your head (especially your ears) - research shows that when your head is warm, your whole body tends to stay warmer
2.) Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves
3.) wool of synthetic socks keep your feet warmer
4.) An inner layer of natural fabrics like wook or silk tend to trap heat close to your body
Here's hoping you stay warm!
Find yourself walking into the kitchen every once in awhile and forgetting why you came in there? You’re not alone. We’ve got 7 tips that can help improve your memory and keep your mind sharp and focused.
1. Eat More Fat – No, really. Research has shown that those who consume more fat in their diets run a lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia. (Does this mean I can count potato chips as health food?)
2. Eat More Berries – This is a good tip if you’re one of those who don’t like potato chips.
3. Limit Sugar & White Flour – These two are perennial villains in any diet plan. Turns out high carbs lead to wacky insulin levels that can mess with your memory.
4. Challenge Your Brain – Do a crossword or a Sudoku, even reading a book qualifies here. Just like your muscles, the brain stays fit when it’s exercised.
5. Hang with Your Friends – Studies show the more socially active you are, the less likely you will suffer memory loss. (If you can’t remember where you put that invitation to Saturday’s cookout, it may already be too late.)
6. Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule – For most of us, encouraging us to hit the hay should not be a problem.
7. Cook Food at Lower Temperatures – Studies have shown that toxic chemicals linked to mental decline and or even Alzheimer's are released in greater amounts when food is cooked at higher temperatures. Who knew?
One final tip is to make sure you’re visiting us here at Boomtown America every day. We’ll provide you with your minimum daily requirement of Rock, Roll & Remember!
The notion that we get more forgetful as we age is a cliché. Sadly, most clichés contain an element of truth. What can you do to give your memory a boost?
Physical activity – Like you’ve been hearing forever, exercise is good for you. Experts recommend dozens of small ways you can be more active, like picking a parking space farther from the store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator when it’s only a few floors.
Eating right – Foods that can help include fruits, veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil.
Spending time with friends & family – Studies show engaging in group activites can help stimulate brain activity.
Managing your blood pressure – High blood pressure can cause small blood vessels in your brin to rupture. As you might guess, that’s not good for the cells involved with memory.
What doesn’t work?
Surprisingly, researchers can find no benefit to playing “brain games,” consuming Omega-3 fish oil or ginseng.
Fortunately, they do find a brain benefit in listening to music! Yay! That means you should be listening to Boomtown America as much as possible!
We all know modern society is more disconnected than the world we grew up in. That is especially true as we age.
Isolation is different than simple lonliness. Isolation means emotional and physical disconnection with friends and family members and researchers say it affects more than 8 million Americans over the age of 50.
Prolonged isolation can contribute to poor health. A recent study suggests it's as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes!
To find oout your risk of isolation, AARP has posted a quiz online at their webite. If you'd like to take the quiz, click here.
When the waitress at your favorite breakfast stop asks you “bacon or sausage,” take the bacon. On average, bacon has 35 calories a slice while a die of sausage contains 277 calories. Surprisingly, bacon also contains less sodium.
If she asks, “hash browns or home fries,” take the home fries. They’re less greasy, than the hash browns and contain 15% fewer calories in comparable servings.
Yes, that organic produce may be free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer, but it’s no safer from germs that may come from harvest, transporting and having it out on display at your grocer’s.
Experts will tell you that germs don’t really discriminate based on how the food was grown. As with any raw produce, make sure you wash it once you bring it home from the store.
1. It’s Okay to Say “No”
We all tend to get overbooked during the holidays. Remember, you don’t have to accept every invitation you receive.
2. Take Some “Me” Time
Yes, the holidays are time for family and friends. But it doesn’t have to be 24/7! This tip goes with the first one. Make sure you reserve some alone time to decompress.
3. Watch the Holiday Treats
Most of what we eat over the holidays is carbohydrates (candy, cookies, etc.). Protein not only helps with weight maintenance, but it takes longer to digest, meaning it takes a longer time to get hungry again
4. Keep Exercising
Don’t wait for New Year’s to resolve to stay fit. Make sure you’re getting plenty of exercise before that ball drops on Dec. 31!
5. Do for Others
Not only is that the real meaning Christmas, but helping others also makes us happy!
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