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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year to the Family National Guard





A Special Happy New Year to the Family National Guard


Since 1980, a growing share of unmarried adults have been living in their parents’ homes according to census data.

“Older parents are playing a much greater role than was the case a few decades ago,” said Mr. Cherlin, who calls grandparents a “family national guard.”

“In recent years, more grandparents have been called up for active duty.
They are glad to help, but some are looking forward to the day when they can go back into the reserves.”  

Well, the middle east wars have taught us what being in the "reserves" means!!

Good luck, Grandpa and Grandma.  You may have more than one tour of duty!
Supporting adult children can mean physical, emotional, and financial strains, especially for older Americans who’ve stepped in and taken over parental duties for an absentee adult.

Being old does not mean being unimportant.  Even if we are poor as we age, we are usually giving of ourselves to those around us until it's over.
And it ain't over yet, baby!

No wonder as a critical care nurse I saw so many teenagers and young adults sobbing over their dying grandparents.  I was so impressed that the dying of the aged could be so traumatic to the young.
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                                       100things.com.au
It ain't over yet, baby!

We, the aged, are important.

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So take care of yourself!


 Thanks for stopping by and sharing NY's Eve with me,
Happy New Year, 
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pioneering for our telomeres (the stringy thingies)




The Alliance for Aging Research  has up-to-date articles on research on aging that are very interesting.

http://www.agingresearch.org/section/newsletter/archive/fall13/glance/

I was especially interested in the research showing calorie restriction lengthens life.

Once upon a time, my ancestors ate to live.  Somehow we have jumped the track and we find food to BE the social playground.  I think we better go out to the real playground more often and get back on track!!

I feel a little hypocritical saying that, because I am a great great great fan of "Pioneer Woman".  I love to watch the food she cooks up for the kids, hubby and ranch hands!  As soon as her program is over, I turn off the TV and head to the kitchen to see if I can duplicate the feast!

Like the doctor said, "You have to stop having all those intimate dinners for 4, unless you invite 3 other people."

Hope you like the research that says it's possible to get healthier and live longer.....that your telomeres can actually grow if you restrict calories!
That is stunning news about our DNA stringy thingies!


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