Celebrating the strength & diversity of senior citizens and defending their right to make their own damn decisions — whether others approve or not.
All posts under Health are for information purposes only. They are not and should not be construed as medical advice. Only your medical professional and you should decide what would work for you. Consider these posts as ideas you could take to your doctor for discussion.
Have you ever feared you might go insane? Perhaps you had a relative it happened to? Perhaps you worried about genetics?
In my case, it was an aunt of mine. I’ll call her Helga. When I was young, we’d see her for family holidays. She was fine then, married to a man she adored. She was an artist, a good one, who sold her paintings and taught art students on the side. I was impressed because she had a career at a time when that was extremely unusual. She had a daughter I liked and a chihuahua I hated (probably the only dog I’ve ever met I didn’t like).
And it’s not his or her fault. According to the NY Times, doctors have to “guess” whether or not you should be taking a certain drug. And, if so, what your dosage should be. And what your likely side effects will be. They also don’t know which medical procedures that work fine on younger people will not work well for you. Ditto your response to different medical devices.
Brain shrinkage is normal as we age — it happens to us all. It sometimes correlates with reduced mental faculties — but not always. Despite that, some doctors, hospitals, and attorneys can (and have!) used this normal shrinkage as “proof” of mental deterioration. Here’s how to protect yourself from both the shrinkage and from those who would use it against you.
Yes, we all know we should be exercising. Study after study tells us exercise will protect our hearts and our brains. It’s shown to prevent/delay dementia, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and (it seems) almost anything else that could befall us.
So why did I spend the last 5 months not exercising at all? It’s not inconvenient. I have a treadmill, weights, a mini-trampoline, and even a karate punching/kicking bag. They’re in my basement den, and I passed them every time I went to and from my car in the garage.