Welcome to the second edition of our midweek MedAlertHelp roundup of insightful, senior-related articles! We hope you liked last week’s inaugural roundup. If you did, there’s a lot more where that came from.
This time around, we’ll talk about the age spectrum of seniors and their interests, the secrets to a 90-year marriage, pet robots, fall prevention, the connection between herpes and Alzheimer’s, reversal of aging, and seniors on the internet.
Here’s our handpicked selection of the most interesting articles from the past week!
What Is a Senior?
Everyone has a certain predisposed opinion on what a senior is. But what is your personal definition of an elderly person? At what age do we suddenly become old? Furthermore, few of us think about the differences between a 70-year-old and a 90-year-old person. To most people, all seniors are simply “old.” But lots of differences start to appear when you really think about it. What do people who achieved life milestones in totally different time periods love doing now in their local Senior Center? Martha Michael explored the age spectrum of seniors and more for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
The Longest Marriage Ever
Next, Emily Buder covered the story of the longest known marriage in the world for the Atlantic. Karam and Kartari Chand got married in 1925 and celebrated their 90th wedding before Karam sadly passed in 2016. To achieve this extraordinary milestone, it certainly helped that their marriage was arranged when they were both very young. But that was only the beginning of their story. Read on and watch the video to find out more about their secrets to the long and successful life they shared.
A Peculiar Way to Help Seniors with Dementia
It can be really challenging to connect with the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot we can do stop the condition from progressing, but there are ways to slow it down. Having pets around can improve a senior’s mood, happiness, and overall health, but sometimes this is not an option. What’s the next best thing? Robotic cats and dogs! Yes, this works too. Continue reading about this at Simcoe, as Jessi Lepine explains her firsthand experience with the therapeutic effects of robotic pets on seniors.
New Advancements in Fall Prevention
There are some simple things you can do to prevent falls, but more advanced solutions are also underway. Madeline Slattery reported for 9news the results of a five-year study by Melbourne researchers who have developed a special silicone fabric that has thousands of woven-in sensors used to monitor sleep. What’s so special about this is that now we can monitor patients without attaching anything to their bodies. Caregivers can tell if a bedridden senior has fallen out of bed, and there are plans for expanding the capabilities of this technology, allowing it to monitor breathing and heart rates. In the meantime, medical alert systems remain one of the most powerful tools that can help seniors in the event of a fall.
Is There a Link Between Herpes and Alzheimer’s?
We are well aware of the devastating and irreversible effects of Alzheimer’s disease, but its cause remains elusive to scientists. However, a recent study published in the medical journal Neuron might be heading in the right direction. The culprit could be the common herpes virus, which can cause long-term inflammation and destroy connections in the brain—triggering Alzheimer’s. More on this in David Railton’s report for MedicalNewsToday.
Reversal of Aging Is Possible—Here’s How It Works
Brian Wang’s amusing article for NextBigFuture starts off with a funny tone, mentioning in the same breath Sylvester Stallone, who uses human growth hormone for its rejuvenating properties, and mice that will live up to ten times their normal lifespan. Then, he mentions George Church and Aubrey de Grey, leading antiaging scientists, before delving into serious talk about aging reversal. Yes, it is not only possible to reverse aging, but it’s being done right now, as scientists have successfully doubled the lives of lab mice and now expanded the research to other animals. Read on to find out how close we are to using the same principles to extend the lives of humans.
Seniors on Facebook—Embarrassments and Opportunities
If you’re creating a Facebook account just now, you may be late to the party because more and more people are migrating to other, more popular social media platforms. Some young people are even leaving Facebook to get away from their parents and grandparents because they think that they’ll embarrass them on the internet. Ana Beatriz Cholo’s piece for the USC News portal explores this trend, as well as the other side of the story—the opportunities and benefits that technology and the internet can provide for seniors.
That’s all for this week’s midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. Which article was your favorite? Have you read any other thought-provoking senior-related articles in the past week? Tell us in the comment section below along with other suggestions for next week’s roundup.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!