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a toast

I wish you health, I wish you well, and happiness galore.
I wish you luck for you and friends; what could I wish you more?
May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam.
And may you find, sweet peace of mind, where ever you may roam.

looking beyond the bad and toward the future

Beating Stress

If deep breaths, weekly yoga classes, and venting to your friends aren’t helping you to stop stressing out and relax, you have plenty of company–and it’s not your fault. New studies show that these supposedly tried-and-true anxiety busters are often just… well, a bust. Read on for the surprising truth about what really helps manage stress  –and what doesn’t–when it comes to relieving chronically fried nerves. – Daryl Eller

 

buffing the brain

There’s a bright spot. If we work the brain, we can grow new brain cells. “There is a gradual growing awareness that challenging your brain can have positive effects,” says Dr. Gene Cohen, director of the Center on Aging, Health & Humanities at George Washington University. “Every time you challenge your brain, it will actually modify the brain. We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it’s impossible.”

Computer programs to improve brain performance are a booming business.

One form of training, however, has been shown to maintain and improve brain health — physical exercise. In humans, exercise improves what scientists call “executive function,” the set of abilities that allows you to select behavior that’s appropriate to the situation, inhibit inappropriate behavior and focus on the job at hand in spite of distractions.

Executive function starts to decline when people reach their 70s. But elderly people who have been athletic all their lives have much better executive function than sedentary people of the same age. This relationship might occur because people who are healthier tend to be more active, but that’s not the whole story. When inactive people get more exercise, even starting in their 70s, their executive function improves, as shown in a recent meta-analysis of 18 studies. One effective training program involves just 30 to 60 minutes of fast walking several times a week.

So instead of spending money on computer games or puzzles to improve your brain’s health, invest in a gym membership. Or just turn off the computer and go for a brisk walk.

[Exercise on the Brain, November 8, 2007, article by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang]

there are consequences

“Drugs + You = Jail”

D.A.R.E.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a combined effort of law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and the community to offer an education program designed to prevent substance abuse and violence by educating children to recognize and resist the pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

poor camera

I wore glasses from the time I was eight years old (HATED being called “Four Eyes” but was extremely near-sighted) – and thank goodness for the glasses.

When my eyes developed cataracts, everything looked kinda misty and cloudy (actually rather pretty – a bit other-worldly or dreamy).  Now, of course – thanks to modern medical science, I have 20-20 vision in one eye and 20-30 vision in the other and although I  DO need reading glasses for small print, I no longer live in a dream world.  [for the most part!]

However, I think my camera has developed cataracts – and unlike humans, there is no help in sight (pun intended).

Alas: is a new (and better) camera in the offing?? I feel lost when I’m not snapping snapping snapping . . . documenting my life in pictures . . .

Lordy! No one told me there were choices . . .

News about weight gain . . . and weight loss . . .

THIS explains my forgetfulness!

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Obesity linked to worse memory in older women . . .