Saturday, November 19, 2011

Senior Citizen....Brain Worries?

You are poorer and older than you were last year, and you may be fatter. Your memory is shot. You know deep down in your heart that you are becoming forgetful and what about all your bad habits? Wish you could just resolve to make them disappear? POOF!! All gone.................Not to worry the world is in even worse shape than you are.  That will be my next post.

Here's some good news to bolster you.......

The older brain is a wiser brain
According to new findings in neuroscience, your inability to remember names at cocktail parties or where you left your keys is not necessarily a symptom of early-onset dementia. Instead, it is a sign that your focus of attention has become broader. Getting distracted could be a good thing.

Did you ever think that getting distracted allows our creative juices to flow? "It may increase the amount of information available to the conscious mind," Shelley H. Carson, a Harvard psychology researcher, told The New York Times.

"A broad attention span may enable older adults to ultimately know more about a situation and the indirect message of what's going on than their younger peers," adds Dr. Lynn Hasher, at the University of Toronto. "We believe that this characteristic may play a significant role in why we think of older people as wiser." In other words, while younger brains are cluttered up with trivia, your brain is freed to work on a whole lot more important things.

Losing the ability to think, understand, & learn among people over 70 has been declining sharply in recent years. Brain scientists aren't sure why, but they think it's tied to the fact that older people are better educated, wealthier and more active than ever before. People who are better off are more likely to use it, not lose it. So remember: Like sex, mental challenges are very good for you, and you are never too old. Spending time Googling is good for you which makes me soooo happy.  I'm always researching something interesting.

We are also being flooded with remarkable new findings about brain plasticity. It seems that the brain - even the aging brain - is more malleable than we thought. It can even grow new nerve cells. One day, you'll probably be able to take a pill to help keep your neural pathways firing on all cylinders. Meantime, exercise, social connections, flexibility (can you touch your toes?) and eagerness to embrace new experiences are extremely effective cognitive medicine. Now THAT'S Good News!!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inquiring Minds Want To Know.....Cow Facts

1.A cow can climb up the stairs, but cannot climb down. This is because her knees cannot bend properly.

2. A cow produces around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

3. A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.

4. A cow usually spends 6-7 hours in a day eating cud and around 8 hours on chewing it.

5. Almost all the cows chew at least 50 times per minute.

6. An average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements in a day.

7.  A cow eats over 100 lbs. of food and drinks 30 to 40 gallons of water each day.   Now this leads to  urinating about 30 lbs of water and pooping about 60 lbs of feces each day.

8. Cows do not bite grass; rather they curl their tongue around it.

9. Cows have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision.

10. Cows have an acute sense of smell and can smell something up to 6 miles away.  (I've known some people you could smell that far away

After putting these together..I got curious and decided I had to do some further research.  The first cows were introduced in the new land by Christopher Columbus on his 2nd trip here in 1611 and again in 1615.  It has been said that one reason for the high death rate among those who traveled to the New World on the Mayflower was that they had no fresh milk to drink. Cows were brought from Europe to the Jamestown colony in 1611 and to the Plymouth colony in 1624.  Now, those ships were, by todays standards, very small.  Did they just bring one cow? or how many?  That would mean a WHOLE WHACK of food and fresh water.....which would then mean a WHOLE PILE  of  the resulting 'by-product' after each cow ate and drank all day (phew).  Where did they store all that food and fresh water and what or who disposed of all that so-called 'by-product'?

Inquiring minds want to know............I could go on or if you're interested in any other  factoids, just let me know:)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Immigration Is An Age Old Problem

I just came across this short piece by Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN.

'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.

But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here.

Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Makes perfect sense to me!

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