Month: October 2020

Month: October 2020

ELDERMUSIC: A Soupçon of Ellington

ELDERMUSIC: A Soupçon of Ellington

This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He’s been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter’s bio here and find links to all his columns here.

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This is not an overview of DUKE ELLINGTON’s career; that would take…

INTERESTING STUFF – 17 October 2020

INTERESTING STUFF – 17 October 2020

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT NOBEL PRIZE SURPRISE

According to Twitter,

The #NobelPrize committee couldn’t reach Paul Milgrom to share the news that he won, so his fellow winner and neighbor Robert Wilson knocked on his door in the middle of the night. pic.twitter.com/MvhxZcgutZ— Stanford University (@Stanford) October 12, 2020

Comment thread is here,

SOCIAL SECURITY 2021 COLA increase
Last week, the Social Security Administration announced there will be a 1.3 percent cost-of-living (COLA) increase for Social Security…

The Future of Dementia

The Future of Dementia

“My son, be steadfast in honoring your father; do not grieve him as long as he lives. Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him; do not revile him because you are in your prime.” (Sirach 12-13).
Dementia stands out as a signature affliction of old age throughout human history. Defined as symptoms linked to loss of memory and thinking skills, dementia takes several forms, with 60-80% caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, it is not considered to be a part of normal aging. Some moderate cognition changes are expected with age, but these do not lead to loss of independence. However, more serious cognitive decline can produce symptoms like rapid forgetting, navigation impairment, inability to solve everyday problems, or difficulty holding ordinary conversations. Nevertheless, age is strongly correlated with dementia. One estimate shows only a 1.7% prevalence of dementia among those 65-69 years old. But with a doubling of new cases every five years, dementia incidence grows to over 50% by age 90.

Maria Shriver’s Thoughts on Taking the Time to Unwind.

Maria Shriver’s Thoughts on Taking the Time to Unwind.

“Between the impact of Covid-19 on our lives and the divisive nature of the political discourse around us, these are particularly tense and uncertain times. Many of us are suffering from anxiety and bewilderment, and it’s hardest on those who are forced to live in isolation for the protection of their health. I know it’s easy to reflect on everything that seems wrong in the world. There sure seem to be plenty of those things right now! What I do increasingly is fight off negativity by closing my eyes and mentally clicking through those things I still get to appreciate…

6 Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

6 Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

If the old adage, “well-begun is half-done”, is taken to be true for all situations we find ourselves in, then the way we start each day should be of paramount importance. A meal that satisfies and gives the energy necessary for the day is something the body naturally craves, especially as we age and our bodies change. Growing older also means we should pay particular attention to the available options and take only what is best for us. Now is the prime time to care for your body and treat it with attention. The breakfasts listed here promote good health and improve cognitive performance. Perking yourself up with a healthy breakfast ensures you kickstart the day in the best possible way, helping your internal systems stay healthy. This way, your body stays fit, and your mood is elevated.The Best Foods for a Balanced and Nutritious Breakfast

Crisis Leadership – Lessons from San Francisco’s COVID-19 Management

Crisis Leadership – Lessons from San Francisco’s COVID-19 Management

The importance of leadership in organizations has been promoted in best-selling books for decades. Notable examples are “Good to Great” by James Collins and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. 
In the age of COVID-19, leadership principles have been put to the test.
In a new White Paper, I share my observations about leadership excellence in the face of a global pandemic. 

10 Tips to Take Care of Your Eyesight in the Digital Age

10 Tips to Take Care of Your Eyesight in the Digital Age

While the digital age has many advantages, it also has many downfalls, especially for older adults. The continuous exposure to screens can cause significant harm to our eyes and vision. In this post, we’ll review several tips to help take care of your eyes. These simple tips will enhance and preserve your vision if you spend time in front of the screen.First, let’s look at major eye problems associated with aging: