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The Role of Collagen and Stress in Heart Attacks

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Preventing Health Attacks

Preventing Health Attacks


Psychological Article on Elderly Problems

By Boomeryearbook.com

A large number of baby boomers in the US are suffering from heart diseases. The fact that they are aging does not singly provide sufficient reason for the boomers’ escalating development of this typically . A long standing medical belief is that plaque causes heart diseases, however some recent, albeit as yet unreplicated psychological articles, believe this is untrue. In fact, there is a growing body of psychological articles and research that contend that the culprit in heart disease may be problems related to the body’s collagen. Since collagen is the main protein of connective tissue and needed by the body to repair blood vessels, collagen break down is being investigated for its role in heart problems.

1. Stress causes arteries to expand. This is easily seen by facial flushing and redness during episodes of anger or when experiencing any intense emotional reaction. If the arteries expand too frequently psychological articles inform us that the chance increases of their becoming weakened and cracking. These cracked arteries are a threat to the existence of brain tissue as the body requires a good amount of collagen in order to repair these arterial expansions and contractions. Since the body does not typically get collagen from food, then how is it that these cracks are repaired?

According to a growing body of psychological articles, the answer appears to be that the weakening arteries get repaired from a substitute repair mechanism—specifically plaque. Thus, plaque repairs the cracked arteries in order to prevent any further damage and since plaque is found at the site of the collapsed artery, doctors have routinely believed that plaque is responsible for heart attacks. However, new evidence is disputing this long held belief, looking instead at repeated and acute stress causing collagen damage as the real offender in heart attacks.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life and can sometimes be quite healthy. However, if not managed successfully, stress can be noxious, causing many psychological and physiological problems such as coronary artery disease, chest pains, high blood pressure and high cholesterol as well as numerous other risk factors that jeopardize health. Stress releases the emission of high levels of stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol and can adversely affect blood clotting, seriously threatening and endangering wellbeing.

Stress can result from an emotional or physical change, and is considered one of many dreaded elderly problems. General aches and pains, fatigue, a feeling of helplessness, exhaustion, sweaty palms, racing heart and clenched jaw are indicators of stress; but much more treacherous stress damage is that it causes arteries to weaken and consequently collapse. The human body does not have sufficient natural collagen to repair these damaged arteries and hence uses plaque. Unfortunately however, plaque cannot sufficiently repair the damage and thus it is imperative to find healthy solutions to managing stress.

A growing body of psychological articles and research has ascertained that Vitamin “C”, the body’s necessary precursor to collagen formation, should be added to the diet, beginning at age 30 and continuing for life. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen and a deficiency of Vitamin “C” results in scurvy like diseases which new research is establishing as the real cause of heart problems. At Boomer Yearbook we urge you to investigate the benefits of Vitamin C, to learn healthy strategies for coping with stress, and to keep your booming heart as healthy as possible.

The Psychological Article on Stress and Heart Disease is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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The Sport of Ballroom Dancing

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Psychological Articles: The Sport of Ballroom Dance

Psychological Articles: The Sport of Ballroom Dance

By Boomeryearbook.com

The baby boomer generation has been looked up to as a generation that never shied away from trying out new things and finding new ways to have fun. Ballroom dancing is no exception. It has been universally recognized that ballroom dancing is great recreation, fantastic exercise, and a terrific way to develop self-confidence and hone social skills. Keeping all this in mind Boomer Yearbook did some research for the benefit of the baby boomer generation and put together this psychological article on the history of ballroom dancing as well as some of the most common rules. We hope you Enjoy!

Ballroom dancing was first introduced in the 18th century and its origins can be traced back to England where ballroom dancing was performed by the elite and upper strata of society, in social gatherings and at balls. During the late 19th century it became trendy among the working and middle class who held ballroom dances in public dance halls. Like other dance forms, while ballroom dances have recognizable steps, they are also vehicles of expressing feelings, thoughts and emotions.

History of Ballroom Dancing

Historically ballroom dancing referred to any form of formal social dancing performed as a way of recreation. However in modern times, as the baby boomer generation may well be aware, ballroom dancing, with the advent of dance as a sport, has become narrower in scope.

Interestingly for the baby boomer generation, psychological articles have revealed that the oldest forms of ballroom dancing probably had their roots in camp fire rituals, spiritual ceremonies and fertility rites.

The modern closed couple position of the Viennese Waltz was first invented in the 1700s, (and spread to England in the 1800’s), at the same time as which the Polka and Tango gained popularity and evolved in other parts of Europe.

Ballroom dancing hit America in the early 1900s, incorporating variations such as the Foxtrot, Swing and Quickstep, shortly followed by Cuban, Caribbean and Latin influences of Rumba, Samba, Mambo and Cha Cha Cha.

Modern Ballroom Dancing

Today ballroom dancing has transformed from a social activity to a competitive sport. The modern ballroom dances have been categorized and standardized. This dance style now follows internationally agreed upon terms, techniques, rhythms and tempos.

There are five different steps which are danced in ballroom dancing events. They are diverse in origin but are all danced by a couple i.e. a man and a woman in a ‘Closed Hold.’

The Ballroom Dance Hold

Conventionally the man takes the lead and the lady follows. There are 5 contact points which are to be maintained throughout the dance.
• The man’s left hand hold lady’s right hand.
• The lady’s left hand rests on top of the right arm of the male partner with Tango being an exception and the lady’s left hand resting behind the male partner’s arm.
• The man’s right hand is positioned on the lady’s left shoulder.
• The lady’s left elbow is placed at the man’s right elbow.
• The chest of both partners touch on the right side.

1. Modern Waltz:
A sedate version of Viennese Waltz that has characteristic turns and dips. It’s danced with couples face to face, with arms on each other’s shoulders and hips.

2. Tango:
It’s a light spirited Flamenco originally from Spain. Its emphasis is on leg movements, proud torso and sharp leg movements that have a staccato action.

3. Viennese Waltz:
A dance performed to music with 3 beats to the bar. Today it’s danced to a tempo of 180 beats per minute.

4. Slow Foxtrot:
A more romantic Foxtrot performed to a 4/4 rhythm of about 120 beats/minute tempo.

Dances have been an integral part of human civilization; and the baby boomer generation have reveled in Ballroom Dancing as a form of recreation and socialization. Psychological articles tell us that Ballroom dancing develops self esteem and an overall positive attitude. Ballroom dancing can teach us the important trick of keeping our feet grounded while holding our heads high. And isn’t that what we baby boomers do best?

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The Benefits of Dogs for the Elderly

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Psychological Articles: Benefits of Dogs for the Elderly

Psychological Articles: Benefits of Dogs for the Elderly

Psychological Articles:Resolving Elderly Problems with Dogs

by Boomeryearbook.com

The human-dog connection is a centuries old bond. There’s nothing like a sweet, attentive, loving dog to make you forget about day to day stresses as well as life’s major traumatic events. Psychological articles affirm that having contact with a responsive animal can do wonders for our physical and emotional well being.

Numerouspsychological articles have reported that as we age contact between people and their dogs can have even more beneficial effects; especially in resolving the elderly problem of loneliness. Too often, the elderly tend to lead isolated lives, and having a four legged, loving companion can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and constancy that can help shield against the elderly problem of depression. Psychological articles have observed that dog owning aging baby boomers and seniors cope with daily activities better than their non-pet-owning friends.

Feel Good Effect

Psychological articles have stated that walking your dog and other routine caring tasks helps resolve the elderly problems of getting much needed exercise as well as alleviating loneliness and satisfying the craving for companionship. Simply playing with your dog raises both serotonin and dopamine levels-the brain nerve transmitters known to give calming and increased pleasurable sensations. Just think about this. People take heroin and cocaine to attempt to stimulate brain serotonin and dopamine levels, and this “artificial drug induced high” can be healthily achieved by getting a pet dog!

Alzheimer

Studies indicate that Alzheimer’s patients show lower stress levels and fewer anxious outbursts if there is a dog in the household. According to psychological articles, the mere presence of a dog can ease the effects of the disease.

AIDS

Hard as it is to admit, as a rule, the general public is not totally unbiased and empathic to AIDS patients. However, dogs are! They would give them the same unconditional and unbiased love that they would to a healthy owner. It is observed that AIDS patients who have dogs are far less likely to get depressed as compared to those without pets.

Heart Diseases

Psychological articles and research indicates that heart attack patients who own dogs have better chances of a speedy recovery than those without them. Dogs can feel the symptoms of a heart attack much quicker than any other animal. It is observed that dog owners have lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. And as stated above, they also encourage the owners to exercise regularly as they need to be taken out for walks.

Anxiety Disorders

In a study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, a trial therapy session was carried out which involved patients, a trained dog and its handler. The psychological article concluded that the patients who interacted with the trained dog exhibited significant improvements in mood and behavior such as reduction in anxiety levels and lessening of symptoms of dementia.

In a therapeutic program called ‘Project POOCH’, convicts volunteered to train homeless dogs with series behavioral problems. The aim was not only to train the dog but also to inculcate a sense of responsibility and accomplishment among the convicts doing the training. This project has been so successful for both the dogs and the convicts that it is being expanded with the hope that both dogs and convicts will benefit. The dogs are helping to make criminals more useful and functionally rehabilitated and once the dogs are trained, they are freed from shelters and possible death and provided with new, hopefully permanent homes.

Psychological articles show that throughout the world elderly people are being encouraged to keep dogs as the benefits of these friendly pets can not be denied. The benefits of owning a dog extend beyond companionship and pleasure, to the numerous physical and mental health benefits attainable with the help of these magnificent canines.

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Psychological Benefits of Owning a Cat

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Psychological Article on the Benefits of Cats

Psychological Article on the Benefits of Cats

A Psychological Article By Boomeryearbook.com

The world has seen an alarming increase in mental health problems. And psychological articles suggest one possible reason for this Global Health scenario could be modern society’s robotic, stressful, super-competitive over ambitious lifestyle.

Psychological articles have reported that worldwide measures are being investigated- by varying organizations and institutions-to gauge the causes and implement initiative programs to tackle emotional health and well being.. And not surprisingly for some of us, (we know who we are), psychological articles have indicated that cat owners show an overall positive personality effect when compared to non-cat owners. Meow!

Just for starters, psychological articles have repeatedly shown that pets provide unconditional love, companionship and acceptability; that leads a person towards being responsible, tender and benevolent. Pet’s increase our self esteem and self efficacy.

And since psychological articles inform us that cats are more childlike, resilient and whimsical in their behavior –by sharing our home with these gorgeous felines- we get the added benefit of learning patience and increased ability to deal with life’s frustrations. Numerous psychological articles and research have confirmed that these remarkable creatures give us privileged owners the a sense of belonging, and feeling needed.

Children With Cats Show More Empathy

Psychological articles show that children who have a pet cat develop an early aged sense of duty and responsibility. The delicious feline is not just an animal for these lucky child cat owners, but a playmate, buddy and confidante. By looking after their adored companion, psychological articles have shown children to light up with delight. Playing with their cat makes a child more relaxed and training their feline buddy (if indeed you can talk about cat training without giggling) makes a child more patient as well as assertive.

Psychological articles have observed that children who have cats, are more popular among their classmates, better understand other people’s body language, and have an easier time comprehending non verbal cues than do their cat-less friends. These lucky children have been rated as scoring higher in overall sense of self worth, importance and connectedness (feeling needed).

Impact of a Cat on an Adult’s Life

Psychological articles and researches have demonstrated that sharing your life with your pet cat has an immensely beneficial affect on reducing mood swings, and can be a constant source of joy and amusement. These psychological articles go on to report that even the cat’s purring has a calming affect, and as any of us know, stroking your cat’s fur is remarkable calming and measurably lowers stress levels.

When you walk into a lonely apartment your cat’s welcoming meow gives you a feeling that somebody is waiting and happy to see you home. Psychological articles go as far as to claim that a cat can be your key to fight off depression and loneliness. And today, many nursing homes, (of non allergic residents) enjoy the company of pet cats as a “‘therapy animal, who with its mere presence can promote positive group and family interaction.

Health Benefits that Lead to Emotional Well Being

Psychological articles reviewing world wide studies show that one can even increase immunity levels by owning these marvelous creatures; and if brought into the home during the infancy stage, cats have been shown to reduce the risk of having animal allergies-asthma!

Additionally, children with pet cats have 13-18% less poor health and incur less “illness” related school absences.

Another study done in China shows that people who own cats visit hospitals 20% less than those who don’t; with elderly cat owners demonstrating lower ranges of normal blood pressure. The mere stroking of a cat can decrease triglycerides levels thus reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Prisoner’s Rehab Program in Switzerland

In Switzerland, at Saxerriet State prison, a Cat rehab program for the prisoners was introduced. A group of volunteer prisoner’s were given cats to look after, and told to follow a strict set of instructions regarding proper cat care and well being.

The study concluded that the prisoners who looked after their cats well were more responsive to other psychological treatments. The cats provided them a chance to be empathic and responsible. Moreover, this psychological article affirms that the prisoners felt they were given irreplaceable, unconditional acceptance from their cat-something they said was missing in other parts of their lives. It is common psychological theory that many offenders have a history of being unloved, and the giving and receiving of their cat’s unconditional love is enhancing their chances of evolving into a better person.

To sum it up your cat could be the most important being in your life. It simply has to stare at you with its wise feline eyes-to let you know “you’ll be alright.” You can talk to it, snuggle it, stroke, and cuddle. Your cat is there for you when many of your friends are not. Ah, but this little furry bundle can also be naughty and mischievous, but as all of us cat lovers know, this only makes them more endearing.

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Elderly Problems: Natural Treatments for Constipation

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Elderly Problems: Healthy Foods to Relieve Constipation

Elderly Problems: Healthy Foods to Relieve Constipation

By Boomeryearbook.com

While constipation has troubled all of us at some point or another, to the aging baby boomers generation, it might seem like a chronic problem. Though there are variable causes, most commonly it is due to poor life style choices such as unhealthy eating habits, inadequate exercise, not getting enough fiber and not drinking enough water.

There are a number of natural remedies that the baby boomers generation should consider, the key ones being:

Exercise

Constipation is caused mostly by lack of physical activity, one of the elderly problems that the baby boomers generation has to face as we age. Any type of regular exercise, especially walking, is a great natural remedy for constipation. Exercise keeps the heart in shape which has the additional benefit of stimulating the bowels as movement encourages the passage of food through the intestine.

Eating right

An all natural food diet is a recommended life style choice for the aging baby boomers generation. It’s a matter of digestibility. If your intake consists of natural food products then your body will know how to digest it. Processed food and refined sugars and chemicals are hard for your body to digest, and can cause constipation. Many processed food ingredients just gets stored as waste and weakens the overall system. We boomers should know this by now but it bears repeating. Stick to the natural and stay away from processed.

Water

The all rounder for over all good health; Water is also one of the best cures for constipation. 8 glasses a day is highly recommended.
Fiber
One of the most effective remedies that the aging baby boomers generation can adopt is to increase fiber intake. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and having them as juices is especially effective because they become easily absorbable. Some of the best fiber providers, and also great natural remedies for constipation are:

• prunes
• dried beans
• raisins
• popcorn
• figs
• pears
• oatmeal
• nuts

Herbal remedies

The best cures for constipation are listed above, however if additional help is needed, there are herbal remedies that have laxative properties and are much better than the harsh laxatives that are found in stores. Amongst these are aloe juice, senna, cascara sagrada, medicinal rhubarb, root of dandelion and plaintain seeds. As with everything, overuse can be harmful so be cautious and follow proper directions.

Try to de- stress

It has been shown that relieving tension is a remedy for constipation. Relaxation loosens the bowels so do whatever helps calm you down; books, music, or yoga.

Medication

Because of the elderly problems they face most of the aging baby boomers generation is on some sort of medication. Many medications can aggravate and even cause constipation. Antacids for example, contain calcium or aluminum which can cause constipation. Antihistamines and medication for Parkinson’s can also be a cause for constipation amongst elderly patients. Diuretics are widely known to cause constipation as are the following:

• calcium supplements,
• narcotics,
• phenothazines,
• tricyclic antidepressant medications
• sedatives

We at Boomer Yearbook are aware that constipation can be a chronic problem amongst our aging retirement baby boomers generation. These natural remedies should go a long ways towards eliminating (no pun intended) this elderly problem.

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Treating the Boomer Pet for Arthritis

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Elderly Problems in Dogs

Elderly Problems in Dogs

Elderly Problems in Dogs

By Boomeryearbook.com

Arthritis is one of the elderly problems that a lot of our retirement boomers are familiar with. However, arthritis isn’t restricted to our species alone; our pets suffer from it to.

Like us, our pets are living a lot longer, and because of their extended life span there are more pet related elderly problems. Psychological articles and research have reported that if they live long enough, all mammals develop arthritis. However, because of the multiple ways that symptoms can be shown, a lot of the retirement boomers may not even be aware of their pet’s condition. However the situation can be easily attended to by monitoring pets carefully and getting regular vet checkups.
Basically arthritis is a chronic, slow progressing disease that is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in your pet’s body. As that occurs, bones begin to rub against one another resulting in pain and discomfort. There are numerous causes for arthritis, the most common being: genetic malformation of bone structure, trauma or infection to joint surfaces, torn supporting ligaments or tendons, poor nutrition, being over weight and auto-immune conditions.
Treatments vary, but here is a list of possibilities that our retirement boomers can consider:

The Holistic Approach

The holistic approach is simple- take care of the overall health of your pet, and not just the arthritis. Exercise is a must and do not let your pet become overweight. A fat pet is the owner’s, not the pet’s fault.

Non Steroidal Anti- Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

NSAIDs stop pain by inhibiting inflammation in the joints. However, retirement boomers should make sure that their pet is properly monitored by a veterinarian because this drug has some serious side-effects such as:
• kidney related diseases
• gastric ulceration, and
• bleeding.

Disease Modifying Osteoarthritic Agents:
DMOAAs are an attempt by doctors to use added drugs which are natural and help in curing or relieving symptoms of arthritis. They have two categories called Nutraceuticals and Chondroprotectants. So far DMOAAs have not been found to have any side effects and increased research is showing that they are as effective as NSAIDs. Also when used in combination with NSAIDs they decrease the amount of NSAIDs required to relieve pain. They basically work by rebuilding cartilage, providing vital nutrients and decreasing inflammation which causes discomfort to our pets.

Glucosamine Sulfate & Glucosamine HCL

Dietary supplements are often recommended for pet related arthritis treatments, and we suggest retirement boomers consider this an option. The substance glucosamine whose common forms are mentioned above, are becoming quite popular amongst pet owners and veterinarians. Basically glucosamine is a type of amino sugar that is involved in the production of proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans, substances that make up cartilage and inhibit the production of enzymes that degrade them. These compounds reduce the inflammation of joints, regenerate cartilage, and gradually repair the damage caused on cartilage from trauma or infection. Glucosamine is available in capsule form but research shows the liquid form to be much more effective as it is easily absorbed and takes less time to relieve pain than pills. The most popular brand is Synflex Glucosamine, and is a safe and effective choice for your pet.

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HERE’S HOW TO FIX THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Elderly Problems: Fixing the Economic Crisis

Elderly Problems: Fixing the Economic Crisis

By Joseph J. Kusnell

Boomeryearbook.com: Elderly Problems

Can you tell me how you can fix it so that people, who could not afford the homes they bought when they bought them, can afford them now? I’d like to know that.

These people are not suddenly going to acquire skills they never had to make them more able to get jobs that would permit them to buy the homes they just bought.

They couldn’t afford them when they bought them and that’s’ why Fannie Mae created the no-doc loans. Because they had no down payment, no work history and no credit. So we just ignored all those things and gave them the loans anyway. Now we are going to put them into a position to afford them? how?

The most recent idea is great. Reduce the principal of the mortgage. Then reduce the interest rate. Then extend the terms. Well isn’t that the same as giving the houses away. And if they don’t have jobs what difference does it make? They still can’t pay their mortgage no matter what it is. No, the plan has huge holes. But I can tell you what to do about it. And it’s not that complicated.

1. Reduce interest rates to 4.2% for new homes or refinanced homes. That will let return money to the homeowner which he can use for his mortgage or to stimulate the economy.

2. Make longer terms available for whomever wants them. Up to 40 years.

3. Rise the unemployment compensation by 25%. Find the money wherever you found the trillions you just spent. This is critical because people on unemployment can’t find jobs and if they can depend on this money, they will rebuild confidence in the economy while you try to fix the problem.

4. The key. Guarantee unemployment as long as the unemployed rate is over 5.0%. It will cost you 130 billion a year but it will stabilize the economy, allow families to function until they can find work, and will restore confidence in those who are suffering. When the unemployment rates comes down to 5.25%, letters go out warning the unemployed time is running out and they need to go find jobs. When it hits 5.0%, give them a 60 day warning and then stop the payments.

These steps while expensive are not as expensive as what you are doing and this will save the country. You see the key is you have to help those who cannot help themselves.

People in the working classes cannot work until you give them jobs. My plan will guarantee their existence until they can do so themselves. And I believe it will generate the kind of confidence and security that will help to actually turn things around. On their unemployment along with the redoing of mortgages, I think lies the answer to the real estate crisis.

Four points to my plan. And I think they will do the job.

Joey

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The Future of Facelifts May Be In Using Radio Frequency Waves: Baby Boomers Turning to Thermage

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

The Future of Facelifts May Be In Using Radio Frequency Waves:Baby Boomers Turning to Thermage

The Future of Facelifts May Be In Using Radio Frequency Waves:Baby Boomers Turning to Thermage

by BoomerYearbook.com

Put away your anti-wrinkle, anti-sagging creams; say “No!” to the knife; and turn your back on Botox. There is a new way of keeping your face looking young and fresh called Thermage. This new method is yet another discovered benefit of using radio frequency waves. It was previously found to be quite effective in getting rid of wrinkles, lifting eyebrows and tightening sagging skin around the eyes. In Chicago autumn, (2007) Dr. Javier Ruiz-Esparza from San Diego, California (the man behind the discovery) told The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery about his findings.

This exciting new breakthrough is said to produce a more natural look than the previous options available for facelifts. This is so because the heat waves help in distributing the tissue under the skin while cryogen is used to keep the surface of the skin cool. This is done by alternating cool-hot-cool waves onto the skin. This produces a tightening and lifting effect of the skin as a result of the heated tissue contracting in response to the cool skin surface. The entire procedure takes between 30-90 minutes depending on what part of the body you are treating.

Unlike facelift surgery, Thermage does not normally produce immediate results. In fact, it could take two or three months before you will actually see any result, and a few more before you will look your best. The reason for this is that the radio frequency waves only use the amount of collagen that is in your face to do the facelift. However, the waves also stimulate growth of new collagen which occurs over the next few months. When your face has the appropriate amount of collagen, you’ll notice a significant difference in your looks.

An advantage to using Thermage to eliminate or reduce wrinkles and sagging is that it is safer than some of the other available choices. Even though Botox has become very popular, there is very little research as to its long-term effects on the body. Facelift surgery can cause nerve damage and other complications, especially if done by a surgeon who is not very experienced. There is, also, no risk of getting skin cancer from using Thermage.

Currently, radio frequency waves work wonders for people with low to medium loss of skin elasticity. The waves do not react differently to different skin pigmentation in the way some lasers do. This is very good news for people with dark skin.

Baby Boomers who feel young and want to look fresh would do very well to do some research on Thermage. It is the perfect solution to someone who’d like to get rid of a few wrinkles and lift a bit of sagging skin here and there. You’ll feel good knowing that the collagen in your body is all natural; no downtime, nothing invasive.

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Accidental Discovery Gives Hope To Alzheimer’s Treatment

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Accidental Discovery Gives Hope To Alzheimer's Treatment

Accidental Discovery Gives Hope To Alzheimer

by Boomeryearbook.com

During a recent experimental brain surgery to control the appetite of an obese man the doctors made an accidental breakthrough that may very well unlock how your memory works. It was simply a side-effect of the treatment of obesity, but the memory stimulation could potentially pave the road to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The doctors pushed electrodes deep into the hypothalamus - the section of the brain thought to control appetite - and stimulated it with an electric current. Instead of suppressing the patient’s hunger, the deep brain stimulation unlocked vivid memories of an experience 30 years earlier. This result was nothing short of amazing and has raised the possibility of a pacemaker for the brain. It has also created a path of study now underway for patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.

Professor Andes Lozano, lead researcher of the Toronto Western Hospital, explained that after his team planted the electrodes, memory was most intense near the fornix, a grouping of fibers that carry single signals within the limbic system, which is involved in memory and emotions and is situated next to the hypothalamus.

The patient recalled in detail being in a park with friends and then his girlfriend back when he was about 20. As the electric pulses intensified he was able to relate the scene more vividly. After surgery, the patient recovered for two months, after which the electrodes were fitted in a second time. More tests showed that his ability to learn was significantly improved when the current was switched on and his brain was stimulated. It soon became clear that the patient performed well in memory tests when the electrodes were stimulated but less when they were switched off.

Professor Lozano, who also teaches neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and is a world authority on DPS, stated that the approach could only address the symptom of forgetfulness. It would not modify the course of the disease but could still prove a useful tool in the fight against dementia. “It gives us insight into which brain structures are involved in memory,” Professor Lozano said. “It gives us a means of intervening in the way we have already done in Parkinson’s and for mood disorders such as depression, and it may have therapeutic benefit in people with memory problems.”

The technique is now being studied on six Alzheimer’s patients in an initial pilot research. Only three patients could afford to have the device surgically implanted. Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, stated that she is keeping a close eye on this research as it will be interesting to see whether this method offers any benefit to people with Alzheimer’s.

Though accidental, this ‘discovery’ was greatly appreciated and research is already underway to confirm its use as the Alzheimer’s population is expected to double among baby boomers. It has become an amazing achievement in the ongoing battle to tackle the disease and we look forward to its effectiveness on our beloved relatives.

We at Boomer Yearbook are excited and thrilled by the prospect of this type of Alzheimer’s treatment. We’d love to hear your thoughts.


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The Hidden Damage of Poverty: A Boomer Call to Action

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The Hidden Damage of Poverty: A Boomer Call to Action


by BoomerYearbook.com

Just how much difference does having money make? We all know it dramatically affects our lifestyles but beyond the obvious signs, how does it affect our children? Research studies indicate that some children from low income families, between the ages of 9 and 10, have adversely affected brain functioning due to financial poverty. The saddest part of these findings is that the damage is so severe as to be equivalent to damage caused by a stroke!

Many stroke victims suffer prefrontal cortex lesions. This is the area of the brain that houses the problem solving skills and superior or executive judgment and thinking. Researcher Mark Kiskiyams, a cognitive psychologist at the University of California-Berkeley, found that 9 to 10 year old children from the low-income families studied, showed the same pattern of prefrontal difficulties as stroke victims. Kiskiyams’ study has been combined with other evidence to suggest that poverty adversely affects the child’s brain. It is known that there are detrimental effects caused from malnutrition, stress, toxic environments, and illiteracy. But many boomer adults are surprised to learn that the neural systems of poverty stricken children do not develop the same way as do those from middle income class children. Growing up in poverty has a direct effect on the development of linguistic skills. In addition damages can include that the child cannot plan properly, recall details or even concentrate sufficiently to understand school work. If this problem is recognized then it can be dealt with. It requires intensive intervention and time. It is a call to action for adults and educators as exercises such as focused lessons and games need to be structured to get these children to think out loud or use their executive functions. It is now becoming all the more important to consider how a child’s experience, (i.e. environment or nurture) affects brain function.

In poor third world countries, the outward effects of poverty, particularly children’s poverty is all too evident. It’s not hard to see a child with sunken eyes and a swollen tummy and know that this little one is starving. However, there is no excuse for poverty stricken children in the developed countries of the world. Yes, it’s true we don’t see the outward signs of poverty that we have just mentioned, but are we so blind that we cannot see the inward signs of those suffering in rich developed countries? We are not discussing the depths of poverty, only the periphery of it - low income families. Are these conditions so prevalent that it is affecting the very minds and healthy growth of our children? If so then we need to stand up, take notice and act upon giving all children equal opportunity. Naturally every family is unique and there are individual circumstances. Not all low income problems can be solved in the same answer. The goal should be to address the problems that can be rectified and at least eradicate some of them.

Boomers; we need a call to action. We changed the world once. We are not done yet. We need to get involved and make a difference.

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