agebuzz weekly

January 18th, 2018

Good morning and welcome to agebuzz… Headlining today’s topics:

Under The Influence: The Impact of Grandparents On Children's Views Of Aging: Becoming a grandparent can be a magical experience for you. But besides the personal benefit, the potential impact you can have on the life of a child can be enormous. And now researchers have concluded that your impact can include creating a positive image of seniors in the eyes of younger children. In a new study published in the journal Child Development, researchers in Belgium determined that children who say they have a high quality relationship with their grandparent have the lowest levels of ageism, and that the quality of the grandparent-grandchild relationship, rather than the quantity of time together, is what affects a child's view of older people. Read more about this study Here. And if you're looking for ideas and stories about the connection between children and their grandparents, take a look at the website The Grandparent Effect. Finally, for those of you who enjoy kitchen time and cooking with your grandchildren, check out these videos (and recipes!) from Grandfather and Chef Jacques Pepin and his granddaughter Shorey Here.

Cause For Alarm: Seniors And Emergency Room Visits: A visit to the emergency room can be a scary and upsetting event no matter what your age. But for an older person, it can also be a sentinel event that marks a downward spiral in the life and functional ability of a senior living in the community. Writing in a recent edition of Kaiser Health News, journalist Judith Graham provides an overview of the cascade of events that may follow a senior's ER visit, including declines in mobility and functional independence at home, and even nursing home placement. It becomes a critical time for caregivers and family to be involved and take note of ominous changes. For emergency rooms, there are now Geriatric Emergency Dept. Guidelines that can provide a protocol once a senior enters the ER. And some hospitals are piloting programs to deliver emergency care in the home, rather than have seniors trek to the ER. Check out these new home-based emergency care options Here.

The Ladies Room: Frank Talk About Menopause In The Workplace: As more women have entered the workforce, there have been necessary and important changes made to accommodate female employees, including arrangements during pregnancy and nursing once the baby is born. However, let's be frank: For older women, menopause remains an unaddressed, and usually unaccommodated, situation in the workplace. Now, a new research study published in the journal Menopause provides insights into how women are affected, and how workplaces can be supportive, so that female employees continue to be productive and effective while going through menopause. To read more about this study, and its currently taboo topic, readHere and Here. And if menopause has entered your life, you need to arm yourself with as much information as possible. One essential area is your diet- hormonal changes and disrupted lifestyle can wreak havoc on your health and well-being. For some good suggestions of how to make appropriate diet changes, check out the advice Here.

Striking A Pose: Creating A Model For Senior Style At Age 83: Fashion blogger Dorrie Jacobson has never been conventional. A former Playboy Bunny, fashion model and "Miss Polaroid," she's always been one to dress in order to "turn heads," as she likes to describe her style. So in 2014, when she started her fashion blog, Senior Style Bible, there was no doubt that she'd push boundaries for stylish seniors as well. Now 83 years old, Jacobson has over 20,000 followers on her Instagram account, and she's fully embraced social media and technology, including her regular use of internet dating. She's not only fashion forward but has decades of experience employing her fashion sense as a way to create a unique style and attitude toward life. So put down your Vogue and check out Jacobson's style wisdom Here.

Take Heart: Updates Concerning Heart Attack Care: WhileHeart Health Month is still a couple of weeks away, it's never too early to get updates concerning your own heart health. First to report is a study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that confirms what many have suspected: female heart attack victims are often suboptimally treated as compared to men, and therefore are more likely to die when stricken with the most serious type of heart attack. Read more about this study Hereand review the signs of heart attack that women typically experience Here. And for both men and women, there is now a growing realization that another cause of heart attacks can be lipoprotein (a), which, unlike HDL and LDL cholesterol, is not very responsive to diet, exercise or statin use. Check out the recent New York Times article on this newly recognized threat Here. Finally, new advanced technology, currently in use in Europe and hopefully on its way to the US, can assist emergency call operators in determining whether a medical emergency involves a heart attack, thereby increasing the likelihood of positive intervention in the critical moments while the ambulance is on its way. Check out this artificial intelligence invention that could save your life Here.

Serving A Purpose: Knitting Socks For Feet In Need: When grief hits, your world can be turned upside down. One way to respond is to find a cause or purpose to provide meaning for your life and to more basically fill your time. And in fact, there's plenty of data available to support the notion thathaving a purpose in life can keep you healthy as you age. For 88-year-old Canadian Bob Rutherford, after his wife passed away, he followed his son's advice to find something to do, and he combined it with a passion to give back. And thus, Socks By Bob was born. Utilizing the two knitting machines he made, and joined by several other senior friends, Bob has knit and distributed over 11,000 pairs of socks to needy Canadians over the past few years. It's an inspiring story of how to do good for others, and well for yourself, with one act of caring. So take off your shoes and watch these merry sock makers Here.

THE LAST WORD: “Every house needs a grandmother in it." Louisa May Alcott