Category Archives: Social life

#DANCE AWAY THOSE LOVE HANDLES

6417366-an-image-of-a-woman-s-waist-while-she-is-pinching-the-love-handles-on-either-side-of-her-hipBelly dancing is an aerobic workout offered in many gyms and health clubs across the nation.  In addition to being more fun than elliptical trainers, it strengthens core muscles most people don’t exercise in a regular trip to the gym.

Any kind of dancing is a good aerobic workout.  It promotes general fitness, conditions the heart and respiratory system, stimulates the immune system and increases stamina.

It also tones the nervous system, reduces stress, develops balance and coordination, increases oxygen flow throughout the body and imparts a sense of well-being and empowerment.

Just compare the expression on the face of a jogger to the expression on the faces of a couple doing the swing—dancing is fun!

SOURCE:   Dr Andrew Weil’s Tip of the Day, August 18, 2013

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5 ROADBLOCKS ON THE ROAD TO A GOOD #SEX LIFE

13175678-young-couple-lying-in-bed-problem-conflictDon’t ever doubt that the body’s most important sex organ is the brain.  What’s going on in our heads easily overrides the physical components of  functional sex organs and appropriate hormone levels.

1.  Strained Relationship Issues will undermine a couple’s love life.  Conflicts relating to money, children or relatives are carried into the bedroom and are best resolved on the other side of the door.

2.  Performance Anxiety becomes more of an issue when couples reach their 50s.  Worry about performance can make any kind of performance impossible, let alone a 10.

3.  Body Image and Poor Self-esteem inhibit couples from initiating or responding to sexual advances.  Childbirth, weight gain and thinning hair affect persons’ feelings of desirability.

4  Expectations and Past Experiences can complicate sexual relationships.  Though we’re born with a natural sex drive, family, religious background and our peers can color our attitudes to sex, for better or for worse.

5.  Stress and Lifestyle Changes sap energy and sex drive.  Health and financial concerns, newborn children, aging parents and job security create competing demands that can weaken sexual desire.

Source:  Harvard Medical School He althbeat, August 15, 2013

4 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT #ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

12927129-sad-coupleThough discussions of erectile dysfunction (ED) are becoming more mainstream, many men and women don’t have a good understanding of the condition.

Here are 4 important facts about ED:

1.  ED is often caused by diseases or conditions associated with aging.  Or it may be caused by side effects of medications used to treat the conditions.  It can also be caused by prostate surgery, stress, depression and problems associated with relationships.

2.  ED may be caused by tissues’ loss of elasticity and by the slowing down of nerve communication.

3.  Cardiovascular disease often leads to ED because clogged arteries affect blood vessels throughout the body, not just vessels of the heart.  In 30% of the men who consult their doctors regarding ED, the ED is the first clue that they have cardiovascular disease.

4.  The Massachusetts Male Aging Study suggests that there may be a natural ebb and flow of ED.  For some men, ED may occur, last for a considerable amount of time and then partly or fully disappear without any treatment.

Source:  Harvard Medical School Healthbeat, August 3, 2013

EARLY RETIREMENT MAY INCREASE RISK OF #ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

can-stock-photo_csp4259141A French study of 400,000+ retirees found that the longer they’d postponed retirement, the lower were their risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.   Researcher Carole Dufouil, PhD, reported that each additional year of work lowered the risk of dementia by 3.2%.

To eliminate those retirements that had been triggered by an unstable mental state, Dufouil’s team eliminated participants who developed dementia within 5-10 years of retirement.

After researchers adjusted for the above and for other risk factors, their results showed that those retiring at age 60 were 14.6% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those postponing retirement till age 65.

Dufouil said the benefits of postponing retirement include mental and physical activity coupled with social interactions.

Dr Weil’s take on the study:  “I haven’t retired and don’t plan to leave my professional career anytime soon.”

He cited other research showing that the more years of formal education persons have, the less likely they are to develop dementia.  This research is based on the theory that challenging intellectual activity creates rich neural connections that act as insurance against brain-tissue losses, just as strong muscles maintain their integrity during periods of inactivity than do atrophied muscles.

SOURCE:   Dr Andrew Weil’s Weekly Bulletin, July 25, 2013   Study presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Boston, July 15, 2013

MENTOR SENIOR CENTER: SENIOR SINGLES GROUP, JULY 2013 SCHEDULE

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Members enjoy a delicious lunch and lively conversation at Trader Jack’s covered patio overlooking the Chagrin River.

                       Cordial Connections

“where single seniors meet and mingle”

President, Gayle Celizic, 953-4469.  Board of Directors:  Alice Channell, Carole Clement, Susan Gray, Sheila Sanders, Ron Sulzer, Harold Shipley

Wednesday, July 3rd  2:30 pm check in for 3 pm Good Time III cruise to watch the Tall Ships Parade of Sail at 4 pm.  $14 for seniors. Purchase tickets on line or call 1-216-861-5110.  Good Time’s dock is on E. 9th Street behind the Rock Hall. Carpooling suggested. RSVP to Gayle as soon as you purchase your ticket.

Tuesday, July 9th ,11:30am. Social Connection at Mentor Senior Center. Come, have lunch and meet your fellow club members in a relaxed social setting, the Main Hall of the Senior Center. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to get to know the other Cordial Connection members and win prizes.

Friday, July 12th , 6pm Dinner Connection at Bistro 70, 70 North St. Clair St., downtown Painesville. Take Rt.2 east to Richmond Rd. exit, turn left on Richmond Rd., turn left on E. Erie St., turn right on N. St. Clair St.. Parking lot is at side of the building. RSVP to Susan Gray.

Wednesday, July 17th ,1pm lunch at Pickle Bills, 101 River St. Grand River. Take Heisley Rd. north off Rt.2, turn right on Olive St. to River St and look for the lighthouse on the restaurant. RSVP to Harold Shipley.

Tuesday, July 23rd Board of Directors Meeting, 2 pm. Share your ideas for August events with a board member before then.

Thursday, July 25th – Music connection. “#1 Hits of the 60’s” a high energy show from Branson, MO captures the heart of that era through music and dance. Croatian Lodge, 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Willoughby, just west of Rt.91, 943-5480. Lunch & show,12 pm – $46.00, show only, 1:30 pm- $30.00. RSVP to Ron Sulzer after you purchase your ticket so we can be sure to sit together.

Saturday, August 3rd  , 1-4pm, spend a day at the Races. Thistledown Racino, 21501 Emery Rd, Cleveland. Have a leisurely lunch in the Silks clubhouse and watch those ponies run. Carpooling from 8230 Steeplechase Dr. at noon. RSVP to Gayle.

New Ideas!!

Connecting.  One of the purposes of our group is to facilitate members’ connecting with other members.  To that end, in addition to meeting others at scheduled events, the Board of Directors encourages you to contact other members in Cordial Connections when you’d like to share a movie, a walk, a cup of coffee, a sporting event, etc., with another person.

We suggest your initial approach be a “soft” approach, as some persons find it rather unnerving to be asked out by a person they know only little or not at all.  In such cases, “No” seems the easiest and safest answer.

So give yourself a chance.

As a first step, you might first suggest meeting for coffee or a drink to find out what common interests you and the other person may share.

Carpooling 101.2  If you’re willing to drive occasionally when other members need a ride to an event, please call Carole Clement.  She’ll publish a list of drivers and phone numbers in the monthly newsletter.

1)  Drivers are under no obligation to attend events because others need a ride.

2)  Drivers are under no obligation to take passengers if they attend an event to which others need a ride.

3)  Drivers set the number of passengers they’re willing to drive.

4)  Drivers determine the pickup and drop-off time and location.

5) Drivers are under no obligation to wait for persons who don’t show up on time.

Mentor Senior Center    8484 Munson Rd     440 974-5725            Office hours  Monday-Thursday, 8 AM-7:30 PM,        Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM       (Fitness equipment available 7 AM, Main Entrance doors only) 

#HEARING LOSS LINKED TO #DEPRESSION

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Of the 48,000,000 people living in the US having some degree of hearing loss, most go untreated, largely because of the high cost of hearing aids.

Others avoid hearing aids because they feel hearing loss is a normal process of aging or because they don’t want “to look old.”

A recent study led by a hearing loss expert at Johns Hopkins University of 1,984 adults, average age 77, concluded that those with hearing loss had lower scores at baseline on a global cognitive test and were more likely to have considerable cognitive impairment after 6 years.

Additionally, they had a 30 to 40% faster rate of cognitive decline:  the worse the hearing, the worse and more rapid the decline.

These data held true after researchers factored in age, smoking, stroke history, hypertension and depression, confirming the findings of two earlier studies at Johns Hopkins.

Hearing loss impacts cognition for a variety of reasons:  Hearing loss compromises working memory because so much more effort is needed to hear and process what is heard.

Hearing loss leads to increased social isolation and loneliness—two risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia—because of reduced stimulation.

It’s also possible that hearing loss and cognitive decline share the same physiological mechanisms so that when on is impaired, so is the other.

Because hearing loss has a serious impact on quality of life, including increased risk of falls, social isolation and depression, it’s a situation that shouldn’t remain untreated.

Stay tuned for Hidden Causes of Hearing Loss

SOURCE:  University of CA, Berkeley Wellness Letter, May 2013   Study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, April 2013

MORE THAN 20 HOURS OF TV WEEKLY + LITTLE EXERCISE = LOW SPERM COUNT

10522541-couch-potato-watching-tv-and-drinking-beerWho knew?  A cheap, non-invasive form of male birth control

A team of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed the results of the 2009 Rochester Young Men’s Study in which 189 men, ages 18 to 22, reported their levels of activity, inactivity and other factors, such as diet, smoking and stress, that could affect sperm count.

The results showed that the sperm count of men who watched more than 20 hours of TV during the week had a 44% lower sperm count than did men who watched little or no TV.

But men who exercised moderately or vigorously for 15 hours or more per week had a 73% higher sperm count than those men who exercised fewer than 5 hours per week.

Jorge Chavarro, senior author of the study and assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the school of public health, observed, “The majority of previous studies on physical activity and semen quality had focused on professional marathon runners and cyclists who reach physical activity levels that most people in the world cannot match.”

The Harvard research team suspects that sedentary lifestyles may warm the scrotum and affect semen concentrations.  Physical inactivity has also been linked to increased levels of oxidative stress, a condition that promotes the degradation of cells by rogue oxygen compounds.

Still other studies have linked low sperm counts to obesity and high-fat diets.

Source:   examiner.com, February 16, 2013      Study published in British Journal of Sports MedicineFebruary 11, 2013