We’ve all heard the adage “Use it or lose it,” and that couldn’t be more accurate in regards to our cognitive performance, with the first sign of an aging brain being that “tip of the tongue” phenomenon. We’ve come to accept that misplacing our keys, losing our train of thought mid-sentence, or forgetting the name of a familiar face is to be expected at about the same time we start needing reading glasses. Not necessarily so, report neuropsychologists and nutritional researchers. Although the brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in mid-life and memory starts to wane in our 30’s, there are things we can do to stave off this decline:
Wake up! It’s time to accept that skin cancer is a big issue in Arizona. In the “Valley of the Sun” we welcome almost 365 days of sun but it certainly puts a beat down on our skin. This year the American Cancer Society expects Arizona to see thousands of new skin cancer diagnoses. The alarming increase of skin cancer even suggests that Arizona has the highest rate in the United States.
Five years ago an occupational therapist was on her way back from work when her car rolled over into a ditch. She was partially ejected from her vehicle with a crushed thoracic spine, lacerated hip, broken leg and a severe head injury.
For the past three years Ahwatukee resident Malinda Davis has transformed and changed her life by one simple notion: shedding off unwanted pounds. Three years ago Davis was weighing upwards of 411 pounds, and with dedication and the wiliness to change her life she has lost more than 200 pounds.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle Forbes radiates strength, health and confidence as she walks into a room. The 51-year-old RN coordinator at Barrow Neurological Institute enjoys water aerobics, weight training and healthy eating, and can’t wait for the weather to cool off so she can get back on her mountain bike.
Face it — sometimes aging just stinks! You are tired, feel worn down, your muscles hurt, you feel crabby, have a hard time sleeping and your libido is in the tank. All of these symptoms are part of aging, an inevitable, natural process that involves many different systems in the human body. These include the endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. The diseases that are so often tied to aging usually affect one or all of these systems. Menopause, hypothyroidism, low testosterone, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and arthritis all are examples of age-related conditions.
The noises that your loved ones make while they are sleeping may be telling you a story. Snoring and grinding of teeth are two very common sounds heard by spouses, parents, and loved ones. The National Sleep Foundation (NSL) states that snoring affects 37 million Americans on a regular basis, and multiple studies have found that 17 percent of children snore. According to a 2005 study by researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston, more than one-third of parents reported they hear their children grind their teeth at night. The NSL reports that 8 percent of adults are heard grinding their teeth at night.