This blog often talks about the importance of exercise as we get older, but this is something even we didn’t expect. To be sure, “pole dancing” as a form of exercise has taken the U.S. by storm the last 5 or 6 years, but even we didn’t expect it to take off with the senior set. But sure enough, we came across this post covering a septuagenarian from Chengdu, China engaging in the sport. She even got on “Asia’s Got Talent”! The pictures of her routines are quite amazing. Here’s wishing we all look that good when we’re 70!
The results of two new studies — the largest and longest of their kind — are in, and the results aren’t good. It appears that by the time you’ve gotten to your 70s, things like improving exercise, or adding dietary supplements are unlikely to help keep you mentally fit and ward off dementia. U.S. News & World Report interviewed the doctors associated with the two studies, and they agree: your best bet is to start early eating a good diet. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise, but the benefits will be physical and emotional, not mental.
Almost everyone is familiar with the AARP, but it’s not the only choice out there. In 2005, Jeff Barton founded a competing institution, which came to be known as the American Seniors Association. With an activist agenda focused on Medicare, Social Security, and tax reform, the ASA is often viewed as the “conservative answer” to AARP. It provides a wide variety of services, such as insurance, an auto club, travel benefits, and discounts on prescriptions. Depending on your views, they may be worth giving a look.