Archive for April, 2010

Can Online Games Boost Brainpower?

“Online games may not boost brainpower,” stated a Science News article in yesterday’s Washington Post. In a previous post, I shared a study that did indeed boost the brainpower of a senior group. This study, however, consisted of a younger age group of 8,600 people in the 18 to 60 age bracket. According to the Post, “…they were recruited from among viewers of a British TV science show and asked to play online brain games designed to improve their memory, reasoning and other skills for at least 10 minutes a day, three times a week.” Researchers found that those who surfed the Internet did just as well and on some sections those that did not play the brain games did better than the test group.

The lead author of the study, Adrian Owen, assistant director of the cognition and brain sciences unit at Britain’s Medical Research Council, stated that the data suggests that playing the games will not improve your IQ. Arthur Kramer, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Illinois suggests that people should be involved in physical activities because they can spark new connections between neurons and produce new brain cells.

Philip Adey, emeritus professor of psychology and neuroscience at King’s College in London says that games have to be challenging. He suggests learning a new language or sport if you want to really improve your brain power.

Want to try the games yourself? Click here or picture on the left.

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DermaView — Facial Skin Analyzer

DermaView at the Seniors Fair

In my last post, I talked about skin agers. Last week I attended a “Seniors Fair” at a local hospital. They were offering several tests, one of which was DermaView, a machine that is a  facial skin analyzer. It shows you damage to your skin that you cannot necessarily see with the naked eye. For the most part, it’s ugly. Did you know that most people receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to the sun by the age of 18? By the time you’re a senior, chances are your face will have definitely suffered from sun damage. So imagine your face covered with brown splotches. That’s what you, as well as the technician on the other side, will see in the DermaView mirror.

I had this same test done about a year ago and I saw a vast improvement. I attribute it to a skin care system that I use. It’s a system that normalizes the skin and I am so pleased with the results that are definitely visible to the naked eye.

Skin cancer is very slow to develop. It is the result of sun exposure and sun burns over the years. Here is a test from the American Melanoma Foundation to determine your risk for skin cancer.

  • Hair color: 4=blond/red, 3=brown, 1=black
  • Eye color: 4=blue/green, 3=hazel, 2=brown
  • When exposed to 1 hour of summer sun you: 4=burn & sometimes blister, 3=burn, then tan, 1=tan
  • Freckles? 5=many, 3=some, 1=none
  • Where is your job? 4=outdoors, 3=mixed, 2=indoors
  • Has anyone in your family had skin cancer? 5=yes, no=1
  • Where in the US did you live most before the age of 19? 4=south, 3=midwest, 2=north

Results: 10-15 = below average risk; 16-22 = average risk; 23-25 = high risk; 26-30 = very high risk

A basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common...

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Although skin cancer may take a long time to develop, once you get it, it can spread. A former yoga classmate of mine has a son who started with skin cancer on his leg. By the time he decided to see a doctor, it had spread to his brain. I pray that he is recovering, but unfortunately, I no longer see her so I don’t know the outcome. Cheers to sun screen! Use at least an ounce to cover all exposed areas.

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Skin Agers

A Facial mask.

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You don’t have to be a skin specialist to know that some people look far younger than their actual age while others look way beyond their actual age. Most seniors really care about eliminating their wrinkles and brown spots, but some don’t.  Have you noticed that low end cosmetics that you can find at drug stores and discount stores are jumping into the anti-wrinkle/anti-aging market big time?

How did we get the wrinkles and brown spots? There are the standard reasons such as stress, smoking, and lack of sleep. Recently, a short article appeared in Prevention magazine and was picked up by several online sources. They call it the three skin shocking skin agers:

  1. Driving
  2. Sipping from a sports bottle
  3. Eating too much sugar

What are the solutions? For driving, you need to make sure that you wear sunblock/sunscreen (at least SPF 30), move your visor to the left because the left side of the face and hands appears to be getting more wrinkles and brown spots. They also recommend wearing gloves. Of course, if you’re often a passenger in the front seat like I am, the opposite side of the face is affected. Sunblock/sunscreen needs to be re-applied every two hours if you’re in the sun. Your sunblock/sunscreen should also cover both UVA and UVB rays.

To avoid sipping from a sports bottle which causes vertical lip lines like smoking does, drink water from a glass or use a refillable travel mug.

Finally, limit your added sugar to no more than 100 to 150 calories or 6 to 9 teaspoons per day. Eating too much sugar will damage skin-firming collagen fibers when the sugar attaches to proteins to form molecules in your bloodstream.

Personally, I’ve tried many products, but am now getting great results with Natique. Click here for more information.

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New Year’s Resolutions

We’re now into the second quarter of the year. What sort of New Year’s resolutions did you have?  Here are some popular ones:

  1. Spend more time with family and friends
  2. Get fit / get rid of bulge
  3. Lose weight
  4. Quit smoking/quit drinking/break an unhealthy habit
  5. Get out of debt or save money
  6. Learn something new
  7. Develop a healthy habit
  8. Get organized
  9. Work less, play more
  10. Change employment

Were any of these your resolutions? If not, perhaps you tried to do too much at one time. Every day can be the start of a new life. Just start with baby steps and start with something you enjoy. We seniors need to enjoy every day of our lives!