Electrical zapping restores working memory

‘The rhythm of life is a powerful beat,’ Sammy Davis Jr used to sing in the seventies.And, if scientists at Boston University are right, getting that rhythm to the right beat in the brains of older people could restore their short-term working memory to that of 20-year-olds.  Our short-term working memory helps us to keep our plates spinning, storing information for around 10 - 15 seconds to allow problem solving, reasoning, planning and decision making, helping us, for example, to keep a telephone number in mind while writing it down.

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81-year old with osteoarthritis hikes 17 miles over three mountains

After two days in London last week, schlepping along the underground and the miles in between with a heavy overnight bag, I thought I’d done very well. Until I read about 81-year-old Ian Waddell, who’d covered 17 miles and a 5,000 ft ascent in the South Wales Three Peaks Challenge, using sticks and crutches because he has osteoarthritis and joint pain. He’s also had hip and knee surgery.

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Introducing Chat & Natter Tables

Manchester is in the lead when it comes to innovative ideas for older people.  It's strategy is to make life as enjoyable and inclusive for them, and everyone else.  It comes up with new ideas and events all the time.One of its latest ideas is the Chat and Natter Table. Its website says*, 'A Chatter & Natter table is where customers can sit if they are happy to talk to other customers.

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Amazing is possible at 82 and beyond!

Unless you've been meditating on a mountain top with no transmission, you'll know that Wales beat England 21-13 in the Six Nations rugby match last Saturday.  Max Boyce probably wrote another song to commemorate it.  In the crowd was an 82 year old who'd never been to a rugby match before. (Perhaps she moved into Wales late in life.)  She said that meeting the team was wonderful, adding, 'It will be hard to top that one.  I'm 82 years of age and to have something like that happen to you at my age is amazing.'

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How ‘the One Who Sees’ changes a bad place to a blessing

I’ve learnt something today that has blessed me hugely, so I thought I’d pass it on to bless you too.  It’s a story of God’s grace and wonderful ways, and how He can transform a 'bad place' of despair into a place of blessing.   You’ll remember Sarah and Hagar and their sons, Isaac and Ishmael, and how Hagar was sent away by Abraham because Ishmael mocked Isaac at the boy’s weaning ceremony (Genesis 21).  Not just light teasing; the word indicates intense derision.

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Could this comedian save lives?

Shakespeare wrote that music was the food of love but it seems that laughter is the elixir of life.  Particularly when prompted by comedian Michael McIntyre. Deaths from influenza amongst the elderly have risen sharply in recent years, and it's known that flu vaccinations don’t work for everybody.   In 2017 researchers at Nottingham University found that being in a good mood before having a ‘flu vaccination increases its protective power.

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