September 2011

Age-well Newsletter

“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.”
Izaak Walton 1593 -1683

Hi, everybody! I am Mary Treacy founder and editor of the Age Well web site and this is the launch of our monthly Newsletter.

We hope you will enjoy this issue. Please feel free to send us your comments , reactions, criticisms and suggestions, so that this news bulletin will evolve over time and fulfill the needs and wishes of our readers.

What's New?

This month I want to introduce you to our new health correspondent, Richard K Ryland. Richard is a former Registered Mental Nurse, General Nurse and Nurse Teacher from the United Kingdom. Richard also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing. Richard will write articles for the web site on aging well. You are invited to send Richard topics you would like to see explained or discussed.

The world moves on a pace and as I write Europe generally is having financial problems as are the United States of America. From Tunisia to Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria a popular uprising has spread, challenging the Arab world’s rulers. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq are only some of the countries in conflict in the post-9/11 era. Libya has been in the grips of a civil war for the past six months that has rid it of a dictator, but as the old order falls, we wonder what will take its place?

And the bad news and uncertainty does not end there. Twelve million people are facing a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) there are now more than 200 million people unemployed worldwide.

The world appears to be in a sorry state and yet there are many positive developments that should give us reason to feel some optimism, despite the challenges that mark this new millennium.

Advances in medicine mean that we now can expect to live longer and it is possible to enjoy good health as we age, provided we take care of ourselves, and adopt some healthy life choices. aims to provide information on how to avoid age-related disease and live healthily as we age. It also offers a regular digest of some of the medical advances and developments as they occur.

Shown below are some issues trending now on the subject of aging well.

Trending Now

Over 1,000 people suffering from arthritis were monitored for activity to check the actual level of activity against the reported activity by sufferers. The study finds that actual levels of activity were, more often than not, below reported levels of activity.

The number of people suffering from Alzheimers Disease is expected to rise as people live longer.

There is evidence that women who smoke cigarettes are increasing their chance of heart disease by about 25%.

A report in the USA indicates that people with depression may be more susceptible to strokes.

Increasing levels of obesity have in turn increased the risk of diabetes millitus (type 1 & type 2).

New Pages

In Age Well this month we feature several new articles which include stress busting and relaxation, more articles on age-related conditions and how acupuncture can help your back problems.

Below you have links to some of these new pages:

  • There is much you can do to Prevent Heart Attacks and improve your heart health in the long term. This new page on age-well gives you some strategies to prevent heart disease and heart attacks as you age.

  • This article Relaxation Tips gives you some useful tips on how to relax and manage your stress. It is mainly a helicopter view designed to whet the appetite and point the reader to a possible solution.

  • Stress is a highly disagreeable sensation carrying with it acute anxiety, a feeling of doom, faster breathing, faster pulse, possible short-term memory loss and perhaps a lack of sleep. In this article on Stress Management we aim to give you some stress busting tips and techniques.

  • One of the most common causes of loss of hearing is age-related hearing loss or Presbycusis. If you are over 60 there is a 30 percent chance that you suffer from hearing loss, especially if you are a male. If you are over 75 you have a 50 percent chance that your hearing is affected.

  • This age related condition, called a Presbyopea, will affect everybody from around the age of 45 onward. Even if you have never had vision problems, you will be affected by presbyopia.

  • Sacropenia is the gradual loss of muscle mass which can often be disguised by an increase in fat in and around the muscle. it is a mainly preventable, age-related, medical condition which can affect the aging population of any nationality or race.

  • Acupuncture is considered to be one of the world’s oldest treatments and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this article, Michelle Botes discusses the use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Lower Back Pain.

Recipe of the Month

Each month we will feature one of the recipes which has been added to our health recipes database.

This month's dish has been submitted by Carol, whom we thank enthusiastically.

Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime

by Carol

2 big handfuls fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped 1/2 jalapeno, sliced 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1 garlic clove, grated 2 limes, juiced 2 tablespoons soy sauce Pinch sugar Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 (6-ounce) block sushi-quality tuna 1 ripe avocado, halved, peeled, pitted, and sliced

In a mixing bowl, combine the cilantro, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir the ingredients together until well incorporated.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and coat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the tuna generously with salt and pepper. Lay the tuna in the hot oil and sear for 1 minute on each side to form a slight crust. Pour 1/2 of the cilantro mixture into the pan to coat the fish. Serve the seared tuna with the sliced avocado and the remaining cilantro sauce drizzled over the whole plate.

Carol contributed this recipe to our Healthy Lunches Page

To find and share recipes about healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads, soups, vegetarian options and more go to the Recipe Database Entry Page. Contributing your recipes is safe and easy to do.

Till Next Time

Don't forget that has an interactive section which comprises a series of forums, where you can submit your own news items for possible inclusion in this newsletter or exchange views with other readers on a variety of issue, such as osteoporosis and its treatments and share weight loss strategies or beauty tips. There is also a database of health recipes where you can share healthy meal ideas.

Please visit our Age-well Forums to join in.

To Age Well, pay attention to your diet, keep your weight down, stop smoking and exercise regularly.

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Mary Treacy
Founder and Editor of Age Well

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