Healthy Aging

Linky Sunday: Sodas Linked to Senior Depression, Flu and a Panda Video Go Viral…

It’s Linky Sunday: Put on the coffee and prepare your cursor :)

Flu cases reached epidemic proportions and New York governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency late last week. Some experts expect the flu season to last another six weeks and say that especially if you’re over 60, there’s still time to be vaccinated. Click here to access the flu vaccine finder.

The big health news last week linked soda with senior depression. A widely reported study found a strong link between sweetened drinks – and especially diet sodas – and depression in older people. Coffee, on the other hand, was linked with less risk of depression. Read more about the study by clicking here.

Google rolled out free Wi-Fi across Chelsea – the biggest wi-fi network in the city. The area happens to be Google’s own backyard; if that’s your ‘hood, grab your tablet, your laptop or your iPod Touch and go test the signal in the area bounded by Gansevoort and 19th streets, Eight Avenue and West Side Highway, and in public spaces like the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park and Gansevoort Plaza. Read more on Mashable by clicking here.

Quick – hold the weight loss.  Several studies have pointed to eating less as the route to living longer – but a new study out last week suggets that being a few pounds overweight might actually be healthier. “People with a BMI of 25 to 30 – who are considered overweight and make up more than 30% of the U.S. population – have a 6% lower risk of death than people whose BMI is in the normal range of 18.5 to 25,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Click here to read more.

A new semi-retirement book by the veteran career coach Nancy Collamer,  “Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement,” has just hit bookstore (and, we’re hoping, library) shelves. From the publisher’s blurb: “For many people, retirement is no longer a trifecta of golf, grandkids, and gardening…. Nancy Collamer shows how to identify your favorite interests and expertise and repackage them into more than fifty ways to earn income. These second acts range from the traditional (part-time employment, consulting) to newer Internet-based options (teaching online, writing a blog).”  Learn more by clicking here.

Bilingual seniors do better at cognitive tasks. Researchers found that older people who’d spoken a second language since childhood spent less energy switching from one cognitive task to another, and made the switch faster, than their monolingual peers. The study concludes that “bilingual seniors use their brains more efficiently than monolingual seniors.” Click to read more about the study’s findings.

To avoid stroke, walk three hours a week. That’s the learnings from another study about the benefits of exercise for older women. Read about it by clicking here.

Cute alert: The viral video of the weekend was this one from the San Diego Zoo, which finally let 6-month-old panda cub Xiao Liwu into his mother’s enclosure. Watch!

Check out some more viral videos of the week on Mashable’s Viral Recap by clicking here (sorry – you’ll have to sit through a short ad first).

Happy clicking!


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