When it comes to eating healthy, you can’t really go wrong with fruit and veg. But just as some fruits are healthier than others, some vegetables have are more nutrient-dense and have more health benefits than others – namely, leafy greens.
They examined the diets of 960 people with an average age of 81, testing their thinking and memory skills every year for an average of 4.7 years along with how often they consumed a half-cup serving of either spinach, kale or collard greens or a one-cup serving of lettuce.
It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since David Bowie’s death, but as devastating as his loss was to his fans and his peers, at least his music and his legacy will endure forever. So to celebrate his life, we’re taking a look at some little-known facts about the music icon.
1. Why he changed his name
When David Robert Jones decided to pursue his music career, The Monkees were at the height of their fame, and David was worried he would become confused with Davy Jones. So he changed his name to Bowie, and the rest is history! In a letter to a 14-year-old fan in 1967, Bowie wrote that his manager told him, “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you”.
2. His eyes are NOT different colours
Contrary to popular belief, Bowie did not have heterochromia, a genetic condition resulting in two different coloured eyes. However, he did have another ocular quirk – aniscoria, a permanently dilated pupil. It happened after a 15-year-old Bowie and his friend George Underwood got into a fight over a girl, and Underwood’s fingernail accidentally sliced Bowie’s eye. Luckily, there were no hard feelings and the two later collaborated several times.
Everyone’s searching for the secret to a long, happy and healthy life but most of the time, it’s a bit of a lottery.
That being said, there are plenty of steps we can all take to get us a little closer to reaching 100. And where better to turn to for advice than some of the most famous centenarians in history?
From Hollywood royalty to actual royalty, these tips and pearls of wisdom might just be what you need to attain those elusive triple digits.
1. Olivia de Havilland
Olivia, 101, and her sister Joan Fontaine, who passed away at the impressive age of 96, certainly have good genes when it comes to longevity. As for when her time comes, however, the Gone with the Wind actress knows exactly how she wants to go.
“I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.”
From improving your memory to protecting your heart health and even boosting your self-confidence, here are five little facial expression tricks for you to try.
1. Improve your memory by moving your eyes
You’ve just made it to the shops and the horror sets in – did I lock the front door? If you can’t remember, try moving your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds. According to a UK study, this simple exercise increases recall by 10 per cent by forcing the right and left parts of the brain to work together.
2. Avoid squinting to stay happy
It’s time to whip those sunglasses out! The sun may be shining, but you won’t be if you keep squinting. Italian researchers found that since squinting uses the same muscles as frowning, much the same as faking a smile makes you happier, squinting and frowning can bring on aggression.
Most people can’t function without their morning cup of coffee, but did you know it’s doing so much more for you than simply helping kick-start your day?
From helping you shed those unwanted kilos to lowering your risk of cancer, we’re taking a look at seven of the incredible ways coffee can benefit your health.
1. Weight loss
Up to four cups of coffee a day is the recommended limit, but even one cup can have a positive impact when it comes to weight management. Why? Coffee is a great appetite suppressant. In fact, decaf coffee might even be better at putting those hunger pangs at bay.
2. Pre- and post-workout
Forget those expensive, sugary sports drinks. Whether you’re doing some light weights or going for a long walk, it’s been proven that black coffee is the perfect thing for you both before and after a workout. A University of Georgia study even found that drinking coffee after exercise reduces DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness) by almost 50 per cent!
To the average Joe, dementia and Alzheimer’s might seem like the same thing – after all, they both describe cognitive impairment that usually affects memory. But they aren’t, and understanding the distinction is essential.
As Dementia Australia explains on their website, “Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.”
Dementia has many different forms, but the most common types are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.
Because Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia (accounting for 50 to 70 per cent of all cases), it’s easy to get the two confused – especially since many forms share similar symptoms.
No matter how much you love celebrating Christmas and ringing in the new year, there’s no denying that the festive season is one of the busiest and most stressful times of year.
In fact, according to one UK survey, it’s the sixth most stressful life event – yet we deal with it every year. And with so much to do – from shopping for (and wrapping) gifts to preparing Christmas lunch – it hardly comes as a surprise.
So, spare a thought for the thousands of people around the country dealing with all the usual sources of Christmas stress as well as chronic health conditions. There are currently around 60,000 Australians waiting to be assigned a Home Care Package – and many can expect to wait 12 months, even though they need support now.
If you are someone looking for support at home or out in the community, or you are caring for someone who is, it’s important to remember there are ways to ease the pressure this holiday season.
Here, we take a look at three of the biggest holiday stressors and how you can overcome them to stay stress-free and happy this Christmas.
I recently had the privilege of speaking to best-selling author Jeffrey Archer about his new collection of short stories (as well as some old favourites).
A decade after his last collection, international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer is back with a fresh batch of suspenseful short stories, Tell Tale. To find out more about the book and when we can expect to see more from him, Over60 sat down for a quick chat with the 77-year-old storyteller.
Our readers are huge fans of yours and they’re very excited to see what you’ve got in store for the future. What motivates you to keep writing and working at an age when most people – our readers included – are long retired?
I think your opening sentence answers that question. Your fans are very excited to hear what I have to say and there’s a lot of them waiting to find out. In a way, it’s a drug in itself that so many millions of people buy the books, but when you’ve done one, you want to do another.
You’ve written dozens of novels and short stories on many varied topics, where do you draw inspiration for your stories, and this latest batch of short stories in particular?
In the case of Tell Tale, which is 14 new stories, several of them have come in my visits around the world where I pick up the stories. To give you an example, one of my stories from an earlier set of short stories, “The Queen’s Birthday Telegram”, someone gave me that story in Sydney. So, I’m always being told stories or incidents and sometimes I can turn those into a short story.
According to Alzheimer’s Australia, an estimated 413,106 Australians currently live with dementia, and there are around 244 new cases reported each day. Sadly, this means it’s more likely than ever that each and every one of our lives will be affected in some way by this cruel disease.
And when we, as adults, have such difficulty coming to terms with it, how can we explain it to the kids in our lives? Well, one author may have just found a way.
Grandma Forgets is a picture book offering a gentle and positive yet realistic look into the changes children might expect to see in their older loved one suffering from dementia. Written by Paul Russell and illustrated by Nicky Johnston, this beautiful story will make any child – no matter whether or not their grandparent has dementia – thankful for the precious bond they share with Nan and Pop.
To find out more about this heart-warming book, Over60 spoke to the author, Paul Russell, about what inspired him and how he hopes others can learn from it.
With a five-year survival rate of just 7.7 per cent, pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia – but awareness of the disease is at an alarmingly low 15 per cent, research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has found. As a result, research into pancreatic cancer isn’t receiving the funds it desperately needs to find a potential breakthrough.
It’s not just the cancer that people aren’t aware of, however. A staggering 83 per cent of Australians aren’t even sure of the organ’s function – to secrete digestion-aiding enzymes and produce hormones that help regulate the metabolism of sugar. Furthermore, 77 per cent of people have an incorrect view of the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
Unfortunately, correct symptoms of the disease, such as upper abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite, weight loss, depression and blood clots, may not present themselves until the cancer is at such an advanced stage that surgical intervention is no longer possible.
So, a recent breakthrough from Australian and UK scientists couldn’t have come at a better time. Associate Professor Paul Timpson, Head of Invasion and Metastasis at the Garvan Institute, and Professor Kurt Anderson of the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, UK, have created a “biosensor mouse” which allows them to track the disease’s progression – and perhaps even stop it in its tracks.
To find out more about this incredible innovation, Over60 spoke to Associate Professor Paul Timpson. “We’ve made a green glow-in-the-dark mouse that can show a pancreatic cancer tumour getting ready to break apart and spread throughout the body before it even occurs,” he explains.