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50to120 - Living Your Best, Healthy Senior Life

Author: Mark Burright

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Mission Statement is dedicated to providing quality information about living a healthy, extended, active, financially secure senior life based on your current situations and goals. We will ensure excellence for all listeners and followers of podcasts, websites, and blogs. Purpose Statement To EDUCATE those committed to a long, active, healthy senior life. To PROVIDE reviews of products and services for seniors. To REPORT on senior fraud & scams. To COMMUNICATE direction, hope, peace, truth, options, life, and choices. To MOTIVATE decisions and actions which embrace the pursuit of abundant health and life.
42 Episodes
Mark has investigated and reviewed the 'Best 3 Senior Dating Sites and apps around, with reviews by friends that have been there, and done that. Whether you're over 50, 60, 70, or older, these websites will help you connect with other single seniors near you. 
Twelve years ago, Dan Buettner visited communities around the world known for having many centenarians (people who live to be 100 or older), including Okinawa in Japan, the Barbagia region of Sardinia and the Seventh Day Adventist enclave in California.Buettner, an author and longevity expert, called these areas “Blue Zones.” He and his team of researchers wanted to find similarities among the residents that lead to a longer, happier and healthier life.Minda Zetlan, Contributor
The good news is it's never too late to adopt new habits and improve your lifestyle. Danna King, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University and the author of a study chronicling the declining health of baby boomers speaks about his own past research that proves that making healthy changes can produce measurable and significant benefits published in the American Journal of Medicine. His study of more than 15,000 subjects over the age of 45 found that adults who began to eat five fruits and vegetables daily walk a minimum of two and a half hours per week, maintain a BMI and the healthy range of 18.5 to 29.5, and avoid smoking enjoyed a 40% drop in mortality compared with subjects not adhering to these healthy behaviors. Join me for a 14-minute Podcast that could add healthy years to your life! It is NEVER to late. 
The research. The National Institute on Aging study found that the MIND Diet lowered Alzheimer's risk by 35% for people who followed it moderately well and up 53% for those who adhered to it rigorously. How does this program work? Starting doesn't mean making drastic changes overnight. Instead, you begin by making small changes that seem most manageable to you. It is up to you. Balanced Program - The MIND Diet falls within accepted ranges for the amount of protein, carbs, fat, and other nutrients they provide. What types of meals do you eat on this program? No food group is off-limits - you'll get your share of poultry, beef, and fish; whole grains; fruits and vegetables; dairy; legumes, nuts, and seeds; a little fat; a few sweets; and optionally wine at lunch or dinner. You've got lots of room to personalize your plan. You can eat meat when you want and pluck recipes from from any cuisine to suit your taste buds.
Join us as we discuss Hope. Our special guest is Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C. Susan has been an oncology social worker for thirty years and specializes in the development and provision of psychosocial support services for people with cancer and their loved ones. Susan is a licensed clinical social worker and Manager of Patient and Family Services at Oregon Health Science’s Knight Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon. Susan is also on the faculty of the school of medicine at OHSU as well as the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. She has spoken and written extensively about the impact of cancer on individuals and families. In 2009 she received The Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society.
Why is America divided about COVID-19 injections, boosters and anything to do with the subject?Sit back and listen to about 15 minutes that may shed some light on what people that do not agree with your point of view are thinking. Perhaps it will help us all be more accepting of people that have a different point of view. Maybe... The goal of this podcast is to shed some light on the large variability in COVID-19 acceptance.  What exactly divides us? We are going to hear from several people including Dr. Mercola on the natural immunity side, and Dana Loesch from Centerpoint to explain why there has been so much confusion.  Be sure to check out Mikailer Pertson's YouTube channel. The Dr. Mercola clip comes from Mikhaila's channel. Also, be sure to check out Dana Loesch podcast channel to get a conservative slant on the world. I look forward to your comments and input. Mark 
Shingles - Fact & Fiction  What Is Shingles?About a third of all Americans will get it in their lifetimes. That’s 1 million per year. Half of the people who reach age 85 will have had shingles at some point.Myth: It’s Not ContagiousThe open blisters of the rash can’t pass on shingles, but they can spread the chickenpox virus to someone who’s never had it. And that can lead to a later shingles outbreak.Myth: It’s Gone in a Few DaysAbout 40% of people who get shingles feel a burning, shooting pain for months or years after the rash is gone. It’s called postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN.Check out the details about shingles in this fast paced podcast. 
Connie Podesta25 years.Two million people.1,000 organizations.Hall of Fame speaker.Award-winning author.Seven books.Former Radio/TV personality.Comedienne.Human Behavior Expert.And…( what we all probably could use now and then)….a TherapistBottom line: Get ready!  To dig deeper, laugh harder and learn more about how TO GET MORE OUT OF WHAT YOU WANT out of life than you ever thought possibleConnie and I will be discussing her Best-Selling Book 'Life Would Be Easy If It Weren't for Other People'. It is a great time for seniors to check out this podcast and Connie's book. Life continues to shift in ways we never imagined. People working remotely, virtual meetings taking over, families bridging gaps on zoom… Communication skills for seniors have NEVER been more important than now! I met Connie in 2019 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. We had about 35 minutes to talk and I learned that Connie is the go-to guru for understanding just exactly how this people's puzzle works. With the stresses of COVID, political division, and other domestic and international challenges, this interview with Connie will be a breath of fresh air. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!). Bottom line: How you choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people will directly impact your senior life. Most importantly, those skills will determine your ability to attract and sustain healthy relationships. And that is the key to success as you interact with friends and family, and strive to excel as a senior.
Dr. Applegate and I will be discussing brain health in the context of seniors 50 and older. Subjects include foods that boost brain health and slow aging, evaluating vitamins and supplements including memory supplements, available commercial diets plans, and their benefits and risks, and much more.Dr. Applegate's books are available at Applegate's contact information - 
Nearly 95% of older adults are taking prescription drugs that increase their risk of falling. In 1999, less than 60 percent of seniors were taking drugs that affected their likelihood of falling; by 2017, that figure surged to nearly 90%. Mark will be discussing the findings that studies have concluded are important because they highlight how a rise in prescription medications can increase the risk of serious injuries and even death. Two prescription drugs account for a majority of falls. Mark will be discussing these prescription drugs, and why they are causing so many falls.In the second part of the podcast, Mark will be looking at recent research that age doesn't affect a senior's ability to lose weight. Making healthier choices is the key to achieving long-term weight loss. There are several reasons why people may discount weight loss in older people. These include an 'ageist' perspective that weight loss is not relevant to older people and misconceptions of the reduced ability of older people to lose weight through dietary modification and increased exercise. Age should be no barrier to the management of weight and lifestyle. 
Does Eating Organic Make a Difference? The debate over rather it makes sense to spend the extra money for organic products rages on. Mark will discuss the latest information on organics and the pros and cons. Latest Scams Targeting SeniorsThe latest scams revolve around COVID-19 and vaccinesThe development of COVID-19 vaccines has got the scammers busy at work bilking thousands of dollars out of seniors. Mark will discuss the latest scams. 
Let's talk about reversing aging. Reversing aging doesn't mean salads and treadmills. By understanding how you can reverse aging and live longer based on your personal situation, you can reverse aging and optionally enjoy a glass of your favorite wine.Wish you could turn back the clock? Despite scientific advancements and efforts to stop or reverse aging, there is still no Fountain of Youth, but there is no reason we cannot get caught in the fountains spray. The good news is, it's never too late to adopt new habits and improve your lifestyle. Dana King, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University and author of a study chronicling the declining health of baby boomers, speaks about his own past research that proves that making healthy changes can still produce "measurable and significant benefits". Published in The American Journal of Medicine, his study of more than 15,000 subjects over the age of 45 found that adults who began to eat 5 fruits and vegetables daily, walk a minimum of 2 1/2 hours per week, maintain a BMI in the healthy range (18.5-29.5) and avoid smoking, enjoyed a 40% drop in mortality.  As seniors we can't do much about the age on our driver's license, our biological age (or body age) can certainly be reduced. Though our date of birth certainly counts, the age of our body defines us better. While chronological age is our current age in years, biological age is about how old or young our body organs are. The good news is that we can reverse our body organ age. Join Mark to learn more about Anti-Aging.
Scott Schober joins Seniors50to120. Scott is CEO of Berkeley Vaitronics Systems in Metuchen, New Jersey to discuss his new book 'Senior Cyber'.Scott is a highly sought after cybersecurity expert for media appearances and commentary as well as technical speaking engagements. Scott is also the author of several books about technology and cyber security. Recent media appearances include Bloomberg TV, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NPR, CTV News, CCTV America, Fox Business Channel, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, Inside Edition, MSNBC, CNBC, The Blaze, OAN and many more. Scott continues to espouse the need for better cyber security practices through his appearances, speaking engagements, products and now his new book entitled Senior Cyber.  Scott and I will be discussing the basics of the Internet to the fight for privacy and security that is so critical for seniors. Scott offers simple advice and expertise for all levels of user experience. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, great grandparent or the son or daughter of one, this interview is designed with your concerns in mind. Scott also provides practical cybersecurity advice and examples affecting seniors. 
25 Cents Worth - How to Save 30% or More on Groceries - #1 Cause of Aging - The Best Airfare Deals Join me for 25 minutes of informative information to save money and improve your  efforts in anti-aging.
Secrets of RVing on Social SecuritySpecial Guest: Jerry Minchey is the author of 17 books, holds 5 patents, is a private pilot with an instrument rating, has a BS in Electrical Engineering, MBA from USC, and an OPM from Harvard.Jerry is now semi-retired and is the founder of the website, As an engineer and a business manager, Jerry has looked at RVing from a logical and economic standpoint. We will be discussing how seniors can RV on social security and how to succeed at the experience. Jerry not only writes about the RV lifestyle, but he has also lived it for over ten years. Here is some of what you will discover in the podcast:•How to buy a used RV for way less than most people spend when buying a used car•How to experience the unsurpassed freedom to travel and live anywhere you want to•What kind of RV to get?•Cost of an RV and how to find the best deals•How to get healthcare on the road•The joys of solo RVing•How retirees are supplementing their retirement income while RVing•How RVers are adding to their savings while having the time of their lives living the RV lifestyle. We will discuss how they’re doing it and how you can too•How you can live the RV lifestyle on just your Social Security income and have money left overOver 1,000 RVs a day are being sold, and many of them are being purchased by retirees who want to live the RV lifestyle while doing it well within their budget.If you want to live the enjoyable RV lifestyle on just your Social Security, then check out the podcast.
Special Guest: Dr. Jennifer Anderson - Family Medicine, Cannabinoid MedicineDr. Jennifer Anderson joins Seniors50to120 to discuss CBD and THC. Dr. Anderson brings a unique perspective to the discussion.Her passion for Cannabinoid medicine started 4-years ago when her son with intractable epilepsy had failed all treatments and she was forced to close her practice. Seizing multiple times per hour the outlook was dire. However, after one dose of CBD, she saw dramatic results. Over the past four years, she has committed to helping other patients and physicians explore their options with cannabinoids. Mark and Dr. Anderson will be discussing both CBD and THC cannabinoids for seniors. Which cannabinoids are safe and effective, and which are not? Dosages, possible negative interactions with other medications, potential side effects, and more. 
Our cultural stereotype of older men offers a sharp contrast to the emotional reality of loneliness. We focus on “socially desirable” messages such as retired men playing golf, fishing, or acting as the patriarch of family events. However, for many older men loneliness is a chronic problem, and for a large number it is a recent (since retirement) experience. Loneliness is multi-causal and multi-dimensional with large individual, relational, cultural, and value differences.To provide perspective, it is important to note that the majority of men do thrive with aging and retirement. However, a significant number-as many as 30%-“crash and burn.” This involves high levels of anxiety and depression, alcohol or drug abuse, and greater risk of suicide attempts and completion (McCarthy B, McCarthy E. “Therapy with Men after Sixty.” New York: Routledge; 2014). One of the best predictors of major problems is when a man stops being sexual. This does not just mean stopping intercourse, but avoiding any type of sensual or sexual touch, including affectionate touch.
We have all been under some sort of lockdown over the past 15 or 18 months. Isn't it time to plan a great experience in a big way? Senior community experts agree that now is the best time to start planning. Planning Your Best VacationCombine - incredible way to see a place- trip customized to your situation and trip goals- a place you either love or have always wanted to seeSuddenly it is looking like a great vacation. nutshell: - carefully select all lodging-  in charming places-  perfected suited to the locale-  a perfect mix of culinary experiences- wine tastings- private cooking classes- tours; with well trained, multi-lingual guides who know the area. Entering your senior years need not be a reason for you to go out and travel the world. A lot of seniors 50 and older are taking trips, and there is no reason why you cannot, too.While there may be some limitations, there’s no better time to travel than when you’re a senior. So how do you plan a senior trip?There are many things you can do to ensure that your planned trip will be a success. Here is our guide on how you can plan the best possible senior trip. How do senior trips work? Senior trips are not all that different from traveling at any age.- special preparations involved when considering each participant’s situation and goals- but there is absolutely no reason why we cannot enjoy a trip when we want.Here is a list of some of the best advantages of going on a senior trip. Having the luxury of time- fewer worries about time.- family responsibilities are more or less done or almost completed.- With this luxury of time, seniors can plan their trips according to how they want them. - 3 days or 3 months, most seniors have a lot of time in their hands to do whatever they want.  Seniors are more financially set  Where should you go for your senior trip? The follow-up question when planning a trip is always this: Where should you travel?When planning a destination for your trip, here are some of the things you should consider.  Stay local or go overseas?As a traveler, you can go with either approach. Are you raring to travel the world, or you want to start with visiting places found in your own country first? Find an adult-friendly place Decide on when to travelWhile some senior men and women have more spare time than ever before, that doesn’t mean that your available time is infinite.Decide on where to travelAside from the schedule, the place to visit is often a source of debate for any group of friends.Deciding on a place to go should be done in a consensus.Set the budgetEach person has a threshold on how much they are able (or willing) to spend.
I like guarantees when traveling. I like to think I got the best deal possible. I'm sure you do too. BOTTOM LINECheapAir is excellent for cheap airline tickets and last-minute deals. If you don't mind that fares are nonrefundable, you'll enjoy the wallet-friendly travel deals on its website.PROSDiscounted fares and travel dealsPrice-match promiseEarn up to 2x points with the appCONSCancellation feesNonrefundable tickets and faresHow does CheapAir work?Signing up with CheapAir lets you manage your travel, check previous transactions and track flights directly from your account. Members also have the added perk of earning points on every $1 spent, resulting in discounts of up to 20% on flights and 55% on hotel bookings.CheapAir lets you access inexpensive flight deals in more than 30,000 domestic and international locations through its online booking system. The company also partners with hotels, motels, and resorts to provide discounted stays. You can get additional savings with Enterprise, Alamo, and Budget through CheapAir.The CheapAir app lets you access flights, hotels, car rentals, and exclusive deals from an iOS or Android device. Customers can manage their travel on the go, receive live updates on itinerary changes or notifications, and earn up to two times the amount of points by booking through the app.What is CheapAir?CheapAir partners with more than 400 carriers, including Air France, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines, to provide affordable, budget-friendly travel experiences. The online travel site makes it easy to compare flight, hotel, or cruise options and book them at your leisure.Each fare comes with CheapAir's price-match promise – if you find a lower price for the same itinerary within 24 hours of booking, CheapAir matches it and refunds you the difference.CheapAir has a loyalty program, deeply discounted fares, and an easy booking system, and I recommend the company for budget-savvy travelers and customers looking for cheap flights. Even during COVID, we managed to rack up over 14,000 miles in the air. During the expected time, we would log many more miles.In addition to managing your account online, the online travel site also provides accessible local guides and travel tips for destinations around the world.My ReviewI have over 35-years of domestic and international travel under my belt. I was flying nationally before there were mileage and award programs. For the past 25-years, my wife and I have traveled by air extensively. I have over 2 million miles in the air and have stayed at hotels all over the world. I'm spoiled by the airline and hotel award programs. The price guarantee is a very nice feature which ensures that you are getting the very best prices. On the downside are CheapAir's cancellation and refund policies. Be sure that your plans are firm. Once you book the reservation and the money has been transferred, except for special situations, there are no refunds. 
If you think you might have a magnesium deficiency talk to your doctor about having an RBC blood test to determine if you should, or should not go on a magnesium supplement. Without this simple blood test you are shooting in the dark. The last thing you want is to have too much magnesium in your system which can have adverse health effects. Past studies have shown magnesium combats everything from heart health to osteoporosis, stroke, memory loss, and depression.But the latest research adds yet another benefit to magnesium’s greatest hits list — diabetes. A new analysis of studies published in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science reveals dietary magnesium intake combats diabetes and related conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.The standard American diet fails to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily allowance of magnesium – of 400-420 milligrams per day for men; 310-320 for women — federal government studies show.Dr. Dean believes health officials and the mainstream medical establishment need to do more to raise public awareness of magnesium’s many benefits.“100 years ago we were getting 500 milligrams in our daily diet. Today we are lucky to get 200 milligrams, which is about half the very low RDA,” she said. “Most people think that their doctors would have warned them about this problem. But doctors are as ignorant as the public.”The landmark analysis found that NHANES study participants who meet the recommended daily magnesium intake are far less likely to be overweight or obese, have diabetes, metabolic syndrome, elevated blood pressure, or high cholesterol, compared to those who don’t meet the minimum standard."Our analysis found that dietary intake of magnesium from foods or from food plus supplements was associated with improvements in many diabetes-related health outcomes,” says lead researcher Yanni Papanikolaou, with Nutrition Research at Nutritional Strategies Inc.My comment - If you think you might have a magnesium deficiency talk to your doctor about having an RBC blood test to determine if you should, or should not go on a magnesium supplement. Without this simple blood test, you are shooting in the dark. The last thing you want is to have too much magnesium in your system which can have adverse health effects. “These results further demonstrate the importance of meeting magnesium intake recommendations and illustrate the usefulness of dietary magnesium supplementation when these recommendations cannot be met with diet alone."Magnesium assists in more than 300 metabolic reactions, helping support bone health, as well as nerve and muscle function, the researchers noted. It also helps convert food to cellular energy.Sources of dietary magnesium include fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and dairy products.Magnesium is found in the body’s muscles, bones, blood, and tissues. It’s involved in regulating everything from blood pressure to heart activity, energy production, nervous system function, metabolism, cell growth, bone density, fat and protein synthesis, muscle strength and metabolism.It can be taken as a supplement, but is also present in a range of healthy foods, including spinach, fish, yogurt, wheat germ, brown rice, beans, tofu, soybeans and a variety of nuts.Experts say commercial agricultural processes have depleted the levels of the mineral in soil and in a variety of crops over the past 60 years.The best way to determine if you have a deficiency is to consider the symptoms that Dr. Dean says can “give you a clue.” Among them: muscle cramps, twitching, heart palpitations, migraines, insomnia, angina, irregular heartbeat, asthma, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, poor concentration, depression, and numbness of hands or feet. 
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