Babyboomer News
August 2016

Greetings Babyboomers'

Since the 'Brexit' vote in June it has been extremely hard to find anything positive or worthwhile to write about.  The news has been full of Politics on both sides of the pond.

We have however had the Olympics in Rio the last couple of weeks which has helped to take our mind off the other stuff. 

Of course we in the UK are proud of our very own GB Team and congratulate each and every one of them but every athlete who took part whichever country they came from should be proud of their achievements.

Whether they went home with a medal or without.  The very fact that they qualified and gave their best shot deserves our admiration.  It reminds us all that we should never give up on our dreams even when we stumble like Mo Farah when he just picked himself up carried on and went on to win the race.  Priceless!

Unfortunately we can't ignore the fall out that is happening and will probably happen because of the vote to leave the EU. 

For Pensioners living abroad it is a particularly worrying time that's why this article caught my eye.

Overseas pensioners left in limbo over state pension

Source: August 4, 2016 - 9:11am

It's fair to say that the past few months have been some of the most politically turbulent that we've witnessed for many years. A vote to leave the European Union, a new prime minister and cabinet, and a divided Labour party have left many of us feeling confused and concerned about our futures.

This couldn't be truer for British pensioners, living in both the UK and overseas. With so much political uncertainty, the dramatic fall of the pound and alarm bells ringing in the pension sector, it would seem that there's a great deal to feel worried about.

This isn't helped by the fact that our politicians are doing very little to put us at ease. We are in total limbo, not knowing if and when Article 50 will be triggered and what it will mean when it is.

Those worst affected are clearly the 470,000 British pensioners currently living in EU countries, who currently have no idea what their state pension entitlement may be post Brexit.

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Hayfever medications  and Alzheimers

As someone who takes hayfever medication regularly I was rather alarmed at the following article spotted in the Telegraph by Sarah Knapton, Science Editor

Pensioners should avoid common hay fever, allergy and sleeping tablets over their links to brain damage and dementia, scientists have warned. 

Last year a study in the US found that taking a daily dose of pills like Piriton and Nytol, for at least three years, raised the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease by more than 60 per cent.

But the reason for increased risk was unclear and the NHS said that stopping taking pills could ‘do more harm than good.’

Now scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine believe they may have found a reason for the link.

When they scanned the brains of  people who had taken the pills continually for an average of two and a half years,  they found they had smaller brain sizes and decreased metabolism compared to participants who did not use the medication. They also scored worse in memory and cognitive tests.

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I think I need to find another solution to my hayfever.

Here they go again spoiling my fun!

If You’re Someone Who Drinks Alcohol Regularly, You Need To Read This

Alanna Ketler writes in Collective Evolution:

I wish I had learned the following information years ago, or had at least been more mindful of it. While I do believe it is common knowledge that alcohol is not particularly good for us, I don’t believe very many of us know just how bad it is. I myself was shocked to learn that it is a known carcinogen, and was further surprised to discover that regular alcohol consumption actually inhibits the body’s natural ability to produce crucial vitamins.
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Considering alcohol is a depressant, this information makes clear how negatively it can impact both mental and physical health, often leading to a vicious cycle of self medication.

Click here to read the full article and take a look at some of the long term negative effects of alcohol on the body.

The loneliness of the old is a very modern curse – and it needs our children to lift it

Loneliness is very much in the media these days with an aging population and this is an insight into how it can affect us all at sooner or later.  The author of this article  believes it should be the responsibility of our children to look after us in old age.  Do you agree?

A survey earlier this week revealed that a quarter of those people over 55 who say they are unhappy cite lack of an active sex life as one of the reasons. That is unfortunate, of course, and it’s no surprise that the word “sex” got into the headline. But the same survey revealed that loneliness was a far more important cause of unhappiness. It is more serious and undermining, especially if it lasts a long time.

Many of us quite like to be alone some of the time. But to be lonely is to suffer, and the grim fact is that more than a quarter of people over 65 who live alone are lonely.

None of us can be complacent about this. Nearly all of us will live to be over 65, if we have not passed that mark already. And the incidence of all people – not just older people – living alone is increasing. So the vast majority of us have a real chance of ending up lonely. That is the modern way. And many people will assume this is normal or has always been the case. But that is not true. It is a very new phenomenon.

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But what about those who have no children

No Spouse, No Kids, No Caregiver: How to Prepare to Age Alone

When Carol Marak was in her 30s, she asked herself whose life she wanted: her brother's – the life of a successful and well-traveled businessman – or his wife's – the life of a woman whose career better accommodated raising three children.

The answer was a no-brainer: "My brother was in a position I wanted," says Marak, now a 64-year-old editor at who lives in Waco, Texas. Although she had been married and divorced earlier in life, at that point she had no kids and "made a very conscious decision" to keep it that way, she says.

Plenty of Marak's peers did the same thing. According to a 2012 study in The Gerontologist, about one-third of 45- to 63-year-olds are single, most of whom never married or are divorced. That's a whopping 50 percent increase since 1980, the study found. What's more, about 15 percent of 40- to 44-year-old women had no children in 2012 – up from about 10 percent in 1980, U.S. Census data shows. "My career was No. 1 in my life," says Marak, who worked in the technology industry for years.

Read how to prepare to age alone

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That's it until next time.  Keep smiling!

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