As we left on our holiday to Italy in celebration of my 70th birthday the Paralympics were just starting so we missed quite a bit of them but what we have seen you can't help be inspired by these men and women.
Having a disability must be hard to cope with but to aspire to be a paralympic athlete and all the training and commitment that takes is truly inspirational.
As they return home to their respective countries they all deserve a hero's welcome.
So back to me and the fact that I've turned 70 this year it's making me seriously consider where I want to live for the remainder of my years. I've got itchy feet and I would love something new and modern but sadly there's nothing much to get excited about in my locality. Why do all the Retirement Developers think we all want to live in an apartment?
We need some of these Property Developers to start thinking outside the box and come up with something unique.
How do your fancy this?
Check out this incredible multi-home teepee structure called “Jikka” designed by Tokyo-based architect Issei Suma. It’s in a rural, mountainous region of Japan known as Shizuoka Prefecture. It was designed to house a pair of elderly ladies whose idea of ‘retirement home’ is far from traditional.
They live on site with their caretakers, sharing the living space, work space and kitchen, all arranged in a square formation. In the center of the complex, there’s a spiral-shaped pool which is easily accessible for wheelchair users.
Although it looks incredible I don't think it would quite work in the rural countryside of the UK!
Perhaps something like this may be due for consideration when the time comes.
Hopefully we're not ready for a nursing home yet but it just shows what a bit of imagination can create.
One man turned nursing home design on its head when he created this stunning facility.
92-year-old Norma had a strange and heartbreaking routine.
Every night around 5:30 p.m., she stood up and told the staff at her Ohio nursing home that she needed to leave. When they asked why, she said she needed to go home to take care of her mother. Her mom, of course, had long since passed away.
Behavior like Norma's is quite common for older folks suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Walter, another man in the same assisted living facility, demanded breakfast from the staff every night around 7:30.
Jean Makesh, CEO of Lantern assisted living facilities, says he meets folks with stories like these every day. It's their stories that inspired him to make some changes at Lantern.
Changing the subject completely now to food. How do you fancy a bar of
Anti-ageing chocolate which reduces wrinkles has been developed by Cambridge University as a spin-off.
A daily 7.5g bar of the chocolate can change the underlying skin stucture of a 50 year old to that of someone in their 30s, say developers.
It may seem too good to be true, but guilt-free chocolate which promises to slow down the emergence of wrinkles and sagging skin, has been developed by scientists.
‘Esthechoc’ the brainchild of a Cambridge University spin-off lab, claims to boost antioxidant levels and increase circulation to prevent lines and keep skin looking youthful and smooth.
Just a small 7.5g bar of anti-ageing chocolate contains the same amount of the antioxidant astaxanthin as a fillet of Alaskan salmon, and equal levels of free-radical fighting cocoa polyphenols as 100g of dark chocolate.
Its makers say it can change the underlying skin of a 50-60 year old into that of someone in their 20s or 30s. Tests showed that after four weeks of eating the anti-ageing chocolate every day, volunteers had less evidence of inflammation in their blood and increased blood supply to skin tissue.
I'm thinking of volunteering for further trials!!
My next favourite thing to chocolate is 'Cheese' but always understood that too much is bad for both the waistline and the cholesterol but not according to this.
A diet rich in cheese might actually be good for our health, according to a new study.
A group of researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that eating cheese could help to improve health by increasing our levels of "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - thought to offer protection against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
The researchers conducted a 12-week cheese test with 139 adults to discover how full-fat cheese can affect our bodies in different ways.
They split the subjects up into three groups. The first group were told to eat 80g of regular high-fat cheese every day, the second group ate 80g of reduced-fat cheese, while the third group didn't eat cheese and ate 90g of bread and jam each day instead. The researchers report, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that while none of the groups experienced a change in their levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - which is thought to be counterproductive to good heart health - those that ate the regular high-fat cheese saw an increase in their levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.
If I don't make the Chocolate trial perhaps they'll have me on the Cheese trial!
Every Church has them:
The Church Bulletins that are printed in the various handouts on a Sunday morning typed up by those faithful Church Administrators.
Here are a few of the latest:
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic
will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to
our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to
the addition of new members and the deterioration
of some older ones.
Please place your donation in the envelope along
with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining,
super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and
medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothes
of every kind. They may be seen in the basement.
This evening at 7pm there will be hymn singing
in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket
and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the
Congregation would lend him their electric girdles
for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at
7 PM. Please use the back door.
That's it until next time. Keep smiling!
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