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    Work makes you crazy; retirement causes dementia

    Work makes you crazy; retirement causes dementia

    Let’s begin at the end: you are screwed, regardless. That is the rational conclusion you can draw from a recent and huge (half a million participants) study in France.   What the researchers found was that you have two life choices, neither of which is good for you. You can keep working. (This wasn’t addressed...
    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    People in glass lookouts shouldn’t throw the first stone

    Sometimes that old wine just can’t be decanted into a new bottle.   Case in point: you have some property near Yellowstone. You want to make some money off it, so you build high-end cabins. You put in wi-fi and a flat screen TV and queen beds—equipping them like a modern condo in downtown Seattle...
    No service, no sequester

    No service, no sequester

    You’ve got two weeks off, America, and there’s gas in the station wagon. The tent is packed, along with your camp stove and a jug of DEET. You were thinking of maybe Yellowstone or Yosemite. But now you’re anxious, which is exactly how you’re supposed to start your vacation. But this is a more acute...
    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    In exercise, the flesh can be weak and the spirit too willing.   You know the stories: someone your age pushed too hard and then keeled over. (In fact, this happens at all ages, but you pay more attention when the deceased is someone your age.) The more often you hear the stories, the more...
    After us, no one will ever retire again

    After us, no one will ever retire again

    If you’ve been paying attention, you know that older Baby Boomers are grossly unprepared for retirement. Theirs would be a riveting and tragic story, except that every other generation looks to be in worse shape.   A new report on retirement from the Pew Charitable Trusts points out that Generation-Xers, who are now between 38...
    Bicycle crank

    Bicycle crank

    As people age, they seem to transition from passionate soul to old crank. At least the lucky ones, who have been blessed or cursed with  something they love. Or are obsessed with. (The distinction gets hazy with some passions and some people.)   Call it anything you like. We are in love with/obsessed by people...
    Oldsters one-upping each other at the top of the world

    Oldsters one-upping each other at the top of the world

    On Everest, there’s always someone older coming up behind you   Back in 2008, Japan’s (then) 75-year-old Yuichiro Miura was about to set the record for being the oldest person to climb Mount Everest—until Nepal’s 76-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan beat him out, getting there one day ahead of him.   There was no trash talking...
    A third of Minnesota’s lakes have cocaine in them

    A third of Minnesota’s lakes have cocaine in them

    Minnesota—a relatively unpolluted state if you don’t count the iron mine tailings and farm run-off—today released Pharmaceutical and Endocrine Active Chemicals in Minnesota Lakes. This study of 50 lakes looked at the presence of 125 chemicals, including DEET (found in 76 percent of the lakes, making it the most frequently discovered chemical), bisphenol A (second...
    High adventure at low altitude

    High adventure at low altitude

    There’s a difference between summer peaks and winter peaks.   In winter, you summit quickly because the peaks you reach are typically found at the end of a chairlift. You start the day at sea level in San Francisco, let’s say, and with a little luck and a tailwind you are standing at the top...
    Boomers are all about the couch

    Boomers are all about the couch

    A post earlier this week contained a startling public health nugget: most Baby Boomers—52 percent—report zero physical activity. No jogging, no biking, no backpacking. No walking the dog. No wading in shallow water. No golf with a cart.   This is head-swiveling because (one) it’s an intellectual challenge to conceive of zero physical activity and...
    Amazon wants your money, oldster

    Amazon wants your money, oldster

    Jeff Bezos has built Amazon, the web’s premier online retailer. He’s recovered Apollo engines from the bottom of the ocean. He’s building a spaceship. And now, because he’s a man who loves a challenge, he’s setting up an on-line store for seniors.   The problem with this business model should be obvious:   Current Amazon...
    Coming at You: The Recreati Mindset 2013

    Coming at You: The Recreati Mindset 2013

    We’ll be launching the second edition of the Recreati Mindset next week. The Mindset is our little welcome to all those who turn 50 this year. (If you haven’t noticed it before, check out the section labeled Pages, at the top of the right column below.) If you know someone who reaches this golden threshold...