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Recent articles on aging and retirement

Health and well-being are more than just physical

Mental health factors like loneliness, and sensory factors like hearing loss, can matter more to someone’s well-being and risk of death than traditional measures like cancer and high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

Particularly in caring for older adults, doctors should consider more than just physical health, the researchers say.

Traditional measurement of health and well-being involves a medical model based on physical health and the absence of disease. This article reports on research that adapted the medical model to include medical, physical, psychological, functional, and sensory factors in what the researchers call a comprehensive model.

Mercer Girls reach Seattle on May 16, 1864

One of my favorite activities is learning about the culture and history of our new home town, Tacoma, and our new home state, Washington. I had not previously heard of the Mercer Girls:

On May 16, 1864, at 11 p.m. the first 11 Mercer Girls reach Seattle. To increase the supply of teachers and women in the Puget Sound area, Seattle resident Asa Mercer (1839–1917) recruits the women from the East Coast. Their ages range from 15 to 35. The contingent travels from New York via the Isthmus of Panama and San Francisco.

UFOs: ‘Open-minded’ Northwest is fertile ground for cosmic buzz

And here’s another interesting local fact that I hadn’t thought about before:

Hillary Clinton made headlines recently by saying that if elected president, she’d open up Area 51 files and other UFO documents “as much as we can.” That particularly resonated here.

According to Seattle Times reporter Erik Lacitis:

The term “flying saucers,” after all, started right here 68 years ago when a private pilot recounted in great detail seeing nine unidentified objects flying by Mount Rainier.

It was a sunny, clear afternoon on June 24, 1947.

Lacitis quotes Una Drake, who runs the Seattle UFO Network Meetup group:

“Seattle is open-minded about a lot of stuff, spiritually, politically. It’s just part of our culture. People on the fringe are more accepted than in other parts of the country,” she says.

There’s a lot of interesting information here about people who say they’ve seen UFOs. Read it if you dare.

Too few Americans take advantage of local parks

Most neighborhood parks in the United States are geared toward younger people, which limits their use, a new study suggests.

”Relatively modest investments could make parks much more conducive to physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, gender or income level,” said study author Dr. Deborah Cohen, a senior natural scientist at the Rand Corp.

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

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