24-4. Nonagenarian Notions: Celebrating 90 + Especially If You Play Bridge

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And last, in this Celebration Blog, the fact that I participate in the 90+ study at University of California Irvine (UCI), seemed noteworthy and/or curious to some. Does it make you nervous? I was asked. Not so far, if it ever does, I was told I can always quit. Perhaps as I decline I just won’t ask for results anymore? Or maybe I’ll be happy just to have a few visitors take an interest in me.

Someone wrote they enjoyed seeing a positive piece on a nonagenarian. From my GoogleAlert for “Nonagenarian” I get far more up beat citations about Nonagenarians than I can use for this blog. Even the obituaries of centenarians seem up beat. How can you be gloomy about the death of a centenarian? Or even a ready-to-leave nonagenarian?

Here’s a few links about nonagenarians you might find interesting:

http://www.dana.org/news/publications/detail.aspx?id=12232 – Tells about the 90+ study at University of California Irvine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/health/research/22brain.html?pagewanted=all – “After 90, forget diet and exercise–play bridge.” A great article on a California study about playing bridge and aging. [I hasten to add that at the senior center where I play bridge we don’t treat declining bridge players in the 90s with the AynRand-like ruthlessness of the competitive players written about here. I think WE think–as I’ve expressed elsewhere in Bridge Table Chronicles–there but for the will of God, go I. That’s the basic difference between Serious and Sociable bridge.

http://www.ageinplacetech.com/content/whew-so-many-dementia-avoiding-activities-such-uncertain-result— This article takes an amused approach, linking to the numerous contradictory studies telling us how to reach old age without dementia, ending with this:  “A drink a day, turns out, may delay dementia, according to an Italian Longitudinal study on  aging. Mostly wine, as a matter of fact. Ah, those Italians. That one is hard to ignore.”  It’s probably all in one’s genes and DNA–but that is too depressing to think about. Might as well choose the study recommendation that suits you until they prove one or another true. 

What keeps me going “on the cusp of 92” as that WSJ article put it? Here’s what I actually DO as opposed to lists I make as to what I ought to do. Does it help? I haven’t a clue.
          Recent book and this blog do force me to learn new stuff almost daily and to work when 
                     I’d rather just sit and read or watch TV
          I walk some, but not on schedule and I’d never go “work out” at a gym
          I think I eat well–lots of veggies, not too much meat, not enough fruit. Great bread and butter
                     and sandwiches are my diet downfall. I simply cannot follow a daily vitamin regimen
          I go without shoes  indoors, and here in Florida sometimes outdoors.  [I’ve come, therefor,    
                     to believe in Reflexology without a clue if it’s scientifically true or not.] 
          And I do have a drink a day and play bridge.






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