Archive for: March 2013

Is Alzheimer’s disease preventable?

thefog-featuredDid you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States? I expect it's very similar in Canada. And most people over fifty find their memories aren't as sharp as they used to be. That doesn't mean that you will develop Alzheimer’s, but one certainly wouldn't want to take any chances. It's said to be incurable, but is it preventable?

My father had it. It was very sad to watch a smart man succumb to it. In the last year or so, he didn't know any of us, although it did seem that once in a while he would get a flitting moment of clarity. The disease certainly seems to be more common these days. One would think after our families experience with it, that we would know the stages of progression. But, the short video below shows it perfectly, so you won't have to wonder about it after you watch this.

Dr. Melody Jemison's book ALZHEIMER'S PREVENTION Protect Your Brain for Life - What Our Parents Didn't Know, is a great read for anyone over thirty. Yes, it's said that people as young as thirty can start developing it. Both Dr. Jemison and The National Institute on Aging, believe that a nutritious diet, physical activity, social engagement, and mentally stimulating exercises can all help  people stay healthy as they age. New  research suggests the possibility that  these and other factors also might help to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. The NIA has a fact sheet you can freely download in pdf format here.

Dr. Jemison claims the disease is largely preventable. She wrote this book after seeing several close family members suffer from it. The information she discovered is amazing. She says her book will "show you how to protect your brain from the deterioration that leads to Alzheimer’s". Important topics discussed in detail are: Nutrition, Exercise, Supplements, Cognitive Reserve and Brain Training, Stress and Sleep, Social and Spiritual Aspects of Brain Health, Genetics of Alzheimer’s and How to Put it All Together. This book is fully referenced.

The book is being offered for free today as part of an Amazon promotion. So click here to download it now before you forget about it. (pun intended). You'll get a plan, and the knowledge you need to help protect you and your loved ones against this awful disease.

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Full moon February 2013 in Five Islands N.S.

We're still a couple of months away from Cottage time here in Nova Scotia, 'tho the temperatures are seemingly more enticing lately. But the reason for this post is to share with you the beautiful picture my friend Jean Marsh took in the community of Five Islands which is about 5 miles west of where my cottage is. If you click on the picture below, the full size will open in your browser.

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As the time date on the image shows, it was taken during the last full-moon.

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Too late to be an entrepreneur?

The Daily Breeze is a newspaper that publishes some of its content online. A recent article that caught my attention is, It's never too late to become an entrepreneur by Helen Dennis. She claims there is a big surge in people over fifty becoming entrepreneurs. The article is based on a report published by the Kauffman Foundation. The report is four years old, but from everything I am reading, the trend  continues. Just when we were thinking we were on our way out, we're really helping to stabilize the country and economy. Surprisingly enough, Helen's article says:

The percentage of entrepreneurs that declined most sharply were those in the 20 to 34 age range.

It's surprising; I'm not sure I understand why. but there are "thousands of young Canadians who are struggling to find work in their fields, biding their time in temporary jobs and referring to their university degrees as 'expensive pieces of paper'."  And from Helen's article, we can see the same thing is happening in the United States.

What makes the situation even worse in Canada, is that the government has unleashed Service Canada investigators which "involves controversial home visits in which agents knock on the door of an EI (employment insurance) claimant's home and ask for an interview on the spot, or deliver a letter to schedule a mandatory face-to-face meeting." They are forcing people, registered for EI, to take jobs outside of their field of expertise, for 70% of their past earnings, even if it means they have to drive 100 kilometers to this new job every day. The young people don't have a chance to pursue their careers, much less an opportunity to have time enough to think of how they might be able to realize their dreams through an entrepreneurial venture.

While the North America governments continue to traumatize the youth and unemployed, and the cost of living has increased so dramatically the last few years, it isn't much wonder that boomers, with at least a smidgeon of some type of financial security are willing to take on a little more. It's a fact; pensions aren't enough to keep up with the rising costs. Although some reports from the US would argue the point. For example, the article titled US Inflation Eases, Consumer Prices Flat in January 2013 suggests:

US inflation eased a bit over the past year as consumer prices overall stayed flat in January 2013, the US government reported Thursday in Washington.

Costlier housing, vehicles, clothing and airline fares were offset by lower energy prices, a situation likely to reverse itself in February with gasoline surging in recent weeks.

These reports are generated only for interest; to coddle you. I don't believe they're an accurate reflection of the economy at all.  My web design business at HomeBusiness Websites has 95% of its clientele from the United States, and I speak to real people on a weekly basis from the U.S., and things are not even near as rosy as some of these reports would have you believe. The fact is, people are struggling to get by this last year -- more than we did over the course of the last ten years. And that, folks... is a fact!

A couple of other articles I published along the same topic that you might be interested in are, Best Home Businesses for People 50+ and Want to work from home? If you have other resources, you can leave them in the comments section below. Note, this isn't an invitation to spammers to post all of their junk links. Anything that looks suspiciously like spam will be removed.

There is also a forum setup on this website for anyone needing website help -- if you're going to setup a business for yourself, chances are you will need a website. If you have any questions, you can post them to the forum and I can offer as much help as time allows.

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Understanding food labels

food-labels-featuredWith all of the toxins being introduced in our foods, it's now more important than ever to be able to understand the information on the product label. It's a step in the right direction, although it won't keep you completely free from what could be considered toxins like GMO. For example, some of Kellogg's cereal products contain GMOs as previously discussed in another article here. But this has more to do with mandatory labeling which isn't being enforced in North America.

C.D. Shelton's book, Nutrition (Know What You're Buying: How to Read Food Labels) will be a big help to you in understanding how to read food labels, and exactly what they mean. The book is only 23 pages long, so it's a quick read. It's narrated as a mother shopping at the supermarket for groceries for her family. It's free for the next 24-48 hours as part of an Amazon promotion.

Another resource I'd like to mention is an article on the FDA website, How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label, but keep in mind that the FDA isn't going to warn you about by products included in your food that they have determined is safe for you to eat in small doses.

Still, it's felt that these two resources can offer you some guidance in helping to make sure you and your family are eating healthy. Plus it doesn't hurt to google some of the terms you may not be familiar with. For example, a lot of products on the shelves these days are made from enriched flour. This means the vitamins and minerals have been removed to give the product a longer shelf life. But this causes the product to break down too fast once ingested so it turn into extra sugar. Still, there aren't any FDA warnings about it. It's still safe to eat, just not as good for you.

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Over fifty and looking for work?

finding-work-featuredI know a number of people over fifty who are looking for work. As unemployment rates, in both the United States and Canada, continue to rise, it may be time to get a little more proactive in searching for a job. Just using a resume in this day and age isn't enough. We know each cover letter to include with the resume should be tailored to the specific job you're applying for, but how many of you are aware that potential employers could be checking you out online?

According to Nelson Wang, who is the author of Push: 50 Secrets on How to Land a Job by Creating Social Media Buzz, he says: "More than 90% of recruiters/hiring managers visit a job candidate’s profile on a social network."

That could be a little scary, depending on who is commenting on your Facebook, and what kind of language is being used. Of course, some of what you or others may have posted, can be controlled to a certain extent by setting permissions on your posts as to who can view the content. Still, if you have an obscene but hilarious cartoon that you have posted to your wall from some other profile, the permissions may be already set to public. This means a potential employer could see it. There might be a way around this though, if you don't mind taking a chance...

Nelson's book describes how you can get the most out of social media sites to help you find a job. It talks about using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn as well as using a blog. A blog can certainly be very useful, because you can list all of your accomplishments. People who are new to blogging don't really need to worry about programming or hosting to do this. You can setup up a WordPress blog for free at wordpress.com that can serve as your main focal point online, and then link to a Facebook Page (not the same as a Facebook Profile) and a Twitter account that have both been created for the one purpose of helping you find a job. If you have this url on your resume, and it includes links to both Twitter and Facebook, there is a much better chance that a potential employer may not go snooping to see what they can access on your personal FB profile.

Jason is right, potential employers will research you online. Before Facebook became as popular as it is, I've had more than one client read through the discussion forum on my business website. It gives them a better idea of how I would interact with people if I was hired, and also, what kind of team player I might be. I suppose, you're wondering how I know this? It's simple -- they told me they were checking me out.

After reading Push: 50 Secrets on How to Land a Job by Creating Social Media Buzz, I may have to put up another website myself. I'm hoping to pick up a couple of more clients this year for my web development business at HomeBusiness Websites, and it just so happens I have the perfect domain name for this new site.

Jason's book is free for the next 24-48 hours as an Amazon promotion. If you're looking for a job or more work, this will certainly give you some valuable ideas.

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