Decoding keys to a healthy life

first_imgFor 74 years, one of the longest-running studies of normal adult development has been examining not disease and illness, but what may be life’s magic question: How can you live long and happy?The answers that have emerged — and are still emerging — are surprising and obvious both. Having a difficult childhood, for example, matters a lot in early adulthood, but its effects fade as the years go by. Among those who had tough beginnings, self-starters who seek out jobs as kids do better than those who don’t. And education — specifically going to college — is more important than money or social status in determining lifetime success.More recently, the study’s aging subjects have shown that one’s situation at age 50 has more to do with one’s health and happiness at 70 than what happened earlier in life. And surprisingly, the quality of vacations younger in life — a measure of the ability to play — is a better indicator of late-life happiness than income.The study highlights both controllable and uncontrollable factors that affect healthy aging. While there’s not much someone can do about parents’ social class, early family stability, or ancestors’ longevity, a person certainly has a say over whether to smoke, abuse alcohol, exercise, and keep weight down. The study also highlights the importance of a healthy, stable marriage to late-life happiness and underlines the importance of having mature coping mechanisms for the adversity sure to come.“We used to think that if you had relatives who lived to a ripe old age, that was the best predictor” of a long life, said Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “It turns out that the lifestyle choices people make in midlife are a more important predictor of how long you live.”Waldinger became director of the Harvard study in 2003, when longtime director George Vaillant stepped down from day-to-day management. To Vaillant, who continues to work on the study, the most important findings concerned the negative effects of alcohol on marital and lifetime success and the evidence that programs like Alcoholics Anonymous work better than other interventions. The study also added nuance to understanding adult development, Vaillant said, which is often thought of as stalling in middle age or peaking at 50 and then declining.“You only have to think of distinguished 70-year-olds in art and politics to see that something is wrong with that view,” Vaillant said. “Adult development from 30 to 80 certainly takes place. [But] it’s like watching the hour hand of a clock; that’s why it’s not appreciated.”Waldinger said the study’s central focus now is on marriage, examining how couples have weathered life’s storms and cope with challenges such as declining health and concerns about finances. In recent interviews, researchers asked older couples about conflicts and how they resolve them. But couple after couple, Waldinger said, couldn’t recall conflicts.“They said, ‘We used to argue about it, but we just don’t anymore,’ ” Waldinger said. “The main developmental task for younger couples is managing conflicts. The main task for older couples is mutual support. … Being in a good marriage buffers you from the effects of pain and disability.”Both Waldinger and Vaillant have published extensively on the study’s findings. Some of them were published just last year. In a recent paper, Waldinger, Elizabeth Kensinger, and Marc Schulz utilized neural imaging to find that older adults with positive outlooks process emotional information differently from those with more negative views. Vaillant, who has written scholarly articles and several books based on the study, is at work on a history of the study itself.The research has its roots in a Harvard University Health Services examination of 268 members of Harvard classes between 1939 and 1944. Begun in 1938 and called the Grant Study, it started with exhaustive physical examinations and included regular follow-ups over the years.The second arm of the study began with Harvard Law Professor Sheldon Glueck, who recruited 456 young men from inner-city Boston neighborhoods between 1940 and 1945 as controls for a study of juvenile delinquency. They were added to the study in the 1970s. Today, just 68 of the Harvard cohort are still alive, many in their early 90s, while 120 of the Glueck Study are alive, most in their early to mid-80s.Over the decades, subjects have answered biennial questionnaires, allowed health information to be gathered from their doctors, and sat for in-depth interviews. In recent years, they’ve also submitted to neuroimaging scans and given blood for DNA analysis. Researchers have also begun to engage more deeply with their wives, whose reaction, Waldinger said, was, “It’s about time.”Though the study has led to many publications, Waldinger and Vaillant view the decades of data, interview notes, questionnaires, and videotapes as a barely tapped treasure trove for researchers, providing a rare view of much of these men’s lives. Over the years, researchers have studied the effects of World War II combat, substance abuse, childhood trauma, education, and other factors. To make data easier to access for researchers, Waldinger said, they’ve embarked on a digitization project for the records, currently held in 50 filing cabinets.“You can search for the word ‘father,’ and the computer will pull out every time that word was used in a man’s life,” Waldinger said.Vaillant said the study still can surprise, even though he has been involved with the data for 40 years. Just last year, he said, he found that 57 percent of all divorces among Grant Study men involved alcoholism. That statistic had been artificially low until then because, though the men had spoken of their own alcohol problems, many hadn’t been forthcoming about those of their wives until later in life.“It’s still a treasure trove, and with each passing year more people mine it in different and imaginative ways,” Vaillant said.In addition to adding new genetic techniques, Waldinger said the researchers are seeking funding to continue the study by enrolling children and even grandchildren, an opportunity rarely replicated. That’s because most longitudinal studies — which follow subjects over long periods — fade after a decade or so because subjects drop out, funding dries up, and researchers move on to new projects. A study lasting as many decades as the Harvard one is a bit freakish, Waldinger said.“We know how they felt about their parents when they were 19, we know how their parents felt about them, we know what their childhoods were like,” Waldinger said. “It’s so unique, it’ll never be done again.”last_img read more

DEW Construction wins AGC-VT Best Builder award

first_imgDEW Construction Corp,DEW Construction Corp was among five companies awarded an Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC-VT) Best Builders Award for Outstanding Quality of Work and Effort at the AGC-VT Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel on December 7, 2010. DEW received recognition under the New Construction category for using Innovative Construction Technologies on the Tram Haus Lodge project at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, VT. The Tram Haus Lodge is a five ‘story, 57-suite hotel that offers a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units along with a bar and restaurant with seating for up to 180, a fitness studio and spa, coffee shop and bakery, a small retail store and a rental and repair shop. The project also includes an underground heated parking garage for hotel guests. The DEW team for the Tram Haus project included Jerry Davis, Senior Project Manager; Willis Whitaker, Superintendent; Dave Lothian, Assistant Superintendent; Karl Bahrenburg, Project Engineer; Andrew Rouille, Project Engineer; Chris Bertrand, Field Engineer and Sonya Samalis, Project Administrator. The Architect for the Project was Gardner Kilcoyne Architects out of Burlington, VT. ( Photo credit: Susan Teare Photography)Source: DEW. Burlington, VT, December 7, 2010last_img read more

ABA Chairman says it’s time to tax large CUs

first_img continue reading » The tax code shouldn’t pick winners and losers, and businesses performing the same service should face the same rules, ABA Chairman Ken Burgess wrote in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. The letter was in response to a Dec. 5 article highlighting the fact that credit unions were left out of the tax reform bill.“At a time when Congress is asking everyone from teachers to homeowners to give up tax breaks in the name of lowering rates, why is the trillion-dollar credit-union industry still getting a free ride?” wrote Burgess, chairman of FirstCapital Bank of Texas in Midland, Texas.Burgess added that today’s credit unions look nothing like those of the 1930s, when Congress first exempted credit unions from federal income tax and noted that there are now 282 credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

East Patchogue Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Patchogue man has been arrested for allegedly killing a 37-year-old Medford man in a hit-and-run crash in Coram last week, Suffolk County police said.Abdelgheni Dakyouk was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives said the 48-year-old suspect was driving northbound on Route 112 when he struck the victim shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, March 14.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been tentatively identified, but has not yet been positively identified, police said.Dakyouk will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Bad for what ails you? US drinkers snub Corona beer over virus

first_imgTopics : “While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there’s no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand,” Torossian said in a statement. “After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing people worldwide?”The survey results were supported by a report from market analysis firm YouGov that pointed to an uptick in internet searches for phrases like “Corona beer virus” that was weighing on brand reputation.The Mexican-heritage beverage, owned by Constellation Brands, has not helped its cause with an awkwardly-phrased advertising campaign to plug new hard seltzer offerings in the United States. Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak — but the matter may be no joke for the brand.The phrase “38% of Americans” was trending Friday on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers “would not buy Corona under any circumstances now.” Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there “no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus.” center_img The beverages, available in four “delicious” flavors, will be “coming ashore soon,” according to the spot posted to Twitter that had received 7.3 million views by Friday on the Corona USA page.”Given what’s hitting the news right now, this seems in remarkably poor taste,” one critic posted.”Pretty sure Corona has always had remarkably poor taste,” another replied.Constellation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Brand favorability for Corona dropped from 75 percent in early January to 51 in late February, according to daily consumer surveys taken by YouGov.last_img read more

Japan suicides at historic low in 2019 but more teens kill themselves

first_imgSuicides in Japan in 2019 fell to a historic low, marking the tenth straight year of declines, but youth suicides continued to rise, police said on Tuesday.Though suicide in Japan has a long history as a way of avoiding shame or dishonor, and its suicide rate still tops the Group of Seven nations, a national effort has brought suicides down by about 40% in roughly 15 years.Suicides totaled 20,169 in 2019, 617 or 3.7% fewer than the previous year, and was the lowest since the compilation of data began in 1978. The suicide rate edged down to 16% per 100,000, a dip of 0.5% from the previous year and also the lowest in history. By contrast, the suicide rate for the United States, which has more than twice Japan’s population and a growing suicide problem, was 14.2% in 2018.The number of those under 20 who took their lives rose by 60 from the previous year to 659, the only age group to see a rise. Though suicides result from multiple causes, bullying has remained a persistent problem in Japanese schools.Suicides peaked at 34,427 in 2003, alarming policy makers and drawing foreign attention.Though the police did not give any reason for the decline, an improving economy has undoubtedly helped, and a suicide prevention program is apparently bearing fruit. Topics :last_img read more

Canada OKs remdesivir for use against coronavirus

first_imgCanada on Tuesday gave the green light for people with severe symptoms of COVID-19 to be treated with the anti-viral drug remdesivir.”Remdesivir is the first drug that Health Canada has authorized for the treatment of COVID-19,” said the health ministry.At least two major US studies have shown that remdesivir can reduce the duration of hospital stays for COVID-19 patients.  Washington authorized the emergency use of the medicine — which was originally intended as a treatment for Ebola — on May 1, followed by several Asian nations including Japan and South Korea.Canada said Tuesday it can be used on COVID-19 patients who have pneumonia and need extra oxygen to help them breathe.The doses used in Canada will be made by a unit of Gilead Sciences, the US pharmaceutical company that developed the drug.In early July, the European Commission also authorized use of remdesivir to treat the coronavirus.As of Tuesday, Canada was reporting 114,800 cases of the virus and more than 8,900 fatalities. Topics :last_img read more

Lisa Curry sell Mount Mellum property

first_imgCute interiors. Easy living.When she left the jungle, it was reported Kenny signed the divorce papers.Curry, now a health and fitness advocate, has been with Tabone, an Elvis ­impersonator, since late-2015. They were engaged last year. Curry retains her Alexandra Headland investment apartment. Great outdoors.The two-bedroom apartment cost the swimmer $463,000 in 2013 and has been a $500-a-week rental.Curry is one of Australia’s most decorated female athletes, having won 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals. Lisa Curry with partner Mark Tabone. Picture: Dylan RobinsonLISA Curry, the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! contestant and three-time Olympic swimmer, and her fiance, the entertainer Mark Tabone, have sold their Mount Mellum, Queensland, property for $550,000.It seems the couple had been too busy to build on the 14ha parcel which cost them $505,000 last year. SUBSCRIBE TO THE LATEST NSW REAL ESTATE NEWS HERE It had been marketed as the perfect weekender, located 35km southeast of the Sunshine Coast.Ray White Beerwah agent Theo Grigoriou initially had a $679,000 price tag for the property, but it sold after the guide was dropped to $575,000. The Mount Mellum property.The land, mostly natural bush with rainforest pockets, rocky gullies and two dams, was bought by a conservationist.The property comes with a one-bedroom cottage, two sheds and a caravan.The celebrity couple have not moved far, having jointly spent $1,125,000 on a 26ha estate near Maleny.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s spring selling tips01:23 Their new four-bedroom 1990s home comes with a gazebo that overlooks a horse arena and a saltwater swimming pool.Earlier this year Curry — who spent nearly six weeks in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity — revealed she was yet to divorce former ironman Grant Kenny. last_img read more

Both my children are equally human, yet only one is recognised as such

first_imgStuff 26 July 2019Family First Comment: Well said, Anna! “My youngest is 3 months old – a wriggly, active little baby who never stays still long enough to get a clear photo. It is also still in my womb. Some would say I can’t really call this one a baby either. Not yet…. I’m the mother of two children.”#chooselifeOPINION: I am a mother of two. My eldest is 21 months old – a lively, determined little boy who loves to put on his own shoes and place his toys in an orderly row.I can’t really call him a baby. Not anymore. He is running, climbing, talking and growing so fast I can hardly keep up.My youngest is 3 months old – a wriggly, active little baby who never stays still long enough to get a clear photo. It is also still in my womb.Some would say I can’t really call this one a baby either. Not yet.When we had our 12-week scan recently, we got to see our baby on screen. It was amazing to see how fully formed it was. The sonographer checked its brain, heart, bladder and all four limbs. We could see it swallowing, sliding up and down, and see its legs crossed neatly at the ankles.It was undeniably human. And yet some would deny just that.Those around me have no problem calling it a baby and congratulating me – I’m excited about it, after all, and planning to keep it. If I miscarry, I have no doubt that those around me will grieve with my husband and I on the death of our child, and will affirm the tragic loss of life.What if I didn’t want it, though? Or what if I did, but didn’t feel like I could bring it to term, for whatever reason?READ MORE: read more

Why He Hasn’t Proposed (Yet)

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Think every man who doesn’t propose is afraid to commit? Don’t be so sure. Read on for eight very real reasons even a man in love might not pop the question.1. His Parents’ Marriage Didn’t Make ItOur parents’ relationship offers us our first glimpse of the pros and cons of marriage, so if his mom and dad communicated best through lawyers, saying “I do” might be a huge don’t. “I know a few guys who remember their parents’ relationship as being full of poison, and the idea of marriage brings up the pain they felt when their parents divorced,” says Steve, 31, of Boston. “So instead of proposing to the women they loved, they broke things off when it got to that point in their relationships.”2. He’s Focused on His CareerMany men place the same emphasis on their career as some women do on their relationship status, which means that unless he’s made a name for himself at the office, he likely won’t be asking you to take his. Lisa Daily, author of How to Date Like a Grown-Up, says, “Most men want to have all their ducks in a row before proposing—they want to feel secure about their career prospects and financial situation before taking on a wife.”3. He’s Afraid of BoredomJust as you want to enjoy the excitement of something new and mysterious, so do men. “A lot of guys realize they are going to live to be 80, which means they will have to deal with the same person for 50 to 55 years,” says Dave, 32, of Chicago. “And unless there’s an effort to keep things exciting, that can get monotonous.”4. He’s Turned Off by Weddings“A lot of men think the whole wedding industry makes a mockery of marriage, and they get really turned off by how obsessed women get with it,” says Harold, 34, from Chicago. “It’s really unattractive when a woman you love freaks out about napkins, and it makes a lot of men wonder why women are so into getting married. Is it the diamond and the party or him?”5. He’s Not Ready to Be a DadMark, 33, from Sacramento, California, says his uncertainty about wanting kids at all is keeping him from popping the question. “I don’t know if I want to have children, and I don’t want to make a life-long commitment until I know where I stand,” he says.6. He’s Not Done Sowing His Wild OatsYou might be The One, but some guys have a hard time letting go of the possibility of being with other women. “The most common thing I hear around marriage from men is, ‘If I get married, this will be the last woman I ever sleep with,’” says Daily.7. He’s Afraid He’ll Have to Give Up His Dreams“The thing that stands out for me is the fear of settling down and forgoing my dreams,” says Eric, 27, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. “I saw my guy friends get married, immediately buy a house, have kids and eventually let go of their dreams. I feel that I still want to pursue my career goals, have adventures and be able to make last-minute decisions without informing someone. I’ll propose when I get that out of my system…or meet a girl willing to work with me on that.”8. He Can’t Afford the Ring“My girlfriend wants at least a one-carat ring. I’m starting to find out that my new career paths are not likely to make me a great deal of money, and that aggravates my worries that she will not want to stick around for life,” says Frank*, 32, of Los Angeles.*Name has been changed9. He’s Afraid Marriage Will Change You“A lot of guys hear that a woman will change once she gets married and that the happiness and mystery you enjoyed in the marriage goes away when the honeymoon is over,” says Steve, 33, of Charlotte, North Carolina. “When you think about that and combine it with the idea that you no longer have an easy out if it goes sour, it can be a deterrent.”By Brenda Della Casa,Glamour magazinecenter_img Share 39 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Why He Hasn’t Proposed (Yet) by: – September 13, 2011last_img read more