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West Newsmagazine 3-7-18

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38 I MATURE FOCUS I March 7, 2018 WEST NEWSMAGAZINE @WESTNEWSMAG WESTNEWSMAGAZINE.COM NEVER STOP EXPLORING Adult getaways at Trout Lodge are designed for the new adventurer and experienced lounger alike. Explore the Ozarks. Start here. Call 888-386-9622 to begin your story. MATURE FOCUS, from page 36 A recent study conducted at UCLA looked at the effects of taking a curcumin supplement on memory performance in older people without dementia. It included 40 adults between the ages of 50 and 90 who had mild memory complaints. Participants received either 90 milligrams of curcumin or a placebo two times per day for 18 months. All 40 subjects received standardized cognitive assessments at the start of the study and at six-month intervals, along with monitoring of curcumin levels in their blood at the start of the study and after 18 months. Those who took the curcumin experienced significant improvements [an average of 28 percent] in their memory and attention abilities as measured by the assessments, while those who took a placebo did not improve. Those taking curcumin also experienced mild improvements in mood. Curcumin previously has been shown in lab studies to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has long been well-regarded in India as a natural treatment for many health concerns – in fact, it has been suggested as a possible reason why senior citizens in India, where curcumin is a dietary staple, have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. “Exactly how curcumin exerts its effects is not certain, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which has been linked to both Alzheimer’s disease and major depression,” said Dr. Gary Small, the study’s first author and director of geriatric psychiatry at UCLA’s Longevity Center. The research was published online in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The origin of wisdom The old saying “with age comes wisdom” may not be accurate – rather, it’s how a person responds to challenging life events that seem to come with getting older, such A recent study attempted to determine how dealing with life’s challenges relates to the development of wisdom as people age. as divorce, a health crisis or the death of a loved one, that shapes the development of wisdom over time, a new study from Oregon State University suggests. The study’s goal was to better understand how coping with adversity leads to greater wisdom and, ultimately, to healthier aging. “What we [were] really looking at is ‘when bad things happen, what happens?,’” said Carolyn Aldwin, director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU. “The event can become a catalyst for changes that come afterward. Generally, the people who had to work to sort things out after a difficult life event are the ones who arrived at new meaning.” The study included 50 adults between the ages of 56 and 91 who had experienced one or more major difficult life events. The participants were asked to identify those events, describe how they coped, and detail whether and how the experience changed their outlook or future actions. While some participants considered the events as merely something that could not be changed, the largest group [32 participants] agreed that dealing with these events disrupted their sense of personal meaning, forcing them to re-evaluate their fundamental beliefs and their understanding of the world. “For these folks, the event really rocked their boat and challenged how they saw life and Call 636.893.4194 Tami Barnes, Director of Sales and Marketing Union, MO | 636-234-5090 Union, MO | 636.234.5090 Now Offering $1000 in FREE UPGRADES Now through June 1st 2 Car Garage A Lifestyle That Reflects Life Made Simple Sandy La Beau - Agent CALL DOLAN AND START PACKING Conveniently located at Hwy. 50 and Old Hwy. 50 East in Union, MO (1 mile east of East Central College) A Lifestyle That Reflects Life Made Simple Franklin county’s Finest 55+ Villa Living GrayHawk Village is a maintenance-free community for active adults 55 and over. Vaulted rooms of 1,400 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths and 2 car garages. Here are some of the things we do so you’ll have carefree living... • Lawn Care with inground irrigation • Snow Removal • Emergency Call System • Auto Garage Door with Remote and Keyless Entry Now Offering Basements and NON-Basements • Gutter Cleaning • All Exterior Painting and Repairs • Cable TV • Slide-out Trays in Cabinets • Other Features Offered PHASE III in the $170s CLUBHOUSE AMENTITIES INCLUDE: • Theater Room • State-of-the-Art Fitness Room • Game/Card Tables • Patio • Kitchen Facilities • Wireless Internet Access

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