September 18, 2009
Well, we are home and it feels good. Five weeks is a long time to be away. I found that living out of a suitcase for that length of time was not enjoyable. But, I sure did have a great time visiting friends and relatives, especially our grandchildren, Kameelah and Keelan.
During the stopover at Calgary airport, I read an article entitled "Extra Sleep May Heighten Dementia Risk" in the Sept. 14th edition of the National Post. A picture caption said, People who sleep nine hours or more per day have been shown to develop dementia twice as often as those who only get seven hours. Really? The study by Spanish researchers also noted that sleeping less than 7 hours was not linked to brain disease. I guess that is good news for someone like my husband who only sleeps 4 or 5 hours a day. After reading the whole article, it became very clear to me that more research is indeed necessary. At any rate, if one is sleeping more than 9 hours a night, it may be an indication of an underlying health problem.
On the same page was an article entitled "Eating meat could help the elderly sustain physical ability". The thought is that eating meat helps the elderly better preserve muscle mass. Interestingly enough, it does not apply to fish and eggs. Another reason for my husband to enjoy his steak.