Friday, December 16, 2016

10 Things You Didn't Know About Michael Douglas

Recently the news broke that Michael Douglas will undergo treatment for a cancerous tumor in his throat. Michael Douglas is optimistic about his treatment. Inside Edition reports that Douglas expects to make a full recovery.

In the meantime, lets brush up on your knowledge of Michael Douglas.


Brief Biography of Michael Douglas


Michael Douglas is one of the famed actors of the Douglas family born to Kirk and Diana Douglas and raised by his mother, after his parents divorced when he was six years of age. He was educated at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and was an excellent student, accelerated among his peers.


Michael Douglas defined his career almost as an antithesis of his father. Instead of being the next tough guy from the Douglas family, Michael Douglas established his career as a sensitive, quiet guy. Although he has grown throughout his career to perform in a variety of roles, including comedy, adventure, and thrillers. He demonstrated his flexibility as an actor.


Now, here are some things you may not know about the Oscar winning actor.


Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Michael Douglas


Ironically, Kirk Douglas discouraged Michael Douglas from pursuing a career in acting. Kirk knew the ups and downs of the business and did not want any of his four boys pursuing acting. Aren’t we glad they didn’t listen to their father?


Michael Douglas’ first break came via his work on the TV series The Streets of San Francisco (1972), in which he starred with Karl Malden.


When Michael Douglas was first getting into the business his roomy was Danny Devito.


Michael Douglas’ estimated worth is over $200 million, according to Imbd.com. That is astounding, especially for someone who was told not to get into show business.


Michael Douglas was the producer of the movie classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), starring Jack Nicholson. A movie that is right in line with Michael Douglas’ wisecracking style.


During the 90s Michael Douglas took on the role and label of womanizer by starring in Fatal Attraction (1987) and Disclosure (1994). It took him a while to break with that image, but he was eventually able to do so.


One of Michael Douglas’ sexy attractions is his gravely voice. Unfortunately, this has been helped along by smoking which may be a contributing cause to his current diagnoses of throat cancer.


In recent years Michael Douglas seems to be trying to remake his image by appearing in more family oriented movies. Perhaps a sign of his mellowing with age? According to Imdb.com, Douglas is trying to break with his past reputation.


It may surprise you to learn that Michael Douglas is a United Nations Messenger of Peace. His focus is to bring attention to the need for nuclear disarmament and human rights. Yes, he leans to the left.


Michael Douglas is 25 years his wife’s senior, but the two share the same birthday, September 25. His wife is Catherine Zeta-Jones, who, according to Imbd, he met at the Deauville Film Festival in France in August 1998. The two have one son, Dylan Michael, and a daughter Carys Zeta. Michael has a son from his first marriage, Cameron Douglas.


Sources:
Doctor’s Find Tumor in Michael Douglas’s Throat
Michael Douglas, Imbd.com
Michael Douglas Biography, Starpulse


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10 Things Boomer Parents Should Not Tell Their Job-Hunting Children

My parents loved to scold us, frequently and at length. They often would illustrate their scoldings with grim stories of the deprivations they suffered as children. In classic child contrarian behavior, we would find ways to defy even the most reasonable pieces of advice. Human nature being what it is, be prepared for pushback when you try to bestow the benefit of your experience on your young adult children as they enter the job market. Here are some conventional pieces of advice which you, in the Wise Woman or Elder Statesman role, may think apply to young adults in the job market. You would be wrong.

1. Stay at a job at least a year before moving on. Not necessarily. In our roller-coaster economy, young people move from job to job. Employers do not necessarily see this as a bad thing.


2. Hold out for a full-time job. Unless you live on the moon, you probably know that many entry-level jobs do not hire full-time. They have the advantage, however, of allowing young people to get a foot in the door.


3. Only take a job with benefits. See #2, above. When the job climate changes for the better, employers may start providing better benefits. If standard benefits are not offered, like health insurance or a 401(k) plan, young people should investigate whether there are other perks about the job that make it attractive, such as a flexible schedule, an easy job commute, or employer discounts.


4. Summer jobs should be directly related to your future career. Not necessarily. Lots of people have memorable first job experiences as lifeguards or summer camp counselors.


5. Of all the hair-brained schemes I’ve ever heard of, this takes the cake. If you know a young person who is pouring their passion and energy into an entrepreneurial project, you can express your reservations, but be diplomatic. Sometimes what you and the rest of the world perceive as a wacky concept can turn out to be lucrative.


6. I didn’t sacrifice so you could be an underachiever. Be the grown-up here. It’s not about you. If they hate their current job, encourage them to apply themselves in school or in a job training program so they will be better qualified for other jobs. Don’t look down on seasonal work at amusement parks or holiday retail jobs. Lots of job experiences which will never appear on a resume still provide valuable life experience.


7. Include everything you ever did on your resume. Nope. My son tells me if he submits a resume or proposal that is TLTR (Too Long to Read) it will get skipped over. Summarizing is an art.


8. Eat a good breakfast before you go to work each morning. Moot point, because most young people do not get up early if they can avoid it. But if they cruise by the 7-11 for a Big Gulp and a do-nut on their way to work each morning, you may want to consider the next point.


9. The job needs to cover your living expenses. For many young adults, this is a nonstarter. They still live with their parents because even with a job, the cost of renting an apartment is prohibitive. It is not unreasonable, however, to ask them for a portion of their paycheck to help cover expenses, if only to provide them with a reality check and provide them with an incentive to save money in order to eventually move out.


10. Wear matching socks to your interview. Actually, this only applies if they need to impress a potential employer who is over 30.


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10 Surprises About Childbirth

There is no book or article out there that will truly prepare you for childbirth, because every woman’s experience, and in fact, every birth, is truly unique. However, there are some things that surprised me during childbirth with each of my daughters.

1. You won’t see much of your doctor


Of course, this will all vary depending on whether you have a doctor or a midwife, how large your hospital is, and how many other women are in labor at the time. But in general, doctors only make an appearance for the actual delivery, not labor.


2. Nurses can really help (or hurt) your birth experience


If you have a happy and attentive nurse, this can really impact your birth experience. Get someone who is unhappy to be there or someone who’s shift is almost over and can’t be bothered, and you’ll know it.


3. There’s no drug quite like an epidural


I tried different painkillers with each of my children in order to postpone the epidural. However, the truth is, there’s no painkiller that will actually kill the pain except for an epidural. If you can get by with lesser painkillers, by all means, do it. But if you want a painkiller that will stop the pain, go right for the sure solution–the epidural.


4. There’s always more paperwork


Even if you pre-registered or sent off all your information to the hospital in advance, there will always be something more that needs to be signed, dated, or seen with a copy of your insurance cards. Go to the hospital prepared.


5. Your lips will get chapped


It sounds a little ridiculous, but one of the things I desperately wanted and needed during labor and delivery was chapstick. Not only did I like the flavor, but lips get chapped from panting, breathing, and grunting.


6. You bleed a lot after the baby is delivered


I had been warned that you bleed after childbirth, and I expected something similar to a menstrual period. The bleeding you’ll experience after childbirth is heavier, may include more clots, and will last substantially longer than a normal period. Be prepared


7. You won’t be as tired as you think


I thought I’d want to crash after labor and delivery, but in fact, I felt a huge surge of adrenaline. I wanted to hold and cuddle my baby. I was ready to talk about things with my spouse. I wanted (a few) visitors to come and see us. I was, surprisingly, pretty awake. The exhaustion comes later.


8. There will be downtime


Whether it’s before active labor starts, after you have your epidural, or once baby’s been whisked away for a check-up, you will have some downtime during your hospital stay. Come prepared for it with a book, your knitting, or even your phone book so that you can make some calls.


9. Contractions hurt, and pushing is hard work


It may sound like common sense, but these things were big surprises to me, anyway. I thought of labor and delivery as one big thing, but it’s really two separate parts. Labor (the contractions) is the pain, and delivery (the pushing) is the work.


10. There’s no better rush in the world


Whether you delivery naturally, with the help of an epidural, or via a c-section, there is no rush quite like bringing your child into the world. Holding him or her for the first time…well, it really does change your life.


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10 Technologies that Changed the Way You Use the Internet

It wasn’t that long ago that we were looking at websites that were just pages of text with links to other sites! Whereas nowadays, we can read artificially short pages of text with one billion ads alongside them, and we call that progress…kidding!

In all seriousness, here are the top 10 technologies I can think of that have made the Internet what it is, and that are shaping the ‘net today.


The Mozilla Firefox Web Browser


Internet Explorer 6 had over a 90% market share. It was also the point at which Microsoft stopped trying to make it better. Why bother? A lot of websites only worked on IE6 anyway, so no one was going to switch. Right?


Firefox changed that. It took the web away from Microsoft and gave it to everyone. Because of Firefox, Microsoft actually had to start competing and improving their web browser, and the web got better for everyone. So whether you use Firefox or not, you’ve benefited from it. You can download Firefox by clicking here!


Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash


Flash is shiny. It’s where a lot of animated websites come from. It’s also where animated ads come from, especially the ones that cover the page that you’re trying to read. So it gets on a lot of people’s nerves!


At the same time, though, it made websites more interesting back in the day. And because it was easy to create things using Flash, it let artists and graphic designers create their own interactive websites and animations. It’s all tied to and owned by one company, but it’s still a technology that changed the web.


The iPhone


The iPhone has done two things! One, it made people realize how awesome browsing the web on their phones can be, especially the makers of rival handsets. Two, it’s made web designers realize they can’t make websites that are just made in Flash, because the iPhone doesn’t support Flash! That’s good from an accessibility standpoint, as well as convenience — you can’t bookmark a “page” on a Flash site, and they’re harder for physically impaired people to use.


LiveJournal


It’s hard to believe now, but at one point LiveJournal was revolutionary. If it wasn’t the first website to have a “Friends List,” it was one of the first. It had ways to control who read your writing long before Facebook did, too, and because it’s open-source a lot of volunteers (and even other websites based on LiveJournal!) have helped out with it. A lot of the features we take for granted on social networking sites today may have first made it big on LiveJournal.


WordPress


WordPress goes one step beyond LiveJournal and lets you create your own website for free, not just a blog. And because it’s open-source, a whole slew of volunteers have helped out by improving the programming code, and by writing thousands and thousands of “plug-ins” and themes for it. WordPress has made it easy for people to make their own websites, even professional ones, and they’ll give you your own for free on wordpress.com if you don’t have a web hosting plan.


AJAX


What the heck is AJAX? Basically it’s interactive websites and special effects like Flash, but without the Flash. That means they work on an iPhone, and it’s easier to make them accessible to physically impaired people (and convenient to use). What’s more, AJAX effects can be blended into a normal website, instead of living in a tiny Flash “box.” You know how when you post a comment on some sites, instead of reloading the page your comment just appears there? That’s one way AJAX makes things better. Oh yes, so is Google Maps — an AJAX-based web app.


Linux


Linux is the software that powers a lot of web servers, including the ones that “serve” your computer some big-name websites over the Internet. It’s open-source like WordPress is, so it’s been improved massively over the years, making it better for running a web server than Windows or anything else. And it’s free, so if you have some knowhow you can install it on one of your old, spare computers and have your own web server.


The Startup


Did you catch that part about how Linux is free? Well, WordPress is free too, and so are all of the other software tools that you need to make a great website. That means that darned near anyone can just download them onto an old computer and start making a website from scratch, even a “web app” like Twitter or Google Maps. Put two or three people in an apartment and have them working on this together, and you have an Internet startup! It’s so easy, and it’s a social “technology” that’s shaped the Internet. Because a lot of big-name sites started as startups, including Google.


Social Media


Social media means sites like Flickr and DeviantArt, where people show pictures they’ve taken and things that they wrote. And they’re another big social “technology” that’s changed the Internet, because before them you had to make your own “homepage” from scratch! Because of that, a lot of the things published online were just made by big companies, and they weren’t half as entertaining.


The only problem with social media sites is that they have to make money somehow. And usually that means ads. But people don’t go to these sites to see ads, they go to these sites to share things with their friends! So they ignore the ads, which means that the ads get more intrusive, kind of like they are now on LiveJournal and Facebook. So what’s the next step?


Dreamwidth


You may have never heard of Dreamwidth. But in a nutshell, it’s an Internet startup that’s like LiveJournal, but without the ads and run by people who actually care. Instead of letting advertisers use what people there write, Dreamwidth is only supported by people who pay to use it. So to make sure that they don’t grow too quickly, they make it so that you have to get an invite code from somebody there in order to get a free account.


If you think about it, it’s sort of like the way Flickr does things. You get very limited use of the site for free, but in return there are no ads at all.


The Upshot


There are a lot of other things that are awesome about Dreamwidth! Basically, if you’ve ever read my article “You’re Not Allowed to Stop Using Facebook,” they’ve done everything right, and corrected all of the problems that lock people into sites like Facebook whether they like it or not. Those will have to wait for another article, though.


In the meantime, have fun out there, and remember the technologies that changed — and are changing — the Internet.


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10 Supplements that Help You Be Your Best

In order to look and feel my best, I take ten supplements a day. I’m going to share them with you. Hopefully some of them will help you feel better, too.

If I take nothing else every day, I take Magnesium 250mg tablets. It does more than anything else to keep my blood pressure where it needs to be. I take one tablet at breakfast, one at lunch, and the third before bed. Taken faithfully this way, my blood pressure reading has been around 128/83. I know that some people would say that’s high, but it is good for me. Without the magnesium it’s been as high as 150/100 (if you believe that people can take it accurately). I have also been helped my minimizing sodium and walking for exercise.


Go-to remedy number 2 is a Multivitamin. I do not pretend to have researched enough to find the “best one” or “the most effective one you can buy”. I just take the one that meets my needs (that means the one I can afford).


Since I’ve had several yeast infections, Acidophilus capsules rank third on my list. I take one with breakfast and one with lunch. I’ve found an inexpensive brand with one billion cultures, so that’s what I take.


When I take my Calcium tablet, I know I am doing what I can to protect my bones. Although I eat yogurt daily, I do not drink milk, so I take one 600mg tablet of plain calcium with the rest of my breakfast pills and a second one with the lunch group.


I have fibromyalgia. I learned from my eldest daughter (who’s had fibro for 10 years) that the one Vitamin D3 5000IU softgel I take daily makes a significant difference to my pain level. It does more than any drug I’ve taken. Additionally, we live in the Northeast and I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Thanks to my D, I did not suffer disabling depression last winter.


Everyone knows that Vitamin C is a powerful immune booster and generally good tonic. I take a 500mg tablet with breakfast, and one with lunch. I haven’t had a cold or the flu in years.


Potassium helps me deal with the awful leg and arm cramps that I deal with at night. I take one 99mg tablet with my lunch regimen.


The next two stalwarts are the anchors for breakfast (Flax Oil 1000mg softgel) and lunch (Fish Oil 1000 mg softgel) with lunch. They ensure that I’m getting the Omega 3s I need (ALA, EPA and DHA).


The final member of my team is CoQ10. My husband is already on a statin and when his cardiologist recommended he take it, I looked into its beneftis for myself. It is important for a healthy cardiovascular system, and is depleted by statins. Reading that, I added it to my arsenal.


There you have them – the ten components of my daily routine. I am not a medical professional. I just know that they make a difference for me. I hope they’ll help you, too.


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10 Sure Signs You Are Dealing with a Sociopath

In her fascinating book, The Sociopath Next Door, psychologist Martha Stout estimates that 4% of the population is comprised of sociopaths. That may not sound like a lot of people to you, but if you live in a town or city of 10,000 people, then roughly 400 of them are sociopaths. Sooner or later you are bound to run into a sociopath. They are awful people to deal with.


A sociopath has no conscience. It can be hard to accept the fact that their are people in the world like that, because the vast majority of us have a moral compass.


Here are ten sure-fire signs or clues that sociopaths will display, plus the surest way to tell that someone is a sociopath. And my own critical observation about sociopaths that you might recognize as well.


10 Sure Signs of a Sociopath


1. Sociopaths lie constantly


Almost everyone in life lies once in a while. Sociopaths lie constantly. To them, lying is just like eating, sleeping and breathing. It’s something they do everyday. A person who constantly and consistently lies to you is very likely a sociopath.


Think of the phrase, “I could always tell when so-and-so was lying because his lips were moving.” If that fits someone you know, he or she is likely a sociopath.


2. Sociopaths are overly charming


Some people in life are genuinely nice. Sociopaths are not nice people but they try to manipulate by appearing nice. If someone is sticky-bun sweet when you first meet them, and then quickly asks favors from you, or tries to get you to do something they want, that person is likely a sociopath.


Over time, sociopaths always display what they are. Once you realize someone is a sociopath, you’ll get sick to your stomach listening to them try to charm people with their sweet talk (and lies).


3. Sociopaths do not treat pets well


From an early age, most sociopaths display some type of cruelty to animals. They carry on this trait into adulthood. Sociopaths will often be investigated by the ASPCA, if not the police, for animal cruelty and neglect.


4. Sociopaths are lousy neighbors


If you move to a new neighborhood and ask a bunch of different neighbors if anyone is a troublemaker, and they all point out one person, that person is likely a sociopath.


If you ask one neighbor if anyone else in the neighborhood is trouble, and that person points out nearly everyone else in the neighborhood, that is the sociopath.


5. Sociopaths think the rules do not apply to them


If the phrase, “He doesn’t think the rules apply to him”, is true of someone you know, that person is probably a sociopath. Most sociopaths disregard rules like the plague.


6. Sociopaths are always in some kind of trouble


If the police are constantly at someone’s home, that person is likely a sociopath. The local police know better than anyone who the sociopaths are in their town. Why? Because they have to frequently go to sociopaths homes.


Whether it’s for continually walking their dog without a leash, playing loud disruptive music all the time, or for hitting their wife and kids, sociopaths cannot stay out of trouble.


7. Sociopaths are avoided like the plague


Sociopaths have no conscience and will always alienate virtually everyone who has to deal with them for any length of time, including family members.


The only people who tolerate sociopaths for long periods are the people the sociopath is able to manipulate into doing so. Like the wife of a sociopath who stays with her husband because he controls the money, even though the sociopath openly cheats on her at every opportunity.


8. Sociopaths almost always have affairs


It is almost impossible for a sociopath to stay monogamous. They are incapable of love, and have no conscience. So they act on many impulses, including sexual ones.


9. Sociopaths do things others cannot believe


Most parents try to protect their children from pain at all costs. A sociopath will go out of the way to try and inflict pain and harm on their own children. To a sociopath, their children are just pawns in their continuing game of trying to manipulate people, and in their own minds, win victories over other people.


10. Sociopaths accuse others of their own misdeeds


Most sociopaths are clever, but not particularly smart. They will often use their own misdeeds as accusations against others. A divorce lawyer I know told me she can always tell when she’s dealing with a sociopath because the sociopath will accuse his or her spouse of exactly the misdeeds the sociopath has done.


Sociopaths seek pity and sympathy to manipulate


Dr. Stout says the surest way to know if someone is a sociopath is the pity play.


A perfect example is a parent who has done unthinkable things to his children, completely alienating them, but still continually tries to make the children feel sorry for him by telling them he is lonely.


He is not lonely, he is a sociopath and incapable of feeling lonely, but he knows saying he is lonely will make his children feel sorry for him. Once he has their pity, he can manipulate them some more.


My Own Observation of Sociopaths


Having had to deal with a few sociopaths in life, I’ve learned one sure thing about them. They are just evil people. If you ever hear someone with authority, like a judge, call someone evil, you can be almost certain that person is a sociopath.


For more see Why Casey Anthony Was Acquitted


Mark Haines Cause of Death Released


Sources: my own experiences dealing with sociopaths, and Dr. Stout’s book The Sociopath Next Door.
















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10 Steps to a Princess Tiara for Kids

There is nothing that a little girl dreams of more than becoming a princess. This easy to make princess tiara is a hit at craft shows, as parents and grandparents hope to make their little girls’ dreams come true.

1. The first step to making a princess tiara is to decide on a color scheme. Pinks and purples tend to do very well, but having a wide assortment of colors will guarantee that every little girl finds something they like.


2. You will also need to decide what type of beads to use. The beads are the biggest part of this project, and a good quality is highly preferred. That doesn’t mean you need to use expensive glass beads, but at least pick beads that look expensive.


3. Now you can assemble the tools and supplies. For this project you will need:


-1 headband, or an assortment of pipe cleaners


-a various assortment of pipe cleaners


-an assortment of beads that match your pipe cleaners


4. Lay out your beads in the style that you want to use. A good rule of thumb is to alternate beads; one pink, one purple, etc. Its easier to complete this project is you start by laying out the beads ahead of time.


5. You also need to decide how many levels you want on your tiara. I like to use two, but three will also work. Take several pipecleaners, and bend them into a wave pattern similar to this: MMMMMM. These bent pipecleaners are where you will place your beads.


6. Slowly thread the beads onto your pipecleaners, remembering to alternate the colors. You will also need to leave a small space, 0.5″-1″ at the end so you can twist the pieces together.


7. Once you have a section of beaded pipecleaner complete, twist your next layer onto the top. This should be twisted onto the top of the beaded pipecleaner, directly in the middle of the first “peak”.


8. Now string your beads onto the second layer, once again alternating the colors. If you chose to add a third, or fourth, row to your tiara, do so by following the earlier steps.


9. If you decide to use a headband, simply twist the bottom of your pipecleaner around the edges of the headband. Hopefully you remembered to leave a small amount of free space at the edge. You can also add a small dab of glue for extra support. If you want to continue using pipecleaners, twist together the edges of 3-4 pipecleaners to form a large circle, and then twist the tiara part onto the circle. Its helpful to have a few different sizes if you plan to sell these, as not all children have the same sized heads.


10. The last step is to examine the princess tiara for any loose beads, or pipe cleaner edges that might scratch the child’s face. Fold down any rough edges, make sure the beads are secure, and you’re all done.


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10 Tech Gadgets to Take on a Road Trip

If you are taking a road trip for vacation this year, reliable technology can help improve the family experience. The GPS navigation device alone reduces the aggravation of reading maps and trip planning. And if you are armed with a Nintendo, an iPod and a DVD player you can keep the kids occupied for hours. But don’t leave your maps and tour books at home; these have been updated to help you find concise information and help you use the latest technology, plus technology can fail and you’ll have these for an emergency. For a lengthy road trip, consider renting an SVU or a van with GPS navigation, a DVD player and a back up camera if it is in your budget.

Best technology for trip planning and driving:
Take a good quality GPS device. With a larger than average display, the Magellan Maestro 1470 allows you to program several destinations ahead of time. This GPS device has several nice features. It includes AAA tour book information plus AAA road side assistance if your car breaks down. You can find points of interest with the user friendly programming like Bluetooth technology and one touch programming. For instance, you say “gas” and the program displays the closest gas stations. It keeps up with your mileage, how long it will take to get there and gives you a heads up for lane changing. The Garmin nuvi 1260t GPS is thin but it has some cool features for sightseeing (the city explorer). If you are renting a car with a navigation system, research its features so you can plan appropriately. If you have never taken a road trip with a GPS you’re in for a treat.


The Whistler XLT Radar alert is great for road trips as it will warn you of laser and radar checks. This one has both a visual and audio warning.


Rent a van with a back up camera or install your own. This is great because you can fill up the back of the van with suitcases and not have to worry about blind spots. The back-up camera will really help you move out of parking lots easily. Install your own back up camera- Boyo TVK costs around $120. Reviews say you get what you pay for but even the poorest performing camera is safer than nothing.


Best technology to entertain kids:
You may not typically allow your kids to play Nintendo DS for long periods of time, but it is a great way to keep them occupied for a while on long highway trips. Wait until you leave to give them a new game, this will hold their attention for awhile. Some educational game are really challenging so takes those along. You can rent games at Blockbuster – pay attention to the due date or you will have to buy them.


For younger kids a portable DVD player is a great idea and some are built into the car, wait until the trip for a special movie they have been waiting to see. Some SUVs already have the DVD player installed or you can ask your dealership to do it. I recommend Phillips DVD 7402 for $180 (Amazon.com) because the reviews state that it is easy to use, has two monitor and includes ear phones. There is also a good selection of less expensive players if this is too pricey.


The iPod or MP3 player may be the most popular way of listening to your own type music for teens and up. Adults will enjoy the time to catch up on podcasts they’ve missed so don’t forget to download before you go.
And don’t forget to take your eReader. Amazon’s Kindle is particularly good for trips, easy to read, and quick to download books. You can download and read newspapers and magazines on this on too.


Must -have technology for information on the road, sightseeing and touring:
You need internet access if you are sightseeing. Bring your computer or try a cell phone that has a 3 G Network. The iPhone or Droid are best because you can use the internet, check email and it comes in handy for checking gas prices or weather information. Find times and ticket information without having to call. If you don’t have a phone with the internet and are staying in a hotel, most have an internet service you can use.


For great photo memories take a digital camera. Easy to use for everyone, including the person you pull aside and ask them to take a picture with all your family members together. Sony Cybershot costs around $160 (Amazon.com). Make sure you bring several memory cards if you don’t have a laptop to transfer the photos.
If you have independent tweens or teens who like to explore but you want to keep tabs on them, take a Zoombak GPS and set a boundary. You’ll be notified on your cell phone if the designated area. They can check in with you to let you know where they are.


Resources:
Best Buy Stores
Amazon.com


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10 Steps to a Winning Resume

When the U.S. job market hovers at about a 10% national unemployment rate, you need every possible advantage available to even get an interview. In reality, no matter how wonderful you think you are, or how many years experience you have to offer, there is always someone out there, better than you, applying for the same jobs.

Having a flawless, well written and well planned resume is your key to success. If you can’t impress an employer with your resume, you will never get the chance to impress him in person. Your resume is your marketing piece. It is not only the best method for introducing yourself to an employer, in many instances, it is the only one you’ll have.


Before sending your resume off and getting your hopes up, follow these few simple rules to drastically improve your chances of getting noticed!


1. Ideally, you should have a professional resume done for you. Working closely with a resume preparation service, especially in a bad economy, is worth every penny. Usually. A superb resume (including perhaps even a cover letter as well) could range anywhere from $50 – $600+. However, before committing to anyone, check their credentials. Ask if they are certified by the National Resume Writers Association. This is a professional association where the members are actually required to pass a stringent and very lengthy test before becoming “certified”. Very few companies out there can boast this level of credentialing. Many resume writes are either professional writers, HR managers, or worse – an inexperienced someone who knew how to start a website and offer services. Resume writing is an art in and of itself. Keep in mind: you get what you pay for.


2. If paying to have it done is just simply out of the question, then make sure you proof the document you have. It’s amazing how many resumes are thrown out because of absolutely careless typos and mistakes. Double check all your contact information. Have someone else read through the resume to help you find any errors and possibly offer suggestions.


3. Believe it or not, your name is not the most important thing on your resume! You don’t need to make it bigger, you don’t need to “bold” it, you don’t need to do anything to it other than making sure it’s spelled correctly. What is important on your resume is a combination of past job titles and companies. Depending on the job you are applying for, you may want to edit your resume to indicate in “bold” that you worked for a particular company (maybe their biggest competitor?) and/or held specific titles. You should therefore highlight ABC Co. and/or Vice President, International Operations. In many cases this is exactly the type of information the employer is targeting. Make this information your focal point, something that will immediately draw the employer’s eye to the information he is truly interested in finding.


4. Add a very detailed Objective Statement as the first topic on the resume. Why is this so important? Because if you can’t describe what you want to do, an employer doesn’t want to figure it out for you. This can be three or four fairly short, concise sentences that explain exactly what you are looking for..not what you can do. This is your chance to describe to everyone who picks up your resume just what you want to do. Don’t waste anyone’s time with statements such as, “I want a job that allows me to utilize my skills.” That provides no information at all. Add something of value. If you are tired of traveling, perhaps something like this will work for you: “Having just spent the past five years as a pharmaceutical sales rep covering the west coast, I am now looking for an inside sales position in the pharmaceutical or home health care field.”


5. Add a bulleted list of skills and accomplishments up front. This list will grab someone’s attention immediately simply because of the bullets. Maximize this opportunity to detail any unique skill you have such as software programs you know, certifications you hold, or languages you speak.


6. No fancy fonts and type faces. Unless you’re in advertising or design, these work against you. Your words will impress the employer; not the colors, fancy scripting, or huge fonts.


7. Keep it to one page or as close as possible. No matter what you do, no one wants to spend the time to read more than is absolutely necessary. Cut out the fluff. Delete anything that doesn’t add real value. Your resume is supposed to tempt people into meeting you and getting further details. Providing too much information can work against you immediately.


8. Do not add personal information, marital status, or hobbies – unless the hobbies are directly related to the job. For instance, if you are applying for jobs in the Park Services Dept., you might be OK adding that you love to hike. Otherwise, if you’re an accountant or a sales person – it won’t help. No one wants to know you live with your beautiful wife and three lovely children…they want to know how you can help their company.


9. Whether you wrote your own resume or a professional company did it for you, you should still have the option to edit as necessary. When you see a particular job you are very interested in and feel singularly qualified for, it’s always a good idea to go into your resume and highlight or add any specific information the company is looking for, relevant to your own experience. In other words, if a job posting says they need someone with at least five years bookkeeping experience using QuickBooks, yet your resume simply says “experienced in accounting software” – don’t make them guess! Go back to your resume, add this, and bold it! Make it jump out at them!


10. Education. If you are afraid of possible age discrimination, leave out any reference to the years you graduated from or attended high school and/or college. Since most individuals go to college right after high school, agraduation date of 1975 gives the employer a pretty good idea of your age. Leave it off. This isn’t lying. Remember – the entire purpose of your resume is get them interested enough to want to learn more. Don’t let someone judge you or make false assumptions about you simply because of your assumed age bracket.


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10 Summer Health Tips for Seniors to Beat the Heat

The summer heat is on. Though summer is time for more leisure activities, fun, and vacations, the health condition should not be taken lightly that can be affected by the summer heat. Young ones and older ones need to consider the health effects of the summer heat such as heat stroke (as the most fatal) and those other related injuries caused by the summer heat such as cramps caused by lack of water intake, nausea and weakness as well as headaches caused by exhaustion due to the summer heat.

Further, the seniors are more prone to these heat-related diseases because they are more insensitive to heat compared to the younger ones. They are most likely unnoticing the signs of warning of these heat-related diseases or injuries. It is because as a person becomes older, the response of the body to temperatures that are higher also changes.


The following are 10 summer health tips dedicated for the seniors or the elderly to beat the heat:
1) Reduce strenous activities. When the heat rises to high temperatures, seniors should be kept at cool places out from the sun such as air-conditioned rooms. They should also be advised to lessen their strenous, physical activities because the more they perform movements, the higher the body temperature will rise.


2) Keep hydrating. Seniors should have plenty of water intake like 4-8 glasses a day even though they do not feel thirsty. It is recommended also to minimize their intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, grab a glass of water or any sports drink instead. Also, eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help hydrate the body as well as keeping the body healthy. In order to know that there is proper hydration, the urine must already be in clear color.


3) Avoid too much of sun. Use sunblock with at least SPF 15 or higher when going outdoors especially for prolonged length of time , even for cloudy or hazy days.


4) Wear a cool dress. To avoid heat-related injuries, seniors must wear a cool clothing, light colored ones and loose lightweight dress to help in maintaining the normal body temperature.


5) When going outdoors also, put on more layers of cloths and when going indoors turn on the air conditioning and other ventilating equipments to prevent the body from experiencing too much temperature changes.


6) When planning for an outing or picnic with the seniors coming along, prefer places with cool shades and ventilation such as covered places and shaded trees to conduct your fun activities with the seniors.


7) A time for ice cream scream. Give everyone, even the seniors, a cool treat like ice creams, popsicles, and any other frozen refreshing treats to keep everyone cool during the hot season.


8) According to www.comfortkeepers.com: “Beware of medications and/or senior diets that can increase risk – Hot weather can accelerate dehydration, especially in people who are taking medications that have the side effects of fluid and electrolyte loss. Many medications, particularly antibiotics and diuretics can block the body’s natural ability to cope with the sun and heat. You should always check with a pharmacist or doctor to ensure that medications will not cause you or your loved ones to be more susceptible to heat-related problems. Also, if seniors are on a low carbohydrate diet, be sure they drink plenty of fluids, as the additional proteins in this diet can cause the body to heat up more quickly.”


9) Have someone to keep the senior’s safety at all times like a neighbor to check on them daily while you are out of the house and also provide your seniors with relevant contact numbers in times of emergency.


10) If ever you observe signs of heat exhaustion or dehydration such as weakness, nausea, no or heavy sweating, rapid pulse, and/orfainting, move immediately the affected senior to the nearest cool shade and provide with ventilation and hydrants like cool juice or water. Also, you can help increase the cool by applying cold compress and calling for medical assistance as soon as it is necessary.


Sources: www.comfortkeepers.com
http://www.seniorcare-stl.com/index.php/senior-care-excessive-heat-in-the-summer/


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10 Sure-Fire Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

The way to protect your privacy online can all be summed up by answering two simple questions:

  1. How much information can you dig up on the Internet of yourself?

  2. Does the Internet display information about yourself that you want people to see?

Per the first question, you may think you know all the ways, but chances are you don’t.

Per the second question, the answer for most people is no, and that they want to change it.


This article will inform and teach you most of the ways your personal information is spread across the Internet and what you can do about it.


(Disclaimer: This document is not legal advice. If you need to get the law involved in any way, shape or form when it comes to your personal information and/or privacy, consult with an attorney.)


What do you mean most of the ways? Why not all?


The social landscape of the Internet changes on an almost monthly basis where new things are introduced in social media all the time, so it’s impossible to list ways your personal information is spread because I can’t predict the future. However this guide will provide valuable information that will immediately help you right now.


Whom am I safeguarding my information from?


Most people would believe articles like this are for protecting your information from government organizations. If you are one of those people, that’s not what this is about. What it is about is protecting your information from nosy people (such as an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend), spammers, telemarketers and even future employers.


We’ll start with the basics and then move on to the advanced methods of protecting your personal information online.1. Get your phone number unlisted.


If you have a landline phone that’s listed in the phone book, that information is 100% public. Your number is provided along with your name and physical street address.


When you get your phone number unlisted, it will take as long as a year before the information is no longer on the Internet (you have to wait until the next publication of the phone book is released), unless you kick-start the process. See step 2.2. Contact every “whitepage” web site and request to be unlisted.


Ordinarily, whitepage web sites do not show up in Internet search results, so you will have to seek out these places manually, search for your information, and if found, make a request to have it removed.


The easiest way to do this is to go to Google and search for the term whitepage listings. Go to every site you find that lists information of that type, search yourself on each and start the process of getting yourself unlisted.


Note that this will take time. You will spend at least a good 30 minutes to an hour contacting these sites and going through the process of having yourself removed – but it is worth it.3. Delete everything on your Facebook “Wall” and “Notes”, if present.


If you use Facebook, you have a “Wall”, and that Wall is full of things you’ve posted there. Many of these things might be a genuine source of embarrassment for you if they were ever leaked outside of the Facebook site. How would they be leaked? By one of your friends that takes a screen shot, of course. Heck, you might even end up on LameBook.


Deleting your entire Facebook Wall is painfully slow task if you have loads of content there. If for example you have been posting content to your Wall for one year’s time, it will take you several hours to delete everything because there is no way to mass-delete anything on Facebook. This includes Wall posts, photos and the Notes feature, should you use it. Also, because Facebook’s interface is designed so poorly, you will have to close out your browser, restart and re-login to Facebook several times just to get the job done.


Also watch out for being “tagged” in photos. If there are any tags you don’t approve of, untag yourself.4. Set your MySpace profile to private along with any personal blog posts.


If you use MySpace for personal reasons (meaning not business), set your entire profile to private, then go through your MySpace blog posts, should you have any, and set private any one that contains anything you would consider embarrassing. Like with Facebook, do the same for MySpace photos as well.5. Google yourself by real name and nickname.


Everybody knows how to do this one. Go to Google and search yourself by your real name.


However I have a few additional tips.


Google yourself by your nickname as well. If your name is John Doe but sometimes you go by Jack, also search for Jack Doe.


If you have a common name used by many, add your location along with the Google search. If you live in Massachusetts USA for example, search for John Doe Massachusetts and John Doe MA to see what comes up. You might be surprised what you find.


As for what you do with what you find, I’ll cover that in a moment.6. Google yourself by screen name.


For some, a screen name can be just as strong of an identifier as a real name, so be sure to search Google for your screen name to see what shows up.


Again, as for what you do with what you find, I’ll cover that in a moment.7. Image-Search yourself.


This is one that many people don’t do, but obviously matters. Search for your name, nickname and screen name on Google Images and Bing Images. If you’ve been on the Internet for a while and there are a few photos of you floating around out there, chances are good they will show up in an image search while they won’t in a regular text search.


Once again, as for what you do with what you find, I’ll cover that in a moment.8. Use a password manager to store all your accounts.


For many of us, we have so many things we signed up for over the years that we’ve completely lost track of them. During your searching as outlined above, you will most likely run into accounts you completely forgot you signed up for. Hopefully you will be able to remember the password for them, login, edit the profile or simply delete the account.


I suggest using KeePass Password Safe to store your password information locally to a USB stick. It’s a free program, and a good one at that.


Remember: Most of what is on the Internet that would serve to embarrass you are probably things you posted a long time ago that you completely forgot about.


When you know everything that’s out there, you can control it much easier. This starts with putting every single account you’ve ever signed up for in a password manager.


Note that for some accounts there is absolutely no option to delete the account entirely, so you’ll have to do what I call a “blanking”. See next step.9. “Blank” the profiles you want to keep or cannot delete.


“Blanking” a profile is where you simply remove any and all personal information from it, but the account stays active. For example, this is a popular thing to do with Facebook because you want to keep the account open to keep in contact with your friends, but at the same time don’t want to overly reveal anything that could be potentially embarrassing.


Some web services even to this day provide no option to permanently delete your account. One such example is AIM. You cannot delete an AIM account. In fact, here’s what AIM says on the subject:


We are sorry to hear that you want to cancel the AIM service. There is no way to unsubscribe from or cancel the AIM service. However, if you wish to discontinue with this service, you can uninstall the AIM software from your computer.


That being the case, your only option is to login and blank the profile.10. Delete the accounts you no longer use.

If you have the ability to delete an account you no longer use, do it. Leaving it there will do more harm than good because privacy policies change, and what was private information before could change to public, and of course you won’t discover this until it’s too late and your personal information is already out there and indexed in the search engines.


It’s most likely true that if you search for how to delete your account via the web service’s site itself, you won’t find any instructions on how to do it. You’ll have to go to Google and search there for a way to go about it.


The best way to search Google for how to delete a specific type of account is to search for the term, “How do I delete a X account?”, where X is the type of account you want to delete, such as “Hotmail” or “Yahoo”, and so on.What to do with what you find on the Internet about yourself that you cannot change


For the places you find that you administer, such as social profiles and instant messenger accounts, those are easy to control because you can delete or blank them.


For the places you don’t have any control over, that can be a bit tricky.


There are three major types of media that exist on the internet: Documents, Photos and Videos. For each there is a different way of handling how to get them off the Internet.Documents containing your personal information


Any type of text that exists on the Internet is a document. A plain text file, an e-mail, a web page, a forum post, a Wiki-style post, a formatted document (such as a Word DOC) and so on. Any text that exists anywhere is a document.


The documents that you’re most concerned about are those that are in public view that reveal personal information and are accessible to anybody.


Important note before continuing: The following only applies if your personal information IS NOT listed publicly on the Internet. If it is listed publicly, such as in a whitepages listing, then it’s free and clear for anyone to copy and post wherever they want. If it IS NOT listed publicly, then you have something to work with.


  • If the document is a social media profile post (such as a Facebook Wall post) by someone else: The first thing to do is to contact the author and request to have it removed. If that doesn’t work, you will have to file a system abuse report via that specific web site.

  • If the document is hosted by a free file sharing service: Read the web site’s Terms of Service and/or Acceptable Use Policy. That document will instruct how to report abusers of the system. For example, a popular free media sharing site is MediaFire, and their Terms of Use document gives plain simple instructions on how to report abusers.

  • If the document is on a public forum: The first thing to do is contact the forum administrator and request the document be removed. If he or she doesn’t respond, you then contact the forum host provider or the web host provider and file an abuse report there.

Always remember to be POLITE and PROFESSIONAL whenever requesting to have a document removed. If you act angry, you won’t get anywhere. Be nice.Photos of you/your likeness

Any photo of you anywhere on the Internet can be removed per your request. Some are easy to remove while with others it takes more effort.


  • If the photo of you is on a social network: Ask the author politely to have it removed first. If that doesn’t work, file an abuse report for that user on that social network.

  • If the photo of you is posted on a photo sharing service: File an abuse report and it will be removed quickly. Whether it’s Flickr, ImageShack, PhotoBucket or just about any other photo sharing site you can think of, they will honor almost any request for removal. If your likeness is within the photo, you can claim – quite honestly – that you did not give permission for it to be displayed on the Internet and that usually is enough of a reason for a photo sharing site to have it taken offline permanently. If the person who posted the photo simply reposts it, you can file another abuse report and it will be removed. If the person who posted it continues to repost over and over again, he or she will eventually be banned from the system entirely.

  • If the photo of your is posted on a hosted web site: Contact the web site administrator first and politely request that it be removed. If he or she refuses, contact the web host provider for that site and state the photo was posted without your permission and that it violates the web host provider’s terms of service/use.

Videos of you/your likeness

This is the toughest one to deal with because the options available to you are simply awful. The only site I’m going to concentrate on is YouTube, being they are the #1 video sharing site people use.


In basic terms, there are only four ways to get a video of you that you find personally embarrassing offline:


  1. Contacting the author of the video in question and convincing him or her to remove it.

  2. Using YouTube’s internal “Flag” function in an effort to have the video removed from YouTube.

  3. Flagging the YouTube user who posted the video directly so his or her “channel” is removed from YouTube.

  4. Filing a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint.

It’s the fourth point I’m going to go into more detail on because the first three are self-explanatory.

You should never file a DMCA complaint unless you have exhausted all other options. People on YouTube often use the ability to easily file DMCA complaints as a quick solution rather than a proper legal solution.


Remember that filing a false DMCA complaint can get you in very real and very serious legal trouble; this is not something you should take lightly.


As I said above, only use the DMCA complaint when you’ve exhausted every other option available to you.


The truth of the matter when it comes to video content is that as long as you ask a video author politely and nicely to remove a video, they usually will do it.


Also remember that you can copyright any video of yourself as long as someone hasn’t copyrighted it before you. All you need to do is submit it to the Library of Congress; everything you need to know is at http://www.copyright.gov. They now have it so you can do it completely online using eCO (Electronic Copyright Office). Yes, this is true! Check out the eCO FAQ for yourself!Final Notes


There will be some who read this (maybe even yourself) that think, “The only people who would take this many steps to safeguard their personal information on the Internet are outright paranoid.”


You would be wrong there.


One very simple example of why the guide isn’t only for the paranoid is if you’re looking for a job. If all a potential employer has to do is do a quick Internet search of your name and finds images of you at a party drinking and taking bong hits, chances are you won’t get that job. Or the next one. Or the next one after that. If you have a blog, do you cuss and swear on it a lot? Have you told people to “f*ck off” periodically in public on the Internet? Even if it’s just text, if your name is attached to it, that speaks volumes about you in a negative way.


It is important to protect your personal information and retain privacy where you can. At first it will be difficult and there will be lots of “clean-up” involved, but once done you will be far better off not only on the Internet, but in life itself.


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10 Things that Affect How Long You Will Live

Although it may impossible to say how long a human being will live, it is possible to estimate how long certain people are likely to live based on a number of predictable factors. The trick is not in predicting how old someone will be when they die these days-actually, we already have a very good idea of that based on rates (generally referred to as “life expectancy rates,” to be more precise) carefully recorded and monitored by governments-but, rather, how many years the person is likely to lose out on or be prematurely deprived of based on specific “risk factors” or assessable circumstances, ten which are delineated in this article:

1. Quality of medical and dental care. The fact is that poor folks generally live shorter lives than rich people. While one may draw many different conclusions as to why this is so, one glaring reality is that, in general, people with better resources have access to better medical and dental care; they not only get better care but are more likely to get it quicker and under better-equipped circumstances. Public clinics and general hospitals often cater to many of the needs of the poor but they usually do not have the top-notch specialists and latest-technology equipment and medicines generally available (because of their better resources) to private hospitals. As for dental care, you should know that proper dental care is not just a matter of having pretty teeth–actually, dental problems, such as infections, can quickly affect other parts of the body, including the heart, the lungs and one’s blood supply. Finally, to this list you can also add proper hygiene-lack of which can also lead to all kinds of medical complications.


2. Risk-taking tendencies, predisposition or history. High-risk takers, on average, suffer more accidents (some of them fatal) and compromise their health more often and with more intensity than people who prefer to not put their health or life on the line, for whatever reason. One of the habits of this type of person is engaging in dangerous sports and pastimes. These people may have more fun and perhaps think that they live a fuller life but they are also more likely to die prematurely than more cautious individuals.


3. Use, abuse or misuse of dangerous “drugs,” including alcohol, smoking products (which contain dozens of dangerous carcinogens), and prescription medications. Without question, this factor plays one of the most significant roles in reducing human longevity. Alcohol, for example, kills millions of people each year (directly through cirrhosis and other medical problems and indirectly through car accidents) and so do cigarettes and other smoking products. Then there are the thousands of people (Janis Joplin, John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson-just to name a few of the famous ones) who die from abuse of over-the-counter and prescribed medications. All these people have their life expectancy compromised through the bio-molecular damage they undergo as a result of these potentially toxic (in the wrong quantities and when used incorrectly) substances.


4. Proper exercise and diet or the lack thereof. There is no question that people can compromise how long they will live through the choices they make (or fail to make) concerning exercise and the quality of food they eat. Our bodies need certain vitamins and minerals for proper development and to function at peak capacity. If we do not get these nutrients in the proper amounts at the proper times, our cells do not replicate properly and our organs may undergo slow but significant damage. As we age, these things happen anyway, but, because of poor diets and lack of exercise, the process may be speeded up in a negative direction.


5. The type of work that you do. Clearly, some types of work are not only more dangerous but they can have a significant impact in how healthy you can stay. Police officers, for example, are more likely to die on the job than, say, office workers. There is also a mental/psychological factor involved. Certain jobs may prompt more people to commit suicide (just one of many ways that work type can affect human longevity) or to end their lives and the lives of others through psychotic episodes. The stress that these jobs inflict on people can seriously compromise their health in a number of ways, which is why, for certain types of jobs (teachers, air traffic controllers, military personnel, prison correctional officers, etc.), some medical problems (like heart attacks and nervous breakdowns) are more common.


6. Ability and willingness to manage stress. Without question, stress is one of several “silent killers” in our society. Often, people cannot see the damage that stress is having on their mental and physical health. Actually, while the mental harm is expected, many people are surprised to find that many physical problems (most notably, cardiovascular disease and diabetes) are directly attributable to stress. Stress, as a matter of fact, can over a period of time, diminish one’s longevity, unless people learn to manage it effectively.


7. Having a good sense of humour. Some may question whether there is a scientific validity to this, but people who lack the ability to laugh at some things in life are probably ill-equipped to deal with and handle many of life’s most complicated and challenging obstacles. At the very least, having an ability to laugh is an excellent way to manage stress, but there may be more to this than just a stress-reduction capacity. When we are happy, to the point of being able to laugh about something, we are producing endorphins, which have been attributed with positive effects upon the human body, including our psyches.


8. Being on the move. Sedentary people do not seem to fare as well as people who are always on the move. This is not just a matter of engaging in frequent and demanding exercise, but of making the body use up energy (thus reducing the chances of unnecessarily gaining weight), putting the organs to work (which is crucially important, especially in regards to the heart, which is, after all, a muscle), and forcing the circulatory system to earn its keep. People on the move do not sit long enough to get depressed, do not let their muscles atrophy, and, in general, do not give negative things enough time to catch up with them. Is it any wonder that the most active senior citizens in nursing homes often live the longest?


9. Genetic predisposition to disease. Unfortunately, this is probably the one factor on this list over which we have the least amount of control. This is not to say that it is all bad news on this front, though. As we know more and more about the genetic code, we are getting better at identifying defective genes, thus improving the chances of one day being able to predict and take preventive measures against certain diseases. In the mean time, though, this is one factor that can rather accurately predict likely human longevity for certain people.


10. How you generally feel at your present age. Whatever difficulties or challenges you are feeling at your present age can be a good indicator of how you will feel, say, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, or more years from now-only, you need to multiply the severity and frequency of these problems with each passing year. A person, for example, who is having memory problems (especially about basic things, like where he or she left the keys, what they ate for dinner the night before, or how long ago they saw a doctor, etc.) at 35 will likely see the problem get much worse at 60-in fact, such a person may be showing the early signs of Alzheimer’s, a mental capacity-debilitating disease that often goes undiagnosed for a long time and which, contrary to popular opinion, can be lethal.


Resources


1. Sinha, J.K., & Ghosh, S. (2010). “Correspondence.” www.icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2010/april/0417.pdf


2. Press Release: “Four Preventable Risk Factor Reducing life Expectancy in US & Lead to Health Disparities.” (2010). Harvard School of Public Health. http://tinyurl.com/27w94qw


3. “Fix Our Genes-the Search for Human Truth.” (2009). http://www.fixourgenes.com/


4. “Endorphins”-definition for. (2007). http://menopause.about.com/od/menopauseglossary/g/Endorphins_Def.htm


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