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SENSATIONAL REVELATION ! Study confirms simple way to improve life quality for everyone.

Updated on January 12, 2015

The Greatest Fear of the Ageing Populations

Life expectation figures for the UK now confirm a steep rise from those traditionally considered as the measure of man"s mortality. The biblical "3 SCORE YEARS AND TEN" has been confirmed by scientific and mathematical analisis as now being increased to an average 81 years here. In other words currently we can, all things being equal, look forward to 15% or more lifespan than those who went before us. Great news but "Quantity" is not the whole story. "Quality" matters just as much.

These factors pose highly significant ramifications for society and already we see that it is a double edged sword. Pressures increase directly as age expectation with regard, for example, to the areas of both Pensions and Health Care.

I have personal, right up to the minute experience of these problems as I am a Trustee for a Pension Fund and also was heavily involved in the care of my wife"s father who lived alone, at his own strongly independent choice, following the death of his wife in 2009 and who had, sadly developed dementia. Jack, as he was known to all, died in Hospital on the very morning he was to be discharged in March 2014, aged 91 years.

To visit the above two areas more closely, I will firstly refer to my working knowledge of current problems for Pension Schemes due to increased longer lifetimes of participants. We have all been told over the years of the need to put something by in our younger, earning days, to support us in later life. The vast majority do so by subscribing, during their working life to one or more Pension providing scheme. For most in the UK the Government funded National old age pension scheme with mandatory contributions made by PAYE, provides for the basics of life after working days are now concluded. The "normal" age for this was calculated as 65 for men and 60 for women but nowadays many work on beyond these ages. Personally, I worked fully till I was 70 and had I not had Cancer at that age, I have no doubt I would be still so doing to this very day. Even so, long before then I could have taken my Private Pension that, in association with an employer, I had taken out years ago to enable me, as we say, to have some jam on my bread and magarine during retirement years.

Now both public and private pensions as above were calculated on the basis that I would shuffle off this mortal coil around 70 years of age. Now approaching 75, I am somewhat of a drain on those pensions to say the least, and personally hope to be so for more than a few years to come. The public pension scheme now also has to contend with unemployment chasing down the amount paid in to swell the coffers at the very time more is needed to pay out to those living beyond the original expectations of the calculations. Difficult decisions must surely soon be made.

In the private sector, Trustees face similar problems and the sums invested by them to provide growth of the pot available to pay out those eligible are at the mercy of the Stock Market, which at this time, is extremly volatile, making accurate forecasting virtually impossible whatever Investment Fund Managers may seek to tell us. Thus, longer life poses acute financial problems and these will surely escalate as Medical Reseach marches boldly on to secure more and better treatments and cures to extend lifetimes ever longer.

LONGER LIFE IS SOMETHING WE ALL ENDORSE BUT WE NEED THE WHEREWITHALL TO SUSTAIN OURSELVES WITHIN IT.

However, that is not the full story, as sadly ,my father in law"s story shows. An active man who, even in his middle and late 80"s provided superb care at home for his wife, Valerie until her death at 85 years of age, he hated Hospitals and often joked "they are full of sick people".. Sadly, Valerie contracted her dementia in her early 80"s following a stroke, which increased steadily until her death despite her husband and twin daughters loving care.

Following her death in 2009, and relieved of the burden he had so excellently taken on, Jack seemed, for a short time to strengthen but gradually he also, began to display dementia symptoms. Eventually, the family secured him a place in an excellent care home close by and though clearly deepening the dementia, he remained stoic and cheerful until he suffered a fall in the home on his way to the dining room and fractured his shoulder, requiring him to be hospitalised for 3 weeks. His dementia was ravaging but he struggled on and eventually was given the all-clear to return home to the care of his daughters and the Community Carers who came 3 times daily to ensure he was safe, secure, fed and watered.

However, dressed and awaiting transport to home that vey morning, he died in the chair by his bed. The Hospital authorities could provide no specific reason for this. A nurse saw him in the room ready and raring to go home but when she looked in again just 10 minutes later he was gone from this life. Aged 91 and with dementia escalating one finds confused messages about it. Certainly knowing him, he was very independent and would not have thanked anyone for prolonging his dementia, yet at the sametime ,human life is sacred is it not?

Jack, like everyone I suspect, would have liked to live forever, but not with ever decreasing dementia taking away his independence, his confidence, and ultimately his dignity. These factors were things dear to him, and I believe, to all of us and to lose them has to be the greatest, if often unspoken, fear we all have lurking in the dark recesses of our minds.




How to stall the dreaded DEMENTIA.

The above illustrates my personal belief that living long is an ideal to be vigourously pursued but beyond that, living long with high QUALITY is the real vision and hope we all have. Yet, often, the things we do in life work strongly against both those ideals. For example, we have clear evidence that taking drugs, smoking and drinking alcohol to excess mitigate against a long and fruitful life, yet millions ignore the facts and shower themselves with abuses like these that all lead to a shortening of worthwhile life.

At the sametime, information is available, in great quantity, it has to be said, to assist longer life in both time and quality, but is ignored by a very high percentage of the human race who are in a position to benefit from it if they so wished. As an example of this, every magazine I pick up these days has "DIETARY ADVICE". In fact there is so much advice that I, for one, tend to get overfed and quite sick of it all

However, recently I was brought up short by information which revealed the results of a proper medical research study providing better facts on a topic, I knew about but not in any depth. My reasons for being so taken up by it were essentially because of those described above, namely the desire to live long and with a real quality of life continuing to the very last minute.

THE ANSWER COVERS THE OCEANS.

The subject is so mundane in the extreme, and maybe that is why so many ignore it, other than for recreational purposes.

At the heart of the matter there lies FISH. To be more exact, OILY FISH.

I , being brought up through teenage years in a fish and chip shop, have a great liking and respect for fish as a food. Naturally ,my favourites are COD and Haddock but over the years more OILY FISH like Salmon have become more engaging to me. Now thanks to Canadian and USA scientists, I find that what I fancy really DOES do me good and can do good for everyone else {AT LEAST IN THIS RESPECT}.

In a nutshell, fish oils have been shown to clearly help older people with problems of memory to boost their brains. Participants in the study who were otherwise in good health were noted to have improvements to their recall abilities after 6 months of taking suitable "oily fish" supplements to their normal diets. Short term memory loss is a key factor in Dementia related diseases.

This new finding comes on top of well known previous research which showed the value of 0mega-3 fatty acids, which are found in abundance in fish, like salmon and mackerel etc and are also present in other consumable fish. Now this present study concentrates on those displaying memory problems and with especial regard to those under stress of either the mental or physical variety.

I draw from this, as someone who ,as of yet, has NO memory problems that a} Having had fish included pretty strongly in my diet whilst young, has been a real benefit to me not only then, but now in later life and b} that there is a clear benefit for all OLDER PEOPLE to include oily fish, or have it included as the case may be, in their weekly diets.

Maybe like myself the magazine, " Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids " is not part of your regular reading, but that is where the findings of this report study are to be found more fully explained. the essential info to my mind is as follows: "Docosaahexaenoic acid, the omega-3 acid found in oily fish is thought to help nerve cells communicate with each other. Our bodies cannot produce the nutrient themselves, SO WE MUST OBTAIN IT FROM OUR FOOD".

We cannot have it put more simply than that can we ? Thus, if we wish to do what we can to avoid Dementia then we can surely increase our chances by consuming oily fish incuding foods. This, I contend is not merely for the aged facing the fear immediately in front of them, but also for mothers feeding children, teenagers, young adults, mature adults and the middle aged also. In short oily fish has benefits for all.

Prevention is always better than cure and here prevention is not only cost effective but also most enjoyable. Currently in the UK reports conclude that, as a nation, we do NOT consume enough of the following:Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon and Sardines.This can only be through ignorance. Tuna is readily available at reasonable cost whilst Salmon, once the expensive preserve of the Country Squire and his Set is now also inexpensive thanks to the development of Salmon Farming,whilst Supermarkets cheapest fish and always available, is Mackerel.

THE OPTION OF THE SUPPLEMENT CAPSULE IS STILL THERE FOR THOSE CONFESSED FISH HATERS BUT NOW THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS OF COOKING FISH THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE IN MY THINKING NOT TO FIND WAYS OF SERVING UP THE MOST PALATABLE OF DISHES FROM WHATEVER FISH YOU PICK.

The days of the 40"s and 50"s when mother would cook just 5 weekday dishes year after year, are long gone, as are the days when commodities like fish were both scarce and expensive. Nowadays all one has to do is to type something like "MACKEREL RECIPES" into a search engine to reveal a cornucopia of easy to prepare and cook, dishes from top Chefs {Mrs Beaton eat your heart out}.

So, backed by scientific survey, the easy way to stall the onset of Dementia characterised by loss of memory, especially short term memory, is as clear as the deep blue sea, or at least, those oily fish that swim in it. This may seem a very unlikely topic to create a Hub but it really depends on which way youlook at it. Is this hub simply about eating oily fish? Alternatively is it about preserving human life and the quality of human life?

Only, you, the reader , can decide for yourself but if you have been, then thank you for reading.


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