• Aging is Inevitable – Adult Health and Wellness

    Aging is Inevitable

    Although aging is inevitable, how we look, feel and cope as we get older, is not. Aging affects each of us at different rates and in different ways. Even within the same individual, each organ and organ system ages differently, influenced by genetics, environment, lifestyle, attitudes, social networks, spiritual connections, and overall health and well being.

    In infancy and childhood, we can be fairly accurate in predicting physical growth and development at different ages and stages. But as we age, there is no uniform timetable. Chronological age is notAging is Inevitable

    How Do You Know When You Are Old?

    Stereotypical Signs of Aging

    • You get dizzy when you stand up or bend over

    • Your joints and muscles ache all the time

    • Your skin is itchy, spotty, wrinkled and dry

    • Your body fluctuates between constipation and diarrhea

    • You have poor muscle tone, tire easily, and often feel weak

    • You are often irritable, grouchy, depressed and generally unhappy

    • You can’t remember what you did an hour ago

    • You’ve stopped learning or trying new things

    The above symptoms are generally considered to be inevitable effects of aging, but these are actually signs of lifestyle deficiencies, injury, and disease.

    Physiologic Changes and Aging

    Past research about aging has focused on patients suffering from illness and disability, observed in doctors’ offices, clinics or hospital settings. What we have believed about aging, it seems, has been a reflection of the effects of disease process and unhealthy lifestyle. Studies are only beginning to focus on active seniors and the normal aging process.

    • Aging is NOT Disease

    Physiologic changes that occur with aging do not necessarily cause disability. Aging does not inevitably lead to declining levels of cardiac functioning, bone density, muscular strength, cognitive ability and memory, sexual desire and activity, physical and social functioning, nor does aging insure rising levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and anemia. But aging does decrease the body’s ability to withstand and respond to stress. As we age, we are less able to regulate pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen consumption, blood glucose, serum sodium, and blood ph levels under stress. Aging leads to greater difficulty reacting to injury and the probability that the stress of injury will lead to acute or chronic illness over time.

    • One Percent Rule

    From age 30 onward, most organ systems lose roughly one percent of their functioning each year. The percent of loss does not increase as we age.

    • Body Organs Age Differently

    The physiologic state for any organ in our body is affected by the rate of change that organ has experienced multiplied by the number of years that change has occurred. As we age, changes in one organ does not predict changes in other organs.

    • Dementia is NOT Part of Normal Aging

    Memory decline with age is common, but does not inevitably lead to dementia which is an illness. Dementia-type symptoms include hearing loss, confusion or disorientation, difficulty performing simple tasks and making every day decisions, as well as changes in mood and loss of interest in life activities.

    * Remaining Healthy is Often a Lifestyle Choice

    Scientists and wellness experts alike are discovering that we are more than our genetic makeup. We do actually influence our own aging processes through diet, exercise, stress management, rest, sleep, social activity, positive mental thought and spiritual connection. Remaining healthy is often just a lifestyle choice and the choice is yours.


  • Special Weather Statement

    11:06 AM EDT on July 23, 2016
    ..another round of scattered thunderstorms expected this

    afternoon…

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    Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in northern New

    England this afternoon then move south into southern New England.

    The time of greatest risk will be 3 to 8 PM with the main focus

    across northern and eastern Massachusetts.
    There may be a few strong to severe thunderstorms that develop

    with the primary threat being damaging wind and large hail.

    Locally heavy downpours and frequent lightning will also

    accompany any strong thunderstorm.
    Seek shelter if a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for your

    area or the sky becomes threatening.

    1106 am EDT Sat Jul 23 2016
    ..another round of scattered thunderstorms expected this

    afternoon…
    Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in northern New

    England this afternoon then move south into southern New England.

    The time of greatest risk will be 3 to 8 PM with the main focus

    across northern and eastern Massachusetts.
    There may be a few strong to severe thunderstorms that develop

    with the primary threat being damaging wind and large hail.

    Locally heavy downpours and frequent lightning will also

    accompany any strong thunderstorm.
    Seek shelter if a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for your

    area or the sky becomes threatening.

    1106 am EDT Sat Jul 23 2016
    ..another round of scattered thunderstorms expected this

    afternoon…
    Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop in northern New

    England this afternoon then move south into southern New England.

    The time of greatest risk will be 3 to 8 PM with the main focus

    across northern and eastern Massachusetts.
    There may be a few strong to severe thunderstorms that develop

    with the primary threat being damaging wind and large hail.

    Locally heavy downpours and frequent lightning will also

    accompany any strong thunderstorm.
    Seek shelter if a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for your

    area or the sky becomes threatening.

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  • [SKYWARN_Announce] Severe Weather Coordination Message #2 – Friday 7/22/16 and Saturday 7/23/16 Severe Weather Potential

    Hello to all…
    ..Scattered to Numerous Strong to Severe Thunderstorms likely late Friday Afternoon into Friday Night across much of Southern New England away from the south coast of Southern New England. Strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rainfall causing urban and poor drainage flooding and frequent lightning are the main threats. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) continued much of New England in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather and now extends through South Coastal New England..

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    ..Threat timeframe for strong to severe thunderstorms is after 400 PM EDT Friday. It is noted that this event has the potential to be a potent outbreak for severe weather but like many severe weather events in Southern New England exact details and small mesoscale deviations could drastically alter the potential or the timing of the severe weather..

    ..SPC has also placed portions of Southern New England in a Marginal Risk for Severe Weather for Saturday, particularly interior Southern New England. This severe weather potential will likely hinge on what occurs late Friday Afternoon through Friday Night..

    ..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT Friday through the early portion of the overnight hours. SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is possible for Saturday..
    A rather interesting severe weather setup is shaping up for Southern New England and the Northeast US on Friday. The headlines give current thinking and as stated in the headlines, this event has high severe weather potential but small mesoscale deviations that can be difficult to resolve could alter the outcome. Also, the timing of the severe weather has uncertainty. For Saturday, the severe weather potential is more conditional and will likely hinge on what convection occurs on Friday and positioning and strength of the cold front that moves through the area.
    Satellite imagery this morning shows some cloud cover over Southern New England, particularly in western areas, as a line of showers is swinging through Northern New England. There is good clearing behind this in New York State so cloud cover moving out around late morning/midday seems on track and this should allow for intense heating and destabilization with favorable wind shear profiles. This can potentially set the stage for either a cluster or several clusters of scattered strong to severe thunderstorms for the region. There is also the possibility for a larger complex of strong to severe thunderstorms known as a MCS or Mesoscale Convective System to take shape and sweep through much of Southern New England. The timing is a bit uncertain with unstable conditions by mid to late afternoon but weather models showing high levels of instability through the night which could mean severe weather extending into some portion of the overnight hours or not starting until later Frid

    ay Evening.
    While the setup for severe weather as modeled as high potential, small mesoscale deviations could impact this potential and this includes the following:
    1.) There is an insufficient trigger in the atmosphere to set off the favorable levels of instability and shear.

    2.) A complex of severe thunderstorms forms but stays up in Northern New England and doesn’t dive southeast into Southern New England. The other possibility is radar this morning is showing a line of thunderstorms forming over Lake Erie, Northeast Ohio, Northeast Pennsylvania and Southwest New York. Does this activity and its movement miss our area with no extension of any strong to severe thunderstorm activity into New York State swinging into Southern New England? Some models show this while others show the extension of the activity in New York State swinging through Southern New England.

    3.) The Cloud cover from any leftover upstream convection reducing instability is now less likely based on current satellite and radar trends. Unless something changes, this is least likely to impact the severe weather potential.
    For Saturday, SPC has a marginal risk for severe weather over portions of interior Southern New England. There will remain good shear profiles for Saturday and there should be good heating for Saturday depending on how much convection is seen late Friday Afternoon and Friday Night in Southern New England. There is some question as to how much moisture will be available to tap into the good wind shear profiles and how Friday’s convection effects the environment for Saturday. This will be greater detailed in future coordination messages.
    SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence at 4 PM EDT. This will be the last coordination message on the Friday severe weather potential. For Saturday’s severe weather potential, the next coordination message will either be posted late Friday Evening or by 1000 AM Saturday Morning depending on how active late Friday Afternoon and Friday Evening is for severe weather. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook, Special Weather Statement, SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook, SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook for Saturday severe weather potential and the latest Friday NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion which provides a good technical/meteorological overview of the severe weather potential for Friday for those more advanced spotters who would like that level of detailed info.
    NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:

    http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html
    NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement:

    http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html
    SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook – Friday July 22nd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential:

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html
    SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook – Saturday July 23rd, 2016 Severe Weather Potential:

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html
    NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion:

    http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fxus61.KBOX.html
    Respectfully Submitted,
    Robert Macedo (KD1CY)

    ARES SKYWARN Coordinator

    Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

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