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‘An inspiration to all of us’: Houston woman turns 105, credits bacon and toast to her longevity – KHOU.com
Winda Wilson celebrated her milestone birthday with a spa day at her senior living facility.
HOUSTON This week Wilda Wilson got a surprise for the ages.
On her 105th birthday, she received a surprise spa day.
Ms. Wilda is an inspiration to all of us," said Abraham Mathew, executive director ofParkway Place.
Wilson's family says Wilda is a doer.
She's been getting things done since 1916. That's when she was born on a farm in Kansas. At that time in history, a brand new Model-T cost a whopping $306 and it was only 22 cents a gallon to fill up.
And if you didn't know, the hamburger bun was invented that year.
A lot has changed over the years.
For decades Wilda was a hairdresser and salon owner. But on this special day, Wilson would be the one in the chair being pampered, getting a scalp massage, styling and a manicure.
"Im glad we could bring a smile to her face today, said Mathew.
Masks were the must-have accessory for Wilson's party, but it didn't cover anyone's happiness. Especially not Wilda's on her big day.
Wilson credits her daily breakfast of five extra crispy pieces of bacon and two pieces of toast smothered in jam to her long life.
Florida Tech Researchers Discover Geothermal Heating May Have Limited Longevity on Urban Regions – SpaceCoastDaily.com
researchers tested for options to power districts, including commercial and residential propertiesThough the Earths deeper layers have been raging at thousands of degrees for billions of years, new research involving Florida Tech has shown that tapping into that heat to produce geothermal heating for urban regions on the surface has a far, far shorter lifespan. (Florida Tech image)
BREVARD COUNTY MELBOURNE, FLORIDA Though the Earths deeper layers have been raging at thousands of degrees for billions of years, new research involving Florida Tech has shown that tapping into that heat to produce geothermal heating for urban regions on the surface has a far, far shorter lifespan.
Florida Tech astrobiology assistant professor Manasvi Lingam, along with Alto University researcher Eero Hirvijoki and University of Western Australia researcher David Pfefferl, recently published the paper, Longevity and power density of intermediate-to-deep geothermal wells in district heating applications in The European Physical Journal Plus.
The team explored how practical it to use geothermal heating in northern, colder latitudes, places like Boston, Toronto London and Helsinki, Finland.
The researchers tested for options that can power districts, including commercial and residential properties, not small-scale systems.
By examining the average amount of power requires per unit area for a city, the team has an idea of what will be required to power these places, thus helping guide their geothermal extraction research.
They have found that geothermal energy, after working well initially, weakens until after a generation or maybe a half-century, it becomes generally ineffective. This decline is due to shifts in the temperature gradient, a key element to geothermal heating.
Geothermal energy works by putting a pipe deep enough into the ground to tap into a warmer layer.
That could be 30 feet down, it could be hundreds of feet or even deeper. Using water or another fluid, that heat is brought toward the surface, where the temperatures are cooler.
These temperature differentials power the geothermal heating of cities and towns, and the gradient in temperature contributes to the energy that can be extracted.
However, over time, the warmer bottom region begins to cool down, and the upper regions warm up, causing the temperature gradient to slowly decrease, Lingam and the researchers found. The more the gradient declines, the less amount of heat can be extracted.
An option explored by the team is the use of multiple pipes, with the principle of taking advantage of extracting heat from different spatial locations and distributing it accordingly.
With the pipes extracting heat, temperatures would avoid becoming homogenous, thus allowing for the machines to run off the heat.
While Lingam noted this procedure would help to some degree, it would only be a short-term solution, as the temperature gradient would become homogenous vertically and horizontally.
This could work for a few decades, maybe even 40-50 years, but it wouldnt be continuously effective for more than a century or thereabouts, Lingam said.
They will need to need to start divesting off geothermal energy then more to solar or other forms of renewable energy.
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Longevity swap pricing is expected to remain attractive through the coming year, as reinsurance capital to support large pension risk transfer deals remains abundant and slower mortality improvements feed into reinsurance pricing, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW).After a busy year in 2020, when the market for longevity swaps and longevity risk transfer hit forecasted levels of activity and we listed just over 24 billion of longevity swap deals in our Directory, WTW is forecasting market conditions to remain conducive for the year ahead.
One of the drivers for this has been a general slowing in mortality improvements, the company explained, something that now could be exacerbated further by the COVID-19 pandemic and how that effects mortality rates.
Even before the pandemic hit, the slowdown in mortality improvements seen in recent years has been factored into the reinsurance pricing offered to support longevity swaps, WTW explained.
The result, is the lowest pricing relative to pension scheme reserves on record, the company noted.
On top of this, increasing competition in the market for longevity reinsurance deals is also helping to pressure pricing and keep reinsurers keen.
With the end result being the driving down of longevity swap and bulk annuity pricing, as well as pricing of capacity for pure longevity reinsurance deals, something WTW believes is set to persist.
As a result, the broker expects 2021 could see 25 billion of UK longevity swaps.
Ian Aley, Managing Director in Willis Towers Watsons Transactions team, explained, The pensions de-risking market has proved itself to be incredibly resilient and, while uncertainty will remain in 2021, we dont see this denting the desire and ability for pensions schemes to complete risk management transactions.
It remains to be seen what impact COVID-19 will have on longer term expectations for mortality rates. For many schemes, the market pricing of longevity will currently look very attractive relative to their funding reserves. We therefore expect schemes will continue to look to lock into assumptions which are affordable against their current funding target to reduce future uncertainty as part of their wider hedging programmes.
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Lewis Hamiltons contract extension for 2021 was one of the least surprising developments of Formula 1s off-season but already some have suggested it may be his last dance. But is that really likely?
Lewis Hamiltons presence within Formula 1s record books is already cemented: most titles (currently held jointly with Michael Schumacher), most wins and most poles, with those figures likely to trickle into triple digits by the summer.
He is continuing to perform at an extraordinary high level as witnessed on a number of occasions in 2020: take your pick from the wet Styrian pole lap, triumphing on three wheels at Silverstone or the drive to seal the title at a grip-less Istanbul Park. There were other less memorable races, such as at Spa, Barcelona or Portimao, at which he merely pulverised the opposition.
Yet there are other statistics that are striking.
Hamilton is already Formula 1s seventh-most experienced driver, his Covid-enforced Sakhir absence concluded the longest streak of appearances at grands prix, while in claiming the title in 2020 he became the oldest champion since Damon Hill in 1996.
The focus, particularly in recent years, has been towards youth. Formula 1s youngest ever champions Fernando Alonso, then Hamilton, then Sebastian Vettel have been followed by its youngest entrant and race winner Max Verstappen whose very arrival prompted a re-writing of the regulations.
Verstappen, who debuted aged 17, is a special case but not quite an anomalous oddity. Contemporaries on the grid, Lance Stroll and Lando Norris, were the second- and fourth-youngest starters in history, while Esteban Ocon comes in at number 11, Charles Leclerc 18 and Carlos Sainz 20, out of the 767 to enter a race. Ferrari has placed its faith in Leclerc, the same age as Verstappen, while George Russell 23 next week has two years under his belt with Williams.
But all still need to displace the mercurial Hamilton, who has previously commented on how he relishes the challenge from the youngsters, from his plinth and there is no reason to expect the World Champion to walk away any time soon.
Every athlete is different but we are in the era of some of the greatest talents in any sport prolonging their astonishing careers beyond what has been widely anticipated some even into their fifth decade. They are special talents, incredible athletes, intensely focused, with an unrelenting rage to win, aided by advancements in science and technology such as a greater appreciation and understanding of elements such as nutrition, training and sleep management. No one path has been the same but the end result has been a train of success.
On Sunday Tom Brady claimed a record seventh Super Bowl title, having transferred from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, aged 43. He has won in three different decades and now has more individual success than any franchise. Last October LeBron James, just nine days older than Hamilton, led the LA Lakers to their first NBA title in 10 years, as well as becoming the Finals MVP.
At our age, we can still dominate our sport, James is quoted by Lakers Daily last month, when referencing Brady. We have one common goal and thats to win and win at the highest level.
Tennis icons Serena Williams and Roger Federer, born seven weeks apart, will turn 40 later this year and both continue to strive to add to trophy cabinets that are overflowing with riches. Federer may currently be recuperating from surgery, and Williams has also struggled with injury, but neither is yet throwing in the towel.
Ive seen players in the locker room, the Legends tour, and at some points I was older than them and I was wondering if I should be there, joked Williams in 2017 on her longevity.
Said Federer recently, to Swiss broadcaster SRF, I like to play tennis for life. In the last few months I have given a lot in rehab. I had to go through it, but I always enjoyed it. I want to celebrate great victories again. And for that, I am ready to go the long, hard road.
Federers long-term rival, Rafael Nadal, is a 13-time French Open champion yet at 34 still hurtles around the court like a caged animal. World Number 1 Novak Djokovic plays with the elasticity of someone a decade younger than his 33 years.
Italys Serie A may not be the most fast-paced of Europes leading football leagues but at the top of the goalscoring charts are Cristiano Ronaldo, 36 exactly a month younger than Hamilton and the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 39. Across the Mediterranean the ferocious Luis Suarez, 34, is fronting La Ligas charts. In golf Tiger Woods has not had the sustained success of those just mentioned but his perseverance paid off in 2019, ending an 11-year wait for another major, by claiming the Masters aged 43.
None of this it to say that the athletes in their twenties or even teens and early thirties are lacking in ability, passion or technique. Bradys opposite number on Sunday, Patrick Mahomes, was 24 when he spearheaded Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl triumph in 2020. NBAs MVP for the last two years, is the Milwaukee Bucks 26-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo. Naomi Osaka, 23, is already a multi-Grand Slam champion of a talented generation seeking to emulate Williams. Collin Morikawa was 23 when he won last years PGA Championship. In Formula 1 Verstappen and Leclerc who was born on the same day as Osaka have already underlined their credentials. It is a special generation.
But sports GOATs are still going strong and showing little sign of slowing down those who adorned front covers and billboards in the 2000s (or even late 1990s) are still there in the 2020s, pushing away notions of retirement. Moving it closer to home Hamiltons two predecessors as World Champion are Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. The returning Alonso, 39, has signed up to compete for Alpine for the next two years while Alfa Romeos Raikkonen, 41, continues to race on, 20 years after their respective Formula 1 bows. Scott Dixon, crowned IndyCar king for a sixth time, is 40, and among his team-mates this year will be NASCAR convert Jimmie Johnson, 45. Valentino Rossi, while no longer a potent front-running force, is still in MotoGP, revered worldwide, and next week turns 42. WRC champion Sebastien Ogier is 37 albeit insisting 2021 will be his swansong.
Hamiltons one-year extension was slightly surprising, given all his past deals have been multi-year arrangements, but there is reason for the relative brevity.
Because we left it very late we wanted to discuss the contract at the end of the season between the Bahrain races and then obviously Lewis didnt feel well, said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Monday.
At the end we started our conversations just before Christmas and it was important to get it done as soon as possible and in that respect we thought lets postpone the discussion about 2022 and onwards to a later stage in 2021.
As long as he enjoys racing, I think hes very capable of going longer. He develops as a driver, he looks after himself in terms of physical training and mental preparation side, so I dont think in terms of ability that ends in 2021, but at the end its [his career] his decision.
Hamilton has more to his life than merely Formula 1, most notably his interests in fashion, music, and more recently the push for diversity and equality the campaign for which is more effective the longer he is present. Inevitably, at some point, there will be a generational handover of the baton whether through choice or by circumstance. But his contemporaries have underlined that the older guys can still cut it.
When it comes to living a long and healthy life, so much emphasis is put on ones diet. Another factor which can contribute positively to an increased lifespan includes owning a dog. From improving mental health to helping with cardiovascular health, being a dog owner could help boost your longevity. How?
Owning a dog and taking it out for daily walks, acts as a social catalyst for a person.
It helps to promote social connections, conversations and can lead to the development of networks of support.
The connectivity of pets helps a person also feel safer and more loved in their own home.
Owning a dog and getting outdoors more often becomes common practice.
A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighbourhood park can lower a person's stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reducetherisk of asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, whileboostingmental health and increasinglife expectancy.
In another study published in the journal Scientific Reports, spending at least 120 minutes outdoors each week can have a major positive effect on life expectancy and overall health.
The study examined data from nearly 20,000 people in Englandfrom 2014 to 2016, which asked them to record their activities within the past week.
It found that people who spent two hours a week or more outdoors reported being in better health and having a greater sense of well-being than people who didnt get out at all.
When it comes to health, we are all constantly on the lookout for ways to boost our health and overall wellness. Often, we look to food as a means by which to achieve these goals. That seems to make logical sense. Were all constantly told you are what you eat. If that is indeed the case then it is vital that we take a long, hard look at what were putting into our bodies. One food which seems to have an outstanding track record when it comes to health benefits is garlic. Garlic has long been held in high esteem. In fact, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates apparently used to prescribe garlic for all manner of health conditions. These benefits are not just based on ancient history. Modern science has since confirmed that garlic does in fact benefit the body.
Many of us enjoy the addition of garlic in meals like pizza, pasta and stir fry. But the benefits of adding garlic to your food might be more far-reaching than simply making your food taste good.
Garlic, relative to its small size and calorie content is incredibly nutritious. According to Healthline, just one clove of garlic contains:
And this same amount contains just 4.5 calories 0.2 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs. It seems that garlic contains a little of almost every single nutrient which the body requires. This means that garlic is nutrient-dense without being calorie-dense. Making it one of the few options for adding flavour without excess calories.
Garlic, mostly in the form of supplements have long been used to boost the immune system. This is something we could all benefit from in 2021 whilst
Heart attacks and strokes are currently some of the worlds leading killers. These diseases are largely causedby high blood pressure (hypertension). Garlic, again in supplement form, seems to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure. One study found that 6001,500 mg of aged garlic extract was as effective for reducing blood pressure as the drug Atenolol over a 24 week period. The dosage to achieve this effect is quite high and equates to about 4 cloves of garlic a day.
There are two types of cholesterol, one is good and one is bad. LDL is the bad one and HDL is the good type of cholesterol. In sufferers of high cholesterol, taking garlic supplements reduced the total and/or LDL cholesterol by up to 15%. Garlic appears to have a direct impact on LDL cholesterol and works to lower it but has no effect on the good HDL cholesterol.
Garlic is full of antioxidants that aid in supporting the body to protect against oxidative damage. Oxidative damage comes from free radicals and contributes to the ageing process. Garlic supplements have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes. They also reduce significantly oxidative stress in people with high blood pressure. The combination of reducing cholesterol and blood pressure alongside the antioxidants is hugely important. Studies have shown that it may be beneficial in reducing the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia. It is worth mentioning however that again, these benefits only come from a high dosage of garlic supplements.
The addition of garlic or garlic supplements into the diet seems to have an overall beneficial impact on humans. However, its almost impossible to prove that garlic helps you live longer. What it does do is decrease risk factors such as high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol. The fact that it aids the immune system also seems to indicate that overall, garlic can have a beneficial impact on the body which may help you live a longer, healthier life.