Sunday, February 16, 2020

Aging in place 2020

Jennifer Barger has a useful article today in the Washington Post about aging in place. 

She discusses the idea of adding elevators to townhomes, and adding extra rooms to bungalows.

She also mentions the use of “volunteers” in many senior communities.  I’m not sure how this comports with seniors who still are very independent with their own activities and travel.
My own mother died in hospice at the end of 2010, four days after leaving her home since 1949.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Young woman living in Wuhan discusses the vulnerability of older people to Novelcoronavirus in video

Asian Boss” interviews a young woman in Wuhan living in a typical highrise at some distance from downtown. She somehow got permission from the government in China to air the video.  But it sounds credible. The video was posted January 31. 
She says that life is not as “bad” as the media makes it look, but few people are in the streets.  She felt ill for two days around Jan. 25 and tested negative.  She got better.  But it is possible to have false negatives and false positives. Sometimes infection seems to take a while to seroconvert or produce symptoms. 
What’s more important is that she says most of the severe illness and death was in “middle aged and old people with other conditions”, especially elderly.  Her comments have drawn some anger on Twitter.
The comments suggested that elderly men might be at particular risk.
There have been earlier reports that men are more often symptomatic than women because of subtle physiology of the lungs and testosterone. But this latest video would suggest it is mainly older men. 

There isn’t anything to suggest that runners or swimmers or bikers were at more risk because they tend to have more lung tissue;  the extra capacity probably still helps them.
My own situation is some low hypertension and mild arrythmia (since 2000) and lower lung capacity than usual since childhood (in conjunction with dyspraxia).  I don’t’ have a particular tendency for heart infarctions because that has to do with plaque explosions inside coronary arteries (a somewhat different problem from pulmonary weakness and vulnerability to a virus like this).