It seems that today we are continually being faced with new data, unlike in our past, but today we are heavily invaded with the media. This is sometimes overwhelming, to sort out the facts once exposed to us about a particular topic. The why of this, is to get your particular attention, and most of the time, it literally has nothing to do with the topic at hand. I will do neither here but I do need your attention to this, because it is a fact that has presented itself to our aging seniors.
Our technical world we live in today, has provided us with many gadgets, as we once used to call them back when I was younger. Now a Senior as well, unless you are on the computer a lot, as I am, you most likely have heard little about this health related issue.
Cell phone ownership has been increasing at abnormal amount. Nine in 10 adults ages 50-64 now own a mobile phone. Among seniors, the vast majority now have a cell phone; 69% of adults ages 65 and older have a mobile phone, and that’s up from 57% in May 2010. Even among those who are currently 76 and older, 56% report owning a cell phone of some kind, up from 47% of this generation in 2010. However, it’s still more common for older adults to own a basic cell phone, rather than a feature-rich smartphone. Just over one in ten adults ages 65 and older say they have a smartphone.
Another interesting area of growth for older adults is e-book readers like
Kindles and Nooks. Almost four times as many seniors own e-book readers
now as did just two years ago; 11% reported owning them in the most
recent survey, compared with just 3% in 2010. Tablet ownership is also
modest, but growing; 8% of seniors have them
Social Media is the Results of this
Social media is and has become deeply integrated into daily life for older adults, but there’s a big difference in adoption between those who are 50-64 versus those who are 65 and older. While close to one in three online
adults use social networking sites on a typical day, just 18% of those
ages 65 and older use the sites that often.
But with the ease, unlike back in the days when the telephone was the main use of conversation, the party had to be home, or the answering machine on the other end. I so remember the first cell phone I had, “The Brick”, and monstrous Roaming Charges, and how quickly all that changed. Then came all the technology of text messaging, emails, Skype, and much more social engagements, and within shared communities. With the wide variety of social engagement, communities were formed and networks established. These actions, brought on a movement, children teaching young adults, and young adults teaching their Senior parents, and grand parents the way to engage in each others lives, now becoming a daily pastime.
With all good actions seem to present it’s own set of problems.
When the first TV’s came out, you heard of their warnings about the radiation scare, the microwaves were then next, and now it’s the increasing use of the cell phones.
However, there was some truths to these innovations in the past, improvements have now been made, and they are continually still being used today. The problem is cell phones are being produced in such magnitude today and loaded up with so many applications today, it’s hard to determine this next factor. Have you ever noticed the light on your cell phone how bright it actually is, or how clearly defined the screen is. Well this is all do to the energy created by it’s blue light, and if used regularly, how often the battery needs to be charged.
How much Blue Light are you being Exposed To.
This is and has been a concerning topic for sometime, and some articles have reflected this in the past, as to what might be harmful. The actual definition of Blue Light is. Recorded here in Wikipedia “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_blue_light_technology
“Blue light is a range of the visible light spectrum, defined as having a wavelength between 400−495 nm. This short wavelength means that blue light is a type of high-energy visible light, defined as having a wavelength between 400 and 450 nm. Violet, indigo, and some blue-green light are other types of high-energy visible light.
Blue light, a type of high-energy light, is part of the visible light spectrum
Blue light sources are becoming increasingly common in today’s
environment. Exposure to blue light comes from a variety of technologies
including computers, smartphones, televisions, and lights.
Much of the exposure arises from light emitting diodes (LEDs). Today,
many white LEDs are produced by pairing a blue LED with a lower-energy
phosphor, thereby creating solid-state light (SSL). This is often considered “the next generation of illumination” as SSL technology dramatically reduces energy resource requirements.
Blue light exposure has been shown to impact health. Natural exposure
to blue light during the daylight hours boosts people’s energy,
alertness and mood. However, elongated exposure to the waves transmitted through screen devices during the evening can disrupt circadian rhythm and cause various health effects including a disruption in normal sleep schedules. Scientists believe this is caused by blue-light-sensitive intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells suppressing the production of melatonin and/or stimulating the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus. “
Blue Light and Seniors
Blue light can be healthy, according to some studies, during the daytime, but the verdict is still out after that. Some defining health issues that Seniors are more likely to be exposed due to our aging and the melatonin deficiency found in aging eyesight. I recently posted about Macular Degeneration and blue light may be having some impact on this issue as well. We do not know the impact or the longevity of this issue, but protection is always worthy. With the longtime use and now hours being spent by our seniors, we need to be aware this may be damaging our eye site and not knowing.
Protecting Your Eyes
I have worn transgresive glasses for some time. There is also the yellow lenses as well. The professionals (ophthalmologists) have begun to recognize this to be an issue. The studies are presenting that this light with a higher energy level can be damaging over a period, with extensive daily use.
Side effects for us Seniors
It, Blue light, also has shown to be having an impact on our sleeping, these studies as indicated above, can during the evening can disrupt circadian rhythm and cause various health effects including a disruption in normal sleep. As you may know, sleep is one of the more important ingredients for good health. It has been now said that you should give the cell phone, notepad, or computer a rest, before going to bed. At least an hour or so.
Todays Health Comment
Today we exposed to many high energy devices which produce blue light, because of its brightness. However, as we age as Seniors, we no longer have the natural protection to block out these energy waves emoted from such devices. Protective glasses may be the answer for us today until the screening of the light. Though this maybe corrected in time but for now you need to know that you are exposed. There are supplements that may be of value for aging eyesight, but that is an option, after seeking professional advice. Look forward to your comments or valued shares.
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