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UK PENSIONER MAKES BALLET DEBUT: John Lowe, 88, watched enchanted as his daughter Alison became a professional dancer. Then nine years ago, the 79-year-old former art teacher signed up for ballet lessons. Last January, Lowe made his stage debut as the Woodcarver in Prokofiev’s ballet, The Stoneflower, with the Ely Lantern Dance Theatre Company.

"Dancing is the most amazing feeling. You come home mentally uplifted after listening to all this brilliant music. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by so many young people and fantastic exercise too," Lowe said. Source: Cambridge News Online.

 

HOT READS: The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis by Peter Whitehouse with Daniel George (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). This landmark book by one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s experts offers a penetrating critique of our current concept of Alzheimer’s. The authors demand a radical new approach to the way we treat Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need by Chris Turner (Random House Canada, 2007). Haunted by fear of global warming, a young father and award-winning journalist travels the world in search of hope. He finds a Danish island completely free of fossil fuel, reasonably priced sustainable housing in Germany, hydrogen "filling stations" in Southeast Asia, and North America’s first solar-powered subdivision in Drake Landing, Alberta. Beacons of possibility abound.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SPEEDS RECOVERY: According to Canadian researchers, physical activity can help reduce the risks for colon and breast cancers. It may also help speed recovery. For the full report and great exercise tips, visit: The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults and click on "research update".