Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After signing with Arizona in 2009, Leach was recognized for his work in the community, being named the Cardinals Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2010.“We take so much from our time here in the NFL and especially here in Arizona.”Heading into the 2015 season, Leach had appeared in 200 consecutive regular season games, becoming the 17th active player to achieve that milestone. That streak ranked as the longest among active NFL long snappers. With so many games played, Leach wanted to make sure he left on his terms, not due to injury.“As you get closer to the end, you start evaluating things, and I just felt the time was right,” Leach said. “I got through the season again relatively unscathed, couple kinks and bruises. I said in the letter I wanted to do it on my terms before they came to me and said, ‘hey, you just can’t get it done anymore, we need to make a change’, or like I said worse to get that one injury that makes me quit, and may affect me for the rest of my life.”Leach spent the last seven seasons of his 16-year career with the Cardinals, but he never imagined being in the NFL for this long.“I remember looking at the guys that were four and five years deep back in my first year going, ‘man, if I can just get to four or five years, that would be unbelievable, I can’t even imagine that’,” Leach said. “Now to sit there and think 16 years, it’s hard to believe for a guy who was really looking to find a position, was I a tight end, was I a fullback, was I a punter coming out? Then to find this long snapping thing, I was fortunate to bend over and snap a ball and the right person was watching. I had ability to do it, work at it, found a way to get better at it and 16 years later, it was a good run.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Any NFL player would be more than happy to end with a 16-year career, and Leach insists he won’t try to extend it.“No comeback for me yet, I talked to Brett Favre about it and he told me how to do it if I should do it, but I’m not there yet.” The Arizona Cardinals can add another task to their already long list of offseason priorities, a task they have not addressed since the 2009 season.Signing a new long snapper.Mike Leach has announced his retirement via Twitter letter to Cardinals fans, and spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday to talk about his decision.“I feel good. Yesterday was a mixed bag of emotions to be honest with you,” Leach said. “It’s sad to finally make that decision and say you’re going to step away, but the downpour of support and best wishes we got from people we know, people we’ve played with 15 years ago and fans that we’ve never met before was overwhelming for Julie and I.” Top Stories LISTEN: Mike Leach, Former Cardinals long snapper last_img read more

Elder Susceptibility to Scams Swindles and Fraud

first_imgby, Ronni Bennett, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesA recent report estimates that in 2010, people older than 60 lost $2.9 billion to financial exploitation, a 12 percent increase from 2008. The numbers are undoubtedly much higher than can be counted because due to embarrassment, it is one of the country’s least reported crimes.Most perpetrators are trusted professionals and family members but strangers are responsible too via scams, swindles and fraud. Whatever the source, cheating old people out of their money is growth industry because the number of elders is increasing; crooks believe they have a lot of money; and it is a low-risk crime due to that embarrassment factor.It has bugged me for years that conventional wisdom, along with the FBI and other organizations, assert that elders fall victim to scams more frequently than younger people.Why should they? In fact (thought I), with age comes experience and many elders have probably been burned enough times by unscrupulous people to be more alert to it than those with less experience.It all sounded like a case of ageism to me or at best, that what is not included in elder scam reports is that victims are cognitively impaired to a greater or lesser degree.Now, if two new studies from UCLA are accurate, the FBI is correct about larger numbers of elder scam victims and the reason supports my suspicion of impaired cognition if not in the way I imagined.”Older people, more than younger adults, may fail to interpret an untrustworthy face as potentially dishonest, the study shows.“The reason for this, the UCLA life scientist found, seems to be that a brain region called the anterior insula, which is linked to disgust and is important for discerning untrustworhty faces, is less active in older adults.”As the writer Stuart Wolpert explains, younger and older adults react similarly to faces judged to be trustworthy or neutral. It is with viewing untrustworthy faces that the differences showed up. With the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans,“In younger adults, the very act of judging whether a person is trustworthy activates the anterior insula,” said Shelley E. Taylor, a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA and senior author of the new research.“It’s as if they’re thinking they need to make this judgment with caution. This gives us a potential brain mechanism for understanding why older and younger adults process facial cues about trust differently.“Now we know what the brain sees, and in the older adults, the answer is not very much when it comes to differentiating on the basis of trust.“It’s not that younger adults are better at finance or judging whether an investment is good; they’re better at discerning whether a person is potentially trustworthy when cues are communicated visually.”Professor Taylor says the “prototypical victim” is a 55-year-old male who is an experienced investor (although I’ve read elsewhere that an 80-year-old woman is typical). Taylor notes that for her, this study is personal: both her father and her aunt have been victims of financial scams.Here are two images from the study. The young adult brain is on the left, the old adult brain on the right.BrainImageFinalTaylor says that one of the functions of the anterior insula is to sense body feelings and interpret such visceral cues. “This is the response that we see lacking in older adults.”That could be called a kind of cognitive impairment but it’s not the sort I had imagined – of an elder’s day-to-day reasoning deteriorating.So it seems my arrogance was showing in believing that my brain is healthy enough that I could not fall victim to a swindler. Now I know better. We are all vulnerable and these studies are a good warning to be careful.You can read more about all this at the UCLA Newsroom website.Here are some good online resources where you can learn about known scams, swindles and frauds that commonly target elders:The FBI Common Fraud Scheme/Seniors pageThe NCOA Top 10 Scams Targeting SeniorsNOLO Financial Scams Against SeniorsOriginally published at www.TimeGoesBy.netRelated PostsWatching Out for Elder Scams and FraudAs a general rule – no, I take that back. As a hard and fast rule, never, ever fall for anyone offering free anything. A mid-2010 survey by Investor Protection Trust revealed that 7.3 million older Americans – 20 percent of citizens over the age of 65 – had been…Winning the Sweepstakes (And Losing Your Savings)Financial elder abuse is particularly harrowing because older adults do not have a lifetime left to make up the loss through work and investment.Elder Abuse – What is It?You think you know the answer to that, right? Well, not so fast. I did too until I started looking into elder abuse for us. There are a zillion definitions, several kinds of abuse, no useful statistics and differing laws…TweetShareShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more