Stay Curious – For Your Brain’s Sake

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

©Vital Aging for Women 2017

For further reading: 

Top 10 Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is good for your health, your wallet, and your social life 

Free Online Courses

Keep Moving for your Good Health

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
I recently read The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging, (2012) written by Dr. Mike Moreno. The title wasn’t quite accurate, of course, since we all know we can’t stop those sneaky hands of time from creeping up on us.  However, the doc did provide some useful strategies for vital aging.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue reading

5 Reasons to try Meditation

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

5 Reasons to try Meditation

  1. Meditation may help us sleep better. At least 40% of Americans don’t get enough of the quality sleep they need to function well during the day.*  Many of these insomnia sufferers are women. Our insomnia is caused by hormonal changes we face in our lives, such as pregnancy and perimenopause.  
  2. Meditation relieves stress, and can help those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression. 
  3. Meditation provides other mental health benefits:  an increase in happiness, self-acceptance and awareness, concentration, focus and more – as found in the article, The Benefits of Meditation You Never Knew, from the Art of Living website.
  4. Meditation can lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and even increase energy levels, just to name a few physical health benefits.
  5. Meditation may help strengthen our aging brain by slowing down the loss of gray matter, according to UCLA researchers.

Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Lisa Genova & Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Ted Talk Tuesday will be presented every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Please visit again on Tuesday, July 18th.  

Do you remember the movie, Still Alice?  It came out in 2015. Julianne Moore is Alice, a woman who struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In her case, it was familial; she carried the gene for AD. This neurological disease has also been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, along with other modifiable risk factors. In a recent bulletin, the AARP pointed out that the cases and costs of AD continue to rise, with no end in sight.* Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Adventure

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

The Three Adventurers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently went on an adventure, thanks to my niece, Karen. She and my big sis are helping me celebrate my “60th birthday year” by planning all sorts of fun stuff to do.

The first fun adventure? Zip lining!  Now for you extremely adventurous people out there, this may not seem like such a big deal.  But for my niece and me, this was a big one.  It’s been on our bucket list for several years, but we never followed through with it.  But with my big 6-0 birthday coming up at the end of May, Karen thought it was about time we got  a move and crossed it off our list.   Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Friendships

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

ABCs of Vital Aging: Friendships

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You’ve got to have friends,” Bette Midler sang way back in the early seventies, and she sure had it right.  Truer words were never sung.

Whenever I go out for a girl’s night out with my two best friends (we’ve had a 46-year friendship, which tells you that I’m no spring chicken), we laugh, cheer each other on, and lift each other up.  When we were young, we’d go to parties, talk about our “crushes” on boys, and what dreams we had for our lives. Now that we’re of a certain age (not old, mind you, just “perfected”), we talk about how our husbands drive us crazy, brag about our kids and bemoan the aches and pains that come with age. Continue reading

What the Universe Taught Me about Serenity

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite episodes from the old television program Seinfeld is the one where Mr. Costanza sits in the back seat of a car yelling “Serenity Now!” Occasionally, I’ll pop over to YouTube just to watch that scene, which always makes me laugh out loud.

That would be me in my younger days, demanding peace of mind from the universe, immediately! Alas, the universe, in its infinite wisdom, ignored me. Because it knew something I didn’t, and wasn’t going to give up that secret easily. Continue reading