ABCs of Vital Aging: Purpose









Last summer, I attended a wellness seminar, “How to be your own Health Hero,” sponsored by Cambridge Consulting Group, a local financial planning/wealth management company. Dr. Partha Nandi, author of the book, Ask Dr. Nandi (which is also the name of his syndicated television show) talked about the importance of being a #healthhero for our own life. 

My ears perked up when he talked about the first step to becoming your own #healthhero.  This most important first step is having a purpose.  I’m a big believer in that concept. Even as a young kid, I wondered why in the heck I’d been born. I couldn’t believe that I was simply put on this earth to just hang around. Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Music

ABCs of Vital Aging: Music

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As a Detroiter, I’ve always leaned toward the Motown sound, along with sixties music and of course, classic rock from the seventies.  But recently, I’ve been wanting to introduce some new music to my brain.  My musical tastes are in a time warp, and I need to shake them up a little!

The old songs I listen to have a way of evoking long-forgotten memories, good times, old friends and loved ones. The song “Isn’t Life Strange,” from Blues album, Seventh Sojourn, always makes me think about my brother, who died unexpectedly in April of 2000. Other songs bring back memories of great (and not so great) times during my angst-ridden teenage years.   

Would you want to live without music? I sure wouldn’t. Imagine a movie without music in the background, developing the mood of that particular scene. Imagine seeing a bride walking down the aisle without hearing that familiar tune that defines a wedding. Not having lullabies to sing your child to sleep, nor songs that make us want to get up and dance with abandon. . . . Life would definitely be strange!

For me, there’s no denying that music is a part of vital aging – just because it brings pleasure to our lives. It makes us want to dance.  Sharing a concert experience with our friends enhances our friendships.

But there’s more to it than that.  There’s also scientific evidence that shows how music enhances our mental health. For example, listening to it can boost our mood (Not that I needed any research to realize that).

According to health experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine, music can keep our brains youthful.  Music engages the brain, lessens anxiety, improve our sleep. Listening to new music may boost our creativity. 

And believe it or not, our brains love when we hear new music!  Read why in this article, The Science behind the Awesome Feeling of Discovering New Music.






I felt the dopamine in my brain kicking on when, shortly after getting hooked on Alt Nation, I discovered a new song, My Typeby a group called Saint Motel. It made me want to move in a way that vaguely resembles dancing.  I have my daughter to thank for that, since if it wasn’t for her, I’d be listening to the same old, same old tunes! 

For Further Reading:

Your Brain (and Health) on Music  

The Impact of Music Therapy on Mental Health

Music Therapy for Health and Wellness

Your Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons 

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ABCs of Vital Aging: Adventure

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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

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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

ABCs of Vital Aging: Leave a Legacy

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The quote above is one of my favorites.  How can you deny that waking up and appreciating the life you’ve been given is a great way to start the day? 

I never knew much about Marcus Aurelius, who authored this quote; I never met the guy.  How could I? He was a Roman Emperor who died in year 180 AD.  According to Wikipedia, he lived to the age of 58.  But he packed a lot of wisdom in during those years, in the form of his writings (Meditations). He wrote them in his own personal journals, never expecting them to be published.  Little did Marcus know that thousands of years later, into the 21st century, people would be reading Meditations in book format. They would also be quoting him on websites and blogs. Continue reading

Ted Talk Tuesday: Older is Happier

As I rapidly approach the sixth decade of my life, I realize I’m happier and more content than I’ve ever been in my life.  Is that to say I’m happy every day?  Nope.  I’m realistic enough not to expect that feeling every day. Sometimes, I’m a grump; sometimes I get the “blues” and feel better after a good cry. But that doesn’t change the fact that aging has helped me reach a sense of well-being and peace of mind.  This is something I never expected from growing old.  Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Traditions

Every year, in May, I go to the Eastern Market (a Farmer’s Market in Detroit, Michigan) with my sister and niece for our annual Flower Day week-end tradition. It’s a festival of colorful flowers of all varieties, along with fresh veggies and fruits. Amish baked goods tempt the taste buds. Street musicians play some sweet music, and of course, there’s the people watching. The streets are filled with people of all colors and creeds. Everyone is friendly and happy to be walking about, planning their gardens and looking for bargains.









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ABCs of Vital Aging – Curiosity










It’s been said that “curiosity killed the cat.”  Well I don’t buy it. Now, I could see curiosity killing a mouse, if said mouse curiously nosed around a mousetrap.   But a curious cat? A curious cat is a good thing, in my book.  If a cat truly has nine lives, what curiosity will do for that cat is give him or her some enjoyment during those lives.  Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Laughter


I lost my sense of humor one time.  It caused me to take myself way too seriously and sucked the fun out of my life. I was reading a Sunday newspaper, and silly me, instead of checking out the Comics section, a gloom-and-doom headline caught my eye and just like that, my sense of humor walked out the door. 

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ABCs of Vital Aging: Giving Thanks


ABCs of Vital Aging: Thankfulness









In his book, Life’s Greatest Lessons, Hal Urban points out the importance of two words, Think and Thank, as they relate to gratitude.  First, it’s important to think about what we have, and appreciate those things.  Second, it’s just as important to thank the people in our lives who have created value in our lives.  Continue reading