9 Vital Aging Habits for Generation Xer’s

Do you want to avoid tarnish in your golden years?  If you’re in the Generation X age group, right now is the right time to prepare for quality longevity.  Don’t fall for those old age myths and stereotypes – we have more control than we think we do!  Take charge – you won’t regret it. 

Check out these tips, gleaned from the experts who study this kind of stuff:  

  • Keep working! Okay, so you have to retire eventually.  Well when you do, don’t just SIT AROUND. Retirement is a great time to reinvent your life, so stay active.  Go back to school, take online courses, advocate for your favorite cause, write a book about your life. . . . Not only will you keep your brain cells active, you’ll have fun doing it.  Active aging is good for our health and happiness.  

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Forgiveness for Vital Aging

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Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. (Marianne Williamson)

Another Father’s Day has come and gone, and again, I didn’t celebrate my father on Facebook as everyone else seems to do. But over the weekend, I heard that song by Mike and the Mechanics, The Living Years, and as usual, it got me thinking about my relationship with my dad.  Continue reading

7 Ways to Maintain your Brain

 

The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe. (Michio Kaku)

300px-BrainThis is our brain.  

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ABCs of Vital Aging: 10 Ways Become Ageless

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10 Ways to remain ageless

  • Become a friend of that woman in the mirror. Rather than bemoaning your lines and wrinkles, embrace your abilities. 
  • Make a choice to age well; change your words to change your life.
  • Remember that your chronological age doesn’t have to define you.  Internally, we are all ageless.
  • Never stop learning. 
  • Take care of yourself physically to avoid age-related diseases.
  • Take care of yourself emotionally.
  • Don’t give away your sense of self by doing what others expect you do to. 
  • Re-define aging for yourself; don’t fall prey to society’s old age stereotypes.
  • Respect those who are older than yourself; you’ll be there one day (unless, of course, you are denied the privilege of aging).
  • Become an advocate for an issue that is important to you. 

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ABC’s of Vital Aging: Aerobic Exercise

My first foray into aerobic exercise involved attempting clumsy grapevines and half-assed jumping jacks with the fitness queen herself, Jane Fonda. My right foot had a field day, trying to figure out what my left food was doing.  Luckily, I exercised in front of my television set, and my family made themselves scarce at those times. I could aerobicize my way to my target heart rate with no audience. 

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ABC’s of Vital Aging – Attitude Matters

Have you ever known a time in your life when a bad attitude helped you with what you were dealing with? How about someone else you’ve known who walked around with that cloud over their head, expecting life to rain on them at any moment? Did their bad attitude fight off the storm? 

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Personally, I can’t think of any time in my past when my bad attitude solved any problem or concern I was facing. If anything, the attitude I carried brought on more misery, and a lack of clear thought that could have helped me make things better.  Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Taking Action

I’m really big on the idea of taking proactive action for my health and wellness. It’s a lesson I learned in my twenties, from my mom. Unfortunately, the lesson stemmed from watching her journey into bad health, starting with a heart attack in her sixties, due to high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries from high cholesterol levels. This journey led to other conditions as well:  strokes, diabetes, and finally, cognitive impairment due to dementia. 

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5 Action Steps to take for your Health’s Sake

5 Ways to take positive action for your health’s sake

  • Make physical activity a part of your life.  Have you ever heard of NEAT  (non-exercise activity thermogenesis)? NEAT is simply all the things you do that burn calories throughout your day:  pace, fidget, lift and carry, stand, stretch, take a walk on your lunch break, climb stairs . . .believe it or not, simple movement can make a difference in our health. 

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