ABCs of Vital Aging: Shake it Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in 2015, every time I’d go onto Facebook or YouTube, I’d see yet another version of everyday people lip synching to Taylor Swift’s song, Shake It Off.  Taylor was singing about the haters in her life, and how she reacted to them.  By simply shaking off the crap and moving on with her life. 

While enjoying the version sung by two country boys (one of my favorites), I had a smashing idea. Why not rewrite the song’s lyrics to reflect what sane aging is all about:  Shaking It Up.  Continue reading

21 Ways to Make the World a Better Place

 

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This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use it as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; it its place is something that you left behind.  Let it be something good. (Attributed to Mahatma Ghandi)

 

  • Reach out to a homebound neighbor with a visit or phone call
  • Do something kind for a caregiver
  • Volunteer at a homeless or animal shelter
  • Adopt a pet
  • Become a literacy volunteer
  • Donate a pint of blood or become a bone marrow donor
  • Adopt a family at holiday time
  • Pick up litter while walking through your neighborhood 
  • Donate money or food to a local food bank
  • Participate in a walk to end Alzheimer’s
  • Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  • Thank a member of the Armed Services 
  • Take a care package to your local police station to thank the guys/gals in blue
  • Take time to listen to someone else
  • Give someone a sincere compliment – show them that they have value
  • Send a care package anonymously to someone who’s going through hard times
  • Find ways to volunteer at the Create the Good site
  • Try the latest online challenge to honor those who serve our country
  • Honor our planet:  Don’t litter. Treat our historical sites and National Parks with the respect they deserve. Recycle and re-use. 
  • Be patient with one another
  • Advocate for something you believe in

Time Is On Your Side (Not)

This is the thing I hate about getting older: Time goes too darn fast! It’s downright scary. 

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Remember when you were in elementary school and the school year went on forever? 

As a freshman in high school, senior year seemed a hundred years away. You could barely hang on until you reached sixteen so you could drive. 

After you graduated, you couldn’t wait until you were 21 – yea, then you’d be an “adult.” How cool would that be?  Continue reading