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

Holistic Health for Vital Aging

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Holistic Health for Vital Aging

 

 

 

 

 

The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) has been around since 1989, and is an impartial, non-profit resource for information about holistic (mind/body) wellness.  

One of the first resources I discovered at AHHA, is the booklet  Wellness from Within: The First Step.  I found it to be a great place to start to learn about AHHA and its core values.    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

Ted Talk Tuesday: Amy Cuddy & The Power of Body Language

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I remember an acquaintance of mine describing my walk as “determined.”  This was years ago, but I never forget her saying that.  It’s how I’ve lived my life since I was a little kid: determined to change my life. Determined to do something that made a difference.

When I’ve been depressed in the past, I recall walking with head down and shoulders slumped. When I feel good about how my life is going and I’ve done something I’m proud of, I can feel confidence in my walk, just by walking tall.  Our body languages speaks volumes! Continue reading

7 Ways Caregivers can Take Care of Themselves

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7 Ways Caregivers can Take Care of Themselves

Every airplane traveler hears the same refrain whenever they take a flight. In case of an emergency, always put on your own oxygen mask before helping another passenger. It’s the same when you’re a caregiver, caring for a loved one with a debilitating condition.  To take care of others, you first need to take care of yourself. Continue reading

Sleep Thief: Fighting Back

Sleep Thief: Fighting Back

 

 

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, I introduced the topic of insomnia with my postInsomnia, Sleep Thief.  But what about fighting back against this sleep thief?  

For occasional sleepless nights, or short-term insomnia, here are some ideas that may help: Continue reading

Insomnia – Sleep Thief

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You know as well as I do that a lack of sleep simply sucks. For me, insomnia reared its ugly head during perimenopause, along with all those other fun things such as night sweats and hot flashes. Now post-menopausal, I still suffer from sleepless nights, which tend to wreak havoc on the daytime hours.  Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: Leave a Legacy

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legacy, Marcus Aurelius, ABCs of Vital Aging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

What the Universe Taught Me about Serenity

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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