Friday, December 27, 2013

kaBOOM!

This American photographer started her career working for Rolling Stone magazine. Who is she?
Anna-Lou Leibovitz
Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

9 MEMORY TIPS FROM JOHNS HOPKINS

In my mounds of research findings, one of my favorite lists for improving the memory is from Johns Hopkins Health Alert and it goes like this:

Improve Your Memory With These 9 Common-Sense Techniques

·         The minor memory lapses that occur with age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated completely; however, a number of common-sense strategies can improve overall memory at any age. The keys are to stay focused, active and alert.

·         Memory Tip 1: Place commonly lost items in a designated spot. If you’re prone to losing certain items, such as keys or eyeglasses, pick a spot and always put the items there when you are not using them.

·         Memory Tip 2: Write things down. If you have trouble remembering phone numbers or appointments, write them down and place the list in a conspicuous spot. Making a daily “to do” list will remind you of important tasks and obligations.    
·         Memory Tip 3: Say words out loud. Saying “I’ve turned off the stove” after doing so will give you an extra verbal reminder when you later try to recall whether the stove is still on. Incorporating people’s names into the conversation immediately after you have met them helps, too.  

·         Memory Tip 4: Use memory aids. Use a pocket notepad, cell phone, wristwatch alarm, voice recorder or other aids to help remember what you need to do or to keep track of information.

·         Memory Tip 5: Use visual images. When learning new information, such as a person’s name, create a visual image in your mind to make the information more vivid and, therefore, more memorable.

·         Memory Tip 6: Group items using mnemonics. A mnemonic is any technique used to help you remember. For example, when memorizing lists, names, addresses and so on, try grouping them as an acronym. Another mnemonic technique is an acrostic. Acrostics use the first letter of each item to create new words that form a sentence or phrase. Using rhymes or creating stories that connect each element to be remembered is also helpful.  

·         Memory Tip 7: Concentrate and relax. Many environmental stimuli compete for your attention at any given time. To remember something, concentrate on the items to be remembered. Pay close attention to new information and try to avoid or block out distractions. Anxiety and stress can inhibit recall. Learning a relaxation technique, such as deep breathing or muscle-relaxing exercises, may help.

·         Memory Tip 8: Get plenty of sleep. During sleep the brain consolidates and firms up newly acquired information. Studies indicate that people are better at remembering recently learned information the next day if they have had a good night’s sleep.

·         Memory Tip 9: Rule out other causes of memory loss. If you suspect that you are having memory difficulties, consult your doctor. Some medical conditions can cause memory problems that can be corrected, including depression, hearing or vision loss, thyroid dysfunction, certain medications, vitamin deficiencies and stress.  

Posted in Memory on July 4, 2011

I think that the 9 Memory Tips From Johns Hopkins are great, down-to-earth tips.  I hope you enjoyed reading them - there’s no excuse not to practice them!

with:
Dr. David Perlmutter’s, The Better Brain Book

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Friday, December 20, 2013

kaBOOM!

She is a famous activist, scientist and physicist from India. Who is she?

Eco feminist/activist and anti-globalization author.
Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

EAT TO REMEMBER         

One of the best ways to help your brain be more fit, is to make sure your mind is receiving good nutrition for better brain function.  The basics for eating a nutritious diet that’s good for your brain include the following: 

  • Drink half your body weight in non carbonated, preferably spring, water
  • Drink green tea
  • Know what the right weight is for your body type and eat as many calories as it takes to maintain that weight
  • Know what foods you are allergic to and avoid eating them
  • Consume fresh, unprocessed, local foods
  • Eat unsaturated fats, especially foods high in omega-3
  • Eat complex carbohydrates and low-glycemic foods
  • Use only natural sweeteners
  • Limit caffeine
  • Reduce salt intake and only use sea salt
  • Eat 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day


The key to a great brain diet is to put the emphasis on nutrition.  Think of food as fuel for your head and body instead of thinking of food as a reward, escape or event. 

If you’re serious about eating to remember, you should know that certain herbs and spices help promote brain health:  Turmeric, Saffron extract, Sage and Cinnamon.

Eat thoughtfully, slowly and chew thoroughly.  Start your day with a good breakfast and then continuously snack throughout your day to keep your blood sugar levels up and even.

with:
Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s Change Your Brain Change Your Body

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Friday, December 13, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!


Aging Defiantly:  Anne Rice
Official website  http://annerice.com/
Photo credit: npr.org

Aging Gracefully:  Arun Gandhi
Official website http://www.arungandhi.org/
Photo credit: pitw.net

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Amy Goodman

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

WORKPLACE GAMES

Whether you’re volunteering to keep yourself fully engaged in life while making positive contributions to society, or you’ve chosen to, or have to, rejoin the workforce - whatever you do, don’t panic about your new adventure.  Learn how to cope and how to play the workplace games.

People use intimidation and upset to interrupt or impede your ability to be comfortable; fully participate in the workplace, and to be at your mental optimum. In Part II of my book, Aging Gracefully, I deal with "Empowerment and Intimidation Management,” giving a number of important strategies and techniques to deal with shenanigans – whether they be on purpose or not.

Stay on the alert to recognize these types of game players:
·        The "Word Supplier"
·        The “Word Corrector"
·        The “Finisher of Sentences”
·        The “Look That Is Meant To Embarrass You”
·        The “Disrupter”

The “Word Supplier or “Word Corrector” is always waiting-in-the-wings to catch you pausing for a word, or perhaps mispronouncing a word, or using an incorrect word so they can jump right in to ‘help’ you. The last thing you want is that their ‘helpfulness’ implies something is wrong with your abilities.  To nip-it-in-the-bud, your response to the know-it-all:  Whatever, accompanied by a smile or accompanied by a gesture of dismissal.

The “Finisher of Sentences” is also waiting around like an understudy ready to push the leading lady or man off stage at any moment.  To stop-them-in-their-tracks, your response to their rude behavior:  Kindly refrain from finishing my sentences.  I prefer to do that.  And if the person who finished your sentence and was completely wrong in their assumption about what you were going to say then quickly turn the tables with: That’s not what I was going to say. You’re completely off topic.

And as for the incredibly impolite person who just has to flash ‘The Look That Is Meant To Embarrass You’ with their raised eyebrows, their holier-than-thou look, which seems to say, "Where in the world are you going with this?" or "What in heaven are you trying to say?" Your response: Stop right there.  Of course laughing at them may do it, too.

“The Disrupter” is like a cheetah ready to pounce in a nanosecond, challenging something you are saying, disrupting your flow, steering you off topic, and manhandling the direction and conversation in a completely different direction.  Your response, Go on…., (this indicates that you’re on to them and that you are giving them permission to continue), and then hold on tight to your thoughts and the points you want to make.  (When a friend of mine does this, she holds her fingers out on one hand to help her remember every point she wants to make and with the other hand, she keeps track of counter points to The Distrupter’s conversation.)  Another alternative is to hold up the palm of your hand or index finger to signal "Wait your turn,” or, “Hold on,” “In a moment," etc.  Whatever you do, when you take over the floor in conversation, take your sweet time to get out everything you need to say.

Rude people are everywhere so it’s up to you to figure out your own style of verbal and non-verbal self defense.  Some people will get the hint to back off from trying to take you on.  Others are just ignorant fools and should be recognized as nothing more than specimens of character study or as fodder to be capitalized on at a later date, (such as being used for material in a book, play or blog)….

with:
Eric Berne’s classic book, Games People Play
Mauricio Goldstein, Games At Work

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

It’s Harder to Treat Senior Depression
HOGWASH! 

Depression is depression and treatment for it is the same at any age.


Friday, December 6, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Betty White
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Aging Gracefully:  Carol Channing
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Carl Reiner

Photo credit: americancinematheque.com

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

HEALTHY MIND, HEALTHY BODY

If you stay healthy in mind and body, you can remain productive well beyond your 80’s. Research shows that a healthy body results in a healthy mind. But it also works the other way: change your brain, according to Dr. Amen, and you’ll change your body.   Dr. Amen’s work proves that if you boost your brain, you’ll improve your overall health, skin, weight and energy!  Dr. Amen’s work proves that you can change the brain you were born with for the better.

Exercise and nutrition greatly affect mental capacity.  Luckily, it’s never too late to start exercising, eating healthy, or retraining your brain. Getting in shape and staying in shape are easier than ever. So if you’ve been putting off any of those things, why wait? 

One of the easiest and most vital things that you can do to keep your brain cells happy so that you maintain high levels of memory function is to be well oxygenated.  Force yourself to yawn and take 4 deep breaths through your nose.  (Other great ways to get oxygenated include walking, bicycling, dancing, table tennis, tennis, yoga, etc.  In general, aerobic exercise is great for oxygen intake and blood circulation.)  Avoid things that deplete oxygen such as smoking, chemicals, not sleeping, not eating well and stress.)

Other things that you can start doing today to help your brain and body: drink lots of water to stay hydrated, think positive, forgive, practice gratitude, connect with others, hum or sing, and learn something new, (even if learning something new means learning a new word).

The message is simple: take good care of your mind and body.

with:
Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s Change Your Brain Change Your Body

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

Seniors Don’t Remember Well.
HOGWASH! 

It is easier to remember things from the past than it is to learn new things.


Friday, November 29, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Betsey Johnson
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Aging Gracefully:  Holly Hunter
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Aging With Spunk Intact:  William Shatner

Photo credit: williamshatner.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

LENGTHEN YOUR LIFE WITH LAUGHTER
Humor is man's greatest blessing. - Mark Twain

As in anything in life, levity makes our personal journey that much better.  Science has proved that “Laughter is the best medicine.”  Laughter reduces stress, pain and conflict while strengthening social bonds, ( according to Scientific American Mind).

Aging is a process.  How you feel about yourself affects how you experience your life’s journey.  How you feel about yourself also affects others.  Vast studies have been made confirming the connection between health, healing, positive thinking, and laughter.  From the laboratories at major universities to ancient wisdom and new thought thinkers, such as Ernest Holmes who created Religious Science, what you think is as important, (and in some cases more important), than what you do!

Is your glass half full or half empty?  How do you really perceive your world and those around you?

Isn’t there enough pressure in our world without adding more to it?  It seems to me that relishing in the moment, rejoicing in accomplishments, and viewing as much as possible with a humorous slant, can brighten the day. (I’ll certainly welcome a bouquet of happiness with open arms!  Won’t you?)

I know someone who turns her frowns upside down as soon as she catches herself feeling down.  She told me that as soon as she does that and forces a smile, that smile soon softens and becomes natural, her thoughts smooth over and her heart lightens.  And when she can laugh about it – just like that - everything that wasn’t “right” suddenly dissipates.   

We all encounter people who are funny.  If you over hear a comment that tickles your funny bone, remember and use it.  Then start to build on what you’ve learned. 

If you’ve never been the sharpest comic in the room, not to worry.  Believe-it-or-not, there’s a group just for you: "The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor."  Of course you can read quotes from such great humorists as Mark Twain or watch classic comedies, (I Love Lucy, Burns and Allen, etc.) on DVD, on-line, (YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc.), cable and Television.  Search for the top sitcoms in the U.S., in Britain and elsewhere.  (Check out your local library’s video section and find out what’s available for free.)  You can also attend theatre shows and join comedy workshops to up your humor.

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Additional Reading:
Danny Murphy, Humor 101
Norman Cousins, Head First
Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

Seniors don’t use the Internet.
HOGWASH! 

As of May 19, 2013, Pew Research Center states that 56% of Internet users are 65+.


Friday, November 22, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Desmond Tutu
Official website http://www.tutu.org/home/
Photo credit: theguardian.com

Aging Gracefully:  Angie Dickinson
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Leonard Nimoy
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

KEEPING BRAIN-FIT

According to Institutes such as Johns Hopkins, brain function is intact almost until the end of life.  New brain cells and their connections are generated all the time.  Keeping brain-fit to access your Personal Retrieval System is vital in order to continue to learn, grow and make contributions to society throughout your life. 

Just as the work by Erik and Joan Erikson’s forecasted longevity filled with continuing achievements and contributions by the older population, today’s scientific research backs up their predictions.  
But in order to reap the benefits of longevity, you have to practice being brain-fit in order to maintain healthy and on-going brain function.  Experts now believe that the more cognitive reserves you create, the better your chances are of having a healthy brain.  It’s the old saying, “Use It or Lose It.”  As important cardio and weight baring exercises are for your overall health - improving, exercising and recalling your memory is vital to healthy brain function. 

Research demonstrates that continuing participation in a range of mentally stimulating activities such as chess and bridge or learning a new language or musical instrument are wonderful ways in which you can contribute toward your brain’s health.  The more you engage in challenging your brain, the more new cells and pathways you form. 

Joining a community drum circle is excellent activity for staying brain fit and more, as is, playing board games with children, (of course, the more complex the games are,  the better).  Other ideas for keeping brain-fit include using your non-dominant hand whenever possible.  By doing so, you could possibly strengthen pathways in the opposite side of your brain.  According to the work done by the late Dr. Katz, keeping your eyes closed while eating might help with forming new cells and pathways devoted to the processing of sensory input.

Besides engaging in new and dynamic ways throughout your life to contribute toward brain health, it is important to socialize, reduce stress, sleep, maintain a healthy heart, be at the right weight for your body type, exercise, (especially walking which improves blood flow), eat healthy, and be aware of which medications block the brain chemical, acetylcholine, which is imperative to memory.  (Check with your doctor to find medications which do not affect your memory.) 

If the concept of having a healthy brain is new to you, the idea of having to change many things in your life to improve your brain health, might be overwhelming.  But if you break everything down into manageable steps, and take one thing at a time, (perhaps start with walking every day), you’ll be contributing toward being more brain fit.  And that’s exciting!

with:
Dr. Lawrence Katz, Keep Your Brain Alive

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

Seniors Don’t Contribute to Society
HOGWASH! 

The Silver Generation is returning to the workplace and play dynamic roles as caregivers, volunteers, grandparents, and guardians.


Friday, November 15, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Cheech Marin
Official website http://cheechmarin.com/
Photo credit: wikipedia

Aging Gracefully:  Angelica Huston
Photo credit: looktothestars.org

Aging With Spunk Intact Diane Keaton             

Photo credit: Firooz Zahedi

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

GET EMPOWERED

Is there a better subject to learn than aging?  Perhaps.  But for me there isn’t. That’s why I wrote Aging Gracefully With Dignity, Integrity & Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly.  With psychology, sociology, science, medicine and technology on my side, I know what’s in store for the Silver Generation and boy is it exciting!  So instead of wishing we could reverse aging, we can rejoice and embrace it. 

If you’re wondering who influenced my writing, I can tell you that there were 5 prominent authors whose work had the most impact on my book and who changed my perception about aging.  For starters, I was enthralled by the famous social psychologist, Erik Erikson and his wife, Joan, as well as their collaboration with Helen Q. Kivnick.  Together, their work on aging and society opened my heart and mind to a whole new level of self exploration and understanding about aging and the aging process.  I was fascinated with the Erikson’s research which outlines a productive and rich life in later years while exposing social hogwash that we as a society have bought into.  I also enjoyed Eric Berne’s classic book, "Games People Play."  (And boy, do people like to mess with anyone over 50.  Berne’s book is where I got the idea to include the 10 tips to get people off your back.)   And the fifth author who inspired me was Norman Vincent Peale, writer of the ever popular, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” which supports the importance of using humor.

I relied on the scientific data from the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), Harvard Magazine, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Scientific American, and so on.  I read university papers from Brown and Cornell on human development; disease regenerative biology, cellular/molecular/bio engineering, biomedical mechanics, physics, chemistry, computers, and on and on.

Empower yourself about aging.  You hold the key to make it be.  Read, listen and learn.  It’s never too late to improve yourself.

with:
Erikson, Erik H., Erikson, Joan M., and Kivnick, Helen Q. Vital Involvement in Old Age
Eric Berne’s classic book, Games People Play  
Norman Vincent Peale, writer of the ever popular, The Power of Positive Thinking

Additional Reading:

Resources:

Mario Martinez, 100 Years Young

Sunday, November 10, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

People Over 50 Are All the Same. 
HOGWASH! 

The Silver Generation has the highest variety of people than any other age group.


Friday, November 8, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Annie Lennox
Official website http://www.annielennox.com/
Photo credit: wikipedia

Aging Gracefully:  Daryl Hannah
Photo credit: IMBD.com

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Ellen DeGeneres
Official website http://www.ellentv.com/
Photo credit: coolspotters.com


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

IT STARTS IN YOUR MIND

Today, with so much media bombardment, aging gracefully can be daunting.  Aging with joy seems like flying in the face of conventional wisdom.  And it is!  Because conventional wisdom has fallen behind in the advancements made in science, medicine and technology in the area of aging.  Buried deep in our subconscious are the remnants of out dated, unadventurous thinking which prevents most of us from embracing the here-and-now and becoming open to new possibilities about aging. 

Aging celebrates life.  It reflects biological transitions and reflects cultural and societal trends.  In keeping with the concept that aging is the art of joy in action, I have published several poetry books for the Silver Generation from a personal perspective and dedicated to the last phase of life:  Changing Landscapes of Our Lives; Scenes From a Summer Home, and, Fear, Trembling & Renewal.  

My body of work is inspirational and insightful, shedding light about the wonders of aging and reflecting on how our subconscious mind plays a big part in how we experience aging.  In "Scenes From a Summer Home," I explore the changing and undefined boundaries between time and space, and between beginnings and endings.  “Fear, Trembling & Renewal," is about breaking through old paradigms to achieve new insights and perspectives about aging and life.  While my latest book, “Changing Landscapes of Our Lives,” is a collaborative work and one that rejoices in the process of life itself.

Regardless of your gender, race, religion, status, and so on - how you perceive, how you experience aging - begins in your mind.  So I ask you:  How do you think about aging?

with
Joseph Murphy’s, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

Senior Work Outs are a Waste of Time.
HOGWASH! 

The Silver Generation can expect to reap improved heart function, reduction of heart attacks, increased energy, and reduced shortness of breath by picking up exercising later in life, even as late as 70.  



Friday, November 1, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!


Aging Defiantly:  Tyrus Wong
Photo credit: cartoonbrew.com

Aging Gracefully:  H. Owen Reed
Photo credit: msu.edu

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Said Akl

Photo credit: lebononism.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

IT’S UP TO YOU!

You’d think by now that the vital work by Erik Erikson and his wife Joan Erikson, The Life Cycle Completed (Extended Version), would have taken hold in our society with wide acceptance that our Silver Years are a dynamic stage of life complete with new plans, goals, and ambitions.  But instead, our society would rather have us just fade out into the sunset after our 50’s. Well, “Hogwash!” to that! 

In my book, Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity & Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly, I provide a practical guide, a ‘road map’ of sorts, for fully engaging in life while debunking myth after myth about aging.  Whatever you do, don’t panic about being another year older than you were last year.  Learning is a lifelong experience. 

Learning doesn’t stop because you’re in your 50’s or older.  More than likely, the one stopping you from excelling and fully engaging in life, is you.  Bring yourself up-do-date with the 21st Century and the new advances in aging gained in science, medicine and technology.

And make sure you learn how to handle those annoying people who just can’t help themselves from taking jab after jab at you because of a number you own and that they’re afraid of.

Don’t go overboard about memory loss.  My suggestion to you is that if you can't remember a word – just substitute it with another.  And don’t worry about impressing anyone with the word you decide to use as the substitute.  Just get your thought out. 

And for Pete’s-Sake, quit letting people interrupt you.  There’s no need for you to be polite while being bullied.  Just because you’re not in the boxing ring together, constant interruption, constant line stepping, is rude.  It’s a form of intimidation – a form of bullying.  And you don’t have to take it. 

Empower yourself every day.  Focus on your brain’s health and over all well being.  Make the changes you need to do in order for you to be at your optimum.  You don’t have to do everything all at once and master everything before the day’s done.  But make sure you keep on yourself to improve yourself for the better, a little bit at a time, every day.  

Remember:  sure and steady steps make progress to success.  It’s up to you to embrace a new you. You can Age Gracefully, Defiantly and with Spunk Intact!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

The Older You Get, The More Grumpy You Become. 
HOGWASH! 

Your personality doesn’t change that much after 30. Big changes in personalities may indicate a reaction to medication, a sign of stroke, or could be an early warning sign of dementia.


Friday, October 25, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  President Jimmy Carter
Photo credit: theelders.org

Aging Gracefully:  Rita Moreno
Photo credit: looktothestars.org

Aging With Spunk Intact:  James Earl Jones

Photo credit: looktothestars.org

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

OUR GREATEST GIFT and GREATEST PUZZLE

While researching my material for Aging Gracefully with Dignity, Integrity and Spunk Intact: Aging Defiantly, what started out as a journey to find out how to keep the mind young, I ran smack into the complexities of the human mind – an amazing puzzle that scientists are still unraveling.

Many of us think we’re living healthy but are we?  Are you taking care of your brain? 

Do you know that your brain is in charge of everything from your weight to your sex life?  It’s very important to take care of your Personal Retrieval System so it can take care of you! 

Every day, make sure you’re keeping your stress levels low, getting enough sleep, (8 hours), eating healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your blood sugar up, getting enough vitamin D, looking at complex images/patterns and learning something new.

You can also slow down your brain tissue from deteriorating by getting your heart rate up so that you increase blood flow to your brain.  Invest in walking 3 times a week for a half an hour to improve your memory.  According to a study done at the University of Illinois by Arthur Kramer, Ph.D., (professor of cognitive neuroscience), "We examined brain structure before and after fitness training and we found increases of brain volume in a number of areas," says Dr. Kramer.

Another thing you can do to help your brain health is to help your back health.  Back pain can slow down your decision making, according to Dr. A. Vania Apkarian.  Check out the Mayo Clinic’s website for back exercises or eldergym.com for back exercises and more.

Of course being overweight doesn’t help your brain health, either.  Why?  Because fat cells hold on to toxins that can be harmful to your brain.  And free radicals can actually kill brain cells.  Check with your doctor about where your BMI, (Body Mass Index), should be.  The average is below 25.  (Suggested BMI for 75+ is 27.)  Remember to drink plenty of water and to eat plenty of foods that are rich in antioxidants to help right those free radicals out of your body.  (Green apples have a lot of pectin to help more those pesky fat cells around.  Plus, apples have the antioxidant quercetin in them to fight those nasty free radicals.)


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

People Lose Their Hearing As They Age. 
HOGWASH! 

Only 35% percent of those in their 80’s need a hearing aid.  Although some hearing loss might occur as you age, some people maintain perfect hearing throughout life.


Friday, October 18, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly: Danny Glover
Photo credit: @mrdannyglover

Aging Gracefully: Tina Turner
Photo credit:  biography.com

Aging With Spunk Intact: Kofi Annan

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

SCIENCE SUPPORTS AGING WITH SPUNK INTACT

In my exploration of the brain being able to generate new cells for a lifetime of continued learning,  I came across an article in Scientific American about Neuroscience that discussed how new discoveries about brain function is rapidly changing the way aging is perceived. The bottom line is this:  Use It or Lose It!

Certainly there are things we can do every day to enhance our neuro functions.  However, there are 3 core things that we need to consider to help enhance brain function and they are:  1. providing a sense of purpose, 2. social interaction, and 3. stimulation of the brain. 

An excellent way to achieve all 3 things is to return to the work force or volunteer your time.  These activities are great because they provide a sense of purpose; they integrate interaction between people, and they force you to learn new things which keeps your brain more elastic. 

Deciding to re-enter the workforce can be perplexing.  Start networking right away.  Let everyone know you’re interested in looking for a position.  Be pro-active; register with your local temporary employment agencies.  (Do this even if you don’t know a lick about computers because once you’re registered with an agency, if they’re a really good agency, they will have free tutorials that will teach you everything you need to know to be brought up-to-date with software and make you competitive.)  Another thing you can do is intern.  Internships are a great way to learn a new trade and a new industry while being digitally brought up-to-date.

Volunteers are needed all the time in the non-profit sector and in schools, libraries, hospitals, and so forth.  If you want to be of service, start asking around and before you know it, you’ll be right in the thick-of-things.

Challenge yourself to make changes.  Get a new look.  Set an appointment for a ‘new you’ at the nearest make-up counter.  Make-overs are usually offered for a nominal price.  Get a new hair cut or color.  On a tight budget?  Hunt for deals on Groupon and in your local papers.  Be on the lookout for grand openings.  Check with beauty colleges and schools for great deals on haircuts, manicures and facials. 

Get into shape.  YMCA and YWCA offer different kinds of memberships at different prices pending age and income.  Check out your local Parks and Recreation department for classes.  If you’re shy about working out with others, check out Hulu.com and YouTube.com for on-line exercise videos you can do at home.  You can also keep track of your progress on-line by joining fitness and weight loss memberships such as NBC’s Biggest Loser, etc.

Be brave – join groups in your community and attend any “Meetup” which piques your curiosity.  Check out what’s going on in your area by visiting websites which belong to your councilman’s office, your city, bookstores, libraries, museums, colleges, universities, stores, Senior centers, Moose, Elks, and so on.  Review local papers, Craigslist, Patch, Groupon, LivingSocial, Eventful, etc. and listen to the radio. 

Poetry slams, dances, Tai Chi, tournaments, concerts, art shows, plays, readings, photography, drum circles, astronomy happenings and so forth are being offered all the time.  Play a little game of hide-and-go-seek to find out what events are being offered in your area.  (You’ll be surprised at how many events are free to attend.) 

Whether you have to pay or you can attend for free, if you’re the least bit interested in what’s going on -  attend!  Can’t find a friend to go with you?  Too bad!  Go anyway.  Do something different.  Learn something new.  You never know what that mini adventure will lead to!  (And just think of how many eyeballs are going to fly out of their sockets when friends and family ask you what you did last week.)

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Erik H., Erikson’s The Life Cycle Completed.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

JUST HOGWASH!

Lean & Mean Is Health At Any Age. 
HOGWASH! 

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging indicates that people 75+ with a Body Mass Index of 27 are much more likely to live longer than those with a BMI between 19 - 25. One hypothesis suggests that the BMI of 27 could assist the immune system when fighting colds or infections. Conversely, those with BMI’s 30+ should bring their weight down under the supervision of their doctor.


Friday, October 11, 2013

DYNAMIC FRIDAY!



Aging Defiantly:  Ed Begley, Jr.
Official website http://edbegley.com/
Photo credit: edbegley.com

Aging Gracefully:  Cyndi Lauper
Official website http://cyndilauper.com/
Photo credit: cyndilauper.com

Aging With Spunk Intact:  Roseanne Barr

Photo credit: book cover

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WAKE UP WEDNESDAY!

GET A CLEAR HEAD ABOUT BRAIN DRAIN

To keep car engines clean and degreased there’s a product out there called, “Gunk.”  Negative thinking, anxiety, obsession, compulsion, anger and depression amount to gunk for our brain.  Just like a car, your brain needs to be kept clean and unclogged.  So you can start by tossing ignorance about aging right out the door.  And do it with a swift kick, too, because the sooner you get rid of brain drain – the sooner you get rid of all of that clogged up junk in your head – the sooner you behold brain power!

In my research for my book, Aging Gracefully, I found a bevy of scientific and technological evidence that supports positive longevity well beyond our 80’s.  But what I’ve also found is that many of us are still hanging on to stale belief systems about aging, still believing that once we’re in our 50’s, our lives are pretty much over.  That’s ‘stinkin’ thinkin’.  So:  “Hogwash!”, to that!

Cars today have a GPS, (Global Positioning System), to navigate roads to get you where you need to go.  You have a PRS, (Personal Retrieval System), it’s called your mind, to get you what you need to and more. 

Your mind is like a computer.  Computers are designed to imitate our brains – not the other way around.  Focus your life on what has already been learned and what can be done with your vast, knowledge base, your Personal Retrieval System.  Your accrued knowledge base and life experience far exceeds that of those from younger generations.  So remember that the next time someone tries intimidating you about your age, about being older than they are.  It’ll be the younger generation who are behind the times with their out dated thinking about aging.  And you can take that to the bank!

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Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.