Falling Off the Wagon

Some people mistakenly assume that because I give wellness workshops and lead exercise classes that I am always behaving in healthy ways. It just isn’t so. Like many others, I have my good days and my not-so-good ones. I strive to do most things right but every now and then, I slip up. If I am mindful of what I’m doing, …

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Better Sleep through Pink Noise

I’ve been a light sleeper for years, but the older I get, the harder it’s gotten to avoid having the slightest sound disturb my rest during the night. The rattle of an air duct register. The crack of a branch falling outside the window. The thud as a squirrel pounces onto the roof. Over and over, little noises have woken me …

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Behind Bars?

Many people are imprisoned and don’t realize it. They walk around thinking they are free, but in reality they are trapped by myths and stereotypes about aging. These myths push them to buy products or undergo procedures in an effort to hide every sign of aging. They unconsciously buy into the belief that getting older is only about disease and disability. …

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A Time to Let Go, a Time to Give Thanks

This is happening a bit too frequently. Once again, someone close to me has made her transition. This time I had the honor of being more involved in the memorial service, as family members all live out of state. Meetings and calls and tasks kept me so busy there was no time to realize the loss until after the service. I …

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Stand Up for Better Health

Last week in one of my wellness classes, we had a physical therapist come in to demonstrate some techniques for getting up from a fall. Before she left, she had volunteers sit in a chair, cross their arms over their chest, and then stand. The challenge was to sit, stand fully, and sit back down as many times as possible in …

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Think Again about Aging

I’m not like most people. I realize that. When it comes to attitudes about aging, I really don’t fit in with the majority. While most people I know avoid the topic, I am obsessed with everything to do with aging. Even when I am with folks who either work in the field of aging or who are older themselves—most of the …

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Career Adjustments

A new television series, “Feud,” starts its first season with an examination of the challenges faced by two aging movie stars. Bette Davis is played by Susan Sarandon and Joan Crawford is played by Jessica Lange. The result is a stunning example of art imitating life. As aging actresses play two aging actresses from a generation before, a bright light is …

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Staying Mentally Fit

A survey of AARP members shows that 87% of people 50 and older are very concerned about keeping their mental abilities. If that includes you, there’s hope. First, a recent study shows that the overall number of cases of dementia (including Alzheimer’s) in the 65-plus population dropped from 11.9% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012. Second, there are things you can …

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A Time to Rest, a Time to Run

It’s a natural response after you’ve been hurt to take time to heal. But too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Whether it’s a knee injury or a lost job, there’s a time to rest and a time to push on. On the rare occasion that I come down with the flu, I like spending a few days …

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The Tips that Protect

We inherit our genes from our parents. That genetic material is stored in our cells in chromosomes. Like the plastic tips on shoelaces, each end of our chromosomes is protected by tips called telomeres. We have the ability to delay age-related disease and slow the process of our aging by protecting those tips. Telomeres get shorter as we get older, and …

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