Setting Necessary Boundaries During a Pandemic

Even though leading health experts advise wearing a mask and keeping socially distanced during the pandemic could save lives, we know that too many people are ignoring this advice. Certainly, some are refusing to take prescribed precautions because of political views. Others choose to ignore these safety recommendations when it is not convenient for them. All of us have both the right and the responsibility to set boundaries for our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around us. But sometimes other people will unwittingly try to push us beyond the healthy boundaries that we have set for ourselves. Challenges…

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COVID-19 Precautions for Older Workers

You may think you have read or heard all you ever want to know about COVID-19. However, if you are still in the workplace, you will likely find this guest post informative and practical.   What Could Happen with You or Your Job If You or a Member of Your Household Tests Positive for COVID-19? By Patrick Bailey The COVID-19 pandemic has turned just about everyone's lives upside down. The way that we live has changed dramatically since the epidemic began. Rather than spending the summer hosting barbecues, attending concerts, and going to other events, people are staying home. Certain…

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Cat Naps Aren’t Enough as We Age

Feel like you need a cat nap most afternoons? If so, it is possible that you aren’t getting the sleep your body needs. You may have heard that as we age, we need less sleep. However, the National Institute on Aging reports that as we age, we continue to need seven to nine hours of sleep to function well. Life Goes Better with a Good Night’s Sleep A good night’s sleep can help us be our best in a number of ways. A good night’s sleep can “boost” our mood and support our metabolism. Quality sleep can support tissue repair…

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Standing Tall for Better Health as an Elder Woman

A few weeks ago, I happened to get a glance at my slouching posture in front of a full-length mirror. My body looked a lot older than I felt. I immediately stood up straight with my chin parallel to the floor, my spine neutral, and my abdominal muscles “braced.”  It was easy for me to see that when I adjusted my posture, I looked more energetic and fit than when I stood with a slouching posture. As we age, it is not uncommon to develop poor posture from loss of muscle tone, spending too much time in front of the…

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Live Your Best Life by Practicing This

Almost anyone can benefit from it, but a lot of people don’t recognize its value. It is free, but it often involves some effort to develop and retain it. Live a Longer, More Active Life This particular attribute is also associated with greater longevity. One study even suggested the people who nurture this are 11-15% more likely to “live longer overall.” Research suggests that older people who have this attribute develop fewer difficulties with tasks of daily living and mobility problems than their less optimistic peers. So, not only could we live longer but live better as a result of…

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How to Make Your Future Self Happy

Many of our more youthful behaviors may have had long term consequences we didn’t consider. We may have worked too many stressful hours, put off saving, ate too much junk food, drank too much, and ignored medical advice. At one time, we may have felt as though we were invincible. But now some of us might be paying the price for the years we may have lived with reckless abandon. If only we could go back in time and tell our younger selves to be a bit more kind to the older version of ourselves. Know What You Need to…

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Women Over Fifty: New Realities, New Opportunities

Women tend to live longer than men. According to the Social Security Administration, about one out of every three adults who are already sixty-five or older will live into their nineties. What women need to know is that how we live and plan before we reach our final decades will have a lot to do with how we experience them. Your Balance At about fifty, most women start experiencing menopause. Yes, this can mean hot flashes and other changes as our hormones fluctuate. It can also mean that our bones become more fragile. A 2018 Science Daily article reports that…

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Personal and Environmental Health are Related

I am a Portland, Oregon native, but for more than fifteen years, I’ve lived in Douglas County (Southern Oregon). When my husband and I first moved to the rural area we now call home, we were in awe of all the outdoor recreational opportunities that were available. We live about five miles from a large reservoir surrounded by trees and a hiking trail. We can zip down to Reedsport on the coast within about an hour with only minimal traffic to slow our trip. I can ride my bike to local wineries or bicycle along rural roads punctuated with sheep,…

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Pet Ownership Can Be Beneficial for Older Adults

Referring to a national poll, Livepast100well.com says that more than half of all adults 50 to 80 share their home with a pet. The majority of those polled indicated that their pets helped them keep physically active, reduced stress, and gave them a sense of purpose. Another report suggested that our pets can actually help reduce cardiovascular disease risk, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. I’m not sure how that works, but if it helps me justify all the attention I shower on the dog, then I’ll buy it. As an older doting dog parent, I recognize that our four-legged…

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Reducing Ageism through Education and Interaction

Can Ageism—Stereotyping or Discrimination Based on Age—Be Reduced? The World Health Organization has made it clear that ageism—stereotyping or discrimination based on age—is one of the most “normalized” forms of prejudice today. As the global population continues to age, experts in aging expect negative attitudes toward older people will likely increase. The Problem with Ageism The culturally reinforced belief that we automatically become mindless, grumpy, and frail after we reach a certain age is not only inaccurate, it is unhealthy for all of us. When younger people think of older people as incapable, the end result is often the loss…

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