Posts Tagged Aging
Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that elderly people who sit for most of the day age quicker than their more active contemporaries. According to James Goodwin, head of research at Age UK says, “people don’t realize that if you sit down all day it can undermine all the exercise you do”. It is recommended that people stand up and move around every 20 minutes throughout the day. For more about this interesting topic, see below.
According to this article by Harvard Health, there are a few tips you can use every day to help keep your mind sharp. Here are a few that I found interesting.
- Keep Learning- challenge your brain to learn a new skill. Take a college course, write your life story, volunteer in a position that teaches you new skills, put together a complicated puzzle, etc.
- Use All Your Senses- try to use all your senses throughout the day. For example, if you were to work in your yard, take the time to notice different colors, take in the smell of the earth, and notice different textures of your plants, etc. Just like a child who is learning new information wants to touch everything and even taste, take in all of your surroundings.
- Believe In Yourself- if you believe you can learn new information and keep your mind sharp as you age, you are going to be more successful doing so.
- Organize Your Life- have a special place for your bills, keys, glasses, etc. If you keep your life more organized, you will free up time to learn new things, rather than focusing too much time and energy on “where was that”?
- Repeat What You Want To Know- after learning new information, such as a person’s name, immediately repeat what you want to recall verbally. If you are introduced to John (for example) and if you are able to, immediately use John’s name in a sentence. You can say, “So John, where do you work”?
- Space It Out- if you learn new information, repeat it in your mind and even speak it out loud throughout the day, not just upon learning it.
Do you have anyone in your life who has dementia or Alzheimer’s? On This American Life podcast, you will hear the story of a family who has decided to venture into the world of Alzheimer’s disease on grandma’s terms. Instead of trying to bring her into reality, they are attempting to live in, and play out her reality. It is an interesting story.
If you are like me, you want to avoid as many wrinkles as possible. This is a terrific article, listing 9 items that give you wrinkles or make them more numerous. Its a great read, especially for women.
On the Golden Years
I cannot see
I cannot pee
I cannot chew
I cannot screw
Oh My God What can I do?
My memory shrinks
My hearing stinks
No sense of smell
I look like hell
My mood is bad–can you tell?
My body’s drooping
Have trouble pooping
The Golden Years have come at last
The Golden Years can kiss my ass.
Do you have a turkey neck? I never knew a sagging neck was called a “turkey neck”. The names sounds a little mean (but pretty funny as well)! This article gives some tips on ways to help prevent this problem. I actually tried a few of the exercises myself… I felt ridiculous and was glad no one could see me. I have often told my husband when I get older, I don’t want a tummy tuck or boob job… just fix my neck when it sags!