Aug 1,
2011

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging: Be Self-Vigilant!

For the past several months I have been writing about the concept of “Successful Aging”, beginning with a brief overview of 9 “Habits of Successful Aging”. My subsequent posts have described and explained these habits in greater detail and suggested some avenues and options to more successfully include them in your lifestyle. This post's topic for discussion is "Be Self-Vigilant".

Check in with yourself

Being self vigilant about your overall physical, mental and...

Jun 30,
2011

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging: Be Positive!

For the past several months I have been writing about the concept of “Successful Aging”, beginning with a brief overview of 9 “Habits of Successful Aging”. My subsequent posts have described and explained these habits in greater detail and suggested some avenues and options to more successfully include them in your lifestyle. This post's topic for discussion is “Be Positive”.

Kicking yourself up the assets

Taking an ‘asset-based’ or positive approach to life...

Jun 3,
2011

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging: Get Sleep!

For the past several months I have been writing about the concept of “Successful Aging”, beginning with a brief overview of 9 “Habits of Successful Aging”. My subsequent posts have described and explained these habits in greater detail, offering some avenues and options for more successfully including them in your lifestyle. This post's topic for discussion is “Get Sleep”.

Catching some Zzzzz's

We all know that...

Jun 1,
2011

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging: Stay Active!

For the past several months I have been writing about the concept of “Successful Aging”, beginning with a brief overview of 9 “Habits of Successful Aging”. Subsequent posts have described and explained these habits in greater detail and suggested some avenues and options to more successfully include them in your lifestyle. This post's topic for discussion is “Stay Active”.

Be a high(er) energy user not a low(er) energy user

A huge amount of research has...

Dec 18,
2010

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging: Stay Strong!

In my last post I wrote about the concept of “Successful Aging”, and gave a brief overview of 9 “Habits of Successful Aging”. My next few posts will describe and explain each of these habits in greater detail and suggest some avenues and options to more successfully include them in your lifestyle. The first of these habits is

Stay Strong!” ...

Dec 13,
2010

The Lifestyle Habits of Successful Aging - It’s all about Behavior

Having recently returned from the excellent International Council on Active Aging Annual Conference in San Diego, I have been thinking about and talking even more than usual about lifestyle 'behavior' and how it relates to independence and quality of life in our 'Second Fifty. Here's the result of all that pondering! Back in 2004 the then Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Richard Cardoma was quoted as saying

“In the next 10 years one of the major issues in...

Oct 15,
2009

Asking the Expert – making your own difference

When we want to ‘make a difference’ in our lives (get more active, get fit, lose weight, reduce stress etc), we go to an ‘expert’ for advice, guidance and, often, motivation. After all, an expert is usually someone who is highly trained and highly knowledgeable. This means that they know what to do. More importantly they know what YOU should do, what you ought to do (and of course what you have been meaning to do for some time!). When you meet with your expert what happens typically follows...

May 21,
2009

Taking the road less travelled

I was thinking about quality of life the other day – what it is and what it means for residents, directors and managers of Senior Housing communities. My guess is that the goal of every Senior Housing director and manager is to enhance and improve the quality of life of their residents – but while they all might agree with that goal – there may not be such agreement on what Quality of Life actually is – or how to achieve it in their facility.

A common approach to this has been to...

Apr 23,
2009

With a little help from your friends

On the Beatles legendary 'Sergeant Pepper' Album, Ringo sings ...

I get by with a little help from my friends ...

Leaving to one side for the moment the quality of his singing voice (or lack thereof) I am here to tell you that John, Paul George and Ringo may have hit on something with that sentiment. It appears that 'The Fab Four' were way ahead of their time with their philosophy regarding the relationship between friendship, health and...

Apr 15,
2009

Windmills of the mind

As we think about what we 'should' do in our quest for health and wellness (and, too often, 'why' we don't do it!) we frequently find our thoughts blowing around and around inside our head just like those child's colored windmills. As I was writing this, it reminded me of the words of that Michel Legrand song of the late 60's, "Windmills of your Mind".

"Like a circle in a spiral, Like a wheel within a wheel, Never ending or beginning, On an ever-spinning reel ...

That'...

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