Are You Aging Up or Down? How old do you Feel?

Nov 6, 2019

Our state of mind has a profound impact on all aspects of our life. In a fascinating article in the October 22nd edition of the New York Times, “You May Only Be as Old as You Feel”, Emily Laber-Warren explores the difference between chronological age and "subjective age". We each have a chronological age. When we were children, we were often asked "How old are you?" Always being anxious to be older, we usually held up more fingers than our age. So our mother or father told us we were going to be that many fingers, but right now we were one finger...

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Filed Under: Mental Health, mental status affects health, retirement

Is retirement the ultimate goal?

Apr 29, 2019

I am often asked when am I going to retire? Since I have achieved the age denoted as "senior citizen" it is a fairly legitimate question. Yesterday as I was pondering what I would like to write about in this month's Health Points, I came upon a lead article in the "Wall Street Journal" entitled "The Case Against Early Retirement". To delve into the philosophical -  I have often thought there are two phases to later life; and I define them as, "living or waiting to die". As Richard W Johnson states in the opening of the article, "Most people look forward to retirement,...

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Filed Under: elder care, Mental Health, mental status affects health, retirement, retirement health

Elderly Parents’ Healthcare Takes Teamwork

Apr 4, 2019

Family is everything.  As we grow older so do our parents. We are used to them taking care of us and being there for us. However, there comes a time when the roles begin to reverse. Even the most independent of senior adults need support from their family to ensure that they are taking care of their health needs correctly. If you find yourself caring for elderly parents, you may be asking yourself, "How can I ensure that my parents stay healthy for as long as possible?” Communication is Key to Understanding Healthcare NeedsFirst, ask questions.    It is easy to...

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Filed Under: elder care, health coach, preventive healthcare, retirement, retirement health