Laugh More So You Will Live More

Have you ever laughed so hard your cheeks hurt? When that happens we in the South call it “getting the cheeks”. Have you ever laughed so hard that once you could catch your breathe, you say “that felt so good to laugh”?

Everything about laughter is a positive. I’ve even read you burn more calories when you’re laughing, your blood pressure goes down, and stress levels reduce. Unfortunately, it seems to me that people are not laughing enough these days. Needless to say, the daily news does not bring us a lot to laugh about, but as human beings we need to find the humor in our lives more often. If you have a friend who makes you laugh, be with them as much as possible. Try to read books that have humor in them. Try not to look at life so seriously all the time.

Finding time to just sit and talk with dear friends and tell great stories that make us bend over in laughter is absolutely the best medicine, and something senior citizens should definitely be doing more often. You would be amazed how much better you feel after a good laugh. Maybe that smile will actually creep back on your face when you think about what made you laugh in the first place.

Click below on “Hub Post” to read a great article about the health benefits of laughter.

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What Are You Doing to Delay Dementia?

I have seen my parents go thru Dementia and Alzheimer and I want to do everything I can to prevent or delay having either one myself. I am a Senior Citizen and I am really concerned about getting Dementia. I have read lots of articles on what you can do to at least delay Dementia. They seem to all agree that people who delay retirement, can also stave off signs of Dementia. Once you retire, it is important to be physically active, eat healthy and keep your brain active.

I was a stay at home Mom but stayed very busy raising our children, working part-time, and helping my husband with his business. After the children were grown and gone, I became very involved with Newcomers Groups and stayed very busy with all of their activities.

When my husband retired and we moved back to our hometown, I continued to keep busy with all of the Newcomer’s activities like bridge and Mahjongg. Then my sister and I came up with an idea for a book. We started writing “Rainbow’s End”, went to the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and self-published our book. This has kept both of our minds very active. We are learning new things daily on the computer and researching articles.

I really think that continuing to write books, playing bridge and Mahjongg, going to jazzercise and eating a healthy diet will help stave off Dementia.

We would love to hear from our readers that have recently retired. What types of new activities are you doing to keep your mind busy. Are you learning a new language? Learning to play an instrument? Perhaps you have started to write a book in your retirement years. Whatever you are doing, keep it up!


 

 

 

Baby Boomers Are Not Slowing Down

There are a lot of Baby Boomers out there, including me, and we aren’t going quietly into the night. The Baby Boomers are more active than ever and living long, healthy lives. They are keeping up with all the new technology and social media, staying active and eating healthy. We are the largest generation on the planet.

I found this wonderful article that shares the retirement secrets of the Baby Boomers.

http://babyboomerslearntoblog.com/baby-boomer-retirement-secrets-what-we-dont-want-you-to-know/comment-page-1#comment-1150


 

Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens

I came across a great article about Exercise and Fitness Tips for Senior Citizens on DenverPost.com

Being a Senior Citizen myself, it is very important to know how to start an exercise program the right way. I have started many different types of exercise programs and injured myself before I even got started good. I hope if you are a senior citizen and thinking about starting an Exercise or Fitness Program, you will read this article first.

“Along with the cardiovascular benefits, a mix of aerobic and resistance training can lower blood pressure, improve circulation and increase bone density, an especially important issue in the aging.”

Tips for starting an exercise regimen

1. Check with your doctor and get an assessment of whether you’re ready for exertion.

2. Start out slowly, especially during the first month.

3. Learn some basic stretching exercises and perform them before and after you work out.

4. If you have never exercised, consider scheduling a session or two with a trainer.

5. Working out with a partner makes exercise for fun.

6. Try and get a good night’s sleep. That’s a key part of recovering between workouts.


 

Tops Reads for Senior Citizens

National Council on Aging

 AARP is definitely a wonderful organization that offers so much for seniors, but The National Council on Aging web site is also a great resource for us baby boomers.  One of the best sites I’ve seen with the NCOA lists the 12 best articles they printed for the year 2012.  What a gold mine of information.  If you read the scam alert article alone, you will have so much valuable information for your safety.  The link to this article is above.

Some of the article subjects are Scams Targeting Seniors, Myths about Reverse Mortgages,  Policy Issues Affecting Seniors, Tips to Stop Arthritis Pain, Tax-Time Tips, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

I suggest you earmark this link to the NCOA web site, maybe even register for emails.We, as senior citizens, need all the information we can get to keep us happy, healthy, and safe.


 

 

 

Some Spry Centenarians

Willard Scott seems to be very busy announcing all the 100 year old birthdays. Being 64, I am very interested in just how these people are living to be 100+. There seems to be more and more all the time and they are spry as ever.

I found an article in the Real Simple Magazine titled “Live Long and Prosper” by Sally Wadyka that gave seven surprising and doable ways to maintain your health and happiness as you get older. She also interviewed 7 centenarians and asked them what their advice was to live-longer.

 

I have my own list of what I think the key to living a longer and healthier life is for all the Baby Boomers that are Senior Citizens.

1. Maintain a positive outlook in life.  Like my great aunt who is 89 says “I don’t have time to be around depressing people”. She is the most positive person I know. She has the best attitude. She is always happy and nothing bothers her.

2. Have lots of good friends and see them often. I think it is so important to be with people that you enjoy every day. My girlfriends, including my sister and daughters always make me smile.

3. Eat a well balanced diet. If you go on a diet, you will eventually go off of the diet. Just eat everything in moderation. Lots of vegetables and fruits. Eat what God gave us. Although I eat good, I still take Fish Oil, B-complex, Vitamin C every day and drink a lot of water..

4. Exercise in moderation. I don’t go out and join a club and pay lots of money to use their equipment. I just park further away from the store to get in more walking, do yoga at home, do some gentle stretching, do anything that gets me moving and breathing.

5. Keep your mind busy. I play bridge and mahjongg as often as I can. I read a lot of books and self-published my first book at age 63. I bought a piano and hope to find someone to give me lessons. I am also trying to learn Spanish but not doing too good at that.

I think I will add to my list Sally’s number 1 way to maintain your health and happiness as you get older: Bake a pie. Plant some flowers. (I won’t add the optional Triathlon training.) I also like one of the centenarians advice of having a drink of Scotch every day except I would make it wine. Sounds good to me.

What is your advice to living a longer and healthier life? Please share them with us by leaving a comment to this post.


 


 

 

 

Stroke has a new indicator!

Someone posted this on Facebook and I thought it was well worth sharing. It could help save someones life. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this shares it with 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

I URGE ALL MY FRIENDS TO READ & SHARE THIS; YOU COULD SAVE A LOVED ONES LIFE BY KNOWING THIS SIMPLE INFORMATION!!!

Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue: Continue reading

Get Ready for the Wave of Baby Boomers To Become Seniors

In 2010, Census counted 42.3 million Americans 65 or older. From 2010 to 2060, the number will more than double to 92 million. Seniors are tending to stay in their own towns instead of moving to places like Arizona or Florida. Seniors are aging in place. What are the communities doing to prepare for this wave of Seniors? I am a Baby Boomer and a senior. I plan to stay right where I am until they carry me away. I found this article in the USA today about the 5 must-do’s as the age wave bears down on the USA. If you are getting ready to retire, what are your plans? Are you moving to Arizona or Florida? Or are you staying in your home town? What is your community doing to prepare for the Seniors? Read this article and see if you think your community is ready.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/30/america-aging-health/2508981/


 

 

Possible Link Between Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Prostate Cancer

RH2EX97PGCVG I saw a news segment on the Today Show about a possible link between men taking Omega-3 fatty acid supplements and prostate cancer. This concerned me because I know lots of men who are taking the Omega-3 fatty acid supplements. I decided to look up the article and read about it and decide for myself what I thought. After reading the article, I came to the conclusion that the best thing for everyone is to eat a well balanced diet and not take supplements. I will share the article and would love to hear what you think on this matter. http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-finds-link-between-fish-oil-and-higher-prostate-cancer-risk-1.1363245


 

 

Super Foods That Power You Up

16 Foods for a Long, Healthy Life

Coffee, Thyme, Wild Salmon, Kale, Avocados, Basil/Mint….

Click on the AARP Link below to read more.

A nutritionist pinpoints superfoods that can improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system and more

by Rebecca Katz, additional reporting by Monica Bhide, AARP The Magazine, April/May 2013 issue