Retirement - Top 5 Things To Know

What do you think of when you hear the word retirement? Financial freedom, not working, relaxing, traveling the world?  Retirement age has long been defined as those age 65 and older.   As the baby boomer generation head into their senior years, they are leading a demographic shift in Read more

Elder Abuse - Recognizing the Warning Signs

We began our Elder Abuse Awareness Series with Elder Abuse - Stopping It Begins With Awareness and defined the different types of abuse.  This post will provide information on recognizing the warning signs. Recognizing Warning Signs of Elder Abuse According to the California Department of Justice, elder abuse victims often Read more

Anti-Aging or Healthy Aging?

One of the most successful marketing terms of all times has to be “anti-aging”. Put an anti-aging label on most any product, and it flies off the shelves.  Is it possible to look your best without spending beau coup money on anti-aging products or going under the knife?  Read more

Elder Abuse - Stopping It Begins with Awareness

What is Elder Abuse? In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012, we will begin our awareness series with defining the different types of elder abuse.   According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act Read more

Anti-Aging or Healthy Aging?

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One of the most successful marketing terms of all times has to be “anti-aging”. Put an anti-aging label on most any product, and it flies off the shelves.  Is it possible to look your best without spending beau coup money on anti-aging products or going under the knife?  ABSOLUTELY!

Sure, anti-aging creams may help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but what about the other signs of aging like memory loss, decreased brain functionality, and the increased risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease? 

And going under the knife for a little nip, tuck, lift, or pull may provide a temporary physical fix, but even surgical procedures will not stop what happens during the natural aging process.

Instead of buying the newest anti-aging product or paying for an expensive “quick fix”, perhaps a better solution may be to focus on healthy aging.  Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, adequate rest, avoidance of tobacco and a diet full of healthy foods and beverages is the best way to live a longer, healthier life. 

Below is a list of foods that can improve brain function, help you maintain memory, and more.

  1. Shellfish: Shellfish contains Vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium which are great for brain function.
  2. Low-fat foods: Psychology Today reports that a diet rich in saturated fatty foods can lead to depression and cancer.
  3. Salmon: Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and brain.
  4. Canola oil: Cook with canola oil instead of corn and sunflower oils to up your intake of omega-3s.
  5. Avocado: Avocado is full of the good kinds of fatty acids, and it’s also supposed to be good for your hair and nails.
  6. Good carbohydrates: To keep your glucose levels at the right level, eat vitamin-rich, whole grain cereals, toast and crackers when your energy is low.
  7. Eggs: Eggs contain choline, a type of B vitamin that is good for memory and stress management.
  8. Almonds: Almonds are often touted as a good brain food, giving you lots of energy. They also contain choline.
  9. Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables have many great health benefits, and the brain especially loves green, leafy veggies.
  10. Lean beef: Lean beef and beef liver also contain choline.

For a complete listing, read 100 Best Health Foods for Seniors by Holly McCarthy. 

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Everyone becomes forgetful from time to time, especially as they get older. More than half of people over age 65 experience at least some age-related forgetfulness.  But when that forgetfulness becomes more and more regular, starts disrupting daily life, and is accompanied by changes in mood and personality, you may begin to wonder, could it be Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and according to research, affects over 5 million people.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association there are 10 signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease which include:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, please see your doctor immediately.

Thriving in the “Third Act of Life”

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7 Secrets That Will Ensure You Live a Thriving, Vibrant, and Fulfilling “Third Act of Life”

As we age, is it inevitable that our bodies and minds will deteriorate rapidly as we live out our “Third Act of Life”? The answer is a resounding, NO! Below is a summary of seven secrets learned from my 10-year obsession with the subject of thriving in the “3rd act of life”.

#1: Exercise: Daily exercise of at least 30 min- 1 hour is mandatory 6 days a week including cardio, flexibility and strength training.

#2: Eat Healthy: Eat mostly whole foods ( vegetables/ fruits) and lean protein

#3: Never Retire: You may switch pace and no longer work at your 9-5 job but spend your days contributing to society, e.g. teaching kids, volunteering at your favorite charity, etc.

#4: Build a Team: If married, invest time in your partner. If without a life partner, find one or invest in your friendships, get to know younger people to mentor, engage in your community, church, temple. Hire a care giver.

#5: Manage Your Finances: Become debt free, save, invest and live below your means. My rule of thumb is to live on < 50% of your income. Buy long term care insurance.

#6: Manage Your States/Beliefs. The best is yet to come. Learn to handle stress in a way that serves you. Live each day as if it is your last. Maintain your joy always.

#7: Commit to Growth and Development: Learn something new every day. If you are not growing, you are dying!