Category: Body

Brain Exercises for Seniors – It Isn’t What You Think

Hi Ladies! Brain exercises for seniors catches our attention doesn’t it? I’ve shared a couple of stories about my mom and partner’s mom. They both have passed, and they both had forms of dementia. It certainly gets your attention and you definitely take a deeper look at aging.

I’ll be honest with you. I really struggle with exercise. I know how important it is and yet… (I’m starting Monday). Now brain exercises for seniors? I’m not sure if you have visited Senior.com (great site), but I really like it and have posted some of their articles on my FB page.  Here is something I think you will happy knowing.

“In a recent study, Shannon Hallaway, Ph.D., a researcher at Rush University School of Nursing, found that higher levels of physical activity done as a part of normal life is associated with more gray matter in the brain. This randomized control group of 262 participants with a mean age of 81

participated in activities and common daily undertakings such as gardening, walking pets and doing general housework. As volume of gray matter in the brain decreases with aging, anything that provides an increase in a valuable tool – particularly when dealing with Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause large decreases in brain mass. While we can’t be sure that it will hold true for those who are younger, it still holds promise that the specific physical activity is less important for cognitive health than the fact that physical activities are done. So, let’s all get moving!” How many of you thought you sitting around doing crosswords was the answer? They’re good too, but we know in our hearts that moving is key.

 

I have placed the following video on my site once before, and I’ll probably do it again. It is only 6:40 long and probably the most beneficial 6 minutes and 40 seconds of video I’ve watched. The doctor is not an actor so be patient. Nothing is trying to be sold. Just great info that may change your life.

 

                                   

This is SOOO doable right? Choose a physical activity you enjoy and do it with all your might until you MUST stop. Start increasing your BDNF and…

Thrive! OK?

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Learn Belly Dancing – Have Fun and Shape That Bod!

What? Learn belly dancing? C’mon! It must have crossed your mind at least once during your 50+ years. It has crossed mine a few times and honestly, I felt as though it took coordination beyond my scope of reach. But I’m getting a little desperate here as I look down at my menopause belly, which has been with me since my 40’s. I’m going to give this a shot. It’s a video series so I can plug it in at home and close the curtains! According to blogger and award-winning author Carol E. Wyer, “Belly dancing is becoming increasingly popular with women in their 50s and 60s. Fitness, friendship and visibility are among the many reasons they are signing up to classes. And, they are not just noticing an improvement in physical health. Those going through menopause have seen a marked improvement in symptoms associated with the “change”, from a reduction in hot flashes to resurgence of self-confidence. All the organs affected by the hormonal changes of menopause are strengthened by increased blood circulation, thus many report an easier transit through this stage of their lives.” She also lists the following benefits:

8 Reasons to Learn Belly Dancing

1) Really good exercise (better than any gym session!) but at the same time, it’s so feminine.

2) For the most part, it is low impact, which works well for me as I have foot injuries so can’t do many other types of exercise.

3) Helps me to de-stress from the day job.

4) A much more defined waist — belly dancing really tones your obliques.

5) Some awesome party moves — everyone loves a shimmy!

6) More body confidence.

7) More confidence in how I present myself — I get feedback now on the presence I have when I give presentations at work.

8) I feel younger, fulfilled, healthy and sexier!

How you embark on your ‘learn belly dancing’ adventure is totally a personal decision. Some of you can just sign up to a class and take advantage of the fun and health benefits of socialization and exercise. It all depends on your personality and in some cases, location to the nearest class. I’m starting out with the videos. The clip above is taken from them. It’s cheap and I live in the boonies (30 minutes from the nearest city). Please share about your belly dancing experiences in the comments section and…..

Thrive! OK?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-e-wyer/reasons-to-take-up-belly-dancing-woman_b_6579680.html

Early Menopause Signs and Symptoms

early menopause signs symptomsMenopause is a time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods. On average, menopause occurs at 51 years of age, and commonly between the ages of 48 and 55 years. Premature menopause occurs in women as early as in their 30s or early 40s. The reasons for this phenomenon are largely unknown. Menopause is a natural process that a woman’s body experiences that ends fertility. A woman who has had a hysterectomy can induce menopause. Menopause is caused by a complex series of hormonal changes. These changes can lead to a large variety of symptoms that vary from woman to woman. Although there are some women who report that they… Continue reading…

Food and Mood Connection – Part2

Welcome back! The food and mood connection is real and we know it. Sometimes we eat and our mood changes, and sometimes we eat because of our mood. Either way, the most important thing we need to remember is that we are the boss over food! If you’re like me, then you have info galore about healthy eating. The problem is not with food, but with our priorities and mindsets. What means more… Continue reading…

Food and Mood Connection – Part 1

food and mood connectionHi Ladies! I’m pretty sure (by now) you definitely know there is a food and mood connection. Food can greatly affect your mood, for better or for worse! When it comes to happiness and every other area in your life, food has the capacity to harm or heal. By learning about what foods to choose and avoid, you’ll be able to help your body and mind, and embrace happiness. Woo Hoo! Let’s learn… Or be reminded of what we already know. Continue reading…

Not Sleeping Through the Night?

Are you not sleeping through the night? If not, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Aging, “Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. Feeling sick or being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Some medicines can keep you awake. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may… Continue reading…

Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease – AGAIN!

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Mom and I cruising Portsmouth Harbor

It is difficult to hear another diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease again. I know I’ve shared about my own mom and how she passed 5 years ago My Mother Had a Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease; and now my partner’s mom died yesterday of the same thing. Hers was a worse case. It seems Alzheimer’s victims can react in different ways. My mom found a happy place and stayed there. She had a few happy memories and funny stories, and repeated them over and over. She was no trouble except she couldn’t be left alone and she was in danger of burning the house down with her smoking. Continue reading…

Omega 3’s and Heart Health – Women Over 50

Omega 3’s and hearomega 3's and heart healtht health is a topic a woman over 50 needs to be up to date on. According to Craig Weatherby, a journalist and writer who has specialized in nutrition, herbs, and complementary therapies since 1987 reports, “Recent evidence reviews have questioned the value of omega-3s to heart patients. But in a major reversal, the results of a large, lengthy clinical trial vindicate their value for cardiovascular patients and folks with major risk factors — even those who take statin drugs. Continue reading…

Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Hi Ladies! I have been looking into some natural remedies for dry skin. It was a little cool in the morning the other day and my first thought was, “Here it comes!” I meant colder weather and dry skin… dry skin that actually causes irritation and itching. I love New England; but aging and all the challenges it brings, especially in winter, makes me long for spring and summer all the more. But fall is here, and beautiful right? Let’s enjoy it! Here are a couple of dry skin tips for the fall and winter. Continue reading…