The Body and Aging

What are the modifiable factors in successful aging?

  • Exercise 
    • Cardio for 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week
    • Strength training twice a week
  • Diet 
    • Eat More fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drink lots of water
    • Eat less sugar, artificial sweeteners, and processed food
  • Cognitive Stimulation
    • Read
    • Learn new things,  
  • Optimism 
    • Be grateful
    • Give to others 
  • Social Integration 
  • Positive Attitudes Toward Aging 
  • Stress Reduction 
    • Get enough sleep
    • Yoga
    • Meditation 

Source:  Dr Belinda Savage Edwards, Caregiver College Presentation, 21 June 2019

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National Take a Walk in a Park Day

Parks are often overlooked and underutilized by people.

Parks are peaceful places for relaxation, and they also offer opportunities for recreation.  Spending time in a park can refresh the soul and calm the nerves.  Take a few minutes out of your day to walk through a park or just sit on a park bench in quite contemplation.

Happy National Take a Walk in a Park Day 

Water Calms the Soul

There’s something about a body of water that calms the soul.  It could be an ocean, sea, river, lake, or even a pool.

When the sunlight hits the water it glitters and reflects beauty.  Listening to the waves or watching the peaceful ripples tend to relax a person.  Playing in the water on a hot summer day cools the body and refreshes the soul.

There’s something about water that sets us free.

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Hammock Thoughts

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I was laying in the hammock and looking at the blue sky above me.  A few white clouds slowly passed over head.  Bees and butterflies were flittering around the yard.  Birds were in a tree nearby and signing a beautiful song.  The warmth of the sun radiated against my skin.

Everything seemed so peaceful and it bore down to my soul.  I felt tranquility flowing throughout my entire body.  I wondered to myself, why I rarely spend time in the hammock.

This is something I can and should enjoy more often in my life.  In fact, I think we all could benefit from having such a place in our lives.