Posts Tagged "aging"

Intentional Aging

You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be.[1] So you may as well go ahead and plan how you are going to age. Maybe you thought growing old was something beyond your control—“it just happens if you live long enough!”—but the truth is, you have a say in how you age. You can watch yourself grow old or you can be intentional and age well.

Experts[2] say there are four areas of your life you should focus on if you want to influence the way you age: health, autonomy, security, and happiness.
Health
Decide what to age well mean…

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cartoon image of tired man drinking coffee

“My mom’s physical health is a little below average. What makes her so weak and tired? She has no energy. She has the desire to do things but is so tired. Is there something physiological that occurs with aging that has nothing to do with vitals, blood levels, etc.?” inquires a caregiver in an online forum. Tiredness is not necessarily a sign of aging. In fact, aging fatigue could be a red flag—a sign—that the body is not in “optimum” health.

That’s because each cell in your body carries energy or fuel, called mitochondria, which acts like a bundle of fully…

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sun glasses to protect against sun exposure

Summer is here and so is the heat. Extreme heat is becoming more common and more severe. Although most of you know that you should protect against sun exposure, the rate of people dying from skin cancer and heat-related illnesses increases each year.  Extreme heat is deadly, so make sure you pay attention and are ready.

It doesn’t matter if you are fair or dark-skinned, caution should always be taken. Many African Americans or dark-skinned individuals think they are at a minimal risk for contracting skin cancer because they have elevated levels of melanin—a dark pig…

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Chronic Inflammation-Header

You’re probably aware of the inflammation associated with accidentally hitting your toe or cutting yourself—pain, redness, and swelling. You can clearly see these signs of inflammation and, therefore, treat them. But what about the inflammation you cannot see?

Yes, inflammation can occur inside the body and exist undetected for a long time, as if in stealth mode, wreaking havoc through diseases and other medical conditions. This type of inflammation—internal and prolonged—results in damaged cells, especially as you age, and is referred to as chronic and low-grade…

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According to a recent Gallup poll, the average age among American retirees is around 62 years old.  Current data provided by the Social Security Administration’s Life Expectancy Calculator states that the life expectancy at 62 for the average male and female is 21.4 and 23.8 years, respectively.  For those entering or already in their retirement years, here are some questions to consider: where do you want to live during your retirement?  If you need care, who will provide it? How far can your savings take you?  What do you want to do during these years?

Where?

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