Posts Tagged "care coordinator"

When you’re the young and the restless, you truly believe image is everything. You do what it takes to have that fit-looking body. Then, when you come to the awareness that you have one life to live or all your children are grown-up and have moved away, your health becomes everything. You realize your health may be all you can depend on. You need the guiding light of wisdom to help you navigate this never-before-seen terrain of aging. On this terrain your health is your telescope that you will use to see your prospective self into the future. Therefore your health is your…

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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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Aging header showing a tree rings with a leaf

Life is cyclic and renewable.
Summer. The lakes glisten under the blazing sun. The ocean teems with fish. Flowers—red, yellow, orange, pink, purple—show off their colors. The green grass, fully awakened, at last covers the once-barren ground.

Fall. Green turns to hues of brown, auburn, orange, yellow. Fallen Leaves carpet the ground as the trees humbly surrender to time.

Winter. Temperatures plummet, causing us to run for cover. Life goes under to bring about her finest work. What seems like inertia is the mystery of life in action.

Spring. The grass returns. …

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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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How to Age Fearlessly

By Etta Hornsteiner
two lions aging in the horizon

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength,” says Betty Friedan, an American writer and activist. Unfortunately, few people view the concept of aging as a time of “opportunity and strength”. Instead, aging brings on new demands, unknowns and fears. Illness or loss of a spouse, accidents, failing health, dwindling finances, unpleasant side effects of certain medications, poor eating habits, sleep deprivation, diminishing eyesight or hearing become the new stressors along with joint pain and muscular imbalances. These changes are compounded b…

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