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I was in the middle of writing this blog when I got the text from my niece’s husband. He was rushing my niece to the hospital. The baby was coming earlier than expected. In fact, four weeks early. My niece had asked me to be her so-called doula, so I quickly packed up my writing tools and headed to the hospital. The new addition to the family arrived before I got there. Preparing the infant for the world was like changing everyday clothing for the two nurses that were stationed in the room. The newborn was hungry; so they fed her as my niece gradually recovered from…
“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…
If you are dreading the golden years, or if you have embarked already on this odyssey but need some inspiration to guide you, then here are five tips for aging happily and adjusting your outlook about aging to one of health, vitality and continuous growth.
Age at home, if you can
Thirty-seven years ago, Rick, a general contractor now 72, and Linda, an interior designer now 71, moved from Simi Valley in California to Auburn Hills, Michigan. Rick and Linda wanted a new environment that would support their well-being. They carefully selected their home because they knew it w…
Cal Samra is one of my favorite people on this earth. He’s my mentor for aging successfully. Yes, I think he has aged successfully considering he is now 87 years old without one health problem and, most of all, with a mind and a spirit that are both healthy and robust.
The other day I sat down to talk to Cal about his life and aging well. Here are the nuggets of wisdom from our conversation I’d like to share with you.
Don’t take life too seriously.
I’m a serious person by nature, but I love to laugh. However, after my conversation with Cal, I realize that lau…
It’s the culprit behind the top three causes of death in Michigan—heart disease, Alzheimer’s and lung cancer. It’s also the culprit behind the top three health problems that cause the most disability —low back and neck pain, skin diseases and depressive disorders. What is this dangerous culprit? Chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is a part of the immune system’s defense when the body has an infection, an irritant or injury. (Think of the body’s reaction to a bee sting.) Immune-related cells send chemical messengers called cytokines to aid in the healing. Ho…