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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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The success of any day depends on how well you start it. Negativity and stress are pervasive; they are all around. Stress affects you physically, mentally and spiritually. That’s why it is important to prepare for your day by developing good healthy habits, such as getting sufficient sleep, exercising, paying attention and creating a space for recharge. These healthy habits can help you stay grounded so that you are motivated and energized throughout your day.
Here are some things you can do to stay grounded in a stress-borne world.
1. Get sufficient sleep.
You want to…

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“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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Aging Successfully-header of Cal Samra

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…

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Fighting Chronic Inflammation Holistically

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…

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