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Yes, I did it.
I’m guilty of it as well; you’re not the only one.
In fact, just the other day I gave a speech in which I talked about entering the “winter years of my life.” It sounded poetic, and, besides, winter is a beautiful time of year, especially around Christmas time.
But I got to thinking: Why do we refer to the senior years as the winter years? Who wants to live through years of winter? Cold, confined indoors for days, craving for sunshine, watching an ever-expanding waistline. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, instead of speaking of the winter years…
“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…
I did a class called Rethinking Aging: Are you Prepared to Live Long? The last assignment asked us to write a letter to ourselves 25 years from now. I would be approximately 75 years. So here is my letter to myself. I would encourage you to write also a letter to yourself 25 years from now. What would your life look like in terms of health, long-term care, savings/finances, home etc.?
My Dearest Etta,
If you’re reading this letter, you’re still alive, and you are now 75 years old! Dear God! What does that number mean?! Only you can tell me now, and I sure hope y…
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…