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In the last few years working with the senior population I have run across a huge contingent of people who are their parents caregivers. There is also a tremendous number who see it coming as our boomer population ages and we start taking care of our parents who, by the way, are living longer and expect it of us.

A few of the major issues of caregiving I hear about are burnout, anger, frustration, exhaustion, boredom, of course love and loneliness.  Most have aches and pains from the constant on their feet running here and there, lifting, bending, carrying, cleaning and all the other movements associated with the daily grind of assisting an older person.  The older and more fragile, the more work involved of course.  My own mother in law for example was dead weight, and much heavier for her size then she should have been. Read the rest of this entry »

Sarah Collins
The Little Guide to Big Changes
Wellness Care Today

Visualize a flower becoming a bud, and then slowly growing into the beautiful flower it is meant to become. This is a great metaphor of the journey of life. Just as a flower reaches its peak of beauty at full maturity, the senior years should be a time of full awakening into the person you were born to be. The senior years in a person’s lifespan should acknowledge the depth and breath of life experience. A certain amount of influence goes along with advancing age, in recognition for the distance traveled, for the wisdom accumulated as you continue to walk your unique life path.

People like to say that life is about youth, but I suspect the only ones saying that are the young and advertisers! The elderly segment of society has so much insight and understanding to convey. But here in the U.S. we do not appreciate the senior population the way other cultures do. We tend to try to hide them from view, almost to the point of pretending they don’t exist. We shuffle them off into nursing homes, promising to visit when our busy lives settle down, but they never do. The seniors in this country are pushed aside in favor of youth, of appearances. You see it in families, in the job sector, and even in our government with its mandatory retirement age. It’s as if we’re saying as a collective that a person doesn’t have much if anything to offer after reaching a certain age. As a culture, that kind of insensitivity is astounding and highly detrimental to society.

We should be embracing the wise and wonderful arena of life known as the golden years. Maturity is beautiful in its wisdom, intelligence and self-deprecating sense of humor. The golden years should be full of life’s bounty, the time to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor, be it financially or career oriented, about one’s family or leisure activities, mental and spiritual accomplishments. The elders in society should be respected for their years of experience and most certainly their contributions.

This is the time in life to pause and see how far you’ve come on your journey, to make assessments and corrections – it’s never too late! Everyone, no matter how advanced in age, has something of significance to offer, right up until his or her last breath. Pearls of wisdom dot the landscape of maturity, yet so often are unacknowledged. If you are a senior, why not think about the wealth of experience you have to offer and the ways you could share it? It may be on an individual level, with a group or something bigger. The size or amount of information doesn’t matter; it’s really all in the sharing. Your wisdom can be the inspiration for another. Embrace and share the wisdom you’ve earned!

Sonya Mittelman, founder and principal attorney
The Law Office of Sonya Mittelman

Tips for the Caregivers

As we all age, we are facing the inevitable.   Many of you are probably dealing with caring for your parent or other loved one. . As one who   has recently experienced this, I can offer some advice.  Here are my nuggets; Read the rest of this entry »

 My mother, at age 80 is very active and living in a typical Florida retirement community.  On a visit to her she was discussing some physical issues that were due too natural aging.  Her issues were loss of muscle tone, declining energy, overall stiffness and soreness.  We discussed the exercise programs offered in her community.  She mentioned that the exercise equipment was too strenuous, Traditional Tai Chi was to complex for her too understand and the aerobics too difficult. Overall, she was frustrated by the lack of a program that she felt comfortable with to build her balance and flexibility. Read the rest of this entry »

I see and read so many articles that talk solely about the physical aspect of  older adult and senior fitness.  Granted, I teach a fitness program in Independent and Assisted living centers, so I yes I strongly believe keeping active is an integral part of the wellness package.  However, it is only one part.

I believe in the whole person concept of wellness and fitness.  As people, our lives are comprised of a myriad of parts.  We need to keep a balance in our lives.  Although we are all similar, we all crave different amounts of each area that are important, which is what makes us unique.  Most of us do require the following to be whole fit: Read the rest of this entry »

Noelle Downing
Director of Consumer Education
Positive Aging Resource Center
PARC – Pathways to Emotional Wellness and Fulfillment 

So, how do poor nutrition and depression relate to each other, aside from having many of the same origins? Studies show that older adults with poor eating habits are more vulnerable to depression. It has been shown that low levels of the nutrients folate, zinc, B-6 and B12 can lead to an increased risk of depression. And conversely, those who are clinically depressed often do not maintain a nutritionally balanced diet, either by eating too much or too little. Thus, poor nutrition can lead to depressive symptoms, and vice versa, resulting in a downward spiral of increasing depression and decreasing nutrition.

Proper nutrition and eating habits can help older adults to improve their general health and quality of life, and in turn ward off some of the physical and mental ailments associated with a higher risk of depression. Read the rest of this entry »


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