Cancer Awareness for Aging

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We have discussed Integrative Medicine as a form of self care to complement your personal health regimen.

An Integrative Medicine Specialist, and a breast medical oncologist Dr. Ting Bao takes an integrative therapy approach to cancer care. Listen to her video at the link below for a discussion on how she incorporates these methods in caring for her patients.

The Role of Integrative Therapy in Cancer Care | Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (mskcc.org)

Research is moving forward in understanding how elder citizens are affected by Cancer. Read more at the link below.

You can contribute to cancer research by purchasing the Breast Cancer Research Stamp at your local post office, or use the link below.

2014 Breast Cancer Research Stamp | USPS.com

  • The Breast Cancer Research Stamp is the country’s first fund-raising stamp and was first issued on July 29, 1998.

Live Chat Support:
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To speak with a Cancer Information Specialist: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, M-F

Cancer Publications: https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/eatinghints.pdf

Integrative Medicine Conversations

In past blog posts I have written about the ways Integrative Medicine can impact our lives as an addition to our wellness regimens.

This is not to suggest that your medications are not appropriate for your medical needs. However, I believe that conversations about other methods in how we think about pain is worth exploring.

Dr. Andrew Weil, has been a pioneer of new ideas for maintaining a healthful lifestyle, his website has a wealth of information that you will want to explore.

In a recent podcast Dr. Weil discusses ideas with Dr. Howard Schubiner, an internist, pediatrician, and director of the Mind Body Medicine Center, which they refer to as “Mind-Body Approaches” to healing chronic pain.

As I have discussed in the past, the aging process brings about all types of adjustments we must confront. Therefore, when I find something interesting, which I believe can complement your well-being, I am eager to share it with you.

Below is podcast, which discusses integrative methods, for healing chronic pain and what causes it.

Listen when you find an opportunity. It just may help you.

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You can visit Dr. Weil’s website at the links below.

https://www.drweil.com/

https://www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/index.html

All the best for your continued well-being!

Sources
https://www.integrativemedicine.arizona.edu/body_of_wonder.html

https://unlearnyourpain.com/

VIM App for Arthritis Sufferers

The Arthritis Foundation reports that the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) generally affects persons in the age range of 30-60 years. The foundation also reports that RA affects children.

RA sufferers have a new tool to assist them with their various challenges brought on by this autoimmune and inflammatory disease. It is the VIM App.

My podcast provides a summary with details of how the Free VIM App works.

Download Apps using the links below for your Apple or Android Phone.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=guru.applica.vim

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vim-pain-mgmt/id1562886172

You can listen to the Wellness Connections on other platforms
Just click the link below to select.
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7

Various arthritis blog posts are at the links below:

livingsenior.me | WellBeing Conversations
Arthritis Seasons & Remedies | livingsenior.me
Arthritis & Exercise | livingsenior.me
Arthritis Signs for Knees | livingsenior.me

Additional Sources:

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms in Women (healthline.com)
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments
Arthritis Foundation launching Vim app to help people manage chronic pain | PhillyVoice
Pharma News | Pharma Industry | Pharmaceuticals Industry | FiercePharma


What have you done for your skin lately?

This is a continuation of the SPF and skincare question.  Some of you may have listened to my summary on this topic at my Judith Guerra Wellness Connections Podcast on Spotify.  This post provides details for you on where you can find the tools you need to participate in a well-being program for your skin.

I happen to think men believe that women spend way too much time on their skin/beauty regimens, which could be true (LOL).

What some men may not know is that by age 50 men are more likely than women to develop melanoma. And, that number continues to increase. (At age 65, men are 2 times more likely as women the same age to get Melanoma). At the age of 80 it is 3 times more likely. The research facts reveal Melanoma is harder on men. Melanoma strikes men harder – AAD

I can actually confirm that none of the men I know use SPF.
If you are a man reading this post – do you? On a walk recently, I asked a neighbor, whom I see often, whether he had on SPF – he quickly admitted he did not. In addition, he did not have on a hat. This man is about 65-70 years old. I suggested he may want to consider using an SPF. He promised he would. As I said, The research shows that at his age he is 2 times more likely than a woman to develop melanoma. According to the AAD: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

In addition, Melanoma is more than 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2.6% (1 in 38) for whites, 0.1% (1 in 1,000) for Blacks, and 0.6% (1 in 167) for Hispanics.


Although skin cancer is less prevalent in the black community than in the white population, when it does occur among people of color, it tends to be diagnosed at a later, and more advanced, stage.

♥ Studies show that black people are four times more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage melanoma and tend to succumb at a rate of 1.5 times more than white people with a similar diagnosis. The Sunscreen Gap: Why Black People Still Need SPF (healthline.com)

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Considering Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is often referred to as a way of “complementing” our wellness regimen by enhancing our body, mind and spirit experiences. What does that mean?

First, Integrative Medicine is not to be considered a “substitute for conventional medicine”. However, it can help with treating your well-being by “adding” to your regular medical program.

Second, some complementary/integrative methods are: Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, Acupuncture, Meditation, and Dietary Supplements. Living Senior has posted articles on these topics in the past: Links to My Other Posts | livingsenior.me

Third, let’s explore some ideas that can help with our wellness regimen, which are considered complementary.

A friend called my attention to the People’s Pharmacy, which began in 1976 to aide us in making decisions about medical and alternative treatments. They also have a database of Home Remedies at this link: Home Remedies | The People’s Pharmacy (peoplespharmacy.com)

A source I use for Integrative medicine guidelines, and how to understand the different terminology is Dr. Andrew Weil. He has been a pioneer in Integrative Medicine for thirty years.

You can signup for his newsletters at the link below:
DrWeil.com Newsletters | Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Aging Gracefully? What is it?

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As an ‘elder citizen’ have you ever thought about what “Aging Gracefully” is?

Many of us are confronted with all types of challenges to that concept- not the Aging, but the “gracefully”. What is your idea of what that means for your life now? To help you contemplate how to employ “Aging Gracefully” in your own life, here is a definition of what the Healthline website defines it as:

Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to look like a 20-something — it’s about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care.

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Black History Spotlight & Painting for Well-Being

Painting for Health & Well-Being

This year during Black History Month I would like to celebrate Alma Woodsey Thomas, an artist of remarkable accomplishment.
Thomas, started her painting career at the age of 70, after being a junior high school teacher for 35 years.  YES! We can create “new beginnings” even in our senior citizen years.

Thomas’s parents migrated from Georgia to Washington, D.C. in 1906.  In 1932 she became the first graduate of the Fine Arts department at Howard University, which is also the Alma Mata of the first African/Asian vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris.  After graduation from Howard, in 1925, she taught Art at Shaw Junior High School until 1960.  During her teaching career, she managed to also earn degrees from Columbia University and from New York University. 
Thomas considered giving up Painting when she retired because of arthritis pain. However , in 1966 Howard University offered to mount a retrospective of her work. That’s when she decided she wanted to produce new paintings.

Alma Thomas was later honored with one-woman exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 1972 her painting Red Roses Sonata was selected for the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before her death in 1978, she was nationally recognized as a key woman artist dedicated to abstract painting
Some of her other well-known paintings are: Fiery Sunset, Snoopy Sees Earth Wrapped in Sunset.

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Mammograms for Seniors

October has been Breast Cancer month and I am always pleasantly surprised to see how many of us support the cause of finding a cure. This month I would like to call your attention to a few “Pink” news items.
Have you heard the Pink song by Dolly Parton and other artists? I hope it will lift your spirits and lead you to donate to this formidable cause.

I would like to share the following breast cancer information that senior woman should be aware of. Finding cancer in early stages results in simpler and effective treatment.

In August of this year a New York Times article reviewed a few of the options older women (75 years and up) can consider before having a mammogram during Covid-19 times. As usual, always check with your doctor before making any decisions regarding your breast health.
Statistics show the incidence of breast cancer as women age increases. Facing decisions for treatment can have an impact on emotional and physical well-being.

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