Arthritis Signs for Knees

Adjusting to the signs of aging is not intuitive.  In recent years, I have learned to read, listen to other seniors, and constantly pay attention to the signs my body gives me.

An article in the New York Times Well section brought to my attention that early signs of arthritis could be creaking and popping sounds.  Yes!

The condition for noises in the knees is called Crepitus by medical professionals. To date professionals are actually undecided whether these noises in the knees signal the beginning of Arthritis.  So, what should we be aware of?  Here are some guidelines: Continue reading “Arthritis Signs for Knees”

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Are there benefits to positive thinking?

I’m not one to make light of the fact that for some seniors aging is a difficult challenge. Loss of the ability to function the way we could when we were younger; loss of friends and companions; sickness.  All of these things add to enormous stress, and sometimes despondent feelings.  But what if thinking positively could help us out?  Should we at least try to find a way to cultivate this habit?

An article in the New York Times suggest that our thoughts can do “far more than raise one’s spirits”.  How about if thinking positively could boost your immune system, alleviate depression, lower your blood pressure, give you better weight control.  Would you try it?

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Not taking your meds? Caution!..

I must admit that I am guilty of not taking my medications sometimes.  It’s not intentional really, but it does happen. It could seem like a simple thing missing, or not taking your meds. Right?  It turns out that it could actually be life threatening !  Yes!

Following is a summary of a New York Times article. You can check and find out whether you are using these excuses for not taking your meds. Non-adherence to taking prescribed medications results in
50 % of prescriptions for chronic diseases not being taken as prescribed, typically people take only half of their prescribed doses.

  • Approximately 125,000 deaths and 10 percent of hospitalizations are the cause of non-adherence to prescriptions. If the drugs are not taken correctly they do not work.
  • A third of kidney transplant patients don’t take their anti- rejection medications. In addition, heart attack patients do not take their blood pressure meds.  Moreover, children with asthma do not use their inhalers at all, or consistently.

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Embracing Aging Beauty

aging-processHave you embraced the aging beauty you’ve become yet? Or, have you been hiding under the covers of I wish I looked the way I did when I was younger?african-am-woman

When we are consistently wishing for another time, another “age”, we miss out on our beautiful present moments.  I love what Helen Mirren had to say about aging:

“The best thing about being over 70 is being over 70,” Mirren says in an interview with AARP The Magazine for its December/January Issue. “Certainly when I was 45, the idea of being 70 was like ‘Arghhh!’ but you only have two options in life: Die young or get old. There is nothing else. Source: Cele|bitchy | Helen Mirren: ‘You have two options in life: Die young or get old’

aging-caucasian-womanSo why don’t you choose the option of embracing that you’re still alive, and you are an aging beauty?

Cindy Joseph, Baby Boomer/ senior citizen, had a flourishing modeling career during her youth, and is a ‘pro-age’ advocate for the beauty that is inherent in us all, who still models.  I agree with Cindy that beauty blossoms at every age.

Cindy’s Boom! beauty products are designed to show our aging beauty with a natural touch.  Her company makes the products with ingredients, which are organic, olive oil, honey.  educator-726386_1280

Her customers are so satisfied with her advice and products that they take ‘selfies’ of themselves and post their beauty on her website!  Click the pictures on this post to read the various stories and information at Cindy Joseph’s website.

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Sharp brain health

women-697928_1280I must admit, the aging process is a little intimidating. Sometimes, when you least expect it, a body part,  that was ok in the morning, all of a sudden is hurting later on that same day.  It’s that ‘wake-up call’, which then becomes a part of your daily life (chronic pain, osetoarthritis, knee pains and the like).

Is  your memory is ‘slipping’ ?  You can’t recall where you put an item down, or why you came upstair?  Needless to say, it’s an adjustment. Nevertheless, willy-nilly these changes are all part of an ongoing aging process.  That’s why I want to share with you a tool, which AARP has available for seniors and those approaching ‘senior-hood’.  It’s called  the ‘Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment’.

Why don’t you take a ‘Leap’ and try it out by clicking the link below.

  • Better Brain Health Starts Here. Subscribe and take the Brain Health Assessment to get your Brain Health Score and a detailed report that will provide insight into how your brain works and how your lifestyle supports important cognitive functions like memory and focus. Then, get started on your personalized recommendations for fun ways to create simple habits that can help you improve and maintain brain health over time.
    Source: AARP Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment

Exercising Living Senior

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A lot of what I’ve read recently about the aging process brings me to the conclusion that the road  to the ‘fountain of youth’ goes through the city of exercise.  That is to say, the more we exercise, the more we will keep our bodies ‘in tune’, ‘well-oiled’ for a healthful and independent future . Easy enough right?

Suppose you have physical limitations?  The answer is: ‘where there is a will, there is a way.’ And, to help us with our ‘will’ the Department of Aging has suggested certain exercises for us to do while sitting, or standing. There is  no health club cost required. Listed below are some of the disabilities, which regular exercise can help you with.

  • arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, balance problems, and trouble walking.
  • Benefits:  increased energy, lower cholesterol, prevent weight gain, bone strength, enhance mental well-being.

What’s the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise? Both terms refer to the voluntary movements you do that burn calories.

  • Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog, raking leaves, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class

Click here to order the book: https://order.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/order/bk004

By picking up this book and looking through it, you’ve taken an important first step toward good health. Source: Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging | National Institute on Aging

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Once you get started you will not want to stop!  Let’s get physical 🙂 !

Sharing Seniorhood Info!

canstockphoto13201257For many of us retiring to a new lifestyle is not an easy transition.  Yes,  you hear all the suggestions about ‘having something to do‘, but how do you get started?  What are some of the first  steps towards this new life experience?

First things, first … What will be the income you can rely on? How will your healthcare be handled?   How do you sign-up for medicare and when?

What advice do the experts give about the best time to retire?  Are you still healthy?  Are you working because you really don’t know what else to do?  Should you transition to a part-time job, or do you need a part-time job?  The truth is, these answers are different for each person.  Below are links that I found on the www that may help you in creating a plan for yourself.  It’s amazing what the social security offices have made available for us to decide.  Just click the Source links to get further details.

Applying for Retirement Benefits

  • Social Security offers an online retirement application that you can complete in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. Better yet, you can apply from the comfort of your home or office at a time most convenient for you. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. Source: Retirement Benefits

If you are waiting to retire until you are 70 years of age, below is a sample chart of how your income will increase based on a social security benefit of  $1000.00 per month.

  • Let’s say your full retirement age for Social Security benefits is 66, and your monthly benefit at that age is $1,000. Here’s what your monthly benefit would be, starting at different ages:
    * Age 62 = $750 * Age 63 = $800 * Age 64 = $866 * Age 65 = $933 * Age 66 = $1,000
    * Age 67 = $1,080 * Age 68 = $1,160 * Age 69 = $1,240 * Age 70 = $1,320
    Source: The Best Age for YOU to Retire | Social Security Matters

So what’s the maximum amount of retirement income you can receive?
Your maximum social security retirement benefit depends upon the age you retire. If you retire at full retirement age (FRA) in 2016 the maximum benefit is $2,639.  If you retire at the age of 70 in 2016, your maximum benefit is $3,576.  However, if you retire at the age of 62 in 2016, your maximum benefit would be $2,102. Source: What is the maximum I can receive from my Social Security retirement benefit? | Investopedia

Note:  This website has great suggestions for Retirement Planning. Click the Topics picture.  great retirement ideas