Fall prevention? Oh, I wish we had done more for my mom in this department. In June of 2008 my mother fell. She was 77 years old. She had had a number of health challenges, but she had overcome them. My mother was and is resilient, determined, and, dare I say, tough. But then she took one misstep returning to her condo in the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) where she and my dad lived, and the last 10 years of her life have pretty much revolved around the resulting injuries and series of complications that followed that one fall.
Dad has since passed away and mom was making tremendous gains physically. Then on another June day, this time in 2013, she took another fall. Another busted knee with complication from blood thinners and she has been in a wheel chair with 24 hours care since. You see why I am passionate about fall prevention from this very personal connection to someone I love so much.
Why is increasing your spirituality important? We have already explored 10 Ways to Grow Our Spirituality. You may be wondering why we want to do that, especially as we age. As it turns out there are several physiological benefits to being more Spiritual.
Before we explore the benefits, let’s check out some definitions. As you will see from the these definitions, spirituality can seem all-encompassing. The question may become “What doesn’t fit into this category?”
I was just reading a Facebook post today by a friend who is a self-describe introvert. He was traveling on a train and really did not want to go to the dining car because he would be seated with 3 other people and would have to interact with them. Much to his very pleasant surprise he had a great time. He learned a lot, enjoyed their company, and basically they restored his faith in humanity. Okay, that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration.
The bottomline is that even the most introverted of us can benefit from social interaction over a meal. Age does not change this dynamic. If anything, age enhances the benefits of eating with others. Often, as people age, they find themselves alone much more than at any other time in their life. Making the effort to join with others for meal times may seem overwhelming or just too much trouble. But, when the effort is made, tremendous benefits follow.
When we eat together we maintain, build, and deepen relationships. Our feelings of connection grow. We learn more about others in our lives including their interests and concerns. We may even learn their opinions, and if we are lucky we just might learn why they hold those opinions. Sharing meals can give us a sense of security. Just knowing that we are important enough to someone else for them to share a meal with us can be a huge boost on a day we might spend much time alone. Talking and listening shows down our eating and just may improve our digestion. Continue reading “12 Senior Nutrition Myths Part 2 (#8-12)”
We are told many types of myths. We later learn they simply are not true. Nutrition myths in Older Adults are no exception.
Reduced mobility, restricted food budgets, and social isolation can each lead to changes in eating habits as we age. Taken together, the effects can be profound. These changes can greatly affect the nutritional condition of Older Adults. We also may fall prey to nutrition myths, when believed, can actually affect our level of health. Let’s fight misconceptions and gain health along the way.
Malnutrition? Under nourishment? Older Adults and Malnutrition? Does this really happen? Does it happen frequently? Do Older Adults need different nutrients than younger people? Let’s dive in to nutrition myths and Older Adults, learn what they are, and dispel them once and for all.
Spirituality is a topic many people might have difficulty defining. It is only a church thing? Is it greater concern with the soul than material possessions? (Oxford Dictionary) Is it the deepest values by which people live? (Wikipedia) Is it pondering ideas that take us beyond ourselves or is it the meaning of life? Is it all of these things and more? How do you achieve spiritual growth?
Today, many people talk about being spiritual rather than religious. Being religious to some has the meaning of following rules whereas spiritually is more self-directed pondering of the universe. What is the point of all of it?
Being more aware of what it is important in your life or what the purpose of your life is can be considered being spiritual. In the world of a Christian, spirituality most often means how one lives in response to Jesus and what his life, death, and resurrection mean to a believer.
Even longtime Christians can sometimes feel that their relationship with Christ has run dry or seems distant. We may at times feel that God is distant from us because of the trials of life we are experiencing. Loss, grief, and hurt can make us feel depleted spiritually. We feel alone. It is at these times we feel an increased need to grow spiritually. Therefore, we want to reignite the connection that brought us to a belief in Jesus.
But what do we do? How we recapture that sense of the presence of Jesus in our lives?
A Medical Emergency Is In Progress: Imagine the Scene
You or a loved one are having a medical emergency. The common emotions are anxiety, fear, trepidation, and perhaps a bit of frazzled disorganization. On the other hand, some people face emergencies stoically, calmly, and firmly in control. Sometimes people maintain their composure through the event and others, well, their legs become jelly once the immediate crisis has past. Which camp are you a member of?
Perhaps one way to help maintain that calm composure in the face of a medical emergency is to be prepared. Be prepared? Wait! If it is an emergency, how can you possibly be prepared?
Emergency! That is a word that none of us ever want to hear, let alone experience. One thing you can count on with an emergency is that it is always a surprise. We may not be prepared for the surprise, but we can be prepared for the emergency. Being prepared for something, greatly affects the impact on us. The challenges can be physical, mental, emotional, and financial.
Emergencies can come in several unexpected packages: a health crisis, a natural disaster, an accident, or a home-based disaster such as a fire. Regardless of their cause, we need to react. Reacting from a position of strength and faith, rather than one of fear, will help us recover and regroup. How do we prepare? Do you have the philosophy, if you prepare you won’t need to be? I do. This is the reason I take a bunch of different kinds of medicines with us on a trip. I prepare for colds, headaches, upset stomachs, allergies, and cuts and scrapes. If I prepare and I have what I need, I won’t need it. Apply the same philosophy to preparing for emergencies and you will be ready.
Growing spiritually is something many of us aspire to. But what does that mean? How do we do it? And what are the benefits? As we age, we can continue to grow and change. We can change in many ways: the hobbies we enjoy, the food we eat, the areas that interest us, our physical health, our relationships, and many others. One important way we can grow is spiritually.
Regardless of age and abilities, we have the opportunity to grow spiritually as well. We can grow closer to Christ until we take our last breath.
The article linked here, gives 5 strategies for deepening our spiritual life. No great surprise, they revolve around reaching out beyond yourself. There are more ways to deepen your spirituality personally and privately. We shall explore them soon. For now, look to your community. Who is in your community? We influence each other. Who is influencing you? Who are you influencing?
Could just one activity help you live longer, enjoy better physical and mental health, and lower your risk of dementia? According to this article in Psychology Today all of these are possible from engaging in social activity. Wow! Let’s get out and see the people. if you can’t get out today, take advantage of positive social media and engage on-line. Have a great day. 🙂 Even better reach out to someone you know who isn’t able to get out. Give them a call or stop by for a visit. You both will benefit.