Your Wellness Wheel: How Smooth is Your Ride?

When you are driving down the road, gripping the wheel and holding it slightly to the right or left just to go straight, you know you have an issue. You need an alignment. Not only will it make your drive a lot more relaxing, it will reduce the uneven wear on your tires, preserving their usefulness and your safety. Your wellness wheel brings a whole new meaning to a smooth ride.

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Similarly, if you are driving on poorly inflated tires or they have a deformity of some sort, the ride is rough and it is bad for your vehicle.

How are you riding in your life? Are the vital parts of life in-balance or out-of-whack? Or are there issues in one or two areas you just don’t want to deal with or maybe you just aren’t seeing them.

Today, is your lucky day. You are going to have a chance for a life balance tune-up. We are going to take a high level view. I am not going to make you do a deep dive yet, but let’s take a survey. If you do this exercise, I can almost promise your eyes will be opened to where you need to spend a little time. That small amount of dedicated time can lead to a good pay-off in your life balance.

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Older Adults and Their Amazing Diversity

Diversity is a current cultural buzz word. Diversity is the result of a vast variety of characteristics and experiences. We may think of race or religion, but there are also dozens more.

How many ways can you think of that you are different from someone else?

Where do you live? How many times have you moved? Was if far from one place to another?

How much schooling have you had? 8th grade, High School, College, Masters, PhD’s?

Next consider your health? Are you in fabulous shape? Or do you hurt everywhere? How active are you?

Finances? Are you flush with cash and/or investments or are you not sure how the rent or next grocery bill is going to be paid?

Do you travel? Or do you stay close to home? Where? For how long? How often?

Do you have a big family and close friends, a small, special group, or are you on your own?

Are you part of a faith community and have belief in a higher power? Or are you not so sure? Or are you certain God doesn’t exist? Then within these categories there is such a wide range of beliefs. What are yours? Continue reading “Older Adults and Their Amazing Diversity”

15 Ideas for Retirement: Pre-Planning Retirement

Pre-Retirement Planning
Where will your pre-retirement planning take you?

When you are planning for retirement, do you primarily think about the financial aspect? There is no doubt that this is a critical component. Without diligent preparation financially, retirement may be short and require a return to the workforce, or retirement may be lived at a standard far below what you had anticipated.

But is that all there is to planning for retirement? Absolutely not!

Many plan retirement to be completely leisurely activities. Travel, golf, hobbies, …… Continue reading “15 Ideas for Retirement: Pre-Planning Retirement”

Top 10 Aging Myths…. Dispelling Them One By One

Aging MythsEvery culture has had myths. We may be most familiar with Greek and Roman ones. As defined by Merriam-Webster, a myth is “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” One more thing. myths are not the truth. That is my personal definition. Myths are often misconceptions of reality, what we think, rather than what can be proven true.  Again, my personal definition and accurate when it comes to discussing aging myths.

What are the top 10 Aging Myths:

  • Old = Sick
  • “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
  • Too late for changes in lifestyle to make a difference
  • Older adults only take from society and do not contribute
  • Most older adults live in nursing homes
  • Engage in few activities other than watching TV
  • Most older adults are unable to adapt to change
  • Older workers cannot work as efficiently as younger workers
  • Most Older Adults experience significant memory loss
  • Older Adults only want to relax and lead a life of leisure

Let’s look at the first 5 in-depth:  Continue reading “Top 10 Aging Myths…. Dispelling Them One By One”

What are Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Do you adopt resolutions each New Year’s Day? Or have you stopped because it seems they may only last a week or two? This article shares 8 resolutions that can make a great difference in your day to day enjoyment and happiness. For the next 12 months, Winter Grace will be revisiting these resolutions time and time again. We will have specific tips, information, and opportunities to live these out and just perhaps a few more. Everyone, regardless of age will benefit from these suggestions. I am looking forward to it. Are you? What resolutions would you add to this list? Please share.

1.Exercise 10 minutes everyday.

2.Explore new volunteer opportunities.

3.Revive and old friendship. Continue reading “What are Your New Year’s Resolutions”