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12 Senior Nutrition Myths Part 2 (#8-12)

In 12 Senior Nutrition Myths: How to Overcome Them (1-7) we explored nutrition myths that revolve around the ideas that it is normal to lose appetite and that nutrient requirements decrease as we age. There are 3 other categories of myths that we need to address:

 Social Issues

8.) Eating Alone is Okay

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.Group Meal

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)”

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12 Senior Nutrition Myths: How to Overcome Them (Myths 1-7)

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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.

The myths fall into 5 Basic Categories

  1. Normalcy of Loss of Appetite
  2. Misunderstanding of Nutrient Needs
  3. Social Issues
  4. It’s Too Late to Matter
  5. Miscellaneous Other Reasons

Continue reading “12 Senior Nutrition Myths: How to Overcome Them (Myths 1-7)”

Older Adult Diversity
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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. Diversity

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”

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Spiritual Growth: What is it? 10 Steps to Achieving It!

SpiritSpiritual Growthuality: So Many Definitions

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?

10 Steps to Spiritual Growth

Continue reading “Spiritual Growth: What is it? 10 Steps to Achieving It!”

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Medical Emergency: 8 Simple Steps to Be Prepared

Medical EmergencyA 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?

In the article Emergency Preparedness we looked at how to prepare for others to take care of your responsibilities if you can’t. Today, it is time to take a deeper dive into preparation for a medical emergency.  Continue reading “Medical Emergency: 8 Simple Steps to Be Prepared”

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Emergency Preparedness is Not All About Canned Food

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Prepare ahead an emergency.

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.

What Defines an Emergency?

Merriam-Webster defines emergency as a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. Continue reading “Emergency Preparedness is Not All About Canned Food”

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Your Family History Adventure: Where to Begin

Preserving Your Family History

Your story is important. Your story has a foundation. Perhaps it is time to put that foundation into writing so future generations will have a greater understanding of their foundation. If you haven’t done this before or you did years ago, it is time to revisit your family tree.

Genealogy is one of the top hobbies across all age groups. It is a perennial favorite activity. Personally, I spend time almost every day researching some part of my family’s history. I have looked into my own family and my husband’s. I am yet to find any famous or notables among my own, but my husband has claim on a number of passengers on the Mayflower voyage to Plimouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Regardless of the notoriety of your ancestors, each person is an important link to who you are today. Just think, if any link in the chain had been broken, you would not be here today.

Continue reading “Your Family History Adventure: Where to Begin”

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15 Ideas for Retirement: Retirement Pre-Plannning

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: Retirement Pre-Plannning”

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Sleep, Precious Sleep

I have 2 children. They are just 16 months apart, but they are definitely individuals. They do have a lot in common, but when it comes to sleep, well…. Let’s just say one has always known the value of a good night of sleep and the other hasn’t ever really been a fan. Personally, I love sleep. When you are little you may have looked at having to take a nap as a punishment. Along with read a book and take a bath, having to take a nap was not fun. Now, those three would make a perfect afternoon.

If you want to improve your learning and memory, metabolism and weight, safety, mood, cardiovascular health, and boost your immune system, you may want to consider making a concerted effort to improve your sleep. Continue reading “Sleep, Precious Sleep”

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Papers, Papers, and More Papers

 

Yes, we live in a digital age! Aren’t we supposed to living paperless by now? We are supposed by pay our bills on-line. We use credit cards or debit cards instead of cash. We don’t even have paper airline tickets most of the time. But we still have important papers that we need to track and keep organized. What are we supposed to do with them? What do we need to keep? What can we safely shred or toss in the recycling bin? Do you know where the important items are? Do your loved ones should something happen to you and someone else needs to access them?

The article that is linked to in this post shares a long list of items that should be collected, organized, updated, and stored in a fire-proof container or off-site in a protected and secured location. Completing this project may seem daunting, Continue reading “Papers, Papers, and More Papers”