Tag Archives: healthy aging

Interview on Portland Community TV: Joan Lubar – Rock & Roll at Any Age!

What would it look like if you could feel fit and fabulous whether you are 40, 50, 60, 70 or beyond?

How many people begin their decline into fear of aging, attributing every ache and pain to getting older, even at age 40?  Have you seen the “Over the Hill” birthday decorations and favors?  People use these for those having birthdays over 40!!   People – get REAL!!!!

Much of the aches and pains are what I like to call “accelerated aging” because we haven’t taken the best of care of our attitudes and our bodies.  Does that mean you have done something wrong to be where you are today?  No, for most it is not knowing the options, unfortunate circumstances or not taking responsibility for our health. read more -->

Day 4 – Which Do You Choose?

Day 4
I have been at a conference so I got behind.  I’ll be catching up this week!
Which is the best choice here?

Your friend just betrayed you big time! What’s the heart healthiest way to manage your anger?
A. Tell her off___
B. Run it off____
C. Walk it off___
D. Find consolation in Ben and Jerry’s___

Answer: C Taking a walk calms the fight or flight response, as do cool down activities like stretching and deep breathing. Intense physical activity, on the other hand, can push your heart into the danger zone. “Anger triggers an adrenaline response that reduces blood flow to the arteries,” says Donna Arnett, PhD, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “Strenuous exercise in this state is incredibly taxing on the heart.”  An Australian study found that the risk of a heart attack was more than eight times higher when patients had been very angry in two hours before the onset of symptoms, while another recent study showed that the risk tripled in those who experienced anger and heavy exertion in the hour before. read more -->

True or False – Day 3 – Heart Health

Day 3

“Women need to start worrying about heart disease after they hit menopause”.

Answer: False
It’s believed that the drop in estrogen that accompanies menopause may make your blood vessels less elastic, increasing the strain on your heart.  However, when researchers followed nearly 1,500 women over nine years, they found that in the years leading up to menopause, there was an increase in the severity of metabolic syndrome…a group of risk factors, including high fasting blood sugar and high blood pressure, associated with heart disease. This effect was even more pronounced in black women. read more -->

Aging & The Throwaway Culture Continued

Let’s hear it for our fabulous over 60 crowd!!

The question is, how do we all come out of the closet and say to the many who have ignored us, “I am here! I have valuable information to share, ideas & perspectives that might change the directions our society is taking”?  Aging is magnificent – let’s live it to the fullest.

Families, now further apart, often look at their parents as obsolete or having suddenly gone “stupid” with minimal value to offer. While they have no patience for us, perhaps we can teach them that patience is a virtue that took us years to acquire. read more -->

How “Rusty” is Your Body?

Want To Keep Your Brains, Bones, and Breasts Intact and Still Have a Libido at Age 80?

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When I read the following from Dr. Margaret Christensen, it reminded me that most of us suffer from “premature aging”. I love the idea of being chronologically 70 while having the biological fitness of a 40-year-old.

Aging is all about your cells. Dr. Christensen explains the basics of how to grow younger—biologically.

“Cells age and lose function for a number of reasons unrelated to chronological time. You can be 60 years old and have the biological fitness of a 35 year old, or you can be 40 with the biological fitness of someone 70 years old.” read more -->