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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.

Here is my interview on Portland Community TV that expresses my personal views and beliefs that have helped me feel and look as young as I do.  The results are in my book, Rock & Roll at Any Age, a rebellious look at life, health & spiritual wisdom from the Sassy Sage.  Please feel free to comment – I would love your feedback!!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

Usually, grandparents are more revered by their grandchildren because they give them individual attention and show more patience. Our children may still be stuck in remembering our foibles when we were 20-30 years younger. Perhaps we elders have learned from our experiences and can now offer some valuable viewpoints, but we may never be given the chance.

We have so much more to give and share, as well as, receive. Let’s stand up for our “Throwaways” and re-purpose ourselves into mentors for the future, contributing to greater, more engaged communities and families.

Some ideas you might consider to keep us from falling into the stereotype of “old people”:

  1.  Get healthy so you can be able to participate in many life activities.
  2.  Determine what you are passionate about and decide how to get involved if you aren’t already.
  3.  Get active (or “just Do It” as they say at Nike)
  4.  See where you can give back – mentoring, charitable work, political activism – volunteering to be a reader at an elementary school or tutoring at middle or high school could be an idea.
  5. Write your memoirs
  6.  Learn or relearn a skill you like that you can share with a grandchild or do for yourself.
  7. Set up special time with family members – expressing gratitude, helping with grandchildren, meeting one on one with family members to build or rebuild relationships.
  8. Take interesting classes at local community colleges

For those of you younger, how about giving us more than a “moment of your time” or a brief text. You will one day be an “elder” too, and have much to offer those younger. Don’t wait until then to realize what you have missed along the way.

I present this as food for thought, with the request of all who read this to share ideas on how to create a more inclusive community of all ages with the concept of collaboration and cooperation where we all learn from each other.

Don’t believe media nonsense – we seniors have value, lots of energy and vitality left, and the wisdom and experience to make the world a better place!!

 

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.”

Basically, the aging process causes our cells to “rust” (oxidation by free radicals), “caramelize” (attach unwanted sugar molecules– yes like in cooking), “putrefy”(rancid oxidation of fats) or “dis-integrate” (fall apart from lack of energy).

Using hormones judiciously, in small doses within a whole program of balance, is the key to creating healthy longevity.

Consuming food, thoughts, words, images, relationships, etc., creates cell health and repair. If you don’t let go of what is toxic and no longer serves you, it becomes part of your body.

Reducing stress hormones and protecting cells with anti-oxidants through diet and nutrients is one of the best ways to begin a healthy longevity program.

Dr. Christensen recommends Shaklee products in her practice and says that the most potent anti-oxidant formula she’s found is Shaklee’s liquid dietary supplement, “Vivix.” One teaspoon a day is equivalent to the anti-oxidants in 100 glasses of wine! And remember, as Dr. Christensen says, “This is not ‘alternative medicine,’ it’s biochemistry.”

To learn more about Vivix, go here.