Defying The Odds – Aging After 50 Years Old

This is a very inspirational info graphic on aging. It provides some very interesting facts on a selection of inspirational athletes over the age of 50 who are going the extra mile when it comes to fitness. Thanks to http://www.carehomestoday.co.uk/ for sharing with us!

Aging Infographic

Aging with intention: Breathing & Stress Relief

aging and stressI recently read a blog post on the American Society on Aging website that discussed the benefits of being “mindful” as we age.

What does being mindful about aging mean?

I think it will mean different things for different people. Over the next several months we plan to write entries that address being mindful and aging with intention. We’re pretty sure this is not new information for you, but rather a reminder or a new opportunity to stretch your ideas about what aging will look like for you.

Does this sound like I am grasping and re-addressing the 70’s? Actually the benefits of such practices as deep breathing and meditation are traced back to more than 2,500 years to the East… proving the efficacy and popularity of yoga and, even meditation, today.

As care givers and as patients, we benefit from taking the time for self-care. One of my favorite people also told me that just the simple act of taking five slow, deep breathes can actually ease feeling of anxiety in a matter of minutes. She’s right, you should consider trying it yourself, next time you are feeling stress or anxious about aging or caregiving.

You can practice deep breathing and meditation to experience real and measurable benefits. Start with these easy steps as outlined in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy by Segal, Williams and Teasdale (New York: Guilford Press, 2002):

3-Minute Basic Breathing Exercise

  • First minute: Awareness. Observe—bring the focus of awareness to your inner experience and notice what is happening in your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Describe, acknowledge, identify—put experiences into words.
  • Second minute: Redirecting attention. Gently redirect your full attention to your breath. Follow your breath all the way in and all the way out.
  • Third minute: Expanding attention. Allow your attention to expand to the whole body—especially to any sense of discomfort, tension or resistance.

Try this in the comfort of where ever you may be reading this blog post. No need for an “Om” or a candle, or even a yoga studio. Increase your health and wellness today! I guess what’s old is really new—again. Or at least new for us.

Detroit Economic Club & Health Care News

Larry MerloI attended the Detroit Economic Club luncheon with Larry Merlo, the President & CEO of CVS Caremark Corporation. It was such a great event in The D! The information presented, the venue – the historic Book Cadillac Hotel was lovely and the networking was superb. I will attend more as many interesting and influential attendees were present.

Merlo spoke about these important health care topics:

  • Affordable Care Act influence on healthcare
  • Recent and disruptive choice to discontinue selling tobacco products
  • His original training as pharmacist and the influence it has on his decision-making for the company
  • Future of pharmacists that may include pharmacist at bedside when patients are discharged from hospitals
  • Actual home visits by pharmacists

Here is a small video snippet of the his talk. http://www.econclub.org/?mediaID=video2

I learned a lot and made a few great connections where I can learn even more. It was a great event!

Making A Difference at TCH Show on BCTV

I was really honored to tape a show at BCTV last week.  Please watch the “Making a Difference at TCH”  Show where we talk about practicing your pitch as a business owner.

Practice Your Pitch Recap from Bloomfield Township 2 on Vimeo.

Or watch via the link here.
http://vimeo.com/97726408

Announcing Clawson “Ask A Nurse” Program

ask a nurseI am so excited to announce FREE nursing hours in Clawson, Michigan.

Where:

Hunter Community Center

509 Fisher Court, Clawson, MI 48017

When:

1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month

Time:

1pm-3pm

What:

Ask nursing questions, get your blood pressure checked and learn all about different aging topics each month.