Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Taking Care of Mental Wellness with Reiki

Your mental health has a huge impact on your life. Good mental health ensures you are able to be a productive and happy person. You have a better self-image, better relationships, better sleep, and better physical health. Bottom line, to achieve an overall balance in your life, you need both physical wellness and mental wellness. You know physical wellness can be achieved through exercise and proper diet, but, what about mental wellness? What options are there to enhance your mental wellbeing and health? May we suggest you take a look at Reiki?

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a non-invasive, ancient form of healing. Reiki works on enhancing every aspect of your life. What Reiki does is that it uses the ancient art of healing using energy to balance the body and mind. This practice is extremely beneficial for your physical and mental health. It can be beneficial in relieving stress and increasing mental clarity. Reiki has been proven to help anyone with major or minor ailments. If you are worried about Reiki and whether it is safe, be assured that Reiki is practiced in many hospitals today. With Reiki, you are assured of inner peace and harmony. Reiki can heal and strengthen personal relationships. It helps relationships to grow and prosper. In a nutshell, it can increase your feeling of wellness and equilibrium.

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

We may not like it, but as we age, our bodies change, sometimes dramatically. Our bones, joints, skin, heart, and brain all whether the aging process differently, depending on our overall health, diet and exercise regime, and genetics. But we don’t have to just live with the changes; we can take action to counter the challenges we face.

Challenges for Your Mind and Body

Regardless of how well you live your life, your body will experience a few challenges as you age.

Why Should Active Adults Consider Swimming as a Sport?

Swimming is an Ideal Way to Keep Fit for People of Any Age Category

Keeping fit and healthy has become a major priority for active adults once they reach their senior years. This is not to say that young people should wait until they are old to start taking care of their fitness and health… What it does mean is that at 55+ you CANNOT ignore the need to do so. Health is one thing that everyone should take seriously. Staying healthy and active enables you to enjoy life to its fullest. Yet, good health does not come without hard work. It requires finding ways of relieving stress, keeping active, keeping your body hydrated at all times and eating a healthy diet. When it comes to being active and relieving stress, swimming is an ideal activity to engage in. It is a great exercise recommended for people of all ages, by many doctors as it has numerous health benefits.

Alzheimer’s Dementia

Should You Take a Memory Test When Going Past 55?

Have you noticed any signs of starting to forget things more often than before? It is common for people to lose their ability to remember things. Memory loss is gradual and is due to the loss of more brain cells than the ones being newly produced. Misplacing items like keys, your mobile phone or eyeglasses are common signs. Inability or difficulty to recall names of people or places you know and forgetting important appointments or tasks is not uncommon among people when they get older. Have you faced such situations? Are these situations becoming more frequent?

Don’t worry. It may be due to normal aging. But it may be a good idea to take a memory test as there are more serious illnesses and other causes linked to memory loss. Many of these illnesses can be treated to cure, minimize the effects or delay the progress. There are memory tests that can help to diagnose Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that are serious conditions causing older people to lose memory and other brain functions.

happy seniors talking about the good old days

Talking About The Good Old Days

Having Friends to Talk About the Good Old Days is Therapeutic and Enjoyable

Talking about good old days is a popular and pleasing pastime, especially when you get older. People usually begin talking about good old days when they are middle-aged. If you have had good old days you re-live them by telling others. Of course, you should be able to remember and recollect those happy moments you spent together with your family, friends loved ones and the places you visited. To keep yourself and your audience happy, and not to hurt the feelings of others, it may be necessary to edit the true happenings. Talking about the good old days is an art that you should learn. It is not only a pleasurable thing to do but also therapeutic. This is because keeping engaged in social interactions is vital for senior years to ensure good mental health and wellbeing.

Eco Friendly

Simple Solutions to Green Up Your Nest

Going green is more than just about saving energy. Taking a deep breath of clean air at the end of a day is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and why builders like Kolter Homes believe that wellness should begin at home. As buzzy as the phrases eco-friendly, and clean living have become, feeling our best goes beyond the food pyramid to include the home innovations, and technologies that protect both ourselves, and the environment.

Clear the Air
When it comes to indoor pollutants, home is a notorious problem child. From our beloved pets to the bowl of potpourri on the coffee table, our sanctuaries are a trap for dust and odors. Open windows as much as possible to allow fresh air to circulate, and consider investing in an air purifier, and a vacuum equipped with HEPA filtration technology. Along with becoming fastidious about dusting, experts also recommend changing your home’s air filter every 30-60 days – more frequently for allergy sufferers and households with pets. You might want to head to your garden center because believe it or not, houseplants not only spruce things up, they also serve an important role in absorbing airborne toxins such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde.

How Active Adult Communities Are Tapping Into “The Blue Zones”

What can centenarians teach us about longevity? We’ve all pursued the holy grail of health, and vitality, logging hours at the gym, and following the latest diets – but what if the secret to pushing 100 is more than what’s on our plate? Dan Buettner’s book Blue Zones takes an insightful look into five cultures known as having the longest living populations – Sardinia, Italy, Okinawa Japan, Ikaria Greece, Nicoya Costa Rica, and a group of Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda California. Interestingly, the principles behind these Blue Zones are inherent to the lifestyle promoted by active adult communities, and why so many retirees may already be “in the zone.”

These Blue Zones prioritize a healthy (primarily plant-based) diet, they use their bodies to live – moving constantly throughout the day- and the piece of the puzzle many of us overlook in the quest for youth is allowing enough time for rest, and finding our purpose. When you think about what many active adult communities offer in terms of health and social engagement, it seems they’ve already unlocked the secret to a long, and healthy life making it more likely that today’s baby boomers will become tomorrow’s centenarians.

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

With winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.

Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching to the top of a breathtaking summit.