Posts Tagged ‘active living’

The Last Stop: Life in The Lodge

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Living in the Lodge makes life convenient. I’m closer to people, food and lots of in-house activities. Sure, I miss my own house and the back and forth walks in beautiful Colorado weather. But when it’s not nice and that’s true even in Colorado sometimes, I am glad I moved. Read about my new life. It’s the simple domestic issues that become the challenges. Not serious but humorous. Who makes the bed, who cleans up the kitchen and who prepares the food when I’m sick?

This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”

Read more about Margery’s experience moving and the challenges that ensued in “The Last Stop: Life in The Lodge“.

The Last Stop: The Move

Margery's Move - 031914I decided it was time to consider moving from my Cottage, which I loved, to the Lodge, which would be more practical. That meant giving up my psychotherapy practice. I had used the second bedroom of the cottage as my office and had continued the work I had been doing for so many years in Snowmass Village and before that in the suburbs of Chicago. I only worked part time. To my surprise the referrals kept coming and I kept working. However, I decided that after 45 years of being a therapist it was time to stop.  So in the spring of 2012, now a widow for two years, I began planning to move.

This post was written by Margery Fridstein, an author and retired psychotherapist who lives in a CCRC outside of Denver, CO. She is chronicling her experience in the monthly series, “The Last Stop With Margery Fridstein.”

Read more about Margery’s experience moving and the challenges that ensued in “The Last Stop Part 5: The Move“.

Age is Just a Number: Hugh Hefner Engaged at 84

If there’s one thing Hugh Hefner has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s that age is merely a number. The 84-year-old Playboy tycoon solidified his reputation for living large no matter his age this holiday weekend, when he proposed to 24-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris, according to the CNN Blog. Age is just a number

Whether or not you agree with Hef’s polygamous lifestyle, you must admit he has taken a bold approach to aging, refusing to allow his age to hinder his activities. While he certainly has an abundance of resources at his disposal to make aging-in-place a convenience, he still sets an example for living life to the fullest well into his senior years.

Certainly not every senior has a desire to party like a rockstar late into the night every weekend, but today’s seniors can take a nod from the Playboy mogul by continuing to participate in activities they’ve enjoyed throughout their lives. Today’s assisted living facilities, independent living communities, retirement homes and even nursing homes have embraced active aging, offering an array of activities to suit the many leisure preferences of modern seniors.

Aging can be a frustrating experience when it becomes challenging to continue participating in leisure and recreational activities that have always brought enjoyment. Many senior living communities offer the benefit of occupational and physical therapists — either on-staff or through a contractual agreement — who can aid seniors in creating modifications that allow them to maintain their previous level of activity without over-stressing the body.

So whether you choose to age in place or benefit from the community lifestyle of senior housing, if you decide to remarry at 84 or even take up bungee jumping (physician-approved, of course), remember that age is just a number, and you’re only as young as you feel.

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Your Middle-Aged Brain Could Be Better Than You Think

Barbara Strauch, author of “The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind” and health editor for The New York Times reveals her findings on the phoenomenon of the middle-aged brain in an interview with Tara Parker-Pope (also of the NYT). In the interview, Strauch addresses a few common myths about the middle-aged brain.

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Strauch defines modern middle age as between 40 and 65. Short-term memory can be a problem at this time, but overall, she says our brains are functioning better than ever during this time period. She notes that our brains — contrary to popular belief — are still developing during this time, much like the brain of a teenager, yet we’re better able to do many things with our brains than we were during our earlier years.

Inductive Reasoning and Problem Solving

Inductive reasoning and problem solving are the biggest talents of the middle-aged brain, according to Strauch, along with social expertise and our ability to make financial judgements. Memory problems mislead us into thinking that our brains are on the downward slope, but in actuality we’re able to make use of millions of connections and pathways that we’ve built over the years, boosting our creativity and critical thinking skills.

Boosting Your Brain

Using your brain continuously might have its benefits, but according to Strauch, what’s good for your heart is good for your brain. Exercising your body, interestingly enough, is great for boosting your brain power. Exercise increases your brain volume and produces new brain cells, even in adults.

Socialization and Your Brain

Engaging in intelligent discussion, particularly with people who have differing opinions, is also good for your brain. And socialization helps, too. Strauch points to a number of studies that have shown that people living in more social situations age better cognitively than others.

Overall, Strauch emphasizes that middle age, while it’s typically thought of as a gloomy period, is actually a very optimistic time in our lives, according to studies. One study in particular found that the well-being of men peaks at age 65.

All of these findings point to the benefits of remaining active and social as we age. Independent living communities offer seniors many advantages of active living, including plenty of opportunities for socialization and cognitive enrichment.

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