This is an issue we get a lot. Many of BR’s guided imagery narratives refer to the listener’s body as “my oldest friend and steadiest companion”. It’s deliberately in there to help form or reinstate a feeling of alliance with the body, as opposed to seeing it as the opponent to overcome, or something that’s let us down or even betrayed us. Sometimes a first reaction to this phrase is, “You gotta be kidding” or “Oldest friend? We’re barely on speaking terms!” Here’s one of those reactions and BR’s response, suggesting why it might be something to consider…
Behold some girlfriends appreciating each other. Just so you know, the fabulous dame in the middle is a yoga instructor named Bonnie Menton, and she’s well over 100 years old. Which leads me to our quest. Stay with me here:
For some time now, we’ve been asking talented friends and colleagues if they’d consider taking a crack at creating some guided imagery for aging – a topic that generates a lot of requests from our readers in the over 50 age group.
In a phone interview survey, researchers from Bastyr University assessed the prevalence and use of integrative medicine techniques (or CAM – complementary and alternative medicine) by hospices in the state of Washington.
The response rate was 100%. Results indicated that 86% of Washington State hospices offered CAM services to their patients.
Last week's blog for September is Healthy Aging Month was all about attitude. This week, we take a look at some recommendations for maintaining physical health while keeping that positive attitude.
Get Proper Nutrition: That means eating well and when necessary, taking nutritional supplements. We hear the virtues of nutrients like Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Omega 3 fatty acids and even dark chocolate being touted for their ability to support senior health, but what should you eat, which supplements are right for you and how much should you take? There are numerous publications and websites dedicated to nutrition. One book I heartily recommend is You Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great, by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz. The book was updated and released last month, and it contains the latest information about nutrition for maintaining optimal health.
September is Healthy Aging Month and we decided that, because this is such a huge subject, we would include it in two weekly blogs. This week, it's all about cultivating a wellness attitude.
Next week we will include some tips for physical fitness. The good news is that, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup's new book, Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality and Well-Being, this decade's seniors comprise the largest and healthiest group in U.S. history.
"Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population (increasing at the rate of 75,000 people per year)," she said. She attributes many aspects of seniors' healthy lifestyles to attitude. "Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value."