Strengthen your Health!

Strength Training is no longer ‘just for jocks’, ‘just for young people’ ‘just for men’, or even ‘just for strength’!

The research I have conducted for more than 3 decades has convinced me that strength is the foundation of independence, vitality and quality of life for older adults. While one of the obvious benefits of strength training is, of course, increased strength, there are many more benefits to be gained from a regular program of moderate to high intensity strength training. This includes reducing both the risk and occurrence of a variety of disabling diseases and health conditions. Continue reading “Strengthen your Health!”

Tips for staying ‘Topside’!

What’s up with falling down?

Falling, and the fear of falling, is right at the top of a ‘Worry List’ for older adults – and here’s why

More than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States
Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma

However there is also GOOD NEWS…
Despite what society in general, and even older adults in particular, think, AGING IN AND OF ITSELF IS NOT THE CAUSE OF FALLING! Continue reading “Tips for staying ‘Topside’!”

Being Responsible, Jointly

‘Dem Bones’
The hip bone’s connected to the back bone,
The back bone’s connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone’s connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Spinal Column HorizontalI heard this song on the radio a lot when I was just a young boy in the UK. Even if I didn’t get all the words correct, the song – actually a spiritual whose lyrics were taken from a chapter in the Bible (Ezekiel 37) – perfectly describes the function of joints. Whatever and wherever their type or location, joints all do the same thing – they connect and help to move ‘Dem Bones’ Continue reading “Being Responsible, Jointly”

Strong Medicine

Drama masksThe sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank;

William Shakespeare (‘As You Like It’ 1623)

Less than thirty years ago, we were still not too far removed from Shakespeare’s vision of old age. Continue reading “Strong Medicine”

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Agers

Happy 50+WHAT kind of life do you want to lead? This is such a broad question it is hard to respond beyond something like ‘I just want to be happy’ (not that there is anything wrong with being happy!). However, more definitively, I think that most people would agree that a life of meaning, good health, and independence is something to strive for. Whatever kind of life you want, however, you are probably more likely to achieve it if you are intentional about your ‘wants’ vs just drifting along and letting life happen to you. Continue reading “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Agers”