No, it won’t cure cancer but slow controlled breathing can affect how your body (immune system) fights off infections and deal with the stress of a life-changing diagnosis. Take a deep slow breath expanding your belly. Pause, then breathe out slowly to the count of five. Practice taking deep breaths when you’re sitting-up straight and try to take 5-10 breaths this way.
Mindful breathing is associated with reducing the impact of anxiety, insomnia, depression and even hyperactivity.
Mindful breathing can slow the heart rate, improve digestion, decrease chronic pain, improve effect and contribute to emotional well-being. It can stimulate the parts of the nervous systems which control the release of stress hormones. If you breathe mindfully and slowly you can become calmer. Yaaaaay!
We live in a society that worships then young and the beautiful, we don’t want to get old, we put the elderly in warehouses. If we don’t like aging and, Imagine how we feel about death. Our society does not encourage constructive dialogue regarding mortality, death, and dying. Less than a third adults have a living will/advanced health care directive. Health care powers of attorney which let a trusted person make medical decisions for you when you are unable are very important for all adults to have. The best way to do it is to have an attorney do it there are some do-it-yourself options available for as low as $70. Instead of no fear, know fear. Just do it.
The Mediterranean Diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains and olive oil and an average amount of meat and protein has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, strokes, and diabetes. In addition the latest studies also show that the Mediterranean diet decrease volume of brain loss as we age. It decreases the shrinkage of the brain by about a half. We’ve ll wondered what we can do to prevent/minimize dementia, well here’a a partial answer. So, the Mediterranean diet will not only decrease the risk of cardiac events, strokes, diabetes and now dementia. What are we waiting for? Just Do It.
Most human being prefer living at home than in created communities (assisted living, nursing home, Board and Care, and retirement communities). That is the way I feel…safer at home…more independent at home…more comfortable…eat what I want and when I want…relax when I want to relax. That’s all good. We just have to keep in mind that we are social beings. We do better, live longer, have less chronic infirmities, less cognitive decline when we are challenged mentally,physically, socially and spiritually. So go exercise, eat right, do sudoku but also have fun with friends.
As we get older we can mourn our losses, but still try to create meaningful relationships. We can be grateful for the capacity to find warmth, shared values, interests, understanding, trust and fun with former strangers. We always have the capacity to make not only acquaintances but friends. As we grow older we shed superficial relationships and concentrate on the more meaningful ones. The library, gym, work-out room, senior centers, the internet are all places where we can make new connections… so do it. Will it be easy, maybe, but it’s worth trying.
Can You Regain Muscle Mass After 60? Studies have shown that human beings in their 60s and 70s who begin progressive weight training developed muscle as large and as strong as an average 40-year-old. While young people who work out add “new” muscle fibers. Older ones do not. They increase the size of their muscles without adding new fibers…in practical terms their is no difference. Older muscle become stronger if you work them. The key is that your muscles should be pushed until they are exhausted. Go to the gym and lift weights 2-3 times per week.