3 Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

3 Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

3 Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

September is National Healthy Aging Month.  I have a special place in my heart for seniors.  More on that later.

 

3 Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Here are three tips to help you celebrate and/or celebrate with an aging loved one:

Tip #1 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Do something you love every day! Life is WAY too short to spend it doing things you don’t love or spending time with people you don’t care for. Happiness is a huge factor in overall health and well-being. Surround yourself with people that have a positive mindset, a grateful heart and support you and your goals and hobbies. Humor is also a huge role in happiness.  Having a positive mindset Investing your time wisely helps you stay healthy.

I still get chuckles when watching this truly HILARIOUS invocation.  A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell, was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … had everyone rolling in the aisles. Mary is doing what she loves and is aging beautifully! For more of Mary’s unique view on aging, check out her video blog on CaregiverStress.com: http://www.caregiverstress.com/voice/…

 

Tip #2 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Eat healthy and move your body.  There are countless articles and tips for eating right and exercising. Check out these tips from Healthy Aging Magazine. This inter-generational video is too adorable not to share! Watch this group of seniors (and a young man making a difference for them) dance and show off their humor. Then, there’s this senior flash mob you can check out here. 

If you want to see another example of having fun while moving the body, check out this flash mob video.

THIS video of 70 year old men dancing to Billie Jean is worth the watch.

 

Tip #3 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

The third tip to celebrate #healthyagingmonth is to have peace of mind. As a four-time cancer thriver and former family caregiver for both of my parents unexpectedly and simultaneously for 2 1/2 years, I really embrace having all my affairs in order. Did you know that more than 60% of Americans don’t have a will?

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Here’s a quick video that demonstrates the need for EVERYONE to have a will.

If it’s been awhile since you updated your will (or you need to create one), Durable Power of Attorney or at least a Power of Attorney for Healthcare, you are risking your wishes being ignored and having peace of mind. Ensuring your affairs are in order protects you financially, emotionally, and physically.

I’ve partnered with LegalShield to provide affordable monthly memberships to protect you from legal issues and identity theft. It’s great knowing we have an attorney on retainer for a whole host of issues AND wills and POA’s are included in our membership. Boom! If you are interested in learning more, head over to: http://bit.ly/coachtandyls.

The Reality of our Aging Population

In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old – by 2000 that number had tripled to nearly 600 million and by 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 1 billion older persons.

 

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What Healthy Aging Month Means To Me

When I think about Healthy Aging Month, I think about my parents who served as terrific role models for my children. I think about my mom who helped take care of my kids as I traveled for work. I think about my dad who was a father figure for my kids. He helped answer my son’s questions as only another man can. He showed my daughter’s what unconditional love looks like and helped them recognize they were perfect as they are. As a single mom, it takes a village to raise children today. I’m so thankful to have had my parents play very active roles in my children’s lives until they died in 2012.

I also think about my grandparents; whom I spent time with growing up and learned so much from. I always wonder whether they felt like they lived their lives with passion and purpose. I think about whether they have made peace with everyone and everything. I also wonder how they feel about their legacy and if they have stories in their hearts that they want and need to share.

My parents died young (they were in their 60’s) and I often wonder if they had lived healthier lives, would they still be here? I know they are with us in spirit but when you celebrate life milestones, the physical absence of dead loved ones is felt deep in the heart.

Family Picture

In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, make EVERY DAY a healthy one and do what you can to protect yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially! 

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Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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11 replies
  1. Joyce Blass
    Joyce Blass says:

    My uncles and aunties really hate aging! I did not know what they meant by then, but as I grow up, I’m starting to understand why they do! But your tips inspired me to just focus on my life and spend every single moment joyfully. Because we as individuals really can’t escape aging, but we can try and spend our lives to the fullest.

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  2. Lorii Abela
    Lorii Abela says:

    Love your 3 tips particularly the do something you love everyday. I try to keep that in mind everyday. However, it conflicts with number 2. As I like exploring in general including trying different cuisines and food, there are times I have to sacrifice number 2. However, I am trying to curb the rest of the food intake when I cook at home.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Hi Lorii! I was a little conflicted too writing it because I completely understand the conflict. I think everything is in moderation.

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  3. Cathy Sykora
    Cathy Sykora says:

    Healthy aging sounds good. The truth is, it hurts to get old. My husband is turning 70 this year. He works out religiously three times a week. He golfs three times a week and …well all of a sudden he can’t. It is hard to be active, and your mind is willing – but your body can’t keep up. I wanted to go on a hike in Colorado this summer, and he couldn’t breathe. He went through cancer, but that was different, there is a plan to get well. There is no plan to get young. Especially if you’re doing everything you can to be healthy.

    His mom’s 94. She is in good shape, but she doesn’t leave her house. She never has. I think there’s a difference in acceptance of those who’ve always been active and those who haven’t.

    It’s hard to watch your parents too. I sometimes think aging is over-promised. You can do everything you can to be healthy, and maybe you’re better off than you would’ve been, but the truth is, it’s tough to accept. You can age well – but you still can’t read without magnifying glasses or floaters in the way.

    My dad played softball the day before he died, at the age of 80. That was after three big strokes and diminishing each time. I loved my father, and he was proud…and it’s hard to watch. It’s hard to think about him facing the truths at the end of life.

    Thanks for bringing this up. I wish there were more available to help people to deal with the truth and inevitable decline.

    My parents were from “the greatest generation”. They did prepare financially for death. LOL, …you’re going to have your hands full with the baby-boomers.

    It sounds like you’re doing that with your legal help. Go Tandy!

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thank you so much, Cathy. It’s tough to watch your parents die. It’s definitely interesting to talk to people of different generations. Baby boomers have the additional complexity of raising their own families AND taking care of their parents/loved ones. This creates a lot more stress for all involved.

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  4. Joyce Hansen
    Joyce Hansen says:

    Wonderful advice, Tandy. Aging really is a state of mind and there are so many things we can now do to keep our bodies healthier. Loved, loved the Billie Jean performance. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      I agree that laughter is the best medicine. Do you remember the movie, Patch Adams with Robin Williams? I just thought of this movie. Laughter raises our vibration and that helps healing.

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  5. Tamuria
    Tamuria says:

    Great tips, Tandy. It is so important to have a little fun each day – it helps to keep us young at heart. Totally agree we need to look after our bodies by eating healthy and exercising. I have the will covered.

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    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Tamuria! I’m so glad you have an updated will. That’s HUGE. I know you have fun and you know how to have fun… at home:-)

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