Day 43- August 17th, 2018

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I hope you are all doing well and had a chance to try one of the low-impact activities from yesterday’s blog entry.  One activity I neglected to include on the list was playing outside with your grandchildren.  Two of my granddaughters were visiting today and we spent an hour and a half outside playing hide-and-seek, exploring and swinging. It was great and counted as my exercise!

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“Be Well In Keshequa” is  starting a series of monthly talks on important health topics. The first will be Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 7 PM at Trinity Church of Nunda.    The topic will be Stroke Prevention.  Although there is plenty of information and advice about strokes on the Internet, nothing, in my opinion, beats a face-to-face interactive session with an expert. So, please take a look at the poster for Stroke Prevention, and I hope to see you there!

That’s all for today.   We’ll be posting the schedule for future monthly talks soon.

Thanks for reading and for joining our quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Day 42- August 16th, 2018

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As I pointed out in yesterday’s entry, even though we do not all classify the aspects of wellness in the same way,  we do all agree that each aspect of wellness has an impact on all the other aspects of wellness. 

 

Here is a great down-loadable  summary of the aspects of wellness (notice that they categorize nutritional health under physical health) and a self-quiz to see how you are doing “Balancing Your Wellness Wheel.  It is published by Northwest Missouri State University.

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Our physical health has such a huge impact on the rest of our health, and so many of us find it more difficult to be active now than we were just a few years ago, that I thought tonight I’d talk about some low-impact games and activities that could help us become more active:

 

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I’m sure there are more, but this should get yous started.

Thanks for reading and joining in the quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

Day 41- August 15th, 2018

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I hope you have decided to participate in some of the programs and activities that were posted in yesterday’s blog. These activities may have multiple benefits for our well-being.  If we are intent upon preserving and improving our total wellness, then there’s some good news from research:  we can improve our intellectual wellness through physical and mental exercise and by minimizing stress and depression

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In fact each aspect of wellness-  Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Nutritional and Emotional/Social-  has an impact on each of the others.  Some writers include other aspects of wellness such as occupational/financial and environmental, and, of course, it is possible to reorganize them, for example by grouping nutritional with physical.

 

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

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See you tomorrow!       

 

 

Day 40- August 14th, 2018

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I hope that you are all doing well.  We had a Village Board meeting today. I always enjoy them, but I’m still in the midst of a chest cold and am pretty tired from the meeting.  So-  It will be a short entry tonight.

Here are some activities and services that we “well-seasoned” Nunda-Area folks might find helpful:

Managing concerns about falls:   Matter of Balance

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Senior Nutrition Program of Livingston County :   Senior Nutrition Program

Round-Trip Bus Transportation to  Dining every Thursday:   Here Comes the Bus

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“Tai Chi for Arthritis”– reduce stress & arthritis pain, improve balance:   Tai Chi for Arthritis

 

Here’s the update on “Fitness and Fun in Nunda”:   Fun Fitness in Nunda 3

For those of you who are not in the Nunda area, here are some helpful videos:

“Tai Chi Fundamentals  produced by CSU, Long Beach

“A Matter of Balance” by MaineHealth

An Introduction to the Alexander Techniquewith William Hurt

Thanks for reading and for pursuing wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Day 39- August 13th, 2018

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Well, I tried to adjust my sleep schedule, but it looks like I may have to do it more gradually, perhaps a half hour at a time, if I want to get to sleep. So, for a week I’ll try 2:30 AM for a new bedtime, then 2:00, then 1:30, etc. It should take about a month to stabilize at 1:00 for my new consistent bedtime.  I hope that everything sleep-wise is going well for you. 

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Jackie and I have just spent a full week with our daughters, their husbands and our six wonderful grandchildren at beautiful Lake George, NY.  All of the kids got sick (except possibly one). Despite this, it was a wonderful vacation and gathering of loved ones.  This morning, however,  Jackie and I both woke up with sore throats, aching bodies and congestion.  Since my digestive system was not involved in the illness, I immediately started thinking about comfort food (comforting food, usually with a high sugar, starch or fat content, although not everyone agrees.)  It seems there are many reasons for craving comfort food, and at least one thinks that feeling sick is one of them.  Some say eating comfort foods really isn’t comforting; others say it is comforting and that it is good for you or can be made good for you.  I think that for just one day, I can indulge a bit.

And, before anybody reminds me, I will definitely give my doctor a call if I’m not feeling better soon.

Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

Day 38- August 12th, 2018

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After researching for yesterday’s blog, I decided that I could eliminate many of the negative effects of technology in my life, but that I really couldn’t give up much of the technology that I use.  I decided to really try to keep a consistent sleep schedule.  I usually go to bed around 3:00 or 4:00 AM and then get up when I need to, sometimes early, sometimes late, averaging about five hours of sleep per night, much better than the four hours I usually got when I was teaching.

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I’ve decided to shoot for a bedtime of 12:00 midnight.  The question for me is: “When should I get up?”, based on the recommended amount of sleep for someone my age. It turns out that the National Sleep Foundation suggests from 5 to 9 hours of sleep for anyone over age 65, with 7 to 8 hours optimal.  I’m going to try for seven hours of sleep, which would make my sleep schedule 12-7, but midnight may be too early for me, so I may have to switch to six hours, making my sleep schedule 1-7.  Here are some sleeping tips from the National Institute on Aging, including how to fall asleep and how to get a good night’s sleep.

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Please remember that even if you can’t give up your technology, you can give yourself a consistent sleep schedule with sufficient sleep built in.  Thanks for reading and for joining in the quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

Day 37- August 11th, 2018

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I hope that yesterday’s blog got you laughing.  I think my favorite joke was found in Laughlab’s Final Report

A doctor says to his patient, ‘I have bad news and worse news’.
‘Oh dear, what’s the bad news?’ asks the patient.
The doctor replies, ‘You only have 24 hours to live’.
‘That’s terrible’, said the patient. ‘How can the news possibly be worse?’
The doctor replies, ‘I’ve been trying to contact you since yesterday.’

Today, I thought I’d deal with a somewhat controversial topic:  “Are electronics, electricity and technology helping or hindering our pursuit of wellness?”

It’s a long and difficult subject to deal with, so today, I’m just going to point out that the development of artificial lighting has allowed us to extend our days and, because we no longer go to bed when the sun goes down and rise when the sun comes up, we can have and often do have inconsistent sleep hours. This might be considered advantageous, except for recent research which seems to show that those with   inconsistent sleep hours are likely to gain weight and have shorter life spans.  Although it’s possible to make a few easy changes to stabilize sleep hours (like these suggested by Sleep.org, ) other writers think we have much more to worry about when it comes to electricity, electronics and technology. And, even though organizations such as WHO and NIEHS disagree with many of these concerns, you may still want to minimize or eliminate the use of electricity in your life.

Whatever you decide, thanks for reading and for joining in my quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 36- August 10th, 2018

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Did yesterday’s blog get you started on the road to simplifying your life and helping you on your way to wellness?  I’ve been thinking about how to divest myself of some of the material objects I’ve collected over the years. Jackie (my wife) would love for me to get rid of some of my books, but I’ve been very stubborn about it; I plan on reading all four thousand of them, knowing full well that I probably won’t be reading the  223 books per year necessary (based on my life expectancy.)

Looking through the books that I’ve already read, I found one from The British Association For The Advancement Of Science, entitled “Laughlab: The Scientific Quest for the World’s Funniest Joke” The book describes a scientific search for the world’s funniest joke; it not only finds that joke, but lists the funniest jokes country by country and occupation by occupation. Click here for some of the results.  

Reading the book made me think of  Dr. Norman Cousins, editor of The Saturday Review, who reportedly laughed himself back to health from near death.   At the time, some critics questioned the efficacy of laughter in effecting a cure for his illness, but now expert opinion and that of the popular press seem to have changed somewhat:

Mayo Clinic    American Heart Association    NCBI/NIH

UPMC    NBC News   Medical News Today   CTCA

I feel that I should include this warning about laughing too much or too hard, reported in The British Medical Journal. The article also states that most of us don’t need to worry about over-laughing.

Actually, when I think about the number and seriousness of the possible side effects listed for any one of my prescription medications, it seems to me that laughter isn’t only one of the best medicines, it’s also one of the safest.  With that in mind, I give you links to some of my favorite comic routines and movie scenes. As a bonus, I am including links to some jokes:

“Who’s On First?”   “What’s Up, Doc?”   

Singing In The Rain” 

Victor Borge    Rindercella      “I Love Lucy”   “Monty Python

From “Best Life”-    FunnyClean Jokes  and Funniest SitCom Jokes

I hope some of these clips and jokes make you laugh. Thanks for reading and joining me in my quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!

Day 35- August 9th, 2018

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Did you remember to floss this morning, or does flossing just add another layer of complexity to your already too complicated life.  Despite the criticism aimed at him, both in his lifetime and now, Henry David Thoreau gave us great advice when he said “Simplify, Simplify.”  Of course, some of us really don’t need to simplify; we’ve already reduced life to its basics. But the rest of us could benefit in many ways from following the advice of the “Sage of Walden Pond.”  

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Simplifying has become fashionable in some quarters, even among those who can afford a life of conspicuous consumption.  The movement associated with simplification is called “Minimalism” (not the minimalism of music or art) and there are many health benefits associated with it:  decreased stress, less anxiety, greater self-confidence,  stronger decision-making skills, and improved sleep, among others.

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For those who want to get started on a simpler life, here is a great blog written by Joshua Becker with good advice on how to get started eliminating chaos and clutter from your life. Here is one of my favorite articles from his blog, dealing with the importance of a day of rest for our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.  More benefits of a simpler lifestyle are given in this article from “The Minimalists”, a blog by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.

Here’s to a simpler life.  Thanks for reading and joining in my quest for wellness.

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Day 34- August 8th, 2018

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I hope you are on your way to wellness.  We found out yesterday that living a life of moderation can help us reach that goal.  And, speaking of goals, my one-month “After” picture will be slightly delayed.  I will not be able to get together with the photographer (Sylvia Duttweiler) until next Sunday, August 12th.  The photo should be up by August 13th or 14th.  I have lost some weight, but I probably won’t look much different.  I think the important think is that I feel healthier and am more optimistic about the future!

I took two of my granddaughters to Barnes and Noble today.  We found lots of books to take home;  I’ve started reading Truth: How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality” by Hector McDonald.  I can’t recommend it yet because I haven’t finished reading it, but I find its premise that “There is more than one truth about most things” intriguing.  In fact, I found it intriguing enough to blog about a recent example of ambiguity in health research (or, at least, in how the research has been interpreted for and presented to the public.)

I’ve always been told by my dentist, by my parents, by my daughters “Floss Your Teeth Every Day!”   Review of research seems to show that there is no good proof that flossing helps in  plaque removal. This has prompted some health reporters, bloggers, dentists and other experts to question the medical benefits of flossing . We should notice two things: first: nobody is saying that there is research showing that flossing doesn’t help with plaque control, and second: that the medical benefits of flossing include much more than plaque control. Here is a slide show reviewing how flossing can help improve immunity, prevent obesity, prevent stroke, prevent miscarriage, manage blood sugar, soothe arthritis pain, reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and improve sexual function.

Well, it looks like if we floss, we should continue flossing, and if we don’t floss, we should start.

Thanks for reading and for joining me in my quest for wellness.

See you tomorrow!