Healthy Aging

I heard a talk last night on healthy aging.  The presenter discussed 3 keys to healthy aging and avoiding demensia:

Sleep

Exercise

Socialization

Sounds good!

I would add to that by saying, strive for 7 hours of sleep a night (or supplement with naps), get up and walk a few times a day for a combined total of 30 minutes of activity, stay in touch with friends and relatives and talk with everyone you come across during the day, even if it is simply to say hello.

 

5 Things I Know For Sure!

Welcome to Finish This Wednesday.  By now, you know that this is a weekly link up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  Bloggers, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment. finishthis-small

Prompt for WEEK #8 (Feb 26) is — Five Things I Know For Sure

 

1) Boyfriends/Husbands/Lovers come and go, but friends will last forever.

As I got busy with my life and family, I took my friendships for granted.  I didn’t make time for my girlfriends (who were also busy i-wjNS9zz-Mwith their lives).  But when I was going through a difficult time in my life (separation and eventual divorce), my girl friends were my lifeline.  I reached out to friends who I hadn’t seen in years and they rallied around me.

I have learned to cherish my friendships and to make sure I nurture them.  I call, send cards, stay in touch via Facebook, and try to get together with two or more friends each month.  I plan to be a good friend for my friends when they need me.

 

2) What goes around comes around.

Call this Karma or the Golden Rule, but I believe in treating people how I would want to be treated.  I believe that eventually, what you do and say will come back to reward and/or punish you.  Sometimes the punishment may even come first, and then the bad behavior follows.  But in the cycle of life, what goes around comes around.

 

3) A good night’s sleep is imperative for a healthy life.

I have always been a little fanatical about sleep.  In high school, as I went to bed, I would calculate how much sleep I was going to get and would get very anxious if I wouldn’t have 8 hours to sleep.  (I still do this, but I don’t get as anxious and I strive for 7-7 1/2 hours).  When my kids were little, bedtime was sacrosanct.  You could say I was the “bedtime Nazi”!  7:00 on the dot we’d start the routine, shower, story, BED.  I was always amazed by people who let their kids stay up until 10 or 11!

I firmly believe that getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our physical, mental and emotional health, and it troubles me that our culture seems to devalue sleep in favor of long hours at work or in front of the TV.

 

4) Work Hard, Play Hard.

This has always been one of my life motto’s and I believe that in order to achieve balance in our lives, we must balance work and play and we must work and play to our utmost ability!

 

5) And to quote Mick Jagger,

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!