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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Is a Retirement Home the Best Option?

Last Sunday, Linda and I were in Northville, Michigan, where I was accompanied by Fritz Seyferth. Fritz and I were signing books “Bo’s Warriors” Bo Schembechler and the Transformation of Michigan Football at the local Barnes & Noble. We were joined by our friends Dave and Joyce who live near us in California. Dave’s mother, age 91 lives in Michigan.

Dave was talking to us about his mother who still is sharp as a tack. In the last year or so, she moved from her home to a retirement-care facility in order to prepare for her future. She was anticipating that she would require assistance down that road. However, after a year she realizes that she made a mistake. The idea of anticipating future assistance makes sense on one level. Dave’s mother did not anticipate that by moving into a new environment she lost the familiarity and the autonomy of living in her home. Not only that, she lost valuable human connections.

As you know, I propose, exercise, along with proper eating for good health. Not to be overlooked in any way are our relationships. Dave’s mother at age 91 would agree.

My mother lived by herself and was a couple of months short of age 93 when she passed. I remember talking to her about moving to a “facility” and she refused. I must admit that she was right and I was wrong. When you are cognitively sharp and mobile there is no reason to move into institutionalized living. We see a rise in home health care that can provide semi-nursing assistance. That seems to be a better model for many.

Do not forget to check out your options. In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, loving, bonding and appreciating.


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