Month: June 2012

More Quotes to Live By

More Quotes to Live By

 
 
 
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”  
~ M. Scott Peck
 
 
 
 

More Quotes to Live By

You Don’t Have to Be “Elderly” to Be Affected by Excessive Summer Heat

You Don’t Have to Be “Elderly” to Be Affected by Excessive Summer Heat

Drink Water
Keep Cool

We hear all the time that heat stress (hypothermia) is a serious issue for the elderly. Of course, it’s absolutely true! What we may not be considering is that while most of us do not consider ourselves “elderly” at 55, 65 or even 75, the fact remains that we are more susceptible to the ill effects caused by extreme temperatures than we were even a few years ago. These warnings are not only for our truly elderly parents, they are for us as well!

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) Elderly people (that is, people aged 65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people”. Here’s why:

  • As we age, our bodies do not adapt to changes in temperature as quickly or as easily as they once did. In hot weather our body does not cool us down as quickly as it used to making us more prone to heat exhaustion.
  • We are also more likely to have chronic health conditions that further add to our body’s inability to adapt to temperature change.
  • We are more likely to be taking prescription medications, many of which can and do alter our body’s ability to adapt to changes in temperature.

RISK FACTORS FOR WOMEN OVER 50

  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Taking prescription medications such as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers and certain heart and blood pressure drugs that may decrease the body’s ability to cool itself through perspiration. (Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your prescriptions. Find out how they can affect your ability to tolerate heat and/or sun.)
  • The normal aging process often results in poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands making it more difficult for the body to cool itself quickly and effectively.
  • Alcohol consumption

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

If you have any of the mentioned risk factors, and even if you don’t, take precautions during the summer months to avoid becoming overheated. It is better to be safe than sorry!

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Pay attention to the weather reports. Know when the temperature is going to rise and be prepared.
  • Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake during hot spells.
  • Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages. Avoid extremely cold drinks as they may cause cramps.
  • Limit activity.
  • Wear cool clothes.
  • Remain indoors. If you do not have air-conditioning, consider spending the hottest hours of the day at an indoor mall.

IF YOU BECOME OVERHEATED

  • Go to a shady and/or cool place as quickly as possible.
  • Cool down rapidly, using whatever means available. Immersion in a cool shower or tub, a cool spray from a garden hose, cool cloth or sponge, and it is even recommended, particularly when the humidity is very low, to wrap the individual in a cool, wet sheet.
  • Monitor body temperature with a thermometer if possible. A normal temperature is 98.6.
  • Seek medical assistance

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE*

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

HEAT EXHAUSTION

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days

of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

*Information provided by the CDC

 

Are You a Writer or Want to Be?

Are You a Writer or Want to Be?

Writing
Write up a storm!

I have had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. I think I wrote my first poem when I was four or five. I really got intense about writing poetry during my high school years, when I first became acquainted with angst. I rarely shared it with anyone as I had already learned that I would never “be a writer”. I did not find favor in the eyes of my English teachers or college professors and I somehow came to believe a writer had to have a “gift” and I just didn’t have it!

It didn’t stop me from writing, at least for myself.  Journaling helped me keep my sanity through  heart breaks and the difficult twenties.  More angst.  It was also probably my joy of writing that made up for my other deficits when it came to completing my college and grad school course work. I was able to take the little bit of time I spent on research and spin it into a twenty page paper in a flash and usually got a decent grade. I didn’t consider this a gift at the time. I considered it luck.

Writing is just in a person’s blood. I think that’s the only part of it that is a gift. The rest is just plain hard work and persistence; it’s writing until you’re good at it or until you no longer have anything to say, whichever comes first. Writing is a craft.

So if it’s in your blood, write on! And, forget the naysayers both real and imagined.

Three Things A Writer Should Never Do

Aging in Place

Aging in Place

“Aging in place” is a growing trend among the members of the boomer generation. I’m not sure whether the trend was spawned by watching how our parents chose to live out their elder years, economics, or just personal preference, but more and more people are choosing to stay in their homes for the foreseeable future and making plans accordingly.

My husband is in the  home modification and renovation business and has been for better than 20 years. He is seeing how this trend is playing out in his customer’s lives. One by one, those who have relied on him over the years for home improvement advice are now turning to him for guidance on home modifications that will help them prevent falls and improve mobility as they age.

COMMON MODIFICATIONS:

  • Adding Handrails
  • Ramps
  • Wider door openings
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Reworking cabinets and closets for easier access

In addition to the growing availability of products and design features for aging in place, there are increasing numbers of individuals and companies providing the necessary support services. My husband, for example, recently went through an extensive training program that is provided by the National Home Builders Association to become a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS). This is a nationwide program that not only gives service providers the expertise they need, but gives the consumer confidence when hiring someone to make their important home modifications.  On the NHBA site you will find a directory where you can locate a CAPS professional in your home town.

As I learn more about the details and options for successful aging in place, I will share it with you in this little corner of Aging Abundantly. Please let me know what questions or concerns you have about the aging in place option and I will do my best to address them here or I will refer you to another site.

When You Want to Make a Difference

When You Want to Make a Difference

The older we get the more compelled many of us feel to make a difference in the world we live in. Once I  finished the bulk of the whirlwind years of child rearing I was ready to embark on a different sort of adventure. In time I zeroed in on those things that are most important to me and launched my writing and consulting “career”. I don’t know which I enjoy more, the writing or helping other women, like myself, find and do what they love to do.

Many of the women over fifty that I have met in my travels are equally committed, not only to doing what they love to do, but to using their gifts and passions s to making the lives of others better.  They are expanding their hobbies, crafts, skills and abilities, and starting businesses, digging deeper into benevolent outreach and taking advantage of their time, energy with enthusiasm. I am humbled to be a part of such an amazing generation.

There has never been a better time to extend our reach.  The internet and its many social media venues has provided us with a platform for connection and expansion. If you have a business, a hobby, a conviction that you would like to share with others, Aging Abundantly is here to support you. We provide tips, tools and coaching support to help you obtain your dreams. If you are struggling or feeling stuck, I promise there is an answer and I will help you find it.  I have spent endless hours mastering the internet and social media marketing (not that it can ever really be mastered!) and enjoy coaching women who are interested in using this medium to reaching more people with their business or project.

You may also find my copywriting, editing and other writer’s support services helpful to you. For writers, an objective perspective can be a tremendous boon to a normally solitary endeavor. For those of you who need content for a website or blog, or advice on improving your writing skills for this purpose, I am here to help.

Contact me for more information or a free consultation via email.

I believe in YOU! You can make a difference!

Dorothy

AgingAbundantly@gmail.com

Soul Expression

Soul Expression

Have you ever heard of hooping? Check this out!
Dance, rhythm, motion. This image that I found on Hooping.org expresses it so well, don't you think?

 

Last night my son and I went out together for ice cream. I never thought I’d see the day when I would blissfully hand my keys over to him and ask, “would you mind driving?” He’s an adult now and I’ve come to lean just a little on his competence. He’s a kind, gentle soul and I feel blessed to have him in my life. We share some important interests, like love, compassion, kindness…and rock ‘n roll. He, like me, adores music of all kinds and has a keen ear for the details. He once told me that he listens to a piece one instrument at a time before he listens to it altogether. He has a well trained ear.

It was a beautiful night. He put the roof down on my convertible, popped in his latest favorite CD (that I had told him I loved) and cranked up the volume. We drove in rhythmic bliss through the dusky night to our destination. I couldn’t help but close my eyes, tip my head back against the seat and soak in the moment. Poetry set to music moves me like nothing else and this particular CD has this combination in spades. Music has the power to inspire and transform at the soul level, eliciting tapping fingers and dancing feet.

So much of the joy in life comes from places we find difficult to name. Remote to the conscious mind, yet privy to the deep and visceral. I don’t know how it is so, or how it works but I know it is essential and important, at least to me. It is a soul expression and I can’t imagine life without it.