The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

Video:  A Path to Personal, Social and Global Coherence The Institute of HeartMath (IHM) researches the physiological mechanisms by which the heart communicates with the brain. The heart is far more than a simple pump.  The video demonstrates the far-reaching capabilities of the heart in affecting intelligence, awareness and health, and in creating a path to personal, social and global coherence. http://youtu.be/QdneZ4fIIHE    ...

Healthy Aging and Resilience

Resilience Originates in Our DNA Each person comes into this life with predetermined amounts of resilience.  It is carried in our genes. This ability to adapt to changing environments and stress permeates our physical being and decisively directs our ability to survive. Never Underestimate Coping Abilities We also learn adaptation responses, like how to manage stress or ways to cope with difficult times.  Throughout our lives we are pitted against difficulties and learning the best ways to respond. The stresses can be physical, for example pollution, nutrients or psychological, like trauma, parenting, home environment.  Researchers think that stressors that occur at vulnerable times during development have greater and more enduring effects than stressors that occur later in life. Our ability to adapt is controlled by both nature (genetic predisposition, epigenetics) and nurture (prenatal/early life and/or later life experiences).  But, our DNA resilience stays, even with aging.  How to Build on Natural Resilience?                               Take Jacqueline Manning Dantis’ grandmother in our last post.  Jacqueline relates that her grandmother had her share of challenges, that life was not easy.  Yet, her grandmother rose above  the demands on her and took on the responsibility of raising Jacqueline.  She showed a character that almost seemed beyond resilience.  As Jacqueline described, her grandmother had a commitment to her family that led her to make decisions and somehow learn to cope with complications like understanding legal jargon. The picture of this grandmother seemed to point to a person who was imbued with purpose–to serve her family and support her grandchild, even when the going might have been rough....

Active Life Is One Worth Living

Boost Your Mental Edge in Only 12 Weeks Do Not Fall off the Grid in Retirement! Healthy Aging Means Thinking Clearly! Jack retired last year and looked forward to a life of leisure. After a few months, it just wasn’t what he expected. He began to feel like life was passing him by, and it seemed that he wasn’t as sharp as he had been. Maybe too much leisure had swallowed him! It’s old news that you function better overall, if you are not a couch potato. Here’s a slightly new wrinkle, together mental and physical activity produce considerably improved cognitive functioning. Research reports that cognition improved significantly with both mental and physical activity, but neither one was better than the other. The research was first published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The authors demonstrated that stimulating activity, both mental and exercise, can improve your cognition in only 12 weeks. The amount of activity is more important than the type of activity.   Set Up Your Own Experiment Be Creative Within Your Abilities To see if you, too, can change your cognitive function for the better, try one hour 3 days a week of home-based mental activity and one hour of physical exercise 3 days a week for 12 weeks. Games, puzzles or learning new information could be good mental activities. A physical activity in a class setting was used in the study. Perhaps yoga, gym-based exercise, even walking as vigorously as possible with a friend, could be your physical activity.   Prevent/Delay Cognitive Decline!   Additionally, on a broader scale, a worldwide epidemic of dementia...

Words of Wisdom from an Online Senior Dater!

Online Dating Gave Me a Lesson in Personal Growth! Hi, My name is Carol, and I have been a senior online dater for a couple of years. I have some thoughts I would like to share with you. Life’s dream of a loving partner makes both sexes look for ways to meet a friend or find a deeper relationship. There are many online dating websites and seniors are members of many sites. There are religious sites, ones that try to match you up according to different ideas, like personality, preferences, etc., and ones that are free for all. Online Dating Services Want You as a Customer! When you sign up, you can set up your picture and personal profile. Go through the other members profiles and pick who you think matches you. You look for similar ideals, and things that are important to your heart. Some people do not post pictures on their profile. Those profiles that do not have pictures should bring an awareness of a person who is secretive, not good. Openness should be there, if not, I would tell you to pass. By reading their profiles, it will help you to answer a message or for you to send a flirt, message or make them a favorite. Also, be aware they are putting in things that they think will attract you, so read the profiles carefully. Whatever stage or life situation you are in, online dating could be a positive way to open new avenues to meet someone who could change your life. It is a great, fun way to meet, if you are young, in...

Senior Online Dating Creates Hope

Your Life Feels Empty, No Relationship? It is no secret, you’ve felt lonely with a big hole in the heart of your life, if you are missing a relationship. The solution has been elusive to find someone to share your life, no matter how hard you and friends try? No one seems to stand out as a possibility. Or maybe you haven’t even met anyone for a long time?. Whatever, place you are in, when you are introduced, the solution looms big, too good to be true. But, then, so do all your hesitations, fears, “no, I can’t!” Perhaps you’ve even heard friends say they are online looking for a relationship, or the websites’ advertising lures you back into thinking “Yes, this could be a solution.” I’ll try it. The Surprising Answer for Millions Online dating services aren’t just the solution for seniors, everybody, but “us old holdouts,” have gotten on the wagon of hope. It is time, so you brave it, get recommendations from friends, or just sign up! The first hurdle is jumped over, you are on your way. Now what? Write your profile? Ok, here’s where the hesitations rear their heads again. “What could I say why anyone would want ME?” So, you try to be truthful, that’s what seems logical and what the experts advise, or “I will get someone who will be so disappointed when we finally meet that he/she will run away screaming!” So you hide as best as you can what you perceive as the most obvious negatives, and start to identify the positives. Excellent beginning! Not Bad, You Begin the Process...