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Recently, my 80-plus-year-old dad was visiting with his brother, and the conversation quickly turned to health issues. What medications are you on? How’s your hearing? How’s your blood pressure? How’s your back? After the conversation progressed on this topic for about 15 minutes, Dad turned to me and said, “See, Dorian, what you’ll be talking about when you reach our age?”
Hopefully, my aches, pains and meds won’t be a big part of my conversation. Instead, I hope to keep a sense of humor and perspective on the challenges of aging, but to be involved fully in the world. To reach that goal means starting now.
Which brings me to my book group’s lastest read, “Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes From A Perfectly Imperfect Life” by Lisa Kogan . You may know Lisa from her regular column in O Magazine where she has developed a keen eye and descriptive style that provides a unique take on the world. In one of ...
Trust me, it’s really easy to slow down – or even to stop – as you reach middle age. First of all, there are those darn aches and pains that suddenly seem to come out of nowhere. You suddenly find your lower back tightens up or you start having a case of plantar fasciitis that causes you to limp when you get out of bed in the morning. Sitting seems like a good idea most of the time, especially it’s become a habit thanks to working on the computer and watching television. But don’t! You heard me right. That’s because several recent studies highlight the importance of physical activity in being able to age in a healthy way.
The first study out of Sweden found that healthy living – which includes consuming a healthy diet, regular physical exercise and continuing healthy habits, such as not smoking – can increase a woman’s life span by five years. This study, which was published on BMJ, involved 1,810 women and men over an 18-year peri...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
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