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All posts by Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

Are we old yet?

Ok – the birthday came and went. Do I feel different? Nope. A friend I have known for 43 years called to wish me a happy birthday and asked how old I was. I told her I have no more birthday numbers except for those with a 5 or a 0. She could easily figure out how old I am but the question I think is prompted by the fact that we met when I was a new graduate student and she was a new professor – and we have been friends ever since. She has a big birthday coming up this Spring – one that ends with a 5. We laughed about a lot of dumb things we said and did over the 43 years and as always we saying “How is it that our kids keep getting older and we still seem the same ages as when we met?” That’s a question many ask.

If you are aging in a healthy fashion it seems that not much changes in you – just in those around you who are still counting – like kids and grandkids : ). Yes I have noticed changes and I am not always happy about them.

When driving cross country for this latest move, I knew I could not drive day and night like I did in the past. In fact even tho my son did most of the driving we laugh that I could not even be a passenger for hours and hours anymore either. I insisted we stop at night to let me sleep stretched out in a bed. I added that the cat needed to be out of her travel box as well – she being older than I : – ). [The dog got to have a break when we stopped for gas and food. ]

When I was a college student in NYC – the fun part of the day started at 10 PM. New York was a 24 hour a day city and we took advantage of it. Not sure how we made it through on so little sleep. Now 10 is real night time and it”s been ages since I was up as late as 1 or 2 AM.

So there are changes. Are they bad? good? Nope – they are just changes. Some we need to be aware of but can do little about – and many we are aware of and should be doing a lot about.

Til next time : o )

One week into January

Are you still resolute?

Did you make goals for the year?

There are some [usually younger] who would wonder why we “old” people make resolutions or goals. I always remember a Lifespan class I taught many years ago in Boston. It was within a university unit which allowed those over 65 to take classes for free and my class included a man who had retired to Boston. [That alone seemed odd to many of the younger members of the class.]

One of our projects consisted of students interviewing people of different ages on topics such as work, family, future plans and death. Some of the younger members of the class were very uncomfortable with the idea of asking people in their 60’s, 70’s or older about a future or death. The 65-year-old man thought that was interesting. He told them that most his age would have no trouble answering those questions.

“After all,” he added, “some of you will die long before I do.” A long silence ensued and then we had a very lively discussion of life expectancy, risk taking and health…I still remember that particular class and I am guessing most in the class do as well.

We who are now older don’t mind discussing the future or our own plans and goals for it. Who knows how long we will live…but no matter how long it is – we need goals and plans. I have written mine – I have serious income producing plans for my business for this and future years..

Excelsior! [ I am a native New Yorker :)]

Make 2006 YOUR year

We are all going to have another birthday this year! Let’s make it a healthier one than the last one and let’s keep up the healthier routine into 2007 and on..

Welcome to the group known as baby boomers. Starting yesterday, the 78 million of you began to turn 60. We in the pre-baby boom years say “welcome” and “it’s great being older.”

Because we are who we are and survived or did not get the diseases that killed and hurt others born when we were born, we are already among the healthier. But you need to protect that health and it’s never too late to start.

Make your new year’s resolutions and stick to them – exercise, eat well [supplement better], and enjoy life. Prepare for a more expensive full retirement with a Plan B. Or for some, start on plan A right now! Social Security won’t allow you to live as you want – you’ll need much more than that. Financial worries are dangerous to your health so you need to ensure that you have more than enough so you CAN grow older better…

Here’s a fitness resolution plan:

Make a contract with yourself – yes in writing – and state that you will do the following:

1. Lose 4 pounds per month for a total of xx pounds by [fill in date]2. Work out 3 times per week/30 minutes per session from January thru March. [In April as you see how well it works, add another day.]

How to work out? and lose weight?

Resistance exercises – free weights or weight machines
Cardio exercises – tread mills, spinning, elliptical machines
Flexibility – pilates, yoga, tai chi

Check with your health care provider before embarking on a new program and most importantly, have fun. I have started playing squash again and yikes- after a 10 year hiatus, I am sucking air between points ๐Ÿ™‚

For weight/nutrition information – learn about the glycemic index here

For info on patented supplements go here

Happy healthy 2006

I am embarrassed

Between computer issues and life – I have not been writing on some of my blogs for a long long time… My pre-new year’s resolution is to write weekly…

One major change I made was to join a health club and work out almost daily. What enticed me to do this was yet another announcement from my AARP medigap plan that rates were going up again. I joined last January with a notice of what I would pay monthly during 2005 yet my rate went up in July [their plan year I guess]. Then came a notice that the rate for 2006 was to be another almost $25-30 per month..but I suspect if I had remained with them the rate would again go up in July…

In my search for another plan I found one that is LOWERING their rates in January and offers a FREE health club membership – so I switched quickly and have been working out since mid October!

I did forget that working out takes time…then of course I still work, still have to walk my dog and since it’s winter I still have to ski….Oh and there are squash courts at the club [why I joined the one I joined] and I’ve gotten back to playing squash!

Am feeling super duper great and I know it’s really good to stay in shape but I need to learn how to fit all this good stuff into my life ๐Ÿ™‚

I am growing older better and better – and I’ll get back to blogging now too…

Scary stuff

This morning I saw an article online from the UK’s Independent [http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article321838.ece] about the toxins in your bathroom… Even tho we’ve talked about environmental toxins even I forget about the toxic stuff in many of the products we use regularly like shampoo, shaving gel, hair coloring, bubble bath and more.

I admit that I color my hair – and have for a long time… I use a natural product from the health food store but now I’ll double check to make sure it does not contain any of the mentioned “stuff.” I use a toothpaste without sugar in it and try to limit the intake of things I can’t pronounce but sometimes it’s impossible especially when eating at a restaurant or at a friend’s home.

Word to us wise – beware and be careful!