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Energy-Boosting Foods for Senior Citizens

CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village


If you’re like most of us, you’re often in awe of the “young folks” and their seemingly boundless energy. Where does all that energy come from? Do you ever wish you could get your own dose of extra energy?

The secret to boosting your energy may be in the foods you eat. Different foods affect the body in different ways, and some foods contain just the right nutrients to give you a little jolt of energy when you’re feeling sluggish.

Top 5 Energy Boosting Foods

1. Water: It’s not a “food,” but it is essential for sustaining life—and energy! Water helps clear your body of toxins that may be dragging you down. It is also responsible for hydration, which in turn can prevent fatigue and depression. Add a bit of lemon to your water, and you’ve got a natural energy drink!

2. Fresh Fruit: The natural sugar found in fruit…

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My Exercise Machine Broke!

I was fed up this week as my elliptical exercise machine broke!

I am quite pedantic about my exercise. I go on my machine 4-5 times a week and dance twice a week. That way my hip stays in working order and aerobically I think I’m doing alright. I get quite put out if I can’t keep it up, so a broken machine is pretty bad in my book and necessitated a rapid call to the ‘fixit’ man.

About fifteen years ago I had a real wake-up call. I went to the doc fearing the onset of arthritis, way too young I thought, but what else could cause such painful hands? It turned out that my body had decided to start storing sugar and my cholesterol levels were crazy.

Oh boy, I wasn’t even 50! How could my body fail me like that. I had always been a bit of a health freak – always cooked fresh, lots of veg and fruit etcetera and done a fair bit of exercise in the gym.

I was confused and dejected but Boomers bounce, so I took on a new diet and exercise regime.

I was so fearful of not seeing my grandchildren, still unborn at that time that I was super strict and it paid off. Although never very overweight the weight dropped and the fitness increased and the desire for chocolate disappeared.

Ever since then I have kept even more mindful of my health. A few years ago I went veggie. Suits me better somehow so that’s why I did it. Even so I’ve had to tweak the veg diet recently it seems bits of the body are showing signs of wear sadly and I now need to reduce even more on the carbs!!

Keeping this Boomer body fit and healthy is a continual work in progress. I’ve noticed that quiet a few friends are also becoming more attentive to their diet and have started to join belly dance groups, zumba, walking, jogging or going to the gym.

So my advice to everyone is care for that body of yours don’t take it for granted cause some things cant be fixed easily. I for one plan on a long healthy retirement, join me, please!

As Lee Hews says “learn to love your boomer body – and take good care of it.”

Go well till the next time



Let Boomers Impart Their Knowledge

Lori Hock of Hudson Global’s Americas division talent solutions is saying what I have been advocating for years!

Unfortunately I am a very small voice but hopefully she will be heard above the buzz!

When my husband was told his former company was going to nurture the younger employees by using the ‘Golden Oldies’ to mentor them, none was happier than I. Unfortunatley the company suffered attention deficiency . Six months later they sent their ‘Golden Oldies’ out to pasture with early retirement!

What a wasted opportunity!
As Hock points out “Boomers have experience that’s important to keep organizations going long after they’ve left. Gen Y may have relaxed the workplace with game tables and free snacks, but Boomers rewrote American culture during the swinging `60s. Boomers have traits we must preserve in the workplace before the generation retires. But most companies aren’t prepared to transition their wisdom to the younger generations.

My children grew up in an environment that didn’t have winners and loosers. As a teacher I never agreed with this philosophy because that is no training for the business world as I see it.

There are very definitely winners and loosers out here.

Boomers know that, I think, and can help the next generation of employees  realise that even though they are not all getting the same salary or holding the same title there is a way to work in this hostile environment they find themselves in.

Boomers are nothing if not inventive and adaptable. We can mentor this younger generation on how to find pathways to progress along so that both the company and the employee benefit. No company can afford to keep changing staff, surely – the learning process to settle new employees is time consuming and time is money after all!.

Boomers can help younger employees with their management skills which appear to be missing in this new social environment of today.

My “no loosers and no winner” children did learn a really good skill and that is team work, however as with all good things there is a flip side. For the Gen Y it’s indecisiveness apparently.

My husband is almost pulling his hair out at the moment with the committee mentality that is hampering his ability to finish building a factory because he is the only one prepared to make a decision, everyone else goes into committee huddle mode and stalls all progress at a great expense to the client ultimately.

I think Boomers had to be decisive or drown! So who better to mentor a Gen Y in the art of making timely decisions than a Boomer. Aid the work flow and get the job done!

So Boomers, do you agree with me? Do we have some great skills to share before we fully leave the workplace?

Could this not be the perfect way for Gen Y to gain some business confidence and for the Boomers to earn that needed extra work time to top up the pension fund?
A win-win situation!

Go well till the next time

Reminiscence Resources for Older People Developing Dementia

I had a wonderful tweet the other day

I am choosy about what I re-tweed but this was a no-brainer!  I think it is such a brilliant idea I just had to tell you more about it in case you missed the tweet 🙂

I am very fortunate in that I don’t have any family  members with really bad dementia but when my grandmother was alive towards the end (at 95 years old mind you) I would try and talk to her but she would loop saying the same thing over and over. We had more success I found if  I stayed in the era where her mind was that day, that way I managed to garner a fair bit of information to help me with the family tree.

Others are not so lucky

Help is at hand in the form of *Living Memories. These amazing people have found Doug Nudds circa1938that reminiscing can be very helpful in overcoming these conversational difficulties and is even considered to be therapeutic.

Using video clips gathered from everyday life in the 1940’s, 50s and 60s the DVD’s work by triggering memories. As they are not personal “home movies” they are unlikely to stir up unsettling memories and so are safe to use as a reminiscence tool. Living Memories even supply the carer with suggestions for topics to talk about in the context of the clips as well as some useful background information about life at the time.

These DVD’s have been used very successfully in *Memory Cafes and care homes where people with dementia found the videos very interesting and later where able to engage in conversation relating to the film clips and happily related memories of their own. Their research found that often one story will lead easily on to another making for much more enjoyable sessions for both the people with dementia and their carers.

An added bonus was found: As often a carer is not of the same nationality as the person with dementia and, seldom of the same era, these videos serve as a great insight to what life was like for the people they look after and thus improve communication and understanding between them.

I am thinking of getting these DVD’s just to help jog the memories of the older family members. They don’t have dementia but who can remember well without a prod in the right direction?

If you have an elderly relative or friend that you would love to be able to chat to more maybe this is just what you need.

Go well till the next time

Less Kitchen Time

I think I’ve done my time in the kitchen.

I cooked daily for the family and always made sure they ate ‘healthy’
I still eat ‘healthy’ but really I want to spend a whole lot less time there than I used to in the kitchen.

I have been collecting kitchen short-cuts ever since I started cooking, and that was a while ago!
My favourite is probably the lettuce slam! Instantly core a head of iceberg lettuce by slamming it down on a cutting board. So simple and clean. then I also picked up  that if I microwaved my lemons and limes I got a whole lot more juice out.

Anyway the other day I bumped into this simple tip and was very pleased to add it to my repertoire of kitchen short cuts.

Of course I had to keep looking now I’d started and here are a few more goodies:

21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life 21 Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

  • Use a spoon to peel a kiwi from the inside out.
  • Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds.
  • Hold cherry tomatoes between two plastic lids to slice them all at once.

Hope that cuts a few more minutes of the preparation and cooking times.

Eat well till the next time




Sleep Time – Do you need more?

Are you like me? Today Sleep disappeared at 4am!

Why? Normally I sleep fairly well for about 6-7 hours and when I go to bed at eleven p.m. I don’t feel that I’ve had my fair whack of sleep if I wake up at four in the morning. – I feel deprived.

Am I getting like my Mum? She is the most erratic sleeper. She sleeps Sandy 1979soundly in front of the TV then is wide awake at one a.m. when we are all sleeping like babies!

I decided a little research was needed.
What I found is not quite what I was expecting!

It appears that we can give up on the warm milk or whiskey or chamomile tea and start drinking tart cherry juice twice a day. The researchers claim this can help us sleep nearly 90 more minutes a night.IMG_5455

Researchers from Louisiana State University had seven older adults with insomnia drink eight ounces of Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks, followed by two weeks of no juice, and then two more weeks of drinking a placebo beverage. Compared to the placebo, drinking the cherry juice resulted in an average of 84 more minutes of sleep time each night.

“Cherry juice is a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan,” says study co-author Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU.

It seems that this is certainly a safer way to improve sleep quality than taking sleeping tablets. They just do not appeal to me on every level and it seems I am not far off the mark as this Professor’s research also highlighted the prevalence of falls due to dopiness in the aged often resulting in fractures. Anyway cherry juice is cheaper and in the long run and far more enjoyable than taking another, it seems unnecessary, tablet!

Other studies have recommended:

  • Eating two kiwi fruits an hour before bed to increase sleep time by 13%
  • Or eat seaweed with your dinner to get an extra full hour of sleep

Lawrence Epstein, MD, chief medical officer of Sleep HealthCenters says “Sleep is a basic biological necessity—just like eating—and it has an impact on every aspect of your health and your life,”

So it seems we should take sleeplessness a bit seriously and get it sorted!

Now we know we are not short of some natural remedies to help attain the best sleep patterns it’s out with the cappuccino and in with the cherry juice for me! – Well they look so pretty and are totally delicious!

Sleep well till the next time


Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

I found this article about what really is cell phone etiquette so I’d like to share part of it here:

Why do so many people—especially successful people—find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate?

When you take out your phone it shows a:

  • Lack of respect. You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation at hand, and you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.IMG_20141218_211720
  • Lack of attention. You are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of listening. You aren’t practising active listening, so no one around you feels heard.
  • Lack of power. You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone.
  • Lack of self-awareness: You don’t understand how ridiculous your behaviour looks to other people.
  • Lack of social awareness: You don’t understand how your behaviour affects those around you.

Well as I don’t want to be labelled a Pavlovian dog I will definitely be more mindful of my cell phone usage…… well next year anyway 🙂

Come on! I’ve got to keep up with the family, which is spread around the world, this festive season, but I will be more mindful next year – promise!

Go well till next time