You deeply inhale the sweet smell of newly cut grass and feel rejuvenated. The scent of a fragrant perfume catches you by surprise and you long for your friend you haven’t seen in ages. Freshly baked bread awakens feelings of comfort, or a just-peeled orange brings back childhood memories with your sister.
We’ve all experienced the effects of smell on our emotions or memories, but did you know you could use that connection to your benefit? Aromatherapy is more than just a pretty smell; it’s a healing modality that has been used for centuries. So, what is aromatherapy? Here are a few things to consider.
The first time I put my keys in the fridge, I thought I was just busy and forgetful. But, when, later that day, I lost my phone in a bag of vegetables, I really started to worry. Convinced that I had allowed my brain to fall into lazy patterns, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Since my son has a passion for technology and learning (he speaks 6 languages), I turned to him for advice. He suggested that I try Lumosity.com, an online service that provides fun brain games that are specially designed to get your neurons pumping (i.e. make your brain work better).
Women over 60 have been through a lot in life – we’ve had careers, married, divorced, raised children, welcomed grandchildren, cared for pets, houses and husbands… and now we’re ready for someone to attend to OUR needs. We deserve some pampering. Whether it’s a morning yoga class, a day at the spa, an evening glass of wine, or a therapeutic massage, there are many wonderful ways to achieve relaxation and centeredness – but most of them cost money.
Many people used to think that getting older meant experiencing an inevitable physical decline. Of course it’s true that most 60 year old women aren’t going to run a 3-minute mile or lift 100 pound weights, but recent research suggests that older adults can continue to stay stronger and healthier with regular exercise, especially strength training. Fitness after 60 is a choice.
In this episode of the Sixty and Me Show, I had the unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Indre Viskontas, a neuroscientist (and opera singer) who shares her insights on how to keep the brain healthy after 60 in four different ways – nutrition, stress management, mental stimulation and exercise. Her observations are both inspirational and practical.
A healthy smile equals a healthy you! New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. Maintaining that healthy smile is largely up to us, so follow these simple steps, and keep smiling!
It’s no secret that staying active has many health benefits. However, as we get older, aches and pains start and we often have to deal with patterns of behavior that keep us from living an active life.
The good news is that there are many fun activities and sports that can help you build endurance, strength, and flexibility for optimal holistic health!
Women in their 60‘s have fought demons and faced many challenges in their lives. Over time, we have learned to be self-reliant and show enormous grace under pressure. We pride ourselves in being in control. And yet, there is one health worry that haunts us because it is so prevalent, so apparently random and out of our control – and as a result it is so frightening. Cancer.
As we age, one of the most important contributors to our overall health is our diet. We are literally what we eat, and the foods and combinations we choose are totally in our control.
Making simple food choices is especially true for women over 60, who have unique nutritional needs. We need to be sure that we nourish our aging bones, keep our hearts healthy and watch our blood pressure and weight.
Would you like to live to be 100? Perhaps the more important question is would you like to be healthy and strong and stay physically active and mentally engaged for as long as you live? Women over 60 should be excited that