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About Kay Van Norman

Healthy aging expert Kay Van Norman is the President of Brilliant Aging. She serves on international boards, speaks and consults around the world, and has an extensive list of publications. Her Vitality Portfolio® model for lifelong health will be featured in a book by author Jack Canfield. Visit her at http://www.kayvannorman.com.
Latest Posts | By Kay Van Norman
Weight Training for Seniors: The Importance of Strength Training in Your 60s
4 weeks ago

Weight Training for Seniors: The Importance of Strength Training in Your 60s

We often hear about the need for strength training at any age, but did you know that power training is even more important to functional independence?

You might associate power with elite sports or the massive athletes who “power lift” 800 pounds, and then drop it to the ground with a huge clang. You can just hear the argghhh! Read More

What Does Walking with Confidence Have to Do with Your Ankle Flexors? (VIDEO)
2 months ago

What Does Walking with Confidence Have to Do with Your Ankle Flexors? (VIDEO)

This is my third blog in a series of specific functional exercises to support physical independence. As we all navigate different levels of returning to normal activities, I hope you’ve been able to get out and engage in more…
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What’s Your Vitality Plan for Your 60s and Beyond?
3 months ago

What’s Your Vitality Plan for Your 60s and Beyond?

Building financial security and staying healthy are consistently listed as top aging concerns for adults over 55. Read More

Do You Pay Enough Attention to Your Deposits for Independence? Here’s Why You Should! (Video)
3 months ago

Do You Pay Enough Attention to Your Deposits for Independence? Here’s Why You Should! (Video)

In my last blog I discussed how weeks of sedentary days can threaten your independence and shared the Elevator Exercise to help you retain leg strength…
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Changing Habits After 60 – Now That’s Scary! Do You Know How to Bring Joy to the Process of Change?
4 months ago

Changing Habits After 60 – Now That’s Scary! Do You Know How to Bring Joy to the Process of Change?

By  •  Mindset

In past blogs I’ve written about the recognizable pattern to behavior change including five stages: pre-contemplation (I’m not even thinking about changing a behavior)…

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Too Much Sitting? Health Consequences Are Comparable to Smoking!
5 months ago

Too Much Sitting? Health Consequences Are Comparable to Smoking!

Is sitting the new smoking? A 2014 article in the New York Times described research by Dr. Levine of Mayo Clinic identifying sitting as a “lethal” activity with many of the same health consequences as smoking…
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Take Charge of Independence: It’s Time to Retain Strength and Mobility During Self-isolation
5 months ago

Take Charge of Independence: It’s Time to Retain Strength and Mobility During Self-isolation

I hope this article finds each one of you healthy and feeling resilient. Last month I talked about both physical and psychological resilience. Today, I want to give you some very specific things to retain strength and mobility…
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How Can We Tap into Resilience During Difficult Times
6 months ago

How Can We Tap into Resilience During Difficult Times

By  •  Mindset

Resilience is the ability to adapt and overcome, rebounding from stressors and returning to a balanced state of well-being. It’s key to living a positive quality of life…
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Do You Maintain Your Inner Artist? She Can Help You Age Healthy!
7 months ago

Do You Maintain Your Inner Artist? She Can Help You Age Healthy!

The World Health Organization recently analyzed research from over 900 global publications and concluded that engaging with the arts and culture can significantly benefit both mental and physical health…
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Joyful Living on Your New Year’s Resolutions? First Consider Your Emotional Residue
8 months ago

Joyful Living on Your New Year’s Resolutions? First Consider Your Emotional Residue

By  •  Mindset

If you made New Year’s resolutions this year, was one of them to experience more joy? Take a moment to consider your resolutions. Whether a list of “always there” goals or brand-new ideas for positive change…
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