"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

Aging is a journey we're all on... We'll all go to places we've never been to or imagined. With perseverance...physical movement...and acquired knowledge, the journey can be a good one.

AGE.FYI prides ourselves in extensive research and an ongoing desire to learn and share experiences. The mission for this web page is for us to share information and experiences with each other as we experience the aging process. Our goal is to enjoy our life in the fullest and pass on as healthy and comfortably as possible.  It goes without saying, we humans were not designed to be inactive, lying back on a sofa or recliner with a remote control in hand for too many hours and too many days a week... not a good thing.

Let's stand back and evaluate...here in America an increasing portion of our population lives in the "no exertion zone" with little physical or mental exertion. Right now there are 196 countries in the world and America is the fattest country in the world (Market Watch) Mexico is the second fattest. With that said, we mightconsider one Burrito instead of two.

Along with eating right, start taking walks, paint a room, do some yardwork and home maintenance, wash your car...quit sitting down and letting somebody do things for you. Your body will probably enjoy a change of pace and actually enjoy some physical activity.  Consider not parking so close to the front door of stores and walk when you can...and one more thing, help your soulmate with chores at home.

May peace be with you, take care of your body and take time to enjoy your life, it's the only one you get. 




ADHD

ATTENTION DEFFICIENT DISORDER KNOWS NO BOUNDS AS IT CAN BE FOUND IN PEOPLE OF ALL AGES..

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • TROUBLE STAYING FOCUSED
  • TROUBLE ORGANIZING
  • TROUBLE FINISHING PROJECTS
  • EASILY DISTRACTED
  • LATE TO APPOINTMENTS
  • ON THE GO
  • IMPULSIVE
  • HYPERACTIVE

WAYS TO HELP:

  • FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
  • MAKE LIST
  • SET GOALS



BACK

UPPER BACK PAIN CAN OCCUR BECAUSE OF TRAUMA OR SUDDEN INJURY, OR IT CAN OCCUR THROUGH STRAIN OR POOR POSTURE OVER TIME.

LOWER BACK PAIN IS THE MOST COMMON BACK PROBLEM MOST COMMONLY CAUSED BY IMPROPER LIFTING, ALONG WITH LIFTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT.

VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN LIFTING FROM GROUND LEVEL, YOU SHOUILD BEND AND USE YOUR KNEES...NOT YOUR BACK!

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • EXERCISE OFTEN
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT
  • STAND UP STRAIGHT
  • AVOID HEAVY LIFTING
  • GET PLENTY OF CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D






CANCER

CANCER IS AN ABNORMAL GROWTH OF CELLS THAT CAN INVADE OR SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THESE CELLS FORM A MASS OR GROWTH CALLED TUMORS. NOT ALL TUMORS ARE CANCEROUS, BENIGN TUMORS DO NOT SPREAD TO OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY. THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF CANCER.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • BOWEL CHANGES
  • RECTAL BLEEDING
  • URINARY CHANGES
  • UNUSUAL COUGHING
  • LUMPS
  • BLOATING

WAYS TO HELP PREVENT CANCER:

  • DON'T SMOKE
  • LIMIT ALCOHOL
  • PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE SUN
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • EAT DIETS LOW IN FAT
  • EAT DIETS RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES


EXPERIENCES SHARED



CRAMPS

CRAMPS ARE USUALLY BURST OF PAIN IN A CALF OR FOOT; (CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES); USUALLY AT NIGHT WHILE IN BED. GET OUT OF BED AND WALK AROUND A BIT...OR IF PAIN PERSIST, TRY A SPOONFUL OF MUSTARD.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • PAIN IN CALF OR FOOT
  • INTENSE INVOLUNTARY CONTRACTIONS OF MUSCLES

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • STAY HYDRATED
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH VITAMIN E AND B COMPLEX
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH MAGNESIUM
  • WEAR PROPERLY FITTED SHOES
  • AVOID SITTING TOO LONG
  • LIMIT TIME STANDING ON CONCRETE
  • STRETCH OR MASSAGE MUSCLES



HAIR

WHITENING OR GRAYING OF THE HAIR USUALLY DEVELOPS GRADUALLY, IT MAY BE PATCHY OR IT MAY BE ALL OVER.

CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS:

  • HEREDITY
  • EMOTIONAL STRESS
  • POOR EATING HABITS
  • DRUGS

WAYS TO HELP WITH HAIR LOSS:

  • MANAGE STRESS
  • EAT PROTEIN
  • TAKE ZINC, VITAMIN E AND BIOTIN
  • EAT WALNUTS AND ALMONDS
  • EAT STRAWBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES.


 EXPERIENCES SHARED





KNEES

KNEE PAIN IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH MANY CAUSES, FROM ACUTE INJURIES TO MEDICAL CONDITIONS.

SYMPTOMS OF KNEE PROBLEMS:

  • DIFFICULTY WALKING UP AND DOWN STAIRS
  • LOCKING OF THE KNEES
  • REDNESS AND SWELLING
  • INABILITY TO EXTEND KNEE
  • INABILITY TO BEAR WEIGHT

SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • REST THE JOINTS
  • APPLY ICE
  • COMPRESS WITH BANDAGE
  • WALK ON SOFT SURFACES
  • LOSE WEIGHT


EXPERIENCES SHARED


 
RESTLESS LEGS

RESTLESS LEGS IS A CONDITION THAT CAUSES UNCOMFORTABLE SENSATIONS IN THE LEGS.  THESE SENSATIONS HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS TINGLY, CRAWLING, CREEEPING FEELINGS WITH AN OVERWHELMING URGE TO MOVE. DR.BERG SUGGEST VITAMIN B1 TO HELP WITH RL.

KEY SYMPTOMS ARE:

  • IRRESISTIBLE URGE TO MOVE
  • UNCOMFORTABLE SENSATIONS
  • WORSENS AT NIGHT
  • DIFFICULTY FALLING ASLEEP

RLS CAN BE RELATED TO:

  • IRON DEFIECIENCY
  • DIABETES
  • NERVE PROBLEMS
  • CHRONIC KIDNEY FAILURE
  • CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO

WAYS TO HELP:

  • EAT LESS SUGAR
  • WEAR LOOSE CLOTHES
  • LIMIT ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO
  • HAVE A SET BEDTIME
  • KEEP SLEEP AREA QUIET AND DARK
  • SUPPLEMENT WITH IRON OR VITAMIN D, C OR E
  • EXERCISE
  • DO YOGA AND STRETCHING
  • MASSAGE YOUR LEGS
  • TAKE MAGNESIUM


EXPERIENCES SHARED




TICKS

THESE BLOOD SUCKING PARASITES CAN INFECT PEOPLE WITH A NUMBER OF DISEASES.

FOR SENIORS THE RISK CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS, DUE TO THEIR WEAKER IMMUNE SYSTEMS. LYME DISEASE IN PARTICULAR CAN BE DEADLY FOR SENIORS.

SYMPTOMS CAN BE HARSH BUT SLOW TO SET IN. A PERSON CAN BE INFECTED FOR A FULL MONTH WITH NOTHING BUT A SMALL RASH AT THE BITE LOCATION. SOME PEOPLE MAY DEVELOP A BULLSEYE RASH AROUND THE BITE AREA..

SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE:SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE:

  • INCREASED RASHES
  • PARTIAL PARALYSIS
  • ARTHRITIS OR JOINT PAIN
  • IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT
  • BRAIN & SPINAL CORD SWELLING
  • NERVE PAIN
  • SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS

PREVENTING LYME DISEASE:

  • WEAR LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND PANTS WHEN IN FOREST OR TALL GRASS
  • WEAR LIGHT COLORS
  • USE BUG SPRAY
  • CHECK YOURSELF WHEN YOU COME INSIDE


ABOUT US!
WE ARE A MATURE TEAM OF VERY HEALTH CONSCIOUS ( RETIRED REAL ESTATE) RESEARCHERS.
THERE ARE A GROWING NUMBER OF  HEALTH ISSUES EFFECTING THE POPULATION OF OUT COUNTRY THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED WITH MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION. AS WE ALL KNOW, GOOD COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO SOLVING PROBLEMS AND THAT IS WHERE WE ALL CAN HELP ONE ANOTHER. IF YOU HAVE HAD A HEALTH, MEDICAL OR LIFE LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH KNOWLEDGE TO PASS ON, PLEASE UTILIZE EXPERIENCES SHARED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE AN EMAIL.

Fun for Seniors

YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER HAS MANY PROGRAMS AVAILABLE... IT'S LIKE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL.

MANY SENIORS HAVE SHOWN AN INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY. IT'S WORTH A PHONE CALL AND A POSSIBLE VISIT TO YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTER.

GET OFF THE COUCH AND START SOMETHING NEW:

  • COMPUTER LESSONS
  • MUSIC INTRUMENT LESSON
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • DANCE CLASS
  • JEWELRY MAKING
  • WOOD CARVING

SOME CLASSES CAN BE:

  • BILLIARDS
  • BOWLING
  • CARD PLAYING
  • DANCING
  • GOLFING
  • JAMMERS
  • KNITTING
  • VOLLEYBALL
  • YOGA
  • ZUMBA

PLAYING GAMES:

  • IMPROVES MEMORY
  • IMPROVES DEXTERITY
  • REDUCES STRESS

SOME FUN, EASY GAMES:

  • BACKGAMMON
  • BINGO
  • BOARD GAMES
  • CHECKERS
  • CHESS
  • DOMINOS
  • FARKLE
  • SKIP BO
  • TIC TAC TOE
  • TRIVIA
  • UNO
  • WII GAMES

DANCING

SENIORS WHO DANCED THREE TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK -- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO DID BALLROOM DANCING -- HAD A WHOPPING 75% LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING DEMENTIA COMPARED WITH NON-DANCERS. A LANDMARK STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FOUND, "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INCREASES BLOOD FLOW TO THE BRAIN AND PROMOTES NERVE HEALTH." SAYS LEAD STUDY AUTHOR JOE VERGHESE, M.D. CHIEF OF GERIATICS AT MONTEFIROE MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY, WHILE, MASTERING THE STEPS HELPS CREATE NEW BRAIN CONNECTIONS IN AREAS OF THE BRAIN THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO AGING AND DEMENTIA. PLUS, REGULARY INTERACTING SOCIALLY IS PROVEN TO INCREASE OVERALL MENTAL SHARPNESS.


YOUR LOCAL HEALTH STORE IS YOUR FRIEND. THEIR MISSION IS TO GIVE KNOWLEDGABLE INFORMATION AND STOCK A WIDE VARIETY OF SPECIALIZED PRODUCTS THAT AREN'T AVAILABLE IN MASS MARKETING STORES. THEY CAN GUIDE YOU TO A PRODUCT THAT CAN HELP YOU ALONG WITH WHY AND HOW.


exerciseEXERCISE:

AS YOU GROW OLDER AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BECOMES MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO YOUR HEALTH.

MOVING YOUR BODY CAN  HELP:

  • BOOST ENERGY
  • PROTECT YOUR HEART
  • MANAGE PAIN
  • MANAGE YOU WEIGHT

SOME AT HOME EXERCISES:

  • INNER THIGH STRETCH
  • SIDE LEG LIFTS
  •  SIDE BENDS
  • ELBOW TO KNEE RAISES
  • TOE TOUCH
  • ARM RAISE
  • SQUATS

exercise


EXPERIENCES SHARED

 TO PREVENT WEAKENED BONES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSUME ENOUGH CALCCIUM AND VITAMIN D. ALSO, PUMP UP THE POTASSIUM BY EATING MORE SWEET POTATOES, YOGURT AND BANANAS.

eat

HEALTHY EATING:

THE BENEFITS:

  • PROTECT AGAINST DIABETES
  • PREVENTS HEART DISEASE
  • KEEPS YOU AGILE
  • REDUCES RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S
  • REDUCES RISK OF PARKINSON'S
  • INCREASES LONGEVITY

THE LOGISTICS:

  • EAT LOTS OF VEGETABLES
  • EAT LESS RED MEAT
  • ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST
  • EAT A VEGETARIAN MEAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
  • EAT FRESH FRUIT
  • USE GOOD FATS

GOOD FATS:

  • AVOCADOS
  • WALNUTS, ALMONDS & PISTACHIOS
  • NUT & SEED BUTTERS
  • OLIVES & OLIVE OIL
  • SUNFLOWER & CHIA SEEDS
  • GROUND FLAXSEED
  • SALMON & TUNA
  • DARK CHOCOLATE
  • EGGS
  • PARMESAN CHEESE
  • LEAN GRASS FED BEEF & PORK


EPERIENCES SHARED


SUGAR

SUGAR FACTS:

  • DOES NOT CANTAIN ANY VITAMINS OR MINERALS
  • DEPOSITS FAT IN THE LIVER
  • HARMS YOUR CHOLESTEROL
  • CAUSES INSULIN RESISTANCE
  • RAISES YOUR RISK OF DISEASES
  • DOESN'T SATISFY YOUR BODY
  • ADDICTIVE
  • BAD FOR YOUR TEETH
  • CAN GIVE YOU DIABETES
  • CAN GIVE YOU CANCER
  • CAUSES OBESITY


EXPERIENCES SHARED


FOR WOMEN:

WHEN IT COMES TO AGING, MOST OF US KNOW IT'S INEVITABLE.  HOWEVER,YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHETHER AGE IS ACCOMPANIED BY POOR HEALTH, SORE MUSCLES AND JOINTS, AND A QUICK-DIMINISHING APPEARANCE.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO AGE GRACEFULLY... STAYING ACTIVE, EATING RIGHT, AND PROTECTING YOUR SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE.

 TIPS FOR AGING GRACEFULLY:

  • GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP
  • STAY HYDRATED
  • EAT A FREASH BALANCED DIET
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • WEAR SUN PROTECTION
  • EXERCISE REGULARLY
  • SKIP REFINED SUGAR
  • MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN
  • EAT GOOD FATS
  • BE POSITIVE

9 MEDICAL TEST EVERY WOMAN NEEDS:

  • MAMOGRAM
  • PAPA TEST
  • ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)
  • SERUM FERRITIN TEST
  • LIPID PROFILE
  • FASTING PLASMA GLUCOSE TEST
  • SKIN CANCER SCREENING
  • VISION SCREENING


EXPERIENCES SHARED

FOR MEN:

AS A MAN, YOU'VE SEEN YOUR BODY CHANGE WITH THE YEARS.  MAYBE YOU'VE PUT ON A FEW POUNDS, OR YOUR HAIRLINE MIGHT BE RECEEDING.  UNDERSTANDING THE WAY YOUR BODY AGES CAN OPEN UP NEW WAYS TO LEADD A HEALTHIER, VITAL LIFE.

 SOME CHANGES TO BE AWARE OF:

  • FAT - MANY MEN START GAINING WEIGHT AFTER 30 - AS MALE HORMONES BEGING TO DECLINE, YOU WILL LOSE MUSCLE MASS
  • HEART - BLOOD VESSELS AND ARTERIES BECOME LESS SUPPLE WITH TIME CAUSING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
  • PROSTATE - GROWS LARGER CAUSING URINATION PROBLEMS
  • PENIS - LIBIDO MAY DECLINE
  • SKIN - GET THINNER, MAKING YOU SENSITIVE TO THE COLD
  • HAIR - PATTERN BALDNESS

EFFECTIVE WAYS TO HELP:

  • EXERCISE DAILY
  • EAT A WELL BALANCED DIET
  • QUIT SMOKING
  • MANAGE STRESS
  • GET ENOUGH SLEEP
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF CALCIUM
  • GET ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF VITAMIN D
  • AVOID SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE


EXPERIENCES SHARED