Techniques For Aging With Conscious!

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Techniques For Aging With Conscious!

What Is This Thing Called Conscious Aging?

Last week I attended a two day workshop in Oakbrook, Illinois called Conscious Aging; Cultivate Wisdom, Connect With Others, and Celebrate Life.  Fifty people from all over the country attended the sessions. The purpose of the program was to present a method of facilitating workshops on conscious aging to us.  A self study program accompanies the two day workshop and a final certification test is required at the end of the self study program.  Additional teleconferences are also made available. Conscious Aging references our personal beliefs, perceptions and attitudes towards aging.

An important takeaway is that our conscious thoughts about aging involve more than just our thought processes. It’s not just what happens mechanically, but our intuition, gut feelings and unique filters to what goes on around us playing into our consciousness. It’s clear the origins of consciousness have not been totally clear, but still are a great unsolved riddle.

A nutshell definition of conscious aging is the exploration of our emotional and spiritual reactions to the process of aging which lead to the opening of our hearts to opportunities that occur with aging and the ability to meet head on with any obstacles that come our way.

The Workshop

The presenters got us involved in different group activities that simulated what an actual workshop would entail. A few examples of these are the circle activity, Mandalas Art Projects, Role Playing and Free Writing. Ideas for marketing complemented the Workshop.

Opportunities For Improving Life As We Age

The Workshop highlighted ways our life can improve as we age. For example,

– Free from demands of workplace

– Thinking about our legscy

– Role model for cnildren

– Soften old wounds

image– Collect our strengths and wisdom

– Shield what has meaning in our life

– Review our lives through a process

“Being Mortal” – A Must Read For Anybody Over 50!

Growing Older With Gusto

History of Care of The Elderly

This is a book that was recommended to me by several people and one I managed to avoid reading because I thought it would be a dry and somewhat painful read.  I have to admit – I was totally. Wrong and my assumptions were way off base.  I learned so much and it really made me think about the challenges that will face us baby boomers as we age and if we still have parents how they will be treated as they age.  I’d like to share some highlights from this book and hope it will encourage you to read this book!

Before pensions and social security was created most of the elderly population were poor with the exception of those who were independently wealthy. Those elderly without families to care for them were relegated to what was called a “poor house”.  This housing…

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“Being Mortal” – A Must Read For Anybody Over 50!

History of Care of The Elderly

This is a book that was recommended to me by several people and one I managed to avoid reading because I thought it would be a dry and somewhat painful read.  I have to admit – I was totally. Wrong and my assumptions were way off base.  I learned so much and it really made me think about the challenges that will face us baby boomers as we age and if we still have parents how they will be treated as they age.  I’d like to share some highlights from this book and hope it will encourage you to read this book!

Before pensions and social security was created most of the elderly population were poor with the exception of those who were independently wealthy. Those elderly without families to care for them were relegated to what was called a “poor house”.  This housing situation was abysmal with residents being treated like they were incarcerated and husbands and wives were made to live separately. The Gilded Era luckily created an awareness of the conditions of the “poor houses” and people began to express their dissatisfaction. Historically, around 1935, Social Security and the advent of a national pension plan forced the disappearance of these “poor homes”.

The end of WW II saw the beginning of growth in the building of hospitals. Prior to this time doctors would make house calls and hospitals were places that merely maintained people’s health. Medicare had little effect on patient outcomes; whatever disease the patients had dictated whether they lived or died. Post WWII saw major positive changes in the healthcare industry. Drugs came into use for treating infections, and blood pressure; heart procedures and kidney transplants became more common. Congress promoted the development of hospitals nationwide by passing Bills which created funds to spearhead this activity. People began to view hospitals as a place they could be treated and be “cured”.  These changes created a venue for the elderly and this accelerated the demise of the “poorhouse” by the1950’s. The mid fifties saw more changes in the hospitals due to government subsidies. They established separate units for those patients needing more recovery time which emptied the hospital beds for more acute care.

Look for my next post which will discuss the beginning of nursing homes!

Secrets To Feeling Youthful

Fountain  Bubbling Over!

Lets be happy and have some fun when thinking about what lies ahead!  Bill Gifford, a journalist provides us with an entertaining ride with his recent book, “Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever or Die Trying”. His books rips through topics as diverse as the latest scientific research to tricksters from the past and present.  He includes in his book in depth reviews of people who have some outstanding ways of looking at life. For example, he delves into the mindset of a gerontologist named Aubrey de Grey, who insists we all have the capacity to live to 120 or beyond. Other intriguing people include a man who at age 109 was still a money manager.  His book also encompasses his personal involvement in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, considers  tthe  IH aking human growth hormone and more on his own poor cholesterol!   A great book to read for the summer or for all seasons!

Happy Anniversary!

The Wall Street Journal recently raved about a fountainhead of reliable health information being published by the NIH News In Health.  They claim it is a terrific mix of practical advice e.g knee replacement anyone? To entertaining; ” Galled by the Gallbladder?  Other topics of interest include video games to improve your brain function as you age.  All articles are vetted by NIH experts. This is a resource the Journal claims is valuable, reliable and entertaining.

Dinner Topics

i recently lunched with a good friend who was lamenting the fact that so much dinner conversation with friends revolves around personal health problems.  Part of being a friend is showing compassion, but does anybody out there have any suggestions on how to veer conversations  to more palatable topics?  All jokes aside, I heard of a group who made whomever pulled their phone out first, pay for the groups dinner!  Food for thought!  Please share any ideas with this blog!