Are you groggy morning after morning, reaching for the snooze button until it runs out of repeats? Most afternoons when 4 o’clock rolls around, would you give away your first-born for a nap? Does each thing you see and do feel as if it has downshifted from clear and sparkling … [Read More ...]
If you are like I am, this is a familiar scenario: too often, I put everyone and everything before myself—taking care of work issues, family issues, house issues, pet issues. If any time remains before collapsing into bed, I might read for a few minutes or look at a catalog … [Read More ...]
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu
To adapt Lao Tzu’s proverb to this case, the journey toward aging well starts with one step: choosing to make YOU a priority.
As a gerontologist, I am asked every day, “What do you do to age more vibrantly?” Some days it’s … [Read More ...]
I was born a night owl, loving the quiet of the late evening hours, when all the chores are done, commitments completed, the house nicely buttoned up for the night, and I have time for myself. In my younger decades I could easily stay up until 12 midnight or 1 … [Read More ...]
We all have sad stories about Alzheimer’s, a disease like none other. I watched my beloved grandmother’s mind evaporate into the ethers until she was nothing but a breathing, weighted imprint on the bed sheet. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time for us to share those stories and remember.… [Read More ...]
Continuing our discussion from last time on good ideas for getting our much needed shut-eye, here are more sleep suggestions for you to consider:
8. Listen to a bedtime story.
Load a familiar audiobook on your iPod—one that you know well, so it doesn’t engage you but distracts your … [Read More ...]
So how can women over 55 get the healing slow wave activity and REM sleep they need to take over the world?—I mean optimally function in the world?
Separating the cow patties from the gems on the internet, the solid gold research points to a number of practices we can … [Read More ...]
The National Sleep Foundation Senior Health website recommends for adults 65 and older, 7-8 hours of sleep per night for better cognition, mental, and physical health. Seniors, especially women, suffer from sleep deprivation due to trouble falling asleep. Additionally, women often sleep less deeply, and have less slow brain wave … [Read More ...]