New research shows that daily light walking is important for maintaining health as you age. But if you can’t hit 10,000 steps, don’t worry.
There’s nothing magical about the number 10,000.
In fact, the idea of walking at least 10,000 steps a day for health goes back decades to a marketing campaign launched in Japan to promote a pedometer. And, in subsequent years, it was adopted in the U.S. as a goal to promote good health. It’s often the default setting on fitness trackers, but what’s it really based on?
“The original basis of the number was not scientifically determined,” says researcher I-Min Lee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesnt get the same attention thats devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are poorly understood.
Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness. In medical school, physicians learn that people in the prime of life are normal and scant time is spent studying aging. In practice, doctors too often fail to appreciate older adults unique needs or to tailor treatments appropriately.
Imagine a better way. Older adults would be seen as different than, not less than. The phases of later life would be mapped and expertise in aging would be valued, not discounted.
I love travel, mainly long haul and for several weeks. But this last weekend has made me appreciate the value of a short break.
I am a fan of Meet Up Groups and TravelTogetherUK had a trip organised to Kiev and Chernobyl. No hesitation; count me in!
A man I was dating at the time thought it would be enough to watch a TV programme, but I want to experience life, not be an observer.
What was great about this group trip compared to commercial companies like Exodus was that we had a WhatsApp group created so we were chatting in advance and it made it easy to find and coordinate our activities whilst away.
People will often talk about retiring to the seaside, or into a city. They want a change.
The sea-side as it seems peaceful and they have good memories of summer holidays. One note of caution is to look at the place in the winter, it will have a different feel and you will want to see what activities still take place in these months.
Making friends is important to. It could be involvement with the church, or volunteering.
More people are moving to cities. You can walk more, there is plenty going on and when people have brought up children in family homes in a rural location it makes a great change.
I have paid for dental implants, and wanted to share the reasons why I chose to invest in this dental procedure.
Experiencing teeth loss is not an ideal scenario at any age. Simple, everyday tasks such as biting an apple, enjoying your favourite meal or smiling for a selfie can cause discomfort and unpleasantness due to lack of teeth.
This FREE workshop will focus on working in later life, covering a range of areas, from how and where to find new job opportunities to becoming self-employed. Led by award-winning Career Coach Denise Taylor.
Free refreshments (tea, coffee and cake) will be served throughout the evening. The event is open to anyone aged 55+. The workshop is being run by LinkAge Network as part of the Post-Retirement Opportunities project.
I’m going through some personal growth at the moment, but still want to share interesting articles.
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Too many times when I talk with both men and women over 50, they seem proud of their lack of technical confidence. But many of us at 50 and beyond embrace new technology. We have famous role models such as Susan Wojcicki, 50, CEO of YouTube and Ginni Rometty 61, chair, president and CEO of IBM.
We all need to consider how the job is changing and how we need to adapt. I remember 25 years ago when Directors had their emails printed out, dictated a reply and their secretary typed it out. When a new technology comes pout it is easy to leave it to younger colleagues, but the ability to use social media effectively is a requirement of many jobs now.