On the way home from a recent backpacking trip my fellow hikers and I were rehashing the past few days and making plans for our next adventure when the discussion turned to the subject of managing the amount of visitors to backcountry and wilderness areas. Specifically the idea of implementing quotas in high traffic areas and limiting access struck a nerve with one member of our outfit. “The whole idea is ridiculous. Why should I have to ask the king’s permission to access land that belongs to the people? We should be able to use it anytime we want.”
Nurturing flowers and vegetables in your garden does more than just beautify your space. It’s also good for your mental and physical wellbeing. The health benefits of gardening range from reduced stress to greater stamina and flexibility. With aging, however, comes some undeniable physical changes that might make gardening a little more difficult. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to overcome them. Here are some of the ways gardening is good for your overall health, along with tips to help you continue to safely dig in the dirt as you grow older.
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There are reasons to volunteer at any age, but for older people, there are some very significant ones. Research shows that seniors who donate their time to a good cause enjoy greater life satisfaction. They also have better mental and physical health than their peers who don’t volunteer. A study conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service revealed that older adults who volunteer at least 100 hours a year are able to maintain an active and independent lifestyle. They also experience longer life expectancy and fewer incidences of depression.
Longtime Cathedral Village resident Sarah West received this year’s honor for helping to improve the quality of life at her Philadelphia community. Investing time, displaying extraordinary dedication, and promoting the well-being of fellow community members — these were the key characteristics that the Presbyterian Senior Living team were looking for when choosing an individual to receive this year’s Altruism Award. They found those attributes and more in Sarah West, a resident at Cathedral Village, the senior independent-living community in Philadelphia.
We have all been through some tough challenges over the past three years due to the Covid pandemic. We have lost friends, family members, and co-workers. We have missed gatherings, weddings, graduations, church and all long standing traditions that kept our relationships strong and kept our stories intertwined. The stress and loss of our normal routines at times still feels overwhelming. We wonder if we will ever get back to “normal”. Well, finding some humor and experiencing laughter could be two simple ways to help recover from the battle scars left behind from the loss we have all experienced the last three years.
March is known as National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Fuel for the Future.” This can be interpreted in multiple ways. Over recent years dietitians have been fighting the negative stigma of being viewed as the “food police”. We have worked to change people’s attitudes about food as something to be feared or feel guilty about, to food being fuel and a celebration of our cultures. We educate and encourage because we want people to live not just longer, but healthier, longer lives as they age.