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How to Feel GOOD As You Age contains the most recent discoveries and recommendations to help you lengthen your living years and shorten your dying years. Here you will learn how to marshal physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual resources to live healthier and more fully in your later years and to exercise choices in the quality of your life as you approach death. John Barnett's advice is reminiscent of conversations you might have with friends -- but your friends can't have all the information that this ...
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How to Feel GOOD As You Age contains the most recent discoveries and recommendations to help you lengthen your living years and shorten your dying years. Here you will learn how to marshal physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual resources to live healthier and more fully in your later years and to exercise choices in the quality of your life as you approach death. John Barnett's advice is reminiscent of conversations you might have with friends -- but your friends can't have all the information that this particular "voice of experience" offers in the one volume now in your hands.
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Alan Gaby
provides page after page of ways >for you to take charge of your health not only physically but also >mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially for the highest quality >of life.
—( Alan Gaby, M.D., Past President of the American Holistic Medical Association)
Bernie Siegel
When you have the inspiration, the information is useful. Read, learn, and experience How to Feel Good As You Age.
—( Bernie Siegel, M.D.,author of Prescriptions for Living and Love, Medicine and Miracles)
Dale Turner
John Barnett has written a book which deserves to be in every >home. He writes about everyday issues in a practical, easily read way. We >all need counsel and guidance in the most efficient ways to meet the >passing years. Here in this book are wise guideposts for each day. I >recommend this book most enthusiastically.
—( The Reverend Dale E. Turner, author of Grateful Living and Different Seasons)
Donald W. Kemper
Each of us is given the potential for a deeply meaningful aging process. John Barnett reminds us of that with How to Feel Good As You Age: A Voice of Experience.
—( Donald W. Kemper, Founder and Chairman of Healthwise, Incorporated)
Regina Sara Ryan
How to Feel Good As You Age challenges everyone to harness >inborn resources to a wellness attitude and thus lengthen their quality >years. It is a 'can do' health scenario.
—( Regina Sara Ryan, co-author ofThe Wellness Workbook)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889242071
  • Publisher: VanderWyk & Burnham
  • Publication date: 10/25/1999
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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YOUR MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH PROVIDER
Believe it or not, this is you. There is no one in the world who knows your body and your mind as well as you do. It is not possible for any doctor to know you that well. You know the source of your genes and the illnesses of your parents, which could eventually become problems for you, too. But read the words of Dr. Walter Bortz: "Heredity has about 15-20 percent to do with how long and well you live. It's not the cards you are dealt but how you play the hand." You know your childhood and adult illnesses, your allergies, and certain foods that seem to affect you unfavorably. Your upbringing resulted in particular attitudes toward pain, illnesses, and healing -- ideas about what, and what not, to take to a doctor. Upbringing may also produce some hypochondriacs and some who postpone seeing a doctor until it is almost too late. You know better than anyone else what causes you to worry and what produces stress, causing mind-body illnesses. You know your sleep pattern, your energy level, what you eat, and whether or not you sometimes abuse alcohol or other drugs. You know how much planned exercise you get. But do you also tell the doctor how many miles you walk when shopping, golfing, or fishing? For the above and other reasons, you must take responsibility for your own health. It is no longer acceptable simply to get an annual physical checkup and then forget about health for another year or until you become ill. What follows are guidelines for your active involvement.

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING GOALS
This category concerns your attitudes toward the people and events in your life. It includes your thoughts when you are alone, your interactions with others, depression, mental stress affecting your health, and dealing with old anger, sadness, and regrets, as well as your current activities, work, and hobbies. This is where you will set goals such as traveling to see new places, staying connected to old friends and family, joining a support group, improving your mind, learning to play bridge, volunteering in worthwhile activities, having more contact with people of the opposite or the same sex, teaching, and mixing with younger people. Or perhaps you will spend more time smelling the roses. In other words, what use of your mental inner resources and time will contribute best to your future life satisfaction and happiness?

USE THE TELEPHONE
Writing letters is a wonderful art. But it is insufficient by itself as a means of keeping in touch with your adult children living at a distance. Three-fourths of seniors talk on the phone with adult children at least weekly. Ask your children to telephone you at set times during the week. Make telephone time pleasant and informative. Instead of complaining about your neighbor's cat digging in your garden, assure your children that you are well and appreciate their call. Resist the temptation to talk at length about people they do not know and in whom they have no interest. But do tell them about health and living problems and successes, and be open to any suggestions. They will be happy to get involved. If there are serious health problems, ask your children to get a briefing by telephone directly from your doctor. Give them the number and the best time to talk with the doctor. This applies to your main caregivers whether or not they are your children. As older adults become increasingly homebound, a day when the telephone does not ring can cause loneliness. Call friends often to have short conversations. It will nurture the friendship, ease depression, and be a benefit for all concerned. Also, these communication routines will serve as a way of alerting others to a potential problem. When friends call and offer to help, make a note for the future if you cannot think of any immediate need. Later, call them and say, "Thank you for offering to help the other day. Now I do have a request. Tell me if you cannot do it."

WALKING IS BASIC
It does not take much exercise to protect people against a premature death. The February 11, 1998, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a study by Dr. Urho Kujala of the University of Helsinki. Sixteen thousand healthy men and women in a national registry of twins were tracked for an average of 19 years. This is the first large-scale study to separate out mortality due to genetics from mortality due to lack of fitness. Those who took brisk, half-hour walks just six times a month cut the risk of premature death by 44 percent. Even those who walked less often but still walked were 30 percent less likely to die prematurely than their sedentary twins Treat yourself to a new pair of good walking shoes designed to protect against shock. An exercise shoe loses half its shock-absorbing ability after about 300 miles of running or 300 hours of aerobics classes. Not only that, because of their chemical composition, new shoes deteriorate simply sitting in the store. Be sure the ones you buy are fresh. Serious walkers and joggers should replace their shoes every six months. You will feel the difference. Your knees and feet will thank you.

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Table of Contents

Preface: When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Appears ix
Part 1 Value Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
1. Goals for a Quality Life 3
2. Are All Your Moving Parts Still Moving? 15
3. Strive for Mental and Emotional Well-Being 35
4. Assess Your Spiritual Health 57
Part 2 Think Nutrition and Avoid Disease
5. You Are What You Eat 73
6. Take an Active Role in Self-Care 93
Part 3 Don't Be Shy About Your Needs
7. Help Your Doctor Help You 123
8. Communicate with Caregivers and Family 139
Part 4 Stay in Control
9. Keep Files for Peace of Mind 155
10. Make Your Home Work for You 165
11. Understand Your Financial and Legal Options 187
12. Is It Time to Move? 209
Part 5 Plan for the World Without You
13. Build a Legacy 231
14. Help Others Celebrate Your Individuality 241
Part 6 You're in the Home Stretch
15. A Time to Seek Inner Peace 255
16. Home Hospice--the Way to Go 267
17. What You Should Know About Systems Shutdown 281
Part 7 Life Is (Now) for the Living
18. Immediate Needs After the Death 295
19. What Is Normal Grieving? 305
20. Single Again and Socializing 315
Selected Bibliography 329
Web Site Resources 335
Index 339
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