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Tips for Celebrating the Small Victories Along the Way

By Rachel Hershenberg, PhD

When something good happens to you, are you quick to pick up your phone or computer or lovingly holler for your partner to come into the room so you can tell them all about it?  Are you in the habit of celebrating your positive moments with the people you hold dear to your heart?

If yes, I have great news – consistent research shows that doing so can be a powerful strategy to cultivate well-being.

You get the most out of your good news moments when:
  1. You are able to recognize that something good has happened to you. The “good thing” can be big or small, it doesn’t matter. Maybe you made it to that long neglected exercise class, you Face Timed your grandchild who was excited to hear from you, or you got your blood results back and your A1C is getting under control. The key is that an event took place in your life that was consistent with your values and uplifted you in some way.
  2. You tell someone about the positive event. The trick is picking someone who is likely to get why this event uplifted you and is able to respond with enthusiasm and interest.
  3. They show you that they care with both their words and nonverbal behavior that this is great. They may ask you to elaborate on what happened, encourage you to reflect on why this event stood out to you, and ask you what, if anything, this positive moment might mean for your future.
When you have these conversations

you may notice that you are in a good mood – talking about positive things in your life helps you continue to experience positive feelings. You may also notice that you are much more likely to remember that the good thing happened in the first place when you have a conversation about it, especially those small moments that you could easily dismiss as too mundane to talk about. Last but not least, you may feel close with the person you told as you reflected on meaningful events in your life.

A hot topic in January and February is “New Year’s Resolutions.” On December 31 you want to look back on the past year with a sense of accomplishment. Perhaps even more importantly, you want to feel confident for the year to come, confidence fueled by the positive steps you took over the last 12 months to nurture your health, relationships, and other meaningful aspects of your life.

To help you be more successful nurturing your health, relationships, and general well-being, re-read steps 1-3 again. As you read, picture who you might turn to when you inch toward your Resolutions or generally engage in a behavior that is consistent with your core values. Every momentary victory is a moment that can be celebrated and keep you on a path of generating positive events in your life.  

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How To Select The Best Assisted Living Community

By Keith A. Meyers

As 2018 begins, many use the new year to set goals and look toward the future. For seniors and their loved ones, this may mean beginning to think about making a lifestyle change and transitioning to assisted living.

Navigating the bevy of retirement community options can be challenging for seniors and their families – from narrowing down where you want to live to what amenities and services are most important. To help facilitate the process, the senior care experts at MorseLife have compiled a checklist with 5 key areas that all families should evaluate when searching for an assisted living residence.

With a wide range services and amenities offered at residencies across the country, there are many considerations to take into account so that you or a family member will be able to comfortably enjoy this second stage of life in a friendly, social environment that can also accommodate any health requirements.

Here’s What to Know When Choosing Assisted Living:

  • Which services and amenities are available? 
    • To ensure that you or your loved one enjoys the luxury and comfort they deserve, look for core offerings like social and recreational activities, gourmet dining, art classes, spa treatments, regular housekeeping and transportation at any potential residency. As a precaution, seniors should also seek out organizations with the most comprehensive onsite healthcare possible to prepare for any future health needs.
  • What do current residents think? 
    • Just like any major investment, you should “try before you buy.” Touring assisted living communities to check out the amenities in person and meet with managers, care providers and current residents can help narrow your choices.
  • What volume of trained staff is available?
    • Many seniors considering the transition to an assisted living community are searching for 24/7 security and staff support, for peace of mind and any assistance during the night or in unexpected instances. Ask about the volume and hours of trained staff to ensure that you’ll have what you need – whether inquiring about a housekeeping schedule, car services or assistance with daily activities.
  • What is the Emergency Plan?
    • Ask the residency about their emergency plan. Highly rated organizations will have an in-depth emergency plan that includes food and water supplies for several days, staff who remain onsite during a severe storm, and generators to power AC, elevators and any medical devices.
Keith A. Meyers, MorseLife President/CEO

Keith A. Myers, president/CEO, has served at the helm of MorseLife Health System since 2007 and brings an impressive history of accomplishment and extensive background in health care. Meyers came to MorseLife after holding a position for more than seven years at Montefiore Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio.

For more information assisted living or detail on options available in the South Florida area, visit MorseLife at https://morselife.org/assisted-living/.

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Is Anxiety Making You Fat?

Nancy Bryan, Ph.D.

Can anxiety make you fat? The answer is an emphatic “Yes.”  If someone finds it hard to accept this assertion, it may be because it’s hard to grasp how anything that seems to be occurring in the mind could make an apparently unrelated something happen in the body.

The best way to understand the process by which anxiety is translated into excess weight is to visualize the body as a continuing messaging system whose complexity dwarfs the distribution systems of Amazon and UPS put together.  While you are feeling a mental state you call “anxiety,” your body is undergoing a complex set of processes known as “stress,” or “the stress response.”  The stress response calls forth an outpouring of a dazzling array of hormones (norepinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and others), but for the purposes of this brief piece let’s focus first on cortisol, the single hormone within the stress response that is primarily responsible for fat formation.  

Before he developed the South Beach Diet, Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist, noticed that many of his obese cardiology patients at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes displayed what is called “metabolic syndrome,” a condition with three well-recognized symptoms: “central obesity” (i.e., belly fat); “insulin resistance”; and “reactive hypoglycemia.” What Dr. Agatston discovered in 2003 has since been reinforced by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in their admirably rigorous 2012 book, It Starts with Food.  According to the Hartwigs, chronic elevated cortisol levels are responsible for doing the following three things: increasing blood-sugar levels by impairing glucose uptake from the bloodstream; contributing to insulin resistance; and “preferentially direct[ing] body fat to the abdominal region.”  All of the major markers for metabolic syndrome, and thus fat formation, are right there, courtesy of chronic elevated levels of cortisol.

And while we’re on the word “chronic,” if you are a chronically stressed-out individual, most of the stress you are undergoing on a daily basis may have retreated below your conscious awareness.  If you are suffering from chronic stress, you may not be the only one blind to it; your doctor (probably also a chronically stressed-out person) may not even see that your problem is related to stress, since in this culture we define stress as “business as usual.”

When in a recent New York Times column titled “What Cookies and Meth Have in Common,” Dr. Richard A. Friedman wrote, “Now we have a body of research that makes the connection between stress and addiction definitive,” what did he mean, exactly?  To figure it out we must turn to the neurohormone dopamine.  Stress also causes the release of dopamine from the brain’s limbic system; this dopamine then binds to specific receptors in the brain.  When the body is undergoing large amounts of stress, or undergoing it too often (which according to Dr. Friedman can occur simply from eating excessively fatty or sugary food), correspondingly large amounts of dopamine are released.  However, these larger-than-normal releases of dopamine paradoxically cause the body to damp down the number and effectiveness of its existing dopamine receptors.  This process is a capsule summary of addiction of all types, and any type:  a stressful event is experienced by the body, which causes a large release of dopamine, which release eventually causes a reduction in receptors, which then leads to withdrawal symptoms once the first flood of dopamine has subsided and the body feels its loss.  The constant and unending (but ultimately futile) search for more gratification from addictive substances is the essence of how addiction works, and what it is all about.

Let’s be crystal clear: with compulsive (i.e., addictive) eating, food functions not as nourishment but as a narcotic, a substance capable of instilling an artificial feeling of calm and serving to keep unwelcome thoughts out of awareness.

My own experience with this basic truth was instructive.  When my husband died nearly four years ago, I found my eating spiraling out of control.  Because I was eating too much, I was gaining weight steadily, so I therefore faced a life of widowhood in which I would continually get fatter and fatter, which I certainly didn’t want.  But I also didn’t know what to do:  I could think of no way on earth to bring my eating under control.  Suddenly one day I said to myself, “Wait a minute!  You’ve already written a book on this subject!”  At that moment I realized for the first time that the function of my excessive eating at this particular point in my life was to keep my grief-stricken thoughts out of consciousness (the food-as-narcotic connection).

I understood that if I wanted this unhealthy pattern to stop I had to be willing to eliminate the foods that I had been having constant cravings for, so right away I cut out all wheat, sugar, and dairy from my diet.  (I also included chocolate among the foods to be eliminated, but it had already been eliminated under the category of “sugar”.)

The results were dramatic and exceedingly gratifying.  Immediately my constant food cravings ceased; all at once I was content with normal portions of food eaten only at normal times of day.  (To my surprise, I even found myself pushing plates of food away when I had eaten enough, even if uneaten food remained on the plate.)  And I lost all the excess weight I had previously gained.

In short, I don’t need one more shred of evidence to convince me that there are two starkly different modes of eating:  first, the normal way (which people of normal weight use); second, the addictive, out-of-control way, which leads to insatiable cravings and unremitting weight gain.  I know which way I’m going to be following for the rest of my life.

**

About Nancy Bryan

Nancy Bryan, Ph.D., author of this revised and updated edition of Thin is a State of Mind (first published in 1980 by Harper & Row, and subsequently by CompCare Publications), has spent her entire working life as an editor:  in the sixties at The Rand Corporation; in the seventies at an ARPANET research institute; in the eighties at a worldwide employee-benefits consulting firm; and in the nineties for the J. Paul Getty Trust.  In addition to Thin is a State of Mind, Bryan has written a doctoral dissertation on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, and has ghostwritten a bestselling self-help book.  Her work has appeared in Vogue, Self, Family Health, and various museum and computer-science publications.  She is currently working on a forthcoming title, Metathinking: Great Ideas for Women’s Use.

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An Oasis of Calm in Bustling Rome: The Protestant Cemetery

By Mary Robertson of www.thegoodlonglife.com

I can hear some Boomer readers thinking, Are you actually suggesting we spend our time in Rome, Italy visiting a cemetery?!  Yes, indeed! Each time my husband Jim and I visit this beautiful landmark, also known as The Non-Catholic Cemetery, we discover new aspects to admire.  

The Cemetery is located in the Testaccio district.  It borders the neighborhood’s landmark, the Pyramid of Cestius, one of the city’s best preserved ancient monuments, dating to 30 BC.  

Romans, too, love to visit this beautiful site.  It is a sanctuary of calm honoring many who have lived in and loved Rome, the Eternal City.

Who’s Who at the cemetery

The cemetery is said to contain “possibly the highest density of famous and important graves anywhere in the world,” as is noted on its website.  The poets Shelley and Keats are buried there, along with a great many artists, diplomats, scientists and other notables.  Shelley once wrote, “It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.”  A few years later, he drowned and the cemetery became his final resting place.  

You may pick up a map at the office/bookshop or look online at the site map detailed on the website before your visit.  Or you can simply take in the beauty and calm as you walk the narrow stone paths.

Enjoy the statuary and landscaping

Many of the grave markers are truly works of art.  Notice the calm visages and delicate angel wings carved in stone.  Admire the walls of burnt sienna and the towering cypresses and umbrella pines— the colors and trees so reminiscent of Rome.  Pomegranate trees are laden with fruit.  Bougainvillea, flowering in bright fuchsia blooms, cascades over the walls.  Your stroll invites a meditation on life itself.  

Play hide and seek with the cats

Cats rule at the cemetery.  They are well fed and cared for thanks to charitable group that watches over them.  If you wish to contribute, look for the donation box near the Pyramid.  These felines are much photographed and visitors are often seen patiently waiting for a cat to enter their photo frame, or heading off in pursuit as the cat darts in the other direction.  

Trade the crowds that mill around the Colosseum and the city’s best known tourist destinations for an hour or two of quiet contemplation at the Protestant Cemetery.  It’s likely to become one of your most treasured memories of Rome.

A three Euro donation is requested to visit the cemetery.  See opening hours and more at the website:

http://www.cemeteryrome.it

See our favorite places to eat and stay nearby the cemetery here:

https://www.thegoodlonglife.com/2018/01/22/living-and-eating-like-locals-in-the-ostiense-neighborhood-of-rome/

Mary Robertson blogs on retirement, caregiving, travel and more at www.thegoodlonglife.com, and is Director of PR/Social Media at www.lifelongcarenetwork.com

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Older Woman, Younger Man

By Sonja Klein

I’m an older woman. The oldest man I’ve ever been to bed with was 65. Viagra made it possible. I didn’t know it at the time, and if I had known, I would have been turned off.

After that experience, I gave up on sex, determined to live without it, but fate was kind to me one day as I was dumping the garbage I hauled from the ranch. As a steward of the land I forbid a dump on my property. Many ranchers simply dig a pit, dump their garbage, burn it when it becomes full, and repeat the cycle over and over again. Not me. I pay a monthly fee to deposit my garbage in a trailer in the nearest town of Barksdale.

I also take my cans, magazines, bottles, and plastic to the recycle center 60 miles away in Uvalde. My vegetable scraps are placed in a barrel to provide compost for my garden, and my meat scraps are placed in one of the hog traps I keep baited. My garbage is minimal.

On that day I was retrieving a single white plastic bag from the back of my pickup when a voice called to me from the local cafe across the highway.

“What are you doing Sonja Klein?”

It was Billy, an acquaintance of more than a decade.

“What do you think I’m doing, Billy? I’m dumping my garbage.”

I was also on the way to give a talk about writing to the middle school students at the small consolidated school a few blocks away.

Billy looked good. I got in the truck and rolled the window down.

He approached the truck. “You curled your hair.” “Do you like it?”

“Yeah.”

“You look good too.”

“I had some health problems, almost died. I’ve quit drinking.” “Have you been dancing lately, Billy?”

“No.”

“Call me. Let’s go dancing.”

Billy is a good dancer. I know that because I have danced with him on a few occasions since our first meeting years ago beside the road. His truck had broken down, and I gave him a ride. When he introduced himself I realized who he was, the son of friends from church. There was a spark between us, but I never fueled the fire though I must admit I thought about it over the years when we ran into each other.

The story is classic. Several weeks later we met at a local benefit. We danced and the rest is history. For once in my life the timing was right. We were both single, had no excess baggage, and the spark became a bonfire – a bonfire that raced through our little community like a raging inferno.

       Billy is 14 years younger. After some initial anxiety Billy and I decided the hell with the age

difference. If it didn’t matter to us, why would it matter to anyone else? We were wrong. The relationship was okay with all the men. Not so with the women. Most of them knew my age.

To them I was the older woman seducing one of their young. My reputation was ruined.

It bothered me, but not that much.

We talked about it. I told Billy, “If you were an older man with a much younger woman, it would be okay.”

He agreed. I mentioned several couples in the canyon lands where the woman was much older. The community had accepted them. I asked Billy, “Why not us?”

“Because you are the wealthy woman writer and I’m from here. They either think I’m in it for your money or you are a dirty old woman.”

“None of that is true.” “We both know that.”

“They think I’ve stolen one of their own, and they’re trying to protect you.”

“Sonja, I’m 56, been married three times. I think I know what I’m doing.”

“I’m over 70 and sure as shit think I know how I feel.” “Just don’t die on me.”

“I’ll try not to.”

“I don’t want to get married.”

“Billy, I’ll never marry again, tried four times. Marriage doesn’t work for me.”

“Doesn’t work for me either.”

We spend the weekends together, get along great, and the raging fire of gossip is extinguished. Time takes care of most everything, or as Billy quotes his Granny, “It all comes out in the wash.”

I guess I now fit the definition of a cougar.  What a silly term.  I’m not that fond of cats.


Sonja Rose Klein is a fifth-generation Texan and graduate of The University of Texas. She is the author of Honk if You Married Sonja, Roundtrip from Texas, and most recently, Ambushed by America. When not traveling (and often during), she writes poetry, essays, and short stories. She lives on Ambush Hill Ranch in southwest Texas and knows her way around a shot gun.  http://www.sonjaroseklein.com/

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His book about pain and how it can change our lives for the better and launches just before the holidays — a terrible time for so many people. The sadness of the impending holidays and other major life stressors such as the loss of a spouse or parent, a divorce, a divided family, chronic physical pain, addiction, depression, anxiety, the most recent mass shooting, feeling lost or all alone can all be helped by More Beautiful Than Before; How Suffering Transforms Us. As early readers of the book will attest — reading it literally helped them out of the darkness.

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Diamond Dallas Page originally developed DDP YOGA for athletes like himself who had suffered years of injuries due to high-impact sports. For the first 42 years of his life, Dallas was a guy who “wouldn’t be caught dead” doing yoga, or anything like it.

When he ruptured his L4 and L5 spinal discs during the height of his professional wrestling career, he was so desperate to keep his childhood dream alive, he was willing to try anything. So he tried yoga for the first time in his life.

Because Dallas (DDP) had so much experience in many other areas of fitness, he quickly started mixing elements of yoga with his rehab and traditional calisthenics. For almost a decade, DDP has refined his program and has become a master at teaching it to others, as well as motivating individuals to believe that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.

Along the way, Dallas learned that very deconditioned men and women could do DDP YOGA as well — he was amazed to see stories of people doing DDP YOGA losing literally hundreds of pounds!  As Dallas puts it, “weight loss just happens to be a really AWESOME side effect of DDP YOGA!”

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Live Your Empowered Life with One Minute Exercise

By Ilchi Lee


Although I’ve been fit and healthy since my youth, as I started to get older, I naturally felt the effects of aging—declining physical energy, muscle strength, reflexes, eyesight, and more. Having to deal with a busy schedule of reading dozens of reports, meeting numerous people, and giving lectures from dawn to dusk every day, however, I didn’t have enough time to go to a fitness center and work out. I couldn’t afford to lose a minute of my precious time.

So I started exercising for just one minute at a time, wherever I was and whatever I was doing. For instance, after washing my hands in the bathroom, I do push-ups against the wall. When sitting in a chair and working, I use my fists or fingers to raise and lower my body repeatedly. Or I do bear walking, crawling on my hands and the soles of my feet.

As I’ve kept this up over time, my body has became lighter, more agile, and more vigorous. Even now, at 67 years old, every day I use the wall to do 10 handstand push-ups. And when I golf, I send the ball flying farther and more accurately than I did when I was in my forties.

One Minute Can Change Your Life

To make this One-Minute Exercise technique part of your day, at least once an hour do a minute of moderate to vigorous exercise that effectively works your muscles and raises your heart rate in a short period of time, such as push-ups, squats, sit-ups, jumping jacks, jumping in place, or bear walking. It’s a good idea to set an alarm to go off every hour to remind you. That means you’ll do a minute of exercise about 10 times a day.

Doing a moderate to high intensity workout during those minutes may cause muscle pain, so when that happens, mix in gentle exercises such as stretching instead of strength training. If you have a physical disability or disease, exercise in a way that’s right for the state of your health and body.

There’s no reason you have to do just one minute of exercise, though. You can do it for five minutes or 10 minutes if you’d like. When you have the time, combining several exercises will double the effects. For example, if you do bear walking after push-ups or squats, you’ll experience the effects of high-intensity exercise, which increases heart rate, lung capacity, and body temperature and trains muscle strength.

But if conditions aren’t right for longer exercise, invest at least one minute. A minute seems like a short time that blows right past without much meaning, but you won’t believe how long it feels when you actually do push-ups or try to hold your breath for a minute. You’ll soon learn the value of a minute, and also by breaking up your day this way, you’ll be more motivated to use each hour more productively and creatively.

Besides filling your body with vigor, raising your body temperature and making yourself sweat in one minute also reins in your mind. Your mind will really wake up and become alert after one minute of exercise. Your distracting thoughts will disappear and your concentration will increase.

An important point of One-Minute Exercise is that exercise should be incorporated into daily life, not separated from it. In other words, life is exercise, and exercise is life. Your commitment to One-Minute Exercise will change your lifestyle, the very way you live, to develop a constitution and habits that make you healthy. Think of it as taking the sword of your will and striking down old habits and then introducing new habits by constantly repeating new, positive actions. Over time, you’ll develop confidence and passion for your life.

One-Minute Exercise is an intentional action to focus on yourself, be present, and be mindful. Once you start doing it, you will naturally start to care about other areas of your life as well. When you manage your physical condition, you end up managing your time, emotions, and goals, and these come together as life management. Through One-Minute Exercise, you can become empowered with the confidence and passion to take responsibility for your health and create your life at any age.

Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Best Life Media, from I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation by Ilchi Lee.  Copyright © 2017 by Ilchi Lee. All rights reserved. You can learn more about the book at Live120YearsBook.com.

About Ilchi Lee

Ilchi Lee is a visionary, educator, and author who has penned more than 40 books, including The New York Times bestseller The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart.  He founded the mind-body practices of Body & Brain Yoga and Brain Education and established the Earth Citizen Movement. His principles and methods have helped millions of people globally expand their true potential. For more information, visit www.ilchi.com.

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How to Save Money on Your Prescription Medications

The prices of brand-name and even generic drugs can be outrageous and are often wildly more expensive than the price of the same exact drug in other countries. Seventy-seven percent of Americans say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. So how can you get the financial relief you deserve?

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In three words: International Online Pharmacies. We can run through the options of patient assistance programs, discount coupons offered online for your local pharmacy, etc., but the reality is that online pharmacies—reputable, licensed ones that require a prescription—ace the savings test for brand-name drugs. In fact, people can save an average of 70% by ordering their medication from Canadian pharmacies, and often even more from other international pharmacies.

Although buying drugs from international online pharmacies is technically prohibited, tens of millions of Americans do because they offer far lower prices. The question is how to do so safely. Yes, there are rogue pharmacies to be avoided, but there are also trustworthy international pharmacies that have been helping make much-needed drugs affordable for Americans for many years.

Kelly Ann Barnes, JD, RPh, Vice President of PharmacyChecker.com, a company that verifies the credentials of online pharmacies, helps consumers navigate the sea of rogue online pharmacies so folks can have peace of mind when ordering their prescription medication online. Prior to joining PharmacyChecker.com, Kelly Ann was Director of Pharmacy Quality Assurance for the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy.

“High drug costs are a major contributor to nonadherence among patients. Verified international online pharmacies often offer lower prices, making drugs more affordable,” says Barnes.

International Online Pharmacies that Offer Genuine Drugs

Pills and medicine bottles on white

There are many stories in the media—usually tied to drug industry lobbying—that paint online pharmacies outside the U.S. as bogus websites or “rogue pharmacies” that prey on patients. It can be hard for Americans to be sure whether there are safe options for ordering affordable drugs via the Internet or phone.

Much like pharmacies in the United States, pharmacies in other countries are regulated by pharmaceutical laws with oversight and enforcement from regulators. These pharmacies must follow safety requirements for the handling and dispensing of medications, including the requirement to only dispense lawfully-manufactured medications produced under good manufacturing practices (GMP).

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Like your local pharmacy, PharmacyChecker-verified international pharmacies are obligated by law to sell lawfully manufactured, regulated medications. The standards met by pharmacies in the U.S. and those standards in other countries are very similar. For example, pharmacies located in countries known to have the strongest pharmaceutical laws and enforcement efforts, such as Canada, New Zealand and the U.K. have similar oversight from their regulators as we have in the U.S. In other countries with strong laws but not as much oversight, such as India, PharmacyChecker has established inspection criteria to ensure that pharmacy safety standards are being met.

Ongoing compliance is monitored by PharmacyChecker to ensure that online pharmacies continue to meet its verification standards. Pharmacy licenses are generally re-verified every three months.

Peer-reviewed and independent research has proven the safety of ordering medication internationally from licensed pharmacies with verified high standards. In fact, in some respects it may actually be safer to get medicine from other countries than in the U.S., since pills elsewhere are typically sold in manufacturer-sealed unit-of-use blister packs. These protect the pills and help avoid dispensing problems that occur in the U.S. when loose pills are transferred from an original container to the little orange bottles you take home. Just be aware that medication ordered from outside the U.S. can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.

Low Drug Prices Within the United States…Did I Hear Generics?

Three colorful dietary supplements to represent vitamins or other over the counter natural medicines you can take to benefit your health and achieve total wellness in your life

For many popular generic drugs, including generics of Lipitor, Zoloft and Actos, the prices are lower, sometimes by a lot in the U.S. In those cases, stick to your local pharmacies.

U.S. Deals on Brand Drugs…Not so Hot

As I mentioned before, the drug discounts you can reap at your local pharmacy for brands, however, are minimal compared to the advantages of ordering prescription medications from abroad. However, some people may still be wary, so here’s a rundown of your options:

Discount Cards at Local U.S. Pharmacies

Many websites now offer discount cards or coupons that consumers can print out and take to their local pharmacy. You can find such cards on sites such as PharmacyChecker, GoodRX, or NeedyMeds.

Patient Assistance Programs

Pharmaceutical companies, usually those known for brand-name drug discovery and marketing, have programs to help consumers afford expensive medications. Some of their programs help you with the total cost of your drug, which means free medication for you! Other programs cover a portion of costs or just help with a small discount. These programs are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and are generally geared toward lower-income individuals without health insurance.

Therapeutic Alternatives

If you’re tired of those brand-name costs, consult your doctor. Consumers should consider therapeutic alternatives that may be available within their prescription coverage plan in consultation with their doctors or other providers.

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How to Embrace Aging With Joy

By Lucinda Bakken White

Aging with joy is a rarely discussed topic in western society. Instead, many people are fearful of becoming an elder. We are conditioned to believe that we are valued only for our looks, youth and contributions to the workforce. As a result, we deny the gifts of aging and wisdom. Yet these are desperately needed to feel fulfilled in the elder stage of life.

Here are three ways to embrace the elder years with joy, and find deep meaning and fulfillment in the process:

  1. Be of service

Aging doesn’t mean that there’s nothing left to offer. Many cultures have held great respect for their elders, who are considered to be the wisdom keepers. Getting involved with your community or by mentoring others allows you to be of service in ways that will add joy and fulfillment to your life. There are people who will treasure the wisdom you’ve gained through life experience, and the guidance you can offer them. Additionally, you’ll be mirroring the value of being an elder for them, which is needed in our culture. 

  1. Make time for inner soul work 

Regardless of what is happening in your external world, there is an inner world to tap into. Many people experience a call to spiritual or soul work as they age. When you have a rapport with your soul, you are connecting to the part of yourself that never dies.  This is because the essence of spirit moves through all things. We all have purpose and higher meaning, which some call our soul purpose. Therefore, going inward allows you to connect with the eternal part of yourself to allow for deeper understanding of yourself and the universe. There is great joy in connecting with this powerful part of your being. It will remind you that you are loved and never alone. Most of all, this connectivity can bring great peace.

  1. Find joy in the present moment

One of the wonderful gifts of aging is the diminished need to rush. This allows you more time to appreciate all of the small wonders of life, and joys that can be found in the present moment. Furthermore, they are all around you, in each precious smile, laugh and sunrise. Take your time to add to the incredible snapshots of life, filling your internal album with the joys that surround you. This practice is simple because there are always things for which one can be grateful. 

Remind yourself that aging with joy is an accomplishment

As you can see, there are many ways to embrace aging with joy. What is really important is finding what works for you, and then embracing it. Don’t underestimate that this too is an important accomplishment that should be celebrated. Share yourself and your value with this world, no matter what your age.

Furthermore, remember that aging doesn’t decrease value, it strengthens it. Most of all, you know who you are on the inside. Own it. Then give yourself outlets that bring meaning to your life. There are ever contributions to be made. 

Lucinda Bakken White is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World. White is also an Inner Wildness Guide, helping women through the process of self-discovery and personal transformation. For more information visit http://lucindabakkenwhite.com/ and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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