Guest Article: Your Personal Renewable Energy

Thanks to today’s guest author Fran Park­er,  a psy­chother­a­pist, exec­u­tive per­for­mance coach, and expert in move­ment and non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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Altered Gait and Early Cognitive Impairment Symptoms

The Way You Walk Is the Way You Think

I’ve been fol­low­ing the research of Joe Vergh­ese, MD, who is the recent­ly-appoint­ed head of Geri­atrics at Mon­te­fiore Med­ical Cen­ter in the Bronx.

Some of his research looks at pat­terns of walk­ing to pre­dict the onset of demen­tia.  It turns out that peo­ple in their 70’s with observ­able alter­ations from nor­mal gait are more like­ly to suf­fer from non-Alzheimer’s types of cog­ni­tive decline than those whose walk­ing is nor­mal.

This insight is extreme­ly inter­est­ing to me.  But prob­a­bly not for the rea­sons that Dr. Vergh­ese might imag­ine.

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Chiropractic for Seniors- What I’ve Learned

There are some things they just can’t teach you in school. You have to learn from expe­ri­ence.

The chi­ro­prac­tic edu­ca­tion I got (from New York Chi­ro­prac­tic Col­lege in the late 1970’s) was thor­ough as far as it went. They couldn’t have crammed much more into those four years.

Of course we learned the dis­tinc­tion between acute and chron­ic con­di­tions, stud­ied many aspects of the aging process, and mas­tered a vari­ety of man­u­al ther­a­py tech­niques so that we’d always have an appro­pri­ate option ready to use regard­less of the age or health sta­tus of a patient.

But in the years since, as I’ve aged and the aver­age age of my patients has increased, too, I’ve learned much more about the dif­fer­ent ways a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic has to care for indi­vid­u­als as they progress through their fifties, six­ties, sev­en­ties, and beyond.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned:
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If You Have Back Problems Be Wary of These Three Exercises

When it comes to strength­en­ing your core to pro­tect your low back from injury, you have a range of options.  The vari­ety of equip­ment avail­able in your health club pro­vides an even wider range of choic­es.

Just watch out for these three poten­tial low back stres­sors.

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The Latest on Muscle Strength, Balance Training and Brain Fitness

Every­one wants to remain phys­i­cal­ly active, social­ly con­nect­ed, and cog­ni­tive­ly sharp through­out the final third of life.

More than ever before, peo­ple in their six­ties, sev­en­ties and beyond are com­mit­ting to reg­u­lar exer­cise, and sci­en­tists are study­ing the spe­cif­ic ways exer­cise affects old­er adults.

My pre­sen­ta­tion on strength, bal­ance and brain fit­ness was enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly received at a recent meet­ing of the Mer­cer Coun­ty Retired Edu­ca­tors Asso­ci­a­tion. I pre­sent­ed high­lights of cur­rent research to inspire par­tic­i­pants to

  • Increase their fit­ness
  • Improve bal­ance, and
  • Stim­u­late their brain cells.

Here are some of the key top­ics that were cov­ered:
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Eat Like a Kid — Guest Article from Donna Fish

My col­league Don­na Fish is a social work­er who spe­cial­izes in eat­ing dis­or­ders and help­ing par­ents fos­ter healthy eat­ing habits and healthy body atti­tudes in their chil­dren.

Her blog Real Food for Real Life is well worth a vis­it.

She’s gra­cious­ly allowed me to repub­lish one of her arti­cles — Eat Like a Kid.

Eat Like a Kid

Just yes­ter­day I was giv­ing a talk at a New York City school, and the room was filled with car­ing par­ents who all want­ed to make sure that they were doing their best to ensure that their chil­dren could have the best eat­ing habits pos­si­ble.

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain — Part 3

Based on the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge about fibromyal­gia and chron­ic pain, which I’ve cov­ered in the first 2 parts of this arti­cle, and also based on my many years’ expe­ri­ence treat­ing patients with chron­ic pain, I’ve devel­oped key treat­ment rec­om­men­da­tions for my patients with chron­ic pain, fibromyal­gia, and relat­ed con­di­tions.  I’ve sum­ma­rized those self-care rec­om­men­da­tions here in Part 3.

Of course, I don’t have infor­ma­tion about the specifics of your con­di­tion, so don’t make deci­sions about your own health based only on what you’re read­ing here.

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain — Part 2

In the first part of this arti­cle, I began to sum­ma­rize some of the main points of agree­ment about fibromyal­gia that are emerg­ing as a sci­en­tif­ic con­sen­sus.  You can catch up with the first part of the arti­cle here.

Here are some fur­ther impor­tant points about fibromyal­gia:

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Pain Relief Patches and Gels

There are a vari­ety of patch­es, creams and gels avail­able for those with back pain.

Do they work?  Have you used any?  Con­sid­er­ing which ones might work for you?

Here is an out­line of the sev­en dif­fer­ent kinds of top­i­cal back pain relief prod­ucts (six of them avail­able with­out a pre­scrip­tion), their mode of action, and the like­li­hood that they could work for you.

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Another Reason Why Exercise Intensity May Be More Important Than Exercise Duration

Move­ment pro­motes the health of every aspect of your being, includ­ing

  • your heart, lungs and car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem
  • bone and mus­cle health
  • endocrine bal­ance
  • mood and social rela­tion­ships
  • even the high­er brain func­tion of cog­ni­tion

When it comes to think­ing bet­ter and sharp­en­ing your mem­o­ry, it turns out that the over­all length of time you exer­cise isn’t crit­i­cal­ly impor­tant.  How hard you work is.

The lat­est info comes from a research project under­tak­en at the School of Med­ical Sci­ences in West­ern Aus­tralia.  Sci­en­tists there stud­ied the rela­tion­ship of exer­cise inten­si­ty to mem­o­ry and oth­er cog­ni­tive func­tion in old­er adults.

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