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Do Your Glutes Need a Butt Lift? Try This.

July 1, 2018
Man with good glutes in a handstand

My glutes suck! It’s a wonder I still have a somewhat perky butt, however, the muscles underneath definitely need help.

I can see from checking out my site that I have a distinct bent for health-related topics but I role with what I have at the moment! And that would be glute complaints.

Much Glutes About Nothing

Did you know that having underperforming glute muscles can cause lower back pain and sore knees? I know! I didn’t either.

Did you know that having trouble climbing stairs, balance problems or just feeling tired after a walk can mean your glutes are not large and in charge? Say what?

Structural Information on Glutes

According to The Better Butt Challenge, “Unfortunately, the glutes are a funny muscle group – while they are incredibly powerful, they also can be extremely lazy. Many people have inactive glutes, where their muscles simply have forgotten how to function correctly. Guess what this leads to? A flat butt, and posture problems.” among other things! Here is a link to their site which explains in detail the three main muscles that make up the glutes as well as other very helpful information:

What Are We Going To Do About This?

Here are some suggestions I found by GTS:

From Dr. Axe, here are 20 exercises that you can do at your desk that include some simple ones like tightening your glute muscles and holding. While this might not build you a bigger more voluptuous butt, it will strengthen the muscles. Take a look here: https://draxe.com/exercise-to-do-at-your-desk/

For those of you who would like to add some Yoga into your life here are some poses from DoYouYoga that help activate glute muscles: https://www.doyouyoga.com/6-yoga-poses-that-activate-the-glutes/

Don’t Just Sit There! Get Up And Do Some Of This Stuff!

I was talking to myself of course, but you can listen in too! The mantra “Move It Or Lose It” is not a lie!

Health News Practicalities of Living

Naproxen, Sodium and Weight Gain

June 27, 2018
Juggling Naproxen and sodium intake

NSAIDS, especially in the form of naproxen, are both the bane and boon of my life. For many years when I was younger, I took one naproxen in the morning and one in the evening to alleviate the pain in my knees from arthritis. I still remember how upset I was when I found out that studies were showing that taking it on a regular basis led to an increase in the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Juggling Risks

Now that I am reaching my “golden years” I am finding that I need to play an interesting game called “juggle your risks” in order to maintain my quality of life.

On the one hand, I have heart issues including AFIB and possibly other wonderful things like congestive heart failure, three words you don’t really want to hear from your doctor. The other hand juggles the ball labeled arthritis, along with other assorted balls such as exercise, reduce sodium intake and lose weight.

Being a Nerdy Type

I now weigh myself every day and because I am a nerdy type and like to research all kinds of things, I make regular notes of my blood pressure, blood sugar and anything that is going on in my life that might have an impact on those things. I use this awesome site https://www.myfitnesspal.com/ to log my notes and keep track of exercise and food intake. It has really been helpful to me in losing weight and discovering interesting patterns in my body, especially about salt intake.

Unconcious Food Faux Pas

The last couple of days I was trying to finish up a package of sliced deli turkey that I had in the fridge and was making myself a tasty sandwich with two slices of the turkey, a slice of provolone cheese and half an avocado. The calories were well within those allowed for my day and I didn’t think too much about it and didn’t log my food for two days because I was really busy.

Over those 2 days, I gained three pounds! When I went back and input my food intake and exercise, I was slightly over in calories on one day and under on the other, so the old counting calories thing had obviously gone off the rails somewhere.

However, much to my dismay my salt intake was almost three times what it should have been. Most blah, blah, blah experts say that we should limit sodium intake to between 1,500 mg. and 2,300 mg. daily. I can tell you that if you eat out at all, you will not be hitting anywhere near this mark. You will most likely be well over 3,000 mg. before you can say, “Bob’s your uncle!”

Naproxen and Salt Intake

Like most Americans, I have enjoyed eating out for years and never paid a lick of attention to my salt intake. Now it kicks my butt, especially if I combine it with taking naproxen.

According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “Inhibition of renal prostaglandin synthesis by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) causes various electrolyte and acid-base disturbances including sodium retention (edema, hypertension), hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, and decreased renal function. Decreased sodium excretion can result in weight gain, peripheral edema, attenuation of the effects of antihypertensive agents, and rarely aggravation of congestive heart failure.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3894511/

Do You See the Juggling Act Here?

Egyptian jugglers

I feel much, much better than I did at the beginning of the year and I know that has to do with some changes in my prescribed medications and herbal/vitamin meds, paying attention to my diet and being able to exercise more but it is an interesting study in balance.

Sometimes I have no other options but to take the naproxen in order to be able to move, but if I do, I have to be more strict with my salt intake.

I am exploring other avenues of pain alleviation, including herbal remedies and medical marijuana but those are topics for another day. In the meantime, I am off to exercise! https://indulgentaging.com/index.php/2018/01/26/nordic-walking-fitness/

Health Life Practicalities of Living

Swimsuits For All: The New Power Suit

June 19, 2018
Swimsuits-for-all models

Leading swimwear brand Swimsuits For All, a FULLBEAUTY brand, released a show stopping campaign entitled ‘Power Suit’ featuring women from all walks of life. Each has her own story and claim to fame including 52-year-old actress and model Brooke Shields, 30-year old supermodel Ashley Graham, 30-year-old mom and reality star Angela Simmons, 67-year-old professional swimmer Pat Gallant Charette and 37-year-old nurse practitioner Katie Duke.

In aiming to empower all women to take off their everyday clothing and stand proud in a swimsuit – the new ‘power suit’ – the campaign seeks to inspire all women to feel just as confident as they would in their professional wardrobe. Women typically feel insecure or oversexualized in a swimsuit and this campaign showcases how women of all ages, races, and sizes can feel just as powerful in their swimsuit as they do in their professional attire.

The imagery from this campaign portrays the women donning bold styles from Swimsuits For All’s summer collection. Each brings a different point-of-view and prowess that stem from different backgrounds and experiences. Coming together to inspire each other and their fans by celebrating their strength in all aspects of their lives, each exemplifies an infectious confidence regardless of age, size or circumstance.

“Working on this campaign with Swimsuits For All was inspiring to me because each one of these women is remarkable,” said Brooke. “Growing up under such scrutiny led me to feel insecure about my looks. Over time, I was able to find confidence in myself through my work, my passions, my network of strong female role models and my journey through motherhood. And now, after 50 years in the spotlight, I can confidently say that my ‘Power Suit’ is being in my own skin, showing my body and not hiding it. I loved being able to share that with these women who have also come to that realization.”

Each of the swimsuits worn in the campaign is available starting in sizes 4 to 24 and available to purchase online now at www.swimsuitsforall.com.

About Swimsuits For All
Swimsuits For All believes that summer is more than a season; it’s a feeling. Embodying a 74-degree state of mind all year long, they provide beautiful swimsuits in sizes 4-34 for every swim adventure. As the online swimwear leader since 2005, Swimsuits For All is known for swimsuits with superior construction, expert fit and innovative designs. Additionally, they carry a line of chlorine resistant swimsuits and workout wear that retains its shape and fabric quality for extra pool time. Through perfect-fitting swimwear catered to every body, Swimsuits For All inspires women of all ages, shapes and sizes to be confident and carefree in the swim they’re in. For more information, visit swimsuitsforall.com.

About FULLBEAUTY Brands
FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc. is the fashion authority for plus size women and men seeking fashion inspiration, style advice, and clothing tailored to their individual needs. Proprietary brands under the FULLBEAUTY Brands Inc. umbrella include: Woman Within®, Roaman’s®, Jessica London®, Swimsuits For All®, KingSize®, BrylaneHome®, and fullbeauty.com®, an online marketplace that offers a curated collection of countless brands and thousands of products, serving as the premier fashion and lifestyle destination for women in sizes 12 +.

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Pharmacy Rebates Save Seniors Money

June 14, 2018
CVS pharmacy aisles

Sharing a portion of negotiated rebates at the pharmacy counter could save seniors in Medicare with diabetes more than $350 annually, according to a new analysis from IHS Markit. The data also show sharing negotiated rebates could save Medicare nearly $1000 annually for every senior taking diabetes medication and reduce total health care spending by approximately $20 billion over the next ten years.

“Robust competition and choice in Medicare Part D has led to expanded coverage and stable premiums, but more needs to be done to improve affordability and predictability for seniors,” said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which commissioned the study. “Sharing negotiated rebates would lower out-of-pocket costs for seniors and result in significant savings across the Medicare program.”

Diabetes is a common disease among Medicare beneficiaries and yet there continues to be significant underutilization of diabetes medicines. Complications resulting from mismanagement of the disease currently costs the Medicare program nearly $100 billion each year.

According to the new IHS Markit analysis, “for brand diabetes medicines, wide availability of competing products within multiple therapeutic classes has enabled payers to negotiate additional savings, reducing the net prices of some products by more than 70 percent.” Currently, most seniors do not see these savings in the prices they pay at the pharmacy counter.

IHS Markit found that sharing 80 percent of these rebates with seniors would lower their out-of-pocket costs by $350 per year and reduce total health care spending by approximately $20 billion over the next ten years due to improved medication adherence and better management of the disease.

The new analysis provides further evidence on the benefits of sharing negotiated savings with patients. Earlier this year, PhRMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the agency to require Part D plans to pass through negotiated discounts and rebates to beneficiaries at the point of sale. In addition, PhRMA recently launched a new “Let’s Talk About Medicare” campaign focused on solutions, like sharing the savings, that would improve affordability and predictability for seniors.

To learn more about “Let’s Talk About Medicare” visit: www.LetsTalkAboutMedicare.org.

About PhRMA
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $65.5 billion in 2016 alone.

Connect with PhRMA
For information on how innovative medicines save lives, please visit:
www.PhRMA.org
www.Innovation.org
www.GoBoldly.com

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More Seniors Face Hunger Today Than Before The Great Recession

June 6, 2018
Food bank truck

Feeding America® and The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) recently released The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2016, a study about food insecurity among seniors in the United States. Food insecurity refers to the lack of access to enough nutritious food. The report shows that 4.9 million seniors age 60 or older (7.7 percent) were food insecure in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. Although the current food-insecurity rate has declined recently, it remains substantially above the rate in 2007 (6.3 percent).

Despite improvements in the economy, millions of seniors in the U.S. are not able to afford enough food. Seniors with the lowest incomes are most at risk of being food insecure. Yet about two-thirds of food-insecure seniors have income above the federal poverty line, and many likely do not qualify for federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

“Many Older Americans encounter a myriad of issues the general population does not face, including health conditions, transportation challenges, and physical limitations,” said Feeding America President Matt Knott. “At Feeding America, we are looking at ways to address food-insecure seniors’ unique needs, so that they can live fuller, more food-secure lives, with as much dignity and independence as possible.”

The issue of food insecurity among the elderly is larger than the lack of access to nutritious food alone. Research also demonstrates that food insecure seniors are at much greater risk of being diabetic, suffering from depression, having congestive heart failure, experiencing a heart attack or having asthma than food-secure elders.

“This 2016 report brings mixed news,” said Enid A. Borden, Founder, CEO of NFESH. “On the one hand, a smaller percentage of seniors experienced food insecurity than in the previous two years – which is a clear demonstration that our efforts to raise public awareness and to address this national tragedy through programs at the community level can make a difference. But the bottom line is that more than twice as many older citizens struggled with lack of adequate food to remain healthy in 2016 as did in 2001.”

As the number of seniors in the U.S. is expected to grow substantially over the coming years if nothing changes millions more seniors will experience food insecurity.

This latest report documents the characteristics of seniors who struggle to meet their nutritional needs. Specifically, in 2016, researchers found:

Seniors who are racial or ethnic minorities, low-income or younger vs. older (age 60-69 vs. age 80+) were most likely to be affected by some level of food insecurity.

Seniors who reported a disability were disproportionately affected, with 24 percent reporting food insecurity.

Senior food insecurity rates vary by state, ranging from 3.4% in North Dakota to 14.1% in Louisiana. Seniors living in the South are more likely to experience food insecurity than seniors living in other parts of the country.

In examining the extent of the threat of hunger nationally among seniors in 2016, the report also provides the rates of senior hunger in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2016 was produced by Feeding America in partnership with NFESH. The study was conducted by researchers Dr. James Ziliak and Dr. Craig Gundersen and is the source for national and state-level information about food insecurity among seniors age 60 and older.

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Kick Isolation by Moving Closer to the Kids!

May 15, 2018

As families become more mobile, often spread across the country, isolation and loneliness among older adults has become a key concern. A New York Times article (“The New Retirement: Near the Kids”) highlighted a solution selected by a growing number of families: move closer to the kids.

In the article, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation, pointed out that family connections become more frequent and more personal when parents move closer to their adult children.

According to Freedonia Group analyst Jennifer Mapes-Christ, “The majority of consumers worry about who will take care of them and how much of a burden they will be on their families as they age. That means that Americans are more open than ever to hiring professional caregivers or moving to a live-in elder care facility when such services are available and they can afford it. However, even if they aren’t providing the care themselves, adult children are more comfortable having Mom and Dad nearby, so they can be assured that their parents are well and receiving quality care.”

Holly Bowers Ruben, one of the adult children profiled whose mother moved closer to her, said “Peace of mind – that has been a huge gift.”

Mapes-Christ points out, “Many people choose to move to warm weather places – including resort-type parts of Florida and Arizona – shortly after retirement for more carefree living. However, as they begin to have trouble living independently, a growing share of those people are choosing to return to their home areas or to where their adult children have settled. This tends to encourage growth in places that are less typically thought of as retirement destinations.”

Furthermore, Mapes-Christ added, “Economically vibrant urban areas are seeing these gains. Increasingly, elder care service providers are constructing senior living communities and expanding home healthcare businesses in areas where younger generations have moved for their own job opportunities.”

About The Freedonia Group – The Freedonia Group, a division of MarketResearch.com, is a leading international industrial research company publishing more than 100 studies annually. Since 1985 we have provided research to customers ranging in size from global conglomerates to one-person consulting firms. More than 90% of the industrial companies in the Fortune 500 use Freedonia Group research to help with their strategic planning. Each study includes product and market analyses and forecasts, in-depth discussions of important industry trends, and market share information. Studies can be purchased at www.freedoniagroup.com.

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New Guidelines for Screening for Prostate Cancer

May 11, 2018

The American Urological Association (AUA), today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) final recommendation statement on Screening for Prostate Cancer. The statement below is attributed to AUA President J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, FACS:

The AUA commends the USPSTF for its decision to maintain its upgraded recommendations for prostate cancer screening in men ages 55 to 69. The final recommendations released today support screening in this age group and are in direct alignment with the AUA’s clinical practice guideline and guidelines from most other major physician groups – including the American Cancer Society, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network – all of which advocate for shared decision making.

We agree with the USPSTF that African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk of developing the disease and that they should discuss with their physicians the benefits and risks of testing in order to make a shared, informed decision.

Regarding the USPSTF’s advice to not screen men over age 70: While we agree that a number of older men are not candidates for prostate cancer testing, we believe that select older, healthier men may garner a benefit. We urge those men to talk with their doctors about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. Like the USPSTF, the AUA acknowledges there is limited evidence surrounding the benefits and risks of prostate cancer testing in men over 70, and we too support the call for increased research to fill the evidence gaps and better inform recommendations for these individuals.

The USPSTF final recommendation statements on the screening for prostate cancer – and the process used to develop them – demonstrate the value of involving specialists, patients and the medical community in creating reasonable and thoughtful clinical guidance that better aligns to and reflects the nation’s clinical and research landscapes. We thank the USPSTF for implementing strategies to solicit feedback from the community on its research plan; for engaging urologists to review the evidence report upon which these recommendations were based; and for taking into account comments from the prostate cancer community in finalizing this guidance. These improved efforts illustrate how the USPSTF, specialists, patients and the community as a whole must align resources and continue to work together to improve the health of all Americans.

Furthermore, we applaud Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL-1) and other leading lawmakers who have encouraged USPSTF to adopt a more transparent process that is inclusive of disease experts and other interested stakeholders. Legislation is needed to ensure transparency and regular input in the process from interested stakeholders and specialists with appropriate expertise.

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 21,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.

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An Urgent Need For Change

May 6, 2018

About a month ago I ended up in the emergency room. I have been having trouble with shortness of breath since January and despite an all clear from my doctor on my heart, lungs and everything else she tested I still was out of breath. Deciding that it must be asthma and planning on a long weekend trip to my sister’s where there are dogs, I had gone to Kaiser’s urgent care to see if I could get an inhaler.

Fifteen minutes later they were wheeling me over to the emergency room with me protesting and panicking the whole way. I couldn’t go to emergency, I had too much to do! I was upset, angry, frustrated and scared, with the words of the doctor who sent me over there ringing in my ears, “Oh sweetie, you have to go. You are a walking time bomb right now.” Well, hell! Who wants to hear that?

So there I was, hooked up to all kinds of monitors, with a bunch of very nice, calm doctors and nurses taking all kinds of tests, again. After about five hours of monitoring me, they finally let me go home with an ongoing diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and a “mild case of congestive heart failure” along with two new prescriptions! Not exactly how I wanted to start my long weekend.

Why am I telling you this rather depressing tale? Because in the weeks that followed I had to make hard choices about what I was going to do about my health and whether or not I was going to lay down and give up or kick ass and take no prisoners as I changed my life. I hope you know which choice I made.

I crawl my way up and down the hallways of my building with my trusty walking sticks trying to get my body to remember how to breathe and walk. I got back on my exercise bike and slowly started increasing my time on it again. I bought a stair step thingy so I could walk up and down in my own home without risking breaking my neck in the stairwells and I made a choice about the way I was going to start eating for hopefully the rest of my life. (More on that later!)

And then I had to work with my attitude. I was depressed about being unhealthy, about getting old, about choices that I made in my life that brought me to this place. Oh boy, me and Frankie were singing the blues, “Regrets, I’ve had a few….”

Finally, my brain kicked my butt enough that I remembered how many times in my life I have dearly, deeply wanted to make a change or do something different, that kind of wanting that comes from your core. I remembered how every single time that happened life kicked me in directions that I had no clue were even options.

It booted me into being a recruiter when I had no idea what I was doing. It kicked me uptown to Beverly Hills 90210 to manage an apartment building, again something that I had no experience doing. It sent me scrambling to Guatemala to live for six months, then gave me a strange and wonderful alternate family for ten years.

Life pushed me kicking and screaming into a publishing job in the entertainment industry, somewhere I never had aspirations to be. And it moved me where I am today, a place that gives me a chance to live my life in many ways on my own terms.

I remembered then that life has a sense of humor much like my own, sarcastic, sassy, hysterical, gut-busting and many times flat out inappropriate! It doesn’t really care if it puts you in situations that seem to be way out of your league. Moving you to where you want to go is the object. How you get there is a whole other story!

I was once again being kicked to the next level, the one that I had asked for in that deep place in my core. Holy cow! Who knows where I will end up next? But it’s guaranteed to be a wild and wonderful ride!

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MPTF’S Social Isolation Impact Summit Addresses Loneliness

May 6, 2018

Community leaders, policy experts, researchers and change agents gathered today for MPTFs (Motion Picture & Television Fund) 2nd Annual Social Isolation and Loneliness Impact Summit. The event took place at MPTF’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills.

The Summit featured presentations and workshops where experts shared key insights, best practices and conducted discussions about ways to effectively collaborate to create meaningful changes throughout Los Angeles. Paul Cann, co-founder of the U.K. Campaign to End Loneliness, delivered the keynote address with special presentations by Carla M. Perissinotto, M.D., associate professor of Geriatrics at University of California San Francisco and Lynda Flowers, J.D., M.S.N., R.N., senior policy advisor at AARP Public Policy Institute. Community leaders representing a variety of Los Angeles based organizations led conversations addressing loneliness and social isolation in the transportation, education, intergenerational services and housing arenas.

“Meaningful social connections are a critical component of good health and well-being,” said Scott Kaiser, M.D., chief innovation officer and practicing geriatrician at MPTF. “Chronic isolation and loneliness have profound negative impacts on health, quality of life, and even, mortality. With this summit, we’re bringing together key stakeholders to raise the profile of this issue and share ways we can intervene to mitigate these adverse effects.”

“AARP Foundation is committed to ending isolation in older adults,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president, AARP Foundation. “We are delighted to collaborate with MPTF to create a deeper understanding of isolation and loneliness, drawing much-needed attention to these issues, and to identify solutions that foster social connections older adults need to live well and thrive.”

Social isolation and loneliness are recognized as a growing epidemic and a critical health concern in the aging and disabled populations. Mounting evidence links social isolation and loneliness to poor health, depression, disability and increased risk of death. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they are lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Approximately one-third of Americans over 65 live alone, as do half of those over age 85. Recent studies find that individuals with fewer social connections have disrupted sleep patterns, higher levels of stress hormones, altered immune systems and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Research shows that the negative health consequences of chronic isolation and loneliness, while harmful at any age, are especially so for older adults. One recent study (Holt-Lunstad, 2015) found that the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

Last year, MPTF launched the Daily Call Sheet – a volunteer-driven telephone outreach program to combat social isolation and loneliness among entertainment industry members and their families. Funded with the support of AARP Foundation, MPTF’s Daily Call Sheet is a scalable and replicable program that can be shared with other social services organizations throughout Los Angeles and beyond.

MPTF’s Annual Social Isolation and Loneliness Impact Summit is one of the many ways that the organization is committed to taking care of its own. Other activities and events include MPTF’s Deal With It: A Women’s Conference, an annual summit to empower women in entertainment, Annual Health & Fitness Day, an annual festival focused on living and aging well, and the Daily Call Sheet, a volunteer-driven telephone outreach program to combat social isolation and loneliness among entertainment industry members and their families.

About MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund)
MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) supports the entertainment community in living and aging well, with dignity and purpose, and in helping each other in times of need. What began more than 96 years ago as the Motion Picture Relief Fund has flourished into MPTF, a comprehensive service organization that remains at the core of the entertainment industry.

MPTF belongs to everyone in the entertainment business and its successes are embodied in the spirit of stepping up and giving back. With the engagement and generosity of thousands of people from within the entertainment industry community, MPTF serves thousands in the entertainment community each year with financial assistance, social services, and retirement living.

The entertainment industry has a longtime history of taking care of its own like no other industry in the world. People are at the heart of what MPTF does each day, and it is the extraordinary generosity of countless donors, families, and volunteers that enables the organization to deliver services to industry members in need.

To learn more, visit www.mptf.com, www.Facebook.com/mptf, www.Twitter.com/mptf, Instagram: @MPTF

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My 30 Year Plan

April 29, 2018

It has been a while since I posted here. Even the news stories that I normally post have been piling up in my to-do folder. And the reason you ask? I have not been having a very “indulgent aging” time in the last couple of months. As a matter of fact, I was on my way to a doctor’s appointment the other day and thinking about this site and told myself maybe I really needed to start one called gettingoldsucks.com! It is very hard to come up with cheerful, positive and encouraging stories about indulgent aging when you are doing nothing of the kind.

However, I think I have pretty much always been a “glass half full” kind of person and I am also a stubborn bitch when I put my mind to it and damn it I am going to have a happy old age if it kills me!

I have started feeling better and it did occur to me the other day that my current battle with my doctors and health has put my focus firmly on driving my doctors crazy and paying attention to what I eat and how to move my body on a long-term instead of start-something-and-quit basis. And I am making progress. I have read and Googled medical information and books until my eyes bleed but finally feel comfortable with the decisions that I am making. The fact that my blood pressure is lower along with my blood sugar makes me smile and that is an encouraging thing.

I also decided that the “getting old sucks” theme was the elephant in my room of indulgent aging and I might as well address it here instead of trying to pretend that all is hunky dory in the world of battered knees, weird, wrinkly places and as one of my male friends lamented “hair growing everywhere but where you want it”!

I live and work in a building populated by seniors 55 and older and I can tell you first hand that there is a wide range of aging styles in life. The most amazing thing to me when I started working here was that there seems to be this phenomenon where visible aging takes a timeout right around 60 and between the years of 60 to late 80’s there is very little change in the way people look and feel. And then in the 90’s the look and feel of aging seems to accelerate again. But the good news is that from 60 to late 80’s is close to 30 years! 30 years to learn new things, meet new people (or the man of your dreams), travel, volunteer, march in protests, work out every day and grow those muscles, all kinds of things can happen in 30 years.

I’ve decided that part of my job right now is focusing on my health, taking the time for me and for my body which I want to have around for my 30-year adventure. My biggest goal right now? Walking 30 minutes a day, with my kick-ass purple Nordic walking sticks, (I plan on starting a new trend!) and I promise I will share the good and bad with you along the way.