The Journey to Healthy Aging – How Living with Purpose is the Key to Happiness and Good Health


Like fine wine, you can age gracefully. Maintaining an active lifestyle as you age keeps your body healthy, and so does making smarter food choices. However, there’s more to healthy aging than exercise and a well-balanced diet.

Having a sense of purpose can do wonders for your health and happiness. In an interview with Margaret Manning, Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, former Faculty Dean at Harvard Medical School, illustrates how our search for meaning influences our journey to healthy aging.

Why You Need to Find a Sense of Purpose

Living with purpose makes you happier as you age. If you embrace a purpose-driven life, you are more likely going to outlive those who aren’t motivated by such aspirations. Having a strong sense of purpose will inspire you to pursue a healthier, happier life.

Even as you face the mental and physical changes caused by aging, a sense of purpose will motivate you to set meaningful goals and empower you to pursue them. You can stay mentally and physically active in your pursuit of these goals. As a result, you can improve your health and well-being.

What Gives Meaning to Your Life?

Only you – and you alone – have the answer to this question. Like many people, you might not be able to find what you’re looking for right away. However, you can try and try again until you finally understand what gives meaning to your life.

In your search for purpose, you can reflect on it alone or engage in discussions with your friends. Keeping a written record of everything you do in a day might also help you figure out your purpose in life. By rating each item on that list from one to ten (ten being the highest), you can understand what activities make you the happiest and which ones make you miserable.

At the end of the month, cross off everything you rated from one to six. Focus on the activities that are marked seven to ten because your purpose in life is most likely going to be one of those.

How Can You Cultivate a Sense of Purpose?

Sometimes, people realize their purpose in life after witnessing tragedy, much like Colombian national Jaime Jaramillo Uribe, who is popularly called Papa Jaime. After witnessing the tragic death of a 7-year-old child, he knew what he wanted to do in life – save as many orphans as he could.

However, your purpose doesn’t need to be as bold and audacious as Papa Jaime’s. Even the simplest of acts like taking care of your grandchild or tending a garden can motivate you to keep going in life. Doing these small acts of kindness can make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own.

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How Do You Know You Have Just Enough? The Secret to Staying Downsized

Staying Downsized

You’ve gone through the incredibly hard process of downsizing your house to a smaller place – maybe a much smaller place. You’ve moved, organized things, and figured out just where to put everything you took with you.

If you haven’t, you’ve probably gotten rid of more things or rented an external storage unit, for which you’re paying a not insignificant amount every month.

But then, after you’ve settled in for some time, you’re horrified to find that spaces are beginning to fill up again! All those empty bookshelves now have books and other things on them.

It’s gradually beginning to get harder and harder to hang another new pair of jeans in the closet. The drawers in the kitchen are getting fuller and fuller, so that, again, you’re beginning to have to hold things down to close the drawer.

You realize that it’s time to STOP! Good for you!

Downsizing Is a Process, Not an Event

Over the past couple of years since my own downsizing, moving into a much smaller place, and writing of my book The Upside of Downsizing: Getting to Enough, I’ve come to believe that downsizing is not a one-time event – it’s a way of life.

And just like any other way of life, it requires constant vigilance until it is so habitual you don’t need to think about it. It’s just the way you live.

Think about a time when you decided to make some kind of significant change in your life. It may have been to stop eating red meat, or go completely vegetarian. It may have been to exercise at least 10 minutes every single day, or to get eight hours of sleep no matter what.

It may have been to cut your daily screen time by half, and then by another half. Or to have a real family dinner with conversation at least two nights a week. Or whatever else you decided was important for you and/or for your family.

Remember those first few days and weeks. Sticking to your commitment to yourself was really tough, and it took a lot of resolve and thought to keep at it. But gradually, if you did stick with it, it became easier and easier until it was just the way you live.

My Own Journey

I remember when I stopped eating red meat. It was in the mid-1980s. I was living in New York, and suddenly meat was very expensive. I had my first teaching job at a university and, although it was much more money than I had ever earned in my life, it was not a lot to live comfortably in New York City.

I decided that I would stop buying the very expensive meat so that I would have money to do other fun things I wanted to do.

Well, I had grown up in the Midwest, and every night our dinners consisted of meat, potatoes, and vegetable. Always meat. Always. So, not having meat night after night for dinner was really hard, but I did it because I wanted to be able to do other things.

Looking back now, I’m not sure when it became just the way I eat, but it definitely did. It would never occur to me now to have a big, fat hamburger or thick steak. I don’t feel deprived. I don’t long for any of those things.

And that’s the direction we need to head in when we decide to have a downsized way of life. We just don’t acquire anything without carefully thinking about it.

Stop Acquiring Before It Starts (Again)

When a new object tries to enter your life, ask yourself: “Do I really need this?” If not, “Do I really want it?” If so, “Where will it go? What will I get rid of to make room for it? What if I wait one week until I get it?” After the week is over, if you still want it, go ahead.

You can also keep a bag in the corner of the room. As you come across things you realize you don’t need, put them in the bag, promising yourself that anything that goes in doesn’t come out, unless it really, truly went in by mistake. (Or it belongs to someone else and they suddenly realized it’s missing and want it back.)

We Are Enough

For many of us, it’s important to remember that we are enough. Just the way we are. We are complete. We are ourselves. There’s never been another person like us, and there never will be again.

There may sometimes be things about ourselves we’d like to change, but that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong now. There’s just something we decide we’d like to make different about how we are in the world.

Fundamentally, you’re still you, I’m still me, and we’re both just fine the way we are. We are enough, and we don’t need to add anything to be more OK, in spite of all the advertising messages we get every day telling us, how much better or happier we’ll be after we buy whatever they’re selling.

Choosing a downsizing way of life is not necessarily an easy way to go. Many of us have spent a lifetime acquiring, acquiring, acquiring… and then holding onto a thing “just in case we need it again.”

What we are committing to today is to no longer live that way. Going forward, we will strive to live with “just enough,” not too much, and not too little.

I’d love to hear from you about how it’s going for you. I’ve committed to it, and I still need to remind myself every day. Find a friend who would like to try this with you. Let’s help each other.

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60 Is Not the End of the Game: Start Exercising and Reap All the Benefits

60 Is Not the End of the Game: Start Exercising and Reap All the Benefits

It can get old hearing exhortation after exhortation about exercising. In fact, it’s almost as exhausting reading or hearing about it as doing it. After all, isn’t it just too late at this point?

This study says otherwise.

It’s Never Too Late

For those of us who are in our 60s or later, the simple truth is that no matter where we are, it’s never too late to get the benefits of regular exercise. That’s true – believe it or not – even for those of us who have totally slacked off for decades, or even for those wheelchair-bound.

This tends to fly in the face of conventional wisdom, which leads too many of us to believe that once we hit a certain point, there’s no going back.

Nothing could be further from the truth. However, there are some provisos.

While all of us can benefit tremendously from regular movement, be it Gentle Yoga or just walking the block, let’s be clear. That 25” waist you and I may have sported in our youth may not come back.

It might, but in all fairness to the bodies which have carried us thus far (and in many cases, delivered one or more children), can we kindly give ourselves permission to be where we are?

It’s Not Really About Age

The real issue is health. Fitness. The ability to live a good life, a happy life, underscored by a better level of fitness.

While the study focused on folks in mid-life, the same is true for those later in life. The Internet is full of stories of women who took up running or bodybuilding or other exercises at or near 60 or later and transformed themselves.

The point is to get up and get out, as the late and great, the godfather of fitness, Jack Lalanne used to exhort us to do. Fitness is not just for the young.

It is for anyone of us who wants to have a more youthful body and the attendant attitude that vibrant health can deliver. In fact, for many, exercise may well even, in some ways, reverse or slow down our aging process.

Fitness, Your Style

Let’s be fair here. You don’t have to be like my friend Susan, who, at 67, is an international triathlete. You don’t have to be like my buddy Annie, who, at the very same age, goes rafting in the Arctic and is an avid horseback rider. You most certainly do not need to do adventure travel like I do.

It’s not about “be like.” There is no imperative to be like anyone except the best possible version of who you can be. What that looks like is completely up to you and is dependent upon your patience with your body. And, a sense of humor about how we have inevitably changed with age.

Look. As fit as I am, I still have boobs under my arms that weren’t there 10 years ago. It’s part of the price that we pay for the longer lives we live. Having a laugh at what life throws at our bodies is part of what life mastery looks like.

Someday, when women take over the brassiere industry (as they did with Spanx), they will design bras that neither create the side boobs, nor will they overemphasize what we do or don’t have. They will be uber-comfortable, especially for the aging body, and kindly accommodate whatever spillover exists.

It’s All About Movement

But I digress.

Movement gets us life. Many of us grew up with an aging Jack Lalanne, and many of our mothers sweated on the floor to his exuberant energy. He finally passed, the original fitness icon, at 96 in 2011.

His endless joie de vivre was in part driven by his exceptional health, his fitness regime, and careful nutrition habits. He tried hard to imbue a nation with his message.

Here’s one of my favorite Lalanne quotes from an interview for Alive Magazine in March of 2007:

The first thing I did when I was 40 years old, I put handcuffs on and I jumped off Alcatraz prison and swam to San Francisco handcuffed. That made national publicity. Then, there were three or four years where I would do more difficult feats.

Another birthday I towed a thousand-pound boat across the Golden Gate. On my 65th Birthday, I towed 65 boats a mile and a half in Tokyo. On my 70th Birthday, I towed 70 boats with 70 people in them, with my feet and hands tied, a mile and a half in Long Beach… My next Birthday I will be 93. I’m gonna tow my wife across the bathtub.

You and I don’t have to be Jack. Nor do we have to be Jane Fonda, who looks unbelievable at 80. (Okay, yes, she has a great surgeon, but she also is a fitness enthusiast. This YouTube video is hilarious and wise.)

Look for Joy When You Exercise

The point is to find something that allows you to enter the exercise world easily, with limited discomfort, and which gives you joy. What will you do regularly that you enjoy? It makes no difference.

The point is to move, because movement is life.

That movement gives you options as you age, which is the whole point. It’s not about being thin. It’s not about becoming a late-in-life athlete. This is not about trying to be like anyone else or to look like a fitness model at 69.

It is about reclaiming your birthright to be happy and energetic at any age, at any waist size, no matter how many extra breasts we may have sprouted (or lost, for that matter) and to have the best possible life you can imagine. With health, you and I have options. Without it, the options diminish.

Enjoy Your Best Years

Is it way too late? Never. Not at all. Find a friend. Start walking. Start the Gentle Yoga program. Rediscover the joy of movement, and with that, the joy of life and a youthful attitude.

Because these really can be your best years. That is, if you and I give up any notion of reclaiming our 20-something figure and instead concentrate on having the fittest, healthiest, happiest life we can possibly enjoy.

Not to coin a phrase or anything but, Just do it.

And I might add, NOW.

The rest of your life is waiting.

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3 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn’t Working (and How to Fix It)

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If I had a dime for every time someone told me, “I’ve tried everything and still can’t lose weight / get fit / tone my arms!” I’d be writing this from my own private island in the middle of the South Pacific.

Such is not the case. I’m in my home office without an island in sight, yet I still receive these emails without compensation.

First, a brief backstory…

Like so many trainers, when I began my career in 1995 (let’s have a moment of silence for that era), I got into the business thinking I could rid the world of unwanted poundage, inspire the uninspired to get off their couches, and share the wonders of fitness to the world!

In other words, I was completely off my rocker.

I soon learned the cold, hard truth: It’s not that easy, and not everyone gets results.

In fact, more than half of new exercisers quit and go back to their couches and ditch this whole crazy get-fit idea after about six weeks, surveys show.

So, if you decided to get in shape this past January 1st, chances are good you’ve fallen by the wayside, so to speak, by now.

If not, good for you! You’ve beat the odds.

If so, I can help.

Let’s take a look at why so many people fail to see results and what you can do to avoid becoming a statistic.

Fitness Fail #1: You Set Unrealistic Expectations

Going from zero to 100 mph in the form of “not working out at all” to “working out every day” is not going to happen. Sure, you may do it for a week or so, but if you’re doing the same routine over and over each day, one of a couple things is bound to happen: you get bored or you get injured.

Both are motivation killers.

Or, another common unrealistic goal may be striving to drop a bunch of dress sizes within a short period of time.

FITNESS FIX: Start from where you are and set small goals. Instead of vowing to exercise every day, start with three times a week. Or, better yet, do something active but different on alternate days.

For example, if you weight-train Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, plan on doing cardio, yoga or stretching on alternate days.

Fitness Fail #2: You Do a Little but Expect a Lot

Performing a couple sets of ab crunches and expecting flatter abs is like eating a salad and wondering why you’ve not yet lost weight.

The problem is, technology allows us to download books in seconds, receive groceries within hours, and view movies on demand.

But here’s the thing: Our bodies did not get the same memo.

Evolutionary beliefs aside, not a whole lot has changed within the human species in the way of metabolism, digestion muscle building, and other bodily processes.

Real change takes time.

People who see results stick with a routine or workout for weeks or even months before expecting to see visible changes in their bodies.

Of course, you’ll experience other benefits such as sleeping more soundly and feeling more energetic fairly quickly, but seeing a new line of definition in your triceps? You’ll need to hang in there a bit for that.

But when that day rolls around you’ll be ordering a case of tank tops to reveal those puppies to the world.

FITNESS FIX: Trust that it’s happening beneath the surface. Patience and consistency win the race! Do the right things and focus on the process, not the outcome. Results will happen as long as you stay on track… which brings me to my final point.

Fitness Fail #3: You’re Not Doing It Right

“Not doing it right” may refer to several issues:

  • You’re using poor exercise form from either copying someone else at the gym – or trying to “wing it” on your own.
  • You only do the things you want to do, so your program isn’t well rounded.
  • You do a little of this and a bit of that, cross your fingers, and hope for the best.
  • You stay within your comfort zone and never push yourself a bit.

FITNESS FIX: Do your research. Look for nationally certified trainers, whether you hire one for an in-person workout or follow them on social media for guidance and instruction.

Be sure to include both cardio and strength training and challenge yourself while staying within your own abilities. For example, a leisurely stroll is fine for socializing, but if you want to burn serious calories you’ll need to pick up the pace.

Same goes for lifting weights: You’ll need to use enough weight to feel you’re putting in some effort, or you won’t see the changes you’d like.

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Signs of Alzheimer’s or Normal Forgetfulness?

Worried about someone’s memory or cognitive function?

Do you wonder if your parent or spouse’s increased forgetfulness or strange behavior is a normal part of aging or if they’re signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?

Don’t jump to any conclusions yet. There are big differences between the normal forgetfulness that comes with age and the warning signs of cognitive impairment.

Plus, there are many common and treatable health conditions that can cause dementia-like symptoms.

So how do you know if the behavior you’re noticing in your older adult is normal or if they need to be evaluated by a doctor?

We found a helpful explanation of 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s from the Alzheimer’s Association.

From this list, we highlight the key differences between normal aging behavior and possible early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia in 5 real-life situations.

Signs of Alzheimer’s vs normal aging in 5 everyday situations

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It turns out that everyone loses some memory-making and cognitive abilities as they age. The decline starts by age 40 and keeps going.

So, occasional forgetfulness (Where did I leave my keys? What did I come here to get?) probably isn’t something to worry about.

But there are signs that the behavior you’re observing could be outside the norm. Here’s how that might look in 5 everyday situations:

1. Everyday tasks like using the TV remote or microwave oven
Normal aging: Needing help or reminders once in a while

Signs of Alzheimer’s: Trouble with familiar or daily tasks like getting lost driving to a local store they’ve shopped for 10 years, forgetting how to make a favorite recipe they’ve cooked for decades, or not understanding how to play a card game they play regularly.

2. Multi-step or complex tasks like paying bills or cooking a meal
Normal aging: Making mistakes once in a while when balancing a checkbook or cooking a meal (Oops, forgot the paprika!).

Signs of Alzheimer’s: Difficulty planning, problem solving, or sequencing steps, like trouble following a familiar recipe or not being able to keep track of monthly bills.

3. Keeping track of time
Normal aging: Sometimes getting temporarily confused about the day of the week, then figuring it out later. (Is today Tuesday or Wednesday? Oh that’s right, it’s Wednesday.)

Signs of Alzheimer’s: Having trouble tracking dates, seasons, and the passage of time. Sometimes forgetting where they are or how they got there.

4. Judgement and decision-making
Normal aging: Once in a while using poor judgment or making bad decisions like drinking too much at a big party or spending too much money on something frivolous.

Signs of Alzheimer’s: Frequently uses bad judgment or makes unwise decisions like giving large amounts of money to telemarketers or scammers, buying tons of unnecessary stuff from online shopping channels, or paying less attention than normal to personal hygiene – like wearing the same clothes, refusing to bathe, etc.

5. Personality changes
Normal aging: Getting annoyed or irritated when a long-held habit or routine is disrupted.

Signs of Alzheimer’s: Noticeable changes in mood or personality like getting confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. Or, being easily upset at home, at work, with friends, or in places where they’re out of their comfort zone.

Bottom line

If you notice significant, serious, or sudden behavior changes in your older adult, schedule a checkup with their doctor right away.

If these changes are caused by Alzheimer’s or dementia, early detection and treatment could help reduce and manage symptoms – allowing them to stay independent longer.

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Blending Technology with Older Traditions to Preserve Memories

Blending Technology with Older Traditions to Preserve Memories

Not so long ago, the way to hold onto memories was to create photo albums and scrapbooks. Today most people use apps like Facebook and tag their photos. Online backups keep photos safe indefinitely. I could go on, but you get the idea.

What If All Is Lost?

The next logical question would be, what if the worst happens and all is lost? No online backup. No Facebook app. Nothing online at all. Yes, I have been reading fiction about having no power. Basically, the apocalypse.

I was given an Amazon gift by Amazon – no idea why they gave it to me – and I used it to buy sets of books for my Kindle. More than one set was about “the worst happens and there is no power,” anywhere of any kind.

No zombies – just no power. Many would say that having no power is worse than dealing with zombies. But I digress…

As someone who likes crafting, I thought I would take the best of both worlds and blend them together to make something tangible. That way if the worst happens, I will still have some memories.

A New Way to Save Memories

My husband and I started taking selfies. It was actually his idea. I am surprised that I did not think of it myself. Anyway, I like to do things myself rather than taking advantage of a service like Shutterfly.

I have a handy app on my phone that allows me to print photos to my printer. So, when I take a selfie, I edit it a bit if necessary, then I just have to print it out and place it in an actual memory book.

You can call it a scrapbook or a photo album or whatever name you want to apply to it. The point is, I have a backup copy of my photos, and I can embellish the pages in whatever manner I like.

Create Your Own Memory Book

There are so many options to choose from for making a memory book. I have a Cricut machine and a sewing machine. I also have local shops nearby that carry all kinds of supplies at reasonable prices.

I have a reputation of never buying anything at full price. It has to be on sale, clearance or at the Dollar Stores or I don’t buy it. If you don’t already know, after Christmas is the best time to buy wrapping paper and gift bags. Everything is on clearance then.

You can create your own embellishments as well. I have done many of them myself. For example: Buy a package of sticker stars and add glue and glitter or whatever else you can think of that you would like.

One advantage to making your own memory book is that you can design it according to your preference. You are not limited to those pre-made photo albums or scrapbooks. You can create and display your own style.

This is one of those subjects that one could go on and on about, but I won’t. I will leave it here.

If you enjoy being creative and making your own embellishments, great! If not, there are many ready-made options to choose from at very reasonable prices. Either way, save your memories and have fun doing it! You never know when the apocalypse might hit. Will your memories be safe?

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Spring Greens Can Give Your Aging Body a Boost: Learn How with These Tips!


Do you ever stroll through a garden or a forest in springtime, with the sun shining down upon you, and you almost “see” the greens spring up before your eyes?

These beautiful greens have been in a dormant phase for several months, just waiting for the soil to warm up so new growth can burst forth. Watching them sprout can be inspirational to those of us who are not great fans of the cold dark months of winter.

Change of Seasons – Change of Menu

I do not, as a rule, eat raw salads in the winter. Salads are cold foods, and most of the ingredients are not local to where I live, so I switch from salads to cooked or roasted vegetables during the cold season. That makes the arrival of spring even more glorious.

Just as I’m getting tired of cooked vegetables, the wondrous spring salad makes its grand appearance. They might be a mix of raw spinach, early lettuce, scallions, finely chopped kale, avocado, and a burst of chopped pear or apple if tomatoes aren’t looking great yet.

So Many Choices

What’s really fascinating about greens is they are the perfect antidote to those extra pounds you may have gained over the winter. They are high nutrient/low-calorie foods.

Spring greens – spinach, spring peas, green beans, asparagus, kale, collard greens, bok choy, and chard, to name a few – are hydrating and support the liver and gall bladder.

They are quite effective in flushing out the sludge of heavier foods you might have eaten to keep you warm in winter. What’s more, green vegetables are treasure troves of vitamins and minerals you need every day to give your body energy and protection from disease.

If you’re wondering which foods are especially appropriate for the spring season, I’ve prepared a shopping guide to help you out.

Take Care of Yourself and Feel the Difference

In addition to eating copious amounts of green vegetables in spring, here are 4 tips to help your body and your mind feel younger than you have in years. Remember, it’s not the number, it’s how we live, mind and body, that tells the real story of who we are.

  • Stretch! Before and after any activity, give your body a good stretch.
  • Get moving! Moving is essential for staying young. Your joints need movement to support a healthy metabolism or energy burn.
  • Get outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine are good medicine for mind and body.
  • Plant something and care for it as it grows. This will expand your connection with the world. It’s also therapeutic!

As you get more active you will notice how incorporating lots of greens into your spring diet will support the things you want to do. They will enable your muscles to be more flexible while reducing the incidence of leg cramps (ooh, those hurt). As an added bonus, greens will nourish your skin.

Cleansing is a common practice for clearing out the winter sludge, and I can help you out with a simple 5-day online cleanse that will restore your energy and vigor.

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Mobilize Your Money: Manage Your Post Retirement Funds Wherever You Go


Online and mobile banking allows us to manage our money without having to step foot in a bank. The banking industry has evolved significantly over the past decade. With the prevalence of smartphones, online banking is becoming the primary way people are managing their finances.

While it may be a little scary to start banking online, it can simplify your life. If you can connect to the Internet, you can take care of almost all your banking needs from anywhere at any time of day or night.

Online Banking Benefits

There are a ton of benefits to online banking, and here are the top three:

Electronic Statements

With e-statements, you don’t have to wait until you receive your monthly report in the mail to check your balance, checks cleared, etc. If you have a question about your account, the information is at your fingertips.

Also, receiving your statements electronically is more friendly to the environment. You can download them and save them on your computer or smartphone if you choose, or just know that they are accessible for several years by logging into your account.

Automated Bill Payments

Almost all your bill payment can now be set up as automatic; everything from your mortgage, car, utilities, and insurance.

Once you set-up the automated payments, you don’t have to even think about them. Payment is sent on the same day at the scheduled time frame (i.e., once a month, or every month on the 20th).

Mobile Check Deposits

No more having to drive to your local bank branch or an ATM to deposit a check! You can do it from anywhere by just snapping a photo of the front and back of a check.

Additional Benefits

Other benefits of using online banking (depending on your bank) are creating and managing your budget, setting up travel notifications, so there aren’t issues with credit cards when on vacation, and sending money to anyone you know with a couple of taps.

Is Online Banking Safe?

The online banking industry has a good track record, but there are always risks. The same way brick and mortar banks have safeguards in place to maintain security, so do their online counterparts.

Banks typically use 128-bit encryption or higher to protect your information. Encryption scrambles the data, making it more secure. When you’re online, check the web address of every website you are to log into, looking for https:// and the padlock before typing in your username and password.

Your bank is continuously monitoring your accounts for fraud. If they detect something they deem suspicious, you will be notified via text, email, or phone.

Be careful with scam email that may be masquerading as coming from your bank. Your bank will send notifications about something happening with your account or actions that are taken. It will not send you an email seeking private information, or to click on a link.

Many financial institutions require you to use two-step authentication to provide an additional layer of security. Either you can use an authenticator app or receive a text message with a code when you log in to your account. Two-factor authentication ensures that it’s you attempting to log in to your account.

While two-step authentication is the latest trend, some banks may use security questions, such as, “What is the name of your first pet?” Make sure the answers to these are not commonly known or easy for others to guess.

You Are Responsible for Your Online Security

When it comes to online safety, technology isn’t the problem. It is the people misusing the technology that leads to the issues.

Don’t just rely on the banks to keep your accounts safe, be proactive and educate yourself on online security best practices, such as:

  • Activate two-factor authentication.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi unless you are using a secure VPN connection.
  • Use complex passwords. “Complex” means a random string of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols that is at least 12 characters.
  • Use unique passwords for every account you have (this is where a password manager comes in handy).
  • Don’t click on links in emails.
  • Keep your devices updated.
  • Secure your phone/computer/tablet with an 8-12-digit passcode or complex password.

Online banking gives you freedom to manage your money wherever you are. If you take some simple security steps, you can rest assured your funds are safe.

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Live A Longer, Healthier Life – According to Dr. Sanjiv Chopra


Younger folks want to live as long as possible. But, as you age, your perspective about life will start to change with each passing year. Eventually, you will come to realize that it’s not just the number of years in your life, but the quality of the life you lead within those years.

Today, Margaret Manning sat down with Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, best-selling author, motivational speaker, and former Faculty Dean at Harvard Medical School, to discuss five simple yet essential habits that lead to a longer, healthier, happier life. Enjoy the show!

Drink Your Coffee

Liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths around the world. Since 2000, the mortality rates have increased by nearly 3% each year. However, drinking a cup or two of coffee a day lowers your risk of liver cancer, as well as six other types of cancers.

Some studies show that people who drink their coffee display less liver scarring than those who don’t. Others suggest that if you drink about two cups of coffee every day, you reduce your risk of hospitalization and early death. Drinking your coffee can also improve your cognitive function.

Exercise Regularly

If you love eating but don’t lead an active lifestyle, you increase your risk of obesity. Lack of exercise makes you susceptible to diabetes, liver disease, hypertension, and about twenty different types of cancers.

You don’t need to do rigorous exercise to stay healthy. Walking for about ten to fifteen minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy weight, manage various conditions, and live a healthier life.

Take Your Vitamin D3

To live a long, healthy, and happy life, take Vitamin D3 daily. Having sufficient levels of Vitamin D in your system keeps your bones strong and prevents bone disorders such as osteomalacia and rickets.

If you are deficient in other vitamins, make sure you take the recommended amount as well. Take your vitamins regularly, so you can stay healthy as you age. Take your vitamins at the same time every day so you won’t forget.

Eat Your Nuts

Some of the healthiest foods you can eat are nuts. Packed with unsaturated fatty acids and several nutrients, nuts raise your good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Eating small amounts every day can even help you live longer.

There’s also a study that suggests that overweight individuals who don’t exercise can live longer if they consume small amounts of nuts daily.

Meditate Every Day

Make meditation a daily habit. There are several reasons why you should. For starters, it helps you relieve stress. No matter what you’re going through, you can find inner peace, as well as the courage to face your challenges, by meditating.

Consistency is key to making it a habit. So, start by setting aside five minutes of your day to meditate. As they say, if you don’t have time to do that, you ought to meditate twice a day.

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4 Caregiving Tips for Getting Siblings to Help with Parents

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Caregiving is more stressful if siblings aren’t supportive

When you’re taking care of your parents, the last thing you need is more stress or resentment because of issues with your siblings.

But getting siblings to help with parents can bring up old family arguments, cause sibling rivalries to flare up, and generally add to your burden.

We found helpful advice in an article from Family Caregiver Alliance about resolving common issues when caregiving with your siblings.

We’ve highlighted the 4 tips we found most helpful in getting more caregiving support from siblings.

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4 tips for getting more support from your siblings

1. Ask yourself what you really want from your siblings
Before you can ask others for something, you need to have figured out what you want. It’s important to ask yourself what kind of caregiving help you really want.

Caregivers often find themselves turning down help that’s offered. If you’ve done that, think about why. Maybe you want help with certain tasks and not others.

Maybe you only want help at certain times or just once in awhile. Or maybe you’d like your siblings to help pay for services or for respite care.

This is important because if you’re not exactly sure what you want, you may be sending your siblings mixed messages. For example, some caregivers will sometimes refuse help, but other times get angry because they’re not getting enough help.

To improve your chances of getting the help you need:

  • Don’t fall into the common trap of thinking that you shouldn’t have to ask. Your siblings can’t read your mind and might assume that you have everything handled. Plus, if they’ve never been the primary caregiver, they truly don’t know how overwhelming it is.
  • Ask clearly, directly, and for something specific. For example, say “Can you stay with mom every Thursday? I have to get the grocery shopping done for the week and it also gives me some time to myself.”
  • Ask for something realistic. Think about the relationship your sibling has with mom or dad and ask for what they can realistically give. For example, if your sister can’t spend 10 minutes with mom without screaming at her, don’t ask her to do that. Instead, ask for something that works better, like doing paperwork or bringing groceries or medication refills.


2. Ask yourself if you want more emotional support from siblings instead of having them do something to help
Caregiving is lonely and isolating and most caregivers feel unappreciated. If what you’d really like is more emotional support, say so.

You could ask them to call once a week or say that it would help if they recognized and appreciated what you’re doing.


3. Stop the cycle of guilt and anger and be careful about how you ask for help
Try to avoid making your siblings feel guilty. It’s tempting because you’re probably feeling angry and resentful.

It’s difficult, but taking the high road benefits you because guilt only makes them feel uncomfortable and defensive. They might get angry, minimize or criticize what you’re doing, or avoid you.

That will make you even more angry and you’ll want to make them feel even more guilty. That puts everyone into a vicious negative cycle that doesn’t get you the help you need and deserve.

When you do ask for help, be careful of your tone and body language. If you’re angry, that’s what your siblings will see and hear even if the words you use are polite.

Asking with a pleasant tone works much better than asking angrily. Like the saying goes, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”


4. Get help from a professional outside the family
Caring for parents is an emotional and stressful time and families have long, complicated histories.

That combination can make communicating difficult because it’s easy for everyone involved to overreact, misinterpret, or rehash old fights.

If family discussions keep turning into fights and decisions aren’t being made, consider getting a professional to help. People like family therapists, social workers, geriatric care managers, elder mediators, or faith leaders can help families work through tough situations.

Sometimes it takes an unbiased outside party to resolve conflicts, focus conversations on the present, and find solutions that everyone can accept.


Next Step  Get more tips on how to work with siblings when caring for parents at Family Caregiver Alliance


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