#Aging Well – Helping our Parents and Grandparents Navigate a Path to Healthy Living

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I participated in this program on behalf of Aetna and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Aging is a fact of life, and, like most things that are inevitable, it’s best to try and make friends with it. After all, our attitudes really determine how we live our lives.

My Mom would always tell me as she got older that inside she felt like a young girl. She kept that youthful outlook throughout her life. When she was younger, my Mom loved to sing opera and to dance salsa and jitterbug. She would tell me stories about how she and Dad danced in the streets on their honeymoon in Cuba. She was a hot ticket.

As my Mom got older, she developed some health problems which made it much harder to do the things she loved to do, but, of course, she retained her irrepressible spirit. We would always try to take a walk around the block and stop to look at the ocean. She took a t’ai chi class which she loved and I took it with her. Every weekend, we would go to our favorite seafood restaurant and order something healthy and delicious. Salmon with grilled asparagus was a favorite. She cut out salt and ate more salads. I would take her grocery shopping with me, even if it meant she had to lean more on the cart. She loved Jeopardy and her favorite gift was always more crossword puzzle books. These kept her mind active and young as well.

Parents and grandparents can still stay active, even though it may not be in the same ways as when they were younger. New and healthy foods can be an adventure and one that helps ease inflammation and blood sugar issues.

In short, we can help our elders age gracefully and healthfully.

This fall, Aetna teamed up with Grandparents.com on a new survey of more than 5,000 Grandparents.com members to gauge what matters most to grandparents for healthy living.

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A group of bloggers were recently invited to a virtual chat with Dr. Randall Krakauer, Vice President and national medical director for Medicare Strategy and Innovation at Aetna. A recognized leader in geriatric care, board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Dr. Krakauer is also the proud father of three and grandfather of two. What we learned was interesting and enlightening.

Only one in four Grandparents.com members view themselves as”seniors”and less than half are retired for good. In fact, over one in three are still working either full or part-time.

Ninety percent of grandparents have access to a computer, almost sixty percent have access to a smartphone, and over half of the respondents list overuse of technology as their biggest concern regarding their grandchildren’s future. I don’t blame them. Sometimes when we’re having dinner and the kids are texting one another across the table, I feel the same way!

The most common health conditions reported were high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity while only one in five list exercising 30 minutes a day at least three times per week as their most successful health habit. I think this is something we all can work on together. It is a great benefit at any age. If you exercise with your parents or grandparents, they may be more likely to join in.

Regarding top health concerns, cost and chronic disease management were predominant.

If they could do it all over again, about 30 percent say they wish they had started exercising 20 years ago and 40 percent believe that exercise is the hardest health habit to form.

The holidays are a good time to talk and an opportunity to discuss family health history with your parents and relatives and help them make health goals for the year ahead.

We can also help our family members make the most out of Medicare Open Enrollment. The General Open Enrollment period runs from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 and Open Enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries runs from October 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014.

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Consider preventive services and learn how to make the most of them. If using Medicare, consider other programs that many Medicare plans offer – such as Silver Sneakers.

Be a smart shopper – use resources available on sites such as www.grandparents.com/aetna-survey and AetnaMedicare.com to help make healthy informed decisions for the year ahead.

Above all, show your concern in authentic and helpful ways. This compassion is invaluable as parents and grandparents go through the different stages of life. To know they have your support is everything.

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Winter WolfWinter Wolf (Witch & Wolf Book 2) by R.J. Blain

The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole first dabbled in the occult, she lost everything: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now that she is on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and to the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee soon throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she simply decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could eventually kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

 

 

Author RJ BlainAuthor R.J. Blain

RJ Blain suffers considerably from a Moleskine journal obsession as well as a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied

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Cranberry Bluff

Cranberry Bluff by Deborah Garner

Molly Elliott has been leading a quiet life in Tallahassee, Florida. But this is disrupted when routine errands land her in the wrong place at the wrong time. She finds herself in the middle of a bank robbery! After being accused and cleared of the crime, she flees both media attention and strange, threatening notes, to move across the country to Cranberry Cove, where she’s inherited her Aunt Maggie’s bed and breakfast on the Northern California coast. Her new beginning is peaceful – that is, until five guests show up at the inn for a weekend. Each one has a hidden agenda.

Mix together one blushing honeymoon couple, one flamboyant boutique owner, a deadpan traveling salesman, and a charmingly handsome novelist, and there’s more than scones cooking at Cranberry Cottage Bed and Breakfast. As true motives become apparent, will Molly’s past come back to haunt her or will she finally be able to leave it behind?

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Author Deborah Garner

Deborah Garner is a talented travel writer who has a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. While born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. and attending UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

 

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LG OLED TV is a Great Family Gift from Best Buy! #HintingSeason

 

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Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a tv fanatic. With all the channels out there, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I often wish I could clone myself, so one could work and the other could watch tv all day, catching up on all the old movies, the new sci-fi fantasy and binge watching Netflix!

So, when I got a chance to check out the new LG OLED TV over at Best Buy, I was excited. The LG OLED TV features spectacular picture quality including Infinite contrast ratio and stunning vibrant color that delivers a greater sense of realism and depth that really must be experienced to be believed. The super sleek design is only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface  lets you find content faster. With its ingeniously curved screen, you can watch from any angle with no picture distortion.

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I love that the LG OLED’s 4 Color Pixel technology enhances color range and accuracy giving you more natural, lifelike viewing. This would be incredible for football, concerts and for those who like zombies invading their living room. Whether you’ve always wanted to be Tom Brady, Bono, or travel around the world on the Amazing Race, this latest technology gives you the sensation of really being there.

This tv is way up on my wishlist this year. I mean, why not? After all, it’s hinting season so I’m swinging for the fences! Creating a home theater in my living room with the LG OLED would be pure nirvana.

Learn more at Best Buy.

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Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

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How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

How a Star Falls

 

 

The current Book Blast is for How A Star Falls by Amber Stokes.

You may be wondering: How does a star fall?
Quickly. Completely. Unexpectedly.

Derrick Knolane escapes to Trinidad Head most evenings, avoiding his apartment, planning for the day he’ll finally break free of Humboldt County. Working in a music store might be fine for now, but it’s far from the goal he had when he got his college degree. Not to mention that his roommate is a jerk and his family won’t stop trying to run his life.

But, then Brielle falls into his world.

She claims to be a star. Not from Hollywood, but from heaven. He thinks she’s crazy. Certainly delusional. Yet, he can’t just leave her alone on the cliffs. So he takes her home.

And his whole world falls apart.

A heartfelt and fanciful contemporary romance novella, How a Star Falls explores the uncertain season of new adulthood and shows that sometimes the worst inconveniences make for the best miracles of all.

 

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Amber StokesAuthor Amber Stokes

Amber Stokes works as a writer for a Christian publisher. On the side, she self-publishes inspirational fiction which depicts the seasons of life and love. Her passion for books compelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and to run her own freelance editing and publicity business for over a year. Happily, this new chapter of her career takes place in the Pacific Northwest—a part of the world she’s always considered home.

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Tula: Help Balance Your Skin with Probiotic Beauty Care – Review and Giveaway

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I am a firm believer in probiotics for digestive health and immune system support, but, recently I got the chance to try out a skincare line that incorporates probiotics into their beauty products. Can they help skincare as well?

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tulā’ [ tulA ]: the sanskrit word for balance.

 

Recognizing the need for women to achieve balance in life, Dr. Roshini Raj recently co-founded Tula, a healthy-living brand launched in July 2014 with a new skin care line that uses a patented probiotic technology. As a gastroenterologist who has dedicated her life to educating the public on healthy living, Dr.  Raj realizes the importance of balance in all things internal and external.

drrajNot only does she teach ways to find balance but she practices what she preaches while juggling her roles as a mother, wife, doctor, best-selling author, and media personality. She understands that inner harmony leads to outer beauty, and that feeling beautiful and radiant on the outside can improve how we feel internally.

Tula’s Probiotic technology promotes a natural balance, helps stabilize the skin’s immune system, enhances repair activity, counteracts degeneration of structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin, provides increased moisture, restores the skin’s natural equilibrium, and reduces irritation. These ingredients help protect the skin against negative environmental influences.

 I received a lovely package of goodies from Tula so that I could try out their products. These products included the Tula Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Revitalizing Eye Cream and Hydrating Day and Night Cream.

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and the azure shade of the containers reminds me of sea glass. The scent is a light clean floral.

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The Tula Purifying Face Cleanser helps cleanse pores without drying the skin. I have to say that this is by far my favorite out of all of them simply because of the way it made my face feel. It really cleansed my face leaving me feeling each time like my skin was refreshed and renewed. It cleansed so well that my skin glowed and looked healthy and bright, and what amazed me was that it was still moisturized and super soft! This is a definite keeper!

The Tula Illuminating Face Serum contains topical brighteners that help even the skin tone. I like the soft feel of this on my skin. It’s very light and refreshing.

The Revitalizing Eye Cream helps minimize the appearance of dry fine lines in the delicate eye area. This product moisturizes well and does not irritate me. I would just pat on a little as you do not need much. In fact, these products last a long time. This cream helps with dark circles and puffiness as it hydrates and tones.

The Hydrating Day and Night Cream is thicker with a rich texture that moisturizes and delivers antioxidants that help fight free radical attack.

Overall, the Tula system is about helping women find time for and pamper ourselves as well as achieve true balance.  Tula provided wonderful nutrients that nourished my skin leaving it feeling moisturized and silky smooth. I noticed that fine lines diminished and my skin looked healthy and glowing. The probiotics help balance and protect your skin while improving its hydration.  Thanks, Tula!

To find out more about these products you can visit TulaForLife.com, and you can purchase them at QVC.com

Thanks to Tula, one Strange Daze Indeed reader will win the entire Tula line (a $200 value).

Best of luck!

Disclosure: I received the Tula skincare line to help facilitate my review, however all opinions are strictly my own.

Win a $50 Target Gift Card and more – Holiday Prize Pack #Giveaway

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The holiday season is a great time for a little extra money to buy gifts for our loved ones!

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Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash – Chelsey Falls #Giveaway

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After his mom died, 14-year-old Wyatt Barnes was sent away to live with his grandparents in Chelsey Falls, Washington. That was a summer filled with new friends and new adventures, but, only until his life was turned upside down for a second time.
Now, almost ten years later, an offer to teach at the high school in Chelsey Falls, brings Wyatt back to the small town. Is he getting a second chance to make amends with Alexa, the young woman that had befriended him?
Meanwhile, Wyatt’s sudden reappearance in town sends Alexa’s life into a tailspin. Alexa can’t help but wonder if Wyatt has finally found the peace he so desperately needed. Although apprehensive about opening old wounds, Alexa knows she can’t avoid Wyatt forever. Could what started out as a crush so long ago become more than that now? Or is it just too late?
Return to Chelsey Falls is a heartwarming story of second chances and forgiveness.

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Author Marianne Gowers

Marianne Gowers, born in Seattle, Washington, grew up with nine brothers and sisters. She has dreamed of writing for many years, and has finally made it a reality. She spends her days writing and editing, then editing some more. She loves bringing to life the many characters in her imagination. She enjoys writing LDS Women’s fiction, providing funny and inspiring stories, which she hopes will be appealing even to those outside her faith.

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Help in the Kitchen – Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be overwhelming if you’re trying to go it alone. Hopefully you have some help this holiday season! I’ve also found that, just like a carpenter or a plumber, having the right tools can make a world of difference. When I worked as a lunch chef, I loved being surrounded by the right restaurant equipment. I know that I cook better and food tastes more delicious when I am not using old or makeshift items, and this applies at home as well. That 2 qt Induction Ready Stainless Steel Saucepan is calling my name!

  1. Pink Chocolate – By the time 4pm dinner comes around, you’re going to wish you were wearing something more stylish than the crumped cook’s apron you picked up 5 years ago at the hardware store. You may not want to take this pink and brown number off to eat! Also available in brown and blue, and brown and lime green. Buy it here.
  2. Butcher’s Twine – Trussing your turkey is a great way to keep it moist. Get it here.
  3. 2-Qt Induction Ready Stainless Steel Saucepan – You might think you have enough. But what if you are simultaneously boiling water for potatoes, cooking peas, reheating gravy, and making stock from your turkey innards? What then? No worries. Restaurant supplies to the rescue. Buy now, use for years.
  4. 7-Inch Stainless Steel Potato Masher – Never, ever, ever try to mash your potatoes in a mixer or food processor. That said, using a fork will dampen holiday spirits in no time flat. This masher has an ergonomic handle, and lots of mashing surface to make quick work of your potatoes. Get your masher here.
  5. Taylor Roast Meat Thermometer – Don’t even mess with wing wiggling. Insert this meat thermometer into the thigh of your bird. You’re done when temperature reaches 165 degrees. Find it here.
  6. Rosie Spiral Whisk – That gravy you’re responsible for? Afraid of lumps? You will want to whisk as you add liquid, and if you make gravy in your roasting pan – which is really the best method – a flat whisk like this can mix in every last bit of pan dropping goodness much better than the vertical whisk you probably already have. Check it out here.
  7. Silicone/Cotton Pot Holder and Trivet – In case you’ve taken off the mitts, because we all do, and you need to grab a pot handle, or set something hot down on a surface that needs protection. Buy it here.
  8. 15 inch Stainless Roasting Pan- Stainless steel is far better than aluminum for roasting pans, and, contrary to popular opinion, non-stick is the wrong choice. You won’t get a good base for gravy-making unless your drippings stick and caramelize. Make sure you choose a pan that will fit your turkey, with enough room for air circulation, but not so much space that the juices spread out and burn in the pan. Check it out here.
  9. Ultra Flex Kitchen Oven Mitts – Thanksgiving is prime burn time. Go all out on protection when you’re reaching into that hot oven, and across that hot stove. Don’t get burned!
  10. Pie Cutter – Cut at the table, with a bit of hey presto! and this one-touch pie slicer. Get it here.
  11. Laguiole Carving Set – The knives of French kings and queens, found in all the best restaurants, now playing at your Thanksgiving table. Beautiful wood handles, stainless blades, and a box for storing them safely until next year’s Thanksgiving. Get the carving set here.
  12. M’heritage Roaster w/ Cast Iron Handles & Rack – If you want the spectacular option, go for copper cladding and never look back. You can buy it here.
  13. Gravy Boat – Gravy is as important to the holiday as the turkey it blankets. And gravy boats, on a plate, are hands down the least messy, most attractive way to serve it. Buy it here.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boombox Network . The opinions are all mine.