Category Archives: Gotta Use It

Over 65? In agony because of joint pain? Take a look at the advances in joint replacement surgery

older man with arms outstretched

This post is sponsored by Spectrum Medical Group.  In 2011, the first baby boomers started turning age 65. On average, they are living longer, more active lives than their parents’ generation. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same aches and pains and maladies. Arthritis, for instance, is still a significant cause of joint pain and […]

Funny stories about forgetting. It’s uplifting (and healthy) to laugh!

Woman

A while ago, I wrote about a memory test you can take if you worried about forgetting things. The topic generated quite a few comments on social media. Because laughing is good for us (and our brains) I decided to revisit some of the funny stories that people shared. Some people took the memory test and were relieved. Mary: “OK, […]

Sick and tired of, well … everything? Slow down and explore the surprising benefits of t’ai chi

Nancy Fearing

T’ai chi makes me tingle,” answered 90-year-old Marit Wilson, when I asked her what she likes about it. “It makes my arms and legs tingle.” Ta’i chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves making slow methodical movements called postures. Movements that are both graceful and purposeful. The postures move seamlessly from one […]

Want to get fit without working out? Dance to the tune of these audacious women!

Tap dancers

Every week these women strap on their tap shoes and dance, dance, dance! They’re all over 60. Some took lessons when they were kids and some simply danced in their kitchens when no one was looking. None lets a little thing like age stop them from dancing now. Their teacher Betsy Dunphy started dancing when […]

Contemplating while you exercise is good for your body and your mind

Fall foliage in Maine

Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. Who didn’t want to exercise outdoors this fall? September and October were beautiful this year. There were so many sunny, cool fall days to spend outside running, walking, or hiking. The fall foliage was colorful and visually stimulating. It was hard […]