Macklemore takes his grandmother out for the day to celebrate her 100th birthday. Lucky Helen looks happy from beginning to end!
Baby Boomers ultimately want to enhance their quality of life. As the beneficiaries of decades of longevity, health and fitness research, Boomers are embracing lifestyle choices that are fun, create community and provide healthy benefits - just look at the surge in pickleball and ukelele sales.
Parking brakes are set. Does this bother anyone else?
What does it take to be a Super Ager?
Harvard HealthBeat has a guide to some of the steps we can all take to protect our abilities as we age.
"Finding role models who are older than we are gets more difficult as we age. But in the last few years, medical science has identified a new group we can aspire to join — the super-agers. The term refers to people in their 70s and 80s who have the mental or physical capability of their decades-younger counterparts. Dr. Bradford Dickerson, a neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and his colleagues have been studying super-agers for several years. Their results suggest that embracing new mental challenges may be the key to preserving both brain tissue and brain function."
I get it, no one wants a walker. When the time comes for a little mobility help, often a hasty purchase is made at a depressing medical supply store or by clicking on an indistinguishable Amazon product.
When I bought my bike, which I use once or twice a week, I perused online articles, visited several local stores and thoroughly researched all my options. A rollator may become your lifeline to independence. Take the time to research all your options. Perhaps you will have better luck than we did.
Here's a short video of my youthful and fit (80+ year old) mom trying to brake, collapse and stow various rollators in her car. Manufacturers can and should do better for their customers.
My friends and I take yoga from an amazing 75 year old woman. As Boomers, we watch her in awe; she represents all that we aspire to be in our 70s and 80s. Margaret is the classic Earth Mother and by the end of our hour together we feel relaxed, restored and pampered. Here's to you, Margaret!
...and this is how I feel!