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What’s Your Why?

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What’s Your Why?

So it’s clear that having purpose is important. But how you find it, if it is elusive, is much less clear……….

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Why ‘Retirement’ was Never my Goal………

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Why ‘Retirement’ was Never my Goal………

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The Challenge of Decluttering to Downsize your Home

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The Challenge of Decluttering to Downsize your Home

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Want to take your Retirement for a Test Drive?

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Want to take your Retirement for a Test Drive?

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Don’t Just Soldier On!

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Don’t Just Soldier On!

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Why is Breaking out of your Comfort Zone Good for you?

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Why is Breaking out of your Comfort Zone Good for you?

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Do Older People Really Need Less Sleep?

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Do Older People Really Need Less Sleep?

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20 Questions to ask Yourself when Deciding to leave a Full-Time Role and Career

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20 Questions to ask Yourself when Deciding to leave a Full-Time Role and Career

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What Family Traditions do you hope stay around long into the future?

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What Family Traditions do you hope stay around long into the future?

What traditions exist in your family?

Could it be a recipe handed down over the years?  A friend recently posted a photo of an ancient, handwritten recipe she was cooking from – written out by her great grandmother many years ago.

Do you do takeout and movie night once a week?  Or a family camping every Easter?  Do you buy an annual Christmas decoration for the tree?  A friend of mine does that and the 2020 decoration had toilet rolls and face masks on it! 

Whatever you do, the benefits can be great for a multigenerational family.

How to Sustain Traditions for the future

In thinking about how to sustain them, here’s a few tips.  If traditions are time consuming or overly complex, they may fall to the wayside in our busy lives.  Here are a couple of tips for continuity in your family traditions:

  • Try to keep them simple as they are more likely to be repeated.
  • Be willing to try things and then scrap them if they don’t work out. I hope to create a new tradition in my family, that as each of my nieces and nephews graduate from high school, we do some volunteer work somewhere in the world together.  Let’s see if we can make that stick for a few years as they all grow up. 
  • Assess how inclusive and fun the activity is – if it feels like a chore for everyone it may not stick.
  • If you are a new grandparent, think about some new traditions you can evolve as your grandkids grow up.
  • If you are creating a new tradition, think about what your family enjoys and build upon that. The Covid-19 pandemic may have made it hard to stick to some family traditions, so start some new ones in their place. 

Enjoy making cross generational memories through your family traditions!

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Is Healthspan or Lifespan more Important?

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Is Healthspan or Lifespan more Important?

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What is working for and against increasing healthspan?

Sadly, many of our health structures do not support positive preventative healthcare.  Our health insurers often cover only when you are actually ill, rather than helping an individual avoid the illness, if possible, in the first place.  Also baby boomers consider themselves a tough bunch, and many don’t see the need for preventative health checks, soldiering on until it becomes too serious to keep going.  Additionally, getting in home support is often woefully underfunded or not available, pushing more people into care than perhaps need to be there.

However, there are regions of the world that are focused on increasing healthspan and are transforming their communities.  They are doing this by promoting facilities such as walking paths, bike lanes and attractive scenery; food markets featuring fruit and vegetables, as well as restaurants with healthy choices; societies and clubs with active members.  All of these can contribute to increased healthspan.

As Dr Allen Weiss, CMO of the Blue Zones Project shared, “Southwest Florida’s Collier County metropolitan statistical area added 0.6 years of life expectancy over the past five years. This positive result, due in large measure to the Blue Zones Project, is in contradistinction to the rest of the nation which lost 0.2 years from 2015 to 2017. Additionally, Southwest Florida’s cardiac mortality declined 8.1 percent during the same time period.” 

For those who are unaware, the Blue Zones Project is based on nine principles — moving naturally, having purpose, downshifting, consuming a plant-slant diet (little to no meat), eating until 80 percent full, having wine at five, putting family first, have a positive group of friends, and participating in a faith based organisation.  These principles were learned from five locales around the world where more people live to age 100 than other places globally.

Are we ready to move on from talking about extending lifespan? Is healthspan worth a bit more understanding about how we can influence it?  What can you do to increase your own healthspan, and those you love? What can you contribute to your community to influence it also?

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