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Great Last Minute Gifts Under $40 For People On Your List Who Are Impossible To Shop For

Great Last Minute Gifts Under $40 For People On Your List Who Are Impossible To Shop For

Great Last Minute Gifts Under $40 For People On Your List Who Are Impossible To Shop For

 

Christmas is almost here, ladies! If you’re like me, and probably half the rest of the world, you’ve still got someone hangin’ out on your list that you just can NOT find the right gift for.

I’ve created this list, that if you hurry and order, you may still receive the gift from Amazon. They’ve been pretty spot on this year. Once you get the item in your cart, be sure to make note of the predictated date of delivery. (If it will arrive too late, try to find the gift locally). If you still strike out, hopefully these gift ideas will at least get your mind working to find something similar.

Okay, we’re on the homestretch. Hang in there, and let’s get shopping!

Hello!

Thank you for visiting my blog. I want to apologize for some product images not displaying. This is a temporary situation, and is due to some Amazon policy changes that have recently occurred.

I wanted you to know that I am aware of the situation, and am working to resolve it. Until then, if a product image is not displayed, please click the “Buy Now on Amazon” button. It will take you to Amazon’s website where you’ll be able to see the product, read details, and, if interested, order the product there. 

Thank you for your patience.

Patti Huck

Women Over Fifty Network

#1. Accupressure Mat and Pillow

ProsourceFit Accupressure Mat & Pillow Set –    for back/neck pain relief and muscle relaxation.

As scary as this might look, it’s life changing!

Stimulate pressure points and increase circulation. A healthy body is a happy body. You’ll be shocked by how effective this simple duo is!

#2. Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers

<IFCOW Leg and Knee Foam Support Pillow for Side Sleeping Back Hips Knees Joints Pain Relief

 

 

Cushy Foam Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers – standard orthopedic wedge leg pillow for sleeping and to help hip & lower back pain.

Every time I recommend this pillow, people think I’m nuts. It looks like it might be uncomfortable, or like it would take forever to get used to it. I’m here to tell you – every person who has tried it not only got one for themselves, but they got one for their partner. It’s a must try. (Feel free to mention that to your gift recipient).

#3. Mini Bag Sealer

 

 

 

 

 

4 in 1 Multifunctional Sealer – This mini sealer machine is not just a portable plastic sealer, it’s also a mini power bank to provide emergency charging for your phone, and a bag cutter to reopen the bag, and a desktop phone holder.

It is made of high-quality ABS plastic, which is resistant to strong impacts and corrosive chemicals. It is also safe to contact food products.

 

 

#4. Bed Tray Table

Greenco Bamboo Foldable Breakfast Table, Laptop Desk, Bed Table, Serving Tray

 

Greenco Bed Tray Table with Foldable Legsbreakfast tray with handles for eating, working, or relaxing.

In my dreams, we use this for breakfast in bed or some tea to start the day. In reality, this tray is an excellent holder of that Door Dash order you just received that you plan to eat while watching your favorite show.

 

 

 

#5. Color Changing Nail Polish

 

ILNP Cosmetics, Inc. Color: – this polish will shuffle through an array of colors.

Color Shown in Image: “Cygnus Loop” -(Blue, Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red ,Green)

You have to see it to believe it!

#6. DakotaChin Coffee Mug Warmer

DakotaChin Coffee Mug Warmer, Coffee Cup Warmer for Desk with 3 Temperature Control 104℉/122℉/131℉, Coffee Warmer with Auto Shut off for Coffee Milk Tea Beverage (Black)

DakotaChin Coffee Mug Warmer for coffee, milk, tea, or other hot beverages

  • for table or desk
  • 3 Temperature Control (104℉/122℉/131℉)
  • Auto Shut off
  • Color: (Black)

#7. Classy Wine Glasses

<JoyJolt Claire Crystal Red Wine Glasses, Large Wine Glass [Set of 2] Stemmed Wine Glasses

 

 

Elegant, Large (14oz) crystal wine glasses. 

  • Set of 2 Red Wine Glasses
  • Deluxe design with premium craftsmanship
  • Red wine glasses hold 14 oz of liquid
  • Made of top quality crystal from the Czech Republic
  • Perfect for any occasion red wine glasses are called for; party, gift, holiday, or everyday
  • Elegant Gift Packaging
  • Ideal gift for friends, colleagues, wine lovers

#8. Full Size Wax Warmer, Flickering Fireplace

Better Homes & Gardens Full Size Wax Warmer, Flickering Fireplace

 

Assembled Product Dimensions

(L x W x H) 5.75 x 5.75 x 7.00 Inches

Is this the cutest, or what? I’ve got wax burners all over my house, and just as many wax cubes, all different scents. Okay, maybe juuuuust a little obsessed. 

But this one…a classic. The Better Homes & Gardens Flickering Fireplace Wax Warmer is a perfect replica of a cast iron stove with metal finishes and realistic moving flames that will give you the feeling of sitting by a wood burning fire.

It produces a soft glow from the flames when plugged in with no need for a bulb that would need replacing. 

#9. Calming Wax Melts

Cuddle Up Scented Wax Melts, ScentSationals, 5 oz (Value)

 

Cuddle Up Wax Cubes – highly scented wax bars

Love, love, love these. You’ll love them too as the scent quickly gets you in a snuggly mood as soon as the wax starts to melt.

Grab a soft blanket, get your jammies on, and snuggle up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10. Trigger Point Massager

 

LiBa Self Massage Hook: My most recommened product – for neck, shoulder, back

I discovered this little gem years ago when I was sitting for hours doing medical transcription. Nothing loosened up my back until I spent a little time with this product.

It’s served me well over the years. I still have my original. I highly recommend it for muscle spams or knots anywhere you can’t reach. Seriously! I was alone a lot years ago, and I loved that when my back hurt, with the help of this tool, I could take care of it myself.

This gift will be so appreciated by anyone with skeletal or muscular back pain.

 

If we don’t communicate until after the holidays, I wish you all

a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

Be safe. Be kind. I love you all!

 

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10 White Elephant Gifts That Everybody Will Be Fighting Over!

10 White Elephant Gifts That Everybody Will Be Fighting Over!

10 White Elephant Gifts That Everybody Will Be Fighting Over!

 

Christmas is right around the corner and if you’re competitive like me, you want to have the White Elephant gift everyone fights over. Here is a list of some go-to gifts your holiday-loving friends are sure to covet! 

#1. Mini Retro Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the good times roll!

These were the days when all the cool stories were created and where all those “remember when” conversations lead back to.

This retro speaker is a great memory for those of us from the 50’s and 60’s, but it’s also a great gift for any age. 

#2. Golden Girls Mad Libs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revisit Rose, Dorothy & Blanche…

No matter what words go into this Mad Lib, it will likely sound correct.

Between Blanche’s innuendos and Rose’s flighty responses, this will definitely bring the laughs.

 

#3. Desktop Inflatable Tube Guy

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Try To Mimic This Gumby-ish Guy

A long time ago, I was driving by a car lot and threw my back out trying to emulate this creepy tube guy. It’s all fun and games when he’s just sitting on your desk.

It’s a whole different ballgame, and not a bit pretty, when you think it might be fun to slip into full character and see if you can mimic the fun-loving tube guy to entertain your kids. Seriously, this is one of those rare situations where you want to sit back, practice good posture, and let the other guy do the work. 

 

#4. Shower/Bath Beer/Wine Holder

Bath/shower beer holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joke or not…

…who doesn’t love a shower beer or a glass of wine in the bath? Here I am over here waving my hand. “Pick me! I’m in! 

I can picture it…you drag your beach chair into the shower, put on your sunhat with the big floppy brim? Order in some poppers? Yesssssss!

 

 

#5. Porta Potty Shot Glasses

shot glasses that look like outhouses

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we’re on the subject of libations…

Of course we have to bring the bathroom humor to the holiday season.

It’s a gift not many will buy on their own, but they’ll definitely wrestle another white elephant gifter to showcase their new porta-shots!

 

 

#6. Tabletop Smores Maker

 

 

Oh my watering mouth…

White elephant gifts can also be something you’ve always wanted.

Grab two. While your friend enjoys their gift, you can be home browning your own ‘mallows with the fam and celebrating an indoor s’mores night no matter the season! 

#7. Dr. Proctor Prank Gift Box "Recto-Kleen 2000"

Recto Kleen 2000 Prank Gift Box

 

 

“Oh how clever. Uh, seriously, what a unique gift!?”

Watch them squirm while they try to convince you that what they think is in the box, although unconventional, is actually  a really great idea.

We’ve used these type of fake boxes for years. No matter how ridiculous the image is on the outside, it always brings laughter! Click the button below to see all 14 “product” choices!

#8. Emergency Underpants

emergency underpants in a can

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing more to say here…

 

We all have a story. (And you can be sure that once this gift is opened, you’ll spend a good chunk of time hearing them all!)

 

#9. Vegetable Chopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

This kitchen tool is a total life saver!

Sure, this gift doesn’t bring laughs to the party, but it also doesn’t bring tears – after chopping onions.

This gift is a must have. Trust me.

#10. Circular Saw Pizza Slicer

A pizza cutter that looks like a circular saw

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Gift for ‘Tim the Tool Guy’ kinda guy… 

 

My husband would absolutely steal this from another white elephant gifter.

Here’s to bringing the construction tools into the kitchen!  

 

 

These ideas should give you a good start…

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There’s always some new idea bangin’ around in my head that I’ll want to run by you, or a project I’d like to try and would like your input, or a situation I’m not sure how to handle and need to get some opinions.

I’d love to have you jump on board!

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Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women Over 50: Stay Young and Healthy

Laughter Yoga For Women???

 

Laughter Yoga For Women. You think I’m screwin’ with you, don’t you? Because it would be disrespectful to turn the quiet, personal, respectable practice of yoga into what basically sounds like a joke, right?  Nope! No disrespect here, although that was exactly what my thoughts were the first time I heard of it. Laughter Yoga for women is not a joke. It’s a real thing, and an amazing way to keep your spirits high and your overall health in good shape!

 

So Let’s Take a Look at the Logistics Here…

 

Laughter is, without a doubt, the best medicine for the soul. It’s that magical elixir that brings an instant smile to your face and lifts your spirits, no matter what life throws your way. But to incorporate that wild abandon of pee-your-pants-laughter… with yoga?  To be honest, ‘laughter yoga’ for women sounded ridiculous to me, and until I did some research, it felt like an extremely odd and unlikely pairing.

I’ve been wrong once before (…okay maybe twice). In this case though, being wrong made me so excited to not only experience this newfound activity, but to share it with my “people”!   So, let’s jump into what I learned about “Laughter Yoga”.

What Exactly is Laughter Yoga?

 

Imagine a room full of people, all laughing their hearts out, not because of a joke or a comedy show, but simply because they want to. Laughter Yoga is a unique concept that combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing techniques. Created by Dr. Madan Kataria in the 1990’s, this practice has now become a global sensation, bringing joy and health benefits to countless people worldwide.

 

What Happens in a “Laughter Yoga” Class?

 

In a Laughter Yoga class, the primary goal is to induce laughter through a series of intentional exercises and activities. Participants engage in a combination of playful laughter exercises, deep breathing techniques, and physical movements, all facillitated by a Laughter Yoga instructor. The key technique used to initiate laughter is called “forced laughter”.

During the session, participants are encouraged to practice various simulated laughter exercises, such as the “milkshake laughter”, “lion laughter”, or “silent laughter”, among others. These exercises often involve playful interactions, eye contact, and body movements that mimic the act of laughing.

Participants are encouraged to let go of inhibitions and embrace the concept of unconditional laughter, which eventually transitions into genuine and contagious laughter. Additionally, deep breathing techniques borrowed from traditional yoga practices are incorporated, promoting relaxation and enhancing the overall experience.

These controlled breathing exercises help in oxygenating the body, reducing stress, and boosting overall well-being. As the session progresses, the forced laughter often transforms into genuine, spontaneous laughter, leading to a joyful and energizing atmosphere within the class.

 

The Magic of Laughter Yoga for Women Over Fifty

 

Life after 50 can bring its own set of challenges, but it’s important to remember that age is just a number. Laughter Yoga offers an incredible array of benefits tailor-made for this golden phase of life…

      • Boosts Immunity: Laughter has been shown to enhance immune functions, helping your body combat illnesses more effectively.
      • Stress Buster:  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, providing a natural way to combat anxiety and stress.
      • Improves Mood: It stimulates the release of endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals in our body, promoting an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
      • Strengthens Relationships: Laughter is infectious and creates a sense of community, fostering stronger bonds and building lasting relationships.
      • Enhances Heart Health Laughter is known to improve blood circulation and increase the efficiency of blood vessels, thus contributing to a healthier heart.

 

Join the Laughter Yoga Revolution

 

Now you might be wondering where you can find this magical laughter group? Well, it might be closer than you think. Laughter Yoga clubs and sessions are sprouting up worldwide, with many offering specialized classes for seniors.

Check your local community centers, yoga studios, or even consider starting your own laughter club with friends. Laughter is contagious, after all!

 

A Little Preparation for Your Laughter Yoga Experience …

 

Okay, I’m thinking that if I gathered up my sister, and a few of my crazy friends, this might really be fun. Remember when you laughed so hard your stomach actually hurt?

I also remember laughing so hard I was afraid I’d pee my pants, but didn’t cuz I was young. But now I’m not.  So, wait… Yikes. If I want to take a class like this and enjoy it without any distractions, there are definitely a few things I need to address.  Hang on while I do a little shopping.

Okay, I’ve shared a few products below that are on my list to get before my first class (I’ve given an explanation why for each).

 

 

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Poise Incontinence Pads 

Poise Incontinence Pads for Women, 4 Drop, Moderate Absorbency, Regular, 66Ct

 

Back in the day, I would have latched on to a class like this with reckless abandon and stayed for hours laughing my ass off!

These days, though, I don’t know about you, but I’m not completely comfortable that I could laugh hard while I was exercising, and pull it off without some leakage happening.

 

 

Extra-Thick Yoga Mat

I’ve done yoga and exercise classes in the past at the gym and community centers, etc. I’m not a germaphobe or anything, but I do have to admit that I prefer sweating on and rolling around on my own yoga mat. I know the “house” mats are cleaned and disinfected, (they are, right?) but why have that thought sitting in the back of your mind when you’re straddling that sucker?

Along with the sanitation thing, I’ve got some aches and pains and I like a little cush in my mat. I loved the thickness of this one.

Wakeman Fitness Extra-Thick Yoga Exercise Mat, Available in Various Colors
Wakeman Fitness Extra-Thick Yoga Exercise Mat, Available in Various Colors
Wakeman Fitness Extra-Thick Yoga Exercise Mat, Available in Various Colors

Laughter Yoga Paperback

This might be more of an odd “me” thing, but I’m not all that great with surprises. Here’s the deal…I’ve researched this new crazy laughter yoga class, and it sounds like a hoot, plus I definitely need to get my body moving, and who doesn’t need to laugh more? It should be a lot of fun…but what if it isn’t? I want to know more before I dip my toe in.

This book is written by the founder of Laughter Yoga, Dr. Madan Kataria. I like knowing that after reading this, I’ll be more excited than anxious going to a new class armed with a better feel for what to expect. I know, I know, “Where’s your sense of adventure, Pat?”. (I just really dislike being stuck somewhere that turned out to be not what I was expecting, ya know?) Anyone else?

Yoga Pants w/ Pockets

These yoga pants are the BEST! I have several pair of these, some full length, some capris, all patterns. They stretch and stretch and bounce right back into shape. They’re comfortable. They’re flattering.

They last forever! (I bought my first pair three years ago in 2020), wore them a lot, and I mean a LOT! They still look great, and still have that bounce-back thing going on. See recent pics below. (The inseams are only just a little bit frayed, but those thighs-o-mine did some major rubbing for a time, so I can’t fault the pants. My chubby little thighs causing constant friction were the culprits.)

This brand is my number one recommendation in yoga pants. You won’t be disappointed! I liked them so much I wrote a review on the the ones I bought in 2020 (different pattern than those shown above – same pants). You can read the review HERE.

 

 

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In Conclusion…

Laughter Yoga is not just a passing trend; it’s a new and creative way of embracing joy and well-being. So, unleash that laughter, be uninhibited, and embrace that feeling of just letting yourself be free. Laugh your way to better health and a more vibrant life. Because, as they say, laughter truly is the best medicine, and it’s never too late to start!

 

Let’s Do This!

I’m pretty pumped to get busy searching to see if there’s one of these classes in my area. I would LOVE if any of you has tried one of these Laughter Yoga classes to please comment below and  share your experience with us!

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Panic Attacks

 

Panic attacks: Who Gets them? What are  they?   How long do they last? How do you get rid of them? I hadn’t give any of these questions much thought years ago because…well, as snobby and heartless as it sounds, I just never thought about it because it wasn’t part of my world.

I didn’t have them, I’d never seen anyone have one, nobody I knew had them, and I knew very little about them. They were in that category of conditions that ‘other people’ had. I had my own set of medical conditions to keep at bay. Then I became an adult, had kids to raise, responsibilities to juggle, a job where people depended on me, bills to pay, and then BOOM!

 

How My Curiosity About Panic Attacks Began

 

My Story...

Patti Huck, Women Over Fifty Network

A long, long time ago…

I will never forget my first panic attack. I was a divorced mother of two. Both kids were in high school. My daughter was on the dance team, my son was in basketball and baseball. I played volleyball and had a passion for mountain biking. We were all busy, active, and happy.

Money was tight, but we were doing okay. I was a massage therapist, and also did medical transcription in office and as a freelancer at home. I was able to keep my work schedule flexible enough to allow me to attend all my kids activities.

At their high school, there were two gyms. On this particular day my daughter had an activity in the front gym, my son had a game in the back gym. I was rushing from work to get there in time to catch half of each of their events. Having stayed up too late because of a long night of typing, I was tired and looking forward to the last of this day’s activities.

As I approached the school, I noticed I felt kind of “spacey”, and a little bit short of breath. I assumed it was because I was moving fast, and didn’t think much of it, trusting I’d feel better once I got there.

After I parked, I was dashing down the hall toward the gym when I started feeling a bit dizzy. When I got to the gym door I stood there frozen. My body felt “tingly” all over. My face was hot, I was sweaty, and my head felt weird. This sounds odd, but, I could “feel” my eyes. Have you ever been “aware” of your eyes? Can’t explain it, except to say that it’s a really creepy feeling.

The first gym was full of activity and people pre-event. I needed to quickly find my daughter, but there I was, standing at the door of the gym like a deer in headlights, waiting to see what was going to happen next in my body.

What’s wrong with your mom?

Having attention drawn to me makes me really uncomfortable. Passing out on the gym floor would really worry my kids. Waking up after having passed out on a gym floor would really embarrass me.  So I was grateful that my body chose to kick in to automatic pilot. Sweatin’ like a mutha, my head roaring, and feeling like my eyes were popping out of their sockets, I busted through that gym door, and quickly found my daughter to let her know I was there. All I needed to do then was get to the second gym, slip into the stands, and watch the first part of my son’s game.

But…just as I left my daughter and was super focused on making my way across the last half of the gym, I saw one of the teacher’s walking toward me, smiling and waving. N-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!!!!

Getting through that conversation and appearing to be capable, normal and sane, was the best performance of my life. It was also one of the most uncomfortable and frightening 10 minutes I’ve ever remembered spending with anyone. As panicky as I’d felt, and the speed and intensity that these strange feelings had presented themseves, at one point I truly thought I was going to die.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t. Although, unfortunately, this wouldn’t be the end of these attacks. Their recurrence created a situation that was something new to me – fearing being in public and having another one. A worse one. One that had more symptoms. I worried about what would happen if I didn’t  snap out of it next time? What if it happened while I was driving? Was I putting my kids in danger because of this new inability to control my emotions? Because of the onslaught of all these fears and not having enough knowledge about what I was dealing with, I launched myself into some pretty intense research into the why’s and how’s of panic disorder. Here’s what I learned…

What Is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is “a sudden and intense episode of overwhelming fear or anxiety”. It can be an extremely distressing experience for those who go through it. Panic attacks can occur unexpectedly, or they may be triggered by specific situations or stimulus.

During a panic attack, the body’s “fight or flight” response is triggered inappropriately, leading to a surge of adrenaline and other stress hormones. This response is usually meant to help us deal with real threats or dangerous situations, but in the case of a panic attack, it occurs in the absence of any immediate danger.

 

How Do I Know It’s Just a Panic Attack? What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of a panic attack can vary from person to person, but typically include a combination of physical and psychological symptoms. Some common symptoms include:

      • Rapid Heart Rate, (palpitations or pounding heart).
      • Sweating and trembling, (or shaking).
      • Shortness of Breath, (or feeling like you can’t breathe properly).
      • Chest Pain, (or discomfort).
      • Feeling Dizzy, (lightheaded or faint).
      • Nausea, (or stomach discomfort).
      • Numbness, (or tingling sensations).
      • Chills, (or hot flashes).
      • Fear of losing control, (or going crazy).
      • Fear of dying.
      • Sense of detachment from reality, (feeling disconnected from oneself).
      • Intense fear or dread.

It’s important to note that a panic attack can vary in intensity and duration. Some panic attacks may last only a few minutes, while others can persist for long periods. People who experience panic attacks often report feeling extremely anxious, and may start to worry about having more attacks in the future, leading to a cycle of fear and anxiety.

It’s essential to seek help from a mental health professional if you, or someone you know, is experiencing panic attacks or anxiety symptoms, to receive proper evaluation and support. Treatments such as therapy and, in some cases, medication, can be effective in managing panic attacks and anxiety.

Are Panic Attacks More Common in Women or Men?

Research suggests that panic attacks are more common in women than in men. While panic disorder itself can affect people of all genders, studies have consistently shown a higher prevalence of panic attacks and panic disorder in women. Several factors contribute to this:

 

    1. Hormonal Factors: Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, can influence the occurrence and severity of panic attacks in women.
    2. Social and Cultural Factors: Societal and cultural factors can play a role in the higher prevalence of panic attacks in women. Women often face unique stressors and expectations that might contribute to anxiety and panic.
    3. Biological and Genetic Factors: Some studies suggest that there may be genetic and biological factors that predispose women to be more susceptible to panic attacks.
    4. Psychosocial Factors: Women may be more likely to seek help for their mental health issues, including panic attacks, leading to higher reported rates.
    5. Comorbidity with Anxeity and Mood Disorders: Panic attacks often co-occur with other anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Since women are generally more likely to experience anxiety and depression, this could contribute to the higher prevalence of panic attacks among women.  It’s important to note that while women are more likely to experience panic attacks, these attacks can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

Are Panic Attacks Dangerous?

Panic attacks themselves are not physically dangerous. They do not cause any lasting physical harm or medical emergencies. However, they can be emotionally and psychologically distressing. The intense fear and physical sensations experienced during a panic attack can be overwhelming and can lead to significant distress and impairment in daily life.

One of the main concerns with panic attacks is the fear of having more attacks in the future, which can lead to a condition known as panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxeity disorder characterized by recurrent panic attacks and persistent worry about having additional attacks. It may lead to avoidance of certain places or situations for fear of triggering another attack, which can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

While panic attacks themselves are not dangerous, they can sometimes be mistaken for other medical conditions that cause similar symptoms, such as heart attacks. If you are unsure whether your symptoms are due to a panic attack or a medical emergency, it’s crucial to seek medical attention to rule out any other potential health issues.

That’s it for Part 1. We’ll dive a little deeper into panic attacks in older women and suggestions for ways to take control in Part 2 of this series coming soon.

 

Watch for Part 2 in this series…

  • To learn ways to lessen the severity of a panic attack, and possibly even stop it before it takes hold.
  • We’ll also look into tools, apps, and other devices and ways we can calm ourselves at the onset or during a panic attack.
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Memory Improvement Activities and Exercises For the Aging Brain. Okay, is this for real?  Is it honestly true that you can improve an already fading memory?

According to aging experts, yes. It is definitely possible to improve your memory and slow down memory decline, just by doing some simple activities and exercises.

Memory decline is a common issue faced by older people, which can affect their daily activities and overall quality of life. With age, the brain’s ability to store, process and recall information can decrease, making it more difficult to retain new information and retrieve old memories. This decline can be due to a variety of factors, including changes in brain structure, hormonal changes, and the natural aging process.

What Causes Memory Decline?

Memory decline can occur due to a number of reasons including decreased blood flow to the brain, changes in brain chemistry and structure, and certain medical conditions. Some of the most common medical conditions associated with memory decline are stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease.

It’s important to know that memory decline is not an inevitable part of aging.  There are several ways to help improve or slow down the process and keep our brains healthy as we age.

Activities that Stimulate the Brain

One of the best ways to keep the brain active and healthy is to use cognitive stimulation. Cognitive stimulation is engaging in activities that stimulate the brain and keep it active and engaged. Here are some examples of cognitive stimulation activities…

READING

Reading books, newspapers, or magazines can help improve cognitive function by increasing vocabulary, improving comprehension, and exercising the brain.

PUZZLES & GAMES

Sudoku, crossword puzzles, and word games can help improve cognitive function by challenging the brain to think critically and problem-solve (see examples below).

LEARNING A NEW SKILL

Learning a new skill, such as a new language or musical instrument can help improve cognitive function by challenging the brain to learn and remember new information. Resources such as Duolingo and Rosetta Stone offer online language courses, and YouTube has a variety of free tutorials for learning musical instruments.

PHYSICAL EXERCISE

Physical exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain and stimulating the growth of new brain cells. Walking, cycling, swimming, and yoga are all good forms of exercise for seniors. All have shown to have a positive impact on memory and cognitive function in older adults. Resources like Silver Sneakers offer online exercise classes specifically designed for seniors.

SOCIALIZING

Socializing with others can help improve cognitive function by stimulating the brain through conversation and social interaction. Some ideas for social activities include joining a book club, attending a community event, or taking a class. meetup.com is a great resource for finding local social events and activities. Studies have shown that staying socially active, whether it is through volunteering, joining a club, or simply spending time with friends and family, can help improve memory and cognitive function.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve cognitive function by reducing stress and anxiety, which can negatively impact brain health. One simple mindfulness exercise is to sit quietly, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. There are many resources online that offer guided mindfulness meditation, such as Headspace, Calm, and Insight Timer (my personal favorite).

NUTRITION

Nutrition also plays an important role in maintaining good cognitive health in older adults. Eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, can help to improve cognitive function, including memory. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, have also been shown to have a positive impact on memory and cognitive function in older adults.

ADEQUATE SLEEP

Finally, it is important to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to decreased cognitive function, including memory. Older adults should aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night to help maintain good cognitive health

*It’s important to note that before beginning any new activity or exercise, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, especially for those with existing health conditions.

Brain Games

In addition to the activities listed above, there are also specific brain games and apps that are designed to improve cognitive function and memory recall. These games include matching games, word games and puzzles. Some popular online brain games include:

  • Lumosity. Lumosity is a popular brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve memory, attention, and flexibility.
  • BrainHQ. BrainHQ is another brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve cognitive function.
  • Peak. Peak is a brain training app that offers a variety of games and exercises designed to improve memory, attention and problem-solving skills.
  • Sudoku. Sudoku is a popular puzzle game that has been shown to improve cognitive function by challenging he brain to think critically and problem solve.

Resources

There are also many resources available for older adults who are interested in maintaining an improving their cognitive function. Some resources include:

  1. Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association offers resources and support for those affected by Alzheimers and other forms of dementia.
  2. National Institute on Aging. The National Institute on Aging offers information and resources on healthy aging and Bain health.
  3. AARP. AARP offers resources and information on healthy aging and brain health for older adults

In Conclusion…

In conclusion, while memory decline is a natural part of the aging process, there are many activities, brain games, and resources available to help slow down this decline and keep our brains healthy as we age. By staying active and engaged in cognitive activities, older adults can maintain and improve their cognitive function and enjoy a high quality of life well into their golden years.

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