Nobody denies getting older changes your body and endurance. However, everyone benefits from physical exercises. Exercise not only helps the body and fitness but also helps improve your mood, protects against disease and lowers the chance of injury. Aim for 30 minutes of cardio exercise each day. Here are some suggestions.
No matter your age walking is one of the best all-round exercises. It strengthens leg muscles and through the movement and massaging action on your veins as your walk this improves blood flow throughout the body. Walking has a low rate of injury. Don't over exert yourself but move at a brisk pace if you are able that will make your heart beat faster, holding your back straight if you can. Breathe deeply to ensure you get enough oxygen. Why not use a step counter and try to build up if you can to up to 10,000 steps each day.
Power Walking or Jogging
Power walking and jogging are excellent activities for seniors, helping to improve blood flow and keep the heart rate up. If you are up to a little more than just walking give this a go. Start with just five minutes of power walking or jogging, and slowly build up to 30 minutes if you are able. Power walking gives you more of a moderate level of activity, while jogging is a more vigorous level. Warm up with a few stretches beforehand and make sure you drink plenty of water before, after and during your activity
Swimming offers cardiovascular benefits with low impact. As above start with just 5 minutes of swimming and if you can build up to 30 minutes a day. Keep in mind that you should do more than 10 minutes at a time. Less than this won't give you the heart and lung benefits desired
Tennis is not only a great social activity but great for increasing the heart rate. Make tennis a part of your weekly routine. If you don't know anyone to play with there's bound to be a local club close by you can join where you can also make a whole new set of friends! Again build up if you aren't used to exercise and make sure you breathe deeply. Rest whenever you have to, we're sure your new friends will understand as you build up your fitness.
So head out and enjoy! Let us know your favourite cardio activity ...
Have you ever sat back and just wondered where the years have gone? Ever found yourself thinking “I don’t want to grow old” and thought of getting older as a negative thing? One minute you seem to be cradling your young child in your arms and the next it seems you are being asked to babysit the grandchildren?
Although the years continue to creep, or sometimes speed, by it doesn’t mean you have to feel old. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself young in mind and spirit.
Remember you are never too old to try anything and nothing is ever too young for you to become involved in. Be happy!
At some stage in our lives we all lose someone we love and grief feels overbearing with no light on the horizon. As time passes however life does need to go on and you will need to look back and enjoy the memories without having to shut the person from your life for fear of your feelings. Losses can also be less hard than death such as the loss of old friends and neighbours as they move, loss of a steady income, loss of children and family as they move on in their lives but at the time you feel grief and pain. Here are some tips to help hold on to that silver lining that is on the horizon.
Cry if you feel like it. There is nobody you need to justify your feelings to. If you feel like a good cry then do so. Crying can bring feelings of relief and cleansing. Don't ever feel that crying is a sign of weakness, if anything it is a sign of strength showing your emotions, how you feel about the situation and can sometimes be a sign to others of your needs and support.
In the case of a lost loved one, before trying to move on make sure you have fulfilled any requests they may have made before passing away. This will take any burdens off your mind and will give you that sense of having supported and achieved their Will.
Understand that there are different processes and stages you need to pass through in your grieving. Sometimes you will experience a deep sadness, like depression. Other times you will feel anger at what happened. Waves of emotion can take over your thoughts. Denial at what has happened, thinking somehow perhaps you can turn back time. Eventually acceptance. You do need to keep in mind also that you may experience these different emotions like a roller coaster at different times for a long time after the loss. Just be aware and cope as the times come.
Look after yourself. Get plenty of exercise, eat properly and try to sleep as well as you can. Getting yourself sick is not going to help the situation and will only enhance your feelings of loss and grief. Your body will have less resistance to cope.
If it is not a death you are coping with try to put the loss into perspective. If it is the loss of your ability to sew or knit any longer work on other things you can do and move on. By keeping things in perspective you won't spend your whole time in a perpetual sense of misery which really will become overwhelming in times of a really serious loss.
Know that it will take time to accept your loss. Be patient and don't berate yourself if you have a relapse. Grief can be a lifetime journey and everyone is different in their reactions and time they take through the process.
Grieve at your own pace. Ignore people who either tell you that you should be grieving more (they often don't understand how you are coping with the situation) or those who tell you not to wallow in self-pity. It is your choice when you move on.
When you feel it is right look to the future. Make plans. Don't feel guilty that you have to move on. If the roles were reversed think how you might feel.
Coming home to an empty house or not being able to pick up that ball of wool, whatever the loss it can sometimes seem disproportionately great but whatever the circumstances you can survive and life will go on.
When you become a grandparent you tend to automatically assume your children will treat their children the way you expect. This may not be the case and what you need to remember is that these are not your children and not your rules! Here are some tips to remember in your role as a grandparent
Love but do not Own - Your grandchild is not yours and remember this. Your children will have lots of advice for you on what to do with their child and you will often do things they disapprove of. Keep quiet and do as you are told!
Connect but don’t Overpower - Just because you have a new grandchild don’t put a halt on your life. This will not only affect you but will also affect the parents and child. You can still have plenty of access and spend time you’re your new grandchild and continue your life as before unless you are required to help more or have been asked to perform certain duties.
Follow the Rules - New parents will set rules to be followed with regard to their child. Follow these even if you don’t agree! Do’s and don’ts change and what you may have done or not may be quite different with the next generation and with the internet nowadays there are so many opinions and rights and wrongs let your children guide you in their ways.
Your Opinion is Secondary - As much as you’d love to lay down the rules this little baby will be brought up by their parents and, as much as you love, both the parent and your new grandchild, you have no say so seal your lips. However much you would like your adult children will believe they know best and you don’t. If you offer advice be careful how you do it unless specifically asked for
Accept your Access - If the new mother is your daughter you may get more access in the early days to the baby. If the father is your child this may be restricted, don’t be pushy. If you butt in and give unwanted opinions you may well find your access is restricted even more!
Don’t try to Compete - Both sets of grandparents should make sure they work together with the new parents and enjoy the grandchild. Splashing out on bigger presents, wanting more access or appearing to want to be better than everyone else is not going to do you any favours.
Don’t Raise your Expectations - If you don’t expect too much you won’t be disappointed. You will no doubt have plenty of time to spend with your grandchild and be able to make it good quality time but even if the family move away or circumstances change just ensure that if you have less time keep it quality.
At the end of the day the most important thing is to enjoy the family and the new addition and remember you have that advantage of enjoying the good times and handing your grandchild back to continue enjoying your own life too!
Ah, well if we could retire here at Linku2 we might get time to post our Linku2 Retirement blog posts and bit more frequently and regularly but alas not a chance right now!
But that does lead us on to our question for this post which is :when is a good time to retire and what to do once you finally do!"
This week we've seen the retirement of a very famous Royal family member and well deserved too!! At the age of 95 Prince Philip has been steadfastly standing beside the Queen's side since their marriage which, can you believe is 70 years this year!
Whilst he has been known to put his foot in it on occasions these are minor gaffs to the incredible job he has done but now it is time for the youngsters to stand up and be there for the Queen. It's still good to know though that Philip will be there waiting on her return each outing
So, when do you think is a good retirement age? New Zealand looks as if the official retirement age will increase from 65 to 67 in the not too distant future but the government is somewhat vague on this currently
As we all know, it really doesn't matter what age you "retire" you need to keep active and this "That Illusion of Retirement" article from The Hindu says it all really
Interestingly over 50% of people say they expect to work past the age of 65 and yet a mere 15% of people actually do. Often, at a younger age, you feel you can work as long as you want but in fact life gets in the way, whether through health, redundancy, family commitments.
So what are your thoughts? is 65 the magic age? Will you be able to afford to retire then or would you like to either retire earlier or later?
As we reflect on yet another year gone by since the Great War and the huge sacrifices made for our freedom we at Linku2 had the great honour on a recent visit to Wellington to spend time wandering and reflecting at two amazing exhibitions.
Gallipoli - The Scale of our War
The Gallipoli Exhibition, The Scale of our War, at Te Papa weaves together the stories of a number of people involved in the campaign including a young nurse, Lottie Le Gallais, who searched in vain for her brother who was no luckier than many others ...
The larger than life size models are intricate in every way, created by true artists, you can almost feel their pain and despair as you listen to their accounts of the events around them.
It's almost unimaginable the scale of the loss and devastation at Gallipoli alone. With the campaign lasting less than a year in total, approximately 17,000 Kiwis landed on the beaches at Gallipoli and with almost 3,000 killed in the one campaign our men fought hard and bravely but in this instance it seems it was all in vain. Few realised the hopelessness of the situation and strove onwards with little regard for their own lives. In total the Gallipoli campaign claimed approximately 141,000 casualties for the Allies of which over 44,000 died and for what we ask?
The Great War Exhibition
On the Western Front more than four times the losses of Gallipoli were felt by those brave Anzac soldiers. The Great War Exhibition at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park pays tribute to both the whole Great War and the Gallipoli Campaign. Created by Sir Peter Jackson this is an exhibition well worth a visit when in Wellington.
It's hard to imagine that such a devastating war really only began because of a number of confusing events resulting in distrust and misunderstandings ... and yet these caused over 17 million deaths and over 20 million wounded being the deadliest conflicts in human history.
100 years ago three main battles raged involving our Kiwi troops. The New Zealand Tunnelling Company quarried away extending the old chalk tunnels prior to the Battle of Arras. These men were the first to serve on the Western Fron from early March 1916. The Germans were also tunnelling but it is said the New Zealanders tunneled at three times the rate of the Germans!
The Battle at Messines the main assault floundered and all that was gained was a few kilometres of land at the cost of many lives.
In October the Battle at Passchendaele was a disaster. In a landscape of mud and debris New Zealanders alongside their Ally forces were shot down standing little chance of success.
New Zealand alone suffered over 18,000 casualties in less than a year on the Western Front.
The cost to New Zealand of the Great War was over 16,000 deaths and over 41,000 wounded.
The carnage, the loss, what was it all for? Perhaps we'll never know how the Great War could have been avoided but what we must never, never forget are those who stood up, held their heads high and bravely gave their lives and those who fought alongside them so that we can enjoy freedom. And so we wear our poppies with pride and attend the dawn Parades, listening to the simple but moving melodic harmony of the bugle ... and we remember
It is impossible to sum up a life story in a few minutes. However, we can tell stories and recall memories in valuable and creative ways.
A helpful eulogy is much more than a list of dates, but it is right to include important 'milestones' - birth and marriage, significant moves and changes of career.
Often it may be better to begin with a poem or reading than simply with a birth date. If the subject of the eulogy had a particular spiritual outlook or favourite passage of literature, it may be easy to choose something that sets the tone perfectly.
At other times, a story or a little historical background may help. For example, if a person was born on the North Shore in the 1920's, our talk might begin with a word-sketch of what life was like in the town in those days.
The eulogy should act as a springboard for others to call to mind their own special memories. So, talk about your feelings for this special person. Tell some stories about your experiences with him or her. Anecdotes are a splendid way to celebrate life - there is no reason to avoid the things that were amusing or even mildly irreverent!
Many immediate family members may understandably feel unable to speak publicly themselves, yet have important things to say. Check with them. If they want to offer a few words or a precious memory, try to briefly include these ingredients.
As a very general guide, we offer the following checklist of things you may want to include...
"A picture is worth a thousand words" - and that is often true. Many families like to display some photographs or other life symbols at the funeral service.
Photographs need not be recent, provided they are characteristic of a person's life. Sometimes, a family photo or other group shot can be just the thing to capture personality.
Most photo-processing outlets can arrange enlargements and enhancement of existing photos quickly and cheaply. This can be really useful if you want to lift a single image from a larger picture.
Other items, like a favourite hat, prized trophy, art or craft sample, tennis racquet or golf club, can all help symbolise a life. The possibilities are vast. Sometimes, family members like to bring these symbolic items with them, and place them on or near the casket before or after the eulogy.
Finally, a carefully chosen piece of music can provide a pleasant reflective space after the eulogy. This may reflect the personal taste of the deceased, or simply be a track that the family find helpful for themselves.
Information coutesy of Forrest Funeral Services, 39 Riverside Road, Orewa – Ph 09 426 7950 and 8 Glen Road, Browns Bay, Ph: 09 479 5956 - www.forrests.co.nz
Today we thought we'd reflect on New Zealand historical events, both recent and not so ...
The Wahine Disaster
The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine on 10 April 1968 was New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. Fifty-one people lost their lives that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck. The Wahine’s demise also marked a coming of age for television news broadcasting in New Zealand as images of the disaster were beamed into the nation’s living rooms. The footage was later screened around the world as the international media spotlight focused on Wellington.
Would-be rescuers stood helplessly on the beach at Seatoun as the Wahine succumbed to one of the worst storms recorded in New Zealand history. It seemed impossible that so many lives could be lost so close to shore. Although the main cause of the accident was the atrocious weather conditions, the subsequent inquest also acknowledged that errors of judgement had been made both on board the ferry and on shore. Shipwrecks were commonplace in the 19th century, but this was the 1960s – how could a large, modern vessel founder almost within sight of New Zealand’s capital city?
'The Wahine disaster', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/wahine-disaster, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012. Click on the image below for a video of the disaster ...
Kinsgford Smith conquers the Tasman
At 9.22 a.m. on 11 September, Australian pilot Charles Kingsford Smith landed at Wigram Aerodrome, Christchurch, in his three-engine Fokker plane, the Southern Cross, to complete the first successful trans-Tasman crossing. Leaving Sydney the previous evening, Kingsford Smith and his crew (two Australians and New Zealand radio operator T.H. McWilliams) had covered 2670 km in 14 hours 25 minutes. Some 30,000 people flocked to Wigram to greet them, and many thousands of others listened to a live radio commentary of the event.
Often as parents age, in today’s world, we find the children and primary contacts live far away. Here are some tips for families to share to help those far away to stay connected with parent’s caregiving and help alleviate the guilt of not living closer.
Have a plan
Outline the major responsibilities involved in your parents care and develop a system to keep everything organized - including items like regular doctor's appointments, bills and account information and activities, along with dates, intervals and the names of those responsible.
Also have an emergency action plan. What if your parent is hospitalized? Who will be first to respond? Be sure emergency contact information is current, that everyone knows their role, and that your parent's health care proxy and living will documents are accessible. While it's a sensitive and difficult topic, be sure you know your parent's end of life wishes.
Meet the Caregivers
If possible, meet in-home or care home caregivers face to face, at least once. For those in a nursing home or retirement village meet the key staff members who will be interacting with your parent. For those with in-home care nurses, and doctors may be among those most involved in your parent's care so try to put a face to a name.
Keep in touch
Maintaining close relationships with your loved one's caregiving community is smart, helpful, and easier than ever. Ask them how they would like to keep in touch: email, Facebook, text, daily phone call? Get and use their contact details. Consider equipping Mum or Dad with an inexpensive laptop or a pricier but more portable iPad. Skype is a wonderful way for them to also stay in touch with growing grandkids and for you to keep an inadvertent eye on them too.
Make sure there are plenty of family pictures, cards and kids' art around their room and make sure they are surrounded with familiar items of their choosing.
Share the caring
If you have siblings or other close family members, be sure to share the responsibilities so you can all stay in touch and be connected with anything that happens.
While distance may separate you both physically there is no reason you can’t stay close with just these few simple strategies.
Our passion is to support those older folk in our community by providing information and advice and we just love your feedback on this too!