Bits & Bytes: Do you Love #Wearables?

I love my Fitbit, Apple Watch and Garmin Watch.  Not to mention my Lumo Lift and Lumo Run.  OK… I admit it – I love wearables.  Why do I like these electronic friends?  They each give me a piece of information or social connection that was missing.  For example, my Garmin was the first to notice that I likely have exercise induced SVT.  While running, the watch “told me”my heart rate was in excess of 180 BPM.  WTF… No wonder I felt logy and not quite right.  That lead me to  my AliveCor Kardia (attaches to my iPhone and I can take an EKG on the spot).  It documented those runs of fast bad boys (and I don’t mean my legs).  So next step – off to the cardiologist (stay tuned to see how that turns out).

At the end of the day, the wearable provides information, social networking (love competing with my fitbit friends), and the gentle nudges to sit up straight and run with better form.

What do you love most about your wearable?  Where will this all wind up?  Who knows, but for now it’s fun and I have more things to plug in at night.  Even my dog has a Whistle activity tracker.  We are a family of wearables.

http://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/survey-one-three-people-tracks-health-fitness-app-or-device

Plan “Be” … just what you were not expecting (get out your tissues and hugs)

Below is the site (from the NY Times)  to a most touching love story of a woman who is dying of ovarian cancer and writes a story about how wonderful her husband is.  She talks about how her plans to grow old with her husband were thwarted by cancer and she had to pivot her thinking to Plan “Be”.

This  story replaces my planned “health and wellness topics” for Sixty and Beyond  because we never know when we have to go to Plan “Be”.   Think of your own Plan “Be” and give a special hug to those you care about.

Bits & Bytes: What I’ve Learned in Over 60 Years (the top 10 list)

1. Overconfidence in how your life will turn out will never match your expectations or be the road map you developed for yourself (for better or worse).
2. Your health (and those  you love) is vulnerable, even though you feel healthy.
3. Always have a back up plan because plans change, life changes, the unexpected happens…  “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready”  attributed to Connor McGregor, Will Smith and others.
4. You are never too old to change careers, or change anything you do.
5. Do what you are afraid to do – stretch yourself.
6. Educate yourself – no one can take what you learned away from you.
7. Moderation is key (so hard sometimes).
8. Stay engaged with others – socialization has been shown to improve longevity.
9. Don’t wait to do things you plan for “some day”.. that day may not come or you might hit a roadblock.. Today is some day.
10. At the end of the day… it will be the end of the day.

Things you may not know about Oral Health: A window to your overall health

Great tips from Berkeley Wellness: (you will have to search for the article oral health – below is a brief synopsis.

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/preventive-care/slideshow/24-tips-healthy-aging

Of all the things we know we should do, one of the more under rated and overlooked about is Oral Health our “Window to Overall Health”.

– Peridontal (gum) disease is a harbinger and/or may play a role in other health issues (heart disease, diabetes, etc). The bacteria in our mouth can also rise with medications (decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants) that reduce saliva flow. Saliva  is important in protecting from bacteria buildup.

For more information on Oral Health – click here:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475

Protect your Oral Health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months (yuck… bacteria builds on that toothbrush)
  • See your dentist
  • Easy on the sugar
  • Check with your physician or dentist if you are on medications that can reduce saliva
  • SMILE!

A Tail of a Thousand Cats

Wednesday – Mid-week Humor

Last weekend I spent three days (we had Monday off for President’s Day – no comment there) organizing and boxing up hundreds of ceramic cats that my mother-in-law had collected until her death about 1 month ago.  The lesson for me is that I don’t want to leave anyone with the task of trying to find homes for these type of cherished items.  Wouldn’t it be better to give them away, donate them and not leave them to someone else to “care for”.   If I had liked ceramic cats, they would be in my home – nothing against the cute collectables (this picture only shows a fraction of the collection), but I don’t need or  want them taking up space in my home.

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Embrace the teachings of Marie Kondo (The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy) and if it does NOT spark joy – let it journey elsewhere.  Hopefully I will find new homes where these cats will spark joy for someone else.

Morale of the Story:  Don’t keep “stuff” that others will have to deal with, it does NOT spark joy for them.

Sandi’s Hierarchy of Aging

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Upon reflection on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs  https://www.learning-theories.com/maslows-hierarchy-of-needs.html  I feel that successful aging can be broken down into 3 sections:  Health, Happiness, & Engagement.

Without your health, it’s hard to obtain happiness and be really engaged.  However, one could argue that you could flip the pyramid around and if you are engaged, you are likely to be happy and if happy, more likely healthy.  You choose the direction of the pyramid you prefer.

In the book, I Don’t Have Time: 15-minute Ways to Shape a Life You Love, by authors Audrey Thomas and Emma Grey, 2017 – they state: if something isn’t scheduled, it won’t get done – how true!  The challenge is to take 15-minutes to book your health appointments (over the next year) and notice the shift of empowerment over your health. Certainly, you can find 15 minutes in the day? The Goal:  Stay Healthy to be Happy to allow you to be Engaged. Now make those phone calls.   More about other health tips next time.  Until then brush your teeth, drink plenty of water and move…

 

 

 

Who, What, Why & How

  • Who we are: We are Bill and Sandi Feaster. We are 66 and 62 respectively and have been married for 36 years.
  • What we do:  Bill is a physician and works as a pediatric anesthesiologist and chief medical information officer at a Children’s Hospital.  Sandi is a nurse and has worked in a variety of positions including  adult and pediatric intensive care, marketing medical devices, developing a disease management program for people suffering from several chronic conditions, and running a simulation lab in a medical school.
  • Why are we doing this:  We have watched our parents die of either preventable diseases (COPD – from smoking, Heart Disease – from stress and hypertension), or accept laying in bed, watching TV, not exercising, not engaging in life – in preparation for death.  We knew we didn’t want to live like that and if you are reading this, we will wager that you don’t either.
  • How we will do it:  We will use our medical knowledge, our curiosity, trial and error to explore and share ways to age in the best way possible.  We will disrupt aging and not accept “being old”.  Join our journey!