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Elder Abuse

November 27th, 2018 No comments

Elder Abuse

While riding a city bus in Geneva, Switzerland, I was fascinated by a video clip with the Helpline for people experiencing domestic violence. What caught my attention was the message of an older woman saying, “Since my husband has retired, he controls everything I do. I’ve had enough.”

There are many types of violence, and older persons are often abused physically, psychologically, sexually, and financially. This includes neglect, violation of rights, denial of privacy, and denial to participate in making decision.

Keeping in mind that throughout the world, 1 million people reach the age of 60 years every month, there is real concern that mistreatment of elders will increase.

So, what can you do?

  • Become aware of what mistreatment of older people means so you can recognize it.
  • Download this report from the United Nations to learn how to recognize abuse and what to do about it..
  • Know your rights and seek help if you, or someone around you is being abused.
  • Find out what services are available in your community to help prevent further violence and mistreatment. Speak to your healthcare professional, church leader, social services, Helpline, elder abuse prevention center.
  • Remember to practice the techniques and concepts of AgeEsteem. The more confident and happier you are as you age, the greater your sense of self-worth and your expectation of being treated with respect and dignity.

No one should have to experience violence, abuse or mistreatment, at any age.

Bonnie Fatio

 

Share the Blossoms

April 30th, 2018 Comments off

Share the Blossoms

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.”Heda Béjar

One of my early positions was Head of Admissions for the International School of Geneva. I loved the contact with parents, students and staff from around the world, and constant interaction was the basis of my position. I interviewed parents of prospective students in my office daily, and made sure my office was attractive to visitors.

The school gardener caught me smelling his beautiful flowers outside my office one day, and I explained to him how much I appreciated the beauty he gave to the school. Towards the end of our short discussion, he said that he would bring me a few flowers for my office. Imagine my surprise when he showed up at my window with a stunning bouquet while I was interviewing parents.

It became a weekly tradition. He would knock on my window whether I was alone or interviewing, and I would interrupt what I was doing to receive my bouquet. The fragrance certainly remained with the giver of the flowers. The fragrance also increased in multiple ways. Each person felt special when they saw the flowers being delivered through my window, and more often than not would leave with a bloom. And, as I told the gardener, “Your gesture of sharing your blossoms does as much to sell the quality of the school as me sharing the academic qualities. When you bring flowers to brighten my office, you give the message that each of us cares.”

Sharing experiences with others, be it admiring beauty of blooms, watching a movie together, or having a conversation is healthy. Research shows that an experience is richer when it is shared. It also influences longevity. This is emphasized in research focusing on areas of the world such as in the “blue zone” of Sardinia off the coast of Italy where there are six times more centenarians than in Italy. Community is one of the decisive factors. People share experiences, both good and bad, and see each other often. The streets are narrow and living quarters are close to each other. People know each other, have close friends and a network and they share.

Do you want to live a happier longer life? Enhance your age-esteem by sharing with others and, like the giver of the rose, the fragrance will stay with you.

Bonnie Fatio

Wine For Healthy Aging

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

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Wine For Healthy Aging

Although I would not encourage non-drinkers to drink, those of you who do drink alcohol will be interested in these health reasons for sipping some wine daily.

More and more studies show that a glass or two of wine per day is good for you as you age. It benefits your cardio-vascular health.  It was thought that it is red wine that protects the heart because of a substance in the red skin of the grapes, but it is now proven that red or white wine is beneficial.

Every wine has an element that is good for some ailment. This depends on the region where the grapes grow and the minerals in that particular soil.

Wine has a relaxing effect as well and can add just the right touch to a meal.  After all it was the monk Dom Pérignon who created the epitome of wine, champagne!

However, too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure so wine consumption should be moderate.  Limit yourself to one or two glasses a day for health as you age.

Grandma Nature

Dill For Healthy Aging

February 13th, 2016 Comments off

Dill

Dill For Healthy Aging

When the word dill is mentioned, you might think of pickles.  Yet it is a delightful fresh herb which can benefit your health.

As an aid to digestion, dill is thought to have muscle-relaxing effects on the stomach and to relieve cramps.  A strong diuretic, it provides anti-bacterial compounds as well which can alleviate bladder infections.

Grandma Nature

Honey For Healthy Aging

February 9th, 2016 Comments off

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Honey For Healthy Aging

Honey is rich in antioxidants particular to aiding skin conditions.  It is known to relieve or cure ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and even wounds.  When applied to your skin it enriches it and makes you skin smooth.

Use honey as a healthy replacement for refined sugar. It is healthier for you, too. Use honey in sauces, drinks, and simply as topping on your toast.

Grandma Nature

Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

Chestnuts are the only nuts that are low in fat, although the fat contained in other nuts is the “good fat”. Thus they are low in calories, containing about one-fourth fewer calories than walnuts and hazelnuts.

Chestnuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for the heart. So next the time you enjoy some roasted chestnuts, you can do so with not second thoughts. You are helping your heart stay healthy.

In Europe you can find roasted chestnuts for sale on street corners. They help to keep your hands warm and your heart healthy. Or, roast your own chestnuts at home.

Grandma Nature

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Pumpkins & squash

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

Pumpkins and squash come in various deep orange and yellow colors, and these colors are the secret to their very nutritional value.

Rich in vitamins B and C, pumpkins and squash also contain manganese, which is an antioxidant mineral rich in beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is the ultimate component of nutrition, and the deeper the color, the more beta-carotene the vegetable contains.  It is important to eye health and also an aid to fighting cancer.  As it regulates insulin in the body, it is helpful for diabetes as well.

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in these vegetables provide anti-inflammatory effects adding to their other virtues.

This autumn take advantage of a wide selection of pumpkins and squash to adorn your dinner plate as well as to decorate the table.

Grandma Nature

Therapeutic Plants For Aging Skin

October 8th, 2015 Comments off

Lavendar

Therapeutic Plants For Aging Skin

What could be better than using natural resources to care for your skin as you age?

Here are a few therapeutic plants you can use to care for aging skin.

  • Avocado oil contains vitamins A and D in great quantities and is known for beneficial action to regenerate the skin.
  • Pomegranate is rich in sodium, potassium and tannin, a natural antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.  It stimulates skin growth.
  • Olive oil has a high level of vitamin E which flights against dryness.
  • Calendula-marigold is good for regenerating and healing irritated or inflamed skin.
  • Lavender has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungus properties.  Its perfume has a relaxing effect.
  • The rind of the lemon contains antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.

Enjoy the aromas and textures as well as the healing qualities of these therapeutic plants.

 Grandma Nature

Bananas For Healthy Aging

October 1st, 2015 Comments off

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Bananas For Healthy Aging

Did you know that there are over 1,000 different varieties of bananas worldwide?  It seems that there are about as many health benefits as well!

Bananas are a powerhouse of vitamins when completely yellow.  As brown spots begin to appear they have more sugar and become sweeter.

Vitamins C and B6 are part of its components as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium.  Potassium is good for the function of the nervous and muscular systems and regulates arterial pressure. B6 is important for the regulation of the nervous and immune systems. Bananas help to regulate the gastro-intestinal system in order to aid digestion.

Why not have a banana for your daytime snack? It is both filling and nutritious and benefits healthy aging and therefor age esteem.

 Grandma Nature

Forgetful Or Not Interested? & Your Powerful Mind Comments

September 25th, 2015 Comments off

Forgetful

Forgetful Or Not Interested? & Your Powerful Mind

Comments on September Messages in Age EsteemNewsletter

Do you identify with either of these comments? They are two of the responses I received to the Age With Pizzazz Newsletter.

“Just wanted to tell you I have really enjoyed your last two e-letters.  This last one was particularly interesting to me.  Since I am frequently in other countries, live on two sides of the ocean and work with 7 different currencies I know that things are so far so good.  BUT I have also (even at my tender young age ;-) walked up and down the house stairs twice trying to remember what I was going up (or down) for!  I was told by someone that if I know I had to get something that the brain is ok just the file cabinet inside the head (or storage in internal smart phone) is full and needs to have some files deleted.”

“Thank you for your email and your highly interesting comments on forgetfulness!! I myself have a hard time to remember numbers and names. This might be partly due to the fact that as a simultaneous interpreter, I had to learn to forget the numbers and instead write them down, but for forgetting names I have no excuse, this has definitely something to do with age!!!”

What do you think?

Bonnie Fatio

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