Protecting Brain Health

Brain disease can develop long before symptoms are detected. Fortunately, lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of dementia and slow deterioration. Although genetic causes are outside of your control, you can help your brain by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Following are recommendations and resources to help you promote brain health: Daily exercise - Staying fit can prevent some types of dementia and slow the progression of others. Develop an exercise routine like taking a daily walk or enrolling in weekly fitness classes. Social Engagement - Stay connected with family and friends to promote brain health and emotional well-being. Participate in social activities by joining a social club, playing team sports, or walking with friends. Healthy Diet - Adopt a Mediterranean diet by eating beans, berries, chicken, fish, grains, nuts, and vegetables.   Avoid sugar and junk food. Sleep Habits - Sleep is essential for physical and mental health. Avoid sleep deprivation by forcing you

Growing Older Gracefully

Regardless of work environment, aging can impact financial security, mental well-being, and physical health. The adverse effects of aging can be overcome with advance planning and behavioral changes. Use the following tips to help lead a long, happy, and useful life. Following the article are links to articles, books, and websites with additional information for overcoming the challenges of aging.   Tips Appearance  -  look ageless by limiting sun exposure, coloring grey hair, moisturizing skin, and updating wardrobes. Financing  – secure futures by buying an annuity and delaying the start of Social Security benefits. Healthcare  – avoid problems by calendaring health checkups, dental exams, and immunizations. Insuring –  mitigate risk by purchasing long-term care insurance and supplemental health insurance. Lifestyle  – adopt a healthy lifestyle with daily exercise, good sleep habits, a Mediterranean diet, and moderate drinking. Socializing  – stay social by taking classes, visiting

Making Things Last

Below are some tips and resources for prolonging the life of appliances, cars, and other things. Follow the strategies to save money and avoid having to replace things too soon.  Tips Buying - buy products with simple designs and fewer features.  Batteries - use devices with replaceable batteries Discipline - control   the  urge to buy more and have the latest version Fixi It  -  buy products that are fixable Scheduling -  set goals  for replacing things Trade-in - purchase products from companies that except trade-ins like Apple and Dell Warranties - buy extended warranties from manufacturers Articles  Policy and Regulation Stopping planned obsolescence  Webites Better Business Bureau Consumer Guides Consumer Reports Product Review Websites

Benefitting From Apologies

Below are steps for making an apology from the book Sorry, Sorry, Sorry by Marjorie Ingall and Susan McCarthy.  Apology can help offenders build relationships, seek forgiveness and relieve stress.  For more tips, see articles and books listed below.   Tips 1. Say I'm sorry 2. Say what you're sorry for 3. Acknowledge why what you did was bad 4. Make no excuses 5. Promise not to do it again 6. Offer to make things right Articles Art of Apologizing   How to Apologize   Letting Go of Grudges and Bitterness Guide to Apologies Meaningful Apologies Rules for Apologizing Solving   Relationship Conflicts Books The Art of Apology and Forgiveness Communicating at Home and the Office

Managing Careers

Below are tips from an Carol Hymowitz about managing careers.  Hyman notes that the traditional 40-year career is being extended. Follow Hymowitz tips to lead a rewarding career.  Click here  to read the complete article. CAREER TIPS FROM HYMOWITZ 1.   Expect a career that resembles a jungle gym rather than a ladder 2.   Lifelong learning, including breaks to return to school, will be essential 3.   Seek flexibility to have a better work/life balance 4.   Learn strategies for restarting a career after a break 5.   Build an intergenerational network 6.   Explore new paths even when you're enjoying your current career