MOM KNEW BEST

If we took the advice our mothers gave us years ago we might not be in the predicament that we are in, or at least it might not be as bad. In this pandemic of COVID-19, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Our mothers taught us how to avoid these situations.

Before COVID-19, she taught us to wash our hands. I am sure you remember how she held you up to the sink as you played in the water with the bar soap, and she explained why you needed to wash your hands. When you played in the dirt she had you wash your hands, before you ate anything you washed your hands, you were learning to be potty trained and you washed your hands.

Then one day she added another element to the hand washing routine. You sneezed or coughed, and she told you to cover your mouth, and then told you to wash your hands. Hand washing had become ingrained in us.

In the age of hand sanitizer, we started to disinfect our hands almost hourly. If we touched a doorknob, shook hands and more we were disinfecting our hands. What happened? Somewhere along the road, we didn’t teach our children and grandchildren this valuable lesson of personal hygiene–washing our hands, and covering our mouths.

Our mothers would not let us go to school with a fever because they didn’t want us to infect anyone else, but now our children play games with people’s lives trying to see who will be the first person to get sick. Most of the time our mothers used their hands to take temperatures. If they felt that you had a fever, you couldn’t go out to play or visit your grandparents because the grandparents were older and might catch whatever you had. It was called common courtesy.

Our mothers taught us along with our teachers to read, write, have a good conversation so that boredom would not settle in and cripple us. We learned to eat what we had because we ate to live not live to eat. We played on the front porch, ran in the backyard with most games we made up ourselves. Our mothers taught us to use our imagination. They taught us to play alone and with others. They taught us to set the table for dinner (we called it supper), sit down and eat as a family, and have great conversations about almost anything.

We’re not saying that these things would have stopped the pandemic, but since the experts are telling us to do these things now, it probably would have helped. If we remembered what our mothers taught us we wouldn’t have to go grocery shopping daily so that our families could eat, we could make a meal out of almost anything, they did and we enjoyed them. If we had listened to our mothers we would know more about our children because we would take the time to talk, listen, and discuss while we sat down to dinner.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Let’s remember what our mothers taught us–wash our hands, cover our mouths, love your family, and make the best out of any situation. Be safe and wear a mask–if not for you then for others.

**Hand washing poster by Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Getting Healthy Shouldn’t Be Expensive: 3 Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Health On A Budget

*guest post by Jason Lewis

Looking at fitness classes, meal delivery services, and other health-related products, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that a healthy lifestyle is unaffordable. But the truth is, living well doesn’t have to cost a lot. If you want to improve your health but are worried about the expense, try these three strategies for staying healthy on a budget.

Avoid Sticker Shock at the Doctor

Out-of-pocket medical bills are disastrous for your budget. Not only is healthcare expensive, but most of the time you don’t know what a procedure costs until you get the bill.

Original Medicare comes with significant cost-sharing requirements. Without supplemental coverage, Medicare beneficiaries spend an average of $5,374 on out-of-pocket medical costs (not including premiums) every year. Seniors with high medical needs and no supplemental coverage spend more than $7,000 on out-of-pocket costs.

Supplemental coverage reduces out-of-pocket costs so your medical spending is more predictable and easier to budget around. Instead of getting hit with a big bill after a hospital visit, you pay premiums for a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan that reduces your cost-sharing requirements. If you have high medical needs, Medigap is likely the better choice for you. Otherwise, you can see greater savings with a Medicare Advantage plan like those from Humana. Medicare Advantage plans vary by state, so you’ll want to comparison shop and crunch numbers to find the most cost-effective plan for you.

Supplement Your Workout at Home

Staying active saves you thousands in healthcare costs, but if you’re only paying attention to your health while you’re at the gym, you’re not getting the most bang for your buck. Healthy habits at home — especially those focused on your mental health — can exponentially improve the health benefits you see from just working out alone. 

From speeding up physical recovery to making workouts more enjoyable, incorporating self-care into your life boast a slew of benefits. However, many people don’t make it a priority because they erroneously think taking care of themselves means long massages, expensive vacations, or other costly, time-consuming activities. 

Fortunately, that’s not the case. There are plenty of budget-friendly self-care tactics you can incorporate into your daily routine. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, daily meditation, a relaxing bath, and an earlier bedtime are just a few examples of how you can prioritize your own well-being without breaking the bank. 

Eat Healthy on a Budget

Are you convinced that eating healthy is too expensive? There’s no question that healthy foods can be costly, but they don’t have to be. If you shop all organic from a high-end grocer and eat out several times a week, a dietary shift could double your grocery bill. But there are plenty of ways to eat well without spending a fortune.

Instead of buying everything organic, stick to the dirty dozen for your organic produce and buy conventional for the rest. You should also eat smaller servings of free-range and grass-fed meat, getting more of your protein from plant sources instead. Rather than buying processed foods that hike up your grocery bill without providing much nutritional value, stick to whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and fresh meat and fish. Buying from the bulk section is another great call: When producers don’t have to pay for packaging, those savings are passed along to you. Just pay attention to price, because while most things are cheaper in bulk, some bulk products could be more expensive.

There’s no shortage of products promising better health in exchange for your hard-earned money, but good health doesn’t come from a miracle cure or any other quick-fix solution. If you really want to enjoy your best health, start with the basics: good healthcare, an active lifestyle, and a healthy diet. These simple steps don’t cost a lot and will save you thousands in health problems throughout your senior years.

“Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–taking these steps can help us all.

*This post was written by guest blogger Jason Lewis. Jason is a personal trainer and the primary caretaker of his mom after her surgery. He created StrongWell.org and enjoys curating fitness programs that cater to the needs of people over 65.

Welcome to This is Your Best Year!!!

Welcome to thisisyourbestyear”!  You and I are on this journey together.  Together and collectively, we will give suggestions on living life to the fullest.  This is a blog for women who thought that when they reached this age, life was over.  This is for all of those women who thought their mothers were old at this age–well they may have been, but that’s not the case anymore.

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We will discuss everything from health, beauty, faith, life, children, grandchildren, exercise, careers, retirement, starting all over again in love and/or career. We will talk about learning the word no, taking time to be who we are.  With this blog we will have fun, we will talk fashion, food, travel and all kinds of products–in other words, we’re going to talk about us.

You can always email us at  thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com and see all the things we are doing by visiting us at thisisyourbestyear on these social media sites–Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.  We are also on Twitter at: thisisyourbestyear@mariciajohns.

Let’s get excited ladies, and stay tuned.  Remember–“THIS IS YOUR BEST YEAR”!