If you are retired, you don’t need to feel tired–you may just need some healing sessions, that I used to call elder massage! Perhaps you assumed that pain, loss of mobility or various chronic ailments are natural? They are not. They are often the result of putting everything and everyone else first, and not attending to your body’s needs.… Read the rest
When your parents are considering moving for additional care needs, you have many choices of licensed facilities1: Assisted Living, Residential Care, Adult Care Homes, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. (This post is a continuation of Caring for Aging Parents-Oregon Options) The information below is for the Portland, Oregon area. Licensing may be similar in Vancouver and SW Washington, through other agencies.… Read the rest
Daughter, caregiver or advocate for aging parents?
You are lucky to be in Oregon. Oregon leads the nation in alternatives to nursing homes. If you live in the Portland area, you have a lot of choices for aging parents. Five options are listed below. An additional blog post will discuss other facilities and Rosi’s experiences with her Mom. Links are provided to additional information from the State of Oregon (in blue), and private agencies (in green).… Read the rest
A fall is a risk factor for frail elderly, old-old, or people who do not combine exercise with joint mobility, balance training and proprioceptive stimulation. For frail elders, it is often the trigger for a steep decline, since pain impedes movement, decreases circulation and appetite. A fall that is accompanied by hip fracture or compression fractures of the spine can be the beginning of the end for the 75% of older adults who do not recover completely.… Read the rest
What does your body awareness tell you? Despite various aches and pains, mindful body awareness can help you know your wholeness. Your beliefs and habits, and whether you feel power over them, either feed and replenish you, or eat away at you. You may think, how do I change that when I can only focus on pain from my back or shoulder or hip?… Read the rest
Myths of aging such as belief in inevitable stiffness, inevitable loss of bodily functions, or inevitable cognitive decline activate a feed forward system. Our bodies manifest what we fear the most. We can instead recognize how aging brings wisdom and grace, and awaken postural ease. We can become more resilient.
When we live in a state of chronic stress, we hold chronic contractions.… Read the rest
When we have an incorrect map of where our body parts fit together, and where they live in space, we move according to the body map, not according to our true size, structure and function. We are the only animals that can distort our bodies based on what we believe. Just as imagining a perfect gymnastic routine is a rehearsal that helps Olympic gymnasts win, incorrect beliefs about our body can rehearse our posture into painful distortions.… Read the rest
December of 2008, after six months of massage school, I flew out to the East Coast to help celebrate my brother’s 60th birthday. I was practicing my newly found skills with enthusiasm. My sister-in-law kindly agreed to let me practice on her. Her feet and ankles were pale, swollen and puffy, with a few areas swollen and hard. When I gingerly tested with my finger tips, the impressions stayed, as deep, round, threatening indentations.… Read the rest
“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?
Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”
Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?
Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… Read the rest