Social Wellness for Vital Aging

Bea Boomer’s Wellness Project – Day 31 – 3/13/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday: 

I believe that dancing with life includes social wellness.  We sure don’t need any scientific evidence (though there is an abundance of it out there) to prove that friendship, family and community connections are important for vital aging.  

If you’re looking for some social wellness opportunities, keep reading.  

Do you love to read, and want to meet other like-minded people? Join an online book club I recently found a Facebook group page, What R U Reading?  After joining this group, I met some fellow readers and I’m now getting some great reading suggestions.  Some of these ladies are local to my area, and we started going to our local movie theatre, then go to a local coffee shop to discuss the movie.  It’s been fun to meet new friends who have helped me get into the reading groove again.  

Are you looking for other people who share your specific interests?  You may want to check out the Meetup website.  You sign up for free, create a profile indicating your interests, and the site provides you with meetup groups in your local area.  

Looking for a way to help your local community?  Take a look at your city’s website to see if your community has a community foundation or other boards/commissions that provide volunteering opportunities.

A few other volunteering websites:

To help other women and girls in a variety of ways:  LiveYourDream 

From AARP, CreatetheGood  You can subscribe and get volunteering opportunities in your area sent directly to your inbox. 

Are you homebound or simply want the flexibility of helping from home? You can try online volunteering:

CareerVillage – Volunteers give career advice to low-income high school students.  

Idealist – Provides a wide variety of online volunteering opportunities:  mentoring, staffing crisis hotlines, assisting with research/writing/editing, helping fundraising for nonprofits, and much more.

For further reading: 

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Women + Friends = Wellness

Making Friends Late in Life 

UCLA Study on Friendship among Women

 

A Few of Bea’s Favorite Posts

 

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Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 26 – 3/2/15

Bea’s daughter was in town this week-end, and they needed some “girl time,” shopping and lunching at the mall.  Which meant that writing a post for today’s wellness project fell by the wayside. 

Instead, Bea is sharing a few of her old favorite posts and hopes you enjoy them!

10 Minute Energy Boosts

Can You Hear Me Now?

Ladies, You’ve Got to Have Friends!

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Enhance your Social Wellness

Bea’s Wellness Project – Day 15 – 2/6/15

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Bea’s Buzz for Friday:

How to “bee” happier and enhance your social wellness:

1.  Be kind to someone else, quietly.

2.  Don’t speak; simply listen.

3.  Pay attention to your kids; give them your presence.

4.  Send a loved one an “un-birthday” card – just to show you’re thinking about them.

5.  Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a few moments.

6.  Volunteer at an animal shelter.

7.  Help a neighbor.

8. Collect food for a local food pantry.

9. Have a kid in college?  Send ’em a care package.

10. Call a friend, just to chat.

 Friday’s Quote:

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. (Marcus Aurelius)

Family Fun and Social Wellness – They go Hand-in-Hand

Yesterday, my hubby and I went on a 5K walk/run with several members of my husband’s extended family. We participated in the annual Be the Match Walk/Fun Run sponsored by UAW-Ford, held at Stoney Creek Metropark, a county park in Michigan.

The Be the Match organization is run by the National Marrow Donor Program.®  This organization helps thousands of people suffering from blood cancers, by registering bone marrow donors. Bone marrow transplants save lives.

Three years ago, a bone marrow transplant (along with her own positive mental attitude) saved Bea’s sister-in-law, who had been diagnosed with Myelodysplasia (MDS). My sister-in-law’s bone marrow wasn’t working properly. It wasn’t producing enough healthy blood cells, and abnormal cells were showing up in her blood stream and/or bone marrow. So yesterday, we walked or ran to celebrate her “3rd” birthday and to give other people a chance to survive blood cancers.

It was a sunny, blue-sky day on Saturday. Thirteen of us made up Team Cathy – we ranged in age from 2 years to 60+. What was great about it? We spent time together, we exercised (good for our health), and we donated money to a great cause. Additionally, some of us (those in the 18 to 44 age range) were able to register to become marrow donors in the future.

We also enhanced our social wellness. We did this simply by being together, and showing support for the battle my sister-in-law fought for the last several years. We were a “support group” for the Be the Match organization. We laughed while we did the Zumba warm-up led by the walk’s organizers.

Why we need social wellness:

  • People with a good social network tend to add years to their lives (and life to their years)
  • People with good relationships tend to handle stress better, and have healthier hearts
  • People who nurture others tend to have stronger immune systems
  • People who have good family/friend relationships have better self-esteem. Laughing together with family and enjoying good times is a great mental health booster.

 

For further reading:

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

July is Social Wellness Month

Dimensions of Wellness: Social Wellness

Be the Match – People’s Stories