By Esther Sarlo, BA, Founder | CEO | Myndful Spark of www.MyndMyself.com
As I sit at my computer today in preparation for a remote conversation with my 87-year-old mother’s medical doctor, this question drives home even more profoundly. As my mother’s Enduring Power of Attorney (in both her finances AND her health) it is my job to help her navigate the tricky terrain that arises as she continues to age.
I imagine you might be at the stage of life when you’re starting to think of what will happen with your aging parents. If so, GREAT! The sooner you start planning and preparing for this eventuality, the better. If not, I highly recommend that you start now. There is no time like the present!
Tip #1: Notice and Assess Your Own Health Status
The best way to ensure that your parents are taken care of adequately in their old age is…to MAKE SURE YOU ARE AS HEALTHY AS POSSIBLE! Trust me. If you are not as healthy as you can be, what might be a difficult task could become monumental!
But let’s backtrack for a bit here. Let’s not talk about anyone else but YOU.
If you’re 40+ (or even if you’re approaching 40), I know you’ve been noticing things about your body that you never used to have to pay attention to. Things like:
I’m sure none of these are surprising ‘facts’ for you. However, knowing that it happens to ‘those old people over there’ and experiencing some of this in yourself is an entirely different matter!
Tip #2: Setting Yourself Up for Optimal Health
Yes, it’s happening to you, too. Some of this is inevitable…However, there are lots of great things you can do to set yourself up for amazing health as you age!
As Steve Jobs said in his final essay, “The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence, and friends.”
Tip #3: Taking Specific Action
For help exploring any of these actions or learning more about Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative (CHI) Health, please visit https://www.myndmyself.com.
Why do you need to do this? Because YOU matter!
As a voice for the body’s role in healing and wholeness in the universe, Esther Sarlo is an entrepreneur, facilitator, speaker, and writer who is passionately committed to making it easier for you to connect to trusted Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative (CHI) Health information and Practitioners so you can live…and speak…your most authentic life.
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