How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle that Contributes to Longevity

How to Have a Healthy Lifestyle that Contributes to Longevity

How to have a healthy lifestyle that contributes to longevity is a challenging issue. We’ve addressed this issue before. In this article, we present a new perspective by summarizing the key elements.

Fortunately, most people are in good health. They consciously arrange for a healthy lifestyle and longevity. They are very keen at adapting to a healthy lifestyle, are successful in doing so, and are very happy about it.

We think that everybody can copy their behavior, to improve longevity and age successfully. The trick is to adapt our personal lifestyle to their example. 

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What is the Best Long-term Care Plan and Why do we Need One?

What is the Best Long-term Care Plan and Why do we Need One?

The question “What is the best long-term care plan?” is not discussed much. We tend to leave the preparation of this plan to care professionals. Whether this is the best choice though remains to be seen. Our long-term care deserves more consideration.

A good starting point for the debate about our personal long-term care plan is the way long-term care is funded at the moment. From there I will discuss our options to prepare for the best personal long-term care plan.

The maintenance of dignity and independence, access to care services and quality of life are the goals of long-term care. People want to live in their own homes and neighborhoods for as long as possible.

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Independent Living Senior Housing Initiatives are Valued and Cherished

Independent Living Senior Housing Initiatives are Valued and Cherished

Independent living senior housing is a common practice around the world. Senior citizens decide to join hands, together hire or buy a house and appreciate each other’s company. For them it’s also a way to economize. When required they together hire care or other services.

Examples of such practices are the Village-to-Village-Network in the USA and Trabensol near Madrid in Spain. The Seniorengenossenschaften in Germany are also an excellent example of intense collaboration between senior citizens.

It is good to take a closer look at the discussion to better understand the complexities of independent living senior housing initiatives. From a recent example in Belgium I explain the discussion. This example shows how important it is to timely start such an initiative and pay close attention to the rules.

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Citizens Devoted to the Conservation of Biodiversity

Citizens Devoted to the Conservation of Biodiversity

The conservation of biodiversity appeals to many citizens. Two examples are introduced in this article: a wildlife biodiversity initiative and a domesticated biodiversity initiative. Since we live in Spain, the examples are Spanish. We’re convinced, however, that these types of citizen initiatives can be found everywhere.

The first initiative is the wildlife conservation organization Grupo de Rehabilitación de la Fauna Autóctona y su Hábitat (Group for the Rehabilitation of Autochthonous Fauna and its Habitat; GREFA).

The other initiative is committed to the conservation of biodiversity through organic agricultural seeds. This initiative is called Red Murciana de Semillas (Murcian Seed Network; RMDS). Hannie and I are both a member of this initiative.

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Are We Losing the Battle against the COVID-19 Virus?

Are We Losing the Battle against the COVID-19 Virus?

The battle against the covid-19 virus was from the beginning not centered on the problems of the people really suffering. Everybody hoped a vaccine would solve their personal problems. Such as not being able to go to work or to school or the theater or a bar or restaurant.

The way the virus behaved though puzzled me: Why do we concentrate on a vaccine when most people do not suffer from the virus, even when they are infected? Why vaccinate everybody, when most people do not suffer from the virus? Why close all businesses, schools and public gatherings? Why wear masks? Why wreck the economy?

Nobody seemed to ponder about the most fundamental question. Why don’t we focus on the perspective of the end of the pipeline? This end being that only a limited number of affected people suffer proportionally much more than the majority. Nobody suggested the end of the pipeline as the strategic focus of pandemic policies.

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Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

The benefits of organic food are numerous. We buy and eat organic food, because it’s better for our environment, for biodiversity, for our food supply, for our health, and for farmers as well. How to explain all these advantages?

For us, to buy organic food is a way to contribute to a better world. With this in mind, we have no problem with the extra price we pay for organic food. It’s an investment that pays off immediately.

Organic food is in fact cheap because we hardly spend money on doctors or medication. We also enjoy to invest in the devotion and enthusiasm of the organic farmers and shopkeepers we know. We admire their craftsmanship and their courage for going against the conventional farmers and food industry.

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Does our Identity Change when we Age?

Does our identity change when we age?

Does our identity change when we age? Why is this a relevant question? The sympathetic Belgian psychiatrist Paul Verhaeghe is very precise about this (from his book The end of psychotherapy): “Without identity we are no more than our body.”

What is the core of our identity? What makes our identity so important? The answer Verhaeghe gives is very surprising: we have an identity because we share an enormous amount of human traits with other humans. The Latin identitas means: similarity.

Identitas

We share our identity with the group, with the many groups, to which we belong. We belong to these groups because we share the same symbolic expressions. Assisted by those symbols our identity nurses self-awareness, stability and continuity. That’s why it is so important.

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How to organize neighborhood care?

How to organize neighborhood care - shopping together

Neighborhood care is booming in The Netherlands and Germany. More and more citizens participate in social networks in their neighborhoods to ensure care support. Such shared support compensates for the rise of social, physical, psychological and cognitive shortcomings when aging. Neighborhood care is a clever choice when aging.

With this type of self-organization citizens compensate for the shortcomings of aging and for the shortcomings of public and commercial care services. Particularly given the current health crisis, these initiatives are more than welcome. However, how do you organize neighborhood care?

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Do we retire early or not? That is the question

Do we retire early or not? That is the question

Do we retire early or not? What motives could we possibly have to retire early or to postpone retirement

The answers to these questions are a very personal matter. However, in practice, when we contemplate on them, we will very quickly realize that the answers are not easy to give. This is because so many concerns are at stake.

Money is an issue, of course. Our wellbeing. Our health. Our partner will have some idea. When employed, the employer usually has made proper arrangements. However, in the end the decision comes down to us.

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Review: The two defining Moments of Raymond Chandler

Review: The two defining moments of Raymond Chandler

The two defining moments of Raymond Chandler are the encounter with his muse and his invention of the private eye Philip Marlowe. Pearl (Cissy) Eugenie Hurlburt was the stepmother of Chandler’s First World War companion Gordon Pascal. During the thirty years Cissy and Chandler were together he was utterly devoted to her.

His next defining moment was his invention of Philip Marlowe. Marlowe featured as the protagonist in the 7 novels Raymond Chandler wrote. Moreover, Marlowe made him very rich and very famous. Raymond Chandler published his first novel, featuring Philip Marlowe, in 1939 at the age of 50, and the last one in 1958, a year before he died at the age of 70.

Late in 1944 Raymond Chandler portrayed the core of his writing skills as follows: “Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the ability to think in terms of emotions and sensations.”

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