Make room in your life for technology, family caregivers. That was a recurring theme at the American Society on Aging (ASA) annual conference that ended this past Saturday. And it was seconded heartily at the Boomer Summit, a daylong event held during ASA for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that market to boomers and older adults. At the Boomer Summit, 85 out of the 300 companies there focused on caregivers.
My life has become app centered. In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers ... and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog.
When beginning my fitness makeoverseveral years ago, I was suffering from a torn hamstring. Knowing that I could easily reinjure myself with an overly aggressive exercise program or by undertaking the wrong kind of exercise, I hired a personal trainer.
I'm always on the lookout for what the latest studies show in terms of how to stay healthy, how to lose weight, how to boost your metabolism... and if you read any news at all, you're bound to find at least one of those stories every day. Sometimes, studies seem like they were unnecessary (Study Shows Exercise Helps You Shed Pounds!), but the one that is all over the news today may actually provide some good advice - and make me feel less guilty for hitting the hay before 10pm.
Check out this story from the New York Times today. According to the article, the "graying of the gym" is a phenomenon happening before our very eyes. Get this: gym membership among adults aged 55 and up rose to 10.5 million in 2008 - up from 1.5 million in 1987! That makes this group the fastest growing segment of the gym-goer population, according to annual surveys by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.
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