Wellness Wednesday…It’s Never Too Late

never-too-oldWhen you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I’d really love to hear your answers. Now that you’re just a few years older, I’m going to ask…did you make it happen? If you answered, “NO,” why not do it now?

You heard me right…do it now! Maybe you’re retired and think it’s too late or you’re too old. Well, I say that’s hog wash. You can achieve anything you BELIEVE, and working towards that goal will keep you young.

Need a little motivation to make that first step? Check out these three individuals who prove it’s never too late to set a high goal and achieve it. They all earned their college degrees in their 90’s. If they can do it, so can you. Follow your dreams…it’s NEVER too late!!!


Twila Boston, 98

866988Twila Boston graduated from Utah State University with a bachelors in American Studies at 98 years young. “It was expected of us in our family to get an education,” says Twila, but she never did get around to graduating. So, at age 98, she hunkered down and finally completed her degree in American Studies at Utah State University. Boston is the oldest person to graduate from Utah State University, and, as such, she has a bit of advice for all of us: “Go out in whatever you want, in whatever you want to do the rest of your life.”



Nola Ochs, 98


Probably the most famous (and adorable) golden grad around, with a 3.7 g.p.a., 95-year old Nola Ochs took home a degree in General Studies with an emphasis in History from Fort Hays State University in 2007. She graduated alongside her granddaughter, Alexandra.

Eventually, Ochs went on to earn her master’s degree at age 98, making her the oldest recipient of a master’s degree in history.


Leo Plass, 99

article-0-0C9462F000000578-219_468x372Plass dropped out of college in 1932 when he was just 20. Then, at 99 years old, the Oregon resident finished what he started by receiving an associates degree from Eastern Oregon University. Plass set a world record in doing so!

Just a few credits shy of a degree, Leo Plass quit school in 1932 to pursue a career in the logging industry. According to Plass, the pay was too good to pass up, but he never did forget his academic aspirations. Finally, in 2011, 99-year-old Plass earned his associates degree from East Oregon University.


Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!




Wellness Wednesday…Staying Safe in the Sun

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, it means summer is here! The days are longer, the weather’s warmer, and you’ll likely be spending more time outdoors. That’s already the case for us. Kirt and I just bought kayaks last week, and we’re really looking forward to spending time out on the water this year.



Although I love the sun, I know it doesn’t love me back. Did you know each year in the U.S. over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people? And, each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Isn’t that incredible? If that doesn’t encourage you to protect yourself in the sun, I don’t know what will.

As you choose your sunscreen this summer, I want you share some information regarding SPF claims. I read this the other day and was shocked. I think you might be too.


Beware of SPF Claims on Sunscreen Labels

43 %

According to a new study from Consumer Reports, 43 percent of sunscreen products do not live up to the sun protection factor (SPF) claims on their bottles.


13 out of 35

Consumer Reports found that 13 out of the 35 sunscreen lotions tested had an SPF of less than 30, despite claiming to have at least an SPF of 30 on their labels. The majority of products that fell short on their SPF numbers did so by 10 to 15 points. However, some products were labeled as SPF 50, and were only found to have an SPF of 8.


Avobenzone and Ecamsule

The study found that sunscreens with active chemical ingredients like avobenzone and ecamsule performed better during testing than those with natural ingredients like zinc oxide.


Staying Safe in the Sun

Beach-Sunshine-BackgroundWith stats like these, it’s tough to know how to really protect yourself in the sun. Obviously, you still want to wear sunscreen. Just remember that what you see on the label might not be exactly what you’re getting.  The American Academy of Dermatology also encourages people to wear protective clothing when going outdoors and to stay in the shade when possible to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Enjoy your Memorial Day, and stay safe in the sun this weekend!


Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!



Wellness Wednesday Turns 1

One year paper confetti sign.Wow…this year has gone fast!  Can you believe we started these Wellness Wednesday articles one year ago?  That’s right, the first article went out last May!  Where did the time go?


As we enter year 2, we want to expand our audience and reach even more people. We need your help! If you enjoy these articles, please tell your friends. We’d love to add them to our list. They can sign up on our website, boomersNmotion.com, or they can email us directly.


And, stay tuned…in June you’re going to start seeing even more tips. Kirt and I are working on some great new material, and we can’t wait to share it with you soon.



Thanks so much for all of your support and wonderful comments over the past year. We love hearing from you and feel so privileged to be part of your journey. Please stay in touch and let us know how you like the new format in June.


Love and health to YOU and YOUR FAMILY!!!!


Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!



Wellness Wednesday…Why Family and Friends are Important to Your Health


With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking about how important my relationship with my mom and other family members really is in my life.  Without them, I wouldn’t lead the same life I lead today.  It seems like we often talk about exercise and nutrition when it comes to wellness.  When in reality, there are so many additional components, like strong, positive relationships, that lead to a full-filled, truly “well” life.



When you think about it, healthy relationships, whether they are with family or friends, are a vital component of health and wellbeing.  The interesting thing is, there is actually evidence that shows this. Strong relationships promote a long, healthy, and happy life.  And, on the flip side, there are quite a few health risks from being alone or feeling isolated. These risks are comparable to the risks associated with cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity! Let’s dive in…


Healthy Relationships Can Help You…

Live Longer

A review of 148 studies found that people with strong, social relationships are 50% less likely to die prematurely.  And, some research also suggests that committing to a life partner can add 3 years to your life.


Deal with Stress

IMG_2661You probably don’t need me to tell you that the support of one of your friends can help you through a stressful time.  In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were simply reminded of those people they have a strong relationship with.  Those who thought of stressful relationships, though, experienced even more stress and higher blood pressure.  Remember, in times of stress, just thinking of your loved ones can help!


Be Healthier

In one study, researchers found that college students who reported having “strong relationships” were half as likely to catch a common cold when exposed to the virus. Wow…that’s pretty cool!  Another poll found that people who feel they have friends and family to count on are generally more satisfied with their personal health than people who feel isolated.


Feel Richer

IMG_2324If you feel like you didn’t save enough for retirement, this next study suggests to get more friends! A survey by the National Bureau of Economic Research of 5,000 people found that doubling your group of friends has the same effect on your wellbeing as a 50% increase in income!



Health Consequences of Loneliness and Isolation


It makes sense that loneliness can contribute to depression, and there is even research to back it. A 2012 study of breast cancer patients found that those with fewer satisfying social connections experienced higher levels of depression, pain, and fatigue.


Decreased Immune Function

The authors of that 2012 study also found a correlation between loneliness and immune system dysregulation. This shows that a lack of social connections can increase your chances of becoming sick.


Higher Blood Pressure

Researchers from the University of Chicago studied a group of 229 adults over the course of five years. They found that loneliness could predict higher blood pressure even years later. This indicates that the effects of isolation have long-lasting consequences.


After studying the topic for decades, two psychiatrists, Jacquline Olds and Richard Schwartz, confirm that the research is clear and devastating: isolation is fatal.


In Closing…

The results are in…in order for all of us to stay healthy and live our best lives, we must do it TOGETHER! To my mom and all the other moms out there, thank you for all you do to create such strong, meaningful relationships in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day and enjoying connecting with your family this weekend.





Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!



Wellness Wednesday…Tracking YOUR Steps


How many steps did you get yesterday?  For me, it was a busy day, and I hit almost 15,000!  Trust me, though, that doesn’t happen everyday.  I received an Apple watch for my birthday in January, and now I’m obsessed with tracking my steps.  Have you started tracking your steps yet?

What are Fitness/ Activity Trackers?

Fitness-Tracker-MPNThese are typically wristband-like devices that help you keep track of how active you are.  Because they’ve become so popular, there are a bunch of brands and models on the market.  Each model has unique features, but most of them will do things like track your steps, calculate your heart rate, show how many calories you burned during exercise, and even monitor your sleep.


Why are Fitness/ Activity Trackers Good for Baby Boomers?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe most obvious answer is MOTIVATION!  When you continually monitor your behavior and get constant feedback, it encourages you to move more.  Need I say it….this leads to boomers N motion!

Besides the added encouragement to move, these devices can also help to predict possible changes in health, such as health decline associated with aging. Since you can use them to monitor heart rate and quality of sleep, they can give you data to share with your doctor if you notice a change in these areas.


What Should You Look for in a Fitness Tracker?

  • Ease of use: This is so important. A fitness tracker should be straightforward and easy to use. It shouldn’t take reading a 10-page manual before you can understand how it works. Besides, who would do that anyway?
  • Distance tracker: Any fitness tracker should be able to log your steps and distance over a workout.  Higher-end fitness bands offer distance tracking over larger periods of times to assess your fitness progression.
  • Calorie tracker: Most fitness bands will track the number of calories you burn to let you know the precise outcome of your workouts.  Some fitness bands also have calorie intake and weight trackers.  These allow you to record your food intake and weigh calories burned against calories eaten.
  • Heart rate monitor: This allows you to gauge and control the intensity of your workout.
  • Sleep tracking: This allows you to monitor the length and quality of your sleep. This option is great for anyone looking to improve general fitness and physical health.
  • Display size: Bigger displays provide easy navigation through the different functions of your fitness band.
  • Wireless technology: This feature allows you to quickly and easily connect your fitness band to your wireless devices through specialized apps.
  • Water and sweat resistance: This is important for prolonging the life of your workout tracker.
  • Adjustable band: Bands often have slats or another mechanism for adjusting comfortably to your wrist.
  • Battery life: Some fitness bands are more energy-efficient than others and can be used for longer without having to charge up or replace the batteries.


How Many Steps Should You Get?

senior-walkingAccording to the National Institute on Aging, most inactive people get fewer than 5,000 steps per day, and some very inactive people get only 2,000 steps a day.  Here are their recommendations on steps.




If you’re getting:

Fewer than 5,000 steps a day – Gradually try to add 3,000 to 4,000 more steps a day.

About 8,000 steps a day – You’re probably meeting the recommended activity target.

10,000 or more steps a day – You can be confident that you’re getting an adequate amount of endurance activity.

10,000 steps a day comfortably – Try for 15,000 steps a day, which would put you in the high-activity group.


Your Next Step

simple.b-cssdisabled-png.h89a568a7dfdc8c72dde1540c260a01f7.packIf you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, you might be convinced that it’s time to start tracking your steps too.  Like I mentioned before, there are a ton of options, so do your research. If you’re looking for a good place to start, though, I would start by checking out the Fitbit Charge 2.  I know a lot of people who have and like this device.  I even bought this model for my mom for Christmas, and she seems to love it.

If you’re already using a tracker, what do you use?  I’d love to hear what’s working for YOU!


Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!