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Holistic Health and The Elderly Holism Morning Exercising Nursing Home Do you feel the same Physically certainly not I have always been very comfortable with my body Not vain But I felt blessed Now I just can t get things working properly I completely believed I would be able to restore lost muscle and health I am finding it difficult to accept and reconcile my present body with the resilient responsive physical body I lived in for most of my life What are hardships of age One of the hardships of age is psychological one tends to feel irrelevant In a room of younger people it is interesting to observe the dynamics The primary intercourse is between or among the younger Some of this is physical sexual tension of course But a lot of it has to do with the perception of younger people that once a person has stopped working the opinions or observations offered are really not pertinent What is your support group In seeking to keep my mind active I attend classes at a center organized to serve an older population My own is called Lifetime Learning Center where classes are offered 5 days per week on a wide range of subjects In our instance most classes are taught by talented and highly qualified teachers who volunteer their time to instruct a wide range of academic classes computer classes art yoga Feldenkrais etc The academic classes are taught by retired higher education teachers who are likely quite determined to keep their own academic talents in shape Warm friendships have been formed over the past ten years I have been attending this center What do you enjoy doing I Still enjoy most of the things I have always enjoyed cooking reading movies opera theatre walking My children and friends Perhaps people in general What do you do to stay healthy I Am still recovering from a back injury and subsequent surgery The physical therapy has been specific and directed toward rehabilitation In addition to those exercises I try to walk daily or exercise on a machine in my home I

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