Healthy Living

The “M” Word in Retirement

Mindfulness - Photo by Esther Wilhelmsson via Unsplash

The most important factor to living a happy retirement starts with the
letter “M.” And it’s not “Money.” Yet at the commencement of all our
retirement planning courses the money factor sits large on the minds of
attendees. In fact, as we prepare for starting the course I have more than
once been approached by the first comer into the lecture room and asked
“Are you the Pensions Man?”

You shouldn’t ignore money. It is important. It may be the one thing that
preserves the “living” part of “living a contented retirement.” But it is
not the most important thing to think about when planning for a life in
retirement. While money helps pay for many important matters, the idea of
the unpredictability of your future health provides you a clue as to what
that most important “M” word is. To be truly happy the secret is in Continue Reading

Healthy Ireland and Life Expectancy

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The Healthy Ireland policy document entitled Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 -2015 is the government’s plan to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. So how are we faring mid-way through the lifetime of the plan?

The mid-term report entitled Health in Ireland: Key Trends (2017) revealed that 70% of men and 57% of women are overweight or obese. This also reflects the lack of a personal physical exercise regime whereby only 46% of men and 62% of women are termed “physically active”. All of this reflects significantly on our birth to death life expectancy ratio.

Between 2007 and 2017 the following increases in Life Expectancy are recorded: Continue Reading

Healthy Living: Know your numbers

As we prepare for retirement, we need to reflect on our current lifestyle behaviours.

A change to how we live our life can reduce our chances of developing:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Other forms of ill-health.

Tips on Lifestyle Behaviours

  • Sit less and move more: Be conscious of the length of time you spend sitting. Get up and stand and stretch.
  • Design a physical activity pattern that suits your condition and work on taking 30 minutes exercise at least 5 times a week. Take a look at this website:
  • Don’t smoke and if you do then try and quit smoking which is the best thing you can do to improve your health.
  • To find out more about good healthy eating habits take a look at this Food Pyramid:

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Developing Our Spiritual Health

During our retirement courses we consider all aspects of our health including Physical Health (keeping active and eating healthily); our Mental Health (including emotional issues/stress management and resilience) and thirdly the importance of developing our Spiritual Health. In today’s world with all that has happened as regards religious practices many people neglect what is essential to maintaining our Spiritual Health.

So what is Spiritual Health if it is not all about religious practice? Here we intertwine spiritual health with the singular “Spirituality”. Basically, spirituality connects us to a purpose in life that is larger than ourselves. For some this may still be traditional religious practice. Regardless of the methods we us to achieve it, spirituality dictates how we see the world around us and our attitudes to what we see.  It dictates whether generally for us “the bottle is half full or half empty” as regards where we are at in life. It is about our own perspectives of life (more on this later).

To develop our spiritual health can be as simple as standing and staring in awe at what is before us at any moment in time. It can be as simple as Continue Reading

Healthy Eating in Retirement

Nutrition is an important part of healthy living post-retirement

[This is a guest post by Consultant Dietitian Gillian McConnell]

Many factors are important for a healthy retirement – staying physically active, maintaining close relationships and pursuing personal goals. However, one factor is vital to make the others all possible: a healthy diet. Without considering healthy eating, you cannot fully benefit from a rewarding and engaging retirement, and increase your risk of a range of health issues.

Challenges to good nutrition:

As people age, the amount of calories they need to consume each day reduces as the amount of good quality nutrients they need increases. This makes it difficult to ensure they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals they need each day, since you’re typically eating less. That’s also why it’s all the more important to Continue Reading

Healthy Living in Retirement

Water is a major element in making life on earth sustainable- we will discuss and re evaluate its importance at each and every cellular level.

Modern society faces the challenge of an ageing population. Globally, between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of adults older than 60 years is projected to double from 11% to 22%, and the number is expected to grow from 605 million to more than 2 billion.

This demographic shift will lead to a rising disease burden with profound implications for health care and practice. Evidence suggests that adopting and adhering to healthy lifestyles in middle or older age can reduce risks for chronic disease and mortality. Therefore, it is important to identify opportunities for lifestyle changes in middle to older age to promote healthy ageing. Continue Reading