New Study Reveals America’s Fear Of Aging

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seniormanAegis Living Study Says Women More Likely to Worry About Memory than Men – More Funding for Alzheimer’s Research Urgently Needed

According to a new Aegis Living Study on Attitudes Toward Aging, adults of all generations are equally as likely to worry about what will happen to their memory as they age (72% Millennials, 75% Gen X, 77% Boomers, 69% Silent Generation), which may help explain why nearly half of all adults (45%) agree they are scared of aging, particularly Millennials (47%), Gen X’ers (51%), and Boomers (43%). The study was conducted online by Harris Poll in April, 2015 among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+.

“This study shines a light on a national issue that demands more attention. The more we’re aware of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the more research funding will start to flow. It simply has to,” says Dr. Shirley Newell, Aegis Living Chief Medical Officer. “We wanted to get a handle on what America is thinking about regarding an issue that faces our residents every day. And that’s what we have with these new numbers.”

Women More Worried than Men
The study also reveals that women are more likely than men to worry about what will happen to their memory as they age (77% vs. 70%, respectively) and be scared of aging (48% vs. 41%, respectively), and their fears may not be unfounded. The majority of Aegis Living residents are women and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, two-thirds of the 5 million seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Women in their 60’s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. The Alzheimer’s Association https://alz.org/abam/ has designated June as Alzheimer’s Awareness and Brain Awareness Month.

More Funding Urgently Needed for Alzheimer’s Research
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, U.S. direct cost of caring for people with Alzheimer’s in 2015 is $226 billion. By 2050, it will skyrocket to $1.2 trillion. Last year, more than $5 billion was spent on cancer research. $4 billion was spent on heart disease research and yet only $500 million was devoted to Alzheimer’s research.

Top Five Signs of Dementia

http://www.aegisliving.com/resource-center/5-signs-of-dementia/

1. Problems with Vision
2. Mood and Personality Changes
3. Poor Judgement and Difficulty Making Decisions
4. Misplacing or Losing Things
5. Forgetfulness

(Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is necessary for day-to-day function. Although there is no specific disease related to dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80 percent of all cases of mental decline – Alzheimer’s Association)

About the Survey
The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Aegis Living, between April 23rd and April 27th, 2015 among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18+. For complete research method, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact John Yeager at Aegis Living John.Yeager(at)aegisliving(dot)com

About Aegis Living
Aegis Living is a national leader in retirement, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care providing the finest in senior lifestyle emphasizing health, quality of life, well-being and community. Aegis Living is guided by a simple philosophy: strive to treat all people with the highest possible standards. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Redmond, Washington, privately held Aegis Living operates 30 communities in Washington, California and Nevada with 7 in development, including Aegis of Queen Anne on Galer. Many Aegis Living residents live with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Media Contact: John Yeager Public Relations Director Aegis Living 425-765-9845 (complete methodology available at John.Yeager(at)aegislving(dot)com). http://www.AegisLiving.com Follow us on Twitter @aegisliving and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AegisLiving

Changing Your View On “Fear”

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By Diane Lang

womancouchOur biggest fear is a huge crisis where everything changes and we feel out of control. The good news: A huge crisis is just the kick in the butt we need to accept change. So, lets look at fear from a different perspective. Lets look at fear as a good thing. The next time a crisis, a negative event or situation hits instead of getting nervous, scared and upset lets change our point of view and look at it differently. Here are a few tips to help you accept change and release fear:

When the negative event, crisis or situation happens stop for a second and ask yourself:

1. Why did this happen- what wasn’t I listening to? paying attention to?

2. What needs aren’t being met?

3. What changes do I need to make?

4. What did I learn from this?

Then “Thank your fear” for leading you in the right direction. Fear and change stops us in our tracks and makes us look at life differently. It forces us to see what isn’t going right. It forces us to make changes when we don’t want to.

If you want more proof. Look back at every crisis you have had and how it was only temporary and it eventually led you down a better path.

Examples:

The loss of a job that brought you a better job or gave you the motivation to change career paths or start your own business.

The divorce that ended up putting you with your soul mate.

The illness that made you stop in your tracks and ended up teaching you to slow down, enjoy life and have better relationships.

During your next crisis, negative event or situation pay really close attention. These are all wake up calls. So, next time ask yourself:

1. What is truly going on?

2. What do I really want?

3. What lesson did I miss?

Then slow down to hear the message. Its always there we just get wrapped up on moving through the fear as fast as possible that we don’t wait long enough to hear the answer.
If you don’t pay attention now, there will be another crisis right around the corner.
The choice is yours. I choose to look at fear as a blessing!

Challenge – how can you release fear today?

Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, happinesss author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Fear Is A Happiness Compass – 9 Ways to Break Out Of Fear And Handle Crisis – Part 2

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By Diane Lang

Continued from part 1 of the article…..

news3. This goes back to the old saying you can’t succeed until you have failed. You need to take risks to be successful and happy. Even if we make a mistake or fail, we learn from it so it’s never a bad move. We also get a feeling of accomplishment from trying. We start appreciating our effort as much as winning or losing. So take a risk, make a mistake; it’s a win-win situation.

4. By being vulnerable and taking risks we realize we really can’t control everything. It brings us back to reality. If we have controlling and perfection traits, we will always feel stressed out and fearful but when we realize we don’t have control over anything but ourselves and our reactions we can start to focus on what’s really in our power and start seeing results.

5. When we are fearful it is a wake up call to pause and reevaluate what’s going on. To make new choices. We can become curious about new opportunities or ways of doing things. We can look at things from a new perspective Instead of remaining in fear we can look at it as an opportunity to try something new.

6. If we truly accept fear we don’t have to mask it with food, drugs, shopping, etc. If we accept our fear we don’t have to be so angry. Fear causes anger as a defense mechanism from being vulnerable. When we are hurt or scared we become angry; it’s easier then dealing with the vulnerability.

yogapose7. When you become aware your being fearful then you can do a few things to calm your fear before it turns into anger. What self soothes you – music, exercise, nature, warm bath, etc? Use Meditation Breathing techniques to relax the physical symptoms. Self talk – I talk back to my fear by asking myself questions: What am I truly fearful of? Is it really that scary or am I making it worse/exaggerating my fear? What would happen if I felt the fear but did it anyway? What would happen if I let fear control my actions and didn’t do anything? Would I regret that decision?

8. Realize that our biggest fear is death. This again is something we can’t control and to worry about; it is a waste of time. I have learned to change my perspective on death. I have a spiritual perspective and believe that our physical body dies but our soul continues on. This perspective has changed my view/fear of death. Know there is something bigger then us. Find your spiritual side. Having a sense of spirituality let’s us know that there is something bigger than us and that has a comforting and peaceful effect on us.

9. Know how your body reacts to fear and stress. Do you get headaches, stomachaches, neck pain, TMJ, etc. When we can sense the physical symptoms we can use that as a red flag- a warning to stop and ask the important question: What am I afraid of?

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Fear Is A Happiness Compass – 9 Ways to Break Out Of Fear And Handle Crisis – Part 1

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By Diane Lang

newsThe biggest fear is a huge crisis where everything changes and we feel out of control but yet that huge crisis is just the motivation you needed to accept that you have to change. Psychotherapist, Happiness Author and Positive Living Expert, Diane Lang, shares how we can tune into our fear, learn from it and break free from it. Fear and crisis lead us in the right direction to a better path; if we step back and learn from our fear, we are able to shed old negative thoughts and patterns leading us to a fresh, new life of happiness and fulfillment.

“Fear is actually a good thing; it’s a compass to happiness. A crisis wouldn’t be a crisis if it didn’t scare you. So, next time you feel afraid and a crisis hits, instead of getting upset and nervous, stop for a second and ask yourself these three questions:

1. What is supposed to happen here?

2. What wasn’t I listening to?

3. What needs to change?

Then thank your fear for leading you in the right direction. Just think back to every crisis you have had and how it was only temporary and it eventually led you down a better path. The divorce that ended up putting you with your soul mate. The firing from a job that ended up leading you into your career. The illness that made you stop in your tracks and ended up teaching you to enjoy life and now you have fun and better relationships. Crisis are wake up calls because you weren’t listening to your higher self. You were ignoring the true you. So, next crisis change your perspective to questioning what is truly going on? What do I really want? What did I miss? Then slow down and be still and listen for the answer. The answer is there. It’s been there all along, you just never paid attention to it. If you don’t pay attention now, there will be another crisis just around the corner. The choice is yours. It’s your choice and your responsibility how you live your life. So fear can be a blessing,” Diane Lang says.

After a crisis and a true wake up to your higher self, you start realizing fear is not necessary and you can hear your true self without all the hoopla going on around you. We don’t have to reach bottom to hear our calling but if you have a crisis, use it for what it’s worth. A crisis helps you shed the old negative thoughts and patterns that are no longer useful or serving you. You have had enough and want more. A crisis is an ending of something we don’t need anymore. It’s not servicing us. So we have a crisis to end it, grieve it and then find the new. The fresh start that awaits us. The light after the end of the storm. Love thy fear.

Here are nine ways to break out of the “fear rut” we may be stuck in:

friends1. Realize you’re not alone – most people live in the same fear patterns. We are raised this way. Fear is a learned trait. We watch our parents be fearful, we have news that tells us to be fearful and then we get hurt and it proves to us that we should live in fear. By knowing you’re not alone and that everyone feels just as vulnerable and scared, helps us to be empathetic to everyone else. After we feel empathetic to others, we can start finding the empathy and self compassion towards ourselves.

2. Accept your fear – don’t deny your fear or try to hide it. Face it, accept it and then move past it. When we can truly admit to ourselves that we have fear, then we can work past it. A lot of our patterns are based on fear but we are just not conscious of it. Just by awakening to the realization that we live in fear starts the process of change. Once you accept it then you can make the choice to let it go and move past it. It’s a choice. Do you choose to live in fear or take a risk?

Look for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Diane Lang is a Positive Living Expert and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Cholesterol – Facts, Not Fear

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By Paul J. Rosen

eggsEvery time I hear another health report on the reasons to eat low fat I want to scream. Every time I read another article about the “evil” nature of saturated fat I become apoplectic. So I’ll get right to the point.

The cholesterol story is made up ~ it’s fiction! Surprised? As a healthcare practitioner I was shocked by what I discovered. But this discovery explains why nutritional healing programs are so successful in restoring heart health.

Unbiased studies around the world have shown that there is very little relationship between cholesterol numbers and heart disease. In fact, the co-director of the Framingham study back in the 1960s, George Mann, ScD, MD, said: “The diet-heart hypothesis has been repeatedly shown to be wrong, and yet, for complicated reasons of pride, profit and prejudice, the hypothesis continues to be exploited by scientists, fund-raising enterprises, food companies and even governmental agencies. The public is being deceived by the greatest health scam of the century.”

And yet, this study is considered by organizations across this country as proof that high cholesterol is predictive of heart disease. Huh?

So why would all those we look to for guidance regarding our health perpetuate this cholesterol myth? Perhaps some haven’t done their homework. But the cynical view is ~ follow the money, baby!

Although I don’t consider myself a cynic, a close look at how cholesterol guidelines are set in the first place and by whom certainly gives me pause.

healthyheartbpJoseph Mercola, MD, in a recent expose on cholesterol noted that in 2004, the U.S. government’s National Cholesterol Education Program panel advised those at risk for heart disease to attempt to reduce their LDL cholesterol to specific, very low, levels ~ levels that can be reached in most cases only by using cholesterol-lowering drugs. But, in 2006 a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine[viii] found that there was insufficient evidence to support the target numbers outlined by the panel. The recommendations were adopted anyway.

Why? The simple answer lies in who comprised the panel of experts: 8 of 9 members had ties to the pharmaceutical industry. And by lowering the cholesterol numbers, more people are swept into the eligible pool for prescription medications.

Are there people who could benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs? Perhaps, but the pool is very small. Dr. Mercola wrote that the total cholesterol number was just about worthless for predicting heart disease unless it exceeds 330 and even then a close look at HDL levels is important.

For example, I had a patient who reported her total cholesterol to be above 300 but her HDL was above 140. Her doctor did not recommend medications and encouraged her to keep doing what she was doing.

Here’s another interesting factoid for you: Of the substances most often found in clogged arteries, 74% are unsaturated fatty acids. You heard me right. So much for the myth that “saturated fat clogs arteries.”

Saturated fat is not the enemy. Saturated fat is required to build every cell in your body.

Now take a close look at the risks associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs. They include nerve damage to hands and feet, dizziness, memory loss and cognitive impairment, suppression of the immune system, depression and liver damage.

Saturated fat is not the enemy. Saturated fat is required to build every cell in your body. It provides the basis to make and utilize Vitamin D. It provides the backbone for hormone production including the anti-inflammatory steroid hormones. And too little saturated fat forms the basis for emotional instability.

So don’t be afraid of saturated fats. Facts trump fear and the facts here are clear.

If you want to lower your cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL then lower your consumption of grains and processed sugars. Eat plenty of high quality organic fats like olive oil, coconut oil, raw dairy, avocados, nuts, eggs and grass-fed meats. Remember, your health depends on what you put in your mouth. You ate your way there and you can eat your way out. It’s the food, folks. Please remember to keep yours fresh.

– Guest author, Paul J.Rosen, AcuNatural Family Healthcare