by Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant for The Piper
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I’ve got a product for you. It’s guaranteed to reduce signs of aging such as grumpiness, boredom, irritability, loneliness, poor appetite, insomnia, dementia, weakness, stiffness, pain, arthritis, ad nauseam. The magic elixir for all these ailments is having fun. Remember you don’t quit having fun because you get old, you get old when you quit having fun! Anti-aging is a word we hear and see in print a great deal. It applies predominately to cosmetics. What does it matter if the face is perfectly smooth and flawless if there is no smile on it? Having fun with a dose of laughter, joy and enthusiasm are the perfect cure for sagging skin. When you smile, everything is pointing up! That is a major anti-aging benefit. Having fun activates the release of neuropeptides, the feel-good neurotransmitters. Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face. This not only relaxes your body, but it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Sounds anti-aging to me! If you have trouble letting go and having fun, here are some tips: be yourself, loosen up, stop following all the rules, stop taking yourself and other things so seriously, do something entirely new and most of all quit worrying about what others think. Being a little silly gives us a chance to laugh at ourselves! You can fake it ‘til you make it because smiling makes you feel better no matter how you are feeling inside. Living in a community gives a person so many occasions to have fun and a good laugh. Around every corner, there is a new activity to join. The Piper household model is filled with opportunities to get engaged. Card games, outings, and parties are on the weekly schedule. Remember laughter is good medicine and guaranteed to work. Come and see us at The Piper Assisted Living & Memory Support, where we’re always having fun. It might smooth away the wrinkles too!
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About the Author — Connie Michaelis is an enthusiastic and passionate advocate for the entire arena of successful aging. With years of work in the senior lifestyle space, Connie has become a knowledgeable problem solver for the many issues of Senior transitions. As a weekly newspaper columnist, Connie has become known as an expert in the field and speaks and writes to encourage and support her audience. Through storytelling and humor, Connie can move her audience towards embracing the necessary changes to live their best life. Changing paradigms, planning for the future and preparing for all circumstances lead to a life of peace, happiness and satisfaction. She is a lifestyle consultant for The Piper.