February! On Sunday, Punxsutawney’s most famous rodent did not see its shadow. That means an early spring, right? You gotta like that! Well … we do live in the Midwest. And it is still February. So, we should prepare ourselves for more winter weather down the road. (It’s all relative, though. People like Joe, the president of GVWC’s Alaska chapter, laughs at what we think is bad.) Regardless of what it’s doing outside, the GVWC meets every Saturday morning at 8am (except, of course, in dangerous conditions like ice, lightening, etc.). Dress for the conditions and come out to join us. Hot coffee and lively conversation is always available at Winans afterwards.
In the newsletter this week:
- Balance is Key
- Protect Your Skin in Winter
- Five signs an aging parent may need help
- Easiest way to protect yourself? Wash your hands!
Balance is Key
They say balance is a good thing to strive for in life. Not just the work/life balance-kind or a healthy, balanced diet. It’s also a worthy goal to maintain good “athletic” balance as you age. Check out these exercises to improve balance, as well as some tips and simple exercise equipment to help achieve better balance throughout your life.
Protect Your Skin in Winter
Cold temperatures and dry air can leave skin feeling uncomfortably dry and itchy. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your skin soft and healthy through the winter months. Check out 8 Ways to Protect Your Skin During a Harsh Winter.
Five signs an aging parent may need help
Aging is a fact of life. (Cue the old joke: getting older sure beats the alternative.) While it’s inevitable, when we notice a loved one, like a parent, is slowing down, it’s a cause for concern. Yet suggesting that maybe they need some help might not be well received. While no one looks forward to broaching this sensitive topic, there are telltale signs that signal more help is in the interest of their safety. Check out this article with suggestions to help you determine if it’s time to find care for your aging parent and offers suggestions on how you can talk to them about it. Of course, I’m anticipating a phone call from one of my kids, “Uh, Dad…?”
Easiest way to protect yourself? Wash your hands!
The coronavirus is dominating the news. I’ve seen some misinformation (on Facebook … go figure), but it’s probably worthwhile just to clarify No, You Won’t Catch The New Coronavirus Via Packages Or Mail From China. Indeed, it is highly unlikely that the virus could survive for multiple days outside or inside a cardboard box. So, there’s that. But, let’s talk about the flu, which is a more realistic threat for all of us. Wash your hands often with soap and water (scrub for at least 20 seconds) and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap is not an option. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and steer clear of other sick people. Stay home when you are sick, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Also, get a flu shot if you haven’t already. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!