GL Electrology Chicks' Nights
At Greater Lansing Electrology we realize that we our lives often travel on parallel courses. Our days are filled with similar challenges--be they children, spouses, aging parents, stress, diet/exercise, and just observing our bodies age before our very eyes! We figured some informative, but fun-filled Chick Nights were in order. A chance to get together with friends (and make some new ones), share some food and drink, commiserate and learn about ways to meet life's various challenges. Plus, who doesn't need a night out with the girls every once in a while?
Please join us this month for a very special Chicks' Night:
Small Changes Make a Big Difference
Tuesday, June 21st, 6:30-8:00 pm
GLE Offices, Grand Ledge
A "nano" is the smallest of the small. Technically, it's defined as one billionth. Our bodies are made up of billions (more like trillions) of cells. Even the smallest of lifestyle choices can make a big difference in the
condition of those cells, and our bodies overall.
Come join in the discussion as wellness coach Nancy Mesko shares some simple strategies for small changes that can improve the quality of life for you and your family. Nancy will help us understand the role that nutrition plays in supporting our immune system, decreasing damage caused by oxidative stress and aging, and how to deliver key antioxidants into the blood stream. Bring along a friend or two, or three! Please RSVP by email or call 627-1129.
Our Turn Now: Caring for Mom and Dad
For many of our moms and dads, the "golden years" are behind them and they're now entering the final season of their lives. We find ourselves navigating the uncertain waters of how to best help them. We're plagued with worry, concern and questions:
- When is it not safe for mom to live alone?
- What kind of a facility does dad need?
- Are there resources available to help with the cost of elder care?
- Is my family doctor qualified to treat Alzheimer's and dementia?
- What resources are there for coping with end of life?
Barb Frasier, co-owner of Fairview Adult Foster Care in Grand Ledge, MI, will lead us in an informal discussion of these and other issues regarding caring for our elderly parents. An adult foster care provider for the past 14 years, Barb and her husband Joseph opened Fairview in 1997 so that they could create the best kind of home for their elderly grandparents. Today their facility features 20 private rooms and a staff of 22 who help provide the best in physical, mental, social and spiritual care for their residents and their families.
Recap of January Chick's Night
with Grace Menzel, Menzel Coaching
Yes You Can! Making Yourself a Priority in 2011
"If you are traveling with a child or other person needing assistance, put on your oxygen mask first, before you assist them" instructs the flight attendant as we taxi down the runway."
Indeed, taking care of yourself will assure that you are better able to help those you love. As mothers, daughters, spouses and friends we naturally put other's needs first - often at a personal cost and often resulting in exhaustion, irritability, depression, anxiety, or guilt. Over time these negative feelings can lead to illness further reducing your capacity to help others. Making time regularly to replenish your reserves is a healthy choice where everyone wins.
Examples of ways to nurture yourself include exercise, stretching, meditation, prayer, reading, spending time in nature or visiting with friends who sustain us. It doesn't matter so much what you do to nurture yourself, but that you do it at all. Here are some tips for practicing self care.
-Keep it simple. Avoid complicated or overly ambitious practices.
-Limit the activity to short time periods--15-30 minutes--especially when you are beginning.
-Choose a time of day that works best for you.
-Be consistent. Make it a habit--daily, weekly or monthly.
-Write it on your calendar.
-Ask for support from family and friends.
-Forgive yourself when you fail.
For the sake of those you love, make YOURSELF a priority in 2011. They and you will be glad you did.
Grace Menzel is a career and life coach empowering smart, competent women to realize intuitive, value-based and heart-centered choices in their professional and personal lives. Learn more at http://menzelcoaching.com