Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Getting older is inevitable, but feeling older? That’s a different story. On average, people older than 70 feel 13 years younger than they really are, according to a study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Among study participants who were particularly healthy and active, the gap between subjective age and actual age was even wider. But beyond health status—which probably doesn’t surprise you—what other factors can influence our perceived age?

1. Hang Out with Older and Younger Crowds Feeling younger starts with seeking out people who are at least a decade your senior—who will expose you to new health behaviors, attitudes, and wisdom—and young children and teenagers, who will remind you what it’s like to see the world through innocent eyes, says Katie Rickel, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist based in Durham, North Carolina. “When we find ourselves only spending time with our peers, we often grow accustomed to the same activities, beliefs, interests, and culture of a single generation.”

2. Embrace Newness and Change Traveling, ballroom dancing, painting, and volunteering ... Never say no to (almost) anything. Experts agree it’s a good motto. When we learn a new activity or change up our routine, our brains need to rewire themselves to assimilate the novelty, New synapses—which neurons use to communicate with one another—form and learn to fire in different patterns, she says. This phenomenon helps promote brain health and rejuvenation. Even small, seemingly unimportant changes, such as driving a different route to the supermarket or reorganizing the cabinets in your kitchen, can make a difference.

3. Never Consider Yourself Old Your mindset really does matter.

4. Move as Much as You Can Exercise is essentially equal to Ponce De Leon’s fountain of youth,” says Shanna Levine, M.D., an internist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Whether it’s walking, running, swimming, biking, or dancing, physical activity is key.” Any amount of activity counts, Levine says. Walk around the block, or start a dance party with your grandchildren—it will keep you looking and feeling your best.

5. What Makes You Laugh? Do More of That Surround yourself with people who like to laugh a lot—and stay away from “drama-prone individuals.” While more research is needed on the value of avoiding drama, there’s proof on the health benefits of laughter. Studies have linked laughter to everything from lower stress levels to stronger immunity to a more active social life.

6. Engage in social activities,” says Levine, adding that keeping your mind active and engaged has been shown to slow aging. Pick whatever makes you happy, from attending a group fitness class to a picnic in the park with your family. The type of activity doesn’t matter as much as simply having something on your schedule, Levine says. Start by making plans with your family and friends. You can also look for opportunities to connect at your community center or church, or with Members of the Red Hat Society!                   
 Compliments of Sunny Mathews from Do Something Simply Because It’s Fun Highlights from SilverSneakers e-newsletter, September 12, 2017


Thursday, October 5, 2017


21st Century Etiquette:  Why Silence Is Golden 

Thumper, from Disney’s Bambi, really said it best when he stated, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!” 
In today’s modern world, sharing how you feel and what you think about any subject is encouraged.  Your Facebook feed seems to lure you with a statement within your own post window, “What’s on your mind?”  In person, we take time to mentally pull our thoughts together ensuring that what we say will be received well.  Online, we have a tendency to be a bit bolder—in many cases, sharing before we think!   
With these new and online platforms comes a responsibility to mentally “check ourselves” before we share our thoughts.  As Members of The Red Hat Society, we know we are “inclusive” and not “exclusive.”  All are invited to play on our playground and with that comes the responsibility to allow others to play in their own fashion, have their own perspectives and find who they are within our world.  Just because you don’t agree with one Sister’s viewpoint or position on a subject doesn’t mean that we won’t love playing with her in person.   At each of our cores is a desire to live a joy filled life.  Let’s give one another a chance online and remember Thumper’s sound advice!   

by Emily Yost, Marketing Director, Red Hat Society


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Club with a Twist


Mid-September, I ran a 5-Day “Book Club with a Twist” challenge group for my virtual fitness Facebook group. Twenty-Six Red Hat Society Sisters, joined me for a unique, online book club. My intent was to encourage everyone to get up and move more. Book Clubs are a great place for meeting interesting people, a venue for sharing and talking about books. An opportunity to be introduced to books you wouldn’t otherwise read. Online groups work best when everyone participates actively. The more everyone engaged, the more they got out of it.

This Book Club had a unique Twist. To combat too much sitting, participants had to get up and move an equal amount of reading time. Be active anyway they liked … exercise, dance, walk, swim etc.

 There were three requirements:

1. Challengers selected a book of their liking to read that week. It wasn’t necessary for everyone to read the same book.

2. There were guiding discussion points. Challengers Posted/Commented/Reflected on these discussion points daily.

3. For every 15 minutes of reading, Challengers matched it with 15 minutes of movement … a workout, swimming, walking, biking, dancing etc. 30 minutes reading, 30 minutes of moving.

Some of the girls read novels or mysteries, some read for personal development, some opted for historical interest.

Sample discussion points included:

·        What is the main theme or plot of your book?

·        Would you recommend it to others?

·        Does the main character learn something or change? If you’re not reading a novel, is there something that is changing your thinking?

·        Share your favorite line so far in the book you're reading.

And, as far as exercise goes, there was just as much variety there. One Hatter read while she walked on her treadmill. How’s that for multi-tasking!

Everyone closed out the week with some great book recommendations. For me personally, as someone who never sits still, it got me to SIT still and read a book 30 minutes a day (LOL) …  It was a super fun week for all. 
Compliments of Ambassador Sunny Mathews, Queen of the virtual Fit n Fabulous Chapter