What Age is Considered Elderly?

When we are in our 20’s, 40 years of age seems rather old. When we reach our 40’s, 55 seems old. Google the question above and the results are to be considered elderly, you are between 65 and 68 years of age. Calling those in this age group elderly, who happen to be very active and you might get into a fight. Just sayin’.

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Working with Seniors 5 days a week, I can tell you the term “elderly” is a state of mind and not an age. Calling a person after the age of 65 a “Senior” comes with benefits and doesn’t mean “old age”.  Here are some definitions:


[el´der-le]  aged.

frail elderly

1.individuals over 65 years old who have functional impairments.
2.sometimes used to describe any adult over 75 years old.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

In my exercise classes, I teach ages between 75 and 99 years or better. My 90+ class members are the most vibrant and I would never call them elderly. Why is that? They are active and independent. They’ve led long lives of being successful and helping others. As long as we are able to be independent and active, our mind will keep us young.
The fountain of youth is found in continuing to learn new things, exercise, stretch, eat well and meditate. Oh, one more thing about having a young mind, don’t watch the news all day. It can be very stressful and put you in a bad mood. Practice breathing in deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth like your blowing out a candle. Be aware of your surroundings and as I tell my Seniors, behave only if you want to.

Is Your Car on the List of Texas’ Most Stolen Vehicles?

DPD Beat

In 2016, there were 7,400 vehicles stolen in the city of Dallas.  That is an average of 616 vehicles per month!

With over 894 vehicles already stolen this year, we must continue to work together to reduce these staggering numbers by preventing this type of crime from occurring.

Let’s first recognize the top 10 vehicles stolen in the state of Texas:

1.     Ford Pick Up             6.     Honda Accord

2.     Chevrolet Pick Up     7.     GMC Pick Up

3.     Dodge Pick Up          8.     Toyota Camry

4.     Chevrolet Tahoe       9.     Ford Taurus

5.      Honda Civic            10.    Chevrolet Impala

Auto theft can be prevented by following simple steps. Below are just a few tips to help you prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

•             Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition

•             Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of your home

•             Park in busy and well-lit areas

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Weekly Meal Prep from Buzzfeed


Servings: 1

1 burrito size tortilla
2 tablespoons mustard
1½ slices cheese of your choice
3 slices turkey

# Spread the mustard on the tortilla, and lay down the cheese and turkey.
# Tightly roll up the tortilla, and cut into slices.
# Serve with a clementine and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

Servings: 1

1 burrito size tortilla
3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella
3 tablespoons chopped ham
3 tablespoons marinara sauce

# Cut the tortilla into smaller circles.
# Pack with cheese, ham, cheese, and a hard-boiled egg separately.
# Enjoy!

Servings: 2

½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
½ cup diced turkey
½ cup diced ham
½ cup diced bell pepper
2 tablespoons Italian dressing

# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Pack with strawberries and blueberries.
# Enjoy!

Servings: 2

½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
2-3 tablespoons pesto
½ cup fresh mozzarella, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

Servings: 1

2 burrito size tortillas
2-3 tablespoons nut or sunflower butter
2-3 tablespoons jelly

# Spread nut or sunflower butter and jelly on a tortilla. Top with the second tortilla, and cut into triangles.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg, blueberries, and strawberries.
# Enjoy!


Does Facebook Make You Smarter?

Original Headline: Does Facebook make you dumb and dumber?

Facebook time might be cutting into homework time, according to a new study that examined the grades of college-age users.


College students who use the social networking site spend less time studying and get poorer grades than non-users, according to a new study.

The 219 students surveyed by Ohio State University doctoral candidate Aryn Karpinski had GPAs that ranged from 3.0 to 3.5, while Facebook abstainers had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. Not surprisingly, the Facebook students averaged 1 to 5 hours of studying per week while non-users hit the books for 11 to 15 hours a week.

“I am not saying that Facebook causes poor academic performance,” says Karpinski, who co-authored the study with Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University. “I am saying that the research shows that there is a relationship between Facebook use and academic performance.”

The students who participated in her research didn’t see Facebook as a problem, Karpinski notes. In fact, 79% of the students surveyed said that they didn’t think Facebook impacted their academic performance, she says.

Educators have mixed opinions on whether or not Facebook causes flunking. And it seems unlikely that college students would be willing to trade Facebook time for higher grades, says Scott Testa, a St. Joseph’s University marketing professor.

“These students were raised with computers from day one and they are the generation that has embraced electronic communication from the start,” he says. “It is the social media for 18 to 23 year olds. It’s very rare for an undergraduate to not have a Facebook page.”

Pace University professor Cathy Dwyer, Ph.D., says that even if students weren’t on Facebook, they’d find something else to spend their time on. And, she says, Facebook certainly has a positive side, especially in this economy. “Facebook offers students a way to reconnect with their professors and classmates if they get laid off,” she says. “It can help with the job search.”

But Loa Angeles psychotherapist Dr. Leslie Seppinni says Facebook is to blame for college kids socially isolating themselves.

“Whereas before they might join a study group or go a study hall with other students to study, now they keep their computer next to them and continue to look at Facebook while trying to read a book,” she says. “We are raising a society of young adults in whom face to face communication and  being able to read a face is lacking. You just don’t learn social skills when you’re sitting in front of a computer on Facebook for five hours.”

So does the author of the study think students should wean themselves from Facebook?

“I think they should engage in more self-monitoring,” Karpinsky says. “There are individual differences, meaning that some students may be able to be on Facebook for long periods of time and their GPAs will still be high. Also, I’m sure that if it wasn’t Facebook, it would be another distraction.”

Like getting together with friends face to face once in awhile, maybe?

What Does It Mean To Follow A Budget?

In this country, people will be quick to buy on credit even though they have no money to pay it back at the end of the month. I was like that but I realized after being in $20,000 of credit card debt, I should really start a budget. So I did. I am paying $800 out of my paycheck every 2 weeks to Chase Bank and in 15 months I will be debt free. I pay for things out of my checking account and no longer use credit for purchases. I have money in my savings account and give to my church every month. The biggest reason I had for living on my credit cards was that I lost my job in 2015 and worked as a poor personal trainer for a year until I found full time work. That racked up my debt and now I’m paying it all off. A budget has helped me to stay disciplined and carry my lunch to work instead of going out everyday. I’m in grad school and will graduate December 2018 with a dual MBA/HSM degree. I’m hoping this will catapult me into a higher paying job in healthcare management working with a budget. If Social Security is still around when I get to that point, I will have to budget that small check I get every month. Our financial intelligence is really broken, isn’t it? We work so much on our EQ that our FQ is also suffering and gets very little attention. When I say it gets little attention, I’m saying our attitude towards money is suffering. There are many financial advisors out there who preach everyday about how to manage your money. In conclusion, money is imperative to survive but the greed of spending and wanting more is the sickness. We all need to budget and stick to it. money

No Fall Chair Volleyball with Seniors

You haven’t played great volleyball until you play with Seniors. I’ll set this up for you. Fitness center classroom is full of chairs with a net down the middle of the room. Chairs on each side are facing the net as Seniors from all over campus come to play for 30 minutes. We have one volleyball also known as a beach ball that will be used in this game. Everyone is seated and one person serves the ball to the other team and there’s a lot of volleying going on. The game gets momentum and half of the seniors are standing up while the others remain seated. Getting hit in the head is not so bad since it’s only a beach ball. Laughter and great fun to be had by all and we’ll all meet again next month for some great cardio and competition. Seniors keep me young and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than playing and exercising with Seniors.

This is a picture of a senior group I found online. Not the one I’m associated with. Plus, our seniors were much more animated and active than this group. Image result for pics of no fall chair volleyball