104 Year Old Lois Campbell Makes Aging Look Easy!
I was inspired this morning reading about Forest Grove resident, Lois Campbell. She's 104, but doesn't look a day over 90. She has been exercising regularly for 35 - 40 years stating that stronger muscles support aging joints. Her story was in the Oregonian today.
"She takes an exercise class for seniors three days a week at Forest Grove Health & Fitness. They work on strength, including core strength, balance and grip using hand weights, bars, chairs and stretch bands. Walking and stretching are part of the class too. Campbell has exercised regularly for 35 to 40 years and knows that stronger muscles support aging joints.
She takes many more vitamins than she does prescription medications. The list includes the usual: B12, C, D, calcium and the supplement MSM. She isn't much of a coffee or tea drinker, preferring fruit juice and a lot of water. She says she's had alcohol "maybe twice" in her life. Her caregiver says she's easy to cook for because there's little she doesn't like. She eats meat, fish, fowl, whole grains, lots of fruit and "huge quantities" of vegetables. She consumes very little sugar because it makes her arthritis worse, and she says no to dill pickles."
Lois is a great reminder how we can help to control our health, both physically and mentally. Too often I see people who are resolved to say that they can't help their weight, their condition, their loneliness - they can in most cases. I think it becomes bad habit to take the easy route by making excuses for an additional 50 pounds, not eating right due to whatever reasons.
With so many options for outdoor and indoor activities, easy meals, inexpensive vegetables, and support groups for every disease and condition, we CAN take control of our health. Do you want to? Are you ready to step up and decide that YOU will decide your health; and you choose to LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST?
If you are in transition and need a bit of help with some home healthcare items, we are here for you, as well. In the meantime, we'll be cheering you on to a healthier and more active you!