advice from
jockie
from victoria place
STAY FLEXIBLE
&
BE SILLY
What advice would you give your
younger self ? We asked Jockie
Loomer-Kruger, 78, who lives at
Revera’s Victoria Place in Kitchener,
ON. Jockie belongs to two writing
groups and runs an arts group. She
was a teacher, orist, antique shop
proprietor and bookkeeper.
Plan ahead – then be prepared to toss
your plan out the window. If you’re
rigid, life will be stressful. at’s true
at any age. When you stay exible,
you can handle changes.”
Be creative. at doesn’t just mean
the arts – be creative in your thinking
and problem solving.”
Remember how to play. Be silly. It’s
fun and good for you.”
IS A BELLY LAUGH AS
GOOD AS A
WORKOUT?
Having a sense of humour
supports your psychological
health. Did you know the act
of laughter also enhances your
physical health?
The data is mounting, says
the Mayo Clinic, which notes
that laughter stimulates your
heart and increases oxygen
consumption. Your muscles
relax too, which can decrease
pain. One research team at the
University of Maryland’s School
of Medicine discovered that
after laughing the lining of blood
vessels expand. That can cut the
risk of cardiovascular disease.
On one list of steps to reduce
high blood pressure, the Heart
&
Stroke Foundation of Canada
noted everything from cutting
sodium to aerobic workouts to,
yes, using laughter as a stress-
buster.
Like activity and nutrition, look
for ways to incorporate laughter
into your routine. Joking around,
watching a funny show or reading
something humorous can make
you happy – and healthy. So
remember, next time you’re
looking for a health boost,
laugh it off.
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| REVERA
LIVING
Revera’s Stephen Foster,
SVP Retirement, was
pleased to introduce
Commander Chris Hadfield
at the recent Ontario
Retirement Communities
Association Conference.
Colonel Hadfield inspired the audience
with his messages about the importance of
teamwork, and to always measure success
by what happens each and every day, not
just by the end goal.