Joan Lunden’s Camp Reveille offers attendees four days and three nights to “try new things,” “discover new inspiration” and “escape from hectic life.” A Place for Mom’s Director of Communications, Tracey Fitzgerald, brought back the following tips from the panel discussion, “Age Excellently.”
Joan Lunden has dedicated her career to educating people on important health and wellness topics. When she leads a discussion, you can bet the audience is hanging on every word and taking copious notes.
That’s exactly what happened this year when Joan invited four experts to join her at Camp Reveille to speak to attendees about healthy aging. Aptly named “Age Excellently,” the session encouraged women to make caring for themselves a guilt-free priority.
Joan and her guests recognized the responsibility and stress that most women take on as they juggle taking care of their home, family and work. Caregiving for others, such as aging parents, adds additional layers of complexity and time commitment. No matter how you divvy it up, women take on a lot.
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The advice from Joan and her guest speakers was fairly simple — exercise and eat well. Both efforts fuel a healthy body and mind, which in turn helps you stay physically and emotionally strong. The group also acknowledged that these four small words can sound really big and daunting, often eliciting an emotional reaction—anxiety, fear, guilt or unhappiness—because people immediately turn the focus to weight loss. Dr. Robert Zembroski, Director of the Darien Center for Functional Medicine, says he encourages everyone to “stop associating exercise and eating well with diet and losing weight.”
Speaking from personal experience, including her recent fight against breast cancer, Joan passionately told the audience to “keep the focus on being healthy and your mind and body will give you what it needs. A few small changes can make a world of difference for aging well.”
Highlighted below are a few pieces of advice from each of the panelists, intended to inspire women to think about the small changes they can make to earn big health rewards and age excellently.
Beth Bielat: A lifelong practitioner and teacher of Martial Arts, meditation, holistic health and fitness.
Dr. Robert Zembroski: Director of the Darien Center for Functional Medicine; author of “Rebuild with Dr. Z’s Body Composition Diet;” and Joan’s personal nutrition coach.
Dr. Cheryl Woodson: Geriatrician and author of “To Survive Caregiving; A Daughters Experience, A Doctor’s Advice.”
Dr. David Coppola: Holistic doctor, chiropractor and author of “The Wisdom of Emotions: Building Genuine Happiness and Finding Inner Peace.”
After the Age Excellently session ended, the attendees excitedly turned to each other, talking openly about their age and health, including what they currently do well in taking care of themselves and where they’d like to make small changes. Once again, Joan Lunden left her audience educated and inspired.
What small changes could you make to help you age excellently? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.