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“Serving Seniors & Communities” is Presbyterian Villages of Michigan’s tagline and our commitment. It’s our goal to be a first-line provider of resources, including information. Aging should be an adventure, not a scary trip!

In the PVM Blog, the experts at PVM will regularly publish articles and information. Topics may range from smart ways to age in place in your long-time home, to tips on how to shop for a senior community. We will have articles on transportation, wellness, nutrition, technology, activities, outlook-on-life, and more.

In December I introduced you to MESH, which is an acronym that stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal. It was coined by renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas and is what he considers to be the key to healthy aging. This month I will focus on the last letter: “H” (Heal).

With the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday I have been thinking about the importance of heritage and legacy. Creating this sense of belonging in a family is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and also to our children and grandchildren. My parents were officers in their local genealogy organization for thirty years. The members called my dad “Mr. Perfect” since he had perfect audits for his entire tenure. They took great pleasure in tracing not only their own roots but also in helping many others to find theirs. The club also published several books which are utilized by libraries far and wide. Their love of genealogy rubbed off on their family and friends. We took great pride in finding that our ancestors included Daniel and Noah Webster, as well as an ancestor who lived to be 114 years of age in the 1800’s! Of course, our cadre of ancestors also includes a horse thief. Every family has its issues!

When it comes to getting older, a lot of people have a lot of opinions on what to expect but how much of it is true? Below are some statements taken from the “Facts on Aging Quiz” first developed by renowned gerontologist Dr. Erdman Palmore in 1977 and revised by Dr. Linda Breytspraak and Lynn Badura of the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015*. Do you know which ones are true and which ones are false? I’ll publish the answers in next month’s column. If you just can’t wait until then, you can view all the statements and answers by typing this URL into the address bar of your favorite web browser: http://aging.umkc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Facts-on-Aging-Quiz.pdf

Below are the answers to the true or false statements published in last month’s column.

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a conference at which I heard world renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas speak about healthy aging. According to Dr. Thomas, the key to having what he refers to is a “good old age” can be summed up with the term: MESH, which stands for Move, Eat, Sleep, Heal. As a practicing physician, Dr. Thomas has found that neglecting to do any of these four things can have dire consequences as we age. Over the next four months, I will devote a column to each of these four behaviors and explore what exactly Dr. Thomas means when he advises us to Move, Eat, Sleep, and Heal.