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Feng Sui for the Elderly

 Elderly Living Spaces

There are different seasons in our lives that require different living conditions that suit our stages in our lives. For the most part we are able to create and design environments for ourselves, but when it comes to children and the elderly, they are more inclined to need help and guidance for the best solutions.

Parents who live at home or downsizing require a more simplistic approach to living. Quality and recognition of high and positive energy is always needed. If a parent is invited to stay in your home, their bedroom and surroundings should honor their presence, they should feel close and part of the general household activities, provide privacy and feel cozy. Avoid areas that might be loud, near small children or next to living or media rooms.

In addition, the room of the elderly should be positioned near  a bathroom to facilitate easy access. Avoid stairs, slippery flooring, rugs and mats and furniture with sharp edges. Be mindful of the activities and routines that can still be carried on in their new environment. Do they like to read and if so do they have enough lighting? Do they hobbies and if so is there room or an area to work in? Transitioning should be smooth and can be achieved by including enough of their lifestyle habits in order to continue a routine and choices that can be continued to be valued by them.

The bedroom should have plenty of ventilation, soft colors schemes, music, a unit for aroma therapy and a good layout and traffic patterns. Most importantly, clutter should be eliminated. There should be enough storage and labeling to help organize items and keep track of their belongings. Seating should be high enough and firm enough for support and easy in and out access. Knobs should be large enough for a better grasp and hooks and closet rods should be low enough to help them with their restricted mobility. Remove clutter to avoid accidents and encourage independence. Keep in mind, the simpler the arrangement and organization, the more the independence.

Too many possessions can also create depression, living in the past and clinging on to old memories. Take pictures of these possessions, such of old artwork, furniture, collectables and pull out once in a while to reminisce and talk about.  Keep for the most part what has purpose and brings good memories. Mix the old with the new by modernizing the space so it feels fresh and positive.

Too much stuff can collect dust, mold, and bugs affecting the health of the person. The space should be aired and dusting should be done on a regular basis and along with light vacuuming to keep the good chi going.

If possible, introduce a pet such as a parakeet or a fish which brings life and energy to a space and is easy to take care of. If there is additional help such as grandkids, a dog or a cat can provide hours of companionship provided there is help to walk the pet or clean up the cat litter box. Add plants as well, they help with improving air quality and provide positive chi energy.

Look for things that are meaningful such as stamp collecting, serving tea, listening to music. Set up an area for the person to entertain,  to invite and participate in activities.

Getting old should not be frowned upon, for the lucky ones we get to experience life in our golden years. With a little creativity and mindfulness, our loved ones can have a beautiful lifestyle and a place to enjoy the last chapter of their life.

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Feng Shui Dieting Focuses on Quality Foods and not Dieting

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Feng Shui is the art and science of external and internal factors that generate positive energy, and that positive energy can certainly relate to the food you eat. I want to share a story that made me realize how most of us have a sad relationship when it comes to food and eating.
I spoke to dear friend of mine who I had not spoken to in a while and we talked about everything. But at the point she was going over her health issues I asked her about her diet. I was sensing she was not eating well. It hit me I have had the same philosophy for the longest time. When she told me she had quit her diet while visiting family and had to begin dieting again.  Diet after diet in an attempt to lose weight, we do not focus on eating and getting healthy, but just eating to lose weight and this is the trap my friend was stuck in.
Let’s face it in America; we follow one fad diet after another. But the secret which is no secret at all is we need to eat better. The best example of healthy eating is that of the Mediterranean region. Fresh produce, whole grains, olive oil, fish, lean meats and very little sugar is eaten.
Training the palate to savor fresh and wholesome foods is key, and your body will thank you for it. Processed and fast foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners and sugar keep you overweight and unhealthy. It is cheap, artificial and ordinary. Taking time to create dishes made from wholesome ingredients can take you to another level of well-being and will promote a healthier lifestyle without going crazy counting calories.
A body that is fed nutritious food will receive what it needs and will not always feel hungry because eating empty calories fills your stomach up and does not nourish your body.
Here are some tips that can help you along to your ideal weight and feeling healthier –
  1. Switch to blue plates to slow down your eating. Blue represents the water element and slows down your pulse and calms the senses.
  2. Keep a clean kitchen, clutter promotes more eating.
  3. Clear your closets of old clothes that do not fit you or that are worn and outdated. Make room for new things as you shed the pounds and envision a healthier image.
  4. Eat at a table that is set for eating. Place fresh flowers, pretty dishes, etc., do not sit in front of your computer or television. Forget your cell phone as well.
  5. Walk; swim, make time to be active whenever possible.
  6. Purchase a full length mirror to see what you really look like. A lot of people only look at themselves from the waist up when they get ready. The world sees all of you and you should see what they’re seeing.
I hope this information helps and remember it is not so much how much food you eat, but what kind of food you are eating.