December 2011

Age-well - Happy Christmas

"May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!" ~Author Unknown

"No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas." ~Robert Kirby

What do you want for Christmas this year? Material goods might not be the best gift you can receive. How about better health, more energy and a sharper mind? Gifts that keep on giving well for the rest of your life! Why not visit the website to find simple and effective ways to improve your health and happiness. No matter how young you are now, it is never too early to start making life style choices that will ensure that you stay healthy and active as you age. will show you how little changes can make a huge difference and completely change you for the better. Visit our page on smart habits and make sure your New Year’s resolutions will be ones that improve your health and help you age-well and read all about age-related diseases and how to treat and prevent them. Learn how positive thinking can help you be happier.

Meet Our Authors

This month I'd like to introduce to you Tim Nichol who contributes his first article to age-well on solution based approaches to problem solving techniques.

Tim Nichol was born in South Wales and taught in England and Italy, before moving to Germany. He is currently adviser to a cluster of eight schools.

Tim has presented at Conferences in English and German and has published a novel based on a child with Dyspraxia.

Tim's main interest at present is the use of solution-focused approaches to problem solving, and he will be writing about this issue for over the coming months.

His numerous hobbies include healthy eating and healthy aging.

I'd also like to congratulate our collaborator, Jennifer Sofia Catalano on being appointed senior corporate marketing manager for Luxottica in Cincinnati, USA.

Jennifer has dual British and Italian nationality and has lived in several European countries before moving to the United States.

Besides running her own Consulting company, Jennifer has many years experience working in the multinational private and NGO sectors. She has worked in various roles, including web marketing, human resources management, corporate sustainability, education and analysis.

Trending Now

"Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included." ~Author Unknown

Scientist Find Link between Colon Cancer and Exercise
A new study has found that regular exercise over time can reduce the risk of colon cancer-related death. More

Newly-discovered Gene May be linked to Osteoporosis
Scientists in Montreal have discovered a gene which might predispose certain people to developing Osteoporosis. More

Coriander May Help in the Fight Against Super-bugs
The oil of the well-known aromatic plant, coriander, may be able to kill most antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making super-bugs a thing of the past as well as preventing food-poisoning. More

This Month's Health Tip From Dr. Marilyn Glenville
It is official - housework is bad for your health, that is, if you are using commercially manufactured cleaning products which include harsh chemicals. More

New Pages

"Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it."
~Richard Lamm

This month we are launching a new section on Retirement Planning It will include articles about the financial crisis with some advice from our authors on how to weather the recession with information about how it will impact our pensions, savings, taxes and insurance.

The first articles in this section have been authored by Richard Ryland who contributes a piece explaining the financial crisis and an article about saving for retirement.

And for the section on self development that was launched last month:

Michelle Botes, who has been one of our top authors, writing regularly for over the past few years, has written another excellent article entitled Mind Over Matter.

Recipe of the Month

Each month we feature one of the recipes which has been added to our healthy recipes database.

This month's choice by Madeleine Howard from London. Madeleine has a website called which has many delicious raw food recipes.

Courgette Carpaccio

This makes a great starter for two people and with courgettes now in season, it's cheap, alkaline and delicious!


1 courgette
1/2 red chilli
Fresh mint
Olive oil
Salt (use good salt - Himalayan mountain salt)
Lime juice

Method Slice the courgette thinly, longwise - I use a potato peeler.
Chop the chilli and fresh mint.
Put in a glass bowl and add the olive oil and garlic.
Cover with clingfilm to allow the courgettes to soften and the flavors to mingle.
Before serving sprinkle with salt and lime juice.

I've got a glut of courgettes coming - so look out for more recipes!

To find and share recipes for healthy meals of all types the Recipe Database Entry Page.

"Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." ~Janice Maeditere

From the Age-well Forums has an interactive section which comprises a series of forums, where you can submit your own news items for possible inclusion in this newsletter or exchange views with other readers on a variety of issue, such as osteoporosis and its treatments and share weight loss strategies or beauty tips.

Here is advice from one of our readers, submitted to our Forum on Stress-busting Techniques:

Get out in the sun - or the rain

by Tony (Nairobi, Kenya)

Spend as much time as possible out of doors. The suns rays and a little exercise and fresh air will do wonders for your mood and help reduce your stress levels and it will put a whole new slant on the things which previously were distressing you.

This technique makes a mountain into a molehill when it comes to the problems which were previously overwhelming you. They will now underwhelm you and you will wonder what all the fuss was about.

You will be less stressed, feel more energetic and ready to face what ever life throws at you.

I promise.

Please visit our Age-well Forums to join in.

Till Next Time

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And remember Jonny Carson's advice "Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas."

We wish all our readers a holy, healthy and happy vacation this yultide.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Keep well till next time.

Mary Treacy

Founder and Editor of Age Well

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." ~Burton Hillis

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." ~Roy L. Smith

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