All posts by Ginnie Dean

Born 1933 in Plainfield, New Jersey. Grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass. BS degree in Journalism, Boston University 1954. I enjoyed an exciting 4 years in Radio and TV …first at KEY-TV in Santa Barbara, Ca., then at WABC Radio in New York City. Met and married my husband there. He had just left LIFE magazine and was starting his career as a free lance photographer. Poor health put an end to that and we moved to upstate NY in 1962 with our three children. Moved to North Carolina in 1978 and worked for 32 years in a very busy ER of our local hospital. My husband died (59 yrs. young) in 1990 and I’ve led a life of independence since then. In 2006 I started a blog, http://goldendaze-ginnie.blogspot.com/ which tells my life story in short vignettes. My profile there states: “I have a spiritual life based on over 23 years of sobriety thanks to the 12 steps of AA. and have friends of all ages, gender and color.” That pretty much sums it up.

My “I hate to exercise” exercises …

About 10 years ago I decided to try Tai Chi and I attended a few classes.  I found that I didn’t have the temperament for it but I was impressed with the warm-up exercises.  These are 18 moves designed to relax and tone all the major joints in the body and since I have a pretty severe case of scoliosis (curvature of the spine) it seemed to be the perfect exercise for me.

An orthopedic doctor friend assured me that she actually recommended them for her recovering patients so that clinched the deal. During the last 8 years I have had a fractured hip, non-malignant brain surgery and two sicknesses requiring hospital-ization but I’ve always returned to my exercises as soon as I could.

Actually this all started when I bought the book “Step by Step Tai Chi” by Master Lam Kam Chuen published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

As it says in the title it takes the reader step by step through the entire Tai Chi regimen; but, it was the warm up exercises that captured my attention.  They are described in simple, but very detailed, terms and with illustrations such as the one at the top of this blog entry that make it easy to learn.

I have a good friend who enjoys kidding me about the fact that I don’t do the exercises s-l-o-w-l-y as the Tai Chi master teaches.  I have to agree and my apologies go out to him, but I know myself well enough by now to know that anything more than 10 minutes in the morning and I wouldn’t stick to it.

I can’t imagine starting my day without it now and, on the rare occasions that I have missed, I can tell it by early afternoon. My back starts to ache and I don’t have my usual energy level…and all because I didn’t devote those few 10 minutes to doing what’s good for me!

No matter what your age, if you are like me … and have found an exercise regimen to be near impossible … I suggest you try these 18 simple moves.  They’ve been a life saver for me and if I can do it you can too!   GOOD LUCK!

The hands of an octogenarian…

I am honored and pleased to be a new member of the Unlimiters team. My name is Ginnie and this is my first entry.  When Lisa contacted me to see if I would write a blog for them I was a little confused.   I told her that I have no physical handicaps but then I thought, “Wait a minute … I am 80 years old and I run into difficulties daily!”

These old hands of mine are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aches and pains.  Why not write about the daily challenges that we seniors face and how we overcome them?   It’s what I plan to do with this blog and I hope you will come along for the ride.

I also have many friends who DO have medical disabilities and I find that most of them would fit right in with the Unlimiters philosophy.  They are optimists and dreamers.  Seniors who are aware of the physical and mental changes taking place but who refuse to be limited by them.   I am constantly amazed by them and will be highlighting their experiences too.

Now back to my hands.  I featured them to make a point.  Over the past few years I’ve lost a lot of the strength in my hands and it’s hard for me to open jars. I had resorted to the old system of turning the jars upside down, tapping all edges on a hard surface and twisting as hard as I could …a practice that rarely did the job and frustrated me immensely.

I am so pleased to have found the  Maddagrip Opener.  it’s a simple but very effective opener that works perfectly for me.

Now I can forget about the weakness in my hands and rely on my new “toy”.  It sure beats waiting for a strong man to come by and open those pesky jars …   I could starve by then!

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