The positive output to this exercise was a book (called Fast Living, Slow Ageing) and a better understanding of how we might shape the healthcare system to support us to stay well as we age. The down-side of the journey was the realization that there are no definitive answers, no magic bullets and that common sense should prevail as well as moderation! Boring I know..
Kate has always had an interest in health and started her working journey as a registered nurse. This was 30 years ago and her reason for choosing this as a career was not because she wanted to particularly work in the health system, but to make it easier to travel the world while being gainfully employed in something with a bit of ‘meaning’. This early exposure to health however, stimulated an interest (and frustration) in wanting to better support patient empowerment so that consumers could get more from the health system and enjoy a relationship based on equality with practitioners.
Much time has passed since that initial foray into the medical industry and since then Kate has enjoyed a diverse range of roles from sales and strategic marketing, to publishing to business development in the health and medical and aged care sectors.
Kate is on the journey with us as we try to sort out slowing aging. Kate is a keen collaborator as she sees the only answer to the aging process is to develop resources and information products to help better educate all of us so we stay healthy and happy as we age.
Blog entries by Kate Marie
- Snack and stay healthy
Grabbing takeaway and unhealthy snacks make it harder to manage weight, it can also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Exercise Away the Muffin Top
A middle-aged or older woman with a normal BMI needs to maintain her weight by carrying out the equivalent of 60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity
- Muffin Top & Menopause
A big issue that I see is that menopausal women often exercise less than other women do, and of course, this will lead to weight gain.
- More reps less weight for better workouts
Lifting lighter weights builds muscular endurance, far more so than grunting through fewer repetitions with heavy weights, and results in less risk of muscular injury.
- Can antioxidants help with healthy aging?
I love reading the research around nutrients and one of the reasons I wanted to develop this blog was to become more strategic with my supplement purchases
- Exercise and fruit to extend lifespan
Women in their seventies who exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy says a study by the University of Michigan
- Chronic Heart disease caused by the air we breath
The air we breathe impacts heart attack and stroke. Research from Tel Aviv University shows that high pollution increases repeat heart attack risk by over 40%
- Vitamin D and mobility difficulties
Older adults who don't get enough vitamin D either from diet, supplements or sun exposure may be at increased risk of difficulties, according to a recent study
- Heberden’s nodes – another unexpected visitor!
Heberden's nodes are bony swellings in the joints closest to the end of the fingers and toes. They are a sign of osteoarthritis
- Sensory experience benefits the brain
It's been believed for decades that the brain is hard wired by the time we reach adolescence. A study has found that rewiring of the brain can occur, even as we age