Note: I changed some of my blog text colors recently. Instead of some of the text being a pale green (like the background "grass") it is now blue. I think the slight color change is good, keeps things looking "fresh" on the blog, don't you think?
Also (as per the request of Tony), I've changed the settings to allow lots of blog posts to be featured on the page at one time. Instead of flipping through pages of blog posts, you can now see 25 posts all on one page. Hopefully this will help your future blog browsing.
After talking to my grandparents on the phone the other night, my grandmother told me how an MD recently commented on their excellent health. I told her that I totally agreed with that MD. They are in excellent health given that they are in their eighties. Come to think of it, I don't know many people more well than my grandparents. They truly are two of the healthiest people I know.
For instance, My grandmother makes everything from scratch, including bread & cookies, mayonnaise & jams, and beets & pickles; keeps on top of her daily chores; and raising five children. My grandfather always worked laborious jobs, all the while keeping his mind active with various hobbies (including woodworking and gardening).
To summarize: they are healthy mentally (watching lots of Jeopardy and doing crossword puzzles must help!), physically (they walk, work the body fulfilling household chores, and tend to the yard), socially (they attend church and have friends in the community), diet-wise (eating lots of vegetables, rounded meals, and homemade goodies), and family-wise (there are routine evening phone calls, cards on birthdays, and an annual family gathering Boxing Day).
It is no wonder my grandparents are thriving in their 80s. They keep every aspect of their health in tip-top shape. I aspire to be like them not only when I am an elder, but right now! They have many desirable and healthy habits and traits.