Neptune Society of Northern California joins the celebration of seniors in the 12th Annual Healthy Living Festival to be held in the Oakland Zoo on Thursday, September 17, 2015.
This event is presented by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC). USOAC is a grassroots inter-generational organization dedicated to empowering older adults to address the issues that affect their quality of life. As a community based organization, USOAC has fought for the rights of older adults throughout Alameda County for more than 24 years. Headed by Nate Miley, USOAC has over 7,000 members, including individuals, chapter, and affiliates throughout the entire county.
Pre-registration is required for the event, with a free entrance to the zoo, free lunches, free parking for members, and $8.00 parking for non-members. The event will be held from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For further inquiries, please contact Patricia Nance at 510-729-0852. The Oakland Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605.
Some of the highlights of the 12th Annual Healthy Living Festival involve resource information and interactive activity for older adults. Programs include Line Dancing, Tai Chi, Zumba, Bay Area Blues Band Society, and more. There are 100 exhibitors with Neptune Society of Northern California among them. Faviola Rodas and Leatta Poston will answer cremation questions and provide a gift basket raffle.
"This year," said Patricia Nance, Administrative Assistant of the USOAC, "we will have on the grounds self-contained Health Screening Vans from community providers such as Tiburico Vasquez, Healthy Communities and Aids Project of the East Bay and Walgreens."
Volunteers will help serve nutritious lunches to adults sixty and older who participate in the event. Moreover, the USOAC encourages seniors to bring unwanted or expired medicines for the Medication Take Back program to be properly disposed of by East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) staff.
The USOAC defines its goals as educating and assessing seniors regarding their risk factors for healthy living, improving wellness through physical activity and improving their quality of life by increasing health and fostering successful aging with events such as this annual festival.
In line with these goals, the Neptune Society of Northern California offers information on final arrangement options such as pre-planning cremation or memorialization services. The Neptune Society of Northern California has provided a simple and affordable option for more than 125,000 Californians who prefer cremation as the dignified and ecologically responsible alternative to traditional final arrangements. The Neptune Society of Northern California has 12 convenient locations in California.
The Neptune Society of Northern California offers pre-need services, cremation urns and products, as well as cremation memorialization services. California has a wealth of options when it comes to choosing how or where to celebrate our life – whether it be in San Francisco Columbarium, an ocean scattering, a garden, or a house of worship. The staff at Neptune Society of Northern California will answer your questions regarding cremation and offer informative resources during the event.
To learn more about the Neptune Society of Northern California's cremation and memorialization services, call 855-500-6706 or request information here.
Special Thanks to Faviola Rodas, Business Manager of Neptune Society of Northern California's Oakland office, for her support and contributions to this post.
If you are looking for a unique way to share memories of a deceased loved one, you may want to create an online tribute. These memorials allow family members and friends from near and far to share their memories while honoring a life well lived. Over time, the tribute can become a wonderful source of memories that will last for years to come.
Once you have determined that you would like to set up this type of memorial, start gathering information and materials you’d like to include. Keep in mind that not everything has to be added at once, and the site should allow others to add photos and stories as well.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Compile all essential biographical data, such as birth date, death date, full name and places where the deceased has lived. Try to document his or her life without getting too caught up in small details.
- Include a good photo of your loved one. This provides a connection for visitors to the online tribute. A range of photos to visibly illustrate the deceased’s life can also be used.
- Allow visitors to upload and share photos.
- Write the actual tribute. How would your loved one like to be remembered? You can use the eulogy from the funeral, memories, or your own thoughts about the deceased. Sharing a special story is often a great way to start.
- Invite others to share their stories and comments. Ask visitors to share what they remember best about your loved one.
- Consider adding multimedia items such as video, audio and photo albums. We recommend keeping the size of video files to a minimum so that it is quick and easy for visitors to download.
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Heading a mother’s advice to drink lots of fluids, get enough rest and eat sensibly isn’t the only way to stay fit. As it turns out, a positive attitude can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Psychosomatic Medicine, the official journal of The American Psychosomatic Society, released a study that determined the more cheery and relaxed a person is, the less likely to complain about symptoms, even when they do not have a cold.
“Increases in positive emotional styles were linked with decreases in the rate of clinical colds, but a negative emotional style had no effect on whether or not people got sick,” according to lead researcher Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D.
The study monitored 334 participants over the course of two weeks and tested their tendencies to experience positive (happy, pleased and relaxed) emotions and negative (anxious, hostile and depressed) emotions. The volunteers were then given nasal drops containing one of the two rhinoviruses, a common cold agent, and monitored for five days.
“What we found is that the positive emotional style is related to whether or not people get colds,” Cohen reported. “The higher their level of positive emotions, the less likely they develop a cold.”
Cohen explained that people with positive attitudes showed fewer symptoms of illness probably because healthy attitudes tend to promote a healthy lifestyle. Those with negative attitudes may assume the worst of an indistinct sensation, such as a sore throat, while those with positive attitudes believe it’s nothing serious.
So, when sensing typical cold symptoms — such as burning feeling in the nose or throat, sneezing, runny nose or fatigue — follow the traditional formula for fitness, accented with a little optimism. A positive attitude can help ward off a looming virus and possibly protect against future sickness.
Pets provide their owners with unconditional love. This can be especially helpful for a person who is depressed or grieving the loss of a loved one. According to the American Humane Association the human-animal bond has been a source of solace and relief throughout history for those who suffer from physical or emotional pain.
While pets are not a cure for depression, they can offer comfort and support when you need it most. Many experts agree that pets help ease stress. Simply petting your animals can be a soothing activity. One study says that dog owners exercise more often, sleep better and report overall better health. Other studies say that having a dog may be good for your heart health, and pets have been known to lower blood pressure.
Older adults often experience loneliness and lose the desire and ability to develop new relationships. Pets can ease that loneliness and provide you with a sense of purpose. Caring for an animal can increase the quantity and quality of social interactions amongst other pet owners. Pets provide people with an opportunity for an engaging conversation with someone new, possibly leading to new friendships and activities.
While dogs are great, they are not the only pets who can bring a smile to your face. Cats, birds, fish and other animals can also provide the emotional and physical benefits associated with pet therapy. If you consider adopting a pet for yourself, or for a loved one, be sure to consider the following:
- Type of pet. Think about the type of activity level and commitment required to care for the type of animal you would like to adopt. Are you able to take care of a pet who needs to be walked, groomed, etc.? Keep in mind that younger animals – particularly puppies – require a lot more energy, patience and training. Many older animals are available at your local shelter, just waiting to be your special companion.
- Time commitment throughout the lifetime of a pet. Depending on size, breed and health issues, dogs can live up to 15 years – some longer. Cats have been known to reach the ripe old age of 20. Do you plan to continue living in an environment where pet ownership is possible? Do you have a backup plan if you can no longer take care of your pet?
- Allergies. Allergies to pet dander may pose health issues. Pets can also track pollen, dust, mites and other allergens into your home.
- Cost. Owning a pet can put a strain on your budget. You need to think about what you can afford when it comes to food, grooming, vet bills and medications. Check with a veterinarian ahead of time to find out the cost of annual checkups, as well as care for health issues that may be common in the type of pet you choose. As with people, unknown conditions that require additional care are possible.