Friendship. Conversation. Human connection. We all want these in our lives, so what makes us think that adults ages 65 and older don’t as well? They do, yet older adults are often shunted to the side of our society’s awareness, resulting in loneliness and limited interaction.

Meagan Jain recognized the need to combat America’s age segregation, so she founded the nonprofit Ageless interAction. Interspersing monthly activities with regular visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Ageless interAction brings older adults into social situations with young adults and establishes meaningful relationships based on common interest, not on age.

These intergenerational connections combat stereotypes of aging, showing that older adults are not “boring and mean” as some Coan Middle School 7th graders thought. In fact, everyone enjoyed the girls’ visits so much that they extended their visits for several weeks after the program was officially over. Relationships like these demonstrate the change that Ageless interAction hopes to inspire, resulting in social inclusion for everyone and proving that age is, in fact, just a number.

Details: www.agelessinteraction.webs.com, www.facebook.com/agelessinteraction

 

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Kids II Strong Legs Run for CHOAOn November 2, Turner Field will be filled with runners of all ages, all ready to participate in the 29th annual Kids II Strong Legs Run. This event, which raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, includes a 10K and 5K qualifier for the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race. There’s also a 2K Fun Run, Stroller Roll, and Mascot Trot. After the Kids II Strong Legs race, enjoy food, entertainment, prize giveaways, and more.

Details: www.choa.org/stronglegs

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of October:

This month, Sherri’s picks are all about moustaches. These products will announce your support of men’s health awareness and Movember, coming up next month. You can pick these up for the Moustache Dash on November 9!

Car Moustache

Deck out your car and drive to the race with one of these durable and UV-resistant vinyl moustache decals. $28.99

Details: www.karmastache.com

 

Pink Moustache Socks

Wear your moustache proudly and keep warm with these knee-high socks. $10.95

Details: www.proudrunner.com

Stick on ‘Staches

Moustaches come in all shapes and sizes, and you can pick up a unique on at a local party supply store where they sell stick on ‘staches in a variety pack.

Details: Your local Party City, www.partycity.com

Monsieur Moustache Pint Glass

After the race, celebrate with your favorite beverage in this fun party glass. $8

Details: www.urbanoutfitters.com

Check out more ideas for Moustache Dash gear on the Facebook event page here!

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On October 8, The Arena at Gwinnett Center will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a morning talk titled “The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village,” followed by a question and answer session. The afternoon program will feature a panel discussion about secular ethics in education alongside scientists and educators. Tickets are $38 to $93.

Details: 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA, 888-929-7849, www.gwinnettcenter.com

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EnAble of Georgia, Inc., a nonprofit based in Roswell since 1979, supports young adults and adults with special needs. Their service and programs would not be possible without the support of the community as well as volunteers. On Tuesday, October 8, enAble hosts its 19th Annual Golf Classic at the Alpharetta Athletic Club. Funds raised from this event will supplement medical and dental expenses, provide residential care, vocational training, and help develop after school, seasonal camp and arts programs for local students with intellectual disabilities. If you want to lend a hand, visit their website, www.enablega.org.

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Before the new SpeedForm running shoe from Under Armour, shoes and bras had nothing in common. Now, they do! The SpeedForm running shoe is inspired by the innovation of bras and manufactured in a bra factory, aiming for a perfect fit. And that’s not all that’s unique about it–it’s a completely seamless one-piece shoe, so nothing will irritate your skin as you run. $119.99

Details: CHAMPS, Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (770) 393-2239

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Blood types associated with varying risk of heart diseaseThe American Heart Association’s journal “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology” published a recent study revealing that having blood types A, B or AB was associated with a higher risk for heart disease when compared to those who had blood type O (about 43 percent of Americans).

  • People with blood type AB, about seven percent of the U.S. population, had the highest increased heart disease risk at 23 percent.
  • Those with blood type B had an 11 percent increased risk.
  • Those with blood type A had a five percent increased risk.

–Courtesy of the American Heart Association

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Full Moon Suspension Bridge HikeFor an adventure straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, try your luck on the Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike at Tallulah Gorge State Park’s Tallulah Falls. The Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep with a suspension bridge that sits 80 feet up, providing trekkers amazing views of the waterfalls and river. This nighttime mile and a half hike under the full moon is not for the faint of heart! The cost is $5 for the hike and $5 for parking. The hikes are offered on September 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. and September 20 from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m.

Details: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls, GA (706) 754-7981, www.gastateparks.org

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What dangerous ingredients are in your nail polish?Some nail polishes can contain harmful ingredients. Do you know what you’re painting on your nails?

  • Formaldehyde, a human carcinogen that can cause allergic reactions
  • Toluene, a solvent that can cause dizziness, also found in gasoline
  • Dibutyl phthalate, a possible trigger of asthma attacks

Try water-based, non-toxic polishes that contain more natural ingredients.

–Courtesy of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

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Reflux diseaseWe all suffer from occasional heartburn, but if your symptoms occur daily or after eating the same types of foods, you may have acid reflux. One in three Americans suffers from reflux disease, a rapidly growing population that has hit epidemic proportion. Reflux can show up as heartburn, abdominal discomfort, sinus issues or even a nagging cough. Thirty-eight billion is spent annually worldwide for prescription and over-the-counter medications to control reflux symptoms.

Typically, treatment focuses on the relief of symptoms with medications, and while these remedies can effectively control symptoms, they do nothing to correct the underlying causes of the disease, so it can progress. If unchecked, reflux can lead to reflux-induced esophageal cancer–one of the deadliest cancers–growing at a rate of more than 850% since 1975.

There are new diagnostics to screen for this cancer. One is the trans-nasal esophagus scope, a minimally invasive screening you can have done in-office on your lunch break. Using a tiny endoscopic camera, the size of a piece of spaghetti that goes through the nose to the stomach, physicians at Atlanta’s ENT Institute can look at the esophagus to detect reflux, any damage, and cancer. The newest test looks at DNA in the cells to determine if you are at risk for this type of cancer.

Like most cancers, if caught early, esophageal cancer is completely curable. Here’s a quick test to determine if you may have reflux disease.

  1. Do you carry antacids and other heartburn remedies with you at all times?
  2. Do you have a cough that won’t seem to go away?
  3. Do the antacids rid you of your symptoms, but they always return?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have reflux disease. You don’t have to live with this pain. Make an appointment to get tested, get treated, and enjoy mealtime again.

~This Best Health article provided by Dr. Jeffrey M. Gallups, a double board-certified physician specializing in nasal and sinus disorders and founder of Atlanta’s ENT Institute. Dr. Gallups will also serve on our healthcare panel to help explain the complexities of the Affordable Care Act.

This Best Health article from Dr. Gallups of the ENT Institute

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