Lifespan publication this month!

It’s here!  A year plus later, coming out this month….  very grateful to be given the opportunity to write a chapter in this book that one can purchase both hardcover or through Amazon Kindle.  The book published this month is the “International Handbook of Health Literacy: Research Practice and Policy across the Life-Span” Edited by Orkan Okan, Ullrich Bauer, and Paulo Pinheiro, Bielefeld University, Diane Levin-Zamir, University of Haifa, and Kristine Sørensen, Global Health Literacy Academy. Book description (insert):   

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Health literacy addresses a range of social dimensions of health including knowledge, navigation, communication as well as individual and organizational skills for accessing, understanding, evaluating and using of information. Especially over the past decade, health literacy has become a major public health concern globally as an asset for promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable development.

This comprehensive handbook provides an invaluable overview of current international thinking about health literacy, highlighting cutting edge research, policy and practice in the eld. With a diverse team of contributors, the book addresses health literacy across the life-span and offers insights from different populations and settings. Providing a wide range of major findings, the book outlines current discourse in the field and examines necessary future dialogues and new perspectives.

My own contribution includes many lessons taught via a lifespan course I have been teaching in Developmental Psychology these last 14+ years….. the life cycle. Chapter 41: A lifespan perspective on health literacy: Ageing and end-of-life issues, may not be anything particularly new, but we can age better, we acknowledge that we are now living longer, and dealing with many issues and life ‘decisions’ that affect our own health as well as those around us. We are all interconnected. Special cultural nuances and traditions can help us heal when dealing with loss, and we cannot ignore caring for ourselves.

A few summer ‘reminders’ from past posts before we head on to our next summer excursion (coming soon):

  • Consuming alcohol please ‘mind the cup‘ as we are toasting to our success with this textbook publication we need to hydrate our body and our soul this summer!
  • Eating choices, even our favorite summer ice cream… we can eat wisely to cool down this summer. Teaching both young and older people certain ‘tricks’ can help them live longer and happier. Snoopy, the famous beagle from Charlie Brown, is one of my fondest characters, thus we can add ‘heart health‘ on top of our checklist!
  • Protecting our skin — I often hear people who are darker complexioned say they don’t ‘need’ to wear sunscreen, actually this is not so. We all need to wear at least an SPF of 15 because of the change of our global phenomena (heat waves, etc.), and particularly if one is visiting very hot, dry places.  Several we have written about in past posts include the Greek Cycladic island of Naxos.
    • cleansing skin properly is one thing, taking vitamins to help keep up the production of collagen and keeping our skin levels hydrated is another, thus why I love Truvivity by Nutrilite (see: hydrating system)!IMG_2173
    • On the other hand, I am always unimpressed by products that seem to ‘do nothing’ like this one that eventually wound up in my recycle bin…. better to eat rosemary or make your own ‘rosemary oil’ to put on your skin than pay for a product that is seemingly useless (despite the fact that I supported the local economy).
  • Being mentally and spiritually astute — this should be on top of our list if we truly aspire to reach the mind-body-spirit ideals. This includes helping our caregivers understand that ‘self-care’ is absolutely necessary and paying attention to the messages we give to other people…. written, oral, body language.
    • Try a bit of ‘coloring’ fun this summer to help you deal with any annoyances (careful because if you are a bit ‘obsessive compulsive’ you cannot get unglued from finishing your drawing… very addictive).  Anyone try any of these fun adult coloring books? I really liked this article on “The Muse” about the ‘21 Best Adult Coloring Books‘ especially the fact that these help us in essence relive some aspects of our childhood imagination and for sure we all need that!

Thus I dedicate this to all of you…. happy end-of-month fun.

Make sure you take care, be smart, and be safe!

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Coloring in one of the pages of “Colour me Mindful – Underwater” by Anastasia Catris (c) 2015 was a lot of fun to do.

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