Health & Wellness
In this glossary you will find Health & Wellness Terms and Definitions relevant to Baby Boomers.
Ageless Wellness is the concept of building healthy lifestyle habits, no matter what your age. The goal is to feel energized and yet able to truly relax and enjoy life. Tenets include self care, movement, nutrition, and mindset
A chronic illness is a long-term illness that generally has no cure and is often difficult to treat. Examples of chronic illnesses include such autoimmune diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, as well as many others.
Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something with whom or which you have formed a bond or a relationship.
Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement often refers to the state of loss, and grief to the reaction to loss.
Losses can range from loss of one’s home, employment, status, a sense of safety, order, or possessions, to the loss of loved ones (including pets).
Our response to loss is varied and researchers have moved away from conventional views of grief (that is, that people move through an orderly and predictable series of responses to loss) to one that considers the wide variety of responses that are influenced by personality, family, culture, and spiritual and religious beliefs and practices.
While many adults who grieve are able to work through their loss independently, accessing additional support from licensed psychologists or psychiatrists may promote the process of healing.
Grief counseling, professional support groups or educational classes, and peer-led support groups are primary resources available to the bereaved. In the United States, local hospice agencies are often an important first contact for those seeking grief support.
Self-care within the context of chronic illness coaching is personal health maintenance care with the intention of maximizing an individual’s quality of life while living with chronic diseases or illnesses. It could include but is not limited to following your doctor’s treatment plan, accepting your limitations, pacing yourself, getting sufficient nutrition and rest, asking for help from friends and family members, cultivating hobbies and habits that nourish your spirit and soul, and more.
According to Wikipedia: Stress management is a wide spectrum of techniques and psychotherapies aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress, especially chronic stress, usually for the purpose of and for the motive of improving everyday functioning. In this context, the term ‘stress’ refers only to a stress with significant negative consequences, or distress in the terminology advocated by Hans Selye, rather than what he calls eustress, a stress whose consequences are helpful or otherwise.