Amazing Senior: Mirta Ramos

Amazing Senior: Mirta Ramos

| Originally published in the Spring 2020 Edition of OurSeniors.net Magazine | Mirta Ramos has experienced love, pain, fear, separation and a reunion. She grew up as an only child in Havana, a vibrant city filled with culture, music, nightlife and tight-knit neighborhoods, one that went from a democracy to communism in her lifetime. Her father traveled to the United States regularly for business and came home with stories about the country located just 90 miles across the Florida straits. Although she had never been there, it was a place she wanted to see. She deeply loved her homeland. But that changed dramatically in 1959, when Mirta was only 23 years old. Fidel Castro took power after a military coup, and life was never the same. Her father lost his restaurant to the regime. Mirta’s closest friendship ended when her best friend became a government “snitch.” Food dwindled. Meat became a rare commodity and life as she knew it was lost forever. “The first year...
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Amazing Seniors: Jerry and Esther Krueger

Amazing Seniors: Jerry and Esther Krueger

Stories from veterans are some of our favorites at OurSeniors.net, as each story is unique from others and all experiences are one of a kind. That’s why our Amazing Senior for this issue is Jerome (Jerry) Krueger, along with his wife Esther Krueger. They have been married for 72 years and moved to Daytona Beach to live closer to family in the area. These two have stayed active since they met in 1946, with a life full of extraordinary careers behind them and now, a busy schedule working with WISE (Wisdom In Senior Education) at Daytona State College. Jerry is also treasurer of Temple Israel in Ormond Beach. Jerry is a WW2 veteran who served in the Army Air Corps as a flight radio operator. He started in Miami, FL, for testing, flew to Sioux Falls, SD, for radio school, then to Long Beach, CA, to wait for assignment. He flew overseas to Australia for delivery of new aircraft. From there,...
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How spirituality can help with living out our purpose

How spirituality can help with living out our purpose

While we’ve seen many tragedies happen this past year and the world becomes increasingly chaotic, it’s important for us to keep our eye on our purpose. We may not know it, but our actions are important. We need to think about our time here on earth and what can be done to make it a better place. Bishop E W Jackson is one of those spiritual leaders who has been able to turn his own situation around in his life. He started life in foster care up until he was 10 years old. During that time, he fell into the wrong path until his father came into his life. He witnessed how the love and discipline of a father can change the life of a young person. Today, his message focuses on how to save our youth and what we can do as adults to both stay faithful and spiritual while setting up younger generations for success. As seniors, our stories are...
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Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Sitting too much is bad for you, this is how to fix it

Since 2007, American adults have spent about seven hours a day sitting. Ever since the average amount of time devoted to a seat has increased by an hour. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four American adults sits for over eight hours a day! It was also discovered that 44% of participants did not engage in any moderate physical activity! Why is this a big deal? Your body was not made to be inactive or laying around for lengthy periods. Being idle for that long weakens your muscles, spine, and immune system. No wonder sitting has been called the “new smoking”. Experts worldwide agree that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for you. Here are just a few of the adverse side effects caused by a lifetime of over sitting: Unhealthy blood-sugar levels and type-2 diabetes High blood cholesterol levels A greater chance of heart disease A higher risk of obesity High blood pressure Gallbladder disease Higher...
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These 6 nutrients will help boost your eye health

These 6 nutrients will help boost your eye health

Imagine you're driving and then suddenly everything goes dark. You slam on the breaks and raise your hands to your face. You see nothing. No shadows, no outlines, just nothing. Scary right? Losing your eyesight, whether gradually or suddenly, is terrifying. Your vision keeps your mind sharp, safe, and aware of your surroundings. Without your sight, life would be so different. That's why eye health is so important. Did you know, nearly 4.2 million Americans over 40 are visually impaired? Another 24.4 million Americans suffer from cataracts? Eye diseases/complications are mostly preventable, yet few adults prioritize their eye health! If you're wondering, "How can I take care of my eyes?", you can start with eating the right foods that can directly impact your eye health. Six nutrients that will optimize your eye health: Eat food high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and say goodbye to artificial tears! It improves the production of oil film by the meibomian glands on the edge of your...
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