Dear Janie,

My husband Roy is getting older. He doesn’t see it, but I can see his health changing. He needs to be monitoring more things and developing some new habits. Daughter is married now with two children of her own. She works and manages their home. Sometimes I worry she isn’t taking enough care of herself too. My grandchildren are wonderful, but they eat too much sugar and sit for hours at their computers. They don’t realize the many things it really takes to live long and healthy lives. I wish there were better ways for me to share my value of holistic health with everyone in my family. A healthy family is a happy family. What can I do to make more of a positive difference for my whole family in this way?



Dear Seo-Yun,

Isn’t it wonderful how the different ages in life allow us to experience so much. Maintaining a PHR is an efficient and powerful way to stay grounded in the present while at the same time helping us to remember the past and plan for the future. The process of populating and using a PHR can be done for yourself. It also can be a tool to help you and Ray work together to begin thinking differently about his health and life changes that may need to be consider over the coming years. Since you have the time and interest, you could become the family “health librarian” for your grandchildren too. By helping your daughter keep track of their goals and progress, interests, accomplishments, illnesses, and other health events in a PHR for each of them, you stay connected with your grandkids lives. It gives you the perfect chances to weave in important conversations about values and beliefs and things that really make a difference in life. Indirectly, you’ll be sharing these messages with your daughter as she ages too. You may need to change the way you parent someone in their thirties. Lessons gained through experiences and information that is chronicled in a PHR, and revealed to others at different ages through their PHR, can be very effective. If you need more ideas about how to use a PHR in daily living, consider joining one of our open chat sessions. You’ll meet people of all ages who join to share tips from their own experience using a PHR. [Include open chat event info here.]

Be well,