Grand Strand Health and Wellness - February 2020


Our Patient of the Month, Jeff Hefner

At Grand Strand Health and Wellness, the most successful patients are the ones who take our philosophy on holistic health home with them instead of just checking it at the door. Perhaps no patient better exemplifies that than Jeff Hefner. In the two years Jeff has been a patient at Grand Strand, his health, as well as the health of his wife, Kimberly, and two adult children, Samantha and Derek, has completely transformed. Jeff’s changes to his nutrition and overall health have been so radical and life changing that he decided he wanted to share his experience with others. He decided to go back to school and earn his certifications as a massage therapist, a reiki practitioner, and a life coach. All of us at Grand Strand feel extremely lucky to have had Jeff as a patient — especially since many of us got to receive some of his amazing massages while he was earning his hours for his massage therapy certification. Outside of our offices and his coursework, Jeff finds plenty of ways to keep himself busy. On a sunny day, you might find him reading on the beach. On days when the weather isn’t cooperating, he loves going to Getting back into dating can be hard when you’ve been out of the game for a few decades. In fact, some would-be romantics are so self-conscious about their age that they never even try! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some expert advice on dating at any age. DON’T FEAR ONLINE DATING. Online dating is a great way to meet people outside of your social circle, and there are many dating sites and apps specifically for singles over 50 who are ready to mingle. Julie Spira, a relationship expert with senior dating app OurTime, says that “Authentic dating profiles get the best results.” Basically, don’t lie on your profile. Use a picture of you from this year and be proud of your age. That’s the best way to find people who will love the real you. GO TO 26 DIFFERENT PLACES. Prefer to meet people in person? Lisa Copeland, a dating coach who works exclusively with women over 50, recommends creating a list of 26 different places in your area, one for each letter of the alphabet, then going to those places. While you’re out, Copeland says, “You Time to Get Back Out There!

the movies with his family. Jeff is a big fan of alternative rock, and frequently attends concerts in the area. Tool is his favorite band.

Jeff has also traveled around the country,

going to baseball games at dozens

of different fields. While he does not have a favorite team or player, Jeff loves the game of baseball. He always remembers to take some incredible pictures of each unique stadium he visits. We’re lucky to have a patient like Jeff Hefner. We hope his passion for holistic health will inspire others and spur him on in his further education.


want to smile. Make eye contact. Ask a question. Give a compliment and put a question behind it.”

BE PRESENT WHEN MEETING NEW PEOPLE. Dating as a senior means coming to the table with a lot of baggage. Dating is when people get acquainted, so be careful about sharing that baggage right out of the gate. This doesn’t mean you should never talk about heavy topics, but remember this advice from the popular dating site, eHarmony: “Early on, focus on enjoying each other’s company here and now.” It doesn’t matter if you’re 26 or 62; dating is always hard. You have to step outside your comfort zone and trudge through a series of terrible first dates. But in the end, it’s all worth it when you find that special someone with whom you can spend your golden years. Just remember, you’ll never meet that person if you don’t make the leap.


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