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Personal Trainer Shares 15 Fitness Tips For Seniors

December 14th, 2014 · No Comments

If you are anything like I am, the older I get the more I dread getting older. I know how my body has changed over the years, I don’t have the energy I once had, and the increased physical and mental challenges are a bummer. Not very long ago I realized my body was beginning to shut down. Not the kind of wake-up call I would like.

As long as we keep having birthdays, we will gradually realize our balance, stamina, endurance and energy levels will diminish and we find ourselves at higher risk for disease. [Read more →]

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Exercises Can Help Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

December 9th, 2014 · No Comments

We are presenting a series of articles that have to do with senior health and fitness. As you will see, staying fit and healthy into our senior years will make a huge difference in longevity and quality of life for those of us who want to live a full life. Don’t think it’s too late to start. Start where you are at right now and take the steps you need. You will be glad you did.

Exercise plays a huge role in effective self-care. It keeps your body strong and fit your immune system up and running, and your mind sharp. Whether you participate in low impact exercises like walking and jogging or more vigorous exercises, such as, running, weight lifting, and the like, you can actively protect your body against certain disease, retain bone and muscle strength and keep it running in optimal condition. [Read more →]

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Vitamin Deficiencies in Seniors: Supplements can help with Nutritional Balance

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments

One of the downsides of ageing is that our bodies become worse at absorbing nutrients from food – so even if you’re eating the same healthy diet as you were ten years ago, you’re almost certainly not getting the same level of benefit! If you haven’t reassessed your diet recently, it’s worth checking in on whether you’re getting enough.

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One major problem seniors may encounter is a lack of enjoyment of food – a side-effect of ageing is that your sense of taste gets worse, meaning many seniors eat less or put less effort into cooking. It’s for this reason supplements may well be a good starting point if you’re concerned – they require less of a change to diet, and aren’t affected by this. If you’re wondering where to get started in keeping yourself healthy, check out our main tips below. [Read more →]

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Button Day November 16

November 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Today was Button Day and it reminded me of my mother and her button boxes. She was a seamstress most of her life. From the time I was born until my sister started kindergarten twelve years later, Mom stayed home with my brother, sister and I.

During the early years, she made matching outfits for her and I, mended our clothes to save money, and clipped the buttons off of any piece of clothing she planned to throw away. [Read more →]

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Your Golden Years: Understanding Your Options for Senior Housing

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

There are definite points in many of our lives where we need to make a decision that will affect our future, and entering your golden years is certainly one of those moments.

There are a number of different senior housing options to consider and a lot of the choices are also dependent on factors such as how active and healthy you are at this point in time. [Read more →]

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How to Safely Choose Home Care Help

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Is it time for you to hire a home health care worker? Do you feel confused on knowing where to begin the employment process? The first step is to do your research and due diligence before choosing and hiring help for care at home.

Well, there’s a website site for that. [Read more →]

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Don’t Get Lost In The Medicaid Maze

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

For those unfamiliar with the process, getting onto Medicaid is frustrating and exhaustive. Medicaid requires extensive paperwork, including, bank and/or financial statements for every account held within a financial institution for a period of five years and the like.  This is an overwhelming burden wrought on a caregiver coming to grips with the new emotional and financial reality of a loved one transitioning into long-term care. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 3

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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Four generations walking for their health.

So, did the first two articles get you up and walking yet? I hope so. I know I’m walking more or at least aware of when I’m slowing down again. Unfortunately for some older adults in their fifties, sixties, and older are not able to walk daily because of physical problems. Those who are even older have a greater challenge as they age.

But, the best thing we can do for our health is to MOVE. It doesn’t even matter in the long run just how that movement is accomplished. The point is to get out there or at least inside your home, and walk. If you can only stand in place, then do so. If you can get outside and walk around the block a time or two, do that also. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 2

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Three things happened within a short time that got me thinking about how seniors exercise. There was a short blurb in the September 2014 AARP Bulletin that mentioned, “Walking is the best and easiest way to avoid or reduce arthritic knee pain.” They referenced a new study from Boston University that gave specific information regarding how many steps seniors needed and about how long that might take them to walk that many steps. [Read more →]

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Don’t Choose a Care Provider Without Asking These Five Questions

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Today we are offering information about how important it is that seniors receive the proper care they need. You will find several links in this article that will give you the opportunity to check out further information. We value your opinions and appreciate your comments, so feel free to share your thoughts about this timely topic.

You want to find a senior care provider that not only meets your care needs, but also goes above and beyond to provide a compassionate, personal touch. But sorting through applicants to find that special connection can be a daunting task. [Read more →]

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Senior Fitness Walking Programs Part 1

September 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Most of us have read how important it is to stay active as we age. By the time we are in our sixties and seventies, some of us have gained more weight than we should carry, we need to build up our strength, and we understand that walking will help us reduce arthritic knee pain.

Unfortunately, just knowing all that doesn’t mean we actually get out there and do what we need to do. [Read more →]

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The Tie Between Depression and Suicide

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Shock waves were felt around the world as the news of the unexpected death of actor and entertainer Robin Williams. He struggled with depression for many years and couldn’t get past the hold it had on him. His suicide reminds all of us that the condition can affect anyone, male and female, young and old, rich and famous or poor and unknown. Depression can hit anyone at any time.

I was looking at depression statistics and found some interesting information. According to several websites, middle age or older white men are more likely to commit suicide than any other group, and the number of suicides is increasing. Also, men are less likely to talk to someone about their problems than women. [Read more →]

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Grandma-to-be Showers Growing in Popularity

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

A recent trend in baby showers has more than a few people up in arms. Why such an uproar connected with a long-established welcome and fun gathering? A unique and trendy new concept is the Grandma-to-be baby shower where first-time grandmothers celebrate a wonderful addition to the family. More grandparents are taking care of grandchildren while parents work, so having such a shower allows grandmothers to stock their house with everything they need to care for the young child. This is especially useful if the grandparents live a distance away or don’t have the income to make numerous purchases. [Read more →]

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5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Safe in the Sun

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

As we age our skin loses much of its elasticity and becomes more fragile and transparent. We all know the only way to protect ourselves from the sun is to stay indoors and avoid sitting near windows during daylight hours. Unfortunately, that is not a practical or enjoyable way to live no matter how old we are. [Read more →]

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Fun Ways to Increase Agility in your Aging Senior

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

As I write this article, I understand there is a large range between the newly senior and those who are now in their 90’s or older. Longevity has increased the number of aging seniors who can still get around fairly easily. We can no longer use the old numbers to judge whether someone is considered an old man or woman, nor can we judge how physically active they will be at a much later age than our forbearers. Our seniors are surprising us with how active they are at a more advanced age than ever before. [Read more →]

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