Balanced Fitness Programs for Seniors: A Step, Pedal, and Stretch in the Right Direction

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) position statement entitled: “Guidelines for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Older Persons” states that most elderly people can find a physically active lifestyle beneficial and that simply being active trumps the actual type of physical activity they may engage in.

“There are many different kinds of physical activity which are beneficial for older persons,” states Dr. Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, Professor of Exercise Science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. “We know that traditional forms of cardiovascular exercise are very beneficial. Strength training is beneficial, flexibility exercises are helpful, but also physical activity as part of everyday living is useful in the prevention of diseases that are associated with inactivity and sedentary lifestyles.”

Developing a balanced fitness regimen custom-tailored to the individual, incorporating cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility activities and accounting for any injuries, ailments, or other risk factors, is a first step to better health and longevity.

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Senior Exercise Tips

Whether you watch health experts on TV or read articles in your local newspaper or monthly magazines, what you mostly hear is how this exercise program or that exercise regimen is the best. We are supposed to put our trust, and of course money, into the hands of these so called experts who want us to spend hours working out to fast-paced videos or various types of equipment.

The problem is that many of us are well beyond the age where we should be trying to keep up with those who are promoting such products. In fact, quite often we are twice the age, yet they do not take into consideration our age or our physical ability, or lack thereof.

Senior exercise programs must be geared to each age group from our fifties on through our nineties and beyond. As long as we live we should at least do something every day to help us stay strong and agile enough to get around.

Senior couple on bicycles

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Drinking Coffee Tips for the Elderly

Two senior couples drinking coffee together in community center.

To all the elderly coffee lovers, you should feel happier because you can now enjoy your coffee, thinking that it can help protect your body against diseases. There are actually some studies that can prove the health benefits of coffee. However, to those who do not drink coffee, it is not too late to start after reading this article!

I. According to some studies, drinking coffee can help prevent diseases such as:

  1. Depression

From 45 to 60, people are more likely to get down in the dumps, and it is estimated that 4.1 percent of them, especially in the United States, are prone to clinical depression.

In 2011, a study on drinking coffee led by Harvard revealed a 20 percent reduction in risk of getting depression among women whose daily lifestyle includes drinking four cups or even more.

  1. Type II Diabetes

Type II Diabetes is common among 90% to 95% of diabetic adults. On 1 meta-study, over 450,000 persons were observed, and it was discovered that drinking even just a single cup can help lower their chances of getting Type II Diabetes by 7%.

  1. Cancer

From 51 onwards, adults are more likely to be affected by colorectal or liver cancer. One study reveals that there is a risk reduction of developing colorectal cancer among people whose daily lifestyle includes drinking coffee, from 4-5 cups. In addition, based on studies, drinking coffee can decrease an individual’s chances of getting liver cancer by 40 percent. More studies reveal that 4 cups and even more than that amount of coffee can also minimize an individual’s risk of developing cirrhosis by 80%.

  1. Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative type of disease that is characterized by impairment of body movements that is more likely to occur when some brain neurons stop functioning. Fortunately, drinking coffee can help keep the onset of Parkinson’s at bay. Studies reveal that caffeine may help minimize chances of developing Parkinson’s by 60%.

  1. Alzheimer’s

The neurodegenerative Alzheimer’s disease is present around the world. It also mainly contributes to dementia. The good news, however, is that the onset of these two diseases is reduced by 65 percent, especially among coffee drinkers, according to studies.

II. Guide to Prepare the Perfect Coffee Cup

  1. Opt for Quality Coffee

A wonderful cup of hot coffee brew by Drip Coffee Machine. (Source: Fourth Estate Coffee)

The quality of coffee really matters, so it is important that you choose only the best. You can really expect a lot from coffees that originated from famous estates, regions or countries that specialize in producing quality coffees. Your best option should be the Arabica beans since they come in many different flavors. On the other hand, the Robusta beans do not only contain more amounts of caffeine, but their flavors are not that pleasant at all. Continue reading →

Senior Moment: Why Regular Strenuous Activity Is Good

Physical activity is important at any age, but as we get older becomes even more vital to our health. The fact of the matter is that elderly people have a higher risk of developing health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease, and regular physical activity can lower that risk.

Unfortunately, though, the majority of elderly people tend to exercise less rather than more frequently as they age, either due to health problems or simply a lack of energy.

But studies have shown that moderate to vigorous exercise can lower the risk of death in the elderly, and may also protect against diabetes, Alzheimer’s and hip and vertebrae fractures.

Older adults who exercise on a regular basis tend to be stronger in general, have more energy and better balance and coordination, which helps to prevent falls and allows them to remain more independent for longer.

Exercise is good for the body and soul

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Do Pets Make Good Companions for Seniors?

Although many people believe that pets make good companions for their aging parents, not everyone agrees. We decided to look into the advantages and disadvantages of seniors having a pet in their home. When most people think of having pets in their home, they usually mean cats or dogs. But, there are other pets that might be of interest to seniors.

Many people believe that seniors with pets live longer, stay healthy longer and are happier because it places the senior in the role of caregiver, and gives them someone to live for. The companionship can bring closeness between the senior and their pet that will make up for losing a valued loved one such as a spouse. Having a pet also helps them remain more alert as they age.

Senior gentleman and his dog sitting on ground in park

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A Grandmother’s Legacy

My mother was an artist from the time she was a young girl living in the hardscrabble land of the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the 1920’s and 30’s. After spending her early years in a one-room country school, she attended St. Ignace High School for several years until her parents moved to the lower peninsula of Michigan, where she graduated from high school.

When she was young, she started drawing and writing. I’m very blessed to have in my possession a number of short stories and notebooks of her drawings. She was especially interested in drawing women with their hair and clothing in various styles of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. She was good!

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3 Great Places to Retire

There are many reasons why retired couples plan to relocate and move to a different town or state. Some may need to move into a smaller home in order to pay for their everyday expenses after transitioning to a fixed income. Others may want to explore new horizons and move into an area that caters to retired individuals. No matter what the reason may be there are plenty of great places to move to once you retire. Here are the three best places located in the United States for retirees to live.

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Are You an Active or Passive Retired Senior?

Many people work their whole adult life without taking time to enjoy a hobby or two. They have no clue as to how to enjoy life as a senior citizen. When it’s time to retire, they have no idea what to do with their time. A few are able start up something they have always wanted to get involved in, but many don’t. They end up sitting in their recliner with their eyes staring at their television set. Unfortunately, that is a real good way to shorten their life span.

There are other people who have enjoyed various hobbies over the years and have settled on what they want to do when their work life is over and they have the hours to dedicate to their favorite activity. Their retirement years are filled with what they had longed to do for many years. They are living a satisfied life. Continue reading →

Pets for Seniors – Comforting or Confining?

You have probably seen your neighbors walking their pets several times a day, sometimes early in the morning or late at night. When that neighbor is in his or her 70’s, 80’s, or even 90’s, have you ever wondered how they manage to care for a pet? When people are young, it’s easier to get out at all times of the day and night to exercise, visit friends, go out on the town, or walk their pet. But, when people reach their elder years, a number of reasons can keep them from going outdoors on a routine basis.

Some seniors have had cats or dogs for years while others wonder if it’s time to get a pet now that they are retired. There are several reasons why people in their senior years may want to have a pet, including:

Companionship. Pets, especially dogs and cats, provide seniors with companionship when they feel lonely. This is especially applicable to those who do not have family living close by or they are widowed or divorced and on their own.

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Seniors Online – A Growing Demographic

One of the fastest growing demographics regarding the older set has to do with the Internet. Statistics show that a growing number of seniors are taking to the World Wide Web for a variety of reasons. Not only that, but many of those getting on line are not those in their early sixties – they are already online in most cases – but those who are in their seventies and eighties.

We live in a technological age, and aging seniors who were born in the late 1920’s or 1930’s are embracing new technology by the millions. In fact, technology is all around us with the use of electricity, television, radio, and especially the Internet. While many aging seniors either are not interested in the new tech age, others may not be able to grasp the concept. But there are many more that are embracing the changes in their lives.

Senior Vietnamese man sitting on sofa and reading new on his tablet computer

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Clothing for Seniors – Consider Catalogues and Online Stores

As we age, one of our concerns is how to find clothing for seniors that are appropriate for our age, looks good on us, and is comfortable. There is such a focus on the buying power of the teen to forties demographic age groups, especially on television and in the print media, that it becomes difficult to find anything related to the elderly, especially in the area of clothing.

As baby boomers move into their mid-sixties, they bring their desire to remain young into their clothing choices. Retailers know that and cater to their dollars as well.

Margaret Donohoe, Thrift Shop volunteer, puts newly arrived clothes out on the floor for sale. U. S. Air Force photo by Sue Sapp

Where are clothes for the elderly?

Go into any department or clothing store and you will rarely see any promotions that have to do with clothing for the more elderly among us. Continue reading →