We all know that exercise is great for our muscles, our bones, joints, how we look, and how we feel. However, what about exercise for better brain health? It's true. You may not believe it but the stakes of not exercising are higher than you might have thought.
Monthly Archives: September 2019
The Benefits of Stretching
When it comes to getting your body in motion, one of the simplest and most effective forms of exercise is stretching. Aging does not mean you will automatically lose your flexibility. The pain and stiffness that many individuals associate with aging begins as temporary tensions that become learned habits if the individual does not begin counterbalancing the effects of their increased stiffness. When muscles begin to tighten, they cease to be elastic and thus can restrict movement. With increased stiffness and restriction, many individuals may begin to limit movements that require stiff muscles, leading to disuse.
Tips To Stay Active And Involved
As we age, it's often easier to kick back and relax, but that can have adverse effects on your health and well-being. You can also do gentle stretching or bending exercises during television commercials. Moving about helps address arthritic joints and also keeps the brain active.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Mark the Date: September 23, 2019 View & Download PDF The National Council on Aging sponsors the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD). This day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.The NCOA has prepared a helpful flyer with "6 Steps to Prevent a Fall" which is available for download by clicking on the image above. Watch the video below, created by the National Council on Aging with helpful suggestions to Prevent a Fall. Click here to find events in your community scheduled for Monday September 23rd to raise awareness
Summer Safety Tips For Seniors
Weather can play an important role in the health and well-being of the seniors in your life. Regardless of if you're dealing with winter temperatures or the heat of summer, there are steps that need to be taken to keep your aging relatives protected.
Keeping The Elderly Safe In A Heat Wave
Summer will bring with it long; lazy days of sunshine and chances are heat emergencies will also arise as a result. As a general rule, the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory when the heat index meets a certain threshold. These are the days when checking on your loved one is ever more important!
5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Diabetes
One of the most common and most prevalent forms of diabetes is Type 2 (formerly called adult-onset and/or non-insulin dependent diabetes). This form of diabetes impacts close to 95% of the 26 million Americans that have been diagnosed with diabetes.
5 Tips For Staying Young And Vibrant
Age is only a number, right? Chances are you know someone who is a "young" 60 but know others that are "not-so-young" 60-year-olds; what is the difference? It could be any number of things ranging from overall health and wellbeing to mental attitude.
Connecting with your aging parents through technology
An increasing number of baby boomers are almost done raising their children, but are not done with caregiving as they're turning their attentions to taking care of their aging parents. One way that this has become easier is that many of the baby boomers' parents are more tech savvy than in generations past. Technology is one way that you can stay in touch with your parents when traveling to their home isn't an option because of work or family responsibilities.