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.
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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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
As your parents continue to age in place, sometimes more and more precautions need to be taken. Things like: trip-proofing their home, ensuring they are eating properly, installing a medical alert system, handrails, etc., are all steps that are in place. However, it’s just as important that you go through their medicine cabinet to prevent accidental overdose of anything. Going through your parents' medicine cabinet and discarding unused, unwanted and expired medication is one way to prevent an accidental drug overdose.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.