Escape the Loop of Self-Sabotage

Escape the Loop of Self-Sabotage

Did you ever have a dream you thought was too crazy to come true? Have you ever wanted to do something but thought you were too old to do it? Well, guess what? You are not the only one. In fact, everyone suffers from self-doubt here and there, especially seniors, it is part of the human experience! Self-doubt keeps our egos in check by counterbalancing our self-confidence. Both self-confidence and self-doubt need to be in balance for seniors to live a healthy lifestyle, but when we find ourselves leaning constantly towards self-doubt it can turn into our own sabotage. Self-sabotaging behavior is led by fear, it is subtle and slowly sneaks upon an individual. People who are self-sabotaging usually are not even aware that they are hurting and consider themselves healthy, functional adults. These individuals will usually have a long streak of bad relationships, short job histories or few friends. Their behavior “creates problems in daily life and interferes with long-standing...
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Preventative Care During the Golden Years

Preventative Care During the Golden Years

The reduction of mobility in our hips or the loss of elasticity in our skin is unavoidable consequences of wear and tear! Aging is inevitable and our bodies are not meant to last forever! Yet, those who have taken preventative care of themselves are healthier than their peers, both physically and financially. Preventative care spotlights the preservation of wellbeing and good health as a way of slowing down or avoiding ailments. Instead of attempting to heal sickness, this field of care seeks to prevent it by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Types of preventive care: Exercise Immunizations Therapy Counseling Blood, diabetes, cholesterol tests Healthy diet Meditation Annual check-ups Screenings Seniors who practice preventative care are most likely to dictate the onset of disease early on when treatment works best. Most preventative screenings and immunizations are even covered by Medicare thanks to the Affordable Care Act, as long as you have health coverage! Preventative care helps seniors save money on long-term and short-term healthcare. By...
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Senior Murder Suicide on the Increase

Senior Murder Suicide on the Increase

A senior couple was discovered dead after a murder suicide, last week in Celebration, FL, at approximately 5 am. The 84-year old man was found in his backyard while the 83-year old woman was inside the home. Both victims died of gunshot wounds, with no signs of foul play or forced entry. The incident was only one day after a 77-year old man called 911 to report that he was going to shoot himself and his wife. The couple was found lying dead next to each other after suffering fatal gunshot wounds. These events occurring in such a close timeline are not a mere coincidence. Murder suicide rates have been rising across the nation. This makes suicide the 10th highest cause of death in the country. According to the Washington Post, “Nationwide the suicide rate has increased by more than 30 percent since 1999, rising from 10.5 suicides per 100,000 to 13.9 per 100,000 in 2016.” The state of Florida has one...
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Do you get enough physical activity?

Do you get enough physical activity?

As we age it is important to keep our bodies not only limber, but strong! Getting a regular amount of physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Regular exercise lowers our levels of stress, reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s. Yet, how much exercise is enough? According to The American College of Sports Medicine, 150 minutes of moderate activity, three times a week is the perfect amount of physical activity. The best part is that you can break it up for ten minutes at a time! Moderate activities include: walking briskly, climbing flights of stairs, riding a bike or water aerobics. Strength training coupled with aerobic exercise is also recommended. Strength training helps build muscle mass, helps you lose weight and also increases bone density. The older we get the harder it is for our body to stay strong. By targeting all the major muscle groups at least...
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Senior Health and Fitness

Senior Health and Fitness

The quality of life experienced by seniors is directly related to their level of fitness and overall health. Today, it is possible for seniors to remain healthy, active and involved well into their 80’s. 90’s and beyond, but only if they remain as fit as possible. If you are a spouse, caregiver or the senior concerned, you should be aware of the fitness goals that seniors should strive to meet. Learn about dietary guidelines for older adults, such as the National Council on Aging Guidelines for Senior Nutrition. Healthy eating guidelines do change a little as you age. As you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before, and seniors may have need of some vitamin and mineral supplements like calcium or vitamin D. Keep a list of prescription medications and over-the-counter products that your senior loved one (or you) take. The metabolic changes that occur naturally with aging may make some of these products inappropriate, especially...
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Keeping Senior Driving Safe

Keeping Senior Driving Safe

Maintaining driving skills can be challenging for seniors. Senior drivers can remain safe on the road, but they should take care to maintain their driving skills. Normal aging may bring physical changes that require caution while on the road. Turning your head to search for oncoming traffic, judging distances, seeing well at night and braking safely are some of the tasks that may be more challenging. An American Automobile Association Study found that the lowest rate of auto accidents for any age cluster was found in the 60 to 69-year-old group. The rate creeps up after that, but even drivers 80 years of age and older have accident rates much lower than teenagers! Here are some suggestions for keeping your driving skills sharp well into your senior years. Schedule regular vision and hearing tests. The senses of hearing and vision can decline with age. Impaired hearing and common age-related vision problems (cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration) can seriously affect driving ability. Make...
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Your Mom Was Right, Posture is Important!

Your Mom Was Right, Posture is Important!

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA serves all the citizens of Volusia and Flagler County, including (of course) OurSeniors. This coming Thursday (June 20), the Port Orange Family YMCA will have a screening program that can be a great benefit to seniors, a Free Posture Screening. This screening is free and open to the public, you do not have to be a “Y” member to attend. Good posture is important throughout life, but it often becomes a special concern to seniors. Good posture is key to maintaining proper spinal alignment, putting equal amounts of stress on your skeletal system, and improving your overall health and well-being. Having good posture even makes you taller and detecting posture problems early can help a senior avoid serious problems later in life. Here are the program details: Date & Time – June 20, 1 to 3 PM Location – Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Parkway, Port Orange, FL 32128 Phone for Information – 386-532-9622 You can pick...
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“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

“Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Seniors may remember this hit song from 1960. Can you remember the artist? The song may bring back pleasant memories of happy days past, but the fact is that loneliness is not a happy or enjoyable situation. It is a health problem. The May 21 edition of Scientific American Magazine published an article on this subject titled, “A Solution for Loneliness.” “Loneliness is rampant, and it’s killing us—literally. Anywhere from one quarter to one half of Americans feel lonely a lot of the time, which puts them at risk for developing a range of physical and mental illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and depression. This is a public health problem that needs to be addressed on a wide scale.” We know that seniors are at very high risk for loneliness and the conditions that may follow. The Scientific American (a very prestigious and trusted source) had a suggestion for doing away with loneliness – get out and VOLUNTEER. There are abundant opportunities to...
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Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

One of the most common health risks associated with seniors is the development of dementia. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that dementia is a rapidly growing health problem. Right now, dementia affects about 50 million people worldwide. It is a major cause of disability and dependency among seniors, and it is a huge expense to victims and to the health care system. Dementia is not one disease, it is a group of symptoms that can be caused by several brain disorders. Alzheimer's disease is just one of several types of dementia, but it does account for most (60% to 80%) of dementia cases. The World Health Organization report confirms some points that your own doctor may have already told you: The cause of Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is not known. Right now, there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease. There are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing some dementias, including...
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Seniors, Keep Moving!

Seniors, Keep Moving!

Regular physical activity benefits people of any age, and seniors are no exception. In fact, physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Seniors not only gain health benefits from regular physical activity, they will also see improved mental and psychological health. It is never too late to start being physically active. When you do, it makes it easier to perform the routine activities of daily life, including simple things like getting out of a chair or moving around the house. Physical activity helps to preserve mobility, maintain independence and delay the onset of major disability. Exercise can improve physical function in adults of any age, including adults who are overweight and even those who are frail. Seniors are a varied group, but studies show that the senior population is the least physically active of any age group, and most older adults spend a significant proportion of their day being sedentary. This inactivity contributes to chronic medical problems like, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease,...
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