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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Seniors and Fiber

Seniors and Fiber

Seniors have some special dietary requirements and problems but they also share many of the same needs and problems of the general population. One of those problems is the lack of sufficient fiber in senior diets. Americans in general get less than one half of the recommended daily allowance of fiber (38 grams for adult men and 25 for women) and seniors are in the same boat. The situation may be worse for seniors because fiber is believed to be important for preventing some of the chronic diseases that are more common in older people. Type-2 diabetes, heart disease and intestinal disorders and obesity are medical conditions that are more common in older patients; all of them may be related in some way to diets that are low in fiber. As we age, it makes good sense to pay particular attention to the need for this important nutrient. One source of misinformation about fiber stems from the fact that fiber is a...
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Spread the Christmas spirit by helping out a senior

Spread the Christmas spirit by helping out a senior

At OurSeniors.net, we like to say that our purpose is to serve the needs of seniors in every way possible.  One of the most basic needs of seniors is to remain connected to others. This is true of all people at any age, but it may be more difficult for seniors. If you are a senior living alone, do not feel like you are the only one! According to the Administration on Aging, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 28% of older adults lived alone in 2017. Today is the day after Christmas; hopefully you have enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday, spent with friends and family. This is the time of year that those connections to others seem especially important. Unfortunately, it is probably true that many of the seniors in our community did not have those opportunities.  Social isolation is one of the most difficult problems faced by our seniors. We wish that we...
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Successful Aging:  Exercise Tips for Seniors

Successful Aging: Exercise Tips for Seniors

OurSeniors.net is dedicated to making every transition to senior life as safe, secure and satisfying as possible. Some people call this transition “Successful Aging,” and it involves several factors that we can control. Here are a few of the keys to that successful transition to a senior lifestyle: Adequate rest Good nutrition Good medical care Remaining socially involved and physically active As a person ages, it may actually become more important to get regular exercise than it was at a younger age. Seniors are more likely to develop problems in joints, muscle strength, bone density, maintaining balance and other physical areas, and physical exercise can help to ease or prevent all of these conditions. On the other hand, many people arrive at retirement or senior living having never done any regular exercise in their lives. This should not be an excuse for making inactivity a part of your senior lifestyle. The evidence shows clearly that physical exercise can reduce the risk of...
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Yoga for Seniors

Yoga for Seniors

Several articles on the OurSeniors.net website and in OurSeniors.net Magazine have concerned senior exercise programs, such as Seniors and Yoga. Yoga was once considered a fringe activity, popular with gurus and young hippies, but it is now very much a mainstream movement. In fact, organizations YMCA have embraced yoga programs and many offer yoga classes.  You can find out about a yoga class at your nearest YMCA by calling: 386-532-9622 for the Deltona, Ormond Beach, Port Orange or Edgewater YMCA Branch. 386-736-6000 for the DeLand YMCA Branch. 386-253-5675 for the Holly Hill YMCA Branch Yoga has also been included in the popular The SilverSneakers® fitness program aimed especially at seniors. Watch a video of these helpful exercises by clicking SilverSneakers® Yoga....
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