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Participation Perks

Participation has perks! The benefits of social participation include lowering your risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and arthritis PLUS reported reported quality of life improves (Santiti et al, 2020). Moreover, two or more weekly social activities reduce your risk of chronic disease by 22%.

And we understand that social interactions might be awkward especially at first, so let’s make a plan for what we’ll do once things get back to “normal.” TO DO: Join a sports or social club; Volunteer/work for a sense of purpose; Study a new topic or learn something new via a class, book club or lecture series; Get involved with your community; and/or Get involved with a religious or spirtual activity.

Life is for Participating, not Spectating,” says Katharine Switzer who in 1967 was the first woman to become an official Boston Marathon competitor. At age 74, she continues to push for social change as a celebrated author, speaker and commentator.

Prevent A Fall

25% of Seniors age 65+ FALL every year. Falls are common and costly, yet many are preventable. Proactive tips include: Exercise to improve your strength and balance, Get your feet and eyes checked annually, and Talk with your healthcare professionals about falling, anxiety of falling and feeling unsteady. Make your home safe by removing trip hazards (stuff on the floor, small throw rugs, floor plants). Safety-proof your bathroom with grap bars, non-slip and bright lights. Wear ample-support, well-fitting shoes at all times (inside & outside). Watch where you’re walking, use handrails and don’t overindulge in drugs & alcohol. Let’s stop the falls!

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Nap Knowledge

An afternoon nap is associated with improved brain function (memory, language, mental agility) concludes a recent study of 60+ year-olds (Cai, et al). Additionally, naps reduce stress and improve feelings of relaxation. Dr. David Neubauer, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recommends a “power nap” of up to 20 minutes, early in the afternoon (set a timer, so you don’t overnap). An early afternoon nap shouldn’t interfere with your regular sleep schedule of 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep (as recommended by the National Institute of Health).

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Alone versus Lonely

About 30% of people ages 65+ live alone (census.gov) and about 40% experience loneliness (Perissinotto, et al). Taking steps to stimulate and engage include: Start a project~check out the 100dayproject.org where you and many others share experiences of starting a new creative project; Learn~duolingo offers free language courses, Seniorplanet.org offers resources for learning technology, or read a book, research your favorite topic (family tree, photography, meditation or whatever); Exercise~take that walk, stretch with bands, try chair yoga or tai chi (Toronto Rehab has great beginner videos); Connect with friends & family either online or in-person using your local safety protocols; and Reach out to your medical professionals for more information or assistance.

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Aging in Place

Aging in Place is of great interest to adults ages 55+ with 80% reporting they want to remain in their current home (aarp,2018). And post COVID-19 speculation appears to add interest to aging in place. Planning ahead is essential: 1) Assess Yourself. Take a truthful look at your physical abilities, financial positio and health (include chronic diseases) 2) Assess your community and local resources. 3) Do your Research. eldercare.acl.gov, National Association on Aging.org, National Council on Aging.org, American Psychological Association.org and medicare.gov and more on the web 4) Do home modifications. Start early to spread out the planning, supervision and cost over the years (check out Professional Certified Aging in Place Specialists trained by the National Association of Home Builders). 5) Stay connected with your friends & family. 6) Keep Learning-companies are catching the wave of the older consumer with classes, trips, technology, devices & gadgets, and health & beauty products.

Advance Healthcare Directive

About 75% of us DON’T have an Advance Healthcare Directive or Living Will, yet it is one of the first things asked for when being admitted into the hospital. An Advance Healthcare Directive is simply a way to communicate your values and preferences pertaining to your future medical care. Forms are by state (you can check boxes and fill in the blanks) and need to be signed and notarized. Click here for your state’s form.

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Flexibility, Endurance and Strength

Almost 50% of Americans age 65+ report experiencing pain, possibly from ligaments & tendons becoming “stiff & leathery” and cartilage between joints wearing away. Exercising for Flexibility, Endurance and Strength may provide some relief. Flexibility exercises might include stretching, swimming, yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi; Endurance activities like walking, biking, low-impact aerobics and swimming increase your heart rate; and Strength exercises target specific muscles in your upper and lower body usually using repetitions, light weights or bands. Check with your medical professionals before beginning or changing your exercise routine. More info: Fit for 50 youtube vids Four Types of Exercise Can Improve Your Health and Ability, nia.nih.gov Exercises to Relieve Sore Muscles, aarp.comThe best exercises for Achy Backs, Knees, Hips and more, webmd.com, 

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Led by seniors, baby boomers and those 55+, the Silver Tsunami will be 30% of the US population, or about 98 million people in 2020. We are living longer, staying active, eating healthy, working, volunteering, traveling, exercising, using our iPhones and so much more. And there is no how-to manual on this new type of retirement.

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