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Stand up Straight
Our mommas were right. Poor posture limits our range of motion, lung capacity and increases shoulder and neck pain. We shrink about 1/2 inch every 10 years after the age of 30 and at age 70 the rate may increase due to bone density loss and the cartliage between each back vertebra hardening. Tips to help our posture: Practice erect posture, Exercise, Strengthen our core, Try Pilates or Yoga, Eat Healthy, Don’t Smoke and see your medical professionals as needed (Journal of Physical Therapy Science).
Your neighborhood, park or local arboretum is a fantastic place to continue your walks in the summer. Walking for Seniors strengthens joints, muscles and bones plus it helps lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. We go mid-morning, wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water. If you are a step-counter aim for 7,500-10,000 steps. Keep in mind that even 4,400 steps per day deliver health improvements (Harvard Women’s Health).
Camping Very Cool
Camping is “staying at home, while going away” and has become extremely popular these days. Both cleanliness of your environment and social distancing are easy to manage while camping. If you are a rookie: Educate yourself on what gear you’ll need and how to use it (online search Camping for Beginners, Talk with in-store personnel who have experience, Read blogs & talk with friends); Take a few short trips (maybe close to home) to get the hang of camping; and download camping app(s) to help you along the way.
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.com, The best exercises for Achy Backs, Knees, Hips and more, webmd.com,
Ease Aging with a Positive Attitude
Ease aging with a positive attitude. Happy Seniors have fewer mobility challenges and health problems including diabetes, heart disease, cancer & strokes (University College, London). Things that help positivity: Exercise, Be purposeful, Laugh-watch funny shows & videos, Continue learning, Spend time with loved ones, Stay current & involved, and get more information by clicking the live link.
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Tech Savvy post COVID
Mmedicine (mobile medicine) telehealth and other types of virtual appointments and businesses will likely flurish as we move forward. With more internet usage, we have a responsibility to be safe online-not clicking on links from people/places we don’t trust, not giving out personal or financial information when responding to emails, and not clicking on something that sounds too good to be true. Get training from Senior Planet, TechBoomers, Geekatoo or the Visual Steps and For Dummies books. When the economy re-opens check your library, community college or local coffee shop for in-person classes.
Less Cognitive Decline
A healthy brain means a lower risk of cognitive decline which is directly related to heart and blood vessel health. The brain makes up 2% of a person’s body weight, yet consumes 20% of its oxygen and energy. Suggestions for better brain health: Exercise, Keep learning, Socialize, Eat healthy, Sleep 7.5 to 9 hours nightly, Manage your stress and do Mental Exercises like reading, puzzles, games, listening to classical music, etc. For more info: These Preventive Measures Might Help Delay Dementia or Cognitive Decline by Judith Graham (Kaiser Health News), Six Steps to Cognitive Health (Harvard Health), 10 Ways to Love Your Brain -Alzheimer’s Association
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