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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).
As we age, even our feet change – they flatten, become wider, develop nail & skin conditions and may lose circulation. Keep ’em: 1)Clean with a regular pedicure or Sports Soak (guy-type), or wash them separately with a cloth or sponge; then dry completely. 2)Wear the right shoes and size. Wearing flats or athletic shoes lowers our risk of falls. You may need the wide-toe styles, as well. 3)Moisture dry feet to prevent cracking & flaking. 4)Keep your feet moving – swimming and cycling are easy on your feet; walking and simple stretches help circulation. 5) Maintain a healthy weight, so as not to put extra strain on your feet and ankles. 6) See a medical professional as needed.
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.
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.
Music is Mind Medicine
Music is mind medicine. Research associates it with improved memory, motivation and brain activity, plus lowered stress, anxiety and even pain levels (Johns Hopkins). Compare this to constant exposure to negative news which stirs feelings of pessimism or disapproval that can elevate sleeplessness, stress, anxiety and depression (Dr. Graham Davey). Of course we need to stay informed, yet we’ll Sing. Listen. Create. Music. We can do this!
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We need between 7.5-9 hours of sleep, yet many Seniors report fragmented and lighter sleep. Tips: Stick to a regular schedule (don’t binge on distressing news before going to bed), Avoid long naps during the day, Drink less at night (alcohol and other liquids), Exercise during the day and Breathe fresh air (in thru the nose, out slowly thru the mouth) (webmd) Make your bedroom an Official Sleep Zone in a quiet area of the house – calm wall color, dark curtain, no tv or devices. Good sleepers tend to be less depressed, have better cognitive skills and lower their risk of night falls.
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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