Staying Active

Helping Frail Seniors Travel

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Staying Active | 0 comments

This summer’s family reunion is set for Nova Scotia and your mother, who is on oxygen, lives in Alberta.  Your daughter’s wedding is in Arizona, but your father, who has severe osteoarthritis, lives in Toronto. Do scenarios like these mean your favorite senior has to miss the big event. Not at all.  Help is available from many sources to enable a senior to travel for family events or for recreation. Planning ahead is key to successful travel experiences, no matter what age the traveler. Here are a few things you can do: Call the doctor Before you book a trip, discuss it with the...

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Fitness with Exercise Bands

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Staying Active | 0 comments

Most of us know why exercise should be part of our life: reduced weight, toned muscles, and heart health. But exercise can also help with age-related health concerns including: improved balance and coordination, reduced stress, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and even improved mood.  Research shows that resistance exercise can improve functional independence and also reduce the risk of falls. With all those benefits, elderly persons are wise to include an exercise program in their plan for healthy aging. One easy solution is exercise bands. What are they? Originally developed by...

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Exercise for Healthy Hearts

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Staying Active | 0 comments

Exercise is good for us, right?  Most of us believe physical fitness will help keep us healthy, especially as we age. Some of the benefits are: Combating depression and anxiety Keeping bones, muscles and joints functioning well Improved cholesterol levels Helping to reduce body weight and body fat Helping the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently Reducing the risk of high blood pressure AND…of heart disease!  Exercise has many benefits for the heart and cardiovascular system. But what kind of exercise?  Here are some simple ways to increase your everyday activity and work your heart...

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Safety for Older Drivers

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Safety Concerns, Staying Active | 0 comments

An aging population means more aging drivers.  The leading edge of the baby boomers is entering their 60’s, and the fastest-growing segment of seniors are the over-80’s. Both groups are experiencing age-related changes that can affect safe driving.  Generally, those over 65 are relatively safe drivers; unfortunately, those over 80 have more collisions. Many of today’s seniors learned to drive the family car or truck in their teens, and did not even take a road test to get a driver’s license.  Some developed driving habits that are unsafe. With age-related changes in...

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Eating Out…With Diabetes

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Staying Active | 0 comments

Your aging parent may be one of the growing numbers of seniors with Type 2 Diabetes. More than 800,000 seniors have this disease and the number will rise as Canada’s population continues to age. Eating out is one of life’s pleasures and it does not have to stop because of Diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, you can enjoy eating out and take care of your diabetes at the same time. It’s a matter of making the right choices, asking for what you need, and balancing your meals out with healthy meals at home. Not everyone with diabetes has the same...

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Keys to Enjoying Later Life

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Staying Active | 0 comments

Guest author: Patricia Morgan Fred, the oldest known goldfish, lived to forty-one years of age. It’s a mystery how he did it. But, unlike Fred, we don’t need to live inside a fishbowl to enjoy a long, full and vibrant life. Certainly a sense of playful humor seems to be a key ingredient for seniors who live an energetic and meaningful life. For people like my mother, it’s true that aging bodies disintegrate or rust out and health challenges may minimize some choices. Yet an attitude of optimism, good humor and passion can ease the day. Mom’s passion for gardening...

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