Mayo Clinic: Exercising with osteoporosis: Stay active the safe way

Posted April 8, 2013
Staying fit while aging can be tricky, but so essential for a longer, happier life.  The key is figuring out the best way to stay active for your body.  I wanted to share what the Mayo Clinic  provides for those who suffer from osteoporosis & ways to stay active while being good to your bones. If you have osteoporosis, you might mistakenly think exercise will lead to fracture. In fact, though, using your muscles helps protect your bones. By Mayo Clinic staff Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older women. So if you have osteoporosis, how can you reduce ...
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New Old Age: Medical Issues

Posted March 14, 2013
To echo the sentiments of yesterday's post... here's more evidence, from New Old Age, to support why being active is so important as we age.  Falls still happen for those who are active, yes, but severity of injury & recovery time can be affected by how active one's lifestyle is.    Fear of Falling By HARLEY A. ROTBART, M.D. My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has helped her doctors ...
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Local Free Event: Parkinson's on the Move

Posted July 9, 2012
Another free event to take advantage of through CJE SeniorLife.  Please note, this event has limited space, so please call ahead.  It starts tomorrow!     The Summer 2012 session will be held on: Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Location: Lieberman Center, 2nd Floor Classroom, 9700 Gross Point Road, Skokie Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10 – August 30, 2012 (8 weeks) Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Instructors: SimplyRehab Please call 847.929.3022 to register as space is limited.   To read entire event details click HERE SOURCE
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“Sandwich” Boomers Send Senior Living Community Developers Down New Path

Posted June 25, 2012
Here's an interesting look, from Senior Housing News, at how a sub group among Baby Boomers are shaping new design for senior living communities.   “Sandwich” Boomers Send Senior Living Community Developers Down New Path Written by Erin Hegarty Designing a 50-plus community no longer involves simply building a group of homes with wide hallways and large medicine cabinet. Today, builders say, the “sandwich” generation of baby boomers demands a stimulating and interactive environment inside—and outside—the homes.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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More Than Temperature Puts Elderly at Risk in Heat

Posted June 18, 2012
With the extra hot week ahead of us, I thought an article, from Health.com on, heat exhuastion was in store. Stay cool & hydrated! (HealthDay News)—Because aging affects the body's ability to respond to summer heat, older adults are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat cramps and heat exhaustion, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE  
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The Dahn Yoga Center shows how Yoga helps Seniors.

Posted May 31, 2012
I am pleased to share an article from Pamela Ravenwood of the Dahn Yoga Center.  Use this link to find a local center and continue reading her article to get even more motivated to try yoga if you haven't yet.   The benefits of yoga for seniors Pamela Ravenwood Internet Marketing Manager, BR Consulting/Dahn Yoga Yoga can be a fun, beneficial exercise for just about anyone, but seniors may have the most to gain. The health effects of the ancient exercise practice are particularly targeted to the needs of seniors. Best of all, yoga is one of the easiest exercises for older ...
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Local Free Event: 2012 Expo for People with Disabilities: 7/19/12

Posted May 28, 2012
Here's a great local resource to take advantage of this Summer!  I'll be sure to send out a reminder as the event gets closer.  
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Identifying Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted April 4, 2012
I know...we talked tennis yesterday & now arthritis!  I promise I'm not trying to scare anyone away from tennis, but I saw this and thought it would be good to share this comparision, between arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  I had no idea that rheumatoid affected your joints symmetrically. A big thanks to CSN 50 and Better for sharing this comparison!   Identifying Rheumatoid Arthritis Although rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can occur in people of all ages, its effects on the elderly can be especially debilitating. Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis can be done by studying the symptoms, but another more conclusive method includes blood work ...
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The health benefits of tennis for seniors

Posted April 3, 2012
Looking for ways to get out of winter hibernation?  Tennis is a great way to get the blood flowing! Does anyone have a favorite court in the Chicagoland area they'd like to share?   If you want an idea of how good tennis can be for your health, just take a look at some of the participants of senior tennis tournaments . If what you see on the courts during these events--chasing balls and swinging rackets like silver-haired athletic gods--isn't enough to convince you that playing tennis just might be the secret to ultimate longevity, then you're not paying attention. ...
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