Stan Cohen – Senior Wellness

Archive for March 2009

Stan Cohen
Founder of ChiForLiving and Maturity Matters

I normally do not rant, and I hope not too in this post either.  We will see how it goes and how well I keep myself in check using my own breathing and mind calming techniques,  the same ones I teach the seniors in class.

This post is about the quality of care, and giving the residents value in the area of entertainment.  For those of you who don’t know what I personally do,  I teach a program that I developed that enables increases in balance,  flexibility and range of motion in older adults. The program goes as far as teaching how to incorporate the movements into everyday life so that the benefits carry across to the seniors overall wellness.

Now, I have been teaching this for several years. In trying to expand to new locations I find it is an uphill battle. I face the typical budgetary constraint wall.  I face the “we already have what you do” wall.  I face this wall and that wall.  Occasionally I get someone who “gets it” and I am brought in to teach. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinda Hocking, LMSW

• You should have enough breath to talk, but not sing, while doing the activity. 

• You should feel completely normal (or better!) within one hour after exercising. If you don’t, try to slow down the intensity, duration, or repetitions of the activity.

• Some soreness is normal when getting started with an activity, but you should not feel so much muscle soreness that it keeps you from normal activities the next day.  

• The intensity of the activity should be just a small step above your comfort level. Challenge yourself in increments. If you find yourself feeling fatigued instead of energized, check if alternating two minutes of less intense activity with two minutes of more vigorous activity works better for your energy level.

• Start out slowly each session to warm up, then pick up your pace to just above your comfort level, then slow down again when you are about to finish. When you progress gradually, you allow your body to adapt to increased levels of activity.

Stop exercising and consult with your health care provider if you have any concerning symptoms during or after exercise

Stan Cohen
Founder of ChiForLiving and Maturity Matters

The concept behind this project is that the overall fitness / wellness of a person is the sum of the parts. Sounds easy, but it is hard to accomplish.  So many of us are laser focused on particulars of our lives, while other aspects are left to wither and die on the vine creating a weak link in our wellness chain.

The problem is, we don’t know it.  That old, you don’t know what you don’t know concept.  For example, today in class I was working with my senior ladies on the simple task of standing upright, balanced and relaxed in place.  One of the women, a low back pain sufferer had a lot of trouble with the lesson.  She has very bad posture, extremely tight shoulders and a very stiff neck.  She also suffers from chronic breathing problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Cinda Hocking, LMSW

How Often You Are Active

Be active for short periods of time (5-15 minutes of continuous activity) each day, and for longer times (20 minutes to 1 hour of continuous activity) at least three days a week in order to achieve and maintain your health goals. If you are including weight training, make sure to alternate it with a different activity every other day to allow muscles to rest. For all other activities, a good goal is at least 20 minutes of continuous motion every day. Make activity a priority and schedule it so it becomes a daily habit. Avoid overdoing it in order to “make up” for a missed session. Read the rest of this entry »

Nancy L. Heinrich, M.P.H.
Economic Wellness Works

My life changed at 2:45 PM this afternoon. March 11, 2009.

At the conclusion of my “Healthy Cooking and Diabetes” class today at the Okeechobee Senior Center and sharing the grilled pepper and mushroom quesadillas I prepared as part of the lesson about dietary fiber, one woman lingered. She approached me and said she wanted to personally thank me for the class lesson, her husband several steps behind her. She gave me a hug and quietly whispered in my ear so her husband could not hear, “You are the answer to my prayers. My husband has diabetes and I’ve been so worried about him. You have just taught me how I can help him. Thank you so much.” I will never forget the sincerity of her whispered voice. I will never forget the warmth of her voice and the soft touch of her hug. Read the rest of this entry »


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