Stan Cohen – Senior Wellness

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5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.

Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.

Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.

Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old, to start exercising

Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.

Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.

Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.

Sarah Collins
The Little Guide to Big Changes
Wellness Care Today

Visualize a flower becoming a bud, and then slowly growing into the beautiful flower it is meant to become. This is a great metaphor of the journey of life. Just as a flower reaches its peak of beauty at full maturity, the senior years should be a time of full awakening into the person you were born to be. The senior years in a person’s lifespan should acknowledge the depth and breath of life experience. A certain amount of influence goes along with advancing age, in recognition for the distance traveled, for the wisdom accumulated as you continue to walk your unique life path.

People like to say that life is about youth, but I suspect the only ones saying that are the young and advertisers! The elderly segment of society has so much insight and understanding to convey. But here in the U.S. we do not appreciate the senior population the way other cultures do. We tend to try to hide them from view, almost to the point of pretending they don’t exist. We shuffle them off into nursing homes, promising to visit when our busy lives settle down, but they never do. The seniors in this country are pushed aside in favor of youth, of appearances. You see it in families, in the job sector, and even in our government with its mandatory retirement age. It’s as if we’re saying as a collective that a person doesn’t have much if anything to offer after reaching a certain age. As a culture, that kind of insensitivity is astounding and highly detrimental to society.

We should be embracing the wise and wonderful arena of life known as the golden years. Maturity is beautiful in its wisdom, intelligence and self-deprecating sense of humor. The golden years should be full of life’s bounty, the time to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor, be it financially or career oriented, about one’s family or leisure activities, mental and spiritual accomplishments. The elders in society should be respected for their years of experience and most certainly their contributions.

This is the time in life to pause and see how far you’ve come on your journey, to make assessments and corrections – it’s never too late! Everyone, no matter how advanced in age, has something of significance to offer, right up until his or her last breath. Pearls of wisdom dot the landscape of maturity, yet so often are unacknowledged. If you are a senior, why not think about the wealth of experience you have to offer and the ways you could share it? It may be on an individual level, with a group or something bigger. The size or amount of information doesn’t matter; it’s really all in the sharing. Your wisdom can be the inspiration for another. Embrace and share the wisdom you’ve earned!

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 »

Noelle Downing
Director of Consumer Education
Positive Aging Resource Center
PARC – Pathways to Emotional Wellness and Fulfillment 

So, how do poor nutrition and depression relate to each other, aside from having many of the same origins? Studies show that older adults with poor eating habits are more vulnerable to depression. It has been shown that low levels of the nutrients folate, zinc, B-6 and B12 can lead to an increased risk of depression. And conversely, those who are clinically depressed often do not maintain a nutritionally balanced diet, either by eating too much or too little. Thus, poor nutrition can lead to depressive symptoms, and vice versa, resulting in a downward spiral of increasing depression and decreasing nutrition.

Proper nutrition and eating habits can help older adults to improve their general health and quality of life, and in turn ward off some of the physical and mental ailments associated with a higher risk of depression. Read the rest of this entry »


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