May is National Senior Health and Fitness Month! April 08, 2019 11:25

Spring has's time for older Americans to get moving. Ask your local communities for a calendar of events that will serve your health & fitness goals.


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Chair Exercise is Fun! March 28, 2019 10:12

"A friend and I started a "senior exercise" class at church. We watched many videos before choosing this one to use. It is great!!                                               - Jan D.


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The Real Benefits of Strengthening Your Core March 19, 2019 14:22

Want to build up your balance and stability? Or are you simply hoping to make everyday acts like bending, turning, and reaching easier? A strong, flexible core underscores all these goals. Core muscles need to be strong, yet flexible.

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Senior Nutrition March 09, 2019 11:48

Eating a healthy diet is important as we grow, but do we need to be as concerned about diet as we age?

The short answer is yes! Poor nutrition can lead to frailty and diminished physical and mental functioning. Loss of physical ability and mental functioning can lead to loss of independence, something we all want to maintain for as long as possible.

Our diet needs change as we age, our metabolism slows so we don’t require as many calories as we once did. But certain nutrients are vitally important. Those nutrients are found in:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean meats
  • Some dairy

How do we make sure we are getting the proper nutrients? Check out this info graphic from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to get some quick tips.

Nutrition Month Infographic

But what if we can’t afford these foods on a limited income? After all, food is getting more expensive all the time. There are safety nets in place to help seniors get the support they need. Check out #6 on the info graphic for a service called BenefitsCheckUp. This service will help seniors with limited incomes apply for the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and any other benefits for which they may be eligible.

For more information about helpful resources for seniors go to


A Second Chance to Switch Medicare Advantage Plans March 04, 2019 12:51

A new opportunity to switch Medicare Advantage/Part C plans is happening right now. The annual Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP) which runs from January 1 to March 31



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Kind Words from Facebook Fan Barbara S. February 27, 2019 09:46

Kind Words from Facebook Fan Barbara S.

I've been using the Stronger Seniors videos since 2013 in peer-led exercise classes at our town hall in Richford, NY. They have been very popular with our exercisers, who range in age from mid-50s to mid-80s. I appreciate Anne Pringle Burnell's coaching style and respectful attitude, especially after reviewing another DVD where the instructor was condescending to the elderly demonstrator (i.e. "Isn't she cute!"). - Barbara S.


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The Benefits of Social Activities for Seniors February 18, 2019 18:02

Activities to Keep You Engaged and Socially Active

Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and engaged experience a variety of benefits- staying connected with others helps give you a sense of purpose and a true sense of belonging.

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Anne Burnell Chosen as Spokesperson for Cubii February 13, 2019 10:24

Anne Burnell Chosen as spokesperson for Cubii. Cubii is the new seated elliptical device designed to burn calories and strengthen the core.

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Growing Bolder...Great Organization! January 31, 2019 18:21

There's a good TV network with inspiring stories for seniors! Here's an episode....…/

Growing old is such an inevitable part of life it should be embraced with a light heart and years worth of wisdom and planning. January 01, 2019 15:46

Quite understandably, few look forward to the twilight of their life and all that it brings in its wake — deteriorating health, loss of vigour, restricted mobility, increasing dependence on others, not to mention a sense of foreboding and anxiety. Yet, ageing is an inevitable part of life that one has to learn to cope with willy-nilly.

At 74, I’ve found that old age need not necessarily be a period of physical and mental decline — though some ‘erosion’ is unavoidable — if one prepares oneself for it adequately in advance. First and foremost it’s imperative to prepare to accept old age all brace for all the restrictions or limitations it imposes on one’s mobility or ability to do things that one did when younger.

Equally important is the need to adopt a positive attitude towards life. Darkly regarding old age as the evening of one’s life must be avoided at all costs if one is to weather and overcome the difficulties and irritants that life is bound to throw up. An optimistic frame of mind or a light-hearted approach does help. Indeed, nothing prevents one from looking at the sunny side of life even in one’s sunset years. American statesman Bernard Baruch, who lived to a ripe old age, once remarked, “To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am!” And, when asked his age, British satirist Jonathan Swift once quipped evasively, “I’m as old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth!” Is there a cleverer way to parry questions about one’s age?

Also vital is the need for the elderly to stay physically and mentally active in order to keep geriatric health problems at bay, especially Parkinson’s disease. Regular physical exercise coupled with the pursuit of a hobby or pastime that keeps one mentally and usefully engaged, is the perfect antidote for the prolonged spells of ennui that plague the elderly. Keeping abreast of current affairs — political, economic and social — also does help to keep boredom away. And the spicier the social gossip or grapevine, the better.

My former British boss, based in Edinburgh and now a spry 84, still pursues his passion for fishing with a like-minded octogenarian friend whenever the weather permits. They jointly maintain a boat fitted with an outboard engine and like nothing better than to go off trout-fishing on their own. Further, he remains extremely keen to know what’s happening in Munnar’s tea plantations, over which he once ably presided as General Manager. More importantly, advancing years haven’t blunted his sense of humour which remains as robust as ever.

In fact, the role of humour and fun in dispelling gloom in old age cannot be overstressed. These indispensables are the spice of life guaranteed to bring cheer and bonhomie, besides keeping one’s mind off life’s grim realities. The elderly should let humour pep up their lives regularly by hobnobbing with those known to be witty and funny. And letting one’s hair down occasionally — the little that remains of it, at any rate — can certainly do no harm so long as one doesn’t overdo things or get carried away by American statesman Benjamin Franklin’s flippant remark that “There are more old drunkards around than old doctors!”

Old age, of course, gives one an opportunity to take stock of one’s life dispassionately and, at leisure, sift through and analyse one’s successes and failures, achievements and shortcomings notched up over the years.

Companionship, of course, is vital for the elderly. No human being is an island and isolating oneself from society, as the aged often tend to do, is not at all advisable. On the other hand, socialising — to howsoever limited an extent — can inject refreshing variety into the drab routine of a senior citizen’s life and give it a much-needed boost. There’s no substitute for staying connected with one’s contemporaries.

Old age, of course, gives one an opportunity to take stock of one’s life dispassionately and, at leisure, sift through and analyse one’s successes and failures, achievements and shortcomings notched up over the years. It’s also the time when the elderly inevitably reach ‘anecdotage’. They turn nostalgic and love to recall “those good old days” when they were young and life was radically different from what it is today. They try to pass on the benefit of their varied experiences to the younger generation though the latter seldom has the time, patience, or inclination to hear them out. In such circumstances penning down one’s experiences is a good way of keeping oneself usefully engaged in old age. One never knows — one’s memoirs may make the bestseller list some day!

True, physical debility will be a stumbling block for many, quite literally. Ageing and stiffening body joints will ‘creak’ in protest and make mobility difficult — something one should learn to take in one’s stride stoically. Some of the more spirited among the elderly resort to the pretence of acting and behaving as if they are not as old as they really are. This game of ‘make-believe’ is indeed known to help in making light of one’s physical infirmities.

Above all, peace of mind, which everyone seeks but few are fortunate to find, is absolutely necessary. It’s the vital and efficacious balm that brings equanimity to one’s life, helping to salve the inevitable discomforts, irritants and problems of ageing. And, of course, it does help to promote overall health besides physical and mental well-being.

The Biblical lifespan of three score and ten years is now a thing of the past. Thanks to dramatic advances in medical science and technology, we can now expect to live well beyond 90 years and perhaps even longer, given reasonably satisfactory health. And this, assuredly, isn’t wishful thinking. Indeed, it is said there are more nonagenarians and centenarians around today than ever before, negating American humourist Josh Billings’ caustic observation, “Three score years and ten are enough. If a man can’t suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb!”

Admittedly, many hope for longevity without the inherent disadvantages of growing old. However, trying to put off ageing is futile and unrealistic (no matter what such proponents may tell us to the contrary) for it’s an integral and essential part of life that can never be reversed. So we must resign ourselves to growing old (since it’s the only method known so far of living a long time!). And in the process let’s try to make life as fulfilling and meaningful as possible.

Thanks Northern Nevada Disability Access! December 06, 2018 14:31

A big thank you the Northern Nevada Disability Access for promoting the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging December 06, 2018 14:06

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging. They promote the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Program....and an incredible resources for the older adults of Wisconsin! 

Hats off to Catholic Charities of Baltimore! December 05, 2018 11:06

Hats off to Catholic Charities of Baltimore for using the Stronger Seniors Programs! Catholic Charities is a movement to improve lives. We are a family of more than 2,000 talented and dedicated colleagues, supported by nearly 8,000 selfless volunteers and more than 10,000 generous donors.

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Grateful to Oakmont Senior Living December 04, 2018 15:54

Grateful to Oakmont Senior Living - Fair Oaks, CA, happy Stronger Seniors clients. Residents and families have peace of mind knowing Oakmont offers a wellness center and full-time nurse to assist with all of your daily living needs. Services are tailored to each resident’s needs.


Many thanks to Human Good December 04, 2018 15:46

Many thanks to Human Good for purchasing the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Programs. Human Good is a combination of two nonprofit organizations with rich heritages and a common mission: to help older adults be everything they want to be.

High Numbers of Successful Appeals for Denied Medicare Advantage Claims Raise Concerns December 03, 2018 15:53

Almost 37% of all Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, according to CMS projections.


However, despite all the extra benefits and low premiums, not everything may be as rosy with Medicare Advantage plans as CMS might lead one to believe through their press releases ( such as the one published September 28, 2018 ) and promotions of the plans.

According to a study published in September 2018 by the Office of Inspector General,

56% of Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) inappropriately denied requests for preauthorization of services and/or payment. This could have been due to making the wrong clinical decisions or not conducting appropriate outreach before making clinical decisions.

In fact, about 75% of denials were overturned by the MAOs themselves during the first level of appeals. After the four levels of the independent review process, that number increases to about 90%.

"High numbers of overturned denials upon appeal, and persistent performance problems identified by CMS audits, raise concerns that some beneficiaries and providers may not be getting services and payment that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) are required to provide."With the very high rates of enrollment, even seemingly low rates of inappropriate denials can create significant problems for Medicare beneficiaries and their providers said the report.

High denials place a burden on the beneficiary to take steps to appeal claims. In fact, less than 1% of the total number of denials issued each year will be appealed. The end result then is that beneficiaries will go without the requested service or pay for the service out of pocket unnecessarily.

The appeals process for Medicare beneficiaries

With the very high rates of enrollment, even seemingly low rates of inappropriate denials can create significant problems for Medicare beneficiaries and their providers said the report.

High denials place a burden on the beneficiary to take steps to appeal claims. In fact, less than 1% of the total number of denials issued each year will be appealed. The end result then is that beneficiaries will go without the requested service or pay for the service out of pocket unnecessarily.


If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and think that you've had an inappropriate claim denial, take steps to appeal the claim.

If you choose to move from a Medicare Advantage plan to Medicare Parts A and B with a Medicare Supplement, please know that you may have to go through medical underwriting before getting a Supplement policy. This means, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you may not be able to get this type of coverage.

What's happening with Medicare next year? November 06, 2018 14:33

1. Medicare Part B premiums are going up 
Though Medicare Part A, which covers hospital visits, is usually free for Medicare enrollees, Part B, which covers doctor visits and diagnostics, charges a premium for coverage. In 2018, the standard monthly premium is $134, but that figure is climbing by $1.50 a month next year to a total of $135.50. That said, if you're a higher earner, you could end up paying significantly more for Medicare Part B.


2. Medicare deductibles are also going up
When you utilize healthcare services under Medicare, you're subject to an out-of-pocket deductible that must be met before your coverage kicks in. The annual deductible for Medicare Part B will be $185 in 2019, which represents a $2 increase from 2018. Meanwhile, the Medicare Part A inpatient deductible for hospital admittance will be $1,364 in 2019. That's a $24 increase from the current year.

3. Medicare Advantage is getting a new open enrollment period
Seniors who want coverage under Medicare can choose between the original program (which includes Part A, Part B, and a Part D drug plan) or Medicare Advantage. Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare that allows enrollees to bundle their healthcare needs (including prescriptions) into a single plan. And since most Advantage plans offer coverage for services like dental, hearing, and vision -- items not covered under regular Medicare -- many seniors ultimately find it far more cost-effective.

Now, if you're already on Medicare Advantage, you might be familiar with its disenrollment period, which has traditionally run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14 each year. But starting next year, Medicare Advantage will get its own open enrollment period that will begin on Jan. 1 and continue through March 31. If you're enrolled in an Advantage plan, you'll have a chance to switch to a different one, or drop your Advantage plan and sign up for original Medicare instead. Keep in mind that this Advantage open enrollment period is different from regular Medicare's open enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 each year.

4. Medicare Advantage is expanding its scope of coverage
If you've been on the fence about Medicare Advantage, here's some news that might sway you to give it a try. Effective next year, Advantage plans will have the option to offer lifestyle support services, including home meal delivery, transportation to and from medical appointments, and home safety fixtures (like handrails and ramps). Seniors who enroll in an Advantage plan and need help with daily living activities might also find that the cost of home health aides is covered.

Finally, there's less pressure to commit to an Advantage plan. Starting next year, you'll have the option to try out an Advantage plan for up to three months and switch to another, or original Medicare, if you're not satisfied with your coverage.

5. Medicare's telemedicine program is growing
Many seniors neglect or delay medical care because they struggle with mobility issues. To address this, Medicare has been offering a telehealth program that allows patients and doctors to connect via videoconference. Beginning in 2019, telehealth services will be available to patients who have end-stage renal disease or are in the midst of stroke treatment.

The more you know about Medicare, the better it will serve your needs. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these and other changes that are coming to Medicare next year so you're prepared for what lies ahead.

The $16,728 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook
If you're like most Americans, you're a few years (or more) behind on your retirement savings. But a handful of little-known "Social Security secrets" could help ensure a boost in your retirement income. For example: one easy trick could pay you as much as $16,728 more... each year!  


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Thank You to Blue Harbor Senior Living September 26, 2018 13:51

We are grateful that The Village at Southlake in Lexington, SC is using the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Programs.  Southlake is part of the Blue Harbor Senior Living family of communities. 

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How to Sit More Comfortably September 26, 2018 11:18

All this sounds like a lot of trouble, but it comes down to paying attention to your posture. Be mindful of the position of your spine. Remember what Mom used to say..."Sit up straight!"

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10 minutes of exercise a day improves memory September 24, 2018 15:50

Just 10 minutes of light physical activity is enough to boost brain connectivity and help the brain to distinguish between similar memories, a new study suggests.


Scientists at the University of California studying brain activity found connectivity between parts of the brain responsible for memory formation and storage increased after a brief interval of light exercise – such as 10 minutes of slow walking, yoga or tai chi.


The findings could provide a simple and effective means of slowing down or staving off memory loss and cognitive decline in people who are elderly or have low levels of physical ability.


The scientists asked 36 healthy volunteers in their early 20s to do 10 minutes of light exercise – at 30% of their peak oxygen intake – before assessing their memory ability. The memory test was then repeated on the same volunteers without exercising.


The same experiment was repeated on 16 of the volunteers who had either undertaken the same kind of exercise or rested, with researchers scanning their brain to monitor activity. In the brains of those who had exercised they discovered enhanced communication between the hippocampus – a region important in memory storage – and the cortical brain regions, which are involved in vivid recollection of memories.


“The memory task really was quite challenging,” said Michael Yassa, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, and project co-leader. The participants were first shown pictures of objects from everyday life – ranging from broccoli to picnic baskets – and later tested on how well they remembered the images. “We used very tricky similar items to to see if they would remember whether it was this exact picnic basket versus that picnic basket,” he said.


The people who had exercised were better at separating or distinguishing between the different memories, say the scientists writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“An evening stroll is sufficient to get some benefit,” said Yassa, adding that the frequency and exact amount of exercise will depend on the person’s age, level of mobility, potential disability and other lifestyle factors.


The scientists also kept track of the participants’ mood changes. “With exercise you do get an enhanced mood. The question is whether that was explaining the effect we got on the behaviour or the effect we got on the brain and it wasn’t,” said Yassa.


Michelle Voss, a neuroscientist at the University of Iowa, described the findings as “intriguing”. “The brain regions involved here are also the regions that are thought to play a big role in the deterioration of memory with ageing. […] It would be really exciting to see this type of experiment in older adults,” she said.

Get a Head Start on 2019's Medicare Open Enrollment September 10, 2018 16:23

Most Americans turn to Medicare after their 65th birthdays to give them the assistance they need to cover their healthcare expenses. With estimates of total lifetime medical costs for retired couples soaring toward the $300,000 mark, you can't afford not to make the most of the Medicare benefits to which you're entitled.

Every year, Medicare gives its participants the chance to make key changes to their coverage during the annual open enrollment period. With a start date of Oct. 15, it's smart to take the time now to prepare yourself for the choices you'll have once open enrollment begins. That way, you'll be in the best position possible to use open enrollment to get more value out of your Medicare coverage.

Here's some basic information about how Medicare open enrollment works, along with some tips to help you figure out the best way to navigate it.

What Medicare open enrollment's for

The general way that open enrollment works is similar to what those who've had private employer-based health insurance coverage during their careers are used to seeing. Each year, you're given the opportunity to adjust the way that you're covered under Medicare. The available changes include the following:

  • If you're covered under traditional Medicare this year, then you can move to a Medicare Advantage plan for next year.
  • If you're covered under a Medicare Advantage plan this year, you can either change to a different Medicare Advantage plan, or you can move back to traditional Medicare coverage.
  • You can make changes to your prescription drug coverage, either by choosing a Medicare Advantage plan that incorporates prescription drug benefits into its overall package or by selecting a separately offered Part D prescription drug plan. You can also drop your existing drug coverage or add new coverage.

How long Medicare open enrollment lasts

Medicare open enrollment gives participants about a seven-week window to make changes, with the period beginning Oct. 15 and ending Dec. 7. Changes to your coverage that you make during this year's open enrollment will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

The annual open enrollment period is the primary method most Medicare participants have to make changes to their coverage, but it's not the only one. Other special periods apply when certain life events happen, such as if you move to a new area where your current plan doesn't offer coverage or if you become eligible for other benefits such as Medicaid.

Your biggest goal during Medicare open enrollment

Ideally, open enrollment lets you tailor your Medicare coverage to minimize your total out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Many participants make the mistake of focusing only on paying the lowest premiums for their Medicare coverage, but that's only part of the equation. Part B premiums are generally fixed, while various Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans can offer very different monthly premiums.

Yet although a lower-premium plan can look like a good deal, the less comprehensive coverage it offers can end up making you pay more in total costs. If the copayments, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts that you have to pay under a plan offset the lower premiums, then what looks like the "cheaper" plan from the premium standpoint can end up actually being more costly. Conversely, more comprehensive plans might cost more in monthly premiums but end up with lower total costs.

The challenge in achieving this goal is that you have to not only assess your current health but also predict how the coming year is likely to go. The perfect plan for a relatively healthy person can be wholly inadequate for someone with a chronic condition. With prescription drug coverage, you can go from needing no medications at all to having a large set of prescriptions if you suffer an illness during the course of a year. That's why changing from year to year can make sense, and failing to do so can be a huge mistake.

Don't miss your chance

Looking at all the options you have for Medicare coverage is a great way to prepare for open enrollment. If you use your time now wisely, then by the time mid-October comes, you'll be more than ready to make the best available choice to take maximum advantage of Medicare for 2019.


Dan Caplinger




Develop muscle strength 'for better quality of life in old age and to live longer' August 29, 2018 19:15

Dr Duchowny added: “Having hand grip strength [as] an integral part of routine care would allow for earlier interventions, which could lead to increased longevity and independence for individuals.”

Nutrition Tips for the Older Adult June 12, 2018 13:25

Your nutritional needs have changed as you have become older. Your calorie needs decrease as you get older, but you may need more of certain food groups.

Calories: The amount of calories you need is dependent on how active you are physically. The government defines inactive lifestyles as those in which you only achieve daily living activities. If you exercise for a half an hour or more per day you are considered active. Your level of activity will determine whether you need more or fewer calories than what's recommended if you have been unable to maintain a healthy weight.

Men- an inactive older man needs around 2000 calories per day; if you are active shoot for 2400 calories per day.

Women- Consume 1600 calories daily if you are inactive, 2000 calories if you are an active female older adult.

Now here are some key nutrients you should pay attention to.

Protein- Healthy older men should try to consume 56 grams of protein per day from meat, fish, legumes and dairy. If you are an older female, try for 46 grams of protein daily.

Fiber- A variety of whole grains fruits and vegetables should help you get to the 28 G of daily fiber for an older adult male per day women, strive for 22 grams of fiber per day.

Vitamins and minerals- You are micronutrient requirements increase as you get older eat a variety of whole foods each day to help you meet your vitamin and mineral needs. Try to stay away from processed meals.

Aim for 800 units of vitamin D from fish, egg yolks, fortified foods and supplements everyday.

Production of stomach acid decreases as you age or take certain medications. If this is the case, you may be vitamin B12 deficient, possibly causing depression and fatigue. Supplements and fortified foods, i.e. orange juice, milk and yogurt are usually absorb B12 well.. You also need more vitamin B6 as an older adult.  The recommendation is 1.7 mg daily if you are a man and 1.5 mg if you are a woman. Chicken, fish, potatoes and fruit will help you meet your vitamin B6 needs.

For a chart that will help you keep track of your nutritional intake, Click here.   USDA Nutrition Chart

If eating food from a box- read the box and watch your sodium intake! 

New Book....Love Your Age April 22, 2018 19:40

The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life, by Barbara Hannah Grufferman

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