‘They Are Helping Me’, Organizations Reaching Out To Seniors During COVID-19 Pandemic April 22, 2020 08:56
Seniors are among the most vulnerable populations to COVID-19.
This is not only because of the risk of the virus itself, but also the effects of being socially isolated.
The National Institute on Aging says loneliness can lead to issues in both physical and mental health in the elderly.
During the pandemic, some South Florida groups are stepping up and reaching out.
With the stress of COVID-19, staying stimulated and engaged is more important for seniors now than ever. Social distancing, however, makes that difficult.
That’s why 63-year-old Evelyn Chacin, says she is taking advantage of free services offered by the YMCA of South Florida.
“I do exercises,” she said. “I do breathing exercises that they have taught me in the workshops.”
All of these come on a link sent right to her phone. They are also providing her with added peace of mind.
“They are helping me with my food,” Chacin says. “They are helping me with my rent.”
The YMCA said even though their doors are closed, they have other ways to offer support that people may not realize.
”I am so proud of the opportunity to be able to allow the show to go on,” said YMCA of South Florida President, Sheryl Woods. “We’ve been able to find ways to get them the resources they so desperately need.”
“Right now, during this crisis, we have programs that we provide remotely on the phone or FaceTime,” said Emilia Solano, YMCA District Executive Director. “We have depression management program, a health navigation program.”
Health professionals like Dr. Gianna Neil, with ChenMed, said services like this are critical.
“Prior to COVID-19, we identified that being alone or feeling alone was a risk factor for our seniors to end up in the emergency room,” she explained.
While it helps keep them safe from contracting the virus, feeling isolated can negatively affect mental health.
“At a time when social isolation is a necessity, it’s like a double-edged sword, if you will,” said Dr. Neil. “We are trying our best to make sure we combat it with the technology and being a helping hand.“
Places like ChenMed are doing what they can to engage with older patients, even if not in person
“You can expect to get, what we call, a love call. This is a call for which there is no specific agenda,“ she said.
Dr. Neil says their staff also is delivering bags of food and supplies to their home-bound patients.
For seniors or those who may be caring for an aging loved one, she has some suggestions to help them cope. Ideas include sticking to a daily routine as best they can, performing chair exercises for mobility, doing word or number puzzles to keep the mind occupied, and keeping in touch with people regularly over the phone, or even FaceTime, if available.
By Karli Barnett
Four Healthy Habits for Seniors to Reduce Cognitive Decline and Prevent Dementia March 3, 2020 09:19
With little advancement in the ability for drugs to treat dementia, many people are left asking:
- What can I do to help prevent or delay the onset of cognitive decline and dementia?
- What can I do to maintain healthy living as I grow older?
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WOW!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! THIS IS MY LIFE SAVER -SO GLAD I FOUND THIS March 2, 2020 11:49
Anne Pringle Burnell is awesome in leading the exercise. I have been using this for two weeks. What a difference in the way I feel and move. You get a total body workout sitting in a chair. I was so weak and now I'm getting stronger by the day.
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Staying fit forever: ‘Even people using walkers or wheelchairs are exercising’ February 27, 2020 10:58
Staying fit forever: ‘Even people using walkers or wheelchairs are exercising’
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Complexity is the Secret of Youth February 26, 2020 17:11
The incredible processes that enable our bodies to perform even the simplest of tasks boggle the mind of the layman- but our physiological processes become increasingly simple as we age.
Even seemingly simple bodily functions like heartbeat rely on interacting networks of metabolic controls, signaling pathways, genetic switches, and circadian rhythms. As our bodies age, these anatomic structures and physiologic processes lose complexity, making them less resilient and ultimately leading to frailty and disease.
A large and growing body of research suggests that biological complexity diminishes with aging, as various tissues and organs, and their communication pathways, gradually break down.
The fractal-like networks of tissue in our brains, bones, kidneys, and skin all lose structural complexity as we age. This loss impairs their capacity to adapt to stress, and may eventually lead to disease or disability. For example, when the microscopic struts in bone tissue thin and disconnect, as occurs with osteoporosis, bones become brittle and prone to fracturing. Likewise, the
pruning of neural connections in the brain is associated with age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Physiologic processes, too, lose complexity with aging. Take, for instance, heart rate. Although average beats per minute may stay relatively constant over a person’s life span, tiny variations in the timing between beats become more regular (less complex) with advancing age. Numerous studies have linked this change to cardiac disease and mortality: The simpler the signal, the higher the likelihood of abnormal rhythms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Similarly, neural activity produces electrical signals that appear less complex in older adults. As complexity declines, so do motor control and cognitive functions, including gait, attention, and memory.
Thanks to St. Francis Health and Wellness in Little Falls, MN January 28, 2020 20:26
|Thanks to St. Francis Health and Wellness in Little Falls, MN for utilizing the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Programs. Patti H. says "We use four different programs- everyone loves it."|
Just right for my limitations! January 23, 2020 11:06
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Best Exercise for Arthritis November 26, 2019 21:34
The strength and balance exercises are also gentle enough that I can do the whole workout. My balance is poor but I hope with time I can stand without the chair. Definitely recommend this for anyone needing effective but gentle exercise.
~ Patricia V.
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Chair Yoga Testimonial November 7, 2019 14:45
"I did this Chair Yoga routine with my 82 year-old mother. I have server arthritis in my knees. It was simple and effective. All body types for instructors. They rotate teaching. There is an introductory class then you can go on to the next. Perfect for my mother and me. Relaxing also. With three instructors, each instructor shows you a different way to do the movement. Excellent instruction on modification. Very happy with my purchase."~Kimberly S.
10 Common Chronic Conditions for Adults 65+ November 7, 2019 09:58
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|Eighty percent of adults 65 and older have at least one condition, while 68% have two or more. You probably have a parent or grandparent who is managing a condition right now, or perhaps you are managing one yourself.|
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Why We Gain Weight as We Get Older...It's Not Diet September 19, 2019 15:03
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A Weighty Response to Diabetes September 18, 2019 15:29
Even a 5 to 7 percent weight loss lessens the risk of developing diabetes if you have pre-diabetes. Exercise, though, is critical. If you try to lose weight simply through dieting, then you’re losing not just fat but also muscle, which is unhealthy.
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Which Type of Exercise is Best for Parkinson's Disease? September 9, 2019 12:23
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Building a Better Life - Focus on the Process, Not Results September 4, 2019 11:43
The most content people aren’t focused on being the best; they’re focused on constant self-improvement.
When you stop stressing about external outcomes — like whether you win or lose, attain a certain promotion, or achieve some other form of validation — a huge burden is lifted off your shoulders and you can focus your energy on the things you can control.
As a result, you almost always end up felling better. Research shows that concentrating on the process is best for both performance and mental health.
Living a Better Life - Build Your Tribe September 3, 2019 14:42
There’s an old saying that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Turns out that’s true.
A large and growing body of behavioral science research shows that motivation (or lack thereof) is contagious. One study, “Is Poor Fitness Contagious?
Evidence from Randomly Assigned Friends,” found that up to 70 percent of your fitness level may be explained by the people you train with. Other research shows that if you work on mental tasks with people who are internally driven and love what they do, you’re more likely to end up the same way.
If, on the other hand, you surround yourself with people who have a negative attitude and are focused solely on winning the rat race, you set yourself up for a less fulfilling experience.
National Senior Games Pole Vaulter Breaks the Mold July 18, 2019 16:55
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Senior Caregivers on Six Things That Cause Falls July 12, 2019 16:59
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