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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’

“You have to be active,” Becker says, imitating a hunched-over person thumbing a cell phone. “Everyone is sitting in front of a computer all day. You have to move your entire body.”

 

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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.

 


Chronic Illness Number 7: Heart Failure February 3, 2020 14:13

  14% of older adults were treated for heart failure — a condition that occurs when the heart cannot adequately supply blood and oxygen to all of the organs in the body.

The heart might become enlarged, develop more muscle mass, or pump faster in order to meet the body’s needs, causing you to feel tired, light headed, nauseous, confused, or lack an appetite. The best prevention is to follow a doctor’s recommendations to decrease your risk for coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.

Begin an exercise program. Try to limit saturated fats, foods high in sodium, and added sugars. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.


Thanks to St. Francis Health and Wellness in Little Falls, MN January 28, 2020 20:26

St. Francis Health & Recreation 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." 

 

St. Francis has classes every weekday morning.

Just right for my limitations! January 23, 2020 11:06

It's just what I needed for my situation. I have bursitis in my right shoulder and have bouts of sciatica nerve pain. You still get a good work out. I highly recommend to younger and older alike. Anyone who doesn't want to pound the pavement or is unable to do strenuous cardio workouts."   Peggy Tupper

 

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Thank you to Arbor Court Retirement Community in Topeka, Kansas December 5, 2019 11:08

We are so grateful to Julie Schmanke at Arbor Court Retirement Community in Topeka, Kansas.

A group there uses the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise DVDs to stay healthy!


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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Chronic Illness - High Cholesterol November 12, 2019 10:51

47% of older adults are treated for high cholesterol – a condition that occurs when your body has an excess of bad fats (or lipids), resulting in your arteries getting clogged, which can lead to heart disease.

 

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Seniors Who Feel Their Life Has Purpose May Live Longer November 10, 2019 14:58

"We found a strong association between life purpose and mortality in the US," said the study's lead author, Leigh Pearce of the University of Michigan School of Public Health. 

 

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Why does my back hurt? September 24, 2019 12:19

Did you know that not all back pain is the same? There are 2 types of back pain—mechanical and inflammatory. They may cause similar symptoms, but they’re very different.

 

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Why We Gain Weight as We Get Older...It's Not Diet September 19, 2019 15:03

A major reason for middle aged weight gain is the natural muscle loss we all experience (sarcopenia)," says Dr. Caroline Apovian.

 

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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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Many Thanks to the Sisters of St. Dominic September 12, 2019 16:04

The Sisters of St. Dominic in Blauvelt, NY adopted the Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise program for their outreach.

 

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Best Wishes to Silverado Memory Care of Naperville (Brookdale) September 12, 2019 14:34

 Silverado Memory Care of Naperville, part of Brookdale Senior Living, has adopted the Stronger Seniors Exercise Program.  We wish them all the best!

 

https://www.silverado.com/silverado-locations/illinois/st-charles/st-charles/


How to Prevent Falls - the leading cause of injury death in older Americans September 11, 2019 09:32

"Weakness in an older person's lower extremities is associated with increased risk for falls," he said. "Exercise and increased physical activities are important in improving and maintaining your leg strength," says JC Garilao, a physical therapist who works with senior patients.

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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

Senior Tribe

 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.


Hats Off to Brookdale Senior Living in Twin Falls, ID August 15, 2019 09:20

Grateful to announce that the Stronger Seniors Chair Yoga program has been adopted by Brookdale in Twin Falls, Idaho. Thank you!

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Thank you Aster Assisted Living of Clintonville, WI for choosing Stronger Seniors July 30, 2019 08:56

Conveniently located on Main Street within walking distance of shops, Aster of Clintonville, WI offers a welcoming community, with warm, friendly residents and a team of caregivers whose support and commitment are second to none.

 

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National Senior Games Pole Vaulter Breaks the Mold July 18, 2019 16:55

National Senior Games Pole Vaulter Breaks the Mold

“The reason you can’t do stuff? Do you know why? Because you don’t do it,” Johnston said. “The secret is to keep doing it. Keep on doing it.”

 

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Wonderful News from a Stronger Senior in NC July 17, 2019 10:20

A Wonderful News from a Stronger Senior in NC

Anne, I am SO proud of my gang. In the last 2 weeks, two of them were taken off one blood pressure med- one has lost 16 pounds, one has lost 9...

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Senior Caregivers on Six Things That Cause Falls July 12, 2019 16:59

Senior Caregivers on Six Things That Cause Falls

There are six factors that contribute to the fact that seniors fall so much more frequently than younger people. Here are some ways to help prevent these falls.

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How Seniors Can Improve Mental Health June 18, 2019 11:26

Socially isolated seniors have a 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline than those who do not experience social isolation, according to Forbes.

 

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Exercise for Seniors is Essential June 17, 2019 11:21

Exercise has countless benefits for those of all ages, including a healthier heart, stronger bones and improved flexibility. For seniors, there are additional benefits, like the fact that regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases, lowers the chance of injury and can even improve one’s mood.

 

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