Senior Fitness News

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided some simple tips to help older adults minimize their risk of falling

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The document notes that “falls are not an inevitable part of aging” and that “many falls can be prevented.” This handy resource includes a checklist to help older adults make their home environment safer. The page also contains links to more in-depth articles including a down-loadable PDF copy of their 2008 publication “Preventing Falls: What Works: A CDC Compendium of Effective Community-based Interventions from Around the World.” Please click below to view this resource.

 

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The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute of NIH has produced a creative, heart-smart cookbook

Monday, September 20th, 2010

For tasty heart-healthy eating, check out Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of NIH (the National Institutes of Health). To sample one satisfying main dish featured in the cookbook, Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee, click here . For ordering information, click below.

 

 

 

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has information about “Physical Activity for People With Disabilities”

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Their 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides “science-based guidance to help Americans aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity.” Chapter 7 will …be of special interest to senior fitness leaders as it includes “additional considerations” for people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Please click below to view the guidelines.

 

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When traditional training methods aren’t an option, people with disabilities can still obtain the benefits of physical activity

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

When physical disability precludes traditional exercise activities like walking, there are still effective ways to obtain the benefits of regular training. For example, some individuals with disabilities may be able to swim, while others may gain from performing well-designed chair-seated workouts. The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability offers practical ideas on exercise for people with physical limitations. For more information, click on below to visit the NCPAD website.

 

 

 

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Bran Can-Do!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

A large, long-term study of women with type 2 diabetes has found a significantly lower risk for death in those who consume a diet abundant in bran. Subjects who ate the most bran (the fiber-rich outer layer of whole grains) had a 35 percent lower risk for death from cardiovascular diseases and a 28 percent lower risk for death from all causes, compared to subjects who ate little bran. Researchers are conducting a similar study focusing on men with type 2 diabetes, which they predict will show the same protective effect from bran. To see an American Heart Association report on the study, click below.

 

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The “Remember Song” from singer-songwriter Tom Rush takes a light-hearted look at senior moments

Friday, September 17th, 2010

An extremely popular video of the song has been posted to YouTube and has now been viewed well over 4 million times. Please click below to see it.

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Men may be more likely that women to have mild cognitive impairment

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Men may be 1-1/2 times more likely that women to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., stated that results from a study of 2,050 people (ages 70 to 89) found that “nearly 14 percent of participants had mild cognitive impairment, about 10 percent had dementia and 76 percent of those tested had normal memory and thinking skills. A total of 19 percent of men had mild cognitive impairment, compared to 14 percent of women.” Click below for a report from ScienceDaily.

 

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Boosting cardiovascular fitness improves sleep, vitality and mood for insomniacs

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

A Northwestern University study has shown that “aerobic exercise is a simple strategy to help people sleep better and feel more vigorous.” The study results indicated that “aerobic exercise … resulted in the most dramatic improvement in patients’ reported quality of sleep … compared to any other non-pharmacological intervention.” Phyllis Zee, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern, noted that “by improving a person’s sleep, you can improve their physical and mental health.” A report from Northwestern University’s health sciences editor, Marla Paul, is shown below.

 

 

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Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

In a 6 year Swedish study of 232 participants, all 80 years old or more, those with higher blood levels of vitamin E components had a greatly reduced risk, 45% to 54%, of developing Alzheimer’s. Please click here to see a ScienceDaily report or below for a brief video presentation from HealthDay.

 

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Simulators can help us better understand conditions that affect vision

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Eye Care America has provided simulators that can help us better understand several common conditions that affect vision. Their simulators give insight into what it’s like to live with conditions including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and others. Please click below to visit the glaucoma simulator. Links to other simulators are available on the glaucoma page.

 

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