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Below are some tips on ways to motivate seniors to exercise:
- Educate– teach them that regular physical activity- including endurance, muscle strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises are essential for healthy aging.
- Help them set realistic goals and develop an exercise plan.
- Create a chart, or “prescription” and make easy to understand: type of exercise, frequency, intensity, how much time spent in each activity. Check up with them on their progress and re-evaluate goals over time.
- Refer seniors to community resources such as senior fitness classes at the YMCA or other such groups.
- Help them connect to support groups on-line.
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This is a great video on foods you should avoid in order to help protect your brain.
You should reduce/avoid:
-saturated fat (red meat and dairy high in fat)
-trans fat (cake, donuts, chips)
-cooking in these metal pans: iron, copper, aluminum
The article discusses that it is better to cook in a stainless steel pan (rather than cast iron).
You should eat:
(*Almonds are particularly good for the brain)
Don’t forget exercising: Getting out three times a week, (even for a brisk walk) for 30-40 minutes changes your brain for the better!
Would you say you sleep well at night? Have you considered how much sleep seniors need or reasons why they don’t sleep very well? A good night’s sleep affects so many aspects of your life- certainly your energy level and other things like your mental outlook. If you feel rested, you are more likely to be in a good mood. I have two bulging disks in my lower back and haven’t slept well for about 10 years…. even with anti-inflammatory medication and trying different mattresses. I am able to relate to those who struggle to have a good night’s sleep. Read the rest of this entry »