The beautiful weather of spring can inspire you and your loved ones to get active. Maintaining a physical lifestyle is one of the most important steps to take to maintaining a healthy life. The best part of staying (or getting) active is that it will help you maintain your independence. Below are actions to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
Action 1- Eat right: incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains in your diet.
Action 2- Make small substitutions: Switch to low-fat versions of products.
Action 3- Write it down. Taking a moment to write down everything you eat will hold you responsible for your food choices.
Action 4- Get or Stay Active-get motivated with a friend, it will be easier to commit knowing someone else is being active with you.
Action 5- Set goals.
Action 6- Think positive.
In case you missed it, earlier this week we had Rob and Cindy from Home Instead explain to us warning signs of strokes and heart attacks.
What do you need to know about strokes? Strokes are caused by blood clots or bleeding that ruptures on its way to the brain. This causes oxygen to be blocked to the brain and caused damage to the brain cells. If you think you or someone around is having a stroke remember the phrase FAST. The F stands for Face. If either side of the face is dropping or sagging or is slow this is one warning sign of a stroke. A stands for arms; if the person you think is having a stroke can’t hold up their arms, this could be a sign they are having a stroke. S is for speech. If they are having a difficult time speaking and have slurred speech/cant form words this is a crucial indicator that they are having a stroke. T stands for time. Time is tissue. If you think you are or someone is having a stroke, it is time to call 911.
Heart attacks are generally a genetic related problem. Heart attacks occur when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. Warning signs of heart attacks include: heavy pressure on your chest, pinching/squeezing, nausea pain, jaw pain (mostly common in women) sweating and discomfort in other areas on the upper body. Even if you’re not sure if you or someone around you is having a heart attack, get the chest pains check out. Make sure you are in check with your body and tell your doctor about your symptoms. Minutes matter when it comes to a heart attack. Call 911 immediately, emergency response can save lives-maybe even your own.
May is here and underway. It’s time to Spring Into Action! That is our focus for the month. Time to brush away the winter blues and start moving! Around our community this time of year you’ll find the landscape blooming, residents inspired with new fitness goals and our garden sprouting. I think most people would be surprised at how much goes on in and around Hickory Glen! Spring often brings warmer temperatures, change, growth, and action. The warmer weather makes it nice for our Gardening Club and Walking Club. Our residents and visitors can enjoy the outdoor patio and bubbling foundation. A healthy change is easily achievable here with our fitness programs. Our fitness programs get amped up this time of year because our trainers will take residents outside the building, try new forms of exercise such as Chair Chi Yoga, and even visit the outside fitness park at the Senior Center. New growth is happening outside of the building. New flowers, plants and shrubs have been planted and blooming. We’ve recently modified the grounds at Hickory Glen, come see what’s changed—we think you’ll love it!
Tell us what motivates you to get into action during Spring?
How do you feel about getting older? Maybe scared or unsure of what is next to come. With anti-aging products and remedies to yield the process of maturing so that we look, feel and be younger it can have a toll on how we feel about aging. But why should the feeling stop at a certain age? Don’t we all want to feel and look good? At Hickory Glen our residents use different amenities we offer to look and feel good. We have our Diamond Willow Salon, The Oaks Dining Room, Juniper Gym, Sapp Library, and Cedar Cinema. These amenities all have their own unique impact on making our residents look and feel good. A good book, a thoughtful movie, a rewarding workout all has an effect on our mood and the way we feel. Do you have a favorite quote about aging? If so, please share your aging quotes in the comments section.
Taking care of yourself and your diabetes can help you feel good today and in the future. When your blood sugar (glucose) is close to normal, you are likely to:
- have more energy
- be less tired and thirsty
- need to pass urine less often
- heal better
- have fewer skin or bladder infections
During our seminar, How to Feel Good with Diabetes Home Instead shared with us what you can do when you have diabetes because more than 23.5 million people have diabetes and 95 percent have type 2. Cindy from Home Instead shared with us what to do with diabetes. The first step is to manage your blood sugar. High blood sugar hurts the heart and blood vessels. This ups your risk for heart attack and stroke. Second way to regulate diabetes is to keep your cholesterol in check. Have your cholesterol tested at least once a year or more often if it is high. Next focus is to get your blood pressure under control. Your blood pressure goal is to be at 120/80 or below. Lastly, keep your body healthy. Taking these steps can help you stay in control of your diabetes and your life.
Spring is in full bloom and that means our grounds at Hickory Glen are going from the once snow covered walkways and shrubs to a beautiful arrange of flowers and a garden. Yes we have a garden! Our residents (Gardening Club) plant and maintain the garden on the north corner of the grounds here at Hickory Glen. In our garden we’ve planted cucumbers, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. In our courtyard you will find many flowers, bird houses, trees, and a sitting area surrounding a fountain. Not only does our maintenance crew preserve the way our grounds look but our residents do as well. Any resident with a patio may decorate their patio with plants, flower-boxes, flags, and seating arrangements.
In the midst of worrying about losing independence and trying to age with grace as seniors hang on to their sense of normalcy, special attempts to help them keep up their appearance can also help them keep up their mood. Whether it is a day of pamper at the beauty salon or a new exercise completed, simple yet effective daily routines can help seniors look and feel good as they age. Some everyday routines include:
- Healthy eating
- Appointments at the Beauty or Barber shop
- Wearing light makeup
- Clothing options
- Adequate amount of sleep
When Alzheimer’s disease hits close to home it can leave you feeling many emotions like helpless, hopeless, and fearful. Jeanne Campbell and Tracy Tubton-Hansen from Mill Creek interact with people every day who are affected by Alzheimer’s. They shared with us that the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not completely known. Scientists believe it may be caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors that impact the brain over time. Tracy stated that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging; that this memory loss disease is a chemical change in the brain where brain cells can’t communicate with each other. Tracy gave us a great reminder that Alzheimer’s can have a profound impact on the individual’s sense of identity. Those moments you spend talking to someone who has Alzheimer’s counts and it is still important to them as a person. We should treat anyone with this disease with love and dignity. Sure, they may not remember the conversation you had with them but it still matters, they still matter. A person with Alzheimer’s may be confused, frustrated, and withdrawn from what is going on. Whether you realized it or not your support is essential. The thing with Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes the person with it realizes something isn’t right but can’t figure out what’s wrong. This happens because of the damage with the brain cells. Jeanne said it is acceptable to re-direct a conversation with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is also okay to keep them busy; an individual with Alzheimer’s can still help with daily activities. We appreciate the time and knowledge Tracy and Jeanne shared with us at this seminar. If you’d like more information, please contact us and we’d be happy to mail you a packet.
Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, most are thrown away and end up in landfills. Yes, water bottles are convenient for us. With our society constantly being on the go, those bottles can be easier than stopping to re-fill a cup every time we’re thirsty. But let’s think about ways we can be proactive. There are reusable cups just about everywhere we go; even gas stations are now getting into the trend of having customers buy reusable cups for hot and cold beverages. If you do grab a plastic bottle on the go, refill that bottle instead of reaching for a new one. By being conscious of how we live now will affect generations to come. As of now plastic bottles are one of the top 5 items found in the world’s oceans. If we can recycle these bottles, the energy saved by recycling one is enough to power a 60 watt bulb for 6 hours. Companies have been innovating ideas for turning our trash into new treasures. Those plastic bottles we use almost every day can be turned into new items such as clothing, chairs, pens, and even carpet. So next time you use that plastic bottle, don’t throw it away-recycle! When we recycle our empty plastic bottles, we are changing the future.