Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Seniors, a brief walk after eating may lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes…

June 12th, 2013 No Comments

News for those of in the elder care NJ industry: A new study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services has shown that walking just 15 minutes after each meal helps control blood sugar levels. The study was conducted on 10 adults in their 70s and 80s. It found that after each meal, the blood sugar levels of people who walked 15 minutes were better than of those who walked 45 minutes at one time during the day. This was especially true after eating the largest meal of the day. So, by taking a brief 15-minute stroll around the block–or even just walking in place at home–you may reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

To read more on this story, visit http://bit.ly/11w5iAu. Read more for other tips to keep healthy and live longer…

Springtime Activities for Seniors

April 30th, 2013 No Comments

Spring has sprung at Visiting Angels in New Jersey! We’re loving these warmer temperatures and sunny days. Days like these are meant to be spent outside with your older neighbors, friends, and relatives.

Spring Activities for Seniors

  • Walking: Take an older person for a walk outside. While you walk, listen to their stories about what spring was like as they were growing up.
  • Gardening: Simple gardening tasks bring seniors a sense of accomplishment. Whether you’re planting a vegetable garden, or just flowers, get their opinions. If they’re not physically able to help, bring them out to the garden to “supervise” your efforts!
  • Feeding Birds: Watching birds is relaxing and enjoyable…place food into a feeder and watch the birds flock.
  • Arranging Flowers: After flowers are cut from the garden (or purchased from a store), have the senior express their creativity by arranging them in a vase.
  • Browsing Local Nurseries: Spring is a great time of year to explore your local nursery.
  • Visiting a Park: Taking walks in a nearby park helps get your loved one out and about for awhile. A great place to “people watch” and reminisce.

 

Today’s a gorgeous autumn day–a great day to take a walk with a senior!

October 18th, 2012 1 Comment

Autumn Day Senior Outdoor Activities NJ SeniorHere in central New Jersey, it’s a gorgeous autumn day! The sun is shining and the air is crisp and cool…perfect weather for taking a stroll. If you’re an elder care New Jersey family caregiver or friend of an older loved one or neighbor, why not take this opportunity to get outside and walk with them? It’s important for seniors to stay active, both physically and mentally. Having a chance to socialize AND get some exercise is a double advantage. Enjoy the day!

 

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Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day

May 30th, 2012 2 Comments

The last Wednesday in May is celebrated as National Senior Health and Fitness Day across the country and in NJ elder care circles as well. Its goal is to promote health and fitness in older adults.

  • An inactive lifestyle can be linked to 23% of deaths from chronic diseases
  • Around one-third of people over age 65 lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Percent of those who don’t do any leisure-time physical activity: 54% of men and 66% of women age 75+

Seniors shouldn’t overextend themselves, but exercise is important to maintain an independent lifestyle.

Examples of fun outdoor activities:

  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Shuffleboard
  • Tennis
  • Bocce ball
  • Gardening
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Riding bikes

For those who wish to stay inside, chair exercises are a great home care NJ way to exercise.

Oldest female body builder–going strong at age 74!

September 23rd, 2011 No Comments

How many seniors do you know who lift weights (not the seniors in high school!)? Ernestine Shepherd is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest female body builder in competition. She began weightlifting in her 50s along with her sister–she’s now 74!

To read more about this inspirational woman, read the AARP.com story at http://aarp.us/uVxTYU. Visit our Exercise and Activity resource page for additional information on the benefits of exercise.