4 Types of Exercise

1. Endurance Brisk walking or jogging Yard work (mowing, raking, digging) Dancing 2. Strength Lifting weights Using a resistance band Using your own body weight 3. Balance Standing on one foot Heel-to-toe walk Tai Chi 4. Flexibility Shoulder and upper arm stretch Calf stretch Yoga Source: National Institute on Aging

Depression and Aging

Depression is NOT a normal part of aging. Learn the signs and how to get help. Signs and Symptoms Decreased energy or fatigue Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or helplessness Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts Causes Genes Personal history Brain chemistry Stress Other factors similar to these […]

Managing Forgetfullness

Aging can bring memory problems. People with some forgetfulness can do things to manage it and stay healthy. Write it Down Using memory tools such as calendars, notepads and to-do lists can help you remember tasks and keep you organized. Keep Your Mind Active Hobbies and stimulating activities such as spending time with family, volunteering, […]

Preparing for an Appointment

List your Concerns List what you want to discuss. Do you have any new symptoms? Is a treatment affecting your daily life? Bring up the most important things first! It’s important to be clear with your physician. Bring a Family Member or Friend Family members and close friends can be helpful during appointments. This person […]

Safe Driving Tips

Driving as you age can become more difficult, especially under certain conditions. Here are some tips to being a safe driver. Evaluate Driving Skills Have a driving rehabilitation specialist, occupational therapist, or other trained professional check your driving skills. Evaluate Hearing Get your hearing checked every three years after age 50. Discuss concerns about hearing […]

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Older adults need the same amount of sleep as all adults – 7-9 hours each night. Schedule Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Even on weekends and when you’re traveling. Develop a Routine Take time to relax before bed each night. Things like reading a book, listening to soothing […]