- Minimize Sun Exposure – Whether you are around your home, out in your yard, traveling out of town or taking part in local activities limit your time in direct sunlight as to avoid overheating, sunburn, or heat exhaustion. If you are planning to be outside wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
- Avoid Strenuous Activities – Activities which expend a lot of energy should be planned for the cooler times of the day (early morning or late evening) or moved to a cooler day. Ask for help when needed to shorten the time spent on these activities or responsibilities.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids – Unless otherwise discussed with your doctor, it is essential to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Drinking plenty of fluid will help from becoming overheated and physically strained.
- Stay Active – In the summertime it is important to continue exercising. If you walk, choose to walk early in the morning as to avoid long sun exposure and heat exhaustion or walk in the air-conditioned mall. If you have a dog remember to walk them in the cooler times of the day because the pavement becomes too hot for their paws as the temperature increases. Try pool exercises at locations near to you to stay fit and cool. Join exercise classes, like Young at Heart, at local community centers or senior centers in your area.
- Medications & Sun Exposure – Understand the side effects of your medications, especially those effected by sun exposure and hot weather. Read warning labels and talk with your physician or pharmacist about any concerns you may have regarding certain medications.
- Buddy System – Establish a buddy system with friends, family members, and neighbors to check on them especially in the summertime with extreme heat waves. Young children and older adults may have a more difficult time expressing their discomfort and regulation of body temperature. Hot weather effects everyone differently, friendly monitoring can be essential to the safety and health of loved ones.
- Warning Signs – Some warning signs of heat exhaustion include: unusual fatigue, dizziness, nausea and headaches. Keep an eye on those who may be more susceptible to fatigue or dehydration and remind them to stay hydrated, rest in cool places, and consult a physician with any concerns.
- Local Relief – Finding local cooling stations can help those looking for cool relief. Check the local newspaper or call your local Area Agency on Aging for places near you such as community centers, libraries, and swimming pools that may be open for free or at a low cost.
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
Healthy Aging Association, in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County will be hosting the 2nd Free Food Distribution at the Stanislaus Veterans Center.
This Free food distribution is for all Veterans and Seniors. Each attendee will walk away with over 20+ pounds of fruit, vegetables, and staple items.
We need your help to spread the word, this distribution is going to be on
Monday, January 29th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
at 3500 Coffee Road, Suite 15, Modesto 95355
For more information, please call the Healthy Aging Association at (209)525-4670
With the holiday spirit around the corner, here are some great recipes that will please the whole family.
Here are 5 tips we found while going through the Thanksgiving menu provided by the USDA!
Whatever you choose to eat, we hope you are surrounded by friends, family, or neighbors. We wish you a wonderful week and safe travels!
Author: Samantha Borba
With the holidays quickly approaching many people are thinking of ways to still make healthy eating choices and still be able to enjoy all of the delicious seasonal dishes they know and love. Here are some helpful tips from the American Heart Association on how to choose and prepare your favorite dishes and still be mindful of healthy food choices:
• Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation.
• Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
• Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories.
• Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served.
• Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
• Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients.
• Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.
The American Heart Association has compiled some important information regarding healthy choices and alternatives for holiday beverages, family meals, ways to stay active, and delicious recipes in their Holiday Healthy Eating Guide. Visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart/articles/holidays-healthy-eating-guide to download this helpful guide and navigate your way through the holiday season with healthful food choices.
Author: Jessica Shupp
Steps to Consider Prior to Exercising After an Injury/Illness
An injury/illness usually leaves an impact on our body, we tend to have less energy and lack the ability to do things we use to be able to do. I was just in a major accident and it has been hard for me to sit back and let my body heal before jumping back into exercise. No matter what age you are or what your physical abilities are, an injury or an illness takes time to heal. It is so important that you listen to your body through your recovery, we all know how joyful movement is but we need to ease into it to prevent further injury.
Please consider these steps prior to reintroducing exercise into your regular routine.
Author: Samantha Borba
Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
With summer in full swing and temperatures reaching triple digits the past week at least we can rejoice for the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables available to us here in the Central Valley. While some fruit and vegetable plants may be greatly affected by the scorching heat other plants are beginning to thrive. We have our local farmers to thank for our assortment of summer fruits, like peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and melon, and vegetables such as, corn, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and bell peppers just to name a few.
Click here for some easy summer recipes provided by Champions for Change that will not heat up your house, but have an explosion of nutritious value.
Author: Jessica Shupp
Did you know that the skins of fruits and vegetables contain great nutritional benefits?
So many people toss peels and skins from apples, carrots, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, potatoes, papayas and other tropical fruits, but only if they knew what they were really throwing away. We are going to share why you should keep these peels and skins in your diet to help protect against cancer, other diseases and to support your organs.
Want a healthier, sharper, better-functioning brain? It’s easier than you may think. Try these simple, science based tips to power up your brain.
Oldest adults who walk briskly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The benefits of physical activity for heart health are well-known. However, minimal research has been done on the population of people 75 years and older.
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