A common misconception heard from all age groups young and old, is that as people begin to age into their older adult years, it is time to relax. It might seem like the right thing to do, to reduce activities and physical exercise since the aging process slows us down and deteriorates muscles and bones. Some older adults have been inactive for quite some time or have certain disabilities or other health hindrances that make it harder to stay active. So it is understandable that older adults don’t do anything, right? WRONG! Removing physical exercise from one’s lifestyle and remaining inactive is far from good, and it will only increase disability and decrease one’s overall health, here is why.
Do you have a place to walk where you feel comfortable or safe? Sometimes the neighborhood we live in does not have a route to walk equipped with even sidewalks, good lighting, or light traffic. Maybe you don't walk because you feel that walking does not have a huge effect on your health. Believe it or not, walking small amounts provides many health benefits which increase the more you walk. This post will address some barriers that keep us from getting the outcomes we seek from walking, like having a safe place to get our steps in, getting improved health results from walking, as well as what we need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during our walks!
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.
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.
There are so many great reasons on why strength training is essential no matter your age. Here are four great reasons to do strength training if you have Arthritis.
Post originally from the July 2017 Young at Heart Instructor Newsletter
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.
By Ken Carlson
Teachers and students in a Friday exercise class at Oakdale’s Gladys Lemmons Senior Center had not yet received word that funding for the program will end in June.
The Young at Heart classes for seniors in Oakdale, Ceres and other outlying cities of Stanislaus County are more than fun and games.
The exercises improve flexibility, strength and balance, making the seniors less likely to fall at home and suffer serious injuries, teachers said. The workouts help relieve the effects of arthritis, diabetes and depression and help stroke victims recover, they added.
Gwen Tirrell, a 79-year-old assistant teacher in Oakdale, said the routines helped her overcome headaches, neck pain, hip pain and backaches, and restored motion in a shoulder.
“It stinks,” Tirrell said when she was told the county concurred with a committee’s recommendation to deny a $20,000 grant that has supported the program.
County supervisors gave approval last week to shift more federally funded community development grants to youth programs, causing seniors to lose out on funding.
Some of the Young at Heart classes in Ceres, Turlock, Oakdale, Patterson, Newman, Grayson and Waterford will be cut in July unless another source of money is identified, said Dianna Olsen, executive director of the Healthy Aging Association, which runs the classes.
No one has decided which classes will be cut. The Young at Heart groups in Modesto are not affected.
“We are just getting over being stunned,” Olsen said. “Not all of the classes will end. We will try to keep some. What I would like to do is find other funding.”
Last year, more than 1,450 seniors participated in the exercise classes, and 35 percent of them were in outlying communities, Olsen said.
The $20,000 grant paid for teachers, loops and straps and other gear for working the muscles and ligaments. Olsen is searching for other grant opportunities.
Kathy Sniffen, a member of the county Commission on Aging, challenged how $220,000 in public service funds were allocated to groups that applied for the competitive grants. None of those grants were awarded to senior groups, she noted.
Seven of the nine grants went to programs for children or youths; one was awarded to a food program and the other for services for homeless men. Sniffen said a community action plan gave top priority for the funding to children and youths. But seniors held the second priority, followed by the physically and mentally disabled. The latter group was not awarded any funding either, Sniffen said.
“There is a real discrepancy between how the funding was allocated and how community members ranked these priorities,” she said.
The recommendations for public service grants were made by a panel of representatives from the county, Ceres, Hughson, Oakdale, Patterson, Waterford, other local agencies and the county chief executive’s office.
In one change this year, $40,000 was set aside for a Focus on Prevention effort to benefit young people. Focus on Prevention is a county initiative to address the root causes of homelessness, gangs, crime and other social ills.
The $40,000 grant was approved for Central Valley Youth for Christ’s Point Break program to provide counseling for 160 youths and families identified through workshops at schools in the Ceres Unified School District. Counselors will strive to improve family relationships, reduce high-risk behavior and make sure the young people stay in school, the grant request says.
Point Break also has been implemented in Oakdale and Newman schools. Even though the broader Focus on Prevention campaign has not taken off, the grant is part of a county board directive to work on prevention, said Ruben Imperial of the chief executive’s office.
The Young at Heart classes tied for 10th in the scoring for public service grants and were not funded for the first time in 13 years.
Sandra Cordano, who attended Friday’s class in Oakdale with 30 other seniors, said her health depends on the exercise class. “What we are doing keeps me flexible and keeps my balance,” she said. “When you miss a class or two, you feel it.”
County supervisors said last week they need to shift the limited pot of community development grant money to other purposes. They want to concentrate more on prevention after spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year treating the symptoms of social decay.
“This is not easy, especially when we are changing things around,” board Chairman Terry Withrow said.
Ken Carlson: (209) 578-2321
AT A GLANCE
Public Service Grant awards for 2015-16 fiscal year in Stanislaus County
1. Salvation Army After School Program: $19,812
2. Second Harvest Food Assistance: $20,000
3. CASA of Stanislaus County: $20,000
4. Westside Family Resource Center: $20,000
5. Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children: $20,000
6. Oakdale Family Resource Center: $20,000
7. Second Harvest Food 4 Thought: $20,000
8. We Care Program shelter: $20,000
9. Children’s Crisis Center: $20,000
10. Young at Heart Program: zero
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/article20647866.html#storylink=cpy
Did you know that three out of four older adults over the age of 60 years old have hypertension/high blood pressure (American College of Sports Medicine)?
It is fairly common that exercise can help lower blood pressure, it also gives you more energy while protecting against cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Regular exercise also helps the heart become more efficient, so it does not have to work as hard.
Prior to starting any exercise program, please contact your doctor with any concerns or issues you may be having.
We were selected as one of the 10 organizations to be apart of the Book of Dreams in the Modesto Bee. You can read the article at A Book of Dreams: Young at Heart. We received over $3,400 from our community, THANK YOU!
Here is the article copied from the Modesto Bee Article:
Five years ago, Gwen Tirell couldn’t reach down to tie her own shoes or cut her toenails.
Now, the 79-year-old instructs a Young at Heart exercise class three times a week at the Gladys Lemmons Community Center in Oakdale. With the vigor of someone a few decades younger, she helps lead a class of about 30 senior citizens in an hour-long stretching, marching and strength-training regimen.
“I was in bad shape,” Tirell said about the Gwen of five years ago. In addition to her stiffness, she suffered from headaches and backaches. She credits the Young at Heart program, offered free of charge through the Healthy Aging Association, with the change.
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