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Get Active to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Get Active to Celebrate Older Americans MonthPhysical activity supports healthy aging and May is Older Americans Month. Here are some ideas to help get you moving:

Water Aerobics
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do for their health and independence. It can help prevent, delay, or manage many of the health problems that can come with age such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Regular physical activity can also help keep thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp. It can reduce the risk of depression and may help improve sleep. Some activities such as Tai Chi can help improve balance. If you are not getting regular physical activity, this month, designated as Older Americans Month by the Department of Health and Human Services, is a perfect time to start.

How Much and What Kinds of Physical Activity Do You Need?
Someone who is 65 years of age or older and generally fit can essentially follow the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.

For Important Health Benefits
Older adults need at least:
Jogging 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
OR
Jogging 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
OR
Walking jogging – an equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity and weight training muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve health—aerobic (such as walking and water aerobics) and muscle-strengthening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations, resources, and strength training information specifically designed with older adults in mind on the agency’s Web site.

When older adults are not able to meet the guidelines, they should engage in regular physical activity according to their specific abilities. A health care provider can help match physical activities to abilities. Remember, some physical activity is better than none and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. All adults should avoid inactivity.

Find out more about physical activity and health conditions by CLICKING HERE

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November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month

November is Long-Term Care Awareness MonthNovember is the official month to think about planning for long-term care for yourself or your loved ones. In fact, November is officially “Long-Term Care Awareness Month.”

Services needed for long-term care, such as personal care or care in your home are not covered by traditional health care plance or Medicare. So additional insurance may be well worth the money spent.

Policies provides plenty of flexibility so you can choose from a variety of options and benefits. Emergency care, assisted living, nursing homes, and transportation services are just some of the things you should be thinking about now.

Some long-term care policies may even include help with daily activities, lengthening the time you live independently. It is important to keep in mind that aging is not the only reason you may need long term care.

Many illnesses or an accident could mean you need assistance with dressing, bathing, going to the restroom, cleaning, cooking, shopping and more.

Of course these services won’t be free, and you can learn more by viewing the Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance. Just one year in a nursing home can cost $50,000 or more, depending on where you live.

Generally, Medicare doesn’t pay for custodial care. This pays for services that are medically necessary so a long-term care insurance policy may be needed to help your family prepare for the future.

If you are a care-giver and need to learn more, you can find an abundance of Caregivers’ Resources HERE… and if you aren’t, well, this is the season to count your blessings and plan for the future.

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Senior Citizens are Often Criticized

Senior Citizens are Often Criticized

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I suppose senior citizens are often criticized and when I received this message in my in-box I felt nothing but respect for my 90 year old grandmother, my parents and many of my friends who are now considered senior citizens.

Author Unknown
Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement or
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country. Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!

I’m the life of the party… even if it lasts until 8 p.m.

I’m very good at opening childproof caps… with a hammer.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.

I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

Spread the laughter, share the cheer,
Let’s be happy While we’re here.

Go Green – Recycle CONGRESS!

When I was Young…

Let the water carry me away...

Let the water carry me away...

You hear it all the time, how old we are all getting especially when you run into someone you haven’t seen for a while.  Catching up on gossip or things you did together when you were young.  In my world this was something I always heard my parents say to their friends or reminiscing about the “good old days” with their friends.  For me I never thought the day would come when I would start talking this way, or for that fact when this time in my life would take place in the first place.  Well 2009 was it for me, and what an awakening it has been.  I was born in 1970, growing up here in sunny Fernandina Beach .  I attended public school thru the 12th grade graduating in 1989 and then on to college.

In addition to owning several small businesses, I have been a member of the Nassau County Fire/Rescue division for the past 14 years.¬† As I type I still can‚Äôt believe it has been 14 years since I first started as a bottom rung fireman and how fast time has gotten away from me.¬† All this really caught up with me earlier this year when I was asked if I would be attending our 20 year class reunion.¬† At first I thought the person asking me had their dates wrong because no way had¬†we been out of school for 20 years, but… yes we had.

This really bothered me, as it does most people. When you stop and think about what you’ve done with your life since graduation, you start thinking of what you would have changed. At this stage of the game you still have time to make a change or two.  I attended my class reunion in the early fall realizing that yes we all are getting older.  Even the families of close friends are all grown up with some now starting their own families.  The following are some facts that I found very interesting as they really puts things in perspective when you stop and look back:

Class Reunions are Markers in Time

Class Reunions are Markers in Time

-The people who are starting college this fall were born in 1992.
-They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.‚Ä®
-Their life has always included AIDS.
-The CD was introduced two years before they were born.‚Ä®
-They have always had an answering machine.


-They have always had cable.
-Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.


-Popcorn has always been micro-waved.


-They never took a swim in the ocean and thought about Jaws.


-They have no clue who Mork was or where he was from.
-They never heard: ‘Where’s the Beef?’,‚Ä® ‘I’d walk a mile for a Camel ‘ or ‚Ä®’de plane, Boss, de plane’.‚Ä®
-McDonald’s never came in Styrofoam containers.‚Ä®‚Ä®
-They don’t have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Musing over these points made me smile both inside and out,¬†but it also¬†it made me appreciate my age and all I have lived through.¬† So the next time you’re feeling down about how much water has passed under he bridge, think about all the good times you‚Äôve had and promise yourself that the future will be just as good if not better. Most of all, don’t delay realizing your dreams, because I often think “I wish I had started long before I did”.

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