Posts Tagged ‘health’

Free Flu Shots

Come to the Cary Senior Center on Wednesday, October 2nd to Classroom 302 for your flu shot. Registration is required either by phone or in person. Bring in your Medicare card for your shot, and if you have any questions make sure you call ahead of time. This service is provided by Maxim HealthCare and happens TOMORROW ONLY from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

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Tai Chi for Health

The Cary Senior Center is offering two different classes for those interested in taking Tai Chi, one being a beginners level course and the other for more advanced students. Both classes will meet 8 times on Wednesday from March 27th until May 15th. For Cary residents the cost for the classes will be $37 and $48 for non-residents. Norma Ferrell will instruct both classes.
Beginner level: 11am – 11:50am. Learn movements 1-12 of Sun Style Form.
Advanced Level: Noon-12:50pm. 73 movements of Sun Style Form modified. (Prerequisite: You must know movements 1-41 of beginner and intermediate level of Sun Style Form.)

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Living Alone

Living alone is a great source of independence, but it can also come with a lot of work. I have a few tips to help you keep yourself on top of things and make your home for senior-safe.

1. Organize – Have a special place for all your essential items. Know where your list of phone numbers is, your wallet, medical cards, appointment cards and medications. Having a set area for each will help keep you organized so no appointments are missed and all medications are taken on time.

2. Have a Back Up System – This system does not have to be all that complex. Keep back up supplies in your house in case the power goes out or a storm leaves you stuck in-doors or a couple days. Things to always have ready: batteries, candles, matches, flashlights, canned foods, paper products, bottled water and maintain a well stocked freezer. These will give you and your family peace of mind in case anything happens.

3. Connect in your Community – Make it part of your routine to stop by the local senior center. Learn about different events going on and socialize with some new friends. You don’t have to end up spending all day every day there, but it is a great resource for seniors to use. Also, get to know your neighbors. Again, you don’t have to always interact with them or become best friends, but getting used to the daily routines around you can be helpful to you as well. If you ever need some sort of assistance, you know you can call Miss Kelly next door to watch Spot if you are going to get groceries or help carry those groceries in if she sees you struggling.

4. Make your Home Safe – Have a security system in your house that you are comfortable using. Replace mats in the bathroom with ones that have grips or even that extra railing so that both sides of the staircase are covered. Purchase an emergency bracelet and pendent to wear around your wrist and neck. The medical bracelet will help if you get lost or fall in a public place. The pendant can help you alert emergency services if you have fallen in your home and cannot get up. Also, have a system with family if they live nearby. Call them if you are going out and make sure you call back when you return home. This way, if they try to contact you and there is no answer, they will know that you simply stepped out for a carton of milk.

Walking for Wellness and Fun

Get on your walking shoes and face that winter weather head on! From 9 am until 10:30 am join us at Bond Park Community Center for an open gym format walk workout (yes, that is quite a mouth full!). This event is free and open to the public, but you must be 16+ to participate. Walks take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 3rs through June 13th. You can join us at any time, you don’t have to come to every session. If you are interesting in additional walking opportunities, then please call the number below for more information.

Location: 150 Metro Park Drive

Phone: (919) 462-3970

Are you Getting Enough Exercise?

Now that you have reached the Senior Citizen level does not mean that you can now stop going to that zumba class three times a week or cancel your gym membership. All seniors need to maintain a level of functional fitness to carry out daily activities and reduce your risk of major illnesses and disease. A lot of individuals with disabilities have gotten to that point, not due to old age, but because of inactivity. However, you should double check with your doctor as to which exercises  would be best for you. Don’t go to that advanced yoga class because you used to go a few years ago, start out at an easy pace and work yourself up. Also, include stretching whenever you are going to exercise. Even if you are about to take a walk around the neighborhood, make sure you stretch your legs and ankles. Most importantly, stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle with you and make sure you are drinking enough throughout the day so that you don’t get to the point where you grow thirsty and chug half the bottle. Once you reach that point where you could finish off the whole thing, then you have gone too long without drinking water.

Within your workout routine, you should have some form of aerobic and strength training. Aerobic exercise helps your cardiovascular system, reduces blood pressure, raises good cholesterol and reduces the bad. Muscle mass increases with strength training, which helps to prevent bone fractures. Plan to have a half hour of each type in your workout schedule. Listed below are some activities that will help your cardiovascular system, as well as build bone mass; dancing, hiking, biking, jogging and lifting. What benefits are there for  you to work this into your routine once a day? Exercise can reduce signs and symptoms of: obesity, depression, arthritis, back pain, diabetes and osteoporosis. Check out your local senior center to see if there are any classes or gym equipment available for use.

Pets?

Pets make wonderful companions for all ages, but there are so many more benefits for the elderly to have one. Did you know that having a pet can lower your blood pressure, decrease need for medicine and even reduce pain after an operation? A pet is a great source of mutual affection, especially for those who have lost a loved one. Pets even help alleviate symptoms of depression and sometimes physical ailments. Having a dog for example can encourage the owner to start taking more walks and getting necessary exercise. All states now allow for pets in nursing homes because of the benefits they have. Whether you live alone or in a home, a pet can help brighten your day and enrich  your quality of life.