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Physically Fit Individuals Are Less Likely to Suffer Depression After Heart Attack

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from healthfinder.gov (Health Day News)

A recent study shows that physically fit people may be less likely to become depressed after a heart attack. In the report, heart attack survivors are three times more likely to have depression than people who haven’t had a heart attack but those who regularly exercise can reduce their risk. The study based in Norway, researchers looked at 189 middle-aged and older people. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/218bqyr

To learn more information about depression after experiencing a heart attack, please visit the American Heart Association webpage: bit.ly/218bq1j

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

4 Tips: Mind and Body Practices for Common Aging-Related Conditions 

From National Center for Complementary and Integrative Help

http://1.usa.gov/1nhr7pN

“Mind and body practices, in particular, including relaxation techniques and meditative exercise forms such as yoga, tai chi, and qi gong are being used by older Americans, both for fitness and relaxation, and because of perceived health benefits.” The four conditions addressed in this article are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Sleep problems
  • Shingles

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Mindfulness Might Help Older Adults with Back Pain

From HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News 

http://1.usa.gov/1XYBhsu

A small study on the effect of yoga on back pain in older adults found “while both groups improved in terms of mobility and pain, by some measures the mindfulness group improved significantly more.

For example, while 37 percent of the healthy living group said their back pain had eased after the two-month program, that figure was more than 80 percent among the mindfulness participants. Six months later, 42 percent of the healthy living group said their pain had at least “minimally” improved, compared with more than 76 percent among the meditation group, the findings showed.”

Yoga

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

In Yoga for Pain Relief, Harvard Medical School described study findings, a typical yoga session, and modification of yoga postures if needed. http://bit.ly/1WTLEg7.

Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging shared some tips specifically for Yoga and Older Adultshttp://1.usa.gov/1QpEWuu.

  • Put safety first
  • Look for a well-trained instructor who’s attentive to your needs
  • Practice mindfully

For additional facts and resources on yoga, check out the highlights from NCCIH Yoga for Health and Well-Being Twitter Chat from September 2015, http://bit.ly/1VPcbep

Active Meetings and Classrooms

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Making Meetings More Active

Go4Life suggests some simple ways to be active during meetings and breaks: http://1.usa.gov/1oKshf3

Exercise + Classwork May = Better Math Scores (and Spelling Grades)

Excerpt from HealthFinder.gov and HealthDay News

“Dutch researchers found that second- and third-graders given “physically active” lessons did better on math and spelling tests, compared with their peers who learned the old-fashioned way.

Experts not involved with the study called the findings “encouraging.” But they also said it’s too soon to push for physically active classrooms everywhere.”

To read the full article, visit http://1.usa.gov/1VHjQez

NIHSeniorHealth: Bladder Health

Monday, February 15th, 2016

NIHSeniorHealth has a new topic page for Bladder Health. Designed for older adults and their family members, the page provides guidance on the effects of aging on bladder health, tips for keeping one’s bladder healthy and when to see a doctor.

Bladder Health (NIHSeniorHealth): http://1.usa.gov/1KkS6fg

Videos from Health Literacy Summit

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Eighteen presentations are available to watch online from the 2015 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit: Better Health Through Better Communication, http://1.usa.gov/20ul6s0.

Video Presentations include:

  • Using Social Media to Communicate Health Literate Messages
  • The 60% Challenge: Seniors and Health Literacy
  • Better Health and Healthcare for ESL Adults through Education
  • From Non-compliance to Exceptionalism: Changing the low health literacy story (aka Improving 30-day Hospital readmissions with an In-home Literacy Curriculum)
  • Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Adults with Low Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving Skills: Results from the 2012 US PIAAC Study

For more information about the summit, visit their web page: http://bit.ly/1mgJAST

Motivational Go4Life Fitness E-cards

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Know a Senior who needs some encouragement to keep or make a New Year’s Resolution? Or do you want to congratulate someone for being your fitness hero? Send them one of Go4Life’s free animated e-cards.  http://1.usa.gov/1RW1oks

Home Health Agency Ratings Get Medicare’s Star Treatment

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The federal government released on Thursday a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, hoping to bring clarity to a fast-growing but fragmented corner of the medical industry where it’s often difficult to distinguish good from bad.

Medicare applied the new quality measure to more than 9,000 agencies based on how quickly visits began and how often patients improved while under their care. Nearly half received average scores, with the government sparingly doling out top and bottom ratings. Read more about the ratings and rating system: bit.ly/1MVjRWU

Long-distance caregiving: tips from the National Institute on Aging

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Caring for aging or disabled loved ones can be a challenge, especially if your loved one is an hour or more away. The National Institute on Aging has resources to support long-distance caregivers.

Long-Distance Caregiving—Getting Started: http://1.usa.gov/1WCHyrG

Long-Distance Caregiving—A Family Affair: http://1.usa.gov/1Wz35a0

So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long-Distance Caregiving: http://1.usa.gov/1HtRtZQ