Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category
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 Adults, http://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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
SAMHSA’s free resource has been updated: “Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide, A Toolkit for Senior Centers” offers strategies senior centers can use to integrate suicide prevention into activities that support the well-being of older adults. Describes activities that increase protective factors and explains how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Access the toolkit here: http://1.usa.gov/1Fv5s5H
Monday, September 21st, 2015
From the National Institute on Aging:
“Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.”
Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) has a new toolkit titled, See Well for a Lifetime: An Educational Series on Vision and Aging. This toolkit helps organizations share information about common vision changes, age-related eye diseases and conditions, and how older adults can protect their sight. Learn more. It includes three modules that can be used for individual educational sessions or can build on one another as a series. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, a speaker’s guide with detailed talking points, participant handouts, promotional announcements, and participant evaluation forms. To access the toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1KZstPg