CIEPS, MAY 3, 2010
You would be surprised but we in our golden years can become our worst enemy when it comes to regular exercise. Although attitudes amongst us are changing, older Canadian often pass off regular exercise as an activity that is something for the young. Regular exercise will help us in every facet of our life both mentally and physically. Exercise has the power to improve the quality of our life and extended our life span. To begin a life of exercise and reap the rewards we must understand the benefits, strategize to stay on task, and the different type of exercise that complements us in our later years.
What are the benefits of exercise?
A person could spend an hour just reviewing the numerous benefits of regular exercise, but here are some of the key benefits:
- Improves the ability to do daily activities
- Reduces depression
- Releases endorphins which are a natural pain killer
- Weight control
- Gives you more energy
- Improves sleep
- Improves ones self-esteem and well-being
As you can see there are some good practical reasons to motivate us to exercise on a regular basis, often we sometime mistake the purpose of exercise as the pursuit of looking good, although yes it can serve that purpose, but it should rather be viewed as nature's true medicine for happiness and health.
Starting an exercise routine and maintaining an exercise routine are two entirely different concepts. So many of us get so jazzed up to begin our mission of good health and slender bodies that we start off too fast and too in-depth which results in failure and causes us to give up. Experts recommend that you start off slow, and work your way slowly to more challenging routines. Starting off slow allows your body to adjust to your exercise program as opposed to starting off too strong and possibly pulling a muscle or causing a sprain which will temporarily end your hopes of good health and cause you to become unmotivated toward future ventures of exercise.
As you begin you will find that there are several types of exercises that you can take-up, but they can be all categorized into three types.
- Aerobic activities: Walking, jogging, and tennis
- Strength building: Weight lifting
- Flexibility: Yoga
By far the most effective exercise for us in our older years are walking, swimming, and yoga.
Be aware of taking on too much of strenuous activities, you always want to protect your joints and bones from injury, so when becoming fully engaged into your exercise program, you must get to know your body and learn the differences between sore muscle after exercise and pain that may be a result of damage to your joints
Senior citizen scams TOP
CIEPS May 3, 2010
Senior citizen scams are common There are all sorts of criminals, both petty thieves and organized rings, who prey on senior citizens. Many elders have been cheated out of money or had precious mementos or valuables lost to persons using cleverly worked out ways to either get you to turn over your money or credit card information. Others, usually working in a team of at least 2 or 3 persons, take property that belongs to you ....without your realizing that the theft has been committed. It is not until later, sometimes days later, that you realize that you have been robbed.
Vigilance and knowledge is your best protection.
Here are a few guidelines
- Never give your credit card or credit card information to ANYONE who telephones you - not even if they identify themselves as a member of the fraud department of your credit card company.
- Never agree to someone doing work on your home - unless YOU contacted them to give you an estimate on the job first. If someone comes to your door and says you need work on your driveway, house or yard, simply take their card and tell them that you will call them when you are ready for the work to be done.
- If you are hiring someone to make repairs or improvements, be sure to get the list of what they are going to do and the price they are going to charge IN WRITING.
- If you contract with a company for one job and in the middle of doing it, one of the workers comes and says, "well you also need .... and if we can do it today, while we are here, we will do it for a low price, "be CAUTIOUS. Unless you know this company very well consider saying, "thank you but I think I need to get a bid on it before I agree to additional work"
- Do not give your credit card number over the phone in response to solicitations from charities or political groups. You have no way of checking that the caller really represents the group. Simply say, "I do not donations by phone. If you wish to send me information in the mail, I will consider it."
- If someone comes to the door claiming to be from the utility company or telephone company, ask to see their photo identification BEFORE you let them enter your home or have access to your property.
- If someone comes to make a repair and has a helper, be sure that the two persons are always together in your presence. If one of them says, "You have a problem outside, I would like to show it to you. Be sure that BOTH workers go outside to see the problem with you. Do not leave anyone alone in your home - or you may find your money or jewelry gone.
Families cope with Dimentia TOP
May 18, 2010, FAMILY TIES
March 18, 2010
The following is the Letter from the Editor from our second issue of FAMILY TIES, which focuses on the devastating effects dementia have on families. It will be released at the end of June 2010.
By Bob Weinstein
Editor in Chief
The numbers are disturbing. Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, accounts for approximately 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada.
In the United States, about half a million Americans younger than age 65 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. It is estimated that Alzheimer's disease currently affects 2.4 million to 4.5 million Americans.
Traditionally, dementia is diagnosed in people over 65. But it can strike adults at any age. During the past two decades, an increasing number of people have been diagnosed in their 50s and early 60s.
Other forms of dementia include vascular dementia (caused by stroke or blockage of blood supply), alcohol dementia (caused by sustained use of alcohol), trauma dementia (caused by head injury), and frontotemporal dementia (a rare form of dementia).
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are progressive degenerative diseases that destroy vital brain cells. They are not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include a gradual and continuing decline of memory, changes in judgment or reasoning, mood and behavior, and an inability to perform familiar tasks.
All aspects of life affected
Eventually, dementia affects all aspects of a person's life, including how he or she thinks, feels, acts, and reacts.
The technical evidence, symptoms, and statistics are cold and conclusive. They demonstrate that each year more people are being diagnosed with dementia, most of which probably is Alzheimer's disease.
"While not a normal part of the aging process, the probability of being diagnosed with it increases markedly after the age of 70, and statistics demonstrate that it may affect about 50 per cent of the population over the age of 85. As our population ages, and more people are living into their 90s and a lot longer, the risk of Alzheimer's is a lot greater.
One day, there may be a cure that slows or even stops the disease in its tracks. At the moment, none exists. There are medications that reduce some symptoms (memory loss, language and thinking abilities). However, the drugs can treat only mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease.
Unless treatments are developed, the number of people who will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the US alone is projected to reach 14 million by the year 2050.
Devastating toll on families
The June, 2010, issue of FAMILY TIES will focus on how families cope with dementia. Whether in Canada or the US, dementia strikes randomly. It crosses all ethnic, racial, and cultural barriers. Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative, incurable disease—an equal opportunity killer.
The accelerating incidence of Alzheimer's disease takes a devastating toll on families. Caring for a family member tests a family's strength and solidarity beyond measure. It is estimated that from one to four family members act as caregivers for each Alzheimer's patient.
The stories in this FAMILY TIES are about real people. They could be your next-door neighbor, close friend, loved one – spouse, mother, or father. Each story is a heart-wrenching, personal story about accepting, coping, and dealing with a fatal disease.
The pivotal players in these human dramas are the caregivers. They have the toughest job; they bear the brunt of the burden, responsibility, and accompanying angst.
They candidly talk about how caring for a loved one suffering from dementia has altered their lives.
The stress, tension, and accompanying problems caregivers face are more likely to break up families than bring them together. But, on the flip side, it also demonstrates people's strength and endurance, love, resilience, compassion, and refusal to throw in the towel.
For married couples in their 60s and 70s, it's common for one member to suffer and battle Alzheimer's. A terrible burden is placed on the spouse suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver.
You're going to read about extraordinary people who refused to give up on their mates who were suffering the progressively debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Together they fought them to the bitter end. Rather than weaken the bond between them, it strengthened it – irrefutable proof that love is a powerful, indestructible force that can endure all obstacles, no matter how brutal and unfair.
Each story unique
Each caregiver's story is unique, yet each one is a variation on a similar theme. They all center on caring for once-healthy and vital loved ones suffering from a merciless disease that progressively destroys human beings until they're barely a shell of their former selves.
In this edition of FAMILY TIES, you'll learn also about the vast resources available to help caregivers deal and cope with the disease.
The life-affirming news is that there are vast resources available–from counselling to loving, caring support.
We wish we had the power to cure the disease, stop it dead in its tracks. But we can help both caregivers and the general public by opening the doors to information – by shedding light on a terrible disease that most caregivers shoulder alone. At least there is comfort in knowing that help and support are only a phone call away.