Gracious Senior Living in New Ulm, MN

February, 2017

Exercise Benefits for the Fragile

It is often common to think of senior citizens as being fragile and frail. In some cases, this is not a misconception, but, for those seniors who remain active, fragility would be far from an accurate description. It is evident that age brings with it an increased number of falls, hospitalizations, cognitive decline and psychological distress. But, for the most part, there are preventative steps that can be taken to alleviate these symptoms.

Now more than ever seniors need exercise. Seniors at any age are completely competent and able to participate in exercise programs and study after study has proven how beneficial it is for their overall wellness.

Many believe that exercise is unsafe for elders, but study after study has proved that exercise benefits seniors at every age. It improves their physical capacity by increasing their strength, balance, flexibility and mobility. Exercise is also known to enhance emotional capacity; it improves mood, decreases anxiety and depression, and improves cognitive function. Seniors who are active in exercise groups are challenging the stereotypes associated with elder capabilities, and are enhancing their lives in the long run.

Activity Notes

Love is in the air! Well, at least Valentine’s Day is coming up and that means all things love. So on that note, I hope you will all LOVE the entertainment and activities planned for the upcoming month! We’ll start off the month with Groundhog Day by learning about and sharing some other “future predictors”. How many forms of future predicting have you heard of? Following Groundhog Day, we will pay homage to America’s love of football by enjoying some sports snacks on Superbowl Sunday and remember, the big game is always available for you to enjoy with others here on the community TV.

We’ve got new entertainment that we hope you will love, his name is Pete Burckhard and he will entertain with folk songs. Harry Wojohn will serenade you with his concertina this month as well. Of course on Valentine’s Day itself, we will join together for an afternoon of luscious treats and celebrate the holiday. Our new fitness program, Live 2B Healthy has been getting a lot of love and I’m thrilled to see the great attendance, keep it up! Watch your calendars for other “lovely” activities…..I’d LOVE to see you all there!

Nurse’s Notes

February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month…

Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the US each year – that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death of both men and women.

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary heart disease, which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.

There is good news – heart disease is preventable and controllable. We can start by taking small steps every day to bring our loved ones and ourselves closer to heart health.

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Monitor your blood pressure
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Have your cholesterol checked
  • Manager your diabetes
  • Take your medicine

Together, we can prevent heart disease, one step at a time.

Information taken from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

Upcoming Events

  • Valentine’s Day Party and Activities
  • Music by Harry Wojohn
  • Music by Pete Burckhard
  • Out to eat to Swany’s
  • Groundhog Predictions
  • Name the President

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