Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors

Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors

Meditation is incredibly popular. It’s used by yoga instructors, corporate executives, presidents, and even movie stars. Why Regular Meditation Is So Important for Seniors But what about seniors? Should they start incorporating meditation into their lives, too? Actually, meditation for seniors has been steadily gaining in popularity – and for good reason. This practice has a positive effect on seniors physically, mentally, and emotionally. Meditation for Seniors – Why It’s So Important Betty Rhodes, a contributing writer for the Napa Valley Register, thinks meditation for seniors is a great idea. And she should know – she’s a senior with a regular

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How To Keep Your Memory Clear

Most people think that it’s too late to start exercising in their golden years. But I have some good news for you. Did you know that exercise actually energizes us “older” folks’ cells more than younger people’s? And it’s never too late to start! A recent 2017 study published in Cell Metabolism Journal showed that the older participants’ muscle cells actually benefited more from exercising than younger ones. In the experiment, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) changed the activity levels in almost 400 genes in the older participants, compared to only 274 genes in the younger participants. (These gene activities signal

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Exercising for a Healthy Brain Is Easier than You Think

In recent years a flood of research is showing that keeping healthy and active is a key factor in helping the brain age well. But if you think that it takes running a marathon or spending hours a day in the gym to get these benefits, you may be pleasantly surprised!  Exercising for a Healthy Brain Is Easier than You Think In a recent study, Shannon Hallaway, Ph.D., a researcher at Rush University School of Nursing, found that higher levels of physical activity done as a part of normal life is associated with more gray matter in the brain. This

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Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga?

If you see pictures in magazines, then you would think that yoga is only for young, flexible, mainly women who can do very advanced poses. However that is far from the reality. I teach yoga to over 50’s. When I explain what I do, I am often told: “I am too old to start yoga.” I ask why and they say I could never do those “pretzel poses”. I rather like that description of very difficult poses done to show off someone’s skill. Is 40, 50, 60+ Too Old to Start Yoga? The majority of people in yoga classes are over

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5 Ways Weightlifting Can Reduce Falls for Seniors

According to the CDC, in America, 25% of Americans 65 years of age or older fall each year. If you experience a fall, much like a concussion, you are much more likely to experience a fall in the next 6 months. With over 2.8 million injuries due to falls treated in emergency departments every year, it is clear that this is a concern for every single one of us as we age. 5 Ways Weightlifting Can Reduce Falls for Seniors These falls, whether you are injured or not, can impact you in other ways. It can start to deteriorate your quality

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Why Aren’t Seniors Exercising More?

People of all ages, and especially seniors, avoid exercising for a variety of reasons. They think it's too hard, too boring or they're disappointed by their ability to stick with it. Take a look at some of the most common reasons seniors aren't exercising and use our ideas to motivate yourself to start exercising NOW! Why Aren’t Seniors Exercising More? Exercising seems like a chore, instead of an enjoyable activity. Do you find exercise boring or overwhelming? For you, the challenge is to find activities that are more enjoyable for you and easy to do. We can help! You might also

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6 Steps To Getting Back To Exercise After Injury

6 Steps To Getting Back To Exercise After Injury

Someone called my clinic a few days ago and asked: “How long does it take to get back to exercise after an injury? 6 Steps To Getting Back To Exercise After Injury   I hurt my ankle a month ago and want to know how long it will take me to get back to running. It’s frustrating not knowing if it’s safe to get back out for a run…” When something like ankle pain strikes or an injury hits you out of the blue, not being able to exercise like you used to and now knowing when it’s safe to exercise again

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Dementia Can’t Stop One Man’s Dedication to Fitness

Dementia Can’t Stop One Man’s Dedication to Fitness

September is National Healthy Aging Month, and nobody is a better example of healthy aging than Steve Morgan! A resident at the Silverado Aspen Park community in Salt Lake City, Steve doesn’t let his dementia get in the way of staying fit and physically active. Dementia Can’t Stop One Man’s Dedication to Fitness Though he lives full-time in the community surrounded by a specially trained staff that sees to his needs, Steve takes regular outings to push his limits. Recently, upon hearing all the buzz about CrossFit, he took an outing with a Silverado associate to try a workout at a

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How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] It has long been known that exercise benefits the brain through improved vascular health, but scientists are beginning to discover that the benefits could be much more far-reaching. Watch Richard London, MD, Silverado Oak Village Medical Director, explain how exercise may be far more beneficial than previously believed. Recent studies show an association between higher levels of physical activity and a slowing in cognitive decline and dementia onset. In some cases an increase in the volume of the hippocampus (where Alzheimer's starts) was observed. Based on this research, Silverado has made physical exercise a pillar of the Nexus program, which is designed to help

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