Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Walk Your Way to a Clean Bill of Health

Do you think you could walk 4 extra steps per minute while you’re awake each day? That’s 4 steps, not city blocks or country miles. Because research shows those 4 extra steps could drop your risk of; diabetes by 23%, stroke by 22%, and even heart disease by 17%!¹ Here’s how we know that: A few years back, the Mayo Clinic published a startling chart that revealed how various diseases could be avoided by walking an extra 3,000 and 6,000 steps each day. If that sounds like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not! According to an

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How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

How Exercise Helps your Body and your Brain

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. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMLfcat1aw[/embed] 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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Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors

Summer’s here, and for elder care providers – and the seniors they care for – that means warm weather, fun, and sunshine. But as we all know, sometimes too much sun is bad for us. This is especially true for seniors, who are more prone to heat stroke and other kinds of heat illness than the rest of us. Elder Care in the Summer: Avoiding Heat Stroke for Seniors “Heat stroke is something we take very seriously at Visiting Angels,” says Larry Meigs, CEO and president of Visiting Angels, a nationwide elder care agency. “Our elder care providers are trained in

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Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer’s Patients is a Hit

Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer's Patients is a Hit

You Won’t Believe What These People with Alzheimer's do on the Beach Every Week Breathe in, breathe out. Close your eyes, and take in the warm sand and sound of waves along the coast on this mild summer day. Weekly Beach Yoga for Alzheimer's Patients is a Hit   If you’re part of the Yoga on the Beach group at Silverado San Juan Capistrano, it’s likely you hear those words every Wednesday morning. And when you open your eyes, you look around to see a beautiful day at the beach. Every week, a group of residents from the Silverado San Juan

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Keeping Active as a Senior in Mind and Body

Sometimes, it’s much easier to just veg out on the couch with a cup of your favorite tea and an easy to read, lots of pictures, magazine. So, that’s just what I’m going to do until, I turn the page, and lo and behold, there’s a stunning 60 something woman all tangled up in some type of yoga pose. I stare at that picture wondering, how does she do it and then I feel it…the guilt! It creeps up the back of my legs and into my derriere planted comfortably on the couch. I should be that woman in the

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What’s better for bones: diet or exercise?

Scientists may have found some clues to help answer an age-old question:  What has a more positive impact on bones, diet or exercise? Perhaps you’ve heard evidence for both these important habits. But a new University of Michigan (U-M) study got closer to a final answer. To get this answer, researchers had to determine what effect diet alone, exercise alone, and then both diet and exercise together had on bone mineral content and density. Researchers studied 16-week old mice and split them into various groups. Half got a control diet. The other half got an enriched diet with added calcium

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How Seniors can Achieve 10,000 Steps Per Day

How Seniors can Achieve 10,000 Steps Per Day

Do you believe 10,000 steps a day is realistic? I've always enjoyed walking outdoors, not on a treadmill. But before two years ago, I never tracked the number of steps, only the miles or the time. After buying a step tracker, I'm very loyal to reaching the 10,000 steps each day. If I don't, I feel guilty. The first year and half of owning a tracker, I lived in the suburbs and I found it difficult to achieve because the walk became routine and boring. It was the same walk every day. The landscape had little to offer and changing

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3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health

3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health

When considering a new exercise program that interests you, you may want to seek out something entirely new. Recent studies by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that practicing yoga several times a week may significantly improve the overall well being and health of seniors. Yoga is the sixth most commonly used complementary health habits among American adults, making it a great option for seniors looking to enhance their quality of life. 3 Benefits of Yoga for Senior Health The practice of yoga has many health benefits for seniors that stem from its combination of physical postures, deep breathing, and

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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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