Are you an older adult or a parent an older adult struggling with technology? I have been starting to think more broadly than just exercise when it comes to wellness. Technology can be a way for us to stay in touch with family and friends that don't live close by.
In the wellness toolkit there is a great presentation outlining step by step how to setup and use Skype and facebook to stay connected.
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As the weather starts to warm it is a great time to reflect on all of the everyday choices that we make in our lives that either better or are a detriment to our health. As part of the Wellness toolkit there is a presentation all about healthy living including an active lifestyle helps prevent various health conditions including: heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. Physical activity builds strength, flexibility and coordination that reduce risk of falls and injuries.
A real concern for older adults is the risk of falling. This risk is real and should be activity managed given that 1 out of 3 seniors fall at least once a year. In the wellness toolkit there is an extensive fall prevention presentation
A team of seniors wellness professionals and Vintage Fitness have been working on creating an on-line wellness toolkit filled with information about exercise, getting connected using technology, how to take and store your medicine and safety in the community.
It is April 12th and snow and freezing rain in Toronto is just plain depressing. Here is a simple breathing exercise that will have you feeling more positive in no time.
Sit quietly and think of the number one as you breathe in and the number two as you breathe out. Try the exercise for 5 minutes and you will feel calmer and maybe a touch more positive. The great thing about this exercise is that it really can be done anywhere.
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This month in the Canadian Fitness Professional magazine there is a great article about exercise and dementia. They discuss the changes in our brains as well age as "neurons getting worn down from cellular stress resulting in a decrease in neural synapsis activity". Exercise is great for the brain because it increases blood volume to the brain and encourages the growth and repair of brain cells.
Just another reasons to enjoy the Easter spring weather here in Toronto and strap on your walking shoes this weekend.
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