The shoes you wear not only keep you looking stylish, but also help keep you balanced. As we age finding the proper shoe to help us keep our balance becomes more important. Heel support, the thickness of the sole of the shoe, shoe length and grip are all contributing factors to selecting an excellent shoe. Comfort and stability are key, fashion is slow to keep up in this area, thankfully new shoes are always popping up on the market.
Whenever possible go for a walk, enjoy a swim, discover yoga, embrace tai chi. Your options are endless and the benefits are great. Moderate activity (150 min/week) throughout the year can be the biggest challenge, yet the greatest aid in falls prevention. You also have to maintain good balance, and have a strong core. For those with mobility issues, our community has great supports and resources dedicated to assisting you with healthy aging, much like Finding Balance’s Everyday Exercises for Older Adults, Red Deer PCN’s Strong and Steady Program and the Golden Circle’s Fitness classes.
The Prevention information You Need to Know
Falls. One of the leading causes for hospital visits for people of all ages throughout our Province. In 2017, Albertans visited the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care facility 154,004 times and 17,489 Alberta’s were hospitalized due to falls.
Falls can happen in your home, while playing your favourite sport, while chasing your babies/grandbabies around the house or the park, on vacation while your craning your neck to take in all the sights and sounds or if your like me… walking up the stairs.
While activity is key to healthy aging, so is falls prevention. There are several excellent resources the Golden Circle circulates through the community and with Falls Prevention Month kicking off in November, you can bet we will be sharing even more to our community to support active living and falls prevention.
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups CO-OP GOLD Slow Cook Oats; 2 ½ Cups SILK OAT YEAH Oat Beverage; ½ cup pumpkin puree; ¼ cup maple syrup; ¼ cup raisins; 2 Tbsp chia seeds; 2 Tbsp CO-OP GOLD PURE Hemp Seeds; ⅛ tsp cinnamon; ⅛ tsp nutmeg. For garnish: 1 cup matchstick-cut apple; 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds. DIRECTIONS: Place all “overnight” ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cover snugly and let soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, stir mixture and add a bit more oat milk if needed. Divide among jars or bowls and add fresh apple and pumpkin seeds as a garnish.
Saffron is more than a pricey, exotic spice. It has over 150 identified compounds in the flower, which likely influenced its widespread use traditionally. Documents going back as far as Hippocrates show saffron was used to treat over 90 illnesses over 4000 years. Today it is regarded for use for everything from inflammation, Alzheimer’s, metabolic syndrome, weight loss, mood balancing, sexual dysfunction, eye & heart health. Saffron is fragile and must be handpicked & processed under particular conditions for optimal nutritional value and minimal oxidative stress. A beautifully pigmented plant that is worth it.
Keep in mind it is not just age that can effect our vision, it is also the medications we take and our general health that may have an effect. Having an open and honest dialog with your doctor and health team can be a great personal benefit to you.
Having a list of your current medications handy for these conversations is a good organizational tool. Your doctor will have your information from your file, this is for you to have in your hot little hands and review with your health team.
Due to so many falls happening in the home, whenever possible, also have your AHS Green Sleeve visible for emergency responders to access. May you never need this tool, however, if ever you do fall in your home, having your health information all in one easily spotted green folder in a visible location will help emergency responders help you faster.
The Golden Circle has a select amount of Green Sleeves available and all Albertans can receive a Green Sleeve from any Alberta health care provider. So when you are booking your next doctor’s appointment and would like a Green Sleeve, mention this during booking and one can be provided to you.
As November is Falls Prevention month we will be sharing resources to promote awareness throughout our community. We invite you to check out our website – https://www.goldencircle.ca/outreach/falls-prevention/ and social media platforms to discover and share these resources and more.
Enjoy Beginner Adult Yoga from the Comfort of Your Home! Explore mindful movement, stillness, and reflection from the comfort of your own home with free Zoom Yoga Classes from Red Deer Public Library. All levels and abilities welcome! The classes rotate through the following yoga styles: Slow Flow: Hatha style class focusing on mobility while linking movements. Yin: Passive and longer holds of postures to target connective tissues. Yang/Yin: Gentle blend of hatha (movement) and yin (holds). Movement & Meditation: Gentle mobility work followed by a guided meditation. Pre-registration required at rdpl.org/events. The Zoom link will be emailed out the day of each class.
When you have the flu or are not feeling well, the best thing for you to do is make yourself cozy and to rest comfortably at home while you recover. Drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest, use a humidifier and make sure you have flu season health essentials on hand, including: Acetaminophen for fever, headache and minor aches and pains. Decongestants to relieve congestion and clear nasal passages. Sprays or lozenges to soothe a sore throat. Speak with your pharmacist about flu shots, prevention, appropriate symptom relief and other ways to stay healthy this flu season.
Seniors need to get adequate nutrients from their meals to help them reduce the risk of serious health conditions, stabilize their mood, and maintain their mental health. Retirement communities help meet seniors’ nutrition needs by providing meals that are low in saturated fats and have moderate amounts of unsaturated fat, which promotes a stable body mass index (BMI) and metabolism. Healthy portion sizes support a healthy weight for older adults by preventing excessive calorie intake. If you or a loved one have questions about proper nutrition and eating habits for seniors, reach out to your care provider or retirement community.
If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. -Woodrow Wilson
People on limited income find it difficult to engage in a social life either for themselves or their children because of the costs. Having limited social connectedness effects one’s mental health and begins a spiral effect that is difficult to stop and get out of. Staying in touch with people isn’t just good for your spirit it is a contributing factor to your overall health and well-being.
As we get older social connectedness is an important factor in maintaining physical and mental health. Being with people boosts the immune system. Studies with the Yale Medical Group suggest that people who keep up with social interaction and maintain close friendships live longer on average than those who are isolated from others. That is why a Meals on Wheels program is more than just delivering a meal. It is a time when a person connects with the Meals on Wheels recipient. In some cases, they are the only human face they see in a day.
There is a saying that goes like this “To the world you are only one person but to one person you are the world”. This is that situation. That is why as a community we need to acknowledge people when we walk down the sidewalk and encounter someone. Acknowledging a person’s existence could make or break a person’s day. We do not know how that day is going for someone. It may be a bad day and just by you saying Hi could make all the difference in the world. That is just a small piece of what we can do to help people be socially connected.
According to the Yale Medical Group socially connected older adults have lower blood pressure, decreased risk of depression, and potentially a lessened risk of Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and some cancers. Social interaction also keeps the brain active.
Senior Centres and Drop Ins play an important role in the “social connectedness” piece of a person’s life. It is a natural place for people to gather, make new friends, learn new skills, and break bread together. The Mengagement project has been working hard at creating social opportunities for men go gather and I would say that this pilot project is successful. The Program Committee also looks at what it is that we can do here at the Golden Circle to bring people together to have fun. For two years we asked people what brings you to the Golden Circle and they stated the comradery.
Humans are social mammals, so we do better with people around us. One of our volunteers gave me a calendar with sayings and this one stood out for me regarding our human relationships, “We are each of us Angels with only one wing and can only fly embracing each other”. We are all interdependent. I challenge you to be that person that can make a difference in someone’s life. Let someone know that they matter.