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Preventing Colds This Winter

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Winter is almost upon us and meteorologists are already saying we may be in for some nasty, cold weather.  Be prepared ahead of time and take these precautions to keep yourself as healthy as possible this winter:

  • Dress warmly (even when you feel like you can walk outside without a jacket - don’t)
  • Eat warm foods such as soups and chilis, and drink warm beverages such as hot water with lemon or green tea
  • Maintain a diet rich in nutrition
  • Before you do any winter chores such as shoveling, make sure you do a small warmup
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Wash your hands often

Shovel Safely this Winter

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Every winter season, thousands of property owners around North America are injured while snow shoveling. For older adults and seniors, snow shoveling has become a particularly worrisome chore, since we are far more susceptible to injury and illness in our old age.

The two big pain-signs to watch for while you’re shoveling this winter are:

  • Back pain
  • Chest pain

The Condition of Our Health

For those of us who eat healthy, exercise on a regular basis and practice good posture daily, the risk of injury during snow shoveling is not as great as for those older adults who live a sedentary lifestyle with poor diets and bad posture. But – none of us are in the clear entirely! We need to be careful and take the necessary precautions to prevent injury.

A Few Snow Shoveling Recommendations

  1. Don’t wait for the snow to pile up before you decide to make your way outside. Shovel small amounts at a time.
  2. Purchase a light shovel made for pushing (not lifting). Plastic shovels are the lightest.
  3. Don’t lift the snow, but rather push it. Put your body weight into the pushing action to avoid using too much of any other muscle group.
  4. If you must lift the snow, be sure to lift small amounts and bend low with your knees – not your back. Avoid lifting over very large snow banks.
  5. Even though it may sound silly, stretch before you shovel or do a light warm-up on the treadmill downstairs. Snow shoveling is a physical activity just like any other and it’s best if your body is prepared for it.
  6. Take breaks. If you feel overexerted, stop for a few minutes and go back out when you’re ready.

Most importantly: if you experience severe chest pains while you’re shoveling, contact a medical doctor immediately. If back pain persists a day or two after shoveling, see your local practitioner.

5 Tips for a Happy Holiday

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The holidays can be fun and exciting, but they can also be stressful. As seniors, we must be mindful of our health and our wallets – since both are easy to throw on the back burner in the midst of all the holiday cheer.

Write a List

Instead of walking through the mall aimlessly in search of the perfect gifts for friends and family this year, try to come up with a useful list ahead of time. Think of those small yet thoughtful gifts that might be a good idea for the grand kids. Your list will help you stay focused without straying too far away from your budget or your thoughtful ideas.

Walk the Mall for Exercise

Instead of viewing your battle with the mall crowds negatively, think of this as a good time to get some exercise in the warm indoors! Walk at your own pace, get some shopping done, and don’t forget to take breaks and drink lots of water as you stroll.

Gifts from your Kitchen

Try a different approach this year, with a few thoughtful gifts right out of your kitchen. Buy a couple small baskets from the corner store and fill them accordingly. For the cookie lover in your family, bake a few of your favorites and put a selection of cookies in the basket along with a few recipes, cookie cutters and some sprinkles. For your close friend who enjoys a nice homemade jam, dig up a couple of those old antique style jam jars, fill them with your famous jam recipes and add a couple of biscuits to go along nicely with them. Finish off each holiday basket with some cellophane wrapping, ribbon and a big bow.

Tone Down the Responsibility

Remember, the holidays are a time for close celebration with friends and family. Too much emphasis is often placed on the meal, when really all anyone looks forward to is some great company. Eliminate a few of your most difficult courses from the menu this year and keep it simple. (I bet no one will even notice.)

Keep Your Veggie Intake High

Your body still needs all of the nutrients it did before the holiday season began. Don’t leave it high and dry as you relish in all of the delicious fried treats, baked goods and decadent meals. If you plan on diving into a less healthy but tasty dinner later on in the day, make sure to prepare a light salad with all of your favorite vegetables during lunch hour.

Happy Holidays from Senior Service Directory!

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