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Cecil Scaglione, Editor

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Activity Review Meeting . . .

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. . . sked for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

is cancelled

because Mary Weaver took her family to Disneyland this week.

So enjoy the monthly party

that begins at 3:30 p.m. in the dining room

for folks with birthdays in March.

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Exercise More Than Calorie Burner

As people age, the most significant benefits of regular exercise may have little to do with burning up calories. As you grow older, physical activity not only lowers body weight but it also cuts cardiovascular and blood-pressure perils, has positive effects on the immune system, and can reduce the risk of certain cancers, say medical experts.

Exercise also strengthens the heart, helps the lungs function better, enables the blood to carry more oxygen, makes muscles stronger, and improves motion in the joints. There is evidence that exercise also enhances your mood and counters mild to moderate depression. Active people also have a lower risk of stroke.

If physical activity hasn’t been part of your life for some time, don’t despair. Research has revealed that starting an exercise program at any point in life boosts health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine set the standard for physical activity in 1995, recommending at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise on most or all days of the week in increments as short as 10 minutes.

A study of various combinations of high and moderate exercise intensity and duration combined with a 30 percent reduction in calories consumed revealed that the intensity level produced no significant differences in weight loss. What did make a difference was time.

Many older people who want to exercise are discouraged by poor health and the toll of aging.

This doesn’t have to be the case if the person’s physician has given the green light to exercise. Almost any form of physical activity can improve overall health and the cardiovascular system. This includes walking, gardening, pushing a stroller, swimming, jumping rope and riding a bike.

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Written by Cecil Scaglione

March 13, 2023 at 8:40 pm

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Meet Verena Salon Operators

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hair-stylist Irene and manicurist Dawn

to get your questions answered about

services, operating times and other matters.

10 a.m.  2nd floor theater

And then . . .

It’s taken a long time

for us old farts

to realize that there’s no sense

to eating right and exercising regularly to stay fit

because we’re still going to die anyway.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

February 9, 2023 at 2:00 am

When The Folks Around Here . . .

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. . . get to discussing exercise,

I just tell them I’m into resistance training.

I refuse to go to the gym.

Older Couples Share Dental Habits

Couples who have been together a long time tend to have similar dental habits, according to a study conducted by the University of California and the University of North Carolina.

A person with dental neglect is 32 times more likely than others to have a partner with neglect and a person without neglect is 5.4 times more likely to have a similar partner. Persons who are “in denial” about their oral health are 1 to 1 1/2 times more likely to have a similar partner.

Results of another poll by the Sacramento-based California Dental Association include the following:

— Blue is the most preferred color for toothbrushes;

— 47 percent of Americans wet their toothbrushes before applying paste;

— Americans spend an average of 911 hours brushing their teeth during their lifetimes;

— The average number of dental visits in a lifetime is 142, and

— 4 percent of American adults think they have periodontal disease — in reality, closer to 75 percent do.

Written by Cecil Scaglione

November 10, 2022 at 2:00 am

I Got Musing . . .

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. . .the other morning

about what type of work I might do

and I could see myself hanging mirrors

Exercise Exorcizes Pain

Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons have to be stretched regularly to remain limber and
lubricated. You can start before you get out of bed by lying on your side, pulling your knees up in a fetal position and pushing your butt toward your heels for about 10 seconds. This stretches and pulls your spine into proper position. Do this a couple of times on both sides.

When you get out of bed, kneel on the floor and place your palms on the floor under your shoulders and arch your back toward the ceiling for about five or 10 seconds. Reverse the motion and push your back downward while you push your head toward the ceiling. Hold this for five or 10 seconds. And repeat the sequence three or four times.

Now lay stomach down on the floor and do a half-body push-up. Press your hips on the floor and stretch your head and neck toward the ceiling. Hold this position for five or 10 seconds
and repeat the exercise a three or four times.

Now you can stand up. Spread your legs apart as far as you can without hurting yourself and, while keeping your knees straight, bend forward as far as you can. If your hand touches the floor, fine. Hold this for five or 10 seconds and repeat a few times.

If any of these, or any exercises, cause you pain, either modify the motion or quit.


Written by Cecil Scaglione

October 14, 2022 at 3:00 am

Posted in Aging, Health, Uncategorized

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