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Benefits of Aqua Fitness for Seniors

What is Aquafitness? Aquafitness refers to aerobic exercises, which are performed in water.  Aquafitness can be defined as physical exercise that increases the heart rate and increases the body’s intake of oxygen long enough to benefit the condition of the human body. There are many benefits associated with Aquafitness. With the buoyancy and resistance of the water it allows you to use every muscle and every joint in the body all at the same time to get a workout, which helps improve overall body tone. There are so many other health benefits associated with Aquafitness, with weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure and so much more. It can also improve your cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, coordination, along with muscular strength and endurance. With the massaging effect water has on the body it makes Aquafitness exercising very soothing and therapeutic, the cool temperature of the water prevents you from sweating while you workout. Most community pools and fitness centers will offer general or senior-specific Aquafitness classes to suit your needs. During a typical class, an instructor guides participants in performing a number of movements that increase your heart rate and work your muscles. How is Aquafitness so ideal for seniors? With exercise physical activity increases your flexibility and balance, it helps to improve mobility, prevents injury and disease. With a good work out it helps you get a good night’s sleep. It also provides a number of emotional benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. Exercise is the key to a healthy and happy retirement. Aquafitness is an excellent form of exercise for seniors, for the simple...

7 Ways Music Therapy Can Benefit Seniors

A famous European orchestra conductor once said, “Music comes from heaven. You just have to pull it down.” If you’re a senior living at home alone, and you have access to a radio, tape player, television, DVD player or even an old record player, you can pull some down! Then, you’ll discover many benefits of music therapy for seniors. Locked in the memory of every person is a connection to rhythm and melody. Music has a way of easing mental strain and can alter a person’s mood. Rhythm and melody are at the core of music’s beneficial magic. How Music Therapy is Beneficial to Seniors? Music therapy can promote better physical and mental health in a variety of ways by: Relieving boredom Motivating movement Rekindling positive memories Shifting negative thinking patterns Calming nervousness Encouraging happy thoughts Promoting social interaction 1)  Relieving Boredom As seniors become less physically active, they can become lost in the silence of their minds from day to day. For some, impaired hearing can contribute to a sense of social disconnection, loneliness and boredom. For seniors with a hearing loss, the music volume may need to be louder. In some cases, headphones may be the appropriate method to make it possible for them to enjoy the benefits of music. Adjusting bass and treble sounds can make a difference in what they are able to hear. Listening to music will add variety to the day. 2)  Motivating Movement It has been found that even such minimal movement as tapping a foot or clapping hands is enough activity to release pent-up mental and physical stress, and bring a little...

Signs of a Heart Attack

Thousands of Canadians die of a heart attack each year, but you can protect yourself by understanding what to look signs and symptoms to look out for! Learn to…… Recognize the signs Act quickly Your life could be saved Signs may vary from person to person. Here are some signs that may help you to know when to call 911. Chest Discomfort It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or sharp pain. Sweating Suddenly breaking out into a cold sweat and shivers Nausea The feeling to vomit Light headed Feeling dizzy Losing your balance with the room rotating around you. Upper Body Discomfort Symptoms may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach. Call 911 for assistance and explain that you may be having a heart attack. Stay on the line with a 911 agent Chew and swallow Aspirin, one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg tablets Stay calm while waiting for help arrives Keep a list of medications and medical conditions with Doctor’s name and contact posted on your fridge and one in your wallet. This way the paramedics will have easy access to the information when they arrive.    ...

Kidney Disease – Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidney disease is the silent killer, which will largely affect your quality of life. When thinking of preventative health measures, your kidneys should come to mind. In protecting your kidneys tend may not be on your mind. However, kidneys play an important role in filtering the toxins and waste out of your blood, regulating blood pressure, and maintaining the right balance of water in your body. With infections, medications and illnesses it can take a gradual toll on the kidneys, and some decline in function with age. Kidney damage tends to be symptomless until about 90% of kidney function is impaired, often irreversibly. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to prevent common causes of kidney damage, and keep your kidneys working well through your lifetime. Maintain a Healthy Diet While keeping a well-balanced diet is a very important part in having a healthy lifestyle at any age, to prevent obesity. Obesity is a high risk factor for many diseases, including kidney disease. Canada’s Food Guide provides an evidence-based approach to nutrition, based on the most recent science around optimal nutrient intake and disease prevention. A low in sodium diet is especially important to maintain kidney health, particularly if you have high blood pressure. It is best to avoid packaged, take-out and convenience food that tends to be high in sodium, fat and sugar. Choose whole grains with fresh fruit and vegetables, and moderate amounts of lean protein. It is always a good idea to drink enough water during the day, but drinking more than the typical four to six glasses a day probably won’t help your kidneys...

Doctor Visits and Their Link to Hypertension

A new study shows that one-third of patients thought to have resistant high blood pressure (hypertension) actually had “white coat” hypertension – this suggests that when the subject is at a doctor’s appointment their blood pressure elevates, but returns to normal once they have left. Resistant hypertension occurs when a patient’s blood pressure remains above treatment goals, despite a prescribed dosage of three different types of blood pressure medication. In white coat hypertension, the patient’s blood pressure rises during examinations (hence the term “white coat”), but is normal in everyday life. The study, reported in the journal Hypertension, used 24-hour ambulatory monitoring to check hypertension patients’ blood pressure at regular intervals under normal living and working conditions. “Ambulatory monitoring showed that many of these patients’ blood pressures were in the normal range when they were at home or participating in their usual activities,” said Alejandro de la Sierra, M.D., lead author of the study and director of internal medicine at Hospital Mutua Terrassa, University of Barcelona in Spain. He added, “While those who actually had ‘white coat’ hypertension are not risk free, their cardiovascular outcomes are much better.” The study included 8,295 hypertension patients. Fifty-one percent male, with an average age of 64 years. Testing with 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring showed that thirty-seven percent of patients previously determined to have resistant hypertension proved to instead have white coat hypertension. The remaining 63 percent had true resistant hypertension. Researchers took patients’ ambulatory blood pressure every 20 minutes during the day and night and assessed age, gender, weight, height, body mass index, duration of hypertension and known heart risk factors...
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