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(NAPSI)—After surviving breast and ovarian cancers, 90-year-old Grace Ruby’s health was very fragile. Knowing she needed to take active steps to improve her health, she joined the SilverSneakers® Fitness program and began to exercise regularly at her local YMCA. In fact, she loved the class so much that she was instrumental in starting a new 7 a.m. class that now has nearly 30 participants. Today, she is also the self-proclaimed class greeter, and takes pride in knowing each one of her classmates personally.
(Family Features) When you set out to make life changes such as weight loss or adopting a more active lifestyle, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts that expedite your path toward your end goal. However, long-term success is more attainable for those who take a slow and steady approach that puts health first.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a great time to pause and reflect on the many things we are thankful for and at the top of my list is my family’s good health. Last year began an important step to make this possible for more people as part of the Affordable Care Act. Last November, affordable health insurance plans were made available through the Federal Marketplace and Arizona expanded the state’s Medicaid program for low-income individuals and families. In Arizona, the number of people who enrolled in either a Medicaid or Marketplace health plan totaled more than 265,000. Of that number, nearly 70,000 live in Pima County. This is great news for those families.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a great time to pause and reflect on the many things we are thankful for and at the top of my list is my family’s good health. Last year began an important step to make this possible for more people as part of the Affordable Care Act. Last November, affordable health insurance plans were made available through the Federal Marketplace and Arizona expanded the state’s Medicaid program for low-income individuals and families. In Arizona, the number of people who enrolled in either a Medicaid or Marketplace health plan totaled more than 265,000. Of that number, nearly 70,000 live in Pima County. This is great news for those families and beginning Nov.15, the open enrollment period begins again.
(NAPSI)—There is mounting evidence that exercise can help to reduce the risk of certain diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. In fact, numerous studies have shown that diet and exercise can also help ward off cognitive problems and memory loss, while improving sleep and boosting mood and self-confidence.
(BPT) - Contrary to what most people believe about being active, it’s not only about how many times you visit your health club each week or even what you do when you’re there. Instead, you must understand how your body responds to a variety of workout intensities and train your body to be metabolically flexible while using fat and carbohydrates at the right times during exercise. Teaching your body how to use these fuels at the right times during exercise helps get the most out of your exercise program, thus working smarter rather than harder.
(StatePoint) One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has announced Jeffrey Schott as its new spa director at the Sonoran Spa. Along with this new hire, Westward Look has additionally named 3-year associate Christopher McLaren as the new catering sales manager.
Little did Jon Marshall know, but when he agreed to take on an intern from the Chapel Haven West program he was going to get a lot more. Marshall not only got a hard worker, but he got someone to mentor.
(BPT) - When serving domestically and overseas, Sailors are away from home, family, familiar settings and traditions. Many use their beliefs and faith to help them understand and manage the unfamiliar surroundings they’re experiencing. Guidance, moral support and worship opportunities are critical services provided by the Navy to help Sailors through the challenges of the job while maintaining relationships with family and fellow military members.
(StatePoint) For many kids, playing sports is an important part of growing up, and that’s a good thing. Sports are a great way for children and adolescents to develop lifelong exercise habits, build relationships, and learn teamwork.
(NAPSI)—While summer can be a great time for family fun, it can also pose a challenge to many students. That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.”
As people age, staying active becomes more and more important. Maintaining fitness is important for overall health and longevity. Exercise improves a person’s chances of living longer, and also means a better quality of life while spending those extra years on the planet.
Get ready for summer fun at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Registration opens this week for the Dog Days in the Desert Summer kids camps.
Three University of Arizona students recently returned from Sochi, Russia, where they worked as NBCUniversal interns at the Winter Olympics.
Burning calories, toning muscles and having fun, women follow the lead of Fitness Together instructor Carmen Hemrick, 55, as she energetically dances on tile floor at Christ the King Episcopal Church.
Here at HSSA we are dedicated to improving the relationships between pets and their owners. More specifically, we aim to educate both canine and human alike to understand one another’s needs; ideally resulting in a lifelong bond. The Canine College Program is a jump start to just that.
A study by researchers at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, showed that an innovative, customized exercise program applied to clinical practice substantially improved care for dementia patients.
The UA study combined high-intensity strength and functional exercises with specifically designed strategies for patients with dementia to promote exercise training in a hospital setting. The new exercise program was implemented in a hospital rehabilitation unit and compared with a usual-care rehabilitation program.
"Rehabilitation of basic functional tasks, such as the ability to rise from a chair or walking, is of utmost importance to reduce fall risk, prevent loss of independence and increase mobility-related quality of life in patients with dementia," said Michael Schwenk, lead author of the paper and a research associate with the UA Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performanc, or iCAMP. "However, there has been a lack of evidence whether patients with dementia can benefit from more intensive rehabilitation exercise programs."
In addition to cognitive deﬁcits, people with dementia experience declining basic motor performances, such as walking, during the course of the disease. Motor deﬁcits worsen by the reduced physical activity and increase the fall rate in these patients, causing an additional disability burden. Based on motor and cognitive deﬁcits, people with dementia have a threefold risk of falling compared with those without cognitive impairment, Schwenk said.
Results of the UA study showed that the higher-intensity, tailored exercise program greatly increased the benefits of functional performances in patients with dementia as compared with the traditional rehabilitation program. The patients who received the novel intensive training improved substantially in basic motor functions, such as lower-extremity muscle strength and postural balance, which are linked to the high fall risk in this population.
"Improvement in lower extremity strength was four times higher in the group that received the new training program compared to the group that received usual rehabilitation care only," said Schwenk. "Results indicate that medium to high training adherence can be achieved in the majority of geriatric inpatients despite cognitive impairment and acute functional impairment."
Several studies have identified cognitive impairment as a negative predictor for functional rehabilitation outcomes and that memory loss, language impairments or lack of motivation may be barriers for effective rehabilitation. Schwenk said geriatricians and therapists struggle with which type of exercise and what level of intensity is appropriate for these patients, and that little guidance is available as to which exercise program is the most suitable. Specific exercise programs incorporating strategies to promote exercise training in patients with dementia have not been adequately developed, he said.
"The UA study provides important insight as to how geriatric rehabilitation exercise programs in patients with dementia can be adjusted and rendered more effective," Schwenk said. "Current findings may help to establish specifically designed rehabilitation exercise programs for patients with dementia and may provide guidance to clinicians as to which rehabilitation protocols are the most effective."
Schwenk, who also is a member of the UA's Arizona Center on Aging, collaborated on the study with a multidisciplinary team that included Bijan Najafi, iCAMP director, UA associate professor of surgery and engineering, and member of the Arizona Center on Aging, the UA Arthritis Center and the UA Cancer Center; Jane Mohler, iCAMP clinical adviser, associate director of the Arizona Center on Aging and associate professor of medicine with co-appointments in the UA colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Ilona Dutzi, William Micol and Klaus Hauer, all with the Department of Geriatric Research, Bethanien-Hospital/Geriatric Centre at the University of Heidelberg, Germany; and Stefan Englert, with the Institute of Medical Biometry and Informatics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Do you wish those late-night TV commercials for magic anti-aging serums were true? Well, if you’re looking for a miracle cure that can make you look and feel younger, as well as help prevent disease and increase your lifespan, then look no further than the nearest gym.
The YMCA of Southern Arizona is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and we would like you to join us.
If your scale is your worst enemy, it may be time to adopt a workable weight management strategy. A New Year is the perfect time to recommit oneself to health, wellness and shedding those extra pounds.
1. Washington and Kabul reach a security pact The U.S. and Afghanistan agreed on a security deal to allow thousands of U.S. training and counterterrorism troops to stay behind after NATO forces withdraw at the end of 2014. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, however, told tribal leaders meeting on Thursday to consider the pact that he wouldn't sign it. He said that it should be left for his successor after elections next year. U.S. officials fear an extended delay could derail the plan. [Reuters, Wall Street Journal] ………………………………………………………………………………
One of the most popular questions discussed this time of year in kitchens all across the U.S. is, how much should our Thanksgiving turkey weigh? Will a 13 pound bird be sufficient or should we go with the 15 pound bird this year? Hey, this is important stuff! Whoops. Did someone say, “stuff” – as in stuffing and stuffed?