Health issues confronting Seniors become more important as the aging population of baby boomers learns to cope with a variety of physical and mental challenges. A series of workshops during October and November at the Huntsville Public Library will address nutrition, brain health, heart health, and how to guard against the cold and flu season. “Eat Right for Healthy Aging” will be the first presentation by Lynette Azar of Angels Care Home Health from 11-12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 in the Staggs Community Room. For more information call Mary at 936-291-5471.
As you get older, you need to pay even closer attention to the foods you eat. Eating a healthy diet can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, certain cancers and other chronic health problems that occur more frequently with age. In addition, a healthy diet will help you feel more vibrant and keep your mind sharp.
Overall brain fitness can be achieved by maintaining a variety of brain activities. The key to this brain action is the requirement of regular stimulation. Just like the rest of our body, our brain needs exercise and movement to stay healthy. The human brain can continually adapt and rewire itself. Even as we age we can help protect ourselves from loss of brain function by incorporating small changes into our daily lives.
Our heart is a powerful organ that constantly works, never pausing to rest. The heart functions as a pump to supply blood and oxygen to all parts of the body through a system of blood vessels. It typically beats – or expands and contracts – about 100,000 times a day. Having a healthy heart gives us more energy, helps our organs function better, keeps our bodies stronger, and ultimately helps us live longer. The better care we take of our heart, the more physically and emotionally happy we will be now and in the future.
Is it a cold or is it the flu? That’s a common question we hear from many around the community. It’s easy to confuse the two, as both the cold and flu are highly contagious respiratory illnesses and outbreaks occur when the weather gets cold. However, it’s important to know the difference between the two because seasonal cold and flu have their very own distinct causes, symptoms, and treatments.