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Cheese Cow or goat milk Plain yogurt
Swordfish Cod liver oil Sardines Canned pink salmon Sockeye salmon Canned tuna Red snapper
✔ FRUITS & VEGETABLES
Artichokes Bok Choy White mushrooms Kale (cooked)
Squash (Butternut or acorn) Figs (dried) Kiwis Oranges Grapefruit Snow peas (cooked)
Roasted almonds Beans (soy or white) Hummus Egg yolks Soy or almond milk Enriched margarine Chickpeas Tofu
How women can protect against osteoporosis A bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both, osteoporosis can be debilitating. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones each year, a figure that experts predict will rise to three million by 2025. While anyone can suffer from osteoporosis, women are more likely than men to develop the disease. Studies suggest that while up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis, one in two women age 50 and older are likely to suffer such a fate. The National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that osteoporosis is often referred to as a silent disease, with many people not even realizing they have it until they suffer a fracture. Because of the silent nature of osteoporosis and their increased vulnerability to it, women may want to take the
following measures to protect themselves against this potentially debilitating disease. ■ INCLUDE AMPLE CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D IN YOUR DIET. Both calcium and vitamin D are vital to building strong, dense bones and keep bones strong and healthy as the body ages. The body can get vitamin D from sunlight and supplements or multivitamins. Vitamin D is naturally available in just a few foods, such as fatty fish like wild-caught salmon or tuna. ■ INCLUDE WEIGHT-BEARING AND MUSCLESTRENGTHENING EXERCISES IN YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE. Weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises help women build and maintain bone density. Weight-bearing
exercises include dancing, high-impact aerobics, jogging/ running, and tennis, among others. Muscle-strengthening activities include weightlifting and elastic band exercises. The National Osteoporosis Foundation notes that certain positions in exercises such as yoga and pilates may not be safe for people with osteoporosis or those at increased risk of broken bones. Speak to a physical therapist about which positions or exercises to avoid. ■ PAY ATTENTION TO THE BEVERAGES YOU DRINK. It's not just the foods you eat that can help or hurt you in the fight against osteoporosis. Heavy consumption of alcohol can contribute to bone loss, while drinks that contain caffeine, including coffee, tea and sodas, can decrease calcium absorption and contribute to bone loss as well. Drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages in moderation.
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Avoid aches and pains when gardening People who have not spent much time in a garden may not consider this rewarding hobby much of a threat to their health. But as veteran gardeners can attest, gardening can contribute to nagging aches and pains that can force even the most ardent green-thumbers indoors. Gardening is a physical activity that, despite its peaceful nature, can be demanding on the body. Thankfully, there are several ways that gardening enthusiasts can prevent the aches and pains that can sometimes pop up after long days in the garden. ■ USE ERGONOMIC TOOLS: Ergonomic gardening tools are designed to prevent the types of aches, pains and injuries that can cut gardeners’ seasons short. Gardening injuries can affect any area of the body, but injuries or aches and pains affecting the back, wrists and hands are among the most common physical problems
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gardeners endure. Look for ergonomic tools that reduce the strain on these areas of the body. Even arthritis sufferers who love to garden may find that ergonomic tools make it possible for them to spend more time in their gardens without increasing their risk for injury. ■ ALTERNATE TASKS: Repetitive-strain injuries can affect gardeners who spend long periods of time performing the same activity in their gardens. By alternating tasks during gardening sessions, gardeners can reduce their risk of suffering repetitive strain injuries. Alternate tasks not just on muscle groups worked, but also level of difficulty. Remember to include some simple jobs even on busy gardening days so the body gets a break. ■ TAKE BREAKS: Frequent breaks can help combat the stiffness and muscle aches that may not
appear until gardeners finish their gardening sessions. Breaks help to alleviate muscles or joints that can become overtaxed when gardening for long, uninterrupted periods of time. When leaning down or working on your hands and knees, stand up to take breaks every 20 minutes or the moment aches and pains start to make their presence felt. ■ GOOD POSTURE: Back injuries have a tendency to linger, which can keep gardeners indoors and out of their gardens. When gardening, maintain good posture to prevent back injuries. Gardening back braces can protect the back by providing support and making it easier for gardeners to maintain their posture. Tool pouches attached to gardening stools or chairs also can be less taxing on the back than gardening belts tied around the waist.
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Seniors and elders are an important and growing part of our communities, range of non-medical home support services and their active involvementA enriches everyone’s lives. Services provided by Abbotsford Community Services Better at Home include: Light Housekeeping • Transportation for Non-medical errands Better Home helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks, allowing seniors The Unitedat Way role • Grocery Shopping • Yard Maintenance • Information & Referral Service United Way of the Lower Mainland to maintain their independence and stay connected with their community. supports seniors to age with dignity and in the comfort of their own homes. With funding provided by the government of BC, the United Way manages the operation of 67 Better at Home programs across the province.
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1. FOSTERS MINDFULNESS. Studies have demonstrated that knitting, like meditation, can induce a state of calm mindfulness that has a positive influence on your mood and mindset. 2. REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY. Knitting contributes to lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, making it an excellent hobby for relaxing and escaping your troubles. 3. HELPS TO KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY. The act of knitting stimulates communication between your neurons and may help to prevent age-related memory loss. What’s more, it may even help fight diseases such as dementia. 4. HELPS EASE ARTHRITIS. In addition to improving your agility and range of motion, knitting does a world of good for your joints. The constant involvement of your fingers and hands keeps joints moisturized and thus less likely to develop arthritic pain. 5. BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM. Like many other creative hobbies, knitting can become a great source of pride and accomplishment. Making something from scratch with your own two hands is certainly rewarding!
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Pick up a good book and get lost in a story pick up a good book and get lost in a story.
Studies have shown that reading improves fluency and story retention while providing a host of additional benefits to young children. However, the perks do not end as we get older. Data published in the journal Neurology found reading regularly improves memory function by working out the brain. This can help slow a decline in memory and other brain functions. Frequent brain exercise can lower mental decline by 32 percent, according to research published in The Huffington Post. Studies even suggest that reading can help a person be more empathetic to others' feelings. Research published in the journal Science showed that reading literary works (not popular fiction) cultivates a skill known as "theory of mind," which is the “ability to ‘read’ the thoughts and feelings of others.” Finding time to read more can improve cognition, reduce stress and increase intelligence. The availability of digital content has made it easy to forget how pleasurable it can be to
Reading also can be calming, helping to reduce stress as a result. By losing oneself in a book, worries and stress can melt away, says research conducted in 2009 at the University of Sussex. Measuring heart rate and muscle tension, researchers discovered that
Adopting a dog or cat later in life
Companion animals bring great joy to their owners. The unconditional love cats and dogs provide appeals to people of all ages. While many people associate pets with kids who can't wait to welcome the first cat or dog into their homes, pets can benefit aging men and women as well. The American Humane Society states that studies show pets provide affection, company and entertainment. Pets also provide much-needed mental stimulation, and many pet owners find their pets help them become more physically active as well. Seniors who adopt pets may also feel a sense of purpose when helping animals who may not have anywhere to live. This is particularly true of older companion animals, which many young families are understandably hesitant to adopt. Mature pets might be an ideal fit for seniors. When seniors are looking to adopt a pet, there are various reasons why older pets or particular animals might be the perfect fit for them. ■ Adult pets may already be house
trained, saving seniors the trouble and effort of training them. ■ Seniors may find cats fit their lifestyles more than dogs, as cats are less active and do not need to be walked or played with as much as dogs. Cats also are small and easily maneuverable, meaning even seniors who have arthritis or other physical limitations can easily care for cats. Many cats are also content to spend long periods of time sleeping on their owners' laps. ■ Small dogs that can be active within the house might be a good idea as well, especially for seniors with mobility issues. They’re also easily transported to and from vet appointments.
It’s important that seniors carefully weigh the benefits of adopting a pet against any limitations they may have. Having a backup plan for care is advantageous as well. Seniors should not adopt a pet if they anticipate frequent travel or medical care that requires they be away from home for long periods of time.
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study participants needed just six minutes to relax once they began reading.
There are many other reasons why reading is good for the mind and body. The following tips can help men and women find more time to read. ■ Find small minutes to read. Busy people may think they don’t have the time to devote to reading, but if they read in small intervals, the amount of time will add up. Read during commutes (if you’re not driving), while in physicians’ waiting rooms or during a lunch hour. ■ It’s okay to quit. If you’re a few chapters into a book and it’s not striking your fancy, it’s okay to trade up for a more interesting tale. Don’t feel obligated to finish a book if you are not engaged. ■ Read paper books. Reading printed books can be a welcome, relaxing change from looking at screens all day. This may inspire you to read more and for longer periods of time. ■ Join a book club. A book club in which you engage with fellow readers can motivate you to read more often. And, if it’s convenient to read on an electronic device here are three tips for finding a senior-friendly tablet. With so many makes and models of tablets available these days, finding the right one
for you is no easy task. Here are three smart tips to help you choose a great device that suits your needs. 1. CHOOSE A LARGE ENOUGH DISPLAY Pick a full-sized tablet with at least a 25-centimetre (10-inch) display, especially if you have trouble seeing. A larger touchscreen is also more user-friendly and comfortable to use. 2. PREFER A SIMPLER USERFACE Not entirely comfortable with computers and the like? Choose a tablet that runs on a simple operating system featuring familiar icons and a straightforward layout. Don’t hesitate to try out several different models in store to find the one you like best. 3. THINK FUNCTIONALITY Make sure that the tablet you settle on is upto-date with the latest technologies and has all the capabilities that you’re looking for. If you wish to be able to contact your loved ones via email or video chat, play games, or take photos, for example, choose a device that will allow you to do so with ease. Finally, think ahead by making sure the brand of tablet you choose offers a solid technical support service.
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