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How to stay flexible as you age Men and women may begin to feel less flexible as they get older. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, that loss of flexibility is because muscles lose both strength and elasticity as the body ages. A lack of flexibility can make men and women more vulnerable to certain types of injuries, including muscle strains and tears. While people might not be able to maintain the flexibility they enjoyed in their twenties, there are ways for them to combat age-related loss of flexibility. • Stretch frequently. Stretching is a great way to combat agerelated loss of flexibility. Stretch major muscle groups, such as hamstrings and shoulder muscles, several times per week. When practicing static stretching, the goal is to gradually elongate the muscle being stretched before holding the elongated position, and ultimately allowing the muscle to return to resting position. As flexibility improves, elongated stretches can be held for 30 seconds. Avoid stretching muscles that are sore or injured, and discontinue a stretch if you feel pain or discomfort. • Include yoga in your exercise regimen. Practitioners of yoga typically love how this unique discipline that exercises the body while relaxing the mind improves their flexibility.

Many yoga poses are designed to improve the strength and flexibility of muscles, and some physicians may even recommend yoga to aging patients. Yoga DVDs or streaming sessions can be great, but beginners may want to visit yoga studios or sign up for classes at their gyms so instructors can personally ensure they are doing each pose correctly. As their flexibility improves, men and women can try more difficult poses and classes if they so desire. • Get in the pool. Swimming is another activity that can help aging men and women improve their flexibility. Strength-training exercises are an important component of a well-balanced exercise regimen, but such workouts tend to focus on one or two muscle groups at a time. That means other muscle groups may be inactive and tighten up as a result. Swimming works the entire body, which helps all muscle groups stay loose and flexible. One or two swimming sessions per week can contribute to great gains in overall flexibility, especially for men and women who remember to stretch when they get out of the pool. Flexibility may decrease as men and women age, but there are various ways to combat the natural loss of flexibility. ■

Wireless technology takes hearing aids to new levels Hearing loss may not be something people want to contemplate, but it is more common than many people may think. Hearing deficits may occur from birth or be acquired due to injury or prolonged exposure to loud noises. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says approximately 15 percent of American adults (37.5 million people) aged 18 and older report some trouble hearing. Age is the strongest contributor to hearing loss, with people age 60 and older with the highest levels of impairment. People with hearing deficits can access a growing number of assistance devices to make their lives easier. From telephones and doorbells that trigger a blinking light rather than a bell to closed captioning and voiceto-text conversion to a greater understand-

ing and widespread usage of sign language, the deaf and hearing impaired have many options to help them overcome hearing loss. As technology advances, so, too, do the options for the hearing impaired. One innovative piece of gadgetry is sophisticated wireless hearing aids that are compatible

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with personal electronic devices. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, hearing aid manufacturers are harnessing this science to expand on the abilities of hearing aids and to develop new products. In the past, in order to use an MP3 player or mobile phone, a person would need to remove traditional hearing aids to accommodate a pair of earbuds. Furthermore, hearing aids may have had their limitations in filtering ambient noise. Although Bluetoothpowered hearing devices are still in their infancy, Oticon, a global hearing technology company, has developed their own communication and entertainment solution called ConnectLine that enables people to connect hearing aids with different devices. This transforms hearing aids into a personal wireless headset for listening to music, watching television or video chatting.

Many other companies, such as ReSound and Starkey, also offer Bluetooth-enabled devices. Their devices may be compatible with Android and iPhone models, some of which may only require an app or direct connectivity to the device. In fact, Apple has patented a specific Bluetooth connectivity with certain hearing aid manufacturers. Others may require an accessory of some sort to make connections possible, especially when pairing with a TV or other audio device. Thanks to cutting edge technology, assistive listening devices have improved considerably. Individuals should speak with their hearing care professionals about their daily needs concerning hearing aids and explore the options in wireless hearing aid technology that can work seamlessly with their devices. ■

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County touts real results in telehealth program “In rural areas and in an aging community where transportation and mobility are stretched to the limit, telehealth will be the answer for tomorrow, we need to use every source of technology to provide monitoring, create inclusion and reduce loneliness in homes,” Beers told the Sun.

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ELIZABETHTOWN | Home health appears to be taking off in Essex County. Telehealth programs from Essex County’s Home Health Unit (HHU) have reached over 60 patients. And the county’s new rural monitoring program has reduced hospital admissions by 61 percent, Essex Health Director Linda Beers reported to lawmakers last week, resulting in some $43,000 in cost savings for preventable hospitalizations this year. Beers told The Sun that telehealth is a viable solution here for patient well-being, health education and critical illness prevention. The system works by helping home health nurses connect patients to practitioners before a situation becomes an emergency.

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Jennifer Newberry RN, BSN, is director of patient services for the HHU. Asked how the county agency achieved such dynamic results, Newberry said they established a pivotal role for telehealth coordinator, a staff member to work one-on-one connecting patients with equipment that monitors health every day. “The coordinator does really well with it,” Newberry said. “It stretches our workforce because we’re able to monitor people remotely. If someone has a wound or an IV, for example, they can contact you via video with this unit and troubleshoot. The equipment sends us important patient metrics 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It engages people to learn about their illnesses. We teach them: This is the time you call your doctor.” The 40 initial units were purchased through a federal grant award. Information on each tablet device is tailored for individual conditions, such as diabetes, wound care, chronic heart disease or COPD. There are tutorials and quizzes set up in large type with easy-to-follow touch pad buttons to help patients learn what to watch for if a chronic health concern flares up. Several key monitoring tools comes with each device and connect via Bluetooth technology. At the health department’s central offices on Water Street in Elizabethtown, Newberry showed The Sun the devices included with each telehealth unit. There is a blood pressure cuff, a scale for weight measurements, a pulse-oximeter, a stethoscope, a thermometer,

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» Telehealth Cont. from pg. 4 “Many times we teach patients to use the information and when to call if something is off. We teach them how to access healthcare before a problem becomes a visit to an emergency room. We teach them how to be their own advocate and know when something is not right.” Improved patient comfort also helps reduce anxiety and uncertainty as people note their own progress. “They also don’t panic, and their anxiety comes down,” Newberry said.

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“We’re probably one of the biggest success stories using this equipment.”

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Savings in hospital visits is measured in increments of “avoidable hospital stays.” Essex County has dropped, for example, from 18 percent trips to a hospital to 11 percent, an impressive statistic compared to the state average of 16.2 percent and the national average at 15.8 percent. Telehealth equipment and medical response is covered

The telehealth system includes a blood pressure monitor that can send data in real time to Home Health nurses and a patient’s provider. by private insurance and by both Medicare and Medicaid. “The next thing is to teach doctors how to bill for telehealth,” Newberry said, a step that would help expand the reach of HHUs in this rural county. Evolution of the program in Essex County depends on its ability to become sustainable through payment structures with seamless technology streams to medical offices. County officials are seeking additional grants to expand the program. ■

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10. Spartan 11. Wanes 12. Encircle 13. TV hosts, briefly 14. “Blue Moon” singer 15. Essence 16. Intensifies 17. ___ fault 21. “Now about...” 24. Hoops 26. “___ live and breathe” 30. “My man!” 32. Kid’s cry 33. Breathing problem 34. Judge or juror 35. Tarzan creator’s monogram 36. Compound 37. “ . . . happily __ after” 38. Work over 40. Off the wall 41. “I cannot tell ___” 43. Napping 44. Peanut brittle base 45. Noted artist Jean 47. ___ and aahs 49. Getaway key on a PC? 50. The ultimate (degree) 52. Own (up) 53. Vegging out 56. Golf tour 57. Jerk 58. Part of a giggle 59. Full of juicy titbits 60. “When ___ good time?” 64. More contrived 65. Buffett, per his nickname 66. Back-to-work time: abbr. 67. Ides rebuke 68. Follow closely

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If you have been watching the recent news, then you have seen the devastation caused by natural disasters. Have you ever wondered what would happen if disaster struck here? The effects of these situations can be lessened and the recovery time shortened when communities have plans in place for how to respond. RSVP is proud to be a part of the Essex County Emergency Preparedness Plan. We are seeking volunteers who are willing to respond when an emergency strikes. Our volunteers’ role, in the overall picture, is to serve prepared meals at emergency shelters and congregate sites. A recent survey of our active volunteers shows that several are interested in rising to this challenge, but RSVP needs more people to join the emergency preparedness roster, so that we are ready and capable to help when disaster comes to our area. RSVP has a proud history of responding to emergencies. In the past, RSVP volunteers were there to help when flooding struck Essex County. If you would like to be one of those answering the call when help is needed, contact Kyle Miller at 518-546-3565 or email RSVP@logical.net. Once you are registered as an RSVP volunteer, you will be added to our response and recovery team and you will be called upon when sheltered residents and emergency responders need to be served hot meals.

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Another year of the RSVP Reading Buddy Program is about to start. This year our volunteers will be working with two school districts in Essex County. For those of you not familiar, the Reading Buddy Program provides one-on-one reading to and with an individual

Mary MacDonald, a representative of Senator Elizabeth Little’s office, attended this years RSVP of Essex County’s annual recognition luncheon. ing a fun luncheon in their honor. This year, we had in attendance Mary MacDonald, a representative of Senator Elizabeth Little’s office. Mary was on hand to join RSVP in honoring the following volunteers and partners: Mona White received the lifetime achievement award, Barb Brassard received the lifetime achievement award, Joan De Cesare received the distinguished service award and Lythia “Lee” Vera, of the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network, received the partner of the year award. This year’s theme was “At the Beach,” and the end of the day a well-fed crowd went home decked out with neon sunglasses, a beach towel draped around their shoulders, a seashell or two in their pockets. Many of our volunteers remarked on the handmade centerpieces that were given away as prizes. Our thanks to Janet Cross for all the time and effort that went into their making. The luncheon was held at Noblewood Park, in Willsboro for a second year in a row. The meal featured spare ribs and was catered by the ACAP (Adirondack Community Action Programs)Nutrition Program. The meal was fabulous, and we were fortunate to have great weather for the outing.

student one hour a week in the classroom. The Reading Buddy Program encourages a love of reading and provides a positive adult role model for young readers. Reading Buddies is made possible through the Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match. Each year, Stewart’s Shops makes it possible for participating children to receive books that they take home with them to read over summer vacation. Last year, $300 worth of Scholastic books were given good homes to eager readers. RSVP of Essex County is actively seeking new Reading Buddies. One of our goals is to expand into more school districts and more volunteers can make that happen. If you would like to make an impact in the lives of young readers, call Kyle Miller at 518-546-3565 or email RSVP@gmail.com.

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soon as it becomes available. Last year, the program more than doubled the previous year’s number of free tax preparations. A total of $4,287 in tax refunds came home to Essex County through VITA. This year in Essex County, there will be tax preparation sites at the Moriah Town Hall in Port Henry, the Hand House in Elizabethtown, the Schroon Lake Senior Center and the Lake Placid Public Library. RSVP is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season for both tax preparation and appointment greeters. Volunteers wishing to be tax preparers will receive free tax preparation training, a laptop computer station and tax preparation software. As a volunteer, you can be a working person, a college student, semi-retired or retired. If you would like to become a VITA volunteer either as a tax preparer or greeter, please call Kyle Miller at 518-546-3565 or email RSVP@logical.net.

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The success of RSVP lies entirely in the work done by our volunteers. This point is most keenly driven home when one of our volunteers steps down. I received sad news from one long-time volunteer that he is retiring from his post. James Bullard, of Westport, has been a Literacy Volunteer in Essex County for more than 14 years and has been an RSVP volunteer for

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Mona White was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the RSVP recognition luncheon. much of that time. He was particularly valuable because of his skill at communicating with Spanish and French speaking pupils. He will be sorely missed at RSVP and Literacy Volunteers of Essex County, and we wish him well with his retirement. If you see Jim, be sure to say hello and thank him for the many years of service that he has given his community. Jim’s retirement from volunteer service points out the vital need RSVP has for new

volunteers. If you are looking to get out of the house a couple of hours a week and are interested in meeting people and doing good things for the folks in your community, then you would be a perfect RSVP volunteer! You don’t need to speak Spanish like Jim to volunteer. I would love to hear about any skills you have that could be put to good use. Give Kyle Miller a call at 518-546-3565 or email RSVP@logical.net to talk about the type of things you could be doing. ■

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Many seniors love to talk about their life histories. What better way to be the catalyst for conversation than to create a photo album that chronicles their lives? Photos can be included alongside historical documents, such as old school projects, military discharge papers, awards, and even genealogical information. Photo puzzles, photo calendars and any home decor with a photo printed on it are variations on this theme.

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Seniors want to remain as independent as possible. By giving items that help them do just that, you can bring smiles to their faces. One idea is motion-sensing light switches and fixtures. If and when nature calls in the middle of the night, hallways or bathrooms can be illuminated effortlessly. Shower and bathroom grab bars are another idea. These provide extra security and stability when getting in and out of the shower or when using the toilet. For seniors who just need a little extra reach, a grab tool can easily snag packages from a top shelf or pick up items that may have dropped to the floor, eliminating bending or straining.

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