My middle daughter graduated from college. It was a great weekend, and we are so proud of her! Of course, the day consisted of quite a bit of walking. We walked to the top of the hill where the graduates gathered in advance of their ceremony. During the ceremony, we had to stand on that […]

THOUGHTS ON A GRADUATION

Have you noticed changes in your balance? In your confidence in going out without being worried about falling? Is your world becoming smaller due to the places you no longer feel comfortable going? Let’s fix that! FALLING IS NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING! One major component is being proactive about it. Here are the […]

THREE KEYS TO BALANCE

Stride length. Why is it important as we age? Taking smaller steps can lead to falls for these reasons: When taking smaller steps, we tend to look down rather than forward. This increases fall risk due to the fact that your center of gravity is already forward if you trip on something. When taking smaller […]

ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT FALLING? LET’S TALK ABOUT STRIDE LENGTH

My client “John” is 78 years old. He has been experiencing some cognitive issues lately mostly related to short-term memory. Genetics CAN be a risk factor for dementia, but research shows exercise and other lifestyle behaviors can reduce risk. Sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) and osteoporosis are also related to cognition. Taking into consideration John’s […]

THE BEST WAY TO ENHANCE COGNITION/BRAIN HEALTH

Are you concerned about changes in cognition as you are getting older?The truth is everyone experiences slight cognitive changes during aging. The good news? The brain has the ability to change throughout our lifetime, The caveat? As we age, the amount of effort required to elicit cognitive and physical changes increases. One problem is, as […]

Brain Training: How It Affects Cognition

If I asked you what you wish for – or how you envision – your future, what would you picture in your mind? How does it make you feel? Anxious? Excited? Wary? Hopeful? Our priorities shift as we get older. Our workouts should follow suit. Aging well doesn’t just happen. We need a plan. I’m a […]

4 PILLARS OF INDEPENDENCE

As we get older, our priorities change. Our perspectives change. Our life circumstances change. We start thinking about how we’d like to spend the rest of our lives. Where we will live. How we will live. Who and what is important to us. The underlying – and perhaps most important – key to the rest […]

Training for Life

The definition of exercise is ‘physical activity that is planned, structured and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. Exercise is used to improve health, maintain fitness and is important as a means of physical rehabilitation.’ “The reason this is important is because exercise goes above and beyond our daily activities. […]

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE

According to the World Health Organization’s 2015 World Report on Ageing and Health, healthy aging is “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being at an older age.” If you search online for “older adult exercise”, “balance for older adults” or some combination of those, chances are your results will be […]

AGING & MAINTAINING FUNCTIONAL ABILITY: WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR ME?