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How Physical Fitness is Tied to Mental Fitness in Seniors

November 22, 2019 in: Senior Fitness,

Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins started competing as a sprinter at the age of 100, which was only two years ago. In June of 2019, while competing at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Hawkins won gold medals in the 100 meters (46:06) and 50 meters (21:05) races as a competitor in the 100 and over age category. 

Currently living in the state of Louisiana, Hawkins has proven that life is what we make it and that committing to a life of fitness can garner both physical and mental benefits. During an interview at a local television station in Albuquerque, Hawkins stated that “I hope I’m still inspiring them to be healthy and to realize you can still be doing it at this kind of age.” 

While Hawkins’ story is inspiring for people of all ages, it is particularly relevant in showing that seniors can enjoy an active lifestyle of fitness later in life. This article addresses the benefits of physical fitness and mental fitness for seniors and how committing to this regimen can significantly improve their overall quality of life.

Walking for Long Term Health and Wellness for Seniors

November 08, 2019 in: Senior Fitness,

Walking for Long Term Health for Seniors

As we get older, exercising should be a priority; unfortunately, for many American seniors, this is not the case as many often prefer to lead a sedentary lifestyle as they approach their golden years. For many seniors, this decision stems from health problems, weight or pain issues, or concerns about injuring themselves, all of which are valid concerns. However, exercising does have to entail lifting heavy weights or performing high-intensity workouts. Studies show that walking 30 minutes per day is offer several health benefits, such as lowering the risk of developing certain chronic diseases and reducing high blood pressure. And the benefits don't stop there as walking also helps contribute to the following:

November Montecito Community Calendar

November 04, 2019 in: Montecito Community Events,

Brain Games and Activities for Memory Care

October 09, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

It's a well-known fact that optimum health requires regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and plenty of sleep. And it's important to realize that keeping a nimble mind is just as important as our physical health. Studies have found ( that brain games and activities for memory care can prevent cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. 

The reason brain games keep us mentally healthy is simple. Games provide mental exercises that train us how to pay attention to the things that matter and how to ignore the things that don't. In other words, they teach us to focus on problem-solving and to ignore things that don't contribute to the solution. 

October Community Events Calendar

October 02, 2019 in: Montecito Community Events,

What is the Late Stage of Dementia?

September 20, 2019 in: Memory Care (dementia/alzheimers),

Having a loved one with late stage Dementia can be heartbreaking. Although the illness may be terminal, individuals can live with Dementia for years. Understanding when the end stages of dementia have begun is key to providing the best care possible and giving your loved one the comfort they deserve. 

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