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Keep age at bay with health and fitness

May 25, 2016

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is a nationwide health and fitness event for older adults, always held the last Wednesday in May. This is the 23rd year and more than 100,000 older adults will participate in local events at more than 1,000 locations across the country on the same day.

Since today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, what better time to discuss the importance of remaining active in your older years? The fact is that being inactive can have a negative effect on your overall health at any age. As a senior, inactivity can lead to more doctor visits, hospitalization and more medicines for illnesses that you might have not otherwise had to take.

Being physically active with low-impact exercises and daily walking and activity will not only keep you healthier, but it will also help to prevent or delay disease, regulate your mood, manage your stress and keep you living independently.

How can you get healthy and fit as an older adult? You can start today by making an appointment with your health care provider and being screened as part of a regular health exam.

From there, settle on a daily plan that includes fitness and physical activity opportunities, including walking, swimming, even gardening.

Finally, visit fitnessday.com for a look at the kind of workshops and activities that are available to seniors in your neighborhood.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.


May is American Stroke Month

May 9, 2016

We certainly don’t like to think about such things, but anyone can have a stroke. A stroke can have devastating and have long-lasting consequences, including paralysis, vision problems and memory loss.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.

The good news:  80 percent of all strokes are preventable. By knowing the signs and symptoms, you can help to minimize the effects of a stroke.

You can reduce your risk of having a stroke by first understanding that stroke risk increases with age. Family history, gender and race (African-Americans have a higher risk than Caucasians do) also have an impact on risk of stroke. Each year, women have more strokes than men.

You can help by keeping your blood pressure down, giving up smoking, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and knowing the warning signs of stroke. Those signs can include facial drooping, arm weakness and a sudden slurring of speech.

Because nearly two million brain cells die each minute that a stroke goes untreated, reacting quickly to your symptoms is vital and can determine how likely you are to recover without permanent disability.

So, how do you know if someone is having a stroke?

Act FAST with the following protocol: Face (Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?); Arms (Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?); Speech (Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange) and Time (If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.)

To learn more about how you can prevent stroke or be a “stroke hero,” visit www.strokeassociation.org.

Riverside University Health System – Public Health wants your best health! Visit us on Twitter @rivcodoc or Google +.  And be sure to check out our Facebook page or visit our website at www.rivcoph.org.