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WATER AEROBIC YOUR WAY TO BETTER HEALTH

Water aerobics is an awesome way to workout.  Its’ non-impact resistance is a great way to ease aches and pains and to help recover from injury or surgery.

www.miami.cbslocal.com/2017/04/17/water-aerobics-keeps-seniors-moving-provides-therapeutic-benefits/

 

Spring Cleaning Safety for Seniors

SPRING CLEANING SAFETY TIPS FOR SENIORS

With the spring season underway, we all know what that means; it’s time to do some spring cleaning!

This is a great time to get organized, especially after spending the chilly winter months indoors. There is nothing like the warm, sunny weather to motivate us.  But, the key focus for spring cleaning is safety.

See the website below for a full article on top tips for seniors on how to go about your spring cleaning to do list.

5 TOP CLEANING TIPS
And, while you are at it, take time to fall-proof your home
5 TOP FALL-PROOFING TIPS

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Important Questions re Fire Safety

Seniors and people with disabilities are most vulnerable when it comes to fire.

If you are considering a care, long-term care or retirement home for yourself, a relative, or a friend, here are some important questions to ask the operators of these facilities:

  1. Has the facility had a recent fire safety inspection?
  2. Is the building well maintained?
  3. Are the doors and hallways free of obstructions?
  4. Are there fire safety features in place, such as: sprinklers, extinguishers, clear exits, smoke alarms, emergency lighting, self-closing devices on doors, general fire alarm?
  5. If there is a safety plan (approved by the fire department) in place and is it reviewed regularly?
  6. Have staff received fire safety training?
  7. Are fire drills held regularly?
  8. Is the room/floor of the building suitable given your loved one’s ability to evacuate in the event of a fire?
  9. Are there enough staff available to carry out an evacuation/escape plan if there is a fire?
  10. Are there guidelines for people who smoke such as a designated outdoor area, separate room and/or staff supervision?

KNIT 1, PURL 2: IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

KNITTING CAN IMPROVE YOUR MOOD, MIND AND BODY

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/01/27/4-unforeseen-health-benefits-of-knitting/

Now, to step that up a notch. Have you considered forming a knitting group? The art of knitting provides a common bond in so many people. If you have never knit before, it is easy to learn and projects can be worked on easily while socializing in a group.

 

 

Then, step it up another notch and add a purpose, ie knitting for charity, and meetings take on a whole new energy.

 

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/Knitting-for-Charity-20-free-hat-patterns

Knitting provides many-layered benefits:

  • It gives you a sense of pride
  • Has the same benefits as meditation
  • Alleviates symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression
  • It helps improve motor function
  • It slows cognitive decline
  • It helps prevent arthritis and tendinitis

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dont-stop-knitting-its-keeping-you-healthy.html

http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/health-therapeutic

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/open-gently/201311/should-you-knit

Socializing in a like-minded group:

  • Connects people with a common interest
  • Creates a networking thread of connection outside meetings
  • Alleviates anxiety, stress and depression
  • Improves cognitive functions and skills
  • Abates loneliness and isolation

Add to this, knitting for charity.

That can be called a WIN – WIN – WIN.

There are many local agencies who endlessly require and are supremely grateful for knit items for the homeless, refugees and poverty stricken people. Siloam Mission is one such place. https://www.siloam.ca/. Another idea is blankets for preemies in neo-natal units.

Knit 1, Purl 2