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The Importance of Maintaining Good Posture

April 3rd, 2017

Courtesy of Tracy Miller, PTA
Therapy Program Manager at Mosser
Encore Rehabilitation
 

 The Importance of Maintaining Good Posture
   

Your backbone is the key to good posture, and a strong, solid posture is necessary to feel good and stay active. Many people, however, don’t stand straight. Their heads droop, their shoulders become rounded and their backs slump. Over time, poor posture causes muscle weakness or tightness. Slumping while watching TV or using a computer may throw your spine out of alignment. Our parents were onto something when they told us to sit up straight and stand erect. Perfecting your posture requires a lot of attention initially, but with practice it becomes second nature. Good habits build good posture, and good posture gives you more energy and fewer aches and pains.

Posture is the position of your body while standing, sitting, and performing daily tasks. When your body is properly aligned, it is well-balanced, with minimum stress and strain on supporting structures such as bones, ligaments and muscles. Good posture also provides appropriate positioning for your inner organs. Keeping your body straight gives your lungs the space they need for full expansion and keeping your abdominal muscles tight provides support for intestinal and pelvic organs. Posture affects breathing and arm and neck movements. It even affects how your jaw works and the way you chew.

Posture does change over time, but many limitations that people associate with aging are actually due to inactivity. You may see older people with an almost goose-necked stance, head forward and shoulders severely rounded. But many younger people, especially those who spend a lot of time at their desks peering at computer monitors, exhibit these same postures earlier in life.

Certainly age-related changes and conditions do occur. For example, as you get older the discs in your back lose some of their water content, becoming less spongy, more rigid and narrower, exaggerating bad posture and stiffness. Hips and knees tend to become slightly more bent as you age, leading to walking pattern alterations. The possibility of developing conditions such as osteoporosis and spinal stenosis also increase with age. You can’t turn back the hands of time, but with proper exercise and training, you can maintain and improve your body’s performance despite advancing age.

 

Happy National Nutrition Month!

March 16th, 2017

Submitted by: Jenn Ryan, Mosser Dietician

This year’s theme is “Put your best fork forward”. Eating healthier doesn’t always mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight! Small changes, made over time, can add up and make a difference in your health.

Eating right and staying fit are important no matter what your age. As adults age, they need fewer total calories, but more nutrients, especially protein, B-vitamins, and calcium.

Recommended calories per day for:

Activity Level Women aged 51+ Men aged 51+
Sedentary (not active) 1,600 2,000
Moderately active 1,800 2,200-2,400
Active 2,000-2,200 2,400-2,800

Fiber

Eat more fiber-rich foods to stay regular, help lower your risk of heart disease, control your weight, and prevent type 2 diabetes. Great sources of fiber include whole grain breads and cereals, beans, fruits, and vegetables.

Vitamin B12

Many people older than 50 do not get enough of this vitamin sometimes due to difficulty absorbing vitamin B12. Those individuals may benefit from a dietary supplement. Fortified cereal, lean meats, eggs, milk products, and some seafood are great food sources of vitamin B12.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Have 3 servings of vitamin D-fortified low fat or fat free milk or yogurt each day. Other calcium rich foods include fortified cereals and dark green leafy vegetables. If you take a calcium supplement or multivitamin, choose one that contains vitamin D.

Potassium

Increasing potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may lower your risk of high blood pressure. Good sources of potassium include vegetables, fruits, low fat or fat free milk, and yogurt. Try to select and prepare foods with little or no added salt.

Protein

Some older adults do not get the protein they need to maintain muscle mass, fight infection, and recovery from surgery. Chewing protein foods such as meat or chicken can be a problem for some older adults. Some easier to chew protein rich food sources include beans, nut butters, eggs, and dairy products like milk powder and low fat cheeses.

With nutrient-rich foods and activities with friends, older adults will feel the difference in their strength, energy levels, and quality of life!

 Source: Eatright.org

Anxiety Disorders

February 2nd, 2017

By Liz DeSantis
February 2nd, 2017

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision.

However, anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. These feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

ANXIETY DISORDERS   
https://nihseniorhealth.gov/anxietydisorders/aboutanxietydisorders/01.html

How one Colombian family could solve some of Alzheimer’s mysteries

November 28th, 2016

By Liz Desantis 
November 28, 2016

It’s easy to think that the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease will be revealed in the high-tech hallways of US medical centers and research institutes. But new discoveries are coming from far-off places like Medellín, Colombia, which may be ground zero for finding the genetic basis of this dreaded neurodegenerative disease that strips people of memories and destroys personalities.

To continue reading…  Alzheimers Disease Columbia

Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

October 25th, 2016

By Liz DeSantis

December 12, 2014

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.

A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Somerset Care Ltd and Torbay & Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust gave a group of vulnerable older adults a specially-designed computer, broadband connection and training in how to use them.

Training Elderly In Social Media

How to Stay Sharp As You Age

October 25th, 2016

Feeling forgetful? Preserving your mental abilities as you get older is easier than you think.

By Krisha McCoy

Medically Reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD

So you’ve noticed some changes in your thinking; you often misplace your keys or have trouble coming up with the right word in conversations. But how do you know when these changes are a normal part of getting older or if they might be pointing to a health problem such as dementia?

How To Stay Sharp As You Age

Is new Alzheimer’s drug a ‘game-changer?

September 2nd, 2016

by Liz DeSantis

An experimental drug shattered and removed toxic plaques in the brains of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said Thursday.

Given to patients once a month for a year, infusions of the drug aducanumab cleared the brain of the deposits, which experts believe play a crucial role in disrupting cellular processes and blocking communication among nerve cells.

Is New Alzheimer’s Drug…

Caregiving for loved ones the ‘new normal’ for boomers

May 11th, 2016

Money was no object when the time came for Joan Lunden to find a senior care facility for her 88-year-old mother.

For years, the former host of “Good Morning America” had been a long-distance caregiver to her mother and brother in California, providing them with emotional and financial support from New York. After her brother’s death in 2006 from complications from type II diabetes, Lunden needed to find a new home for her mother, who was suffering from the onset of dementia.

Caregiving For Loved Ones The ‘New Normal’ For Boomers

The Limits of Technology to Improve the Lives of America’s Elderly

April 15th, 2016

The Limits of Technology to Improve the Lives of America’s Elderly

One of the hottest areas of tech is developing products aimed at America’s elderly. Understanding the attraction of this market is a no-brainer: In just over a decade twenty percent of America’s population will be 65 and over. That’s a pretty sizeable market to target, particularly given that as people age they require various forms of assistance with their day-to-day living.

The Limits of Technology

Congratulations Mosser Team!

March 24th, 2016

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On a deficiency free DOH survey in January 2016 and a star Overall rating of 5!

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