As life creeps in during your 30s and 40s, fitness tends to fall by the wayside. Whether you were a lifter, a runner, or simply a gym enthusiast, this can take a toll on weight, health, and independence. However, you can regain what you’ve lost as your body will adapt to any challenge you put on it. You probably won’t be able to perform the same as when you were 20 years old, but you can still get your body back into shape in your 50s. It’s the time when your career is more secure and when your children are more independent, so you can spend it by working on yourself.
Active aging, being physically active, exercising regularly and staying engaged in life are important in the maintaining our function, health, fitness and perfomance. But, face it, when we get older, the body is changing and the exercise program we have been doing may not be appropriate when to maxizing function and fitness is the goal.
Staying healthy and free of injury is essential for older adults who desire to stay independent for as long as possible. It takes good strength, balance and mobility to protect our independence from falls and related injuries. One-third of people 65 and older falls annually, and 1 out of 5 falls causes a serious injury such as head trauma, hip or other bone fracture. More than two-thirds of deaths from falls were at home and 40% of older adults receiving chronic or long-term care are due to fall injuries.
A recently published book, “70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade,” has inspired many women in their seventies to take a closer look at how they are doing and how they make the most of the years to come. With a quarter of American women age 65 expected to live into their 90s, there could be quite a few years to think about.
Early 2015 it was suggested to me by a Geriatric Care Manager(GCM) to prepare a proposal to speak at the Western Regional Geriatric Care Manager's Conference November 5-7, 2015 for the first time offered in Portland Oregon. The GCM mentioned that the targeted exercise training that I had provided for her father in law provided him with the opportunity to stay at home with the strength and mobility to live out his life at home longer rather than having to move to a care facility.
With all the hype & earlier start of the holiday season, we can get tangled up in the superficial social aspects of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah. We all need to take a step back to define what is important about these celebrations. In between the food, drink, excessive gift giving, we lose the feeling of family, togetherness, our continued healthy living-looking after what is truly important. Is 1 more batch of cookies, 1 more drink, extending our budget more important than staying connected w/ our loved ones & continuing to care for our mind, body & soul?
Active Aging Week celebrates aging and active living. Active Aging was initiated and is a product of the International Council on Active Aging (www.ICAA.cc). The week promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle on a national scale by giving older adults the opportunity to experience activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. This year's theme LIVE YOUR ADVENTURE.