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Protecting Seniors from Money Scams

. Posted in Journey to Healthy Aging Blog, News

It’s sad to hear stories about older Americans who fall prey to financial scams. Sometimes these scams are hard to detect; sometimes not — if you’re well informed.

Why not safeguard yourself?

Click HERE to read an informative article with 8 tips to protect yourself and your loved ones — brought to you by the National Council on Aging and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.

 

Balance Class to be Held in January

. Posted in Events, FPH, News

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is an 8-week class set to begin on January 24, 2019. The class, which is open to the community, is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am in the game room at Florida Presbyterian Homes.

The program will benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so call the Wellness Department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this upcoming class. A lite snack and workbook are provided. Sign up today!

Protein is Power to Fuel Your Day

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When you eat healthy, you have more energy.

Healthy food rich in proteins

Think of food as fuel for the body. Important nutrients, like protein, help to build muscle and maintain strength.

In the spirit of Active Aging Week, held Sept. 23-29, 2018 to celebrate the positivity of aging and active living, check out the foods on this handout with at least 5 grams of protein.

Click HERE to view.

Preventing Falls: Tips for Older Adults & Caregivers

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Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults will fall this year?

Maybe you even think falling is inevitable as you age.

But the good news is, most falls are preventable.

Florida Presbyterian Homes celebrated Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22, 2018. This special day focused on keeping older adults safe and active.

You can learn 6 simple steps to prevent a fall by clicking HERE.

Tammie Miller Shines as Third Quarter Employee Wellness Star

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is pleased to announce Tammie Miller as the Employee Wellness Star for the 3rd Quarter of 2018. Her journey to a healthy lifestyle has been nothing short of miraculous.

Christmas 2016

Tammie’s story began when she saw a picture of herself from Christmas 2016. She realized her weight had gotten out of hand. Tammie was low on energy and she struggled to bend down and tie her shoes. She wore a knee brace to help cope with joint pain from being overweight. That’s when it hit her. Enough is enough.

On March 29, 2017, Tammie took control of her life. She started walking at night and making changes to her eating habits. She cut out sodas and candy, routinely opted for nutritional shakes, and she didn’t put anything in her mouth after 6 pm. Tammie went from walking one time around the block when she first started exercising to walking 5 miles a day – every day, without fail. She avoided the temptation to binge eat, but instead, allowed herself small treats along the way.

October 2018

Her commitment to health went beyond basic exercise and diet; Tammie made a complete lifestyle change. And this change led her to losing more than 150 pounds in about 18 months, while gaining a much healthier lifestyle in the process.

Congratulations, Tammie, on all of your hard work.

We applaud your efforts to put your own health and wellness first!

 

 

Another Benefit of Water Aerobics – RECOVERY!

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By Alison Kennedy, FPH Wellness Director

You may have heard or read about the many benefits of exercising in water. Improved cardio endurance, weight loss and stress relief — just to name a few. But in addition to these important benefits, working out in the water is a great place to allow recovery to happen, as well.

I’ve been involved with sports a good part of my life – particularly as a runner.  As with any sport, it’s important to have rest days in between rigorous cardio or strength training days because your muscles need time to recuperate and repair.  Water exercise allows you to recover, while still getting in a workout. The lack of impact on the joints and muscles gives your body time to mend. Plus, rest days give the muscles, bones and connective tissue a chance to rebuild.

According to recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine, you should train each major muscle group two or three days per week and leave at least 48 hours for recovery between each training session. That means rest days are just as important as training days. So, don’t skip the rest days. Get in the water and MOVE! Your body will thank you.

You Can Do More Than Just Stay Cool in the Pool!

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pool exercise, therapeutic, water aerobics, seniors

By Alison Kennedy, Wellness Director, Florida Presbyterian Homes

The month of August brings summer heat, but working out in the water can cool you off. Plus, pool exercise can be therapeutic as well.

Water exercise helps build cardio, strength and flexibility. It’s also a great exercise environment for aging joints. The pool is an inviting place to exercise both physically and socially. 

 What are some of the benefits of water exercise?

  • It’s easy on the joints. There’s no gravity in water, so there’s no impact on the joints with exercise movements.  This is especially beneficial to those who have arthritis.
  • It builds muscle and strength. Water can provide much greater resistance than air based on the volume and the speed of movements within the water. This resistance helps to strengthen and tone muscles.
  • It creates a social atmosphere. Aquafit and other group exercise classes provide a socialization benefit that can help motivate people to maintain an exercise program.  Developing friendships, interacting within a group and having the ability to share common experiences helps to create a positive exercise environment.
  • And…there’s hydrostatic pressure. The hydrostatic pressure created by water helps to decrease the tendency of blood pooling in the lower portions of the body, which helps reduce swelling and can also help steady unstable joints.

Overall, pools provide a “softer” environment for exercise. The water supports your body and falling isn’t a concern. No special equipment is needed, although you can use a variety of fitness or flotation devices if desired. Pool exercise allows for a wider range of motion, helps alleviate fatigue, and also helps relieve stress and tension.

Balance Class Announced for August, Open to Community

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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls will start Thursday, August 23 at Florida Presbyterian Homes. This 8-week class will be held on Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am in the game room. There is no charge for the class, and both FPH residents and Lakeland community members are invited to attend.

The class is designed to benefit older adults who:

  • Are concerned about falls.
  • Have sustained falls in the past.
  • Restrict activities because of concerns about falling.
  • Are interested in information concerning fall prevention.
  • Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength.
  • Are age 60 or older.

Space is limited, so please call the wellness department at 863-577-6022 to reserve a spot in this class. All participants enrolled in the class will receive a workbook. Light  snacks will be made available at each class.  

Employee of the 3rd Quarter Awarded

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Congratulations are in order for Ronda Nicole Layton, C.N.A. — winner of the Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2018.RondaLayton (1)

Ronda is a Life Coach Team Leader here at Florida Presbyterian Homes. She is known for going above and beyond in her work. Ronda shows great compassion for our residents and is continually looking for special ways to ensure the wants and needs of our residents are fulfilled. Employee of the Quarter award winners receive a cash prize for their efforts and a special parking space for the entire quarter. We thank Ronda for all of her hard work and for being willing to go the extra mile.

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