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 Benphoto of people joggingefits of Exercise

Research has proven that the more you exercise the better, and longer, your life will be. No matter what age you start your exercise program, you will benefit from the physical activity.

Just moving for 30 to 60 minutes three to five times a week boosts your health by…

•Lowering your stroke risk.

Protecting against osteoporosis.

Increasing your metabolic rate.

Preventing, and even reducing, high blood pressure.

Alleviating depression.

Reducing your cancer risk.

Lowering your blood sugar.

Reducing your risk of falls.

Get Ready!Get Set! Get Fit!

An easy way to have some fun and get some exercise too is to register for Baltimore County Department of Aging’s (BCDA) ninth annual “Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk / 1 Mile Walk” on Sunday, September 20, 2015. This family-friendly event will be held at the CCBC Essex campus, conveniently located near I 95 and I 695 off of Rossville Boulevard. You can run or walk the 5-kilometer or 1-mile course at your own pace. Your wallet might get some exercise too if you win the “Fitness Pays” Grand Door Prize Drawing of $500, courtesy of Walgreens (must be present to win). Proceeds from the event support BCDA’s programs for seniors.

Every moment spent exercising is time well spent. If you don’t know how to get started exercising, and you are over 60 years of age, the Baltimore County Department of Agingprovides wonderful opportunities to engage in fitness and wellness activities; explore the options.


For more information on the "Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk/1 Mile Walk”or senior center fitness programming, call 410-887-2040 or visit To register for the Run-Walk, visit

Donna Bilz, Program Specialist, Baltimore County Department of Aging

photo of seniors doing balance exercisesDonna Bilz
 Program Coordinator, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Think for a moment of your family members and friends who are 65 or older. Statistically, one in every three seniors takes a fall each year – often with serious consequences. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.

Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and they are the leading cause of injury death among older adults. Even more alarming is the fact that death rates from falls among older men and women have risen sharply over the past decade.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging is spearheading a community effort to address this issue, and has formed the Gait Way to Better Balance Coalition. The mission of this broad partnership with health care providers and advocates is to reduce the risk of falls. The coalition provides free health screenings and fall prevention information to assist seniors in preventing falls and lowering their risks of injury if they do fall.

Older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling.  They can:

·        Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance, and that they get more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially good.

·        Ask their doctor or pharmacist to review their medicines — both prescription and over-the counter — to identify medications that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.

·        Have their eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update their eyeglasses to maximize their vision.  Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.

·        Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding stair railings and improving the lighting in their homes.Gait Way logo

These simple steps can go a long way to protecting the health and safety of  older adults. 

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