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Better Fitness and Nutrition Enhances Overall Well-being
In the new year, there are more opportunities to be a better you at Baltimore County Senior Centers. And it is up to you to do more to map your own path to wellness in 2016.
With a holistic approach to eating better and exercising, you will discover wellness results – mind, body, and spirit.
And this year, the Baltimore County Department of Aging wants to assist you in meeting those goals. Take advantage of senior centers that offer a variety of programming that will inspire you to live well.
If You Want to Lose Weight
Each center offers fitness centers with the strength equipment and cardio aerobics classes.
You need muscle to burn more calories. With age, the body’s metabolism slows because of a loss of muscle. To counter this physiological effect, it is recommended that you do more weight-bearing and strength training exercises that will rev up the body’s metabolism.
However, weights and aerobics alone won’t do it though: what you put on your plate is vital to your success. Here are some recommended smart nutritional tips.
If You Want to Think Better
The cumulative effect of exercise and eating better has a more pronounced influence on the way we think and other Brain Matters.
Look for specific programming at your local senior center that will provide resources, activities and strategies to increase your brain fitness and health.
Here’s Why All of This is so Important…
Studies show that your digestive system is the feeding tube to your brain. Consistently eating high fat, tasty foods we love can lead to a myriad of health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. With that, in some cases, comes issues of mental decline or brain fog.
You can learn about “power foods” and how to manage chronic diseases through the department’s evidence-based health education programs. It’s never too late to make physical and healthy lifestyle changes, which boost your mental vitality and will help increase your zest for life!
Wellness Specialist, BCDA Senior Centers Division
Michelle Bruns, Caregiver Program Manager, Department of Aging
Are you taking care of an older relative or friend? Feeling tired, frustrated or overwhelmed by the demands of caregiving?
After attending last year’s BCDA Caregivers Mini-Conference, a family caregiver commented, “I attended the Annual Caregivers Mini-Conference with my mother because she is the primary caregiver for my father, her husband of almost 60 years. She and I had been overwhelmed and exhausted by his care needs. At the Mini-Conference we learned about new resources and tips to make our caregiving easier. We went in the door that day feeling “burned out” and came out with new suggestions and a brighter attitude about our situation!”
Become a more resilient caregiver by attending this year’s Baltimore County Department of Aging Caregivers Mini-Conference, Saturday, April 11 at the BYKOTA Senior Center, 611 Central Avenue, Towson 21204. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event concludes at 12:30 p.m. Guest speakers will inform the audience about stress reducing resources for themselves, as well as programs and services for older adults. Participants will receive tips for healthy living and a quick cooking demonstration. Resource tables will be available throughout the event, staffed by specialists in the field of aging and disabilities. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Continental breakfast and beverages available, sponsored by AARP.
If you are a family member caring for an older adult in the Baltimore area, you owe it to yourself to come out for half a day to refresh yourself in your role as caregiver. All are welcome. No pre-registration; just come that day!
To discover more information about the Caregivers Program or the conference, contact 410-887-4724.
Barbara McLean, M.D.
Chief, Bureau of Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness
Baltimore County Department of Health
Still haven’t gotten a flu shot? Think it’s too late in the season?
With all the news stories about the “mutated” strain and the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine, you may feel like it’s not necessary to get flu shot. The truth is—you should still get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 36,000 people die, while 200,000 are hospitalized from the flu every year.
While this year’s vaccine is not a perfect match for this year’s virus, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. Other documented benefits from flu vaccination include reductions in the length of illnesses, related doctors' visits and missed work or school.
Now I’m sure you’re doing your best to stay healthy by covering your coughs and sneezes, and keeping your hands squeaky clean, but taking a shot in the arm is still the best defense this flu season.
So are you ready to pull up your sleeve and take a shot? If so, the Baltimore County Department of Health is holding a “last call” flu vaccination clinic just for you on Saturday, January 17, from 9 a.m. until noon. The clinic will be held on the first floor of the Drumcastle Government Center at 6401 York Road, 21212. No appointment is necessary, the flu shot is free and only injectable vaccine will be offered while supplies last.
Come on, this could be your last shot to get a free flu shot. If you have not received the flu vaccine this season, remember, it’s not too late to vaccinate!
For more information, call 410-887-BCHD (2243)