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4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

Source: 4 Secrets to Slow Aging: Keeping Seniors Active

1. Socialization is Key

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2. Let’s Stay Physical! Physical!

3. Keeping That Society Life.

4. Keeping It Real

Daily household chores and responsibilities can be a lot for anyone.

 

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE FEELING FIT CLASSES

Source: lincoln.ne.gov | Mayor > Aging Partners

AGING PARTNERS OFFERS FREE “FEELING FIT” CLASSES

The public is invited to participate in Aging Partners’ “Feeling Fit” classes as part of the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series.  Classes are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Fridays from June 2 through September 1 at the Jayne Snyder Trail Center, 21st and “Q” streets.  All classes are free and open to the public, and no preregistration is required.  Six different types of classes are offered:

  • June 2 – Movement and Music:  Explore elements of dance in a no-pressure, social environment at a comfortable pace.
  • June 9 – Chair Tai Chi: Perform simple movements while sitting or standing near a chair.
  • June 16 – Dynamic Movement:  Stretching, breathing and a unique combination of exercises and dance steps will isolate muscle groups, enhance flexibility, increase heart rate and improve strength.
  • June 23 – Qigong:  Movements work with the body, breath, mind and subtle energies to attain health, vitality and longevity.
  • June 30 – Fit Mix:  An eclectic class that incorporates movements from dance, yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong.
  • July 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Movement and Music
  • August 4 – Fit Mix
  • August 11 – Tai Chi, Moving for Better Balance:  A fall prevention program using principles and movements of Tai Chi.
  • August 18 – Dynamic Movement
  • August 25 – Fit Mix
  • September 1 – Qigong


The Move More Lincoln Wellness Series is designed to help individuals stay active, flexible and balanced.  It is sponsored by the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln and Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

More information about Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.  More information about the Move More Lincoln Wellness Series can be found at chelincoln.org (select Move More Lincoln in the “News, Events & Resources” tab). 

Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

A DIY Home Remedy to Remove Plaque – posted by BabaMail

Yup, you heard that right! The things that keep wounds clean and your fridge smelling fresh will also do wonders for your mouth. This mixture is our favorite because it’s made from common household items which are easy to get a hold of, it’s cheap, and there are no hidden additives or chemicals.

To make your own plaque-busting mouthwash, you will need the following:

• 1 tablespoon of baking soda
• ½ a cup of salt
• ½ cup of drug store hydrogen peroxide (1-3%)
• 1 cup of cold water
• ½ cup of warm water
• Toothpick
• Toothbrush

Method

1. Combine the salt and baking soda in a small container.

2. Run your toothbrush under some warm water, then swirl the bristle around in the baking soda-salt mixture.

3. Brush your teeth normally, and spit out the homemade paste when finished.

4.  Now to the best part – the mouthwash! This step is simple. All you need to do is combine the ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with the ½ cup of warm water, and swish it around in your mouth for a minute or two.

5. To remove as much plaque as possible, use a toothpick on the hard-to-reach areas, and rinse the excess away with some cold water.

Repeat this procedure up to twice a week, but please remember that this DIY dental routine is not meant to replace your daily brushing and flossing. Just think of it as a fast, fun, and economical way to make plaque a thing of the past.

Source: tiphero

Source: Remove Plaque in Next to No Time | Tips and Updates – BabaMail

Fun ways to get active outdoors.

Fresh air, sunny skies – great weather is naturally tempting. Why not give in, get outside and get moving? Regular activity may help you live longer and may head off a host of diseases. It can also boost your mood and help control your weight. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:

• Walking. Start with a walk around the neighborhood. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a nearby nature trail.

• Biking. It’s great for the heart and easy on the knees. Don’t forget your helmet!

• Bean bag toss. Gather a few friends or relatives, pick your teams and enjoy.

• Garden. You don’t need to dig a whole plot. Try a few planters. Or join a community garden.

You don’t have to run a marathon to get fit. Even 5 to 10 minutes here and there helps. Just choose an activity you enjoy and get moving.

Turn your intentions into actions with My Health Reflection, an online tool that can help you make the most of your health information and lifestyle choices. This online tool could help you manage your health, set goals and track your progress.

Take one more step on the path to wellness. Sign in or register on your plan’s website and look for My Health Reflection

Source: AARP® Medicare Plans – Plan Member Account Login | from UnitedHealthcare®

Yoga At Tower Square

http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/yoga-at-tower-square.html

Free Tower Square yoga will be hosted at Lincoln’s Downtown Tower Square at 9 am every other Saturday.
All-levels welcome! Lotus Yoga Dates
May 27
June 10th, 24th –
July 8th, 22nd –
August 5th, 19th –
September 2nd, 16th

Source: Downtown Lincoln Association : Explore : Yoga At Tower Square

$400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding

Source: AIM | Alzheimer’s Impact Movement

Call to Congress Answered with Funding Gains at National Institutes of Health 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 2017 – The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Today, a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

“The Alzheimer’s Association and our sister organization, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, represent millions of families facing Alzheimer’s disease, and we know firsthand the importance of investing in research to advance faster against this deadly disease,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement president and CEO. “This is the latest in a series of policy victories in the fight to end Alzheimer’s, but more work remains. As the leading voice for those affected by the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association, AIM, and our advocates will continue to work with Congress to ensure continued bipartisan support for urgently needed research funding increases and access to necessary care and support services.”

Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

Already the nation’s most expensive disease — at a cost of $259 billion in 2017 — the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH is under $1.4 billion per year. Leading experts have said a greater investment is still needed if we are to stay on the path to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025.

Demonstrating the urgency of this crisis, the NIH Professional Judgment Budget commissioned by Congress has already recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research for fiscal year 2018.

The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing

advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit alz.org.

Alzheimer’s Impact Movement 

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization working in strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. AIM advocates for policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease, including increased investment in research, improved care and support, and development of approaches to reduce the risk of developing dementia. For more information, visit alzimpact.org.

 

2017 FARMERS MARKET COUPONS

LOW-INCOME SENIORS URGED TO APPLY
FOR FARMERS MARKET COUPONS

Qualifying residents – age 60 and over – in Lancaster County are encouraged to apply for coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs.  The coupons, available through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), are good for fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut herbs.  The coupons will be distributed through a random drawing based on the number of coupons available for Lancaster County.
Gross income cannot exceed $22,311 for a single-person household or $30,044 for a two-person household.
Aging Partners has scheduled a series of application workshops for eligible seniors in May. All interested parties must apply at one of these workshops to be eligible for the random drawing:

  • Thursday, May 4: 9 a.m. to noon at the Lake Street Senior Center, 2400 S. 11th St. (located in the St. James United Methodist Church), Lincoln
  • Monday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Senior Center, 1005 “O” St., Lincoln
  • Thursday, May 18: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northeast Senior Center, 6310 Platte Ave., Lincoln
  • Friday, May 19: 10 a.m. to noon at the Waverly Senior Center, 14410 Folkestone St. (located in the First United Methodist Church), Waverly
  • Tuesday, May 23: 10 a.m. to noon at the Belmont Senior Center, 1234 Judson St. (located in the Belmont Recreation Center), Lincoln
  • Wednesday, May 24: 10 a.m. to noon at the Hickman Senior Center, 300 E. Third St. (located in the Hickman Presbyterian Church), Hickman
  • Friday, May 26: 10 a.m. to noon at the JoAnn Maxey Senior Center, 2032 “U” St. (located in the Malone Community Center), Lincoln

Gross income cannot exceed $22,311 for a single-person household or $30,044 for a two-person household.  The maximum benefit per household, per season is $48.  Residents may send someone to register on their behalf, providing the proxy brings a statement of permission as well as income and age documentation for the participant.

Coupons will be distributed to the selected recipients in early June, and are valid through October.  Participants must re-apply every year, and coupons are never guaranteed.  Selected applicants will be given information on how to pick up their coupons.  The SFMNP is administered by the Department of Agriculture in Nebraska.  Local Area Agencies on Aging are responsible for distributing the coupons.
More information on Aging Partners is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov.

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