Month: April 2013

Walking & Rolling with the Seniors

Nirvanic Truths

Tuesday, April 16th

I’ve been looking for volunteer opportunities here on Isla Colon and haven’t been successful until now! Katie ran into a monk (yup, a monk!) who works with an assisted living facility. He told her about a program where volunteers go to the assisted living home and walk/roll around town with the elderly folks on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. I’m assuming the seniors wouldn’t be able to otherwise get out and see the city so this is great for them (and me).

As with everything else in Bocas, this was yet another fun adventure. This was a different kinda fun – very fulfilling because I felt like I did a good deed. Guess that’s the do-gooder in me…

We arrived at the building after circling the neighborhood a few times. Discovering that we would have to push the seniors in their wheelchairs, I immediately regretted bringing…

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Walker Day Event/ Auburn Hills Michigan

Walker Day Event/ Auburn Hills Michigan

Auburn Hills Senior Center

What are the health benefits of cycling and walking?

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

What we all (should) know

People riding bicycles make no noise, emit no air pollutants or greenhouse gases, ease traffic congestion. Walking and cycling increase fitness. Regular physical exercises provide a sense of wellbeing …Physical activity has many beneficial effects on many aspects of morbidity such as heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, and aspects of mental health (including anxiety and depression) and improving functional health in elderly people.


Studies which found that in any given year, regular cyclists (i.e. cycling 3 hours/week, 36 weeks/year, or 108 hours/year) were on average 28% less likely to die than non-cyclists.

It’s easy to do!

The promotion of active transport (cycling and walking) for everyday physical activity is a win-win approach; it not only promotes health but can also lead to positive environmental effects, especially if cycling and walking replace short car trips. Cycling and walking can also be more readily…

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Vibrant Aging, Living Ultimate Experiences

Health Promotion PIZZAZZ!

Offer the most vibrant and joyous activities to the elders in your life.  Involve your family, including children, and yourself!  

Create V.A.L.U.E. ‘Vibrant Aging, Living Ultimate Experiences! using spirited, life-enhancing activities, honoring the personal living and learning styles of each participant suggested by cognitive and behavioral research!  

ImageBreathe wellness into each day, building an active, ongoing wellness culture.  Get pumped participating in a myriad of invigorating activities that optimize body and brain function!  Visit Healthy Aging on Wellness Quest – then contact us.  Together we will empower people, creating great V.A.L.U.E. throughout each generation!

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Future Challenge – Staying Physically Active

The Retiring Sort

Challenge #18

Along with a healthy diet, exercise helps to keep our hearts, lungs, and brains working properly, although too many of us neglect it. We all know how important it is to exercise. Hopefully, we’re all doing something, even if it’s just walking.

As we age, our joints may complain, but it’s more important than ever to keep active, or take a chance on losing flexibility, strength, and range of motion.

So, as you get older, what will you do to keep your body in shape? Will you continue whatever you’re doing now, or will you try something new?

As part of my retirement theme,  I offer this weekly Thursday “Future Challenge” to get people of all ages thinking in general about their futures and/or retirement. Each challenge goes with a post of my own on the same general topic. Hopefully we’ll start some interesting discussions!

If you’d like…

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Identifying Nutrition Risks for Healthy Aging

Love of Life Yoga

A healthy diet is key to maintaining and improving good health. Yet life circumstances can put our nutrition out of balance and increase our health risk. Here are three things to look for that increase your nutritional risk.

As a general population, Canadians don’t eat well. A Neilson survey determined that only one in ten Canadians are getting the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. In addition we seem to consume less fresh food – including meat, seafood, dairy, produce, delicatessen and bakery – than our European and Asian counterparts. It is not very impressive that we rank slightly higher than the U.S. in eating fresh food. Canadians value “convenience” over “freshness”.

Choosing to eat less nutritional foods has its consequences. Diet plays a key role in maintaining health. But it also is supremely important in the aging process. A scientific study in Scotland determined that poor diet…

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Home Sweet Home

Trillium HomeCare

As we get older, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at how our homes are set up.  We may need to do some modifications in order to make them safer.  This is true whether we will be staying in our own home during our “golden years” or if we have a parent or an older family member moving in with us at some point.  It makes good sense to modify things before the actual need arises rather than after someone gets disabled.  The goal is to prevent any injuries in our homes that may lead to a loss of independence because we have to move to an assisted living facility or a long-term care facility.

One of the most important areas we need to check is the lighting in the house.  Our eyes need three times more light than we needed as young adults just to see. …

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Medi-Cal Update Community – Based Adult Services (formerly Adult Day Health Care Centers)

 March 2013 | Bulletin 462


1. Community-Based Adult Services: Recipient Eligibility Determination

Effective for services on or after April 1, 2013, Community-Based Adult Services (CBAS) providers must follow the process described below to determine recipient eligibility for CBAS services. This process is specific to the fee-for-service Medi-Cal program, but the process for CBAS centers requesting recipient eligibility determinations and authorization for services also applies to Managed Care Plans (MCP). CBAS providers should check with their MCP(s) for specifics that apply to the individual MCP.

The CBAS Eligibility Determination Tool (CEDT)…

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Emerging Senior Living Trends

Senior Solutions

Seniors are remaining more active. They are re-entering the workforce, taking on new careers, volunteering and enhancing life through continued education. Such active lifestyles often lead to the desire for a lower maintenance home, leading many younger seniors to downsize from a house to a condo or apartment before moving to an actual retirement community.

Those who prefer to transition directly to a senior living community are finding more to choose from in amenities and atmosphere. In retirement states such as Arizona and Florida, we’re seeing the emergence of Themed Communities centered on key areas of interest shared by residents, such as golf, active lifestyles or the arts. They will soon find their way to the Midwest as demand among this powerful demographic grows.

Fitness is becoming a priority as seniors seek out retirement environments that support healthy living. Workout rooms no longer consist of a couple of bikes in…

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