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Debbie Polisky, MS, MBA

Aging Wisely

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Dear Friends,

Do you ever feel this way?

I used to be so strong, having so much energy all day long! Now I have to slow down and just can’t do the activities I used to. I get these aches and pains that I never had before.

Mental Wellness

It’s important to let seniors know that mental wellness is one of the most important aspects of healthy aging. How can we exercise our mind? Motivate your patients to try something new every week such as mentally stimulating activities—crossword puzzles or Sudoku—to sharpen their neurons. They might want to play memory-boosting games or add a hobby to their routine, something they might have kept postponing in the past.

Physical Wellness

In regards to physical wellness, the Surgeon General’s Report on Activity and Health mentions “physical inactivity is more common among minority groups than whites, among older than younger adults and among less affluent than the more affluent groups.”

Exercise Anyone?

Older adults should combine endurance, strength, flexibility and balance activities for at least thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week. They can obtain significant health benefits simply by walking or gardening. An advantage to group classes is the social interaction and bonding that occurs, so dance classes or walking groups can be very successful for this age group.

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Nutrition Wellness

When it comes to nutrition wellness, educate seniors where they feel comfortable, such as in their homes. If they live in apartments, ask the property manager if you can use their clubhouse or maybe an assigned room to interact with a group of seniors.

Senior Presentations at Homes

I’ve had a lot of success with simultaneous bilingual senior presentations. Seniors like a lot of attention, so as long as your workshops are dynamic, engaging them in activities, they will love you! Add a cooking demonstration, play some games (bingo or spin the wheels while responding to dietary questions) with prizes, and you’ll have the seniors participating actively.

Tips for Meals

Tips for eating nutritious even when seniors live alone and/or have difficulties preparing foods can be emphasized with some dietary changes: reducing sodium in meals by not cooking with salt and using fresh herbs and other common spices that they enjoy. Educating them on how to read nutrition labels, (through games) can be a way for them to understand what’s in the products they usually purchase.

Malnutrition

Last but not least, tips to prevent malnutrition in this age group could include choosing nutrient packed foods that are flavorful and maintain their heritage in their meals, snacking between meals, and choosing healthy options such as smoothies or fruit salad, eating with other family members or friends as much as possible, getting help if they have difficulties in the kitchen, and having a support group who can listen and care for them when they are lonely.

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About Debbie

Debbie Polisky, MS, MBA, CLT is a Bilingual Nutritionist, Zumba Instructor, Wellness Consultant and Adjunct Faculty who uses mind and body techniques, such as mindfulness, stress management, exercise, dance/zumba, yoga and nutrition to improve the lives of patients, students and the community. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, in two countries, Argentina and in USA and in her two native languages, English and Spanish.

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