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February is Heart Month and a perfect time to evaluate your life style. Heart disease and stroke are major threats to your health.In the United States, heart disease is the number one cause of death among men and women.
Since it is Groundhog Day, the buzz, of course, is whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow. In Ohio, Buckeye Chuck predicted a shortened winter, in direct conflict with Punxsutawney Phil, who thinks we’re in for at least six more weeks. No matter who is right, one thing is certain: we need to keep moving this winter to maintain a positive look on life.
A picture is worth a thousand words and the residents of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) are quite artistic. A great example of this talent is John Opie’s photography.
Practical Support for Caregivers: Icaregiver.org:
Family caregivers provide 80 percent of care to our nation’s older adults. Although caregivers take on their role wholeheartedly, and often derive great spiritual blessings from this important work -- they still need support. A terrific source of caregiver information can be found at www.icaregiver.org.
Our online resource offers the following: • Information on issues and topics of relevance to caregivers; • Guides, worksheets and educational materials to assist families in successful planning; • Direct links and descriptions of other age-related websites; and • A glossary of terms everyone can understand.
Every winter, the numbers of persons suffering from heart attacks climbs. Emergency room physicians also note a rise in back injuries during winter as well. The culprit? Snow shoveling.
Shoveling snow is hard work. Not only does it boost your heart rate and blood pressure, but it also places great strain on back muscles.
Laurence C. Gumina has been elected Chief Executive Officer of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) by the OPRS Board of Directors. Gumina will succeed current CEO David J. Kaasa, who is retiring after 26 years of service with OPRS, 17 of which as CEO. OPRS is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio. Gumina, who currently resides in New Jersey, will begin his new role the last week of December.
The best way to honor an older friend or loved one during the Christmas Season may be to help them with the everyday tasks most of us take on this time of year:
Just like most everyone else in America, older adults experience stress, the tension you feel when faced with a situation that you can’t control or threatens you in some way. Stress is your “Fight or Flight” response that pumps extra adrenaline into your system. This causes your heart to pound, your muscles to tense up and your breathing to get faster. Some stress is okay and may even help you to better face a difficult situation. But too much stress can be both unpleasant and unhealthy.