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March is National Nutrition Month

MediLodge of Howell celebrates National Nutrition Month and encourages you to incorporate healthier food in to your diet. Nutrition involves monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition is important for living a healthy lifestyle. By practicing proper nutrition, you can have a healthy body and long life. There are some things you should know about nutrition and the information in this article can help you with a few tips to show you just how easy it is to incorporate good nutrition into your life.

We eat vegetables both cooked and raw. Which is better? Raw vegetables have their advocates. But current studies show that most vegetables have higher nutritional value and are more digestible when cooked. Carrots and cabbage are tasty eaten raw, but many vegetables are palatable only when cooked. Steaming is the best method to retain food value.

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

Seniors can live longer, stay sharp mentally longer and maintain a high quality of life longer, with good nutrition every day. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables help keep bones stronger, which reduces the risk of fractures. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables can also reduce recuperation times in the event a fracture occurs.

Introduce food to your young children gradually. If they are small, expect them to want to touch and smell the food first. Don’t chide then for doing this, or they may have a negative impression of the food and refuse to eat it. Help them to get a grasp on the color, texture, and smell of the food.

As stated earlier, nutrition includes monitoring the food and drink that is necessary for living. Nutrition keeps people healthy and proper nutrition is essential for a long life. Using the information in this article, you can practice proper nutrition and live a long and healthy life.

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Senior Golf Strategies That Work

MediLodge of Port HuronAs a senior golf player, you want to keep up with the younger players and keep your handicaps right where they are or better. To do this you need to have a few tips on the strategies that other senior golfers use. MediLodge of Port Huron would like to share some of these strategies.

The first one is the club. The club is important for distance as well as how the ball sails down the fairway. If you have the right club with the proper amount of flex, you are going to keep with your game. If you do not make adjustments, as you get older, you may see your game and handicap slip away.

The next strategy that senior golf players need to consider is the stance. If you are a little older, the way you present yourself to the ball will have a big impact on the game. You are going to stand differently as well as move differently when you swing. You should always keep this in mind when you are trying new clubs. If you have back problems, you will probably stand and move your body differently, which will great affect the distance you get with the ball as well as how you use the golf club.

The most important thing to remember about strategies is the course you are playing. Not all golf courses are created equally. Many courses are going to require you to adjust your swing and distance. Some of the best golf courses are the ones that require some degree of thinking and planning your drive. If you are playing against a wind, or on a drizzly day, you are going to have problems no matter how good you are in the game. Plying against the wind might require a different flex shaft because the wind is going to push the ball backwards.

The entire game is going to depend on how you tee off. As you age, you will have to change the way you position yourself over the ball. You may need to continually change this as the years go by. You can play golf for years after reaching fifty, you just have to realize when you need a change in your stance and positioning. Your distance not only comes from the club, but also from your presentation to the ball. Hit the draw is a term many golfers use to describe how you stand over the ball and how you will hit that ball

The best strategy is the tactical and practical strategies rather the mechanics. This is the thinking of many of the senior golf pros including Jim Hartley, who wrote a book about just that way of thinking. Golfers also have to have the mental image of the course in their minds in order to play more efficiently and know how many hits they need to make the putt easier and closer. Keeping all this mind should allow you to play the game and keep your handicap the same or better as you enter into your senior golf years.

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Protein for Healthy Muscles

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Sources of protein include eggs, meat and cheese.

Loss of muscle mass, or sarcopenia, is estimated to occur at a rate of 5 percent per year after age 30. Over the years this small but continued loss can be a major contributing factor of debility among seniors. With the loss of muscle mass, incidents of falls and fractures increase. Reduced physical strength, slowed tissue repair and limited mobility also occur. Eating adequate protein is one way to help keep protein stores in the body at healthy levels and reduce the progressive loss of muscle mass with age.

Older adults may face challenges to eating the protein they need such as poor fitting dentures, limited incomes or reduced access to prepared, healthy meals. Even when sources of protein are available, conditions such as decreased appetites and decreased digestion and absorption of protein in the gastrointestinal system may make getting the optimum amount of protein difficult.

Current recommendations for older adults are 25 to 30 grams of high quality protein per meal. This could be 2 to 3 ounces of meat and a cup of milk. Lean meats, egg whites and low fat dairy foods are good sources of protein with limited saturated fats. Lean red meat such as eye of round can be more healthful than white meats that are prepared with extra breading and fat, like chicken nuggets.

Plant-based sources can provide adequate amounts of protein as well, but they must be consumed in larger amounts. If diverticulitis isn’t a concern, nuts provide protein and have the extra benefit of heart healthy fats for extra calories to prevent weight loss. Eating 1.5 ounces of nuts per day as part of a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Whatever your protein preference, movement is also important in maintaining muscle mass. Regular exercise and a well balanced diet with adequate protein is a winning combination for stronger muscles and good health.

Kathleen E. Kadau, RD

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Stress Management Tips for Seniors from MediLodge and St. John River District Hospital

Life without any stress would be, frankly, boring.  But no one wants to have so much stress that it’s hard to stay focused – and older adults are no exception.  Some common life challenges many seniors face include:

  • Adjusting to retirement
  • Coping with health conditions
  • Changes in physical and cognitive abilities
  • Financial concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Caregiver duties if a spouse or loved one becomes unable to care for himself or herself

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Five Steps To Less Stress

  1. Take care of yourself.  “You will be better equipped to deal with life’s challenges if you eat right, stay active and get enough sleep,” says Lauri Conroy, MD, an internist at St. John River District Hospital.  “If you have chronic conditions, work with your doctor to manage them.  Avoid self-destructive behaviors such as drinking or binge eating as ways to cope with stress.”
  2. Connect with others.  It is energizing to get out and about and interact with other people.  Stay socially active through community events, classes, clubs or whatever suits your interest.  “Support groups are great too:  They give you an opportunity to talk with people who understand firsthand just what you are going through,” says Elena Gupta, MD, an internal medicine and geriatric specialist at Providence and Providence Park Hospitals.
  3. Take a break from your worries.  We all need a mental break from our stress from time to time.  Give yourself permission to tune out your troubles long enough to flip through your favorite magazine, work on a puzzle, watch a favorite TV show or read a book.
  4. Practice positive self-speak.  When that little voice inside your head gets to be too much of a naysayer, it may be time for some daily affirmations.  Empower yourself with a positive attitude to combat negative thoughts and feelings.
  5. Try relaxation techniques.  Relaxing does not always come so naturally when you are stressed.  Meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, prayer and visualization are all great techniques to help your refresh.

This article comes from our friends at St. John River District Hospital.

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Recovered … and Returning Home from MediLodge of Montrose

Nelson loved the dedication and care given by the staff at MediLodge of Montrose!

Nelson loved the dedication and care given by the staff at MediLodge of Montrose!

     Nelson P. arrived at MediLodge of Montrose post-surgery and, according to him, he had no idea where he was, what was happening or why he was here. He describes being disoriented and his recollections of that time are hazy. He shares that around day 4 with us, he started to pull out of that state and slowly
began feeling better.
“In therapy, we have done a lot of physical things.” he shared. “I kept thinking to myself that I don’t need to do these things, my body isn’t worn out. But then after therapy, I was whipped. It turned out, to my surprise, that I wasn’t as fit as I thought”.
The therapy team has helped him make great strength gains and did a lot of teaching so that when he returns home he can continue working on his exercises until he feels that he is back in tip-top form. Nelson really enjoyed the dining service at MediLodge. “The food I have had here has been fabulous!”
He noted that the dining service was very prompt and quick to help him. “Someone is always there, always around. They fix any issue very quickly. If I dropped a fork in the dining room, someone was there to pick it up before I even had time to unlock the wheels on my chair.”
He also had a lot to say about the staff at MediLodge of Montrose. “The people that took care of me have been unbelievable. Nothing seems to phase them. There was always the feeling that they were here to serve me and they were happy to do so.”
He said that the employees were quick to take care of any need that he had.  He was surprised to find that there were people here that he knew. He expected that it would take some time to build social bridges but instead with the friendliness of the lodgers and staff, it happened much quicker. He said that both lodgers and staff are very open and warm. While being a lodger with us, Nelson also took on the role of encourager for new lodgers that had been admitted.
Nelson said “I’m not real excited about leaving tomorrow. Tina had the ability to just give and give and give. If only families could or would give to their family members what your staff gives to your lodgers.”
He had one last thought to share with any prospective lodger.  “If you really want to be rehabilitated, you have to come in with an open mind and open heart. Watch the staff and how much they care about you.  The therapy will be meaningful because they care and so you can succeed.”

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Winter Weather Can Create Stressful Conditions For Drivers

This month, the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program highlights the winter blues.  Winter weather can create a lot of stress for commuters and travelers alike.  Driving in a Michigan winter is no cake walk, and winter weather can throw many obstacles in your way.  Buckle up, slow down and drive safely.  The following tips were taken from the AAA Exchange website at http://www.aaaexchange.com.

Winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet pavement, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

 

The goal of the MediLodge Whole Person Wellness Program is to recognize the unique individuality of everyone.  This approach to wellness is an active process in which everyone is encouraged to make choices towards personal growth in seven dimensions of wellness:  physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, occupational/vocational and financial.  Most workplace wellness programs focus entirely on physical health.  With a whole person wellness approach, the physical needs will not be downplayed, but will be held in equal importance as the dimensions that involve mind and spirit.  In whole person wellness a high priority is placed on prevention, individual involvement and the responsibility we each have for achieving optimal wellness of body, mind and spirit.

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