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October 25, 2011 > Finding the Fountain of Youth

Finding the Fountain of Youth

By Maureen Parent

Can physical activity lead to The Fountain of Youth?

Well, perhaps. It will get us pretty close.

No matter how late in life you begin, physical activity can impact your life in so many positive ways - more energy, improved outlook, overall wellness and slowing the progress of disease. In other words, for many it can be a new lease on life! Research has validated this to be true. So, it's never too late to start. Simply beginning is the hardest part... agreed?

For Sylvia, it started with a wish. She wanted to dance at her great-grandson's wedding.

Like most 93-year-olds, she lacked muscle strength due to a sedentary life-style. Getting up from a chair, dressing and even walking were difficult tasks that were becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Motivated and committed, Sylvia spent twenty minutes a day doing simple exercises with resistance bands. In weeks she became more confident in her ability to walk. After three months, she was able to stand on one foot for eleven seconds. And the fairytale ending indeed came true. Sylvia waltzed at her great grandson's wedding and her happiness was overwhelming both at the thought that she was creating a new memory, but also that she took the initiative that so improved the quality of her days.

So Tri City seniors sixty years of age and older, no matter your health issues, bed-ridden, chair bound or simply afraid of falling, doing custom designed, daily exercises will improve your mobility. LIFE ElderCare's free Fall Prevention Program includes a personalized 12-week in home exercise program, weekly visits from a Unitek College student nurse, a home safety check and a medication review.

Interested individuals are encouraged to call Sandy at 574-2088 to learn more about LIFE ElderCare's program and the benefits of decreasing the risk for falls and fear of falling. You can also learn more by logging onto our website at www.lifeeldercare.org and watch the recent film clips of seniors who have benefited from this program.


Maureen Parent is the Fall Prevention Coordinator of LIFE ElderCare.

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