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Good Joints Are a Key Link to Healthy Aging

Exercise has been identified as a key component of aging gracefully, and has been linked with not only improved physical health but also better cognitive performance. The maintenance of fully functioning joints is an important part of enabling active seniors to participate in health-promoting athletic activity, experts agree.

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A Real Race Runner

SGV resident Jan Deach, who recently celebrated July 4 by running the Peachtree Road Race, proudly displays her race number just outside her apartment door. She has participated in the annual event for more than 35 years. Running is a family affair — two of Jan’s grandsons, one of whom has a track scholarship to Wofford College, also ran the Peachtree this year, and her daughter is an avid runner.

Jan, who moved to St. George Village last year, loves to be active. She participates in exercise classes like yoga and Tai Chi, and especially enjoys walking.

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Healthy Bones For Life

Regular exercise, such as working out in our fitness center, can help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.

When it comes to good health, you can certainly feel it in your bones. That’s because your bones are alive. Every day, the body breaks down old bone and puts new bone in its place. While it is normal to lose some bone with age, too much bone loss can lead to osteoporosis.

What Is Osteoporosis?

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Brain Health: How You Can Make A Difference

If you put your mind to it, you can make smart choices that will support brain health as you age.

If you’re like most people, you’ve noticed differences in the way your mind works over time. The good news is that understanding the potential threats to brain health can help you make smart choices to strengthen mental alertness.

Some health conditions can negatively affect your brain. Heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes can alter or damage blood vessels throughout your body, including the brain.

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’Tis the Season…to Stay in Shape!

Santa’s Little Helpers know how important it is to stay active and eat well in order to stay healthy during the holiday season! Pictured here are some of the elves who live at St. George Village, getting in their workout (and having a good time doing it) at our indoor pool. Water aerobics, lap swimming or simple water-walking are all great ways to get in shape (or stay that way) at any age.

Kris Kringle himself would do well to follow the St. George Village Elves’ example!

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The Facts About Your Weight And Well-Being

A bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast can help you control your appetite and your weight. Photo credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

If you or someone you care about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping fit, it may be because of certain common but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as well as some facts about weight loss and nutrition.

1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.

Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a budget:

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Try Water Aerobics for Fitness and Fun!

St. George Village water aerobics classAccording to renowned aquatics expert, U.S. Masters Swimming and Synchro Champion Dr. Jane Katz, water exercise is for everyone. “The magic of water works for everyone. All ages. All ability levels,” she states. “Whether in shape or overweight, workouts can be adapted to fit one’s needs.”

Because it is simultaneously buoyant and resistant, water gives people the ability to relax at the same time they stretch and strengthen their muscles. Pat Bollinger, an instructor of water aerobics at St. George Village, says this benefit is especially helpful for anyone who wants to get aerobic exercise and strength training, but also needs to relieve pressure from their joints.

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Do You Often Feel Tired or Short of Breath? Aortic Stenosis May Be the Problem

There are treatment options available for aortic stenosis, which may help to extend and improve quality of life.

As a senior, you’ve probably come to expect that your hair will turn gray and that you may lose a step or two in your tango. But did you know that feeling extremely tired or short of breath may signal a deeper, underlying problem? Aortic stenosis may be the culprit.

Up to 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from this progressive disease in which the aortic valve in the heart narrows. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including the buildup of calcium in the heart valve, a birth defect, rheumatic fe­ver, or radiation therapy. Approximately 250,000 people suffer from the most severe form of aortic stenosis.

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Heeding the Signs

SGV members Alice and Jim Sterling had the foresight to plan for their future health and lifestyle needs.

When Jim Sterling was present for the groundbreaking of St. George Village back in 2003, he and his wife, Alice, were interested in the community… but not yet ready to leave their home in a nearby  subdivision. They visited again in 2005 when the life care community opened for residency… and Jim still wasn’t ready to leave home. But two years later, the Sterlings knew it was finally the right time to make St. George Village their permanent home.

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Have More Get-Up-And-Go As Time Goes By

For optimal health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get a minimum of two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week. In addition, muscle-strengthening activities should be conducted two or more days a week.

Exercise can help prevent many physical problems and chronic conditions that come with aging, including weight gain, back pain and heart disease. Plus, it keeps the mind sharp and can help you feel happier, improving symptoms of depression and even dementia. To gain these benefits, however, you need to find a fitness program that provides the physical results desired and is enjoyable, too, so you’ll stick to it.

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