Category Archives: Wellness

Living With Macular Degeneration

Breda Kosakowski’s macular degeneration may have affected her eyesight, but not her zest for living life to the fullest!

St. George Village resident Breda Kosakowski has been living with macular deneration for the past 12 years. The disease, which causes loss of vision in the center of the visual field and leaves only peripheral vision, is a major cause of visual impairment in older adults.

Undaunted by her diagnosis, Breda still lives independently and has found many aids to help her cope with her vision loss, such as a talking watch, a magnifying screen for reading books and magazines, and a magnifying glass for reading menus in restaurants. But some things were a little trickier to figure out, such as food preparation.

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Don’t Fall for It!

St. George Village residents can take advantage of the onsite fitness center, indoor pool and multiple exercise classes to improve their strength and balance, qualities that studies show can reduce the risk of falling.

Every year, one in three adults over age 64 falls. But certain exercises and simple home modifications help reduce the risk.

“Half of falls occur in a person’s home. Falls are the main reason older people go to emergency departments,” says Steve Albert, Ph.D., co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Prevention Research Center (PRC).

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A New Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

Activities Coordinator Renee Krosner (left), and St. George Village resident Anne Carroll work together on an art project, one example of the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's care.

Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with advanced age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

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The Healthy Aging Eye

As we age, so do our bodies, including our eyes. Many older people experience “low vision”  problems like macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, degenerative retinitis pigmentosa and tunnel vision. But there are several things we can do to take care of our eyes and preserve our precious eyesight, as well as possibly prevent or delay some of these problems.

By following these simple tips, you can take the lead and be more proactive in the care of your vision.

1. Vitamin A is great for your eyes and will help you maintain healthy vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, yams and dark leafy greens.

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

A little regular exercise, just 30 minutes four-to-five days a week, can go a long way. Try walking or using hand weights for fitness.

Keeping your heart in good shape may be simpler than you realize. That’s good news, since a healthy heart can be the root of a healthier you.

Dr. Sid Sharma, a physician with North Fulton Primary Care, says that one of the most important things people can do to keep their hearts healthy, especially if they are over the age of 65, is to have regular check-ups with their physician.

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Thriving on the Volunteer Spirit

SGV's Hallway Safety Assistants provide information and guidance to fellow residents in case of an emergency. Pictured are (front row, l-r) Walt Williams, Chris Potter, Mary Apps; (middle row, l-r) Dan Loposer, Jack Jeffrey, Henri Bonvin, Bill Brown; and (back row, l-r) Gene Stelton, Mike Leslie, Harry Hopper, John Baugus, Fred Smith.

There’s always something you can do for someone else, no matter how old you are! Serving others as a volunteer has many perks for seniors, including providing a sense of purpose. In turn, that purpose can provide a more active lifestyle — physically, mentally and socially — that can contribute to improved overall health and and a sense of well-being.

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Well Worth It: Stay Fit, Stay Healthy

Several tai chi classes take place at St. George Village each week. The gentle movements of tai chi offer many health benefits, including stress reduction.

Fitness plays a vital role in health and overall wellness, regardless of our age. But people who stay fit and active are more likely to experience fewer health problems — both physically and mentally — as they age.

The wellness program at St. George Village is one of the many ways the community supports the overall health of its residents. Wellness Coordinator Cathy Parker says that the program works to address the needs of all residents.

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Exploring the Connection Between Mental and Physical Health

Participating in regular physical activity can help reduce stress, improve mental acuity, increase longevity and improve overall quality of life.

Staying active, both physically and mentally, is an important key to overall health. It also affects how long we live.

The mind-body connection plays a crucial role in overall health, particularly that of seniors. Mind-body communication is predictive of how well we age. Although genetics account for part of the aging process, there are still some strategies we can use to improve health, stamina and vitality.

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Take Steps to Stay Healthy…No Matter What Your Age!

When it comes to good health, St. George Village resident Helen Paris is a walking advertisement for the power of proper nutrition and exercise. The vibrant 93 year old — an SGV charter resident who still resides in independent living — says she is a firm believer in taking steps to stay healthy, no matter what your age.

“I suppose I was born moving! I’ve always been active and gotten a lot of exercise,” says Helen. “I’m not a fanatic altogether, but I must be doing something right.”

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6 Ways to Boost Your Memory

Did you know that your brain needs exercise to stay fit, just like your body does? Here are six simple ways to give your brain the exercise it needs and boost your memory:

1.  Stay socially active. Being active and involved helps to maintain brain function. Spend time with family and friends, seek out volunteer opportunities, or get involved in an organization you support.

2.  Use your brain. You’ve heard the saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Well, research shows this applies to your brain as well!  Crossword puzzles, word challenges and other games, especially those involving cards, are excellent and fun ways to keep your brain active.

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