By Cozette Eldridge, Field Representative

USDA monthly Food Bank is Thurs. July 18th at First Baptist Church, 701 Ave N. The new time begins at 9:00 AM.

Exercises that engage the mind and body improve memory and other measures of cognitive function, such as verbal fluency and learning. In a study involving 3,624 subjects ranging from 50 to 85 years old, researchers found tai chi, different types of dance and Pilates as activities that engage both mind and body simultaneously.  The results proved that mind-body exercises, especially tai chi and dance, are beneficial for improving global cognition, cognitive flexibility, working memory, verbal fluency, and learning in cognitively intact or impaired older adults.                           

A moderate dose of 60 to 120 minutes per week is recommended. Any form of movement is good, and now there are more choices based on these findings.                  

 No matter your age, it’s never too late to stay vibrant and improve your heart health, strength, balance, and mobility by maintaining an active lifestyle. We all know that exercise is the key component of good health. But some people think that the older we get the more we should slow down to prevent injury and accidents. Nothing could be further from the truth.                                                                                            You may wonder if you can really manage a fitness routine at your age. You may think you are too out of shape, too sick, or simply too tired to give it a go. Your body may have changed over the years, as all of ours have, but there’s no question that you can become stronger, more agile, and healthier that you are today. If you have a chronic condition or haven’t had a physical in years, check with your doctor first. They can tell you if you are able to do any activity you want or if you need to stick to certain activities that are safe for you.

In general, we should continue to do what we have always enjoyed doing. As we get older there may need for some modifications. But if it feels comfortable to you, there’s not reason to change. But if you begin to feel insecure, you may have to make adjustments to the activities you love to do, without completely giving them up. 

SENIOR CENTER LUNCH MENU     

JULY 15 – JULY 19                                             

MON.  Spanish Omelet, Onion Roasted Potatoes, Biscuit, Banana, OJ                                                                                                                       

TUES.  Beef Vegetable Soup, Tuna Mac Salad, Roll, Tropical Fruit Mix                                                                                                                         

WED.  Turkey, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Peas/Carrots, Fruit                                                                                                                               

THURS.  Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Zucchini, Colorful Salad, Bread, Fresh Orange.                                                                                                                  

FRI.  Roast Beef, Baked Potato, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit, Dessert