Most of us have heard that stretching is beneficial, but questions often arise about different methods of stretching and how often it should be done. What are the current concepts in muscle-stretching methods? These tips from Physical Therapist Jenny Braddock, Director of Rehabilitation at McLean, give us a closer look at stretching.
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There may be a time when you or your loved ones need to leave home quickly, due to a weather-related event or medical emergency. At times like this, seniors are often the most vulnerable. Seniors may rely on caregivers or have special medical needs, limited mobility, and/or vision and hearing impairments that can make a crisis situation even more worrisome.
Are you or your loved one having a harder time at home? Perhaps there is a worsening chronic health condition. It could be that routine daily activities like grooming, housekeeping, cooking, and especially driving have become a concern. Maybe it’s simply getting around, socialization, or safety that’s an issue. Or perhaps the caregiver is showing signs of caregiver fatigue…
August is National Wellness Month, but for McLean Wellness Director Kimberly Wright, every month is a wellness month. For McLean, and for Kim, wellness does not refer to just physical health. There are many measures of wellness – in fact, true wellness is Boundless.
What do we mean by Boundless…
Summer is well underway and that means people are spending more time in the sunshine.
Sunlight exposure has been proven to improve sleep; increase bone health and balance; boost mood; and even prolong a person’s life. While vitamin D from the sun – obtained while enjoying outdoor activities like biking, walking, and just plain relaxing by a pool – provides numerous wellness benefits, it’s very important to take steps to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
As we transition to retirement, it’s important to remember that our overall health and emotional wellbeing can be affected by how we use our new-found free time. According to a National Institute of Aging study, there is a positive correlation between social interaction and health in seniors. Staying active and socially connected in retirement will help us live longer, happier, more independent lives.
Forgetting your keys or “blanking” on an acquaintance’s name is generally not a cause for concern – these lapses happen from time to time, to people at all ages. Even forgetting some details about past events is a normal part of aging.
Dementia, however, is not a normal part of aging.
Communication is key. The ability to speak and voice your opinions, as well as to hear others, is an important part of life, yet hearing and speech concerns affect millions of American adults. Approximately 15% of American adults report some trouble hearing, and 1 in 20 suffer from a speech-language disorder.
Spring is here! The grass is green, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and at last, the warm weather has arrived. Spring means renewal – it’s the perfect time to start your decluttering project.
Decluttering can be a daunting task. But with a few decluttering tips, the results can feel truly uplifting — like a breath of fresh spring air.
Young and old, Americans volunteer. According to the AmeriCorps.gov website, 60.7 million people, or over 23 percent of the population, engaged in some type of formal volunteering in 2021.
Volunteering not only provides services, it builds a sense of community. Volunteers often pick up the slack where funding ends. Without volunteers, many service organizations would not function as effectively.