Tag: fitness

Seniors Can Improve Their Quality of Life in the Great Outdoors

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Like many Seniors, you may have bumped up your time outside given that outdoor activities are one of the healthiest ways to socialize. Spending time outside can also positively impact your health in other ways, including reducing stress and lowering the risk of chronic diseases. A large body of research backs up the health benefits… Read more »

How to Safely Work Out During COVID-19

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After four months away from the gym, you may be anxious to rid yourself of any extra pounds that have appeared while you sheltered in place. But, is it really safe to go back to the gym, even if they are partially open in Tennessee? Sadly, the answer is no, especially if you are over… Read more »

Functional Fitness: Keeping Independent as You Age

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Although exercise is no panacea for some of the challenging conditions associated with aging, it’s far and away the best tool we have. Regular physical activity can slow down the loss of muscle mass, help you lose weight, manage your pain, reduce the risk of falls, and help stave off heart disease. Exercise can also… Read more »

Four Ways to Get Active After a Fall

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Falls aren’t just painful; they’re scary, too. Then, before we know it, our shaken confidence and fear of falling starts to change our lifestyle. Less gardening, less shopping, less movement. Before we know it, that new “lifestyle of less” snowballs into decline. The reduced amount of activity and mobility leads to muscle weakness and more… Read more »

The SMART Way to Get Healthy

Each year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution to live healthier. And why not? The start of a new year is the perfect time to begin a diet or put that exercise plan to work. We all have high hopes of living up to our resolutions.  However, according to research, half of us… Read more »

Fighting Parkinson’s with Boxing Gloves

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In 2006, Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indiana. This unique program featuring intense and high energy workouts has grown across the country. What makes it unique? It’s designed to help Parkinson’s patients fight against the daily battles waged by the disease. Nashville’s Rock Steady program is located at STEPS Fitness in Nashville and headed… Read more »

Complementary & Integrative Therapies: A Brief Introduction

When a group of us at Blakeford started talking about discussion topics for an upcoming series of events, the first topic we all agreed on was complementary and integrative therapies. Each of us know the value of these therapies. We also know that older adults are benefiting from them. But what are they? First, of… Read more »

Getting the Most Out of the Summer While Staying Safe

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Summer is on its way and with the temperatures getting warmer, people enjoy getting outdoors. As a nurse, I am frequently asked how to stay safe while participating in outdoor summer activities. This question is especially important for the older population because they are more susceptible to heat related illnesses. As we age, the ability… Read more »

Our Life Enrichment and Wellness Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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Every day, the members of our Life Enrichment and Wellness team work to promote a positive and healthy wellbeing and belonging for each Blakeford resident. The team is made up of creative and compassionate people who love what they do and value the importance of our residents. From outings and events to games and music, the… Read more »

Celebrating the First Year of LiveWell By Blakeford

We are pleased to report on a successful inaugural year for LiveWell By Blakeford. We have welcomed new members, added to our team and resources, and continued to connect people with services that they value and need. All of our LiveWell members are committed to staying in the homes that they love and all exemplify… Read more »