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Driver Safety

When it comes to driving, there is no set age at which a person becomes less safe when s/he is behind the wheel. Safety depends on a person's physical and mental health which, of course, differs from person to person.
The following issues can be warning signs that suggest it's time to get tested for driving safety:

          Getting lost in familiar areas
          Ignoring traffic signs or signals
          Becoming easily agitated or angered when driving
          Inability to concentrate while driving or appearing  
              inattentive

          Reacting too slowly to dangerous situations
          Ignoring:  
              basic driving basics like yielding right-of-way,  
              using mirrors, and turn signals or failing to check
             for blind spots  
          Having trouble judging distances

If you have any of these behaviors, see your healthcare provider for a checkup for some medication can make a person drowsy and less alert and have a professional evaluate your driving skills. It may be time to start a conversation about driving and safety.

For Women:
11 Tips for Good Health in Later Life



Older women are more likely than men to have chronic, or ongoing, health conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Women are also more likely to develop multiple health problems, according to a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Older women are also more likely to have memory or other “cognitive” problems, and difficulty carrying out daily activities such as dressing, walking, or bathing without help.

Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to boost your chances of staying mentally and physically healthy as you age. Here’s what the experts with the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation recommend.

Even if you feel perfectly healthy, you should see your provider at least once a year for a checkup.

When you visit your provider, bring all of the pills you take, including medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements, even those you buy without a prescription. Your provider should check all of your pills to make sure they are safe for you to take.

Always check with your provider before taking any new pills. Take all medicines and other pills as directed, and tell your provider right away if a medication or other pill seems to be causing any problems or side effects.

Certain screening tests can help diagnose health problems early. Ask your healthcare provider which tests are right for you.

Check with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re getting:

A flu shot: every year in late summer or early fall, before flu season starts.
Two pneumonia vaccinations: pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)13

and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV)23. Ask your healthcare provider about when to take the two vaccines

A tetanus shot: every 10 years
The shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine: once after age 60 or older

Get 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and 800-1000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D daily. Do weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, and aerobic dancing. If you’ve fallen in the past, ask your healthcare provider about local exercise programs that include strength training, balance and stretching exercises.


Aging skin is more susceptible to sun damage, which boosts the risk of skin cancer. Use sunscreen all year round and, for added protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat.


Tell your healthcare provider if you smoke.  He or she can help you stop. For additional help, call 1-800-QUITNOW. It’s never too late to quit.


In later life, you still need healthy foods, but fewer calories. Your healthcare provider and the USDA’s updated myPyramid for Older Adults, at
http://mypyramid.gov/, can help you make good choices. You can also get a personal nutrition plan at the USDA website.

Experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but less than a third of older adults do this. Don’t miss out. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables. Go for deep colors: dark green, bright yellow, and orange choices like spinach, collard greens, carrots, oranges, and cantaloupe are extra nutritious. Choose whole grain bread, rice, and pasta instead of the white stuff. Pick less fatty meat, like chicken, and low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Shoot for heart-healthy fish, like tuna or salmon, twice a week. To help keep your bones strong, include sources of calcium and vitamin D. Two daily servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese are a good bet in your diet. And use healthier fats, such as olive and canola oil instead of butter or lard.

Some women may benefit from one alcoholic drink a day. Check with your healthcare provider to make sure this is right for you. One drink = 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.


Regular exercise is important for good health at any age. Exercise tones up your heart and circulation, strengthens bones, boosts brain function, lifts your mood, and can help prevent and ease depression. Your healthcare provider can help you come up with an exercise program that’s right for you.

Sign up for a class at the local library, senior center, or community college (some offer free classes for older adults). 

Do word puzzles, number puzzles, jigsaw puzzles - whatever interests you.  Make sure you challenge your brain by trying new things, rather than just repeating the same exercises over and over again.

DISCLAIMER: this information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other healthcare provider. Always consult your healthcare provider about your medications, symptoms, and health problems. November 2015

©2015 Health in Aging Foundation. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modi ed,or distributed without the express prior written permission of the copyright holder. For permission, contact info@ healthinaging. org.



Senior Transportation

 

Let’s start with the bad news…. Eventually we ALL will reach a point where we cannot drive ourselves where we need to go, and when we need to be there.  Being able to just get up and go is almost a basic freedom, and not being able to do so is one of the more dismaying aspects of becoming a “person of age”. 

But the good news is that if there was ever a time in history to be facing personal driving limitations, this is it!  There are now many safe, convenient and economical alternatives to owning and driving your own car.  Particularly in the area we live!   To see a summary of how Villagers can get where they need to be when they can’t drive or when help from friends and family is not available,  CLICK HERE 

The even better news is we are likely to be the first generation that will be able to take advantage of the self-driving car revolution!  Owning your own car will no longer be a necessity.  It’s likely your garage can soon become a place to permanently store all those treasures you have accumulated over the past decades!


Healthy Recipes

As many of our Villagers have learned from the Empowering Body and Mind classes, good nutrition is a key component in the quest to stay happy, healthy and active.  
Kim Chartrand is offering some of the recipes for those of us seeking meals and snacks that promote a healthier lifestyle.
Her recipes can be found  Here

Healthier Living with Chronic Pain 
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP)

An Evidence-Based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University, now managed by the Self-Management Resource Center for people experiencing chronic pain as well as their family members and caregivers. This program has been proven to achieve positive health outcomes and reduced health care expenditures. The program consists of a workshop that meets once a week for 2 ½ hours per week for six weeks, led by two trained peer educators, who may also have chronic pain or another chronic condition.

Topics include:

• Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep

• Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance

• Appropriate use of medications

• Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals

• Nutrition

• Pacing activity and rest

• How to evaluate new treatments

The Healthier Living with Chronic Pain workshops are available at sites throughout the County. Click here for current schedule.

For more information call 858-495-5500.

 



As many of our Villagers have learned from the Empowering Body and Mind classes, good nutrition is a key component in the quest to stay happy, healthy and active.  Kim Chartrand is offering some of the recipes for those of us seeking meals and snacks that promote a healthier lifestyle.
Her recipes can be found  Here
 

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