Hands to Help Seniors
Try to eat eight to ten small servings per day of colorful fruits and vegetables in order to stay healthy, say researchers. They provide fiber, vitamins and thousands of micro-nutrients called phytochemicals. As we age, our ability to extract nutrients decreases, which is why inflammation increases as we age.
A paper published in Nature Magazine showed that tiny spurts of exercise throughout the day are associated with significant reductions in disease risk. The researchers used data from fitness trackers collected by the UK company Biobank. They looked at the records of 25K people who did not regularly exercise, with an average age of 60 years old. They followed them over the course of almost seven years. Those who engaged in one or two-minute burst of exercise three times a day like speed-walking or rapidly climbing stairs showed a nearly 50% reduction in cardiovascular mortality risk and about a 40% reduction in the risk of dying from cancer as well as all causes of mortality. This shows that it’s not necessary to do vigorous workouts—every little bit of exercise helps.
I read a story saying that every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, a shocking statistic. Some are massive and easy to recognize. Others are small and can be undetectable. A recent study of in-hospital strokes found that most go undetected for more than four hours, which can be very dangerous. Thankfully, there is a new product coming to market in 2023 called Neuralert, which the FDA designated a breakthrough device last year. The pair of smart wristbands use a proprietary algorithm to track arm asymmetry or weakness, common symptoms of a stroke. Neuralert can detect symptoms in as little as 15 minutes, and automatically alert medical staff.
This is the second first time grant from a seller of goods, not your traditional foundation. The other was Carmel Realty. Thank you to both!
The American Association for Retired Persons, or AARP, has recently launched a free newsletter called AARP Veteran Report. It is free and comes out twice per month celebrating the contribution oveterans to our country and our communities. The newsletter will cover issues such as health, money, work and benefits. To subscribe, go to www.aarp.org/VeteranReport.