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S.O.S. - Save Our Senses

As we age, most people know that our sight and our hearing deteriorate. What most don’t know is that our other 3 senses (smell, taste and touch) can also diminish.

Here’s some practical tips for keeping your senses sharp.

Sight: Exercise (helps blood flow to your eyes) and a good amount of sleep

Hearing: Wear ear plugs around loud noises (lawnmower, power tools, etc.), watch your weight (lower blood pressure helps keep the cells in your ears healthy)

Smell: Exercise, avoid strong aromas and even spending time smell familiar aromas can help maintain your sense of smell

Taste: Maintain good dietary health (blood sugar, etc.) and experience more complex and intense flavors when eating

Touch: Exercise and practice touching and being touched (hugs, pet the dog or cat, schedule a massage, etc.)

Don't Fall for These Slippery Hazards

When we were younger, we made fun of those awful TV commercials where the older lady wailed: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
These days, for many of us, it’s not so funny any more. Each year more than 25,000 older adults actually die falls and millions more are injured.

As we age, many factors increase out instability. These includes arthritis, weakening bones, inner-ear problems and diabetes.

Experts say one of the best ways to avoid falling in to recognize some of the most common danger zones:

Getting out of the tub or shower – We all now the phrase “slippery when wet” and we all know the wettest place in any home is the bathroom. If you have a tub, consider using a tub mat or applying one of the many non-slip coatings for tubs and showers that are available today. You might also want to consider installing a grab bar on the wall to help you get into and out of the tub.

Just walking down the hall – Loose rugs and slick hardwood floors can cause falls. Check the common walkways of your home for hidden hazards.

Getting out of bed – Most of us aren’t really fully awake when we first get out of bed in the morning. Some medications can increase the chances of dizziness when you first arise. Take you time. Sit up, perhaps do some stretching exercise to make sure you have a clearer head before getting your feet under you.

Wearing high-heels – While this is primarily a concern for women, there are some boots that can present challenges for either gender. Wearing high-heels or other types of footwear can increase your risk when walking in unfamiliar places.

Hot Chocolate as Health Food (No, Really!)

Here's some good news at last!

A 2013 Harvard study indicates that drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help your brain stay healthy and improve critical thinking.

Where did we put the marshmallows?

Walk - Less - Live Longer

Everybody knows you need to walk 10,000 steps a day to maximize your personal health, right? Wrong. Turns out that “10,000 steps” figure did not come from any scientific study. It was made up by somebody in the marketing field because it sounded good.

Recent scientific studies of approximately 17,000 women showed only 4,400 steps provided a health benefit, while the maximum benefit came at 7,500 steps.

Vitamin C to See

Research indicates that vitamin C can reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

But don’t start popping pills. The study also should that this benefit only comes from dietary vitamin C. In others words, you need to consume citrus fruits and dark green vegetables!

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