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Having a Sense of Purpose Linked to Good Health
Living with a strong sense of meaning and direction in your life may lower your risk for early death, heart attack or stroke, according to a review of recently published studies. Purpose in life may boost your feeling that life is worth living, one researcher explained.
Compared to people with a low sense of purpose, those possessing a strong sense of purpose in the studies had a 23% reduced risk of death from any cause and a 19% reduced risk for cardiovascular issues, such as heart attack, stroke, or a need for coronary artery stent placement or bypass surgery.
It’s always wise to take time for self-reflection and define personal goals that may give you a sense of satisfaction and energy. Senior Services offers a number of volunteer opportunities to connect with the community, whether it’s mentoring or tutoring a child in school, providing rides or respite care for older adults, or knitting items that are distributed to those in need. Think of your interests, hobbies and talents and use them to develop a sense of satisfaction, a purpose in life, and general well-being.
What’s good for the Aging Brain?
The good news is that more people are living longer; the challenging news is that more people will possibly become victims of age-related mental decline. In a study published in March in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, it turns out that regular exercise: walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening, may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The ideal type of exercise to prevent memory loss is unknown but according to Dr. Raji, senior radiology resident at UCLA, ‘physical exercise’ is a very good idea. Dr. Raji lead a study evaluating almost 6,000 older men and women over a period of 10 years. The story showed that active individuals had substantially more gray matter, generally equated with greater brain health, compared with their inactive peers.
Spring is a great time to start especially if you like to walk and garden. If you’d like to meet new friends while you exercise, Senior Services offers a number of exercise classes on a weekly basis, such as: Swinging with Susan, Arthritis Exercise, Chair Yoga, Time Steppers, Tai Chi, Ballroom Dance and County Line Dance. To view the schedule online, just click on ‘Coover Senior Center’ in the Personal Enrichment Services section on the left hand side. Sign up is easy; just call 382-0515 and get started today!
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Affordable In-Home Support Services
As summer winds down, thoughts turn towards preparing for the fall and winter months. Let us help you or your loved ones with some affordable In-Home support Services.
Navigator: Provides customers with the opportunity to discuss family needs with a professional in aging services. Cost of service is based on length and complexity of the assessment and care plan.
Home Care: In-home care includes a wide variety of services, from personal care to home making, shopping assistance, and so much more. Our hourly rates are very competitive and based on the type of service provided.
To learn more about our 20 programs under one roof, call 382-0515 today!
The latest "Best of Care" Catalog is available on-line...
You can click here to view Southwest Michigan's premier catalog of resources for older adults.
This outstanding publication is in high demand and now you can access it from anywhere via the web. You can also pick up your free copy at our offices in Kalamazoo.
We are located at 918 Jasper Street, just south of downtown Kalamazoo. We are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Senior Safety Booklet is now available on-line...
CLICK HERE to view the latest edition of the Triad Senior Safety Tips booklet. For older adults and the people who care or them, this booklet is making the community safer, with 22 current safety topics, and several Kalamazoo County resources and directories.
You'll always be able to find the link to the Senior Safety Tips booklet in the column on the left side of every page of our website under the "Other Important Resources" heading. You can also pick up free copies at our main offices at 918 Jasper Street in Kalamazoo during business hours.
You can also contact Traci Furman at 269-382-0515, extension 123.
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