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Older Americans Month - Researchers Find Three Causes to Ageism

As someone who works with vibrant seniors daily and who is about to be Medicare eligible myself, I’m fascinated with this research on ageism and with the conversations especially about healthcare reform and who will pay and for what.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 10th – March 16th

What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for two respiratory illnesses -- chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In 1998, approximately 107,000 Americans died of COPD.  COPD's prevalence and death rate are rising. In 2020, COPD is projected to become the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD has a higher mortality rate than asthma. The highest increase in mortality has been in white women, as observed between 1960 and 1998. An estimated 30 million Americans have COPD. However, only 16 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with disease.

The good news is that there are many things people suffering with COPD can do to improve their quality of life.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 10th – March 16th

What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for two respiratory illnesses -- chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In 1998, approximately 107,000 Americans died of COPD.  COPD's prevalence and death rate are rising. In 2020, COPD is projected to become the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD has a higher mortality rate than asthma. The highest increase in mortality has been in white women, as observed between 1960 and 1998. An estimated 30 million Americans have COPD. However, only 16 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with disease.

The good news is that there are many things people suffering with COPD can do to improve their quality of life.

McLean Joined the St. Francis Hospital Comprehensive Joint Replacement Institute in Operation Walk USA

Dr. Zimmerman, the patient, and Dr. Schuster visit together at the McLean Post Acute Center in SimsburyArthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the United States and now affects 46 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. The debilitating pain of end stage hip or knee degenerative disease makes even the most simple of daily tasks excruciating.

McLean Wellness Center Welcomes New Members to Join our Fitness Center Warm Water Pool

 Whether you are just starting and exercise routine or have prior gym experience, you’ll be sure to find our exercise center and warm water therapeutic pool a great place to improve your health and fitness. Our 92° pool offers a wide variety of specialized classes, as well as open exercise programming designed to help you build strength and flexibility, as well as relieve aches and pains! Membership offers SilverSneakers® Muscle Stengthening & Range of Movement classes twice a week, and we also offer our own Group Strength class. Call to learn more about the McLean Healthy Living Center and the programs it runs for seniors of all ability levels, or stop in during one of the open enrollment days.

New Year's Resolution to Stay Healthy

January is National Stay Healthy Month.

There are many ways to stay healthy and many things that people should know. Staying healthy includes proper diet, removing allergens from home, exercise and much more. Staying healthy or getting more healthy is good advice for any age. The number one thing to stay healthy as one ages is companionship. So grab a friend and do something together. Go to the senior center to enjoy the company of others, or consider moving to a community with many seniors and things that will keep you active mentally and physically. Walk daily with a friend or join a gym. Some programs specialize in safe and fun exercise for seniors like SilverSneakers®, which may be paid for by your insurance, or the McLean Wellness Program. Physical activity is very important even for those with dementia.  Caregivers may click to learn more helpful tips from two McLean therapists.

ACES Adult Community Education Series

In partnership with Trinity College in Hartford, please join us for an exciting new four-part lecture series - "The Women of Ancient Israel." Click here to view the brochure.

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National Physical Therapy Month Celebrates Baby Boomers and How They Can Stay Active and Healthy

According to the 2011 "AARP Bulletin Survey on Exercise," approximately 7 in 10 adults age 45 and older (71%) are physically active. If you are a baby boomer, physical therapists can help you stay physically active, including helping you deal with common injuries associated with aging, such as tendinitis and meniscus tears as well as the effects of arthritis.

Beginning October 1 and continuing through November 19, the American Association of Physical Therapy will be hosting its "50 Days 50 Ways – Fit After 50" challenge. During this challenge they will be providing 50 days’ worth of tips to boomers on how to prevent injury and get and/or stay fit and mobile with the help of a McLean physical therapist who is passionate about working with boomers and seniors.

McLean Continues Popular Senior Wisdom Series

McLean is once again offering its free Senior Wisdom Series to help you plan for the retirement lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. All lectures will take place on Mondays, from 1-2:30 PM at The Village at McLean, Burkholder Community Center, 100 Sarah Lane, Simsbury (located behind the McLean Health Center).  R.S.V.P. 860-658-3906.

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