Lots of activities during March Break - but don’t fall
This is the week of March Break and most of us are enjoying the company of friends and family. There are tons of activities that everyone can participate in while visiting the Ottawa Valley. Have you walked in the Shaw Woods, gone to a sugar bush, taken in some cross-country skiing or down hill? The libraries have special events for young and old as well.
The Silver Threadds Seniors Club is having a St. Patrick’s Dinner/Dance on Thursday evening with a delicious dinner prepared by Schmidt’s. The entertainment will be provided by Gillan Rutz. We will have a 50/50 draw, a door prize, raffle prize and other draws. The cost for the evening is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Come out and have a fun evening.
The winners of bid euchre last week were: John Collier, Mary Stevens, Rose Procopio, Richard Bourque, and Marie Arnold. The euchre winners Friday evening were: Bonnie Felhaber, Carol Myers, Hughuette Clouthier, Richard Bourque, and Shirley Mielke.
There are six age-related changes that increase senior fall risk. Decreasing strength Muscle loss starts very early, around age 30. In older adults, less muscle means less strength and weaker bones. Weaker sense of balance Many body systems work together to keep us standing upright. Age-related changes and medication side effects can make it more difficult for seniors to stay balanced. Declining eyesight Vision helps us keep our balance and avoid obstacles. As vision worsens, so does the ability to stay upright and clearly see what’s in our path. Loss of flexibility Age and health conditions make seniors less flexible, especially in hips and ankles. This stiffness increases the likelihood of falling. Decreased endurance Not being able to endure physical activity like standing or walking for a reasonable amount of time will increase fall risk.
Declining ability and desire to walk
Continuing to walk will improve strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance for older adults. However, many seniors become less active and fall into a negative cycle where less activity leads to less strength and balance, that leads to even less activity as their physical abilities keep declining.
The Silver Theads Seniors Club is located at 1163 Victoria Street in Petawawa. The office is open daily from Monday to Friday beginning at 9 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m. The phone number is 613 687-6574 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Columnist Barbara Bailey says there are six age-related changes that can increase the risk of falling for seniors.