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DON’T TAKE ARTHRITIS SITTING DOWN!


Osteoarthritis is an age-related degenerative joint condition that causes pain and stiffness that many mistakenly accept as a natural part of the aging process. However, this “wear and tear” arthritis is not an inevitable part of aging, and sufferers should not allow its symptoms to render them immobile. Instead, osteoarthritis sufferers should take steps to get off the sofa and get moving. The key to overcoming osteoarthritis is exercise, which helps increase joint range of motion and increase muscle strength. While most arthritis sufferers will find initial efforts at exercise to be painful, they will be rewarded with less pain and more mobility over time. The path to breaking osteoarthritis’ pain/immobility cycle begins with small steps, quite literally.       


At SYRACUSE HOME @ MCHARRIE PLACE, we understand how critical it is for seniors to remain as active as possible. We plan a variety of enjoyable activity options, and encourage our senior residents to participate. To learn more about what we offer our seniors, reach us today at (315) 638-2521. We will schedule a meeting and tour of our unique senior community located at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. We look forward to meeting you!


P.S. Damaged joint cartilage is the root of arthritis pain and dysfunction. Exercise may stimulate cartilage growth.


 


CLOUDED THINKING


It seems that we hear new reasons to give up the smoking habit every day. Not only does smoking cause lung cancer and other fatal diseases, it also leads to diminished brain function among older male smokers. Research shows that male smokers may experience cognitive decline that is as rapid as someone a full decade older. In fact, smoking can lead to dementia-like cognitive difficulties that show up in male smokers as early as age 45. While women do not seem to be as susceptible to smoking-induced cognitive decline as men, a better-safe-than-sorry argument could certainly be made. Giving up the habit can prove to be a healthy step forward for smokers as well as those around them. 


We hope you found this topic to be both interesting and informative. At SYRACUSE HOME @ MCHARRIE PLACE, our knowledgeable and caring staff is here to help our senior residents maintain a healthy lifestyle. We provide nutritious meals and snacks and offer numerous activity options. Learn more about our programs and services by contacting us today at (315) 638-2521. You are invited to tour our unique senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. Our seniors are our #1 priority!


P.S. It is never too late to quit smoking. New treatments provide greater chance for success than ever before.


 


READY FOR AN ENCORE!


Each day, 10,000 people turn age 65. At that rate, 18% of the population will be 65 or older by 2030. This aging of the population translates to a host of new jobs for those catering to the needs of seniors. Not only will younger workers benefit, but older individuals will also be able to work in “encore careers” serving other seniors. For instance, older workers may find ways to contribute as chronic illness coaches and patient advocates. There is also likely to be significant growth in care-giving opportunities. Additionally, older adults may want to consider career changes that involve working with older adults as personal trainers and nutritionists. There is a new world of opportunity after age 65.  


SYRACUSE HOME AT MCHARRIE PLACE is pleased to present you with interesting and informative topics regarding seniors. We realize that the needs of seniors can change – even overnight.  We treat our senior residents as individuals. Learn what we have to offer you or your loved one. Contact us today at (315) 638-2521. We will answer your questions, and take you on a tour of our senior community, conveniently located at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. We’re here for you!


P.S. Lawyers, psychologists, and other professionals may want to consider shifting their practices toward catering to seniors.


 


TEA TIME!


Taking time for tea is an age-old tradition steeped in civility and relaxed conversation. In recent years, it has also come to light that green tea confers a number of health benefits that make it a very desirable beverage among health-conscious individuals. Among these benefits is the ability to help elderly green-tea drinkers remain more agile and independent than their non-tea-drinking peers. While no one is entirely certain why green tea confers these health benefits, there is evidence of less disability among green tea drinkers in Japan. Drinking five cups per day seems to be the prescription for a healthier, more independent senior, while drinking lower amounts seems to also carry a lesser but still significant  benefit.


SYRACUSE HOME AT MCHARRIE PLACE understands the important impact a healthy diet has on the physical and mental well-being of our senior residents. We provide our seniors with nutritious and delicious meals and snacks. To learn more, contact us today at (315) 638-2521. We will arrange an initial, confidential meeting and tour of our senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. Learn how we earned our superior reputation!


P.S. Green tea contains antioxidants, which are chemicals that may help prevent cell damage that leads to disease.


 


THE FASTEST-GROWING AGE GROUP
Do you know what the fastest growing age group around the world is? It’s 90-year-olds. Many people heap attention on those who reach the century mark (and rightly so), but there is much to be said for those hitting the 90-year mark as well. It is only fitting, then, that the first-ever census statistics on the 90-plus population in America shows that it has increased by nearly 300% since 1980 to 1.9 million people. By mid-century, this group of nonagenarians is projected to reach 8 million, in which case it will represent 2% of the U.S. population. Contrast these numbers with those of over a century ago, when fewer than 100,000 Americans lived to reach age 90.

It is clear that our aging population is increasing. More and more seniors will desire and require compassionate care and individualized attention. McHarrie Life is here for you and your loved ones. To learn what we have to offer, reach us today at (315) 638-2521. We will arrange an initial, confidential meeting and tour of our unique senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. Learn how we earned our superior reputation.

P.S. With more Americans reaching age 90, researchers are working to better understand important aspects of their health, which will increasingly exert influence on health costs.


AN ENLIGHTENED APPROACH
Seniors who experience depression may be able to improve their mood simply by exposing themselves to more light. According to research involving people aged 60 years and older who were treated for major depressive disorder (MDD), three weeks of home-based “light therapy” produced significant improvements in both mood and sleeping ability. The benefits associated with exposing oneself to bright light likely stem from light’s ability to reset the body’s internal clock. Otherwise, as we age, and exposure to bright environmental light lessens (as seniors remain indoors more often), the brain’s ability to adjust to a 24-hour pattern of activity lessens. The reintroduction of bright light provides needed cues that set the body and mind back into their proper rhythms.  

We hope you found this topic to be both interesting and informative. At McHarrie Life, we keep abreast of all new developments that may affect our senior residents. To learn about the services and care that we provide, contact us today at (315) 638-2521. You are invited to tour our unique senior community at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. We look forward to meeting you!

P.S. “Light therapy” involves the use of a light box, which gives off bright light that mimics outdoor light. Exposure to as little as 30 minutes of this light in the morning helps elevate mood.


THE GREENING OF NURSING HOMES
In an effort to become more “resident-centered,” nursing homes are increasingly becoming decentralized. As a result, resident quarters are being designed to look more like residential housing, with open kitchens and dining rooms with long communal dining tables, comfortable seating areas with upholstered chairs, and private bedrooms and baths surrounding main living areas. Not only do these living spaces feel more like traditional homes, they differ from traditional nursing homes in the way that medical care is delivered. Instead of many caregivers with narrowly defined jobs, there are a limited number of certified nursing assistants who perform a number of tasks for residents. The goal is to create more flexible scheduling that focuses on the individual.    

At McHarrie Life, we understand that the needs of seniors can change – even overnight. Our caring and compassionate staff is prepared to assist our senior residents, whom we treat like family. To learn more about us, reach us today at (315) 638-2521. We will arrange for you to come in, speak with us regarding your needs, and tour our senior community, conveniently located at 7740 Meigs Road, Baldwinsville. Our seniors are our #1 priority!