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Health

Over 55: Life filled to the brim

Monday, April 27, 2015

The last of the baby boomers have turned 50, and with that, comes a new set of challenges. One of them is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. But being active isn’t just keeping up with physical activity — it’s also stretching your social and mental muscles. “No matter what age you are, we all need physical activity, positive social interactions and opportunities to challenge our brains,” says Kim Mansfield, program director at RiverMead Lifecare Community, a retirement community in Peterborough. “Research shows that leisure time and physical activity are an important part of healthy aging.” Physical activity, such as individual or group exercise classes, … 0

HealthFirst: Learning, a lifelong journey

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “Learn as if you were going to live forever.” It is my firm belief that if a person continues to learn, to expand the mind, and keep a sense of curiosity about the world, that person will never grow old in spirit. Living well after 55, or in my … 0

HealthFirst: A meal with friends

Monday, April 27, 2015

Where can you go, where everyone knows your name? Every third Thursday, Home, Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services sponsors Friendly Meals for seniors at the VFW Hall in Jaffrey. Folks use the time as a social hour and to enjoy some good grub. There is also a registered nurse on hand for blood … 0

Interview by Priscilla Morrill: Advice for the third quarter of life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Q: What are some of the factors relevant to wellness in the third quarter of life? A: How we view ourselves as we age is relevant to our wellness. Being a “glass is half full” person may lead … 0

HealthFirst: Take steps to prevent falling

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As people age, the worst thing they can do is stop moving, according to Exercise Physiologist Tricia Breckenridge. “As we age, age-related changes happen to the body — the muscles, the bones, and the joints get tired,” she … 0

KEEP MOVING: Low-impact: What does it mean?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What is low-impact? The best kind of exercise seniors can do to keep them moving but not hurt their bodies is low-impact exercise, said Glen Fukuda, a personal trainer at Performance Health & Fitness in Peterborough. “A good … 0

HealthFirst: ML

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Glen Fukuda, personal trainer, PerformanCe Health & Fitness 1. Start small. Exercising the first time may be exciting but don’t push it. Take baby steps. 2. Increase gradually. As time passes, increase the intensity because that is where … 0

HealthFirst: Put out the fire: Prevent age-related disease

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inflammation is part of the body’s defense system, so it is essential to the healing process. Without it, injuries and simple infections could be deadly. But too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Chronic low-grade inflammation … 0

HealthFirst: How to live well in retirement

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The first problem that I have with the preparation of this article is to figure out how we can get those under 60 years of age to read it. Clearly, the best way to live well during retirement … 0

HealthFirst: Aging humor: healthful or ageist?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It happened again this year on my birthday. My well-meaning friends and family sent cards and emails with aging jokes and cartoons depicting the curse of older age in a wide variety of stereotypic situations. How is this “over-the-hill” guy supposed to respond to the onslaught of ageism, … 0

HealthFirst: Key points on end-of-life planning

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Editor’s note: The following appeared in the April 7 edition of the Ledger-Transcript. Despite the emotional and circumstantial obstacles that sometimes interfere with end of life planning, every person should address the following things prior to death: 1. … 0

Concord: Online event on special education

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Parent Information Center of Concord will hold a free brown-bag lunch webinar on the basics of special education on Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.. The online event will provide participants with an introduction to the New Hampshire special education process. It includes a brief overview of … 0

Keene: ‘Bald is Beautiful’ fundraiser

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The seventh annual Bald is Beautiful fundraiser, sponsored by Norris Cotton Cancer Center will be held on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MJD & Co Hair Design in the Colony Mill Market Place in Keene. The event’s goal is to help to diffuse the … 0