Your Posture Matters

During these past months, you probably spent more time sitting, communicating, and socializing on computers, iPads, and phones.
Shoulders were rounded, heads were titled forward, chins were tucked downwards. Necks and backs are strained and maybe even painful; hip and leg muscles are maybe a bit weaker. As I paint the scenario of the health effects with a more sedentary lifestyle, more than ever expected, these changes in activity may have contributed to poor posture. My question to you is: Have you noticed a change in your posture over this last year?

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News Alert: Your Mask and Impact on Vision

For this message, though, I want to focus on the mask that you are wearing.  The mask should be secured enough to your face to cover both your nose and mouth to prevent airborne spread of the virus.  Yes, you must ensure that both your nose and mouth are properly covered.  This practice requires that the top border of the mask fits onto the top of your nose right under your eyes.  I expect that you, like me, are frequently adjusting your mask to ensure that your nose is covered properly.  This correct mask placement results in decreased vision, blocking your peripheral lower visual field.

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Feeling Any Changes in Your Feet?

Today, I want to talk with you about your feet, in particular, changes in sensation – tingling, numbness or pain – symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy (PN). PN is common in older persons, resulting from damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. The aging process alone can cause damage to our nerves. But, diabetes as one of the most common causes of PN, along with smoking and alcohol abuse. Diabetic PN is the most common form of neuropathy worldwide, and the most common type of distal symmetric neuropathy, accounting for 75% of all diabetic neuropathies.

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Hope for the New Year: Simply A “Shot in the Arm”

In our country, COVID-19 is now the leading case of death. This statistic is going to change over time now that the vaccine is becoming available and people are getting vaccinated. As I have shared in past messages, for adults 85 and older, falls in the leading cause of unintentional injury death. The interventions to reduce falls and protect you from injury are complex and requires a team approach, as you receive with your Harmony Team and Fall Prevention Program. In contrast, your ability to be protected from this virus is simpler. You can simply continue to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands and get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is made available to you!

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Your Cane or Walker – Is It Within Your Reach?

Mobility devices, such canes and walkers,are assistive devices that, when used and appropriate to your need, will improve your gait and balance, along with proprioception, safety and independence. Canes help redistribute weight from a lower leg that is weak or painful, improve stability by increasing you base of support, and provide tactile information about the ground to improve your balance. In contrast, walkers improve your gait and balance by providing a wider base of support, improving your balance and making you a lot more stable.

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When Was the Your Last Time You had Your Hearing Check?

Everyone knows that hearing loss can affect our social functioning and quality of life.  When hearing declines,  you can miss out on conversations, frequently have to ask people to repeat what has been said, increase the volume on our television, radio, or computer, or become withdrawn.

But…..Did you know that hearing loss is associated with increased fall risk?

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