7 Ways to Love Your Brain
As people ponder New Year’s resolutions, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to include brain health on the list. Research shows that healthy lifestyle interventions may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and help reduce the risk of dementia.
The following tips are aimed at promoting brain health.
1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
3. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seatbelt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.
4. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
5. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.
6. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. For example, if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program.
7. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
For more information, visit alz.org/10ways.
Senior Membership Meeting
Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host the monthly Eastern Senior Membership meeting at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3rd. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to attend. Upcoming activities and events will be discussed at this meeting. Plan to stay and join us at noon for a nutritious meal for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to sign up.
01/02/2020 – 01/17/2020
Troy Senior Center Upcoming Events…
• Bingo: Wednesday & Friday Following Lunch!
• Line Dancing: Join Our Uncle Sam Sparklers!!! Looking For More Line Dancers To Join Our Class! It’s A Fun Way To Keep Active!
• Swimming: Wednesdays @9:00 A.M. Lansingburg Boys/Girls Club
• Chair Yoga Or Aerobics: Mondays @ 9:30 Followed By Aerobics.
• Movie On Big Screen: Friday, January 3rd @10 A.M.
• Game Day (With H.S. Students): Monday, January 6th Starting At 10 A.M.
• Senior Feud: Friday, January 10th @11 A.M.
• Winter Craft: Monday, January 13th ($2 Material Fee) @10 A.M.
• Special Dinner: “Beat The Winter Blues” Entertainment By Gary Brooks
Breakfast For Lunch!
• Spa Day: Friday, January 7th (Haircuts & Manicures $1, Perms/Colors $10
• Price Is Right: Wednesday, January 22nd @11 A.M.
• Shopping: Friday, January 23rd @9:30 A.M. (Back For Lunch)
• Wheel Of Fortune: Monday, January 27th @11 A.M.
• Movie On Big Screen: Wednesday, January 29th @10a.M.
Please Call With Any Questions! We look forward to you joining us!
*Please visit our Boutique. It’s open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from
10-2p.m. Next to new clothing for men and women, jewelry and household items. We also accept donations of gently used items.
Grafton Fitness Opportunities
Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.
Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players
The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room.
Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out! You do not need to be an experienced player. They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.
Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.
Rensselaer County NY Connects
Rensselaer County NY Connects provides long term services and supports which includes a range of services and supports that can help people of all ages remain independent in their daily lives. Long term services and supports are both medical and non-medical services that help to maintain or improve daily functioning and health. Finding the right services and supports to meet your needs can be very confusing. NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program. NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports. NY Connects staff can also help link you to available long term services and supports. Contact Rensselaer County NY Connects at 270-2767.