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I Have Noticed

Everything is farther away than it used to be. It is even twice as far to the corner and they have added a hill.

I have given up running for the bus; it leaves earlier than it used to.

It seems to me they are making the stairs steeper than in the old days. And have you noticed the smaller print they use in the newspapers?

There is no sense in asking anyone to read aloud anymore, as everybody speaks in such a low voice I can hardly hear them.

The material in dresses is so skimpy now, especially around the hips and waist, that it is almost impossible to reach one’s shoelaces. And the sizes don’t run the way they used to. The 12’s and 14’s are so much smaller.

Even people are changing. They are so much younger than they used to be when I was their age. On the other hand people my age are so much older than I am.

I ran into an old classmate the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning and in so doing I glanced at my own reflection. Really now, they don’t even make good mirrors like they used to.


–Author Unknown


I came across this article and was impressed with how the author was able to stress the importance of exercise.  As we age, it’s really important to ensure we are getting adequate physical activity.  It’s possible at any age.

There are many reasons that senior citizens should exercise on a regular basis, but the main one is that it helps to increase your overall health and ward off life-threatening diseases – especially those associated with aging.

Simply put – exercising helps us age more gracefully. Almost everyone knows the sort of problems we face when aging – slower metabolism, bone loss and stiffness in joints, muscle loss, balance problems, less endurance and heart and lung problems. We all want a quick fix to aging, such as injections and facelifts or a pill we can take to halt or reduce the aging process. But, in reality, regular exercise is the only thing we can do for ourselves that will increase our overall health and well-being. Exercise can help us maintain the ability to do things we love and to accomplish everyday tasks that we need to do rather than depending on someone else.

Even if you’re a very out of shape senior citizen, there are simple exercises you can do that will make you feel better and enjoy your life. Stretching is simple to do (you can even stretch while sitting) and can make remarkable strides in improving your joints and muscles. You can find online stretching exercises, choose from the many television shows that promote exercising or get a book from the library or bookstore.

You’ll want to be sure to choose exercises that stretch your back, arms, calves, thighs, stomach and chest – but don’t overdo it. Stretch for 5 to 20 minutes per day or whatever you feel up to. Any activity that increases your endurance is great for senior citizens. Those exercises might include gardening, biking, swimming or simply walking the dog. Try to increase your breathing and heart rate, but don’t exercise so strenuously that you lose your ability to talk. Take it easy and you’ll benefit more than you realize. Strength exercises are very important to engage in as you age. The more you can strengthen your muscles, the better able you’ll be to increase your metabolism (maintain a normal weight) and keep your blood sugar at normal levels. Strength exercises can be in the form of machines at a gym or fitness center – or, you can even use items around the house, such as books and cans of food.

Exercises designed to strengthen your back should be an important part of your exercise program. Back pain can be excruciating and life-changing and is common in senior citizens. Ask your doctor for a list of exercises you can do to strengthen back muscles or research on your own to find some that are right for you. One of the worst maladies that can affect senior citizens is balance problems.
Aging can cause loss of balance, but so can certain medications. There are exercises to specifically build your leg muscles and increase your perception of balance so that you’re less likely to fall. Keep in mind that in the United States, hospitals admit over 400,000 people per year for broken hips – and most are senior citizens. I know that one of the things I do for balance is walking down the rail road tracks just outside the YMCA where I do my senior exercise, along with many other seniors. I have gotten much better in the year or so that I have practiced. I do not walk them when they are wet or slippery and my kids love to join me. Remember a lot of balance receptors are in the bottom of your feet. Exercise is a key piece of the brain fitness puzzle too. Remember, this is not an olympic training that we are doing, just strenuous enough to get the breathing deep. That gets the neurogenesis and neuroplasticity going so that we have replacement parts popping online everyday. So not a sore muscle routine, but definitely regular. Daily is best.

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About the Author: Michael S. Logan is a brain fitness expert, a counselor, a student of Chi Gong, and licensed one on one HeartMath provider. I enjoy the spiritual, the mythological, and psychological, and I am a late life father to Shane, 10, and Hannah Marie, 4, whose brains are so amazing.

I came across an article on the New York Times website called “Why Wii Fit is Best for Grandparents”, and I found it very interesting.  My own children, now bored with and/or outgrown the Wii, are selling off their system and games as I write this.  What the research is showing is that some of these “exergames” are proving beneficial for older adults.  With regular use, seniors are able to improve their balance.  Balance is needed in order to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.  These “exergames” aren’t as beneficial to the younger crowd in terms of improving their balance but are proving beneficial for older adults.

I have seen the Wii Fit used in Personal Care Homes.  This is a great activity for everyone.

Check out the article at

Have a great day!

Angela Gentile

Here’s a great article that talks about the benefits of Pets for Senior Citizens.  There has been a study done that talks about the health benefits, as well as psychological benefits.  The Eden Alternative is also a great philosophy whereby there are many animals incorporated into the environment where the older adults reside. Some advice from me: If you chose to get a dog for an older adult, think about getting one that is already housetrained!

Check out this great article for more info.

Pets for Senior Citizens.

I am going to go hug my dog now.


Angela Gentile

Infantilization or Therapeutic Use?

One day I was walking through a 24-hour Personal Care Home (PCH), and I saw an elderly woman sitting in a common room with a doll in her arms.  She looked very contented, and smiled at me.  My gut feeling was that this just didn’t sit right with me.  Seeing an older adult with a “toy” seemed undignified.  I had heard about someone else’s mother using a doll, but I just never thought much of it.  When I witnessed this, it just didn’t look right.

I posed the question to a group of experts and PCH staff who were attending a learning session, and I learned  a few things.  When working with older adults with dementia, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

1.  It is not okay to “infantilize” our older adult residents.  We must not treat them like children.

2.  It is okay to use a doll for therapeutic use.  This also covers stuffed animals and the like.  Some older adults find that holding something, or caring for something, makes them feel calm and gives them a purpose (“looking after” something).

I heard two stories that stood out.  One, a woman who had lost a child in her younger years had reverted back to that time.  She felt much more contented with the doll in her arms.  At one point, she handed the doll back to the nurse and told her, “My baby is dead.  Can you deal with this?”.

Another story was about a resident who carried around a doll and she took this doll with her when the staff were giving her a bath.  She used this doll as a weapon and hit the staff with it.

When one woman had a doll in her arms, the other residents treated her more kindly, because they saw she had a “baby”.  One of the residents who had a tendency to strike out, didn’t strike her when she had the doll in her arms.

When one woman started dragging the doll around by the hair, staff knew that this doll was not providing any therapeutic use.

The key is, that each situation involving dolls has to be resident-focussed, and individualized.  It’s not for everyone. Family has to be on board.  My own personal feelings about this (ethical or otherwise) are best addressed by understanding these situations better.  The doll is not going to be used for the long-term, most likely for a short while.

Don’t forget to wash the doll.  It will get soiled and will need it’s clothes washed too.  Also, it’s better to call the doll a doll, not a “baby”.

Discuss with your Team if a doll could provide any kind of therapeutic use.  I’m still not 100% convinced that this is a good thing.  Let me know your thoughts.

Here’s a link to an article and a picture of a senior woman playing with a doll:


Angela Gentile


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  • long term care: I just read another article on exercise for seniors and it was said there that nintendo wii can be a great way for them to stretch those muscles and h
  • gericarenetwork: Hi Gordon. Sure, I'd like that. Angela
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