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PAGE 2C SENIOR LIVING THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 From page lC CONWAYS There are a number of ac- tivities at the Washington, Wellman and Kalona YMCA tailored for seniors, says Y Branch Director Marcus Hall. They include exercise sessions to improve range of motion, balance, strength and cardio- vascular health. The results of the exercises, says Hall, is im- proved functional movement that assists in everything from getting out of a car to putting things on shelves and pick- ing up grandchildren from the floor. In Kalona, Senior Fitness classes are held in the old gym at the Community Center from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Participants often do open walking from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and end the morning with visiting and coffee. The Y class- es are free for members and a $2 drop-in fee for nonmembers. Hall says there are usually an average of 25 members signed for the classes and an average of 15 participants any given session. They are described as low impact aerobics, toning and stretching for a complete rou line. the In We[tman, the same class- es are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9 a.m. - and Mon- day and Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Washington. The Y in Washington also holds a "Joint Effort" in the pool for low-impact exercises that relieve stiffness, says Hall, and is also designed in mind for those suffering ar- thritis pain. It is held from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays and from 5 to 5:45 p,m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Water Walking is held from 8:45 to 9:45 a~m. on Monday and Fridays and at 4:30 p.m on Wednesdays. Y members can attend any of the classes in Washington County. "Being able to be gone, and have their continued support and prayers was a big deal for us. To know that they were happy that we were going was a big deal. That added to the pleasure. The thing we missed the most being out on the road was that daily contact, par- ticularly with our grandchil- dren, who are here a tot. That was the balancing act, why we didn't stay gone for five months." The family also surprised them by fulfilling their dream and allowing them to stay a night at the Hotel Det Coro- nado. After this experience, and with a little more free time, onway says rides like this is something they definitely want to do again. "That change in life, from being cattle feeders to not being cattle feeders is what opened this up now. Going for- ward, we will do more now." The biggest issue, having knocked out the southern trail, is figuring out what will work weather-wise with their sched- ule. "We only had two bad days John and Cathy Conway together on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. where we couldn't ride. Two bad days out of 53 days of rid- ing. To work in some of these Other rides, the thing you have to work in is the fact that I do stilt farm. So I've got to plant crops, and take crops out, and haul crops to town. Trying to work that and the weather fac- tor in, we'll have to be more discerning where we decide to go and when." T ml .......... i :::::::::::: i iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i i Regular exercise and a nutri- tious diet are two of the best things seniors can do to main- tain their health. Exercise can delay or prevent many of the health problems associated with aging, including weak bones and feelings of fatigue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a person age 65 or older who is generally fit with no limiting health Conditions should try to get tWO hours and 30 minutes of moderate=intensity aerobic activity per week, while also including weight training and muscle-strengthening activi- ties in their routines on two or more days a week. Individuals often find that gyms have the array of fitness equipment they need to stay healthy. But many people, in- cluding older men and women who have not exercised in some time, may be hesitant to join a gym for fear of intimida- tion. Some seniors may avoid machines and classes believ- ing they will not use the appa- ratus properly, or that they will be judged by other gym mem- bers. Some seniors may feel like gymsdo notcater to their older clientele, creating an at- mosphere that is dominated by younger members and loud music. Such misconceptions are often unfounded, as many gyms welcome older members with open arms. But even if seniors find gyms intimidat- ing, they should still sign up for memberships. In such situ- ations, the following tips can help seniors shed their fears and adapt to their new gyms. Start the process slowly. Shop around for a gym that makes you feet comfortable. Get fully informed about which classes are offered, and the iiiiiiii iiiii Kalona office: 319-656-3177 423 B. Avenue Fax: 319-656-5_.124 Kalona, IA 52247 . :.. "~__ communityPineer Park is a familyquiet oriented continuing care ~_~,~ located in the town of Lone Tree, Iowa. Our facility is community owned and supervised by a local board of directors. Our Mission: To be the provider of choice, leading the way, through dedication towards excellence... We provide three separate levels of care all under one roof. Pioneer Court provides the long-term and skilled nursing services. Pioneer Place is assisted living, that provides 24/7 nursing and memory care within a secure unit. Pioneer Villas is assisted living. In-patient physical, occupational, speech therapy are available as well as out-patient thi~rapy services. Call us at 319-629-4255 to get more information or to schedule a tour. 501 East Pioneer Road Lone Tree, Iowa ...... , : : ........................ Seniors can overcome feelings of apprehension about going to benefits; if any, afforded to older members. Geta doctor's go-ahead. Make sure to dear exercise and gym work with your doctor prior to purchasing a member- ship. He or she also may have a list of gyms where senior pa- tients have memberships. Build up gradually. Begin with exercises you feel com- fortable performing. Spend time walking .on the treadmill while observing other gym members. Tour the circuit of machines and other equip- ment. Find out if you can sam- ple a class to see if it might be a good fit. Find a gym buddy. Work- ing out with a partner in your age group may encourage you to keep going to the gym and increase your comfort level. You each can offer support and enjoy a good laugh through the learning process. Don't get discouraged. Any- one working out for the first time, regardless of age, will feel somewhat out of place until exercise becomes part of a routine. Give it some time before throwing in the towel. Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa Health Care Coverage for Kids Ages 0 to 19 Covered Services Doctor Visits Dental Care Prescription Medicines Hearing Services Eyeglasses & Exams Vaccines/Shots Outpatient & Inpatient Hospital Services Mental Health/Substance Abuse Care Much More FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Jen Weidman HAWK-I Outreach Coordinator Office: (319) 653-7758 - Public Health 1-800-655-7758 the gym. Once you catch on, you may discover you enjoy working out. Choose a senior-friendly gym. Some gyms cater to se- nior members. They may offer "SilverSneakers" classes at their facility. Other niche gyms may only accept members of a certain age group. Investigate these gyms if working out with a younger crowd is proving too great a deterrent. Fitness is important for healthy seniors. It can prolong life, help seniors maintain healthy weights and reduce their risk of injury. Anemia and aging Aging is accompanied by a number of physical changes. Some of these changes, such as vision impairment or loss of hearing, are anticipated, white others may arrive unexpect- edly. One condition many adults unexpectedly encounter is ane- mia. While anemia is common in older adults and its preva- lence increases with age, it is not a condition that is widely considered part of the aging process. Anemia is often a symptom of a hidden problem that needs to be addressed promptly. Anemia is one of the most common blood disorders, af- fecting more than three million Americans, says the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insti- tute. The American Society of Hematology notes that anemia is characterized by insufficient levels of red blood cells in the blood. Anemia also occurs when red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen to the various organs and tis- sues throughout the body, are not functioning properly.