Benefits of physical activity for older adults

submitted by Jeanine Hendrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Balance and Mobility Specialist, and Fitness Coordinator for Wesley Enhanced Living

Growing older doesn’t mean that you have to lose your strength or the ability to do everyday tasks or things you enjoy doing. Almost all older adults can safely improve their health and independence through exercise and physical activity.

Regular physical activity over time can produce long-term health benefits; experts agree that older adults should be active every day to maintain good health.

The following types of exercises benefit your health when incorporated into your daily routine:

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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Seven supplements for beautiful skin from within

submitted by GNC in Newtown

There are so many essential nutrients that influence the look, feel and health of our skin.

Here are some of the supplements that can help your skin glow from the inside out:

  1. Omega 3’s can help reduce inflammation of the skin. This can be taken through fish or krill oil capsules, or through flax, hemp or chia seeds. Also, Sea Buckthorn is a good source of Omega-7, which may increase your collagen levels. This promotes good elasticity of the skin, reduces sagging and improves skin tone.
  2. Vitamin C is critical for collagen synthesis and may aid in reducing UV damage to the skin. Lifestyle choices like smoking or sun overexposure can reduce the vitamin C levels in your skin.
  3. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in the healing properties and tissue rebuilding of the skin. It can help reduce age-related skin problems, like dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines.
  4. Vitamin E can aid in reducing stretch marks when topically applied. It also shows benefits in wound healing and scar reduction. As a key antioxidant, vitamin E can fight premature aging by protecting cells from free radical damage.
  5. Zinc is well-known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that oral zinc is an essential micronutrient for skin growth and repair.
  6. Probiotics are a great source of good bacteria for the gut. If you feel your skin problems are a result of your digestive issues, probiotics may be able to provide a balance of the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Symptoms like rosacea, acne and excessive dryness.
  7. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is known as the “universal antioxidant” because it is both fat and water-soluble. ALA can be taken internally to help shrink pore size and add radiance to the skin. It is also used in topical skin formulations that can reduce redness and blotchiness of the skin. Since ALA has the capacity to regulate the production of nitric oxide, which opens up the blood vessels in the skin, ALA can transform a dull and pasty complexion to a vibrant and glowing one.
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Sometimes, I just like to dance

by Jeff Roberts

The woman in the parking lot was just staring at me; then she burst out laughing. A teaching moment I thought, one more person I could educate about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It was perfect timing; I was stumbling a bit as I was getting out of my car, trying to steady myself for the walk to Kohl’s.

I shouted back to her, “I have Parkinson’s, have you ever heard of it?” With that, she laughed even harder! Gathering my wits and putting aside my justifiable annoyance, I said, “Or sometimes, I just like to dance!”

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Northampton Township Parks and Recreation

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation offers ongoing programs, camps, classes, discount tickets and special events for individuals of all ages and interests.

The Recreation Center, located at 345 Newtown-Richboro Road, is a hub for most classes and programs. This indoor facility houses a multi-purpose area, dance room, art room, pre-school and classrooms. An all-sport court surface accommodates basketball, floor and roller hockey, soccer, volleyball, and aerobics. The facility is available for party room and gym rentals.

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HealthLink focuses resources and efforts on expanding its free dental clinic

submitted by Raquel Braemer, Director of Institutional Advancement, HealthLink

In 1999 Eugene Jackson created HealthLink, a free clinic – modeled after the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Chester County – to meet the medical and dental needs of low-wage earning, uninsured adults. His goal was to “bridge the gap” between qualifying for Medicaid coverage and having the ability to afford healthcare coverage.

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What’s in your cold and flu arsenal?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most effective products on the market:

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Five myths about losing weight this year


by Ginny Grimsley,
 National Print Campaign Manager, News and Experts

More than a third of adults in the United States, 35.1%, are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly 70% are at least overweight, and obesity in adolescents has quadrupled in the past three decades.

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Hepatitis B Foundation

The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) – established in 1991- is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. A world-class research center, their commitment includes funding focused research, promoting disease awareness while supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and providing information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community and the general public.

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Doylestown Hospital and the Doylestown Health System

Doylestown Hospital was founded in 1923 by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), a forward-thinking women’s civic organization founded in 1895 that recognized the need for emergency and maternity services early in the 20th century. The VIA established a visiting nurse service prior to the founding of the original hospital, an eight-bed facility located in Doylestown Borough. Today, the VIA still oversees the governance of Doylestown Hospital, which is licensed for 232 beds at its West State Street location.

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