Aging in Place February 2018

www. ag ing inpl acede. com Phone : (302) 444-8318 FEBRUARY 2018




Kathryn Cieniewicz

Happy February, friends!

It has sure been cold out there! It makes you wish for a roaring fire and some hot chocolate. As you hunker down at home over the winter season, you may be more aware of some home safety needs you have been neglecting. Many falls occur in the home, especially in the bathroom. The shower area is usually where most people have some difficulty. If you have a bathtub that you use regularly, stepping over that high rise may be dangerous — especially if you have hip or knee problems, weakness, or balance issues. Adding grab bars is an essential part of shower safety, but do you know where to put them, how many you need, and what size to utilize? How about assessing different options to avoid having to navigate that high rise? Aging in Place Specialists can assist with decision- making and recommendations as well as implement these changes for you. We have many options to choose from to get you showering safely. In addition to addressing home safety challenges from a clinical perspective as physical therapists, we are also certified Aging in Place Specialists (given by the National Association of Home Builders), and we are certified as an Environmental Access Consultant. Would you like to learn more? Give us a ring or check out the home modification section on our website: . We would be honored to assist you. What change will you make to stay safe at home?

According to a 2016 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans than ever before are getting the exercise their bodies need. Of course, this is great news. Reams of data show a link between well-being and physical activity. This increase in activity will undoubtedly have widespread positive effects. But as the number of fitness-minded individuals climbs, so does the amount of misinformation about fitness and weight loss circulating on the internet. Unless they’re professionals, like trainers or physical therapists, it’s best to avoid the advice of well-meaning, but misled, people. Here are a few myths about exercise you’ve almost certainly heard before — and that you may still believe. 1 You can eat whatever you want and still lose weight if you work out hard enough. On the surface, the way we lose weight seems pretty simple. If you manage to expend more calories than you ingest, your body is forced to use up some of its stored energy, usually in the form of fat. However, creating that caloric deficit is a lot easier to achieve by changing what you eat than by wiping yourself out on the track. Think of it this way. When you scarf down that half pint of ice cream during a Netflix binge, you’re probably taking in about 500 calories. According to, in order to burn all the calories off, the average person would have to run five miles! And that’s just to get back to baseline, without factoring in the calories from your regular meals. But that’s not to say exercise is a waste. By coupling a healthy diet with regular exercise, you can reduce the need for dramatic changes in your lifestyle while still shedding pounds. You’ll get the enormous litany of health and happiness benefits that come from regular physical activity. It’s not just about burning fat!


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