Massabesic Health Resources - May 2019 • (207) 247-3216 MAY 2019 Massabesic Monthly

FROM THE DESKS OF Jim Stevenson & Hayes Sweeney

GET MOVING! C elebrate N ational S enior H ealth and F itness D ay T his M ay


At first, your shoulder pain likely felt more like an annoyance rather than a problem. Gradually, however, the pain increased, and you began to have difficulty reaching overhead in cupboards, dressing, putting on your seat belt, and sleeping. Perhaps you tried to apply ice or heat or take some pain medications. Maybe you said to yourself, “I’ll wait, and see what happens.” Thing just got worse over time, though. Shoulder pain can happen to anybody. It doesn’t only occur in athletes, and it’s not always the result of an accident. The fact is: You can get shoulder pain from doing household chores, working at a computer desk, or from lifting heavy objects. One day, you might be playing with the kids or dogs, and the next day you can’t even put on your shirt. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you should know about a clinical, proven, long-term solution: Physical therapy. Call today for your free screening.

As you age, it may feel like you don’t recognize your own body anymore. You swear that manufacturers are printing product packaging with smaller fonts, you groan whenever you sit or stand, and you visit the bathroom at least once every night. Aging is an adventure, and staying physically active is a constant battle between your aching joints and the will to get moving. Starting a physical fitness routine may be one of the healthiest choices you can make. As we approach National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 29, take some time to evaluate your fitness activity level. You can use the following tips to live a more active lifestyle — no matter how old you are! Physical activity is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. For older adults, the benefits of physical activity are increased tenfold. When you participate in physical activity at least once per day, your chances of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and arthritis decrease. For patients who already have arthritis, low impact activities like water aerobics or walking can provide relief for the joints. Exercise is also essential to maintaining a healthy heart after a heart attack or stroke. Probably the most important benefit of staying physically active is helping you stay upright. According to the National Council on Aging, exercise helps prevent senior citizens from falling — one of the deadliest things that can happen to an older adult. According to the council, every year, 1 in 4 Americans aged 65 and older falls in their GET STRONGER!

–Jim and Hayes

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