DC Village Collaborations
Villages in the DC area work closely together and we often share resources and invite each other to participate in our larger programs. Therefore, we are now listing joint Village activities in a new category labeled DC Village Collaborations.
"Three Seated Body Movements to Help your Brain Health"
One of the major injuries that the brain can suffer is alterations to its blood circulation, which we commonly call strokes. Although strokes have multiple causes and contributing factors, recent research has shown that accumulation of fat around the waist line was significantly associated with new strokes in women between 50 and 74 years of age. Interestingly, abdominal obesity measures were not independent predictors of new stroke in men from the same age groups.
One way to help your brain health is by incorporating more exercise into your life.
Start small by integrating these three easy movements into your daily seated activities:
When attempting to sit down, do it slowly by bending your knees and keeping your back as straight as possible. Ideally, your thigh would be at a 90-degree angle from your body, and 90 degrees to your legs. Sit at the edge of the chair first, then scoot to the back. This simple way of sitting down will not only help strengthen your abdominal muscles, but it will also help tone your back muscles. Of course, feel free to rise and sit as many times as you wish!
When seated, cross your thighs alternating the right over the left and then the left over the right. This movement exercises the flimsy muscles at our lower abdomen.
When seated for a while, simply bend forward, keeping your back as straight as possible. Your legs should be uncrossed, and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Let your arms hang loosely towards the ground. Your goal is to touch your knees with your forehead – don’t worry if you can’t do it at first try, it will get easier with repetition. Again, repeat as many times as you feel like.
These movements are small ways that you can begin incorporating activity into your life. That said, you won’t reduce your risk factors for stroke overnight.
Rather, these baby steps can get you started into the mentality of movement, to set your mind to move your body more frequently, more effectively, and at occasions you haven’t considered before. Hopefully, this will be your beginning to address your potential risk factors for stroke, thus protecting the health of your brain.
What else can you do to increase the amount and the frequency of your movements while doing what you always do? Learn tips at “Making the Best Lifestyle Choices for a Healthy Brain”
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Protecting Older Adults from Financial Fraud
Financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This estimate is likely low as often seniors do not report fraud because they are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed, may not even know that they are victims, or do not know how to report it. In the ongoing efforts to protect seniors from internet and telephone scams, the US Senate Special
Committee on Aging (Aging Committee) has taken a keen interest in helping protect seniors from internet and telephone scams.
With help from Leading Age a voice for the aging, this guide will help answer the many questions regarding telephone and internet scams targeting older adults. Click here to learn how to protect older adults from telephone and internet scams.
Top 25 Best New Cars for Seniors
Senior drivers and others with limited mobility need a car that’s easy to get into and out of, with controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use. Here are 25 new models that best fit the bill.
Chrysler Pacifica .
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
These Senior Features represent vehicles that excel for particular attributes:
Front-Seat Access - Low door sills, wider openings, and step-in heights that reduce the need for ducking or climbing make entry easier for those with physical limitations.
Visibility - Cars that enable all drivers to see better out of the front, sides, and back of the vehicle.
Controls - These cars have easy-to-read gauges and intuitive controls for changing the radio, shifting gears, and adjusting the heating and cooling.
Headlights - High-performing headlights can make driving at night safer and easier for everyone.
AEB- If a car equipped with automatic emergency braking (AEB) senses a potential collision and you don’t react in time, it starts braking for you. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data shows rear-end collisions are cut by 50 percent on vehicles with AEB and FCW.
FCW - Forward-collision warning (FCW) technology provides a visual, audible, and/or tactile alert to warn the driver of an impending collision with a car or object directly in its path. IIHS data show that FCW reduces rear-end accidents by 27 percent.
BSW- Blind-spot warning (BSW) is a technology that detects and warns of vehicles you can’t see alongside your car. It gives a visual, audible, and/or tactile alert to indicate that it’s unsafe to merge or change lanes. The system may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car in the lane next to you.
To read the complete article published by Consumer Report click here.
Many of you know our Founding Board Member and past Treasurer Pat Scolaro. We thought you would be interested in this article about Pat that was published in this month's Burleith Citizen Association 's newsletter. We learned a lot about Pat, and you will too.
Click here to read this interesting article and learn more about a fellow Georgetown Village member.
The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (Office), creates a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The program provides a rebate of up to $200 per camera, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address and $750 for all other addresses. (Note: The rebate is exclusively for the cost of the camera(s), installation and accessories are not eligible). This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations. Please review the following information and if you have additional questions, please contact the program at email@example.com or 202-727-5124. http://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program
Did you catch All Things Considered on National Public Radio? Ina Jaffe, NPR correspondent who reports on aging has created a three part series on the Village movement and the first of the three segments aired.
To hear the rest of the series, be sure to tune into your local NPR station. Here is an additional link with the NPR transcript attached for your convenience.
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