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Exercise shown to reduce your risk of Dementia!

  • Written by Lisa Yeager, Director of the Sno-Valley Senior Center
What’s your worst fear about aging?  Many people fear dementia and illness and nursing homes. Did you know only 4 % of Americans over age 65 live in nursing homes? Four percent!!! If you are over 85, the percent rises to 10%.  That means 90% of our elderly are still living at least semi independently at home. 
 
How can you be part of that 90%?  There are many ways to cut your risk of dementia.
 
First physical activity is key.  There is evidence that exercise can help your brain become healthier. You should get 150 minutes a week of purposeful activity like walking, riding your bike, swimming, gardening or even house cleaning. An hour and a half a week isn’t that hard, is it?
 
Your local Senior Center can make it fun to get moving. At the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation the first class is always free so you can try it out and see if you like it. 
 
Enhance Fitness, an evidence based program, starts with half an hour of aerobics, followed by half an hour of weights to finish with stretching. All ages are welcome to attend! 
 
Chair Yoga is really popular. Moves can be done while sitting or standing. You’ll see your flexibility and core strength improve quickly.
 
Tai Chi involves slow deliberate movements that is a real workout but you’ll never even realize it! 
 
Zumba Gold gives you the chance to shake your stuff to great music.  This salsa dance inspired workout is tremendous fun. It’s an evening class that attracts a younger crowd.
 
So what are you waiting for? Get moving! You can find more information at https://snovalleysenior.org/ .

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