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Tying Health to Age

In the midst of our recent recession, New York Times columnist Jane E. Brody happened upon something quite informed in her Personal Health column. At variance with the nutritional supplements industry that urges seniors and even young people to buy this or that to prolong youth or stave off the aging process nearly entirely, she writes: “If so many of us are destined to become centenarians, it is all the more important to be able to enjoy those years unencumbered by chronic disease and disability. There is no virtue in simply living long; the goal should be to live long and well.”

Brody’s thinking is very much aligned with clinicians who work at the various Eliza Jennings communities around Northeast Ohio. Activity and managed physical wellness are priorities emphasized at Eliza Jennings’ assisted living and independent living communities. We’re in agreement with Brody when she states: “The single most effective activity, studies have found, is an aerobic activity like brisk walking — about 30 minutes a day. If you can’t get out of the house, walk inside. Go up and down stairs, walk the hall, walk from room to room, walk in place.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/health/12brod.html?ref=health&_r=0

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 130 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings offers specialized memory care and support services, including SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org.

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