“The best way to enjoy beautiful falling leaves is to stay upright!” says Terri Ivanoski, PurposeFULL living manager in Vista Terrace at North Hill. Here are some tips she offers to walk safely and maintain balance during the autumn season and all year long!
Stay active! Regular exercise keeps our muscles strong, our joints healthy and our minds alert: all important factors in maintaining balance and avoiding falls.
Wear the Right Footwear: Wear shoes that are comfortable, with low heels and good arch and ankle support. Shoes with a non-skid sole are especially important when walking on wet leaves. When the snow flies wear sturdy, waterproof boots and remember that non-skid sole.
Begin Slowly: The leaves, (and then the snow!) will stick around for a while. Begin your stroll at a leisurely pace. You can pick it up later if you feel inclined. You’ll still enjoy all the benefits of walking and maintaining balance. It’s a good idea to go slowly whenever changing postion like getting out of bed or up from a chair. Steady as she goes!
Choose a Path That’s Flat and Navigable: You don’t have to climb a mountain to get the benefits of exercise or maintain balance. Walking through the park, or along a pretty city street can be interesting and relaxing. Enjoy the views of nature or creative window dressings while you stroll. Remember, too, to keep your home enviornment clear and safe for walking so you don’t stumble over boxes or shoes left by the door. It’s always a good idea to to install some grab bars and non stick mats at home to avoid falls.
Walk With a Friend: There’s so much to talk about when the seasons change! Walking with a friend will probably extend the length of your walk and make the time pass quickly. You can be there to suppport each other as you gain strength and balance.
Stay Hydrated: Drink water before you go and carry a bottle with you.
A few more thoughts:
- Check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise or walking program
- Have your doctor review your medications annually to continue with your exercise program
- Stay nourished! Include whole grains, proteins and fruits and vegetables in your daily diet
- Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day
At Vista Terrace we offer daily exercise classes as well as balance training to keep residents fit, happy and healthy. You can take your cue from them. Get out there and walk around in our beautiful New England Autumn, and make sure it’s only the leaves that fall!
Stretch for Strength and Flexibility “Flexibility is the ability of joints to maintain full range of motion,” says Terri Ivanoski, PurposeFULL Living Manager at North Hill’s Vista Terrace. “As we age, our muscles lose strength and size, becoming stiff and less elastic,” she adds.
Oh no! Feeling stiff might encourage us to take seat, but resist the temptation! The less we move, the stiffer we become! So, take a little time every day to stretch and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of keeping your muscles in shape:
Good Posture: We can still hear their voices; mom, teacher, dance instructor, trainer: stand up straight, don’t slouch! They knew what they were talking about. Stretching helps maintain good posture which reduces the force of gravity on muscles and joints. As a result, we breathe easy and improve digestion. Good posture also helps keep the spine in alignment and reduces muscle fatigue. And admit it, don’t you feel more confident when you’re walking tall?
Reduced Soreness: Stretching increases the temperature of our tissues, thus facilitating the transportation of nutrients and overall circulation and causing our muscles to relax. Warm, relaxed muscles are less likely to fell achy and sore.
A Comfortable Back: Our lower muscles support our backs. Keeping our hamstrings, hip flexors and quadriceps limber helps to avoid the discomfort of lower back pain and the damage to muscles and bones that can accumulate over time.
A Body in Motion: Stretching helps relax our mind and body, and avoid pain. When our muscles feel good they invite us to use them more! We are designed to move, so regardless of how young or how old, we should stretch daily for health in mind and body.
Get Started! Terri suggests we start slowly. Stretch gently and hold each stretch for 30 seconds. Focus first on larger muscle groups: shoulders, hamstrings, hips and lower back, and calf muscles. Yoga poses offer optimal stretches so find a class near you. And remember that good nutrition completes a healthy lifestyle and nourishes muscles.
Mother and daughter, artists Nancy and Ellen Schön combine talents for Needham exhibit.
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Ted Owens served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. Mr. Owens’ involvement with North Hill began in 2010 as a member of the Board of Advisors. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011 and served as Vice Chair of the Board from 2012 to 2015. During his tenure, Mr. Owens has served as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Human Resources Committee. He served as interim Chief Executive Officer of North Hill from May 2017 through December 2017 and has stepped into the role permanently on September 26, 2018.
Mr. Owens’ background is primarily in financial management. He earned his certificate as a Certified Public Accountant with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and has been the Chief Financial Officer of a number of firms, including two publicly traded companies – Groundwater Technology, Inc. and American Science and Engineering, Inc. His experience spans a variety of industries, including biotech, environmental, software and technology, and has filled operational management roles in a number of organizations.
Mr. Owens has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations, including the New England School of Acupuncture, South Boston Neighborhood House and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham.
Mr. Owens is an active volunteer in Needham town government. He serves as a Town Meeting Member and as a member of the Planning Board. He has previously served on the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Assessors, and a variety of other boards and study committees.
Mr. Owens has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.