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SeniorNavigator E-Quicktip: National Immunization Month

SeniorNavigator E-Quicktip: National Immunization Month

Vaccinations can save your life. As we get older, immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. Older adults are especially vulnerable to certain diseases, such as influenza and pneumonia. There is no better time than the present to follow-up with your doctor and make sure you have all the shots you need. Despite the common misconception, vaccinations are needed throughout your life—not just when you are a child.

SNAP: Helping Seniors Pay for Healthy Foods

SNAP: Helping Seniors Pay for Healthy Foods

March is National Nutrition Month—and what better time to learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?

SNAP helps many low-income seniors pay for the foods they need to maintain good health. However, a staggering number of older adults—approximately 2 out of 3—who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on the benefits. With an average monthly benefit of $122 for a senior living alone (in 2011), a variety of healthful food options may be purchased. Click on the link below to learn more:

http://www.virginianavigator.org/sn/buying-food-with-snap/article-30453.aspx

Help from SeniorNavigator and the Library

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Senior citizens, their families, and caregivers looking for accurate healthcare information on the Internet will probably tell you it’s a mess.  There are a tangle of sites for the various federal, state, and local government healthcare agencies, not to mention sites for hospitals, private care facilities, medical information sites like WebMD, and a quagmire of others floating around out there.  Each site has its own navigation scheme and design that  will make even the savviest of the web-savvy shake a fist skyward in frustration when trying to figure them out.  SeniorNavigator.org seeks to make the information gathering experience for senior citizens easy and anxiety-free. At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, we want to help you use this tool to find the best information and advice to make your lives easier. 

Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being

By Andrew Weil

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"...draws on the new science of biogerentology (the biology of aging) as well as on the secrets of healthy longevity- diet, activity, and attitude--that he has gathered firsthand from cultures around the world. In Part One-'The Science and Philosophy of Healthy Aging'--he explains how the body ages, and he explores the impact of gender, genes, environment, and lifestyle on an individual's experience and perception of the process of aging. He describes the various would-be elixirs of life extension-herbs, hormones, and antiaging 'medicines'--separating myth from fact and clearly delineating the difference between the spurious notions of preventing or reversing the process of aging and the real possibilities of inhibiting or delaying the onset of diseases that become more likely as we age. He writes movingly about the ways in which an acceptance of aging can be a significant part of doing it well, and of recognizing and appreciating the great rewards of growing older: depth and richness of experience, complexity of being, serenity, wisdom, and its own kind of power and grace.

"In Part Two--'How to Age Gracefully'-Weil details an easy-to-implement Anti-inflammatory Diet that will protect the immune system and aid your body in resisting and adapting to the changes that time brings. And he provides extensive practical advice on exercise; preventive health care; stress management; physical, mental, and emotional flexibility; and spiritual enhancement-all of which can help you achieve and maintain the best health throughout the lifelong process of aging."

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Old Friends

By Tracy Kidder

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A study of old age in America focuses on two nursing-home residents whose friendship allows them to understand their past, cope with their present circumstances, and confront their futures with hope.
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Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk About Lasting Love

By Laurie Wagner

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"How do couples stay together for decades? Living Happily Ever After explores this crucial question through the lives of thirty American couples who have been together for at least thirty years. In personal, intimate interviews and charming vintage and contemporary photographs, these pairs reveal their private experiences of marriage and couplehood. From Gil and Becky Johnson, both blind, who have raised three children together, to Helma and Benno Schneider, who came together in a concentration camp and survived to marry and raise a family, to Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, women who met in the 1950s and have stayed together for over forty years, these couples have lived extraordinary lives."

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His Oldest Friend: The Story of an Unlikely Bond Across Generations

By Sonny Kleinfield

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"They met under the least auspicious circumstances. He was a teenage volunteer at a nursing home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She was a wheelchair-bound resident in her nineties. He was poor, Hispanic, living in a rented room in the barrio, separated from his family. Her life, at least before arthritis hobbled her, was comfortable, and her daughters and grandchildren visited as often as they could. But when Margaret Oliver’s daughter hired Elvis Checo to look in on her mother a few afternoons each week, nobody realized that this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

By Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany

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"Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over 100 years of living side by side. Their sharp memories show readers the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a school teacher."

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Keep Moving with an "Awesome Exercise Class for Seniors"

Just because you're older doesn't mean you can't have fun while staying in shape. Porter Library's Awesome Seniors Exercise Class meets most every Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30. This free class is for people 55+. Exercises are done with the help of a chair.

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The library has books and videos for older adults who want to keep moving to keep healthy.