Ichor Wellness

A Successful Partnership With Garden Plaza Lawrenceville

Posted by Ty Frix on Dec 7, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Ichor recently partnered with Garden Plaza Senior Living Home In Lawrenceville, Ga. After partnering with Ichor, Garden Plaza has seen some noticable results among participating residents. We spoke with Executive Director Rebecca Sturtz about her experience with Ichor and this is what she had to say:

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Topics: Testimonies

Wellness Tracking Builds Community Among Senior Residents

Posted by Nate Jones on Dec 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Activity tracking has a lot of benefits, but one of the biggest is that it brings communities together.

In the few months of working with seniors, we've heard some pretty incredible stories about residents at senior living homes comming together. This is one of my favorites:

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Keeping Diabetes at Bay By Staying in Motion

Posted by Ty Frix on Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

Over 380 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes, taking the life of 1 American every 3 minutes. These numbers are rapidly increasing especially amongst older adults, with 1 in 4 adults over the age of 60 living with diabetes. But diabetes is a disease that can be managed or even prevented when certain measures are taken. Physical activity has been proven to ward off the effects of diabetes allowing seniors to live a happy and fulfilling life.

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Topics: Senior Activity

How Healthy Competition Keeps Seniors Active & Engaged

Posted by Sarah Young on Nov 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Finding the motivation within yourself to accomplish a goal is challenging for most people, but especially for elderly men and women faced with the task of becoming physically active. It's nearly impossible to just start without any direction on what to do or where to begin. But like most things in life, it's easier with a friend. Encouraging healthy competition between residents can spark inspiration and motivate seniors to work hard and accomplish their fitness goals. 

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Topics: Senior Activity

How a Positive Attitude Keeps Seniors Healthy

Posted by Ty Frix on Oct 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A senior’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. In fact, the two go hand in hand. Having a positive outlook can extend a person’s lifespan, decrease the risk of depression, and help prevent illnesses associated with cardiovascular disease. Adjusting to a new home and new way of living can be difficult on anyone, but especially on adults over the age of 65. They have several factors working against them, making it difficult to stay positive through the adversities they face. Studies have shown that adding physical activity to a regular routine has been proven to improve the process of aging and give seniors a new zeal for life. With all of the physical benefits of getting out and getting active, the mental benefits are just as powerful.

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Topics: Senior Activity

Fun Activity Ideas For Your Senior Community

Posted by Sarah Young on Oct 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Encouraging seniors to get out and active is a challenge. The excuses start flooding in, with claims that the activities are dangerous or they simply don't like what's being offered. Which is understandable, if you hate jogging you're not going to participate in a group jog. Providing a variety of activities that appeal to all types of people and skill sets will make physical fitness fun, and help your senior living community to be more active. Whether it's a group hike or a zumba class, there's something for everyone. Explore all the possibilities and come up with fun activity ideas for your senior community. 

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Topics: Senior Activity

How Hypertension Affects Seniors & How To Fight It

Posted by Trevor Bachman on Oct 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM

According to the CDC, 64-69% of adults over the age of 65 experience hypertension, with that percentage increasing to 66-78% in adults 75 or older. High blood pressure is extremely prevalent in seniors, but that doesn’t make the diagnosis any less severe. It can lead to heart disease, increase one’s risk for a heart attack and stroke, and harm other arteries and organs such as kidneys, spleen, eyes, or brain. While hypertension is difficult to avoid, it can be managed or even prevented with physical activity.

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Topics: Senior Activity

Improving Seniors’ Self-Esteem Through Activity

Posted by Ty Frix on Oct 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Depression is a mental disease that not only impacts those suffering directly, but everyone surrounding them. It’s a heavy, inescapable feeling of sadness and despair that thousands of people endure on a regular basis, making it difficult to carry out activities that once brought joy. It can last as short as days and as long as months. It knows no boundaries when it comes to gender, circumstance, or age.

In fact, depression affects over 7 million Americans over the age of 65 each year. As common as this disorder is amongst seniors, it is not a natural part of the aging process. Fortunately, including physical activity in a regular routine can prevent the advancement of depression and bring an elderly patient closer to living a happy, healthy life.

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Topics: Senior Activity

6 Quick Tips to Help Seniors Get Out & Stay Active

Posted by Ty Frix on Oct 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With age comes a number of changes, both to the body and the brain, that can make living a healthy life a challenge. It’s difficult finding the motivation to get out and active when relaxing in front of the television sounds like much more appealing. Taking the dog on a morning walk has now become a daunting task, and even getting up for a drink of water can be painful. 60% of people over the age of 64 are sedentary, even though physical activity only becomes more important as you age. This could be due in part to older adults losing the motivation or lacking the knowledge on how to get active. Sometimes, simply beginning is the hardest part. Here are 6 tips to inspire seniors to become physically active:

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Topics: Senior Activity

How Regular Activity Can Help Seniors Live Fuller Lives

Posted by Ty Frix on Sep 26, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Staying active and exercising regularly comes naturally to many people. It boosts energy, helps prevent illness, strengthens bones, and keeps the heart healthy. Not to mention the mental benefits -- it’s an effective stress-reliever and can help improve self-esteem. So why would your residents resist incorporating activity into their usual routine? A common misconception is that physical activity is a young person’s game and that it could be dangerous for those of “a certain age.” But in reality, seniors benefit greatly from regular activity. Getting older doesn’t have to be as frightening as it’s made out to be. By encouraging senior residents to integrate activity into their daily routines, you can help ease the aging process and extend their lifespans.

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Topics: Senior Activity

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