We often spend our time looking at problems - and hopefully provide some needed information. While this is good, sometimes it seems like all the issues of aging are negative ones, and this is not necessarily so. Many seniors are active and involved in a variety of community projects, and are busily being about life.
Health news, activities and events relate to all of us, and though seniors - as all age groups - have specific issues relative to their needs, there are some that relate to all of us. For example, nutrition news.
A recent issue of the Lifetimes newsletter sent to me from Ocean View Convalescent Center talks about naturally lowering cholesterol through eating nuts.
Judging from the number of commercials dealing with cholesterol, this applies across the board to us all. The article states that tossing a few almonds or peanuts into the diet on a regular basis - barring allergies, of course - could be beneficial.
One study showed that three ounces of almonds introduced into a variety of diets resulted in a 15 percent reduction in LDL (that's the "bad" cholesterol) cholesterol, no matter which diet was evaluated. Please keep in mind that you need to maintain a stable calorie intake and by substituting nuts for sugars or refined carbs, it can work.
While it is never my intention to make this column a recipe collection or even a dietary/health report, every once in a while a little proactive health stuff will probably creep in. Like the above, with the following recommended food switches:
24 peanuts = 8-oz vanilla yogurt
27 almonds = 3" bagel
12 pecan halves = 12-oz cola
15 cashews = 8-oz juice drink
How do they figure this stuff out? I've never been accused of being a health-food freak - or even a healthy eater for that matter - however, if cholesterol's a problem and you like to eat healthier, this is one option to try.
What about activities? As mentioned in previous columns, there are numerous activities offered at senior centers in our communities, ranging from crafts to exercise, and from social events to community action. Give them a call (our local Senior Center is at 665-3999) and see what's going on.
And again, a lot of activities in our communities may not be designated "senior" activities, but would greatly benefit from everyone participating.
Staying healthy and active - now there's an aging issue!
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