Monthly Archives: September 2014

Don’t fossilize! Socialize!

Ever been to a museum? My favorite is the museum of natural history in New York City.  When you walk in there you are immediately transported into a different world that varies from room to room and exhibit to exhibit.  Although a trip to the museum is always fun and educational you will never find a living breathing dinosaur there, and thank goodness for that.  Unlike Shawn Levy’s movie “Night at the Museum;” starring Ben Stiller nothing comes to life at the museum.  Our lives should not be a museum.  No matter what age you are it is important to stay active and socialize with other people.

Physical activity is vital at any age, but as you grow older, changes set in that make exercise even more crucial. Conditions that typically develop with aging can be delayed when you stay active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity can even extend life expectancy. Although you should consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise regiment; there are things that you can do daily to keep yourself active mentally and physically. Here are a few

  1. 1.       Enjoy your retirement

a)      Start planning when you are still working. Think of activities, which you enjoy but had no time to do. For example, plan on how to rehabilitate your neglected garden,
b) Take up hobbies, which are less strenuous like reading and which may have money-making possibilities like sewing, growing flowers, raising animals, cooking, and tutoring.
c) Join social activities, which you can start in your active years and continue after you have retired.

  1. 2.       Enjoy an active social life

To stay healthy older persons should live life to the fullest – socialize because:

a)      An active social life will keep your system going. It presents physical and mental challenges to keep you lively,
b) Humans are social beings, so stay tuned to the social life around you,
c) Get in contact with other older persons of your community and organize groups with similar interest.

  1. 3.       Try to make your meals attractive

A balance nutritious diet helps maintain good health, fight infection, and prevent diseases. Three reasons why older persons should continue to balance their diet by eating lots of vegetables, fruits and low-fat meat or fish are;
a) Absorption in the gut becomes less attractive for some nutrients,
b) The immune system gets weaker and so needs more support through nutritious foods,
c) Chewing food may become more difficult, so older people need appropriate food for their bodily needs.

Meals can also be made attractive for older persons by;

a) Finding food stores or markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and low-fat meats or fish,
b) Being careful with storing food especially if you do not have a refrigerator. Eat leftovers from meals on the same day,
c) Making your meals something to look forward to everyday and take time to prepare them,
d) Finding new ways of combining food you like with new products you have heard of. Experimenting in your cooking,
e) Using food with lots of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and cereals to help prevent constipation.

  1. 4.       Stay mobile- Go out and enjoy life!

If you are a resident of New York City; specifically in The Bronx; you not only have a place to enjoy your retirement, but you can enjoy yourself socializing with others while having nutritious meals and staying mobile.  Sounds good right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony Social Adult Day Care. We call it Harmony at 154 for short. We are happy to announce that on September 27, 2014 we are celebrating our grand opening.  We will be giving away prizes, and food which you can enjoy while we treat your ears to great musical entertainment.  Come out and enjoy yourself; our treat! Our center is loaded with the latest in technology and activities. We provide cognitive and comprehensive activities to keep you active.  There’s something for every enthusiast at Harmony at 154, so come by and visit us.

A lot of people are turned off by the “Day Care” part.  We don’t blame you.  After all day care is for children right?! It is place where children spend a few hours playing with their friends while they wait for mom or dad to pick them up and take them home.  Well look at it this way… When I was a child I enjoyed playing with GI Joe action figures. They were my favorite toys when I was young.  As I grew older I no longer played with GI Joe action figures, but instead I started to play the guitar.  Now that’s my favorite toy.  An adult day care is a place to spend time with some of your friends while you play dominoes, pool, perhaps a game of poker. It is a place where you can watch your favorite sports teams on our big screen televisions while you relax on our comfortable reclining chairs.  We are not trying to strip you of your independence; on the contrary we are trying to enhance it.

Lastly I want to say that Harmony at 154 isn’t only beneficial for the participant but for the care taker.  It provides the care taker respite from the duties they have to perform on a daily basis.  During this period of time the care taker has time to address personal errands resting assuredly that their loved one is being provided with the maximum in care.

Do not conform to your age or limitations. Don’t fossilize, socialize! Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  Life is not a museum.  Life is a gift with endless opportunities.  You can get more information on Harmony at 154 by visiting our website at www.harmonysocialadultdaycare.com or by calling us at 718-741-5956.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to inactivity, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com .