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Stay Active, Healthy and Socialize

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. Enjoy your retirement
  2. 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.
  3. Enjoy an active social life

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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;

  1. 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.
  2. 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 great right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony@154 Social Adult Day Care. 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 we look at it this way… 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.

Loretta Fleming(Participant): “I love being at Harmony,Keisha,Carmen are beautiful people,they keep us laughing and entertained,Gina speaks to us every morning as we come in,I feel welcomed each day that I go in.”!!! Love the trips!!!!

Do not conform to your age or limitations.Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  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 718-585-5440.

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 .

Sweet Christmas

Sweet Christmas!

The holidays are many people’s favorite time of the year.  Andy Williams thought so when he sang “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  It can also be a hectic time for many with all the shopping, and cooking.  If you’re anything like me; you do your shopping on the 24th; shame on us.  It’s hard to sometimes figure out what to get certain people in our lives too.  Many of us just opt out of the stress and get gift cards for everyone.  One thing that we all have in common (well at least most of us) is that we all love snickerdoodle cookies, sugar cookies, and ginger bread man cookies.  Many people get careless and go all out eating sweets, and other foods that aren’t good if you have diabetes.

Diabetes doesn’t magically disappear during the holidays.  It never takes a vacation or a break.  There are many ways to control it although.  There are also many other alternatives to conventional foods to make them diabetes friendly.  In this blog we want to share some of our favorite diabetes friendly desserts that you can make this year that are still very delicious.

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter gives these brownies a rich taste for only about 150 calories per serving.

 APPLE SPICE CAKE

This is the perfect warm comfort dessert. A dollop of whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon finish off the look.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE IN GINGERSNAP CRUST

Who says that pumpkin season has to end in November.  Indulge yourself with a slice of this decadent pumpkin cheesecake, and serve it at your next family gathering.  This is a dessert that is sure to impress.

GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES

Without a doubt this is a holiday favorite.  At only 73 calories per serving; you can enjoy these decadent sweet ginger men.

Many people stay away from sweets altogether.  Sweets are a part of life.  Nothing is truly bad if eaten in moderation.  Just because these are diabetic friendly treats it does not mean that you should overdue it.  Know your limits! At Harmony Social Adult Day Care Bronx, we love sweets! Allow us to take care of your family with diabetes.  Our staff is trained to remind your loved ones to take their insulin, and other medications.  Our staff will monitor the food that your loved one consumes, so that blood glucose levels remain at a healthy level.  Call us today and make this Christmas a sweet one! Come and learn how to make any of these treats and more during our baking demonstrations at Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

 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 diabetes, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website at www.1st-care.org or www.harmonyadultdaycare.com