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Senior Services
700 Thompson Street 
Homer, Georgia 30547

(706) 677-3275
(706) 677-3027 (fax)

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 2:00pm

Wellness activities
Health Screenings
Day Trips
Card Games
Lots of Events
Health & Nutrition Education
Stretch & Tone
Foot Care
Walking Program
Computer Classes
Line Dancing
Brain Fitness

Judy Covington
Senior Services Wellness Coordinator
Senior Services - Wellness
Judy Covington
Senior Services Wellness Coordinator

Wellness is finding balance between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life.  It begins with a conscious decision to live a healthy lifestyle.

Come join our Senior Center to improve your wellness!   Meeting new friends, learn how to stay healthy and have fun!
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Activities & Wellness Calendar:
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This Month's Wellness Focus:
Hydration is the key! Get ready for summer by increasing your drinks thru the month
This Month's Puzzle:
Take the challenge to identify these well-known phrases - click here.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why is water intake so important for seniors?
A: All too often, we forget that nearly three-fourths of our body is water. Thus, we need to keep a healthy amount of fresh fluids flowing in and out of our bodies. Water flushes out wastes, regulates our body temperature, carries nutrients throughout the blood stream to vital organs, and supports chemical balances. Staying well hydrated can boost energy and keep the skin moist, which is especially helpful for dry, aging skin. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps and general feelings of weakness.
Q: How common is hearing loss?
A: Approximately 17 percent, or 36 million, of American adults say that they have some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is a common condition in older adults. Roughly one-third of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older have hearing loss.

WELLNESS TIPS: (Click to Expand)
Myths About Healthy Aging

MYTH: Aging means declining health and/or disability.

Fact: There are some diseases that become more common as we age. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease or injuries later in life.

MYTH: Memory loss is an inevitable part of aging.

Fact: As you age, you may eventually notice you don’t remember things as easily as in the past, or memories may start to take a little longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and new learning can occur at any age and there are many things you can do to keep your memory sharp. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits.

MYTH: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Fact: One of the more damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you just won’t be able to try anything new or contribute things anymore. The opposite is true. Middle aged and older adults are just as capable of learning new things and thriving in new environments, plus they have the wisdom that comes with life experience. If you believe in and have confidence in yourself, you are setting up a positive environment for change no matter what your age.

FITNESS TIPS: (Click to Expand)
Walk Your Way To Health

A walking program is simple to start. All you need are comfortable clothes and shoes. Layer loose clothing, keeping in mind that exercise elevates the body's temperature. Shoes specifically designed for walking are best. Look for these eight features when purchasing walking shoes:

Uppers of a high quality, breathable materials, such as leather.
Comfortable padded heel collar.
Firm heel counter (that cups the heel) to provide stability for the entire foot and leg.
Heel should be held in shoe, well cushioned and supported, somewhat higher than rest of the foot.
Entire sole should be designed to absorb shock.
Substantial arch supports.
A rocker profile sole enhances a smooth heel-to-toe motion.
The toe box should allow ample room and toes should not be tight against any part of the shoe.

Every workout should begin with a gently active warm-up and a few simple stretches. Although walking primarily works the major muscles of the legs, don't forget to stretch your back, shoulders, and arms. This will help loosen up any tension you may have and make your walk more enjoyable as well as more effective.

Walking is one fitness activity that allows you numerous options. Once you have reached a point at which you can walk a few miles with relative ease, you can start to vary the intensity. At this stage, you might want to evaluate your aerobic or cardiorespiratory fitness level by walking one mile as fast as you can.
NUTRITION TIPS: (Click to Expand)
Healthy eating over 50: Feeding the body, mind and soul

Remember the old adage, you are what you eat? Make it your motto. When you choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins you’ll feel vibrant and healthy, inside and out.

Live longer and stronger – Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia. Also, eating sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient-dense foods, keeping weight in check.
Sharpen the mind – Key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Feel better – Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a self-esteem boost. It’s all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out. 

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