How to Start Exercising After Age 60

The Cleveland Clinic offers six practical tips to help you start exercising. 

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National Flu Vaccination Awareness Week: Important for Seniors

Last week was “National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week” and Ecumen thought it was important to remind its readers of the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for seniors.

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How Getting Out in Nature Can Improve Your Health

A 2016 study, developed by The Wildlife Trusts found that people were 30% more likely to rate their health as “excellent” after spending time in nature every day for a month.

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How to Start Exercising Again After a Break

It can be hard to keep a normal exercise routine, especially during this busy holiday season. The National Institute on Aging offers some tips on restarting and staying on track with your exercise regimen after a break.

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How to Keep from Overeating During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, Ecumen thought it would be helpful to share some tips to keep from overeating during the holidays.

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Flu Shot Advice for People Over 65

Flu season is upon us and medical professionals are advising the public to get their flu shot "the earlier, the better." In a recent blog post for The Huffington Post titled The Best Time to Get a Flu Shot is Now, Dr. Brian S. Koll, MD, provided additional advice for those 65 years and older:

"People 65 years of age or older should get a high-dose vaccine specially designed for their age group, as it induces a stronger immune response. Some older people are under the impression that they should wait until the end of October or even November to get vaccinated. But this is neither necessary nor recommended because it might result in missing chances to be vaccinated, or forgetting altogether."

"The way flu shots work is another reason not to wait. The vaccine protects against the flu virus by establishing “memory” cells, which start to develop two to three weeks after you are vaccinated. When you are later exposed to flu, these memory cells make the antibodies that your body needs to protect itself. In theory, immunity wanes three to four months after vaccination, but that’s only if you’re not exposed to the flu virus during that time. In practice, if you are vaccinated in September, say, and the flu virus is circulating from November through February, your memory cells are constantly being reminded to maintain immunity, extending the vaccine’s effectiveness."

"However, memory cells don’t remember forever, and flu viruses change from year to year. That is why the vaccine formulation is updated each year and why it’s important to get vaccinated annually," said Dr. Koll, Executive Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control, for The Mount Sanai Health System.

Read the full article: The Best Time to Get a Flu Shot is Now

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts Urges Colleagues To End Ageism

Ecumen CEO Kathryn Roberts is passionate about ending ageism.  In a recent speech, she urges her colleages to make ending ageism a top national priority. 

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