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Did you get a chance to read last week's article about osteoporosis information for our senior parents (not to mention all of us never-aging members of the Baby Boomers Generation.)? Among other things, you'll find information from Medline pointing out that exercise is a key component for natural osteoporosis prevention and treatment.
How are you, and your senior parents at keeping up with exercising? When we lived in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, my senior mom loved a cable TV exercise show specifically for senior citizens. She has kept exercising here in Kentucky, but is a bit disappointed that she hasn't found a similar cable show here. We don't have a DVD player attached to her TV right now as it makes it more complicated than she likes. We may have to change that later this year. In the meantime, though, I ordered Osteoporosis: An Exercise Guide by Margie Bissinger, MS, PT.
It's a short book (8.5 x 12), with only 27 pages, but it's full of exercises and tips and NO fluff. It's lightweight and opens to lie flat, making it very easy for you or your senior parents to use it for exercising. It starts off with a brief run-down on why exercise is so important and what type of exercise is best, particularly for osteoporosis. It even cautions you what exercises to avoid, like high impact exercises which can put "excessive stress on the spine!" (Uh oh, would that include playing tag and jumping out of swings?) Then she lists several exercises, one per page, with large black and white illustrations that are easy to see and follow, along with the objective for each exercise.
My mom recognized some of the osteoporosis exercises from her exercise show for older women and men, while others were new to her. She is able to do most of them, however not all. She has range of motion issues from arthritis that keep her from moving her arms in certain directions. She keeps plugging away gently though. She's such a great example for all of us!
This Osteoporosis Exercise Guide also includes a suggested walking program and an exercise program, a heart rate guide for ages 35-85, and tips for various activities of daily living like proper sitting, bending, and vacuuming. She even explains the proper way to cough or sneeze. Did you know that "the sudden force of a cough or sneeze can cause your spine to bend forward suddenly," which can "lead to injuries of the spine and vertebral fractures!"
All in all my senior mom and I were quite pleased with this little manual full of tips for natural osteoporosis prevention and treatment. I purchased it at Amazon for $10.95 and got it in two days flat, with free shipping, thanks to my Amazon prime discount membership. (Gotta love that! :)) My senior mom should get good use out of it and I learned enough new information to realize I'm going to up my calcium and Vitamin D to be proactive against osteoporosis so I don't have to quit playing tag with my grandchildren. This Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves that way too much! (Chocolate milk, here I come!) How about you? If you'd like to get your own copy, just click here. 🙂