Solutions and enhancements for healthy aging

  • Tue Sep 23rd, 2008 3:09am
  • Life

Lindalena Dingman will be teaching her first class at the Senior Center titled “Solutions and Enhancements for Healthy Aging,” beginning Sept. 30 at the Senior Center.

The class is offered by Skagit Valley College and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. until Nov. 20. Lindalena completed her Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Kansas State University two years ago. In addition, she has been a volunteer at the Senior Center for several years and was the Coordinator of the Active for Life walking program for seniors for three years. She has also served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee and continues to be an active committee member.

The effects of aging can range from stiffness in the morning to chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis (which can lead to joint replacements). Alleviating the pain of growing older is necessary to the enjoyment of life. The benefits of being informed on healthy aging are improved sleep, improved blood pressure, enhanced mood, decreased risk of falls, lessening of the severity of disease, and maintenance of independence.

Finding the “fountain of youth” may be as simple as increasing physical activity, including strength training. Recent research has showed that the benefits of increased activity and strength training are very positive for older adults from 60 through 80 years of age.

This class focuses on providing information on the latest research that enhances healthy aging and also benefits chronic illnesses. Through interactive discussion, health surveys, and hand-outs this class will answer questions on vitamin requirements, strength and endurance exercises, and chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardio, and arthritis plus strategies for strengthening the body before surgery. On completion of the class, students will have a general knowledge of their own health status plus a personal health plan and a list of resources available in our own community.

Advance registration is required. Contact Skagit Valley College at 378-3220 or Lindalena Dingman at 376-4272.