Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

The fastest growing segment of our population is adults 60 years of age and older. Healthy aging is achievable with sound planning, diet and exercise. Scientific studies show that exercise is safe for all age groups, and that staying fit is especially important for older adults. Exercise slows the aging process, promotes independence and delays many disabilities.

Four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent are balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. Each year, 1 in 3 older adults will fall, and over 300,000 people are admitted to hospitals for fractured hips. Balance exercises are vital in the prevention of falls because they build leg and core muscle strength, and help improve flexibility in the hamstrings, quadriceps and lower back. Strengthening exercises build muscles as well, plus they help increase metabolism, give us more freedom of movement, and keep blood sugars and weight in check. Stretching also reduces the risk of falling, helps improve posture, and increases blood flow and flexibility. Endurance exercises are any activity which increases one’s heart rate and breathing for a period of time, and may include walking briskly, swimming, bicycling and gardening.

Remember to check with your doctor before doing any exercise program, drink plenty of water, always warm up, don’t overdo, stretch and have fun!

Grace Pointe Holiday Gift & Craft Show

Family and Friends are invited to join us for some great
Shopping, Food, and Fun!
Wednesday, December 6th from 11-2 p.m. in Assisted Living

Join us for Chili and Cornbread from 11-1 p.m.

Your $5 donation will benefit our
“Coat Drive” for the District Six Clothing Bank

Grace Pointe Gives Back

Each holiday season, Grace Pointe is alive with music, food and fun. And in addition to enjoying fabulous holiday dinners, visits from Santa, and almost daily live entertainment, Grace Pointe staff, residents and their families find time to give back.

In what has become a much anticipated holiday event, we kicked off the season with our Holiday Gift Show and Chili Lunch. We had a record number of vendors this year, selling scarves, leggings, quilts, jewelry makeup, baked goods and more! Proceeds from the Chili and Cornbread lunch funded a coat drive for the District Six Clothing Bank, supplying many coats for kids in Greeley schools.

Our 6th annual toy/food drive supported the Guadalupe Homeless Shelter and the Weld Food Bank. Barrels overflowed with nonperishable food donations, and our Assisted Living Christmas tree was overloaded with unwrapped toys. Inventoried later at the Shelter, Director Enita Hout happily reported that we had donated nearly $900 worth of toys for children at the shelter this Christmas, and a surplus of toys for the upcoming year.

The spirit of giving is alive and well at our community, and we thank each and every one of you for your participation in these wonderful holiday events.

It’s Flu Season – Three Actions to Fight it!

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. You have the power to protect yourself and your family this season with these three actions to fight flu.

1. Get a flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.

2. Take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, limit your contact with others to keep from infecting them.

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, medicine, called antiviral drugs, can be used to treat flu illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. Learn more about how you can fight the flu this season at www.cdc.gov/fightflu