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Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Could a fall change your lifestyle?
Every year, many older adults fall. After a fall, many people are unable to live the way they want. They may lose their independence or live in fear of falling again. Falls are not a natural part of getting older. Here are some at-home exercises that will help:
For more support, please visit www.findingbalancealberta.ca or ask your family doctor for a referral to see the Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
In Canada, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.
- Older adults with muscle weakness are 4-5 times more likely to fall.
- Try to do 30 minutes or more of physical activity at least 5 days each week.
- Walking, dancing, Tai Chi, and cross-country skiing are a few great ways to be active.
- Older adults with low vision are 2.5 times more likely to fall.
- A comprehensive eye exam will test your vision and look for issues like glaucoma and cataracts.
- Alberta Health Care covers the cost of eye exams for adults 65 and older.
- Seniors taking more than 3 - 4 medications are at a higher risk of falls.
- Learn more about how to lower your fall risk to prevent yourself from falling or falling again.
- Talk with a physiotherapist to get the best walking aid for your needs.
- Exercise to improve your strength and balance.
- Talk with a physiotherapist or our PCN Exercise Specialist about exercise to improve your balance.
- Talk to your health care provider if you are worried about falling, especially if it stops you from being active.
- Do 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week strengthening your muscles can reduce your risk of falling - our PCN Exercise Specialist can provide guidance and exercise routines.
- Keep active to improve strength and balance.
- Talk with your doctor or health care provider about managing the need to rush to the toilet. Rushing could increase your risk of a fall.
- Talk to your podiatrist or doctor if you have numbness in your feet; numbness can cause a fall.
- Review your medications, vitamins, and supplements with your pharmacist or doctor yearly or if your prescription changes or new medications are added.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about medication side effects or causes of light-headedness. Sometimes an adjustment of dosage or type of medication can help.
- Are you sad or have concerns about anxiety or depression? Talk to your health care provider or doctor about how you are feeling.
- Visit an eye doctor yearly to check your eye health. Poor vision or a change in vision can increase the risk of a fall.
- Wear proper shoes, especially outside. Take extra care when walking on snow or ice-covered sidewalks or parking lots. Learn the "Penguin Walk".
Monday, 15 November 2021
Diabetes and the Effectiveness of Regular Physical Activity
- Lowers your blood glucose within one hour.
- Increases your energy and strength during the day
- Decreases stress, anxiety and fatigue
- Improves relaxation and sleep
- Improves overall well being
- Improved blood glucose (sugar) control
- Helps with maintaining weight management when healthy eating is involved.
- Lowered blood pressure
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Lower risk of diabetes complications such as eye, heart, and kidney disease
- Improved quality of life
- Low physical fitness is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking.
- Higher levels of physical activity and fitness level is one of the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality in people with diabetes.
- Physical activity can be as powerful as glucose-lowering medication… with fewer side effects.
- Regular physical activity, in conjunction with healthy eating and weight control, can reduce type 2 diabetes incidence by 60 percent.
Monday, 8 November 2021
November 7-13 is Nurse Practitioner Week!
It's Nurse Practitioner Week! Our PCN has two amazing Nurse Practitioners to celebrate - Marilyn, who provides care to the patients at Calmar Medical Clinic, and Michelle, who runs both the Warburg Nurse Practitioner Clinic and Thorsby Nurse Practitioner Clinic. Thank you both for all you do for the PCN, your patients, and the communities you serve!
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
November is Diabetes Awareness Month!