Holiday Scams (Don’t Be A Victim)

The season of giving doesn’t necessarily mean the season of giving away. We all know this is the time of year that many people, especially seniors, fall victim to predatory financial scams be it in the form of telemarketing, fake charities, computer viruses, email phishing, insurance fraud, etc. The list goes on and on. Seniors are generally the biggest target and the ones who are often hit the hardest. Seniors are more likely to own their own home, have good credit and have a “nest egg” saved up for retirement. Even more important, they tend to be more trusting. It’s the perfect storm for those perpetrating fraud. The primary goal of these scammers is to get at your personal information or to get you to send them money. What can you do about it? It’s simple. Don’t become a victim.


Exercise and Physical Activity in an Aging Population

By: Karie Wilson, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you. However, many people fear exercise, especially when they get older, believing it will cause pain or injuries. There are many different ways to be physically active and exercise; you just have to find what works the best for you.

So why is physical activity so important? Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. Now don’t worry if you already have health problems, exercise can still help you. Exercise can play an important role in the treatment of many chronic conditions such as: arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.


Science Care Meets up with Meals on Wheels of Broward County!

Meals on Wheels of Broward County FL has partnered with Science Care to distribute flyers with their meals each week to 1,000 low income recipients in the Broward County community service area.

If you are not familiar yet with Meals on Wheels, you should be. The Meals on Wheels Association of America is a national organization which supports a network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Each of these programs combine to deliver more than one million meals a day to senior centers as well as directly to the homes of seniors in need.


Tips For Keeping Your Brain Sharp

As we age, so too does our brain. Everyone knows that physical exercise helps keep the bones and muscles in shape, but did you know that exercising your brain can help keep it in shape also? Some studies suggest that regular brain exercise can help keep your mind sharp which could potentially help to lessen the severity of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain exercise is all about challenging your brain to think beyond your normal every-day routines and activities. In other words, doing something your brain isn’t used to doing, like changing hands to do certain tasks (if you are right handed, use your left hand), or getting dressed in the dark (just make sure you put everything on correctly when you turn on the lights!). This helps the brain to form new neural connections. Exercising your brain is said to also induce more blood flow to the brain which can be beneficial as well.