Town of Mansfield, MA, Council On Aging, 255 Hope Street, Mansfield 02048 Phone: (508) 261-7368 Fax: (508) 339-4886

News for June 2017

TRY SOMETHING NEW WITH MAHJONG

TAX WORKOFF PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN

HOW YOUR EATING HABITS AFFECT YOUR HEALTH FROM BRISTOL ELDER SERVICES

HOW MUCH PHISICAL ACTIVITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR OLDER ADULTS?


TRY SOMETHING NEW WITH MAHJONG

Mahjong is a game that originated in China. It is commonly played by four players. It is a game that is played with tiles rather than playing cards. The goal is for the first player to a complete a four hand set of three pair. The COA would like to offer a Mahjong program from beginner to expert. Interested players should call the Council on Aging at 508-261–7368 and speak with Josephine or Debi. return to menu

TAX WORKOFF PROGRAM APPLICATIONS OPEN
Applications for the Mansfield Real Estate Tax Work-Off Program for NEW APPLICANTS will be taken starting Wednesday, July 5th 2017.

The Real Estate Tax Work-Off Program enables adults age 60 and older to work in a volunteer position within a town department, including the public schools, in exchange for a real estate tax credit up to $750.00. Applications for returning participants will be taken starting on Tuesday, August 1st.

Those who are eligible to participate in the Tax Work-Off Program must be: Age 60 and over; not working; own a home in Mansfield and be listed on the tax bill; Present a clear and clean CORI (Criminal Offender Record). Applicants work a 2017 maximum of 68.18 hours for the $750.00 credit for the program year. Jobs are limited and there is no guarantee that you will be placed in the program. Inquiries may be made by calling the COA at 508-261-7368. For more information, please call the above phone number. Applications are limited. return to menu

HOW YOUR EATING HABITS AFFECT YOUR HEALTH, FROM BRISTOL ELDER SERVICES
A new study shows how the things you eat can influence your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes. The findings suggest ways to change your eating habits to improve your health.

Experts already know that a healthy eating plan includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. A healthy diet also includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It limits saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.

NIH-funded scientists analyzed how these 10 dietary factors affect your risk of death from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These are known as cardio metabolic diseases. The team relied on data from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and national mortality data. The scientists found that risk of death from the three diseases was higher for those who consumed too much sodium, processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, and unprocessed red meat. Risk of death was also higher among those who didn’t eat enough nuts and seeds, omega-3 fats (such as those found in seafood and oily fish), vegetables, fruits, whole grains, or polyunsaturated fats. According to the analysis, nearly half (45%) of deaths in 2012 from the three diseases was associated with too much or too little of these 10 dietary factors. “This study establishes the number of cardio metabolic deaths that can be linked to Americans’ eating habits, and the number is large,” explains Dr. David Goff, a heart disease and public health expert at NIH. “Second, it shows how recent reductions in those deaths relate to improvements in diet, and this relationship is strong.

There is much work to be done in preventing heart disease, but we also know that better dietary habits can improve our health quickly, and we can act on that knowledge by making and building on small changes that add up over time. Source: nih.gov
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HOW MUCH PHISICAL ACTIVITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR OLDER ADULTS?
Physical Activity is important at any age. It prevents many health problems as we age. It helps with muscle growth. Regular exercises helps keep your mind and body strong so that you can continue to be independent in your day to day activities as you age. Some physical activity is better than none. The more physical activity you do the further health benefits you obtain.

The following are some exercise guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: for older adults who are 65 years old and are generally fit and have no limited health conditions:

    Moderate-intensity- aerobic activity totaling 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) (i.e., brisk walking) every week.

    Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

Older adults should increase their physical activity for better health benefits to the following:

    Moderate-intensity aerobic activity work towards 5 hours (300 minutes) each week.

    Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

The COA offers a variety of exercise programs: Arthritis Exercise, Strength/ Balance/Endurance, Cardio Fitness, Therapeutic Tai Chi, Chair Yoga and Walking Club. All of these programs focus on range-of-motion, strengthening and endurance. Regular exercise can relieve the symptoms of arthritis and protect joints from further damage. These programs aid in maintaining normal joint movement.

Strength/Balance/Endurance and Cardio Fitness helps keep your heart and lungs and healthy.

Chair yoga is great for people with mobility or balance limitations, offering exercise with modification to yield the same benefits. They are able to exercise with modification and get the same benefits.

Walking Club takes place outdoors and allows everyone to enjoy nature.

Regular exercise has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep you mentally sharp. For more information visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/prc/prevention-strategies.htm return to menu