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

News for May 2017

OSTEOPOROSIS

TRY SOMETHING NEW!

FIELD OF HONOR

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE


OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture (broken bones), particularly of the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder. Osteoporosis is often known as “the silent thief” because bone loss occurs without symptoms.

Osteoporosis is sometimes confused with osteoarthritis, because the names are similar. Osteoporosis is a bone disease; osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints and surrounding tissue. There are two types of osteoporosis exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.

These exercises include activities that make you move against gravity while staying upright. Weight-bearing exercises can be high-impact or low-impact. High-impact weight-bearing exercises help build bones and keep them strong. If you have broken a bone due to osteoporosis or are at risk of breaking a bone, you may need to avoid high-impact exercises. If you’re not sure, you should check with your healthcare provider. Examples of high-impact weight-bearing exercises are dancing, hiking, and jogging. Low-impact weight-bearing exercises can also help keep bones strong and are a safe alternative if you cannot do high-impact exercises. Examples of low-impact weight-bearing exercises are using elliptical training machines; doing low-impact aerobics and fast walking. return to menu

TRY SOMETHING NEW!
BOOK CLUB: The Shack by William Young- “Missy has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered...Four years later...suspicious note....Mack's world forever.” Come and join the BOOK CLUB and have an captivating conversation about Young’s novel.

CARDS: CANASTA is a card game that is played with a combination of three regular decks, and is usually played with four players in two teams. BRIDGE is a card game for four players that can be played at any level from casual get-togethers to professional tournaments. This is friendly patient group willing to teach beginners.

PAINTING: “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso Painting, drawing, and coloring for many are a releases stress. The pressures of life can be very tiring. This program is a temporarily exit from stress and an entry into a judgement free zone of the world of fun and excitement. You don’t have to be an experienced artist. You have to come with an open mind and without judgement. return to menu

FIELD OF HONOR
On May 30, 1868, Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. It is now observed on the last Monday of May.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember loved ones, and men and women who died in service to our Country. The Mansfield Field of Honor Committee holds an annual program whereby people, through sponsoring a Flag, can honor Veterans, Military, Fire Fighters, and Police & First Responders. Field of Honor display in Mansfield has become a treasured annual tribute to everyone, especially those in uniform that serve and protect our country every day. year over 300 eight foot American Flags stood in formation for a month at the Keach War Memorial on West St. Each Flag pole bore the name of someone's Hero; and every name has a story. Please come support, contribute and participate with us as we salute our HEROES during this beautiful event over Memorial Day. Funds raised are used towards Veterans and Community projects. The Field is open from May 20 to June 17th, 2017 and is free to everyone. Call 508-337-9344 or visit www.healingfield.org/mansfield17
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MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
The Council On Aging will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no programs, transportation services or meals. Please plan accordingly. return to menu