The Happenings at AVIA!
My name is Kimberly Johnson, and I am the Resident Services Director at AVIA Senior Living! I am so excited to share with you weekly some of the happenings here at AVIA
Spring has sprung! Let’s all enjoy the warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and each other! Please, come to the Gathering Room for events and activities, and join us in the dining room for meals! I’d love to see everyone engaging with each other and participating!
We will resume our morning walks on Mondays next week! Please enjoy this excerpt from an article I found online about the benefits of walking!
The Health Benefits of Walking for Seniors
Just how positive and beneficial is walking for seniors? Regular, brisk walking has been shown to help older adults:
- Improve cardiovascular health
Studies have repeatedly shown that routine walking can help improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and help ward off signs of cardiovascular disease. In fact, prominent studies out of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Tennessee revealed that walking a few miles per day helped lower blood pressure, and reduce stroke risk for older women.
- Fight diseases
Walking is a natural way to give your immune system a major boost. One major study of 1000 adults found that those who walked just 20 minutes per day, five days a week, experienced 43 percent fewer sick days than those who did not. Similarly, walking has been shown to reduce your likelihood for developing chronic illness, including certain types of cancer.
- Strengthen bones, muscles, and jointshttps://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking
While it is fairly low impact, walking is still a whole body workout, offering benefits to your muscles, bones, and joints, all at once. Walking is a way to lubricate your joints, which need regular activity to stay functional. At the same time, the motions of walking help strengthen your supportive muscles and bones. Indeed, studies have shown that regular walking can help reduce the loss of bone mass during osteoporosis; reduce the risk of suffering hip fractures; and significantly reduce (or even prevent) arthritis pain.
- Promotes healthy weight
A Harvard research study of more than 12,000 individuals found that those who walked briskly for about an hour a day were significantly less likely to experience the effects of 32 common obesity-promoting genes. Similarly, recent research has suggested that regular walking can help curb your sweet tooth, leading to reduced cravings and intake of unhealthy, sugary sweets.
- Improve sleep habits
It may be easier to catch a few “z’s” at night if you take a walk in the early morning. At least, that’s what the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found in a study. Looking at women between the ages of 50 and 75, researchers discovered that those who walked each morning were a lot less likely to experience insomnia than those who didn’t go for walks.
- Slow cognitive decline and dementia
Walking may be a way for seniors to remain mentally sharp with age. When looking at women 65 or older, University of California San Francisco researchers found that women who walked more experienced less age-related mental decline overall. The more test subjects walked, the lower their incidence of mental decline became. Similarly, a University of Virginia study focusing on men aged 71 to 93 found that those who walked a quarter of a mile or more per day experienced half the incidence of Alzheimer’s or dementia, compared to those who didn’t walk.
- Help you live longer
Could walking be a key to a longer life? Research from the University of Michigan Medical School found that those who regularly exercised during their 50s and 60s, including walking, were 35 percent less likely to die over an eight year span. Another test out of London found that walking just 25 minutes a day may add up to seven years to a person’s lifespan.
- Give your mood a boost
Going for a walk could be a powerful way to improve your mental health and well-being. One study from California State University Long Beach found that there was a direct connection between mood and walking. In short, the more steps a person took per day, the more positive their attitude and outlook. One major reason behind the connection could be that walking helps naturally release endorphins and promote circular breathing, leading to positive emotional benefits.
- Foster social connections
When you go out and walk around, you’re much more likely to connect with others, whether that means joining a local walking club, or simply chatting with neighbors as you go down the block. In any case, research has repeatedly demonstrated the enormous benefits of staying social for seniors’ mental and physical well-being.
New Season, New Recipe Ideas!
Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls
- Chicken Breasts – 4 or 5
- Salsa – 1 jar
- Taco Seasoning – 1 packet
- Shredded Lettuce
- Shredded Mexican Cheese
- Chopped Onions
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Spanish Rice – Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice 2-3 packets
- Black Beans – 1-2 cans
Kim’s Special Sauce
- Sour Cream – 8oz.
- Taco Seasoning – 1 packet
- Adobo Seasoning
- Tajin Seasoning
Place chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) into crock pot. Cover with jar of salsa and packet of taco seasoning
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
In the last hour of cooking, make the rice (microwave 90 seconds per packet), place cooked rice in a pan on stove – low heat. Add drained can of beans to rice, season and cook for 20-25 minutes.
Make special sauce – in a large mixing bowl, dump sour cream and mix with one packet of taco seasoning and season with Adobo and Tajin to your taste. Place in fridge until bowls are ready to assemble.
In a flat bowl (otherwise known as a pasta bowl), place rice and beans in bottom of bowl, top with lettuce, cheese, onions, tomatoes, and top with special sauce. Enjoy!
This recipe can be tweaked for your tastes. It’s a very easy way to prepare a healthy meal during the week!
Upcoming fun at AVIA
We will welcome The Community Table on Friday for our monthly art class! John Gillam gets our creative juices flowing!
Happy Hour will follow our art class at 3p on Friday!
Don’t miss Trivia on Sunday with Patrick at 2p followed by Ice Cream Social at 3p!!!