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Senior Health

In the United States, people are living longer. As we get older, our bodies and minds change, but you can still live an active and healthy life. Being proactive by eating a healthy diet and exercising can prevent medical problems as you age. It's important to get the proper nutrition and maintain healthy habits to promote heart, bone, joint and muscle health, prevent constipation, and keep your memory sharp.

Bladder Health

In the U.S. approximately 20 million women and 6 million men will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their lives. The risk of urinary incontinence increases with age, up to 35 percent of people age 60 and older experience symptoms.

What can you do?
Urinary incontinence can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of your life. So, don’t suffer in silence. Tell your doctor if:

  • You’ve experienced urine leakage in the past six months
  • The leakage has caused you to change your daily activities or interfered with your sleep

They can review the treatment options that can reduce, eliminate, or help manage your symptoms.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones and weakened bones are more likely to break (fracture). Osteoporosis affects both men and women, but postmenopausal women are most at risk. To help prevent osteoporosis, you need to exercise and nourish your bones throughout your life.

Wellness and Support Programs

If you're a senior, we encourage you to participate in a wellness program to maintain your overall health. Programs for seniors range from one session to multiple sessions over several weeks. Typical information includes:

  • Mild stretching and physical activity instruction
  • Recognizing risk factors for various health issues
  • Avoiding low back and other pain
  • Nutrition hints and suggestions
  • Safety consideration in the home
  • How to build a better relationship with your doctor

To sign up for one of the wellness seminars or support groups in BlueShield of NENY’s Senior Health Program, or for more information, call the number listed below.

Alzheimers Disease Support Center:
Senior Support Groups
1-518-564-3370

Fitness Professionals on Demand of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady Counties:
Fitness for Proactive Seniors
1-518-505-2669

Glens Falls Senior Center of Warren County:
Programs, services and support
1-518-793-2189

Hart to Heart Fitness of Albany:
Physical Activity Classes for Seniors
1-518-456-1058

Retired and Senior Volunteer of Clinton County:
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
1-518-566-0944

Rotterdam Senior Citizens Inc. of Schenectady County:
Senior Recreation Center
1-518-356-1561

Senior Citizen's Center of Saratoga County:
Recreation and Education Programs include:
Creative Arts
Exercise
Literary Group
1-518-584-1621

Stress Techniques of Albany:
Stress Management Workshop
1-518-755-5053

Whittier Place of Columbia County:
Senior Support Groups
1-518-828-0900

Additional Resources

50-Plus Life Long Fitness
www.50plus.org

Administration on Aging
www.aoa.gov

Alzheimer's Association
1-800-272-3900
www.alz.org

American Association of Retired Persons
www.aarp.org

Glaucoma Research Foundation
1-800-826-6693

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Did You Know?

Members eligible to receive our wellness debit card can redeem their card at various wellness centers, including yoga studios, and massage, spa services and more!