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The Alzheimer’s walk is fast approaching and Magnolia and Primrose are getting ready! Our team is forming and we have several events in the works to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. (More information coming soon!)

Couple walking

One way we are preparing is  by starting a walking club! Participating employees receive a pedometer and are put into a drawing for prizes when they reach over 10,000 steps in a day. However, walking your way to health isn’t just for the young!

  •  Did you know taking at least 10,000 steps a day can help improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic disease?
  • Did you know the average person only takes about 2,000 to 4,000 steps a day?
  • Pedometers are economical and a great way to track your daily activity
Elders benefit greatly from the exercise provided by walking. Walking more actually improves balance while also providing great health benefits. In addition, getting daily exercise helps improve your mood and appetite. Even increasing activity by a little can help! Here are some ideas for getting elders moving:
  • Visit a garden with winding paths.
  • Use pedometers to make your work measureable
  • Go shopping together at non-busy times
  • Dance for Balance (one of our favorites!)
  • Take smaller walks several times a day instead of one long walk
What are your suggestions for getting exercise at any age?
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On Saturday morning people from around the Central Coast gathered at Waller Park in Santa Maria on a “walk to remember”. Our team, “Steel Magnolias” joined in the festivities and celebrated raising over $5,600 for the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, we had the honor of being named the top fundraising team! Not only that, but our team also had the top individual fundraiser: Carol Abeloe.

Thank you everyone for your donations and for participating in our fundraising events. The spaghetti dinner, move nite fundraiser, and grandparents’ luncheon all made our team successful. There was even a lovely story by the Santa Maria Times about the grandparent’s luncheon fundraiser at St. Louis de Montfort.

Here are some pictures of Saturday’s festivities!

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It can be hard, especially for young children and teens, to know how to interact with a relative with Alzheimer’s or Memory Loss. The Alzheimer’s Association has a great kids and teens page with a list of 101 ways to spend time with a person with Alzheimer’s.  Check it out and have some quality time with a loved one!

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