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Reverse Aging

As a society, we are fascinated by remedies and quick fixes that promise to slow the aging process so we can live longer, healthier lives. But what if you could do more than just slow the aging process? What if you could start to reverse it?

One of the most promising methodologies includes the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Dr. Shai Efrati, Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Israel, explored the concept of reverse aging. On July 2nd at the Lake Miona Regional Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida, he shared results from clinical studies conducted by his team demonstrating that the regeneration of brain tissue, and other important capabilities, is indeed possible.

Speaker:
Professor Shai Efrati, MD

    • Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center, Israel.
    • Director of the Research & Development unit, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center, Israel.
    • Associate professor at the Sackler School of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.
    • Chairmen of the Israeli Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (ISDHM).

Get Moving in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

Six Ways to Achieve Your Fitness Goals in May

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, some types of cancer and many other chronic conditions.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so there is no better time to get moving! The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, like walking fast, dancing, swimming and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities, like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

Here are six ways you can rise to challenge and live a healthier, active life.

  1. Register for a Body Composition Analysis Screening

Many of us focus on our weight as a key indicator for a healthy body, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. A full body composition analysis will show you how much of your weight is made up of fat, water, muscle, bone or body mass – and compare it to healthy levels for your age and gender.

During a free body composition analysis, in less than 10 seconds you will receive a print out of your weight, body mass index, body fat percentage, basal metabolic rate, fat mass, fat free mass and hydration level. One of our friendly representatives will help you interpret the data and provide advice for improving or maintaining a healthy composition.

Body composition analyses are open to the public. You do not have to be a patient or a resident of The Villages to participate. You can walk-in during a scheduled screening time and do not need to make an appointment.

May Walk-In Screening Times

Belleview Care Center
5052 SE 110th St.
Tuesday, May 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Mulberry Care Center
8877 SE 165th Mulberry Ln.
Tuesday, May 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

To find other classes and learning opportunities, please visit our Learning Center.

Not permitted for those with implanted electric devices (pacemakers, etc) or pregnancy.

  1. Register for a free Seminar or Boot Camp

Whether you’re currently a couch potato or a fitness fanatic, the Exercise and Physical Activity seminar will provide you with resources to round out your exercise program and stay focused on your goals.

The Healthy Weight Loss Boot Camp is an intensive two-hour session, learn successful healthy weight loss strategies including exercise, nutrition and healthy eating out.

All of our courses are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient or be a resident of The Villages to attend, so please remember to bring a friend.

To register, please visit our Learning Center.

Healthy Weight Loss Boot Camp
In this intensive two-hour session, learn successful healthy weight loss strategies including exercise, nutrition and healthy eating out.

Colony Care Center
Tuesday, May 15th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM
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  1. Get to Know Our Orthopaedic Team

Living with pain can be frustrating, especially when you are trying to live a healthy, active lifestyle. From sprained ankles to knee replacements, we’ve got you covered head to toe!

We have four highly trained, Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons and a skilled team dedicated to heal you quickly so you can enjoy your lifestyle.

We are starting to do a lot of things since my hip surgery. Thee limitations are going away rapidly. I’m able to golf. Now it’s going to be the fun years. Start living life!

Thomas Karpinski, Villager

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  1. Prevent Injuries by Exercising Safely

As you get older, your body doesn’t repair as quickly as it used to. That means extensive exercise can be tough on your body.

“I see a lot of patients who jump into their new active lifestyle too quickly and suffer injuries, like tendonitis or fractures,” says Dr. Sullivan, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Villages Health.

Dr. Sullivan recommends easing into a new active routine. “Don’t start with a full schedule right away. Limit hard workouts to 2-3 times per week, and give you’re your body a chance to rest and recover in between.”

  1. Get a Bone Density Scan

A bone density scan is a great way to measure the strength of your bones and determine your risk for fractures. These scans are highly recommended for women over the age of 55, especially those with a risk of osteoporosis and for men and women on certain medications or conditions.

Your primary care doctor can determine your need for a bone density scan

If you are an existing patient, please call your care center. If you are a new patient, you can learn more by calling 352-205-4032.

With these six tips you are now empowered to reach your fitness goals! Keep on moving!

Get Moving in May with These FREE Fitness Resources!

Who says getting older means slowing down? The Villages® offers so many opportunities to have fun and stay active, and we want to help you enjoy every minute. May is National Physical Fitness month, so join us for a class on exercise and physical activity.

All resources are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient or a resident of The Villages to attend. So don’t forget to invite a friend.

Exercise and Physical Activity
Whether you’re currently a couch potato or a fitness fanatic, this seminar will provide you with resources to round out your exercise program and stay focused on your goals.

Belleview Care Center
Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30 AM
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Creekside Care Center
Friday, May 18th at 10:00 AM
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Colony Care Center
Tuesday, May 22nd at 8:30 AM
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5 Fitness & Exercise Tips for Active Seniors

How to Prevent Injuries While Living a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

Ease Into Your New Active Lifestyle

When you move to The Villages® and surrounding community it is such an exciting time. There is so much for you to do and explore. Your first reaction might be to jump in full force with new activities.

“I see a lot of patients who jump into their new active lifestyle too quickly and suffer injuries, like tendonitis or fractures,” says Dr. Sullivan, an orthopaedic surgeon at The Villages Health.

Dr. Sullivan recommends easing into a new active routine. “Don’t start with a full schedule right away. Ease into it.”

Limit Hard Workouts to 2-3 Times Per Week

“The active senior should be cautious not to overuse their body parts,” says Dr. Sullivan. “In the past, you might have been able to complete hard workouts 4-6 times per week, but you may need to start limiting them to 2-3 times per week.”

Integrate Moderate to Light Exercises on Off Days

You can integrate lighter workouts on your off days for an active rest. “Tai chi and core exercises are great for keeping your strength and balance,” says Dr. Sullivan.

Those line dances in the square aren’t just for entertainment, they are also great for active recovery.

Don’t Forget to Rest In Between Workouts

As you get older, your body doesn’t repair as quickly as it used to. That means extensive exercise can be tough on your body. “You need to give your body a chance to rest and recover in between workouts,” says Dr. Sullivan. “Listen to your body.”

Talk to Your Doctor About Pain or Injuries

If you experience consistent pain during or after a workout, or suffer from an injury, you may need to consult an orthopaedic specialist.

“We recommend talking to your primary care doctor first, and he or she will recommend next steps,” says Dr. Sullivan.

The orthopaedic specialists at The Villages Health are here to help, from tendinitis to sprains and fractures; we’ve got you covered. If you are interest in learning more about our service, please call 352-205-4032.


Give the Gift of Five Wishes

You Can Make a Difference for Your Family and Community
It brings tremendous peace of mind to know that your health care wishes will be respected in the event that you can’t speak for yourself.

To help you and your loved ones find that peace, you’re invited to attend our special presentation by Cornerstone Hospice, Five Wishes: Advanced Care Directives.

This hour-long class will teach you about America’s most popular living will, how to structure important care conversations with loved ones, and plan for end-of-life care.

Class Schedule

April 2, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Mulberry Grove Care Center
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April 8, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Colony Care Center
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April 25, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Creekside Care Center
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May 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM
Brownwood Care Center
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Ensure that the wishes of you and your loved ones are carried out in times of serious illness.

These resources are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient or a resident of The Villages to attend. So don’t forget to invite a friend.

You can explore more resources by visiting the Learning Center.


Activate Your Brain in April

Free Resources to Promote Your Brain Health

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Association of Parkinson’s is urging everyone to “Start a Conversation” with friends, family, neighbors, healthcare teams, local businesses and community leaders.

Naturally we thought it would be a great time to start a discussion of our own surrounding brain health. So this month, we have set out to promote brain health and to discuss several ways you can keep your mind sharp and active.

  1. Register for a Memory Screening

Early Detection of Memory Loss is Critical to Long-Term Brain Health

We know that memory loss is a top concern for many of us as we get older. You may be afraid of having difficulty interacting in social situations, or even worse, not recognizing your family members as you get older.

We don’t want you to be afraid of anything. That is why we offer memory screenings to you, and highly encourage these screenings for everyone over the age of 60.

A memory screening is the first step to identify if you have a memory problem. A screening will either reassure you that your memory is in tiptop shape or, if we detect a problem, indicate the need for further treatment to prevent further damage.

Early detection of memory loss is critical since it may indicate much greater issues, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Although there is no cure to this disease, treatments are available to slow the progression of the disease. There is ongoing, active research to find a cure so one day they will be able to enjoy a higher quality of life as long as possible.

If you are concerned about your memory and/or have noticed changes in you memory, we encourage you to have a memory screening. Memory screenings are free to all members of the community. You do not have to be a patient to have a screening. You can schedule a screening by calling 352-674-1779.

  1. Learn About Our Neurology Services

The Diagnosis, Management & Treatment of Neurological Disorders

John Castaldo, MD Neurology

In the event you experience symptoms, such as excessive headaches, facial pain, memory loss or a stroke – after consulting with one of our Primary Care Physicians, you may need to consult with Dr. John Castaldo, our American Board Certified Neurologist.

Dr. Castaldo and his team can diagnose brain issues, and provide treatment plans that stabilize and/or minimize symptoms while offering relief as quickly as possible. His team commonly diagnoses, treats, and manages common conditions, but also has the expertise to provide care for complex and rare neurological disorders.

Common Conditions

  • Headache and Facial Pain
  • Memory Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Parkinson and Movement Disorder
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Ataxia
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Muscle Disorder, Including ALS, Myasthenia, and Myopathy

For more information about our neurology services, please visit TheVillagesHealth.com/specialty-services/neurology/

  1. Attend the Free “Effective Communication and Dementia” Class

Strategies and Tips for Successful Communication with Loved Ones

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory loss or any other decline in mental abilities – it is truly a scary time for you and your family.

We want you to know that there is hope and we have resources that will help prepare you for the journey ahead. The Learning Center offers a free course titled, “Effective Communication and Dementia”, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of North and Central Florida, to provide helpful tips and strategies for successful communication with loved ones suffering from dementia.

All of our courses are free to the entire community. You do not have to be a patient to attend, so please remember to bring a friend.

April Classes

Tuesday, April 10 at 1:00 PM
Mulberry Grove Care Center
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Tuesday, April 10 at 3:00 PM
Belleview Care Center
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Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 PM
Colony Care Center
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You can view all upcoming courses at TheVillagesHealth.com/learning-center.


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I came in wearing two hearing aids and Dr. Monterro asked why I was wearing two hearing aids and I said “Well, I guess it’s because I have a hearing loss” and she said, “I understand that, but your hearing is perfect in your right ear, it’s the left ear that has a hearing loss and you only needed one hearing aid." I was very impressed with the honesty and integrity in addition to her skills. She also has a great personality.

Art Minier, Patient at Creekside Care Center