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The Villages Health is Hiring to Accommodate Practice & Community Expansion

The Villages Daily Sun featured The Villages Health in a recent article on growing healthcare demands. The Villages Health is looking to hire qualified healthcare providers to help meet the demands of a rapidly expanding patient population.

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The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood Now Open to Patients

The 240,000 square-foot state of the art healthcare facility, the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood is now open to patients of The Villages Health and members of the community. Read about the opening in The Villages Daily Sun.

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The Villages Daily Sun Releases Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood Growth Report

The Villages Health and other tenants of the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood are now in the initial phase of operations. Read more about their progress in this The Villages Daily Sun report.

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The Villages Health Announces New Primary Care Center in Lake Deaton Plaza

As The Villages® Community continues to welcome new neighbors, The Villages Health announced plans to expand primary care services to a new location in Lake Deaton Plaza – just a 10-minute drive from the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood.

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OneBlood, serving The Villages® & Central Florida Now Testing for COVID-19 Antibodies

The blood bank serving The Villages® and other parts of Central Florida is now testing all donor blood for COVID-19 antibodies. Potential donors are encouraged to contribute to help researchers find answers on possible immunity.

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Telemedicine Popularity on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

The demand for telemedicine and telehealth services has exploded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ashley Wood, medical director at The Villages Health Creekside Care Center was recently featured in The Villages Daily Sun for providing telehealth services.

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Physical Fitness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Each year, our nation celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May. This year is no exception, but it does hold some new challenges amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts agree regular physical exercise has a profound and positive impact on our immune system and benefits both the mind and body.

How can you accomplish your physical exercise goals and regimens during a time when access to gyms and parks are restricted? With some simple adjustments and determination, it’s still possible. These suggestions are only intended for individuals without any symptoms or diagnosis of respiratory illness and should not replace medical guidance in case of any health condition.

Indoor Exercise

A more sedentary lifestyle can have negative effects on our physical and mental health and overall quality of life. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults aged 18 and over do a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activities throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity throughout the week. This should include strengthening activities at least two days per week.

For older adults with poor mobility, three or more days of physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls is suggested. You can follow the five elements of fitness from almost any area of your home:

  • Warmup. This can be as simple as walking around your house at a steady pace, on a treadmill or at a slow pace on a stationary bike. These activities prepare your body for a more vigorous activity and help prevent injury.
  • Cardiovascular. Try “high knee” exercise, which is essentially running in place. Stand with your legs together and arms at your sides. Lift one knee toward your chest. Lower your leg and repeat with the other knee. Continue alternating knees, pumping your arms up and down. Other ideas include jumping rope or even dancing to your favorite tunes! Try an exercise video or pedal faster if you have a stationary bike.
  • Resistance. Strength-building exercises not only build muscle and increase bone density, but help your body burn more calories and can even boost your mood. Some good indoor strength-building exercises include push-ups, crunches, and squats; working with dumbbells or bands.
  • Flexibility. Stretching allows for easier movement and helps give your muscles and joints a greater range of motion, improved balance and increased balance. Some ideas for this training include neck stretches, shoulder stretches, hamstring stretches, glutes stretches and more. Work in some stretch routines that target the areas of your body you would like to be more flexible.
  • Cooldown. The cool-down portion of a workout routine is designed to reduce your heart and breathing rates and gradually cool your body temperature. It can also reduce muscle soreness and stiffness and prevent venous pooling of blood in the lower extremities, which can cause dizziness. To cool down, you can walk around your home, stretch out your legs, stretch your chest, or do some slow-paced jumping jacks.

Remember, any physical activity is better than none. Start slow and increase duration, frequency and intensity over time. During this time of COVID-19, even short amounts of activity at a time can make a difference. Over the course of a week, you’ll be surprised how much you’ve accomplished. Even cleaning and gardening help you stay active and flexible.

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Resources from Florida Department of Health – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For up-to-date information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida, we recommend visiting the Florida Department of Health website.

Coronavirus Cases in Florida Live Dashboard

See where the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is developing, county by county, in Florida.

General Prevention

Tips on how to prevent the spread of the Conoravirus in general.

Caring for Older Adults

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults may have a greater chance for serious illness from COVID-19—especially people with weak immune systems or underlying chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, diabetes or kidney disease.

Should I get Tested?

Have you been in close contact with someone who has recently returned from international travel or a cruise and has any of the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Protect Yourself in Crowds

Limit group interactions if you are 65 or older and have underlying or chronic health conditions, compromised immunity, diabetes or heart or lung disease.

Social Distancing

Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.


Public Service Announcement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

We realize that you may have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) and want to make sure you have the latest information:

  • As of March 15, 2020, there are no known cases of coronavirus infection reported in the Tri-County area. There are 106 confirmed cases in the State of Florida.
  • At the present time, more people may be concerned about being infected with coronavirus than actually have it. 
  • Most people who develop symptoms from the virus have a flu-like illness.
  • Influenza can cause serious medical problems, therefore, immunization against influenza is strongly encouraged. At this time, there is no vaccine or specific treatment available for the coronavirus.
  • For mild cases, rest, fluids, good hand-washing and time will resolve most infections.
  • Even persons with mild infections can help the prevention effort by limiting their exposure to others and following the guidance that has been outlined, including self-quarantine.
  • Additionally, thorough hand washing with soap, respiratory etiquette, such as covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoiding contact with others if you are sick are helpful measures to reduce disease transmission in a general sense (including coronavirus). 
  • Persons who recently have returned from foreign travel are advised to self-quarantine by remaining at home for 14 days upon return. If these persons develop symptoms (fever, productive cough/shortness of breath), they should contact the local health department. 
  • Testing is not widely available as of March 15, 2020. Commercial laboratories and the Department of Health are working to increase testing capacity.
  • Since there is no specific treatment for COVID-19, both a positive and negative test results are treated based only on clinical symptoms.
  • For general public concerns and questions, the State of Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated call center at 866-779-6121
  • Latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) can be found online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html or the Florida Department of Health at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/.

 



Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Eating right and staying fit are important regardless of your age. As we get older, however, our bodies require different nutrition, so it becomes even more important to make the right choices.

Healthy eating, regular physical activity and a positive mindset can help you live not only a longer life, but a more fulfilling and happy one. These important components can also delay health issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

How do you achieve this important balance?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. With some simple planning, you can ensure you are getting the right nutrition at the right time each day. Experts agree that planning out your daily menu using good food choices is key to success. Doing so will keep you on track and give you more dedicated time to the physical activities you enjoy because you won’t be spending as much time in the kitchen.

How do you get started?
The National Institute on Aging recommends making a shopping list. Doing so will not only remind you to shop for the foods you should be eating, but will help you stick to your food budget. They have even provided a handy My Shopping Listwith nutritious, healthy options to take with you to the grocery store.

After shopping, build your meals following a simple, healthy, balanced diet by:

  • Changing up your protein choices to include lean meats, fish, beans, peas and lentils, low-fat cottage cheese, pork loin and bison.
  • Making at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Making half your plate vegetables and fruits.
  • Adding in three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy daily (milk, yogurt or cheese) that are fortified with vitamin D to help keep your bones healthy.

Some additional healthy eating tips for seniors include:

  • Use less salt. As we get older, our sense of taste declines and we may reach for the salt shaker to add flavor to our food. This is not a good idea. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and other health issues, like stroke, kidney disease and heart disease. Use seasonings that don’t contain salt, like fresh herbs and spices instead
  • Use less sugar. Not only are refined sugars empty calories, but they add no nutritional value to your diet. Replace sugar heavy foods with fresh fruit, yams and other naturally sweet foods.
  • Choose healthy fats. Fats are a necessary part of any diet, but it is important to reduce or eliminate saturated and trans fats. Healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and nuts are all great choices.
  • Eat a variety of foods. It’s especially important to be aware of the variety of nutrients we are putting into our bodies as we age. Opt for a mix of lean protein, fruits and vegetable, whole grains and low-fat dairy products every day.

  • We can also help you right here at The Villages Health! Learn how to improve your eating and overall wellness choices at our Learning Center. We offer free classes and health screenings for the whole community that can help you achieve your personal health goals. Classes are free, but fill quickly. Be sure to invite a friend, neighbor or loved one. Registration is required.


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    Fiber & Mood Connection

    Fiber & Mood Connection

    29 space(s) remaining

    12/08/2021

    9:30 am - 10:30 am

    The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood A State-of-the-Art Medical Facility

    The Brain & Gut Connection

    The Brain & Gut Connection

    29 space(s) remaining

    12/15/2021

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood A State-of-the-Art Medical Facility

    How to Stay Fit during the Holidays

    How to Stay Fit during the Holidays

    9 space(s) remaining

    12/16/2021

    10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Mulberry Grove Care Center


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