Joe Robach Attends Zumba Gold Event for Seniors

Today, Joe Robach attended an event titled “ 50 & fit” for seniors at Beatrice Place in the Town of Greece.  The purpose of the event today was to raise awareness of the many benefits of exercising for individuals over the age of 50.  To celebrate today, Beatrice Place had a special program of Zumba Gold for the residents.  Beatrice Place is located at 600 Denise Road in The Town of Greece.  It is actually the site of the former Our Lady of Mercy Church.

Beatrice Place opened its doors in September 2013 as a Neighborhood Program site for  residents and community members.  Currently, there are73 one and two bedroom apartments on two floors, as well as a chapel, café, fitness area, and community space.  Neighborhood Program Membership is free for residents; nominal fee of $60/year for community members.  In September 2013, Joe Robach attended the grand opening and got to experience the many wonderful features geared towards seniors.  The goal of Beatrice Place is to allow residents to “are in place.” This means allowing seniors to age gracefully in the comfort of their own apartment, as opposed to more “hands on” skilled nursing.  Beatrice Place has had a steady flow of residence coming to live in the apartments.  If you are interesting in finding out more information regarding senior apartments at Beatrice Place, please call 585-546-8400.

The goal of today’s event was to demonstrate the benefits of exercise, regardless of age.  Joe Robach joined the many seniors in the class for Zumba Gold.  Joe Robach feels the main objective of exercising for seniors is longevity.  Seniors want to stay in their homes as long as possible as they age.  Exercising on a regular basis will allow seniors to extend their lives within their homes.  It will also make them more mobile and allow them to accomplish ever day tasks with ease.

Joe Robach Warns of Cold Winter Weather for Seniors

The Bitter Cold has hit once again in not only Monroe County, but the entire north east.  Residents of the northeastern United States on Wednesday dug out from a deadly winter storm that dumped more than 15 inches of snow in some places, with frosty temperatures forcing school closings and extensive flight delays and cancellations.  Joe Robach is advising all citizens, especially seniors to remain in their homes for the next few days as temperatures continue to be in the single digits.  While it has been extremely cold here, we have not experienced the large amounts of snowfall as in other parts of the north east.  At least two deaths were blamed on the weather, which made roads treacherous.  In, Maryland, a driver lost control and slammed into a tractor-trailer.

In recent days, many community and senior centers have closed their doors early due to the extreme cold and wind.  This also means the senior nutrition program was closed those days as well.  Joe Robach has continued to ask seniors to only go outdoors when absolutely necessary.  Here is a link to the weather forecast for the Rochester area this week;

http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Rochester+NY+USNY1232:1:US

            Joe Robach wants to make sure as many seniors within Monroe County are aware of some tips for when the weather gets extremely cold.  Below are some precautions seniors may take as temperatures continue to decrease:

• Older people are more susceptible to getting frostbite and hypothermia (a

drop in body temperature) and this can cause illness.

• Stay inside as much as possible. If you have to go out cover all exposed areas.

Wear warm footwear and dress in layers. Wear a hat and gloves and cover

your mouth to avoid getting cold air in your lungs.

• Keep a list of emergency phone numbers next to your phone.

• Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they

are in working order.

• If you are using a space heater keep it at least 3 feet from furniture and

draperies. Heaters that use liquid fuel, if faulty, may cause carbon monoxide

poisoning.

• Be sure to check with a doctor before shoveling snow if you have heart

problems and/or don’t exercise regularly.

• Replace rubber tips on canes, walkers, and crutches. Home health care

stores sell “ice picks” that fit on the ends of canes and walkers to provide

extra traction.

• Understand your prescription drugs. Be aware that some medicines make

people more susceptible to cold. Ask your doctor if you should be taking

extra precautions.

• Have chimneys and flues checked before using them.

• Wrap inside pipes with warm rags to keep them from freezing.

• Make sure to have extra food, blankets and water available along with a

flashlight and extra batteries.

• Call your friends and check on them and have a friend or loved one check on

you.