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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

Category: Season 1

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Daniel G. Drury, Ph.D.

Gettysburg College

Exercise, in and of itself, can have a profound effect on different aspects of health that rivals many prescription medications. Everyone knows that exercise is good for managing your weight. However, few realize that exercise can help prevent diabetes, control high blood pressure, decrease cancer risk, lower cholesterol and improve mental health (….and much, much more). Daily exercise can have a more profound effect on your health than your physician’s prescription pad.

Dr. Dan Drury is an Exercise Physiologist and Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Gettysburg College where he is currently Co-Chair of the department. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine where he has also served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

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Food Glorious Food: Satisfaction without the Guilt!

Category: Season 2

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Chef Donna Desfor

Imagine being able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, without any guilt. Impossible? Chef Donna Desfor says no!

Chef Donna’s presentation will guide you into a new understanding of taste, and how taste is experienced. With a new understanding, you’ll find eating becomes a more pleasurable experience and cooking can easily become a creative endeavor! And, once you know what you like to taste (and how you can create those taste sensations) Chef Donna will treat you to her “Three Bites to Being Full and Satisfied©” rules. The entire program will lead you toward an eating experience that is better, and more satisfying.

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Be a Spring Chicken Stay Young Forever

Category: Season 2

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Bill Gifford

Journalist/Author

Is it possible to slow down the aging process? As we get older hair gets thinner, our pace gets slower, and sadly many of us develop illnesses. Often so-called “cures” for aging are not cures at all, but rather money makers for companies that target hopeful seniors.

However, current scientific research may hold promise for a better understanding of aging in our future. Journalist Bill Gifford talks about humankind’s obsession with slowing the aging process and the effects it has on our lives.

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Transforming Alzheimer’s with Art

Category: Season 3

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Barbara C. Warfel

Artist/Art Educator

 

Transforming Alzheimer’s with Art

Art is an amazing way to express yourself. It is also an amazing way to fuel brain activity in those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Neuroscientists are exploring evidence that artistic expression stimulates growth of new brain cells and creation of new neuron networks in the cerebral cortex. Experience with seniors affected by Alzheimer’s has been very positive when correlated with art. “I have trouble getting participants to stop when art time is up.” “The fastest hour of the week” is often heard when art class ends. Art activity removes them, if only for a brief time, from an often frustrating and painful world by completely occupying their minds and intellect.


Barbara C. Warfel will guide you through how Alzheimer’s can be positively affected by art. She is a graduate of Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, with a B.A. in Art Education. She first developed and implemented meaningful art activities for senior adults residing in assisted living facilities in 1998. She has received many awards for her work, including the 2006 Spectrum Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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Snack Stronger

Snack Stronger

Category: Season 4

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Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores

Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN is a graduate from Virginia Tech with specialized training in dietetics from Penn State University. She has clinical experience with weight loss and diabetes counseling and has a passion for encouraging others to enjoy cooking and exploring new foods.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and try some new snacks that taste great and are healthy too! Learn to look beyond calories to find snacks that can be part of a healthy diet and keep you energized and satisfied. Giant Food Stores nutritionist, Shanna Shultz, will show you just how easy it is to create balanced, nutritious, and yummy snacks.

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Cooking for One or Two

Category: Season 4

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Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores

Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN is a graduate from Virginia Tech with specialized training in dietetics from Penn State University. She has clinical experience with weight loss and diabetes counseling and has a passion for encouraging others to enjoy cooking and exploring new foods.

Cooking a nutritious meal for one or two can be a real challenge, but it does not have to be! Let Giant Food Stores Nutritionist Shanna Shultz teach you the basics about shopping, meal planning, and cooking for singles and pairs.

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Preparing Together for Emergencies

Category: Season 4

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Robert Myers

Emergency Disaster Services Director, Eastern PA and Delaware,
The Salvation Army

As Disaster Services Director, Mr. Myers is responsible for all preparedness, response and recovery operations in Pennsylvania from State College to New Jersey, and all of the state of Delaware. He manages all volunteers and staff associated with the disaster response program including planning, training, response operations and public relations surrounding disaster relief efforts.

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home. What can you do to be better prepared? Get tips on creating a personal support network and having the items you need on hand in the event of an emergency.

Learn more: Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Older Americans

Additional Resources:

  • http://www.ready.pa.gov – PA State Preparedness Information
  • https://www.ready.gov/ – Federal (FEMA) Preparedness Information
  • https://theprepared.com/ – Preparedness Information for Starters
  • http://www.flash.org/ – Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.
  • http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/ – Salvation Army Disaster Services
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    Brain Fitness After 50

    Category: Season 5

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    Dr. Ann Kolanowski

    Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine, Penn State University

    Dr. Kolanowski has published over 140 papers on cognitive impairments in scientific journals. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America, and the founding director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State University.

    Are certain activities more stimulating for our brains? Are there things we should avoid? Dr. Ann Kolanowski will discuss brain health and what individuals can do to keep our brains healthy. Learn tips and techniques for what you can do to keep your brain functioning at higher levels as you age.

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    Heart Health

    Category: Season 5

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    Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN

    GIANT Food Stores

    Shanna Shultz, RD, LDN is a graduate from Virginia Tech with specialized training in dietetics from Penn State University. She has clinical experience with weight loss and diabetes counseling and has a passion for encouraging others to enjoy cooking and exploring new food.

    “Follow a heart healthy diet” is a phrase thrown around often, but what does that really mean? Giant Food Stores nutritionist Shanna Shultz will break down all the buzzwords you need to know from fats to sodium and explain how to love your heart through food. You’ll discover new ways to season your dishes from fresh herbs and spices to splashes of citrus and learn handy ingredient substitutions for your favorite recipes.

    Additional Resources:

  • – The skinny on fats
  • – All about Sodium
  • – Build A Better Salad
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    Memory As We Age

    Category: Season 5

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    Dr. Nancy Dennis

    Associate Professor. Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Nancy Dennis directs the Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab (CANLab) in the Psychology Department at Penn State University. Her work focuses on understanding how memory changes in aging and ways we can ameliorate memory decline in older adults. She uses brain imaging technology to identify neural markers of memory processes with an emphasis on understanding how to maintain memory performance across the lifespan.

    By 2050, roughly 83.7 million individuals in the U.S. will be over the age of 65. Within this population, memory declines are at the forefront of age-related cognitive complaints. The negative impacts of memory failures in older adults can range from emotional distress and embarrassment to potentially life-threatening outcomes, especially when the memory error involves important health and safety information. Dr. Dennis will discuss both stability and decline in various types of memory in aging. She will also describe methods for improving memory across the lifespan.

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    Yoga and Osteoporosis

    Category: Season 5

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    Jeff Conforti, PT, DPT & Tina Stroh BA, e-ryt 500

    Dr. Jeff Conforti is the Director of Physical Therapy at Conforti Physical Therapy. Jeff has nearly 30 years of diverse experience in the fields of physical therapy and fitness.

    Tina Stroh has been a student and teacher of yoga for over 30 years. She has completed numerous yoga teacher trainings and workshops and is the founder and co-owner of her own yoga studio.

    Yoga may be an effective part of the treatment for osteoporosis. Practicing yoga poses for as little as ten minutes a day can increase bone density. Done regularly, yoga is a great way to help improve your strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, endurance, muscle mass, agility, and energy level. Learn some basic moves to get you started! Remember, if you can breathe, you can do yoga!

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