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Published on May 05, 2014

Healthy living as you age

Mercy Home Health can help get you back on track.

jogging womenNo matter how old you are, you’re never too old to be active, mobile and stay in good health.

For those in their 50s, 60s and 70s, head to the gym this spring, and exercise to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. Even those in their late 80s and 90s can take a brisk walk outside now that warmer weather has finally arrived. Make a standing date with a friend or neighbor to take walks around the neighborhood together this spring and summer.

If you do suffer from an illness or injury, Mercy Home Health is here to help get you back on track. Home Health clinicians encourage all their patients to stay as active as possible. “We always stress that it’s so important to keep exercising: If you don’t continue to move your body, you’ll lose your muscle tone and strength,” says Ruth Martynowicz, MBA/ HCM, vice president of operations at Mercy Home Health.

For those who use a wheelchair, or have limited mobility, Mercy Home Health clinicians can teach chair exercises. Home Health clinicians visit patients at home multiple times a week, providing physical, occupational and speech therapy, in addition to other services.

“Sometimes just having home care presence can help. We’re bringing the outside world to them,” says Catherine Sienkiewicz, RN, BSN, COS-C, a Home Health clinical manager.

“Therapy is key with helping patients feel more independent,” agrees Ruth. “After all, the more you can move, the younger you will feel.”

NEVER TOO OLD to be HEALTHY To learn more about services provided by Mercy Home Health, call 1.888.690.2551 or visit mercyhomehealth.org.

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