SLUCare geriatrican Julie Gammack, M.D., will present "Exercise in Older Adults" at the next 60-Minute Check-Up on Monday, July 25. The event will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters, located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
|Julie Gammack, M.D.|
Sponsored by SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University, and the St. Louis County Library, the monthly 60-Minute Check-Ups are part of the department of internal medicine's yearlong centennial celebration. The free events are designed to provide information to keep you healthy as well as resources to help you learn more about health-related issues.
According to Gammack, the best exercises for older adults are those that improve balance, flexibility and strength. These include swimming, water aerobics, dancing, Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates. Walking and light weight lifting also are very beneficial for older adults.
"It is never too late to improve balance, flexibility and strength," said Gammack, who is an associate professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University. "Don't be dissuaded by starting small; any exercise is good. I tell patients to set achievable goals. Even 10 minutes of activity two to three times per week is a good start. You'll build your endurance up."
Gammack says it's important to take into account the person's functional ability and to start small. Most older adults should not lose weight while exercising because they often lose muscle in addition to fat. Weight loss is only recommended if they are in a dedicated program and building muscle while losing weight.
St. Louis County Library reference librarian Christina Pryor also will talk about library resources available to help people improve their health.
Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.
Upcoming series events include "What Type of Arthritis Do I Have" on Wednesday, Aug. 31, and "Asthma, Hay Fever and Food Allergies" on Monday, Sept. 26.
Read more about the department of internal medicine's yearlong centennial celebration.
SLUCare, the physician practice of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, is the only academic medical practice in St. Louis that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. This accreditation is a voluntary process through which the quality of SLUCare services and performance is measured against nationally recognized standards. To schedule an appointment, call 314-977-4440 or 1-866-977-4440. More information is available at www.slucare.edu.