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Fitness and Health



Fitness First: Motivation

Let’s talk about motivation. What inspires you to get up and move? According to a study I read recently, 85 percent of people over age 65 don’t exercise at all. When I asked an 89-year-old man in my class what

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Elder Statesman of the Slopes

Frank Borrego of Sonora has a job plenty of 20-somethings would love – teaching skiing at Dodge Ridge. At 87, this longtime high school teacher is one of the oldest ski instructors in the U.S. It’s how he defines “retirement.”

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Preventing Falls

Falls are the primary cause of accidental death in people over the age of 65, and the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits. Here are some tips to avoid tripping up.

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House Calls: Assessing an Elder’s Health, Needs

By Dr. Matthew Personius, Family Physician There is something about the memory of my grandmother that transcends almost all other childhood recollections. “Nana,” as we called her, had always been there it seemed; timeless and ageless, her kind and smiling

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Fitness First: Benefits of Stretching

Have you dropped something lately and thought twice before bending over to pick it up? If you got down on the floor, are you confident you would be able to get up? We take these types of activities for granted

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Lessons in Fulcrum Physics and More: Retired Teacher Shares Insights with Jujitsu Students

Two nights a week behind a downtown Sonora storefront, Dave Fairfield uses fulcrum physics to throw people, including young children, to the ground. Fairfield is a sensei, a teacher. His subject is jujitsu, an ancient Japanese martial art. But Fairfield

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House Calls: The Right to Decide

By Dr. Matthew Personius Family Physician “Home. That’s where I want to go. Home.” I found her determination perplexing. This woman, who had bounced in and out of the hospital due to her life-threatening lung disease, was staunchly refusing even

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Fitness First: It’s Never Too Late

Think you’re too old or out of shape to start exercising? The truth is, it’s never too late. You only need two things to get started: realistic goals and a willing attitude. Before we discuss goals and a can-do approach,

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Fit Together, Fit Forever

Staying in top physical condition is as simple as playing with a three-and-a-half-ounce ball and doing the downward dog. That’s according to one Tuolumne County couple who plays ping-pong and practices yoga and, because of it, embodies fitness and health.

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