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Senior Living Summer 2018


12 ESSEX MEDIA GROUP SENIOR LIVING SUMMER 2018 Be cool, yet be safe, in those summer shades (StatePoint) Your time outside can quickly lead to an increased risk of exposure to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause a sun spot on the white of the eye called a pinguecula. These may look yellow in appearance and cause irritation over time. Moreover, long-term exposure to harmful UV rays can cause the formation of cataracts, leading to blurred vision and can ultimately require cataract surgery to correct. Unfortunately, most people aren’t doing enough to protect their eyes from the sun, even if they are aware of the risks. 0According to The Vision Council, 75 percent of Americans are concerned about UV eye exposure, but only 31 percent wear sunglasses every time they go outside. You’re probably spending a fair amount of time protecting skin by applying sunscreen, so why not make sure that you’re doing the same for your eyes? Consider these tips to find the right pair of sunglasses this summer: • Only about half of people who wear sunglasses say they check the UV rating before buying a pair, according to a national Sun Safety Survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Make sure your sunglasses provide 100 percent and teens wear sunglasses from an early age. By the time you turn 18, you have received 75-80 percent of your lifetime UV exposure, according to the World Health Organization. • No matter your age, go for big frames. Larger frames and wrap-around styles provide extra UV protection by blocking rays that come in from the side. • Think about lens color. Great for aesthetic reasons, different lens colors can help serve different purposes. You may want to go with gray lenses for true color perception or brown/amber lenses if you want to see more visible contrasts. • Consider your lifestyle before selecting a pair. If you’re active in sports, your optometrist can help you select sunglasses and lenses that can protect your eyes and help optimize your performance. Quality sunglasses that provide maximum UV protection can still be fashionable. You can explore and purchase a variety of brands and styles on, where you can also connect to a local eye doctor through VSP Vision Care’s network of optometrists. Eyeconic is the only online retailer that allows you to shop for glasses, sunglasses, and contacts. PHOTO | STATEPOINT Those sunglasses look great! But check the UV rating on them. We put the HOME in housing. NOW LEASING ~ Immediate Available ~ Apt. Size. Efficiency Minimum Income Max. Income (80% AMI) $15,540 $54,750 Rent * (heat/hw incl.) $518 200 West Foster St., Melrose 781.665.6334 | AMI = Area Median Income, as of 4/1/18 *Income guidelines apply. Inquire in advance for reasonable accommodations. Info contained herein subject to change w/o notice. Experience a sense of neighborhood & community, set amid a beautiful scenic landscape at Congregational Retirement Homes (CRH). Supportive services & coordinated activities are an integral part of CRH & link residents with community based services to maintain & improve their quality of life. Visit today to learn more! FEATURES/AMENITIES ∙ Award-winning 62+ senior community ∙ Community gathering space w/full kitchen ∙ Vibrant recreation room w/billiards table ∙ Cozy library ∙ Laundry care suite ∙ Beauty salon ∙ And much more...

SENIOR LIVING SUMMER 2018 ESSEX MEDIA GROUP 13 It's fun to go to the YMCA to stay fit, sharp “They say that 60 is the new 40”, according to Bruce Macdonald, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metro North. Macdonald, who himself is a baby boomer, leads a 7-location association that serves almost 60,000 people annually in programs and services focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Macdonald noted that the Y’s in his service area that include Lynn, Saugus, Peabody and Melrose are continually looking at activities for those over 55 to engage them in a physical, intellectual, social and emotional level! As part of the commitment to serving all, the YMCA is taking a closer look at the “health meets social” approach to wellness. Reducing isolation is a critical component of what YMCA’s around the country do. The rapid growing population of boomers will reach 120 million by the end of 2040 and the Y has a responsibility to be ready. “It is not just about offering one “active older adult class” anymore. Our “older members” are fit and ready for a challenge. We have a group of about 50 active older adults that are known as “Aqua Divas” and they splash through rigorous aqua Zumba classes”, notes Olga Arnold, Senior Director of Health & Wellness at the Torigian YMCA in Peabody. “I would challenge a healthy 30 year old to try and keep up”, Arnold laughs. The YMCA of Metro North does in fact offer some unique programs for area boomers and beyond. Enhance fitness supports adults with arthritis. This includes easy to teach movements that motivate individuals to stay active and fit. Studies has shown it improves energy, helps with balance and increases overall strength. In addition, the Torigian YMCA offers a unique opportunity for those recovery in from stroke, spinal cord injury or dealing with complications from MS or Parkinson’s. The Partnership Program is available and includes orientation and coaching on adaptive equipment. Members bring a “partner” to help them work out. Finally, all of the locations of the YMCA of Metro North include multiple classes designed for all ages but focused on the aging boomer. Group exercise on the land and in the studio are all available free with a YMCA membership. For more information, take a look at or contact Olga Arnold at 978 977 9622. The YMCA of Metro North was formed in 2012 when the Greater Lynn YMCA acquired and merged with the Melrose YMCA. Serving over 60,000 people annually, the YMCA of Metro North includes seven locations serving the cities and towns of Lynn, Peabody, Saugus, Melrose, Revere, Lynnfield, Nahant and Stoneham. STAY ACTIVE AND ENGAGED AT THE YMCA OF METRO NORTH! 'It is not just about offering one active older adult class anymore. Our older members are fit and ready for a challenge. We have a group of about 50 active older adults that are known as 'Aqua Divas' and they splash through rigorous aqua Zumba classes.' OLGA ARNOLD Senior Director of Health and Wellness Torigian YMCA Peabody • Over 150 Group Exercise classes per week • Aquatic classes and lap swim • Social events & adventures • Staff to welcome you & walk you through your Y experience Learn more by calling or visiting a Welcome Center today! Give the Y a try FREE by and presenting this ad to any of our Welcome Centers for a week of membership! Lynn YMCA • Melrose Family YMCA • Saugus Family YMCA • Torigian Family YMCA • Stoneham Wellness Studio Offer valid until December 31, 2018