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IVGID tip: Keeping a healthy heart this holiday season

Keeping a healthy heart — emotionally and physically — is important for Incline seniors.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Tip of the week" is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

Holidays can take a toll on us physically and emotionally, especially for seniors. Severe weather can pose obstacles and limit opportunities to stay physically active.

The fun and excitement of visiting family and friends can be satisfying but also overwhelming and stressful. Seasonal depression can set in for those who have lost loved ones.

Here are some helpful tips and reminders to keep your heart light and healthy this holiday season:

1. Stay on track: Try to keep your regular schedule of chores, activities, meals, sleep, etc. Out of town guests or traveling can interrupt daily routines, and cause extra stress. Invite your guests to be part of your daily activities when possible and pace yourself by not trying to tackle your entire 'to-do' list at once. Look to local senior outreach programs, like IVGID Parks & Recreation, for resources including meal delivery, at-home visits, transportation, health and wellness consultation and additional services for those in need during the holiday season.

2. Stay Social: The holidays can be uplifting for many seniors and can bring sadness to some. Don't isolate yourself. Community organizations offer holiday parties, social functions and gatherings like the Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast in Kings Beach on Nov. 28. Volunteering is also a great way to stay social, while gaining a sense of community and accomplishment.

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3. Stay active: The weather outside may be frightful, but indoor activities can be so delightful. Turn on your favorite music and dance; stretch on the floor to improve circulation and range of motion; used canned food for weights at home. Need to get out of the house? Walk laps at the gym, water walk in the indoor pool, take a fitness class. The Incline Village Rec Center offers a wide variety of group fitness and aqua classes specifically designed for those 55 and above.

If you're not a senior you can still help warm a senior's heart this holiday season through the Holiday Giving Program beginning Nov. 25. Refer a senior in need, adopt-a-senior, volunteer, or contribute.

For more information on these program or tips, contact Incline Village Parks & Recreation, 775-832-1310.