KT's 2019 Summer Blog

A Subject Worth Talking About . . . "Chemo Brain" is REAL

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KT’s 2019 Summer Blog

 

A Subject Worth Talking About . . .

 . . . ”Chemo Brain” is REAL

 

So many people have watched their loved ones and friends experience chemo and radiation for cancer treatments.

I am dedicating this “Summer Blog” to all who have experienced cancer treatments, are currently undergoing treatment, and to those who may find it necessary in the future.  I want to address this important subject in hopes of encouraging those who may be experiencing this difficult time in their lives.

 

Most medical professionals describe “Chemo Brain” as a decrease in mental sharpness, the inability to remember certain things and having trouble finishing tasks or learning new skills.

 

For those experiencing “Chemo Brain,” take heart. Accepting the problem is an important first step and can actually help you deal with it.  Yes, it is difficult (and humbling) because you’re able to remember what you once were, but there is hope. Once you accept it, you have a better chance to move on and deal with the process in a positive way which could possibly help this experience.

 

For some, humor can help YOUR feelings and sometimes even embarrassing moments. It also allows those close to you to “laugh” and feel more comfortable talking about your cancer.

 

Not the joking kind? Remind yourself to RELAX . . . sometimes, the harder you try to remember a word, the more allusive it becomes! If you need more time to find the word, just smile and ask them to wait a moment or ask if you can get back to them.

 

To help some of my dancers, who have experienced “chemo brain,” I have researched some tips to share which can actually benefit anyone.

 

Here are just a couple of suggestions:

 

EAT MORE BLUEBERRIES*

 

Blueberries contain a group of plant nutrients that protect the brain against free radial damage, making them ideal to help restore brain health. 

 

SOURCE OF FIBER – BEANS

 

Eating more fiber, including beans, can actually slow the rate at which the brain ages, reducing the risk of brain disease, and, therefore, helping to protect your memory.

 

*As always, check with your doctor/oncologist/radiologist before beginning something new. 

 

Each week, when teaching my classes, I keep these thoughts in my head to help my dancers “oil their brains” and move their bodies. I teach combinations of movement and we sing songs from all eras, PLUS we laugh A LOT which is so important to anyone’s health!

 

I am so proud of everyone I have taught and am now teaching.  I look forward to future dancers that I can’t wait to meet!  I would love to hear from you with your thoughts on how we can continually keep our brains fine-tuned!

 

To Your Health,

 

January 2019 BLog

KT

Now that the 2018 celebrations are behind us, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through the holidays!  How’s your 2019 looking?

 

 As I was thinking about 2019, a few exercise ideas inspired me and I would like to share them with you.

 

As always, my wish for you is to live a great life and my desire is to share “healthy ways” to do so through my Dance Aerobic classes.

 

To stay on track for the New Year, here are four exercise tips:

KT and Longhaven Dancer

  • Tip #1 –View exercise as quality “me” time then you’ll look forward to that special hour.  In fact, positive memories of exercising help to inspire future times moving!  Just ask George in KT’s Longhaven class.  He said, “I didn’t feel like getting ready to go to class, but then I think of the fun we have and how great I feel  and my mindset turns to eagerly leaving my house!”
  • Tip #2 – Make your exercise goals realistic and achievable.  Mayo clinic says, “It’s easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious.”
  • Tip #3 – Schedule your exercise like you would any other important activity!  Choose whatever time of day works for you.  Most people have a time of day where they feel more energetic.  That could be a good time to exercise.
  • Tip #4 – This is a FUN tip!  “Bet" on yourself.  For extra added exercise motivation, challenge yourself with money.  One suggestion is to have a reward jar or a “donate to charity” jar (or both!).  For each exercise class or activity completed reward yourself by placing money in the “reward” jar.  For every time you miss an exercise class or scheduled movement activity without a reasonable excuse put the money in a jar to donate to charity!  It’s a win-win either way!

 

  . . . I’d love to hear how these four tips inspired you . . .

To Your Health,

Holiday Blog 2018

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO MY PHOENIX DANCERS

 

I want to wish each of you and your families a happy and safe time

during this Joyful Season and a “Healthy” New Year ~ 2019!

 

 My wish for you is to live a great life and my desire is to share “healthy ways” to do so through my Dance Aerobic classes.

 

Here’s Some GOOD NEWS…With all the upcoming parties, celebrations and festivities, let me help you through the next month with these Three Suggestions:

  • Suggestion #1 – For the month of December 2018, find 2 or 3 days in each week to set aside time to “get up and move!” Draw a heart around each day you designate to “move” (some weeks may have different days). You can stretch, walk, dance, lift weights, or just move. You can even do some arm exercises and knee lifts from a chair. At least 20 - 30 minutes are recommended. And, this is the important part ~ Set Yourself Up For Success! Make sure you feel comfortable with 2 or 3 days. YOU must take the initiative to be the Director of your next 31 days!

     

  • Suggestion #2 – I always share with my dance students that the goal is NOT to lose weight during the holidays but rather to stay the same OR gain no more than about 5 pounds. Don’t you agree?

     

    How? One trick is to stay hydrated either by water (preferred) or ice tea. The crucial time of the day is when you wake up, it’s important to drink plenty of water! Why? We sleep a certain number of hours without proper hydration. Another thought, AND it’s been proven, if you drink 8 ounces of water before each meal, you will eat less.
  • Suggestion #3 - What positive thoughts can you recall each morning upon waking? Are you ready to PAT yourself on the back or are you troubled by slipping the day before by having that extra slice of pizza OR by not moving as scheduled? 

     

    This is what I say to you, “Each day, PAT yourself on the back no matter what.” Don’t beat yourself up! If you think you messed up a day or even a week, no worries! YOU can get back on track. By doing this “healthy program” you can also have FUN along the way… AND…THAT’S WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT during this celebrated month of December, RIGHT?

 So, by following these Three Suggestions for a “Healthier Holiday,” you will have a plan that carries over to the start of the next year. You’re not waiting like everyone else for January 1st to set your “2019 Goals!”

 

...I’d love to hear how these suggestions worked for you...

To Your Health,

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A Subject Worth Repeating is EXERCISE . . . Why?

Posted by KT LaSAlla

Exercise is a subject worth repeating because the senior population is growing rapidly as new medicines, proven treatments, plus healthy eating and exercise habits that help extend our lives are advertised daily worldwide.   Anything that is promoted numerous times and in multiple ways causes the public to eventually take notice and creates not only an interest throughout social settings but also an interest by the witnessing of “huge results.”   One such proven example is daily exercise equals longevity with a better quality of life.

 

Now, on to the “meat” of this blog -- how can you, the reader, get on the bandwagon and take advantage of all of these “great results” that are exposed daily and share with your fellow seniors? 

  • Spread the word ~ “healthy living” can be contagious
  • Preach by example ~ like the “pied piper”
  • Support seniors ~ compliment or praise each other for an effort to live a healthy life

Living a Balanced Life:

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week; even a brisk walk through the Mall or around the block counts!
  • Prepare healthy foods
  • Be sure to have your annual check-ups.  (We know our bodies so don’t put off seeing a doctor if you are experiencing an unusual change in your system).

Another reason to EXERCISE, and this is so important, especially for seniors over 65 years old ~ BETTER DAILY BALANCE!

 

One  out  of  every  three  adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go on to say, “However, research supports the notion that many of the physiological changes related to aging – such as loss of balance – can be prevented or postponed with regular exercise.”

 

In my classes, I teach a portion of the class standing behind a chair as we practice a series of exercises designed specifically for balance. I’m so proud of my seniors as they continually achieve and hold the balance positions longer each time. In my new 5th video, KT’s Classic Dance Aerobic Video, recently released, I have added a chapter on balance.

 

I know so many seniors where movement is a major focus in their lives. I'm honored to be a part of their "fitness plan" for the movement as they desire not only to think of physically moving, but also ensuring that the organs in their body are nutritionally nurtured and balanced.  I am very proud of the many seniors who are starting to take their health seriously by partaking in daily moving activities and practicing healthy eating habits!

 

To Your Health 

As We Celebrate Each Day

RePosted by KT LaSalla  ~  April 8, 2015

Blogging with KT
Blogging with KT

What a glorious way to start each new day in celebration of YOU. Being thankful for just “ONE THING” in your life at that moment when you first arise is a great way to start celebrating YOU!  We all know as we age, our minds and thoughts change along with our bodies as they, too, are often not as active.  So, it’s up to “us” to get into habits that will help us experience each day with a new appreciation!

Avondale Class 2014
Avondale Class 2014

I first started teaching Dance Aerobics to the Avondale seniors in August of 2011. I had (and still have) about 30 seniors, male and female of all ages. I mention “all ages” because there are seniors in their 90’s in my class.

 

I also want to give a BIG shout out to Erin and Dax, the Recreation Coordinators of the Avondale Senior Center, who always keep a full schedule of fitness activities for the seniors.

 

As I celebrate the hundreds of seniors who have allowed me to reach out to them these past four years, I want to say, “What a privilege!” and I applaud each of you as I’ve observed a tremendous growth in your health from moving your “bodies” and challenging your “minds.”

 

I want to thank all of my seniors here in Arizona, as well as all who have purchased my videos in various states, for inspiring me to continue my mission of reaching as many people as possible, of all ages, to follow my lead in realizing that “Movement” is truly the “Key for a Happy & Healthy Life.”

 

As you can see, when I awoke today my celebration was twofold, being so thankful that I can teach all my Dance Aerobic classes each week and thankful for all of you, my fellow dancers!

 

To Your Health,

First Blog of 2015

"So Proud"

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~ March 5, 2015

KT, Event Planner
KT, Event Planner

How is “2015” treating all my readers so far? For me, 2015 has been a whirlwind. Most of you know I spent a few days in California overseeing a retreat for 50 women as part of my Event Planning business and I have also been keeping up with my Dance Aerobic classes that I love and miss when I’m away! Whew, I just took my first breather this past Sunday and I feel so rested and excited that I’m finally back to “blogging for health.

Moxie Retreat Team
Moxie Retreat Team

 

I want to say how “proud” I am of all my seniors.  Very few of you gained weight over the holidays and for those who did, I already see you losing those unwanted pounds!  Also I see so many of you moving more and feeling great! Way to go in starting “2015” off on the right foot, Wahoo!

 

Let’s continue that great start for “2015” and talk about Healthy Thoughts.  Every thought you have is meaningful whether it is positive or negative. Let’s first talk about negative thoughts sometimes called “Stinking Thinking.” Although those kinds of thoughts can inspire and motivate you to make a change in your life, I usually find this is also necessary for your body and mind to either rejuvenate or move onto the next level!

 

Thoughts, positive OR negative, turn into ACTIONS. We have a choice either to filter that action into a positive or a negative reaction for our well-being. It’s not always easy when you get to the 55+ and over age to keep your body and mind strong and flexible! Without getting too deep and technical…with just ONE thought, multiple feelings can appear affecting yourself and others. These reactions can be powerful to so many situations in our life that we hold dear.

 

Let’s now focus on our “positive thoughts.” I have a lady in one of my classes who was told she had stage-4 cancer.  I would never judge anyone on how they react with that kind of news. Yes, she had surgery and chemotherapy, however, this is not always the complete answer.  The good news is that she continued her weekly exercise program that she had done for years and had the motivation to always think positive.  I, along with so many people, feel with her positive thoughts and continuing to exercise that she “thought herself well!!” This is just one example of so many wonderful situations that can happen in your lives with “positive thoughts!”

 

So ending the first Blog of 2015 on a “positive note,” I’d like to remind you that we all have choices in our lives. I’m hoping that you think enough of yourself and others to always leave your family, friends and anyone you come in contact with thinking POSITIVE and feeling better for having been in your presence!

 

To Your Health,

Holiday Greetings From KT

Posted by KT LaSalla   ~   December 19, 2014

KT wishing a warm holiday wishes to all!
KT's Warmest Holiday Wishes

 

It’s that time of the year again where we stop to enjoy family, friends and all the “goodies” offered to us!  As “2014” comes to a close, my wish for everyone is a Healthy & FUN Holiday plus taking some quality time for yourselves to reflect on all the wonderful gifts you have received this year and setting goals for “2015!”

 

This past year has filled my heart with gratitude, joy and thankfulness toward each and every one of my seniors for their continued support in my mission: spreading the word to everyone of ALL ages that movement is the key to a healthy and long life with quality.

Longhaven -- Christmas 2014
Longhaven -- Christmas 2014

Christown Mall -- Christmas 2014
Christown Mall -- Christmas 2014

Your continued Compassion & Encouragement to each other and myself is heartwarming and life changing!  Way to go seniors!


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Healthy Awareness

Posted by KT LaSalla  ~  October 27, 2014

Blogging with KT - Are You "Oiling" Your Knees/Hips with Warm-ups?
Blogging with KT - Are You "Oiling" Your Knees/Hips with Warm-ups?

Do you ignore statements about how to “be healthy?” Do you quickly turn the page or change the channel when you see and hear challenging facts about your health?  Or even worse, you read and listen about healthy choices and say, “I’m fine” when you know otherwise. Please DON’T IGNORE what your body is saying to you!


Our physical bodies are like machines, and with this in mind, I always tease my classes about oiling our knees and hips when we start with warm-up routines.

 

With all that said, let’s talk reality. Yes, it is definitely harder as we get older to keep our bodies and minds in a healthy state. Look at some strong statistics though. The most recent statistics of people living over 100 years of age is from Wikipedia in 2012 stating the number at 316,600. The United States has the most Centenarians, with Japan coming in second.  You have to say that the Doctors and media are getting through to some people.

 

What can seniors do and what should they be doing to enjoy more of a “Quality of Life” as they age? I have a few suggestions and would also like to hear from some of you who either know what to do or are experiencing that “Quality of Life” we all desire.

 

Remember these?  Stuck in the Groove with KT
Remember these? Stuck in the Groove with KT

I know some of you think I sound like a broken record. Remember when we were playing the 78’s and then the 45’s and the needle would have trouble getting out of a groove and keep repeating the same word or words? That’s me!  As I continually say in my classes and here on my Blog, “Movement is KEY to longevity and quality of life!” You’ll also hear me repeat the words of nutritionists, “we are what we eat.” Some kind of movement and eating right is essential to YOUR “Quality of Life.” In my Class Schedule each week I visit 6 Centers. I teach seniors 55+ to 95 years young. Some are in wheelchairs, others using walkers and the rest walk in on their own. It’s inspiring to see everyone moving to the beat or to their own beat. What is your choice of health?

 

To Your Health,

To Your Health, KT