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Sloan senior offers tips for a healthy life

Edward Derenda, of Sloan, was among readers who shared his ideas for healthy aging after a recent WNY Refresh cover story on the issue. Here’s what the retired international Conagra Flour worker had to say:

Besides doing all the right things, I believe in the health screenings.

Exercise and eating right is great advice for good health. Erie County has a Stay Fit Dining Program, where you can get balanced meals five days a week. They have nutritional dietitians who can give you advice on eating right. (For more information, call 858-6975.)

Having a good relationship with your doctor is also a good idea. They can give you advice on getting vaccinations – for example flu, pneumonia and others. Doctors can arrange screenings for breast, colon and prostate cancers, and also blood work for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

Doctors can prescribe medications if you need them. If you are taking medications, always make sure to take them as prescribed.

The internet has many exercise videos for seniors. See if you can find one you like from or A good video improves a senior’s strength. Balance is also important.

The present is a result of how we lived our past, and we should have faith and hope for a better future; I can’t wait for tomorrow because every day I get better in every way.

When asked, “How are you?” I answer, “Excellent!” because positive attitude is good for you.

I turned 80 years old on Feb. 13 and am looking forward to 90 and beyond.

I still work at the Sloan Senior Center helping with the meals and activities five days a week.

The best advice I ever got was to quit smoking when I was 37 years old. The best advice I can give you is to be consistent with your program and goals, because results don’t happen overnight.

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