By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of spring themed activities, events, and festivities that will be taking place throughout Baltimore and the general Maryland region that are family and senior friendly. The spotlight is on easily accessible activities that become more readily available around this time of year such as those that have a particular focus on flowers, vegetation, seasonal produce, animals, and spring holidays or other outdoor events that take advantage of the mild seasonal weather.
While some locations remain available throughout the year and many events repeat annually, there are a fair few one time occurrences or areas that are only open for public touring during a very limited time. As always, for those seniors with more severe forms of limited mobility or health issues, prospective venue locations should be checked out in advance to be certain they will provide the needed level of accessibility.
By Raphael Perlmann
We usually experience problems before we actually understand their cause. However, the best thing you can do towards eradicating a problem is to understand its causes, triggers, and background.
It’s obvious that falls can be disastrous for the elderly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) put the figure at one in five falls resulting in a serious injury including head injuries and broken bones. Another important reason to ensure preventive measures are in place is that the fear of falling itself can seriously affect an aging adult’s quality of life, reducing them from being active and mobile.
By Anna Hazard
When it comes to going from a home's exterior landscaping to its main interior dwelling, the first areas that need to be modified for proper aging-in-place accessibility are the entrances, exits, and threshold region. These are a particularly important area to focus on as the entryways are normally in frequent use due to their controlling access in and out of the home. The main focus when it comes to these spaces are on easy accessibility and safety as the frequent presence of steps or threshold lips present greater tripping & falling hazards.
Newer homes (especially those built after the 1980s when accessibility became a more visible issue) are more likely to already incorporate a degree of universal design with entrances that are easier to use for those with a wide range of abilities. Older homes may require more refitting, which can become rather expensive when it comes to remodeling for permanent ramps or chairlifts.
By Anna Hazard
Other exterior home structures that are often overlooked when it comes to setting up a household for aging-in-place are garages and carports. However these spaces remain important areas that should be tweaked for greater accessibility and safety. In particular the ability to easily navigate a garage or carport is a necessity for seniors who will continue going in and out of the house by private automobile, whether that be for chores, doctor's visits, or recreational activities. In addition garages are often also used as work spaces or extra storage areas, which are further functions that may be lost if these places are not made more accessible.
By Anne Harris
Different people deal with retirement in different ways. Some folks can’t wait for that time to come, while others don’t know how to cope with it. There are reasonable arguments that justify both groups of retirees.
It’s not easy to switch to a slow lifestyle after decades of a dynamic and productive career. No matter what group you belong to, staying in good shape is a great way to organize your life and retain your physical and mental condition.
In this article, we’ll share seven everyday hacks that will keep retirees in good shape.
By Anna Hazard
Here are a selection of non-alcoholic beverages that are suitable for St. Patricks Day due to their being "green" (in both coloring and in the use of their fresh ingredients). The recipes span a wide range of styles from thick smoothies to sweet shakes, light bodied juices, and various forms of mocktails and other virgin drinks that can be found as both savory or as desserts.
The focus is on drinks with all natural and healthy ingredients that are in-season or easily available from local grocery stores. Beverages have also been chosen for their smooth textures suitable for those with swallowing or chewing difficulties. All recipes also eschew refined sugars (some using natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup instead) with most of them being dairy-free as well. Most will require the use of a blender in order to achieve the proper consistency for their ingredients. Other helpful kitchen tools also include juicers, muddlers, and various forms of strainers.
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