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 Brenda Kimble
Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. While they might still be their delightful, exhausting, rambunctious selves when you’re feeling your worst, they can always tell when something’s not quite right. And just like the rest of us, that can make them stress out and worry that the worst could possibly happen to someone they absolutely adore.
Stress isn’t healthy for anyone, whether you’re 5 or 85—and it’s not just your children who are piling it on. We’re also betting that wondering what to tell your kids about your symptoms and your bad days isn’t great for your mental health, either.
In fact, telling your children what’s up can help you teach them healthy communication skills along with empathy and compassion. There are many reasons to fill your littlest loved ones in on the basics of your chronic illness and what it means for you and your family. Here’s how to get it right.
By Susan Ashby
When we’re young, we wind up with lists of books at our feet to read for school. As we age, though, reading often becomes less of a hobby and more of a chore. Combine that with hectic lifestyles and reading is pushed beyond the back burner. Sometimes it can be hard to pick reading back up as we age. For example, did you know only 69 percent of seniors read at least one book in 2015?
Unfortunately, with that drop in readership comes missed opportunities to reap all the benefits reading can offer. From its ability to improve sleep to its potential to help with depression, reading is vital to how we live our lives.
Here is just a short list of all the things reading can do.
By Karen Weeks
If you're over the age of 65, there’s a 25 percent chance that you’re living with diagnosed or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a reality for seniors as they age. When the body is insulin deficient or resistant, diabetes can develop. Insulin is important because it transfers glucose to your cells to help them repair, grow, and create energy. Without enough insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. This is when your blood sugar gets too high and problems occur, such as pancreatic damage and the hardening of blood vessels. Kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, and other serious complications can also arise from high blood sugar and diabetes.
By Karen Weeks
As the Baby Boomer generation moves into their senior years, more and more people are looking for cutting-edge ways to stay healthy. Living a healthy life doesn’t just prolong your years — it improves the quality of them too. Here are some great tips that can help you in your quest to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
By Lydia Chan
Would you like to make the most of your golden years? As we age, feeling happy and healthy seems elusive, but there are many ways to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Here is practical advice for seniors who are looking for enriching wellness opportunities.
By Kaki Zell
As they grow older and retire, many seniors find themselves living on a more limited income, and they cut costs by eliminating “extra” items such as gym memberships. However, if you’re a senior who has health insurance (whether that’s through Medicaid or another program), the chances are good that you’ll qualify for one of these two free fitness programs: SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit.
Below, we explain how these programs work and the benefits they offer seniors and then cover fitness tips for exercising safely as an aging adult.
By John Schuster (ellasbubbles.com)
Many people are preparing to remain in their homes as they age. They are finding ways to accommodate their home for the use of a wheelchair and decreased mobility. A large population of people with age related challenges are looking for ways to live independently in their homes. There are currently more than 30 million Americans who use wheelchairs and those numbers continue to increase.
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in your home.
Bathrooms can present many accessibility challenges to people who use a wheelchair or need accommodations. More than 2/3 of emergency room visits are due to bathroom falls, therefore bathroom safety is the number one concern when making a home accessible. Most elderly falls take place near the toilet area, while the tub and shower are the most hazardous areas for adults. A wet floor, small spaces to maneuver, and/or bending and lifting required in accessing the tub, shower or toilet can often cause falls to occur. To make the bathroom a safe space for everyone who uses it is the ultimate goal in accessible design.
To better accommodate wheelchair users and make the bathroom more comfortable for everyone, accessible design can be implemented and it can even be done without sacrificing style.
Taking inventory of the users capabilities and preferences can be a good start when planning the building or remodeling of an accessible bathroom.
By Lydia Chan
Every 65 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. When that someone is you or a loved one, it can feel like time is stopping completely. Dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be a challenge in so many ways, but one of the biggest hurdles individuals and families face is figuring out how to pay for care. If you find yourself in the position of paying for Alzheimer’s care, here is some information you may find helpful.
By Chris H
Looking to improve the health of your joints without your arthritis flaring up? Swimming might be just what the doctor ordered. Swimming works every muscle in the body and helps you maintain your joints without the dreaded joint pain. If you’re nervous or skeptical about getting in your backyard pool, remember that swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for your joints. You’ll lose weight, build muscle and reduce joint pain. The alternative, sitting still and not exercising at all, will only make your joint pain worse. Learn more about how swimming improves joint health.