The days of retirement are the golden years of your life. You finally have the time and freedom to do anything you want. Remember that age is just a number, and you're only as old as you feel. You may have loved your job, and the change of routine can seem difficult at first. You might feel lost and bored right after retirement, but that state of mind shouldn't last once you realize all the possibilities. This is your time to relax and truly enjoy life to the fullest.
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For some retirees, the opportunity to slow down and enjoy life from the sidelines is a welcome respite. For others, retirement doesn't mean the end of the career path. In fact, it may be the start of a brand new journey! If you're an active senior looking for ways to improve your overall quality of life and health and embark on a new adventure, options abound for both professional and personal enrichment and fulfillment.
Do you ever experience prolonged fatigue lasting more than two days after exercising or playing a game of golf? Do your muscles fatigue quickly? Do you want to improve efficiency in your muscles and move and feel better in your body?
When muscles are not performing optimally and efficiently, they often feel weak, tight, or are limited in their range of motion.
The reason for the weakness, tightness, or lack of range of motion is often met with forced stretching and strength training which can prove ineffective when the cause is neuromuscular.
There is a great misconception in the movement rehabilitation industry that we need to strengthen our muscles constantly. Truthfully, however, our ability to contract and release our muscles comes from messages sent down from the brain. We need to ensure that our muscles are getting the right messages to stay functional and efficient. Our muscles need a regular “reboot” to stay working well, particularly as we age.
Have you had this experience? You keep working harder and trying to improve your strength, but you do not feel like you are getting stronger?
The latest research shows that rates of stress have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, and it is starting to affect our health. A big part of this is isolation, working from home, and disrupting our usual social activities, leaving us feeling disconnected and tired.
An online article published in Healthline on February 5, 2021, interviewed the service chief of a psychiatric hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Michael Young. In the interview, he stated, “Social connection is a fundamental source of well-being and renewal for most people, and the ongoing social restrictions from the pandemic continue to disrupt many of the well-established social routines.”
We, as humans, are social beings. We require interaction with others. The inability to do so increases the body’s natural stress response, amping up our nervous systems, leaving us feeling more vulnerable, increasing our pain.
Retirement is a time for you to enjoy yourself. Without a job or kids to take care of, you have all the time in the world to enjoy yourself with your favorite friends, family, and hobbies. To make the most of this wonderful phase of life, many seniors look to make changes to their living situation. For example, some seniors choose to downsize to a smaller house, which means less time and money spent on home chores and upkeep — and more time and money to spend on fun.
Moving gets more challenging as we age. People become set in their ways and connected to their communities, which can make transitioning to a new area and way of life difficult. For this reason, it's wise to consider your senior home care options now and prepare in advance. If you do decide to transition to a new property, doing so now will be less stressful than in the future. Learn about three popular choices for senior home care solutions and find out what to consider when assessing your options below.
Smart speakers like Amazon's Alexa have become incredibly popular with older adults. For people living alone, it's a companion. For people struggling with physical limitations, it's a great helper. Thousands of skills on the Alexa App are targeted specifically for older adults. And plenty of general use skills can make life easier and more entertaining for seniors. Check out a few of these ideas for using Alexa to make your day a little easier.
6 Ways American Seniors Can Get More from Amazon's alexa
It may seem that the words "senior" and "technology" don't go together very well, but that's not the case anymore. More companies are making an effort to ensure there are products available for both the technologically savvy and the novices among us. Here are some tech options worth checking out.
Believe it or not, we all have pain. It is inevitable that we will cycle into and out of pain – what matters the most is what we do about it.
Even Pain Resolution Therapists experience pain. One more time, let me stress that it is what you do about it that counts. Do you mask it with drugs for temporary relief, or are you willing to correct the imbalance and dive into the root cause?
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been reading about advanced directives in the news. So what are they, and do you need them? An advanced directive is a document that will tell medical staff and family members your wishes for what YOU want in the event you have a medical emergency.
Tightening your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core does not relieve chronic back pain. It is possible that this approach will even make things worse!
When you take the approach of strengthening or tightening the abdominal muscles in order to counterbalance tight back muscles, you are working against your body. It results in a co-contraction of both the front and back body muscles. This then creates a braced-liked situation that creates more layers of problems than solutions.