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11 Great Ways to Safely Enjoy This Spring

11 Great Ways to Safely Enjoy This Spring

The temperatures are rising, snow is melting, and spring is in the air. For many, there is nothing better than emerging from a long winter and taking in the fresh air of the new season. It improves the quality of life and uplifts our moods in no time.

Are you looking for opportunities to safely make the most of this season? Here are 11 aging-friendly spring activities to help you feel refreshed and renewed!

Top 11 Spring Activities for Older Adults

6 Reasons Older Adults Are Loving Amazon's Alexa

6 Reasons Older Adults Are Loving Amazon's Alexa

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. Alexa can even be used to improve safety for seniors. 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

How to Create SMART Goals and Make the Most of Your Retirement

How to Create SMART Goals and Make the Most of Your Retirement

In retirement, it is easy to fall into routines, and many people find themselves complacent with their positions and day-to-day life. At the same time, most people have aspirations and bucket lists for what they'd like to accomplish with their lives, or even simple plans for how they'd like to improve their daily lives.

What is a SMART Goal?

Setting a goal is easy, but following through and reaching a goal is generally easier said than done. In today’s fast-paced world, excuses for putting off goals are right around every corner. However, using the SMART goal method provides clarity and criteria to increase the odds of achieving a goal.

Spring Is in the Air! 12 Safe Tips for Your Spring Cleaning

Spring Is in the Air! 12 Safe Tips for Your Spring Cleaning

The arrival of spring leads nature into rebirth. It sets people into motion after a long hibernation and a period of worries. Just as the first bird chirps and flowers bud to delight us, another activity comes into our field of view - spring cleaning. As years pass by, spring cleaning becomes an annual tradition. Many people, especially older adults, start looking for ways to complete this task more productively. To help our respected family and community members achieve these goals, we've compiled the following tips for making spring cleaning a genuinely engaging and productive activity.

12 Tips for Your Spring Cleaning

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture refers to how we position our bodies when sitting, standing, or laying down. Your overall health relies on good posture. It keeps your bones aligned with the rest of your body, and the tension in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons adequately spread. It even improves your blood flow.

Maintaining a good posture means that you hold your body in the best position possible to place minimal stress on your back and spine. Since our spines begin to change as we age, good posture becomes even more critical for older adults. Have you ever heard that as we age, we get shorter? Well, this is, in fact, true. The cushions between our bones start to break down and thin over time, plus the cartilage and tissues connecting our spines lose their elasticity and are not as thick. But, having good posture can help with this.

Falling is the number one reason for broken bones and injuries among older adults. The high number of falls means that learning how to be more aware of good posture is needed to improve balance and decrease falling chances. Good posture is also an osteoporosis preventative. It lowers heart attack and stroke risk, makes you feel happier, helps sustain memory recall, and helps with digestive issues.

Below are the ten tips we highly recommend for older adults to improve their posture.

10 Ways to Improve Your Posture!

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

10 Health-Boosting Reasons to Start Practicing Meditation

Meditation has benefits for all ages but may be especially helpful for older adults. Increasing the brain's focus makes it possible to boost activity throughout the brain and activate areas that are not always used in daily tasks. This can help improve the brain's functioning in many ways and help maintain growth and mental health.

10 Benefits of Meditation 

     10. Increase Memory and Concentration

There are many forms of meditation, and they all help to calm the thought process, ease the racing thoughts that pass through the mind, and increase the health and functions of the brain. Color meditation, guided meditations, and using a picture or decoration as the focus can help maintain healthy eyes and train the mind to focus on one thing and calm thoughts in the moment. It also increases memory by concentrating on memorizing the details of the meditations and slowing down the processes that interrupt focus. Meditation also slows the effects of aging on the brain to keep it healthy and younger for longer.

Geriatric Care Managers: Finding a Guide for the Path

Geriatric Care Managers: Finding a Guide for the Path

Older adults find themselves increasingly faced with a bewildering universe of new situations about health, finances, housing, legal, and many other issues. Trying to keep up with all these moving targets is a daunting task for even the healthiest and most knowledgeable among us. However, when physical or mental health (or both) start to decline, dealing with these complex concerns can become overwhelming.

Even if family or friends try to help, they often lack the knowledge to deal with these subject areas confidently. Additionally, for loved ones trying to help from distant geographies, the frustration level can build to boil for all concerned.