Try Social Interaction: One Activity, Multiple Benefits:

How important are the benefits of social interaction? Could just one activity help you live longer, enjoy better physical and mental health, and lower your risk of dementia? According to this article in Psychology Today all of these are possible from engaging in social activity. Wow! Let’s get out and see the people. if you can’t get out today, take advantage of positive social media and engage on-line. Have a great day. 🙂 Even better reach out to someone you know who isn’t able to get out. Give them a call or stop by for a visit. You both will benefit.
Benefits of Social Interaction
Who are you engaging with today?
Too often  we think that improving our health has to be hard. We think about eating more vegetables and less sugar. We might think about fitting in 30-45 minutes of exercise everyday. Stress reduction and sleeping more, and, and, and. By the time we think of trying to accomplish all of that, we are exhausted. But how great is it that getting out and being with people can reap such huge rewards without the stress of thinking about all of those other important ways to get healthier?
Truthfully, it may be easier to do most of those other healthful activities if we spend some time focusing on this one solution. Meals shared with others, walks shared with others, and conversation shared with others all lead to improved health. It starts with that interaction.

No Better Time than the Present for Social Interaction!

Since Spring has finally sprung around here, let’s celebrate! Well, for the most part. We shouldn’t have to worry about ice on the roads or on the sidewalks. What a great time to be outside and enjoy the sunshine and a conversation with a neighbor.
Social interaction is still possible even if you are still mired in the cold of winter, reach out to others. Pick up the phone. Call a friend you saw last week or one you haven’t heard from in years. Reach out. It will do you and your friend a lot of good. Getting healthier can be fun and it doesn’t have to be hard.
Just in case you want to try one of those other mains ways of improving your health, check out this post about the benefits of sleep and how to improve yours.
Who are you reaching out to today? Let us hear about what you are doing to improve your health in a fun way with others?

Your Family History Adventure: Where to Begin

Family History

Preserving Your Family History

Your story is important. Family history is your story, at least a big part of it. Your story has a foundation. Perhaps it is time to put that foundation into writing so future generations will have a greater understanding of their foundation. If you haven’t done this before or you did years ago, it is time to revisit your family tree.

Genealogy is one of the top hobbies across all age groups. It is a perennial favorite activity. Personally, I spend time almost every day researching some part of my family’s history. I have looked into my own family and my husband’s. I am yet to find any famous or notables among my own, but my husband has claim on a number of passengers on the Mayflower voyage to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Regardless of the notoriety of your ancestors, each person is an important link to who you are today. Just think, if any link in the chain had been broken, you would not be here today.

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15 Ideas for Retirement: Pre-Planning Retirement

Pre-Retirement Planning
Where will your pre-retirement planning take you?

When you are planning for retirement, do you primarily think about the financial aspect? There is no doubt that this is a critical component. Without diligent preparation financially, retirement may be short and require a return to the workforce, or retirement may be lived at a standard far below what you had anticipated.

But is that all there is to planning for retirement? Absolutely not!

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Stress Response: The Good, the Bad, and the Helpful

StressYes, we all have stress. It is a part of how we are made. Most of the time, most of us deal with stressful situations and move on. However, there are times in our lives when stress seems unrelenting and we remain in  a state of heighten physical and emotional response. This is not good for our wellness, and really not good for no one around us. We do know that events are going to happen. We need to monitor our response to them. What we do on a regular basis can have a great impact on how we respond to those stress-inducing events. So before life throws “life” at us, let’s engage in habits that will help us have a healthier response.

3 Ways to Strengthen Our Response to Stress: 

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Quality Sleep, Precious Sleep: Yes, Quality Matters

Importance of quality sleep

I love my children, but 2 in 16 months does not equal quality sleep, or quantity either.  They do have a lot in common, but when it comes to sleep, well…. Let’s just say one has always known the value of a good night of sleep and the other hasn’t ever really been a fan. Personally, I love sleep. When you are little you may have looked at having to take a nap as a punishment. Along with read a book and take a bath, having to take a nap was not fun. Now, those three would make a perfect afternoon.

If you want to improve your learning and memory, metabolism and weight, safety, mood, cardiovascular health, and boost your immune system, you may want to consider making a concerted effort to improve your sleep. Continue reading “Quality Sleep, Precious Sleep: Yes, Quality Matters”

Important Papers: Do You Keep Them or Toss Them?

Important PapersDigital is giving  way to paper in many ways. We still need  to practice good important paper organization. Yes, we live in a digital age! Aren’t we supposed to living paperless by now? We are supposed by pay our bills on-line. Everyone says use credit cards or debit cards instead of cash. We don’t even have paper airline tickets most of the time. But we still have important papers that we need to track and keep organized. What are we supposed to do with them? What do we need to keep? How can we be sure that we are safely shredding  or tossing the right papers in the recycling bin? Do you know where the important items are? Do your loved ones should something happen to you and someone else needs to access them?

Hints on Organizing Important Papers

The article that is linked to in this post shares a long list of important papers that should be collected, organized, updated, and stored in a fire-proof container or off-site in a protected and secured location. Completing this project may seem daunting, Continue reading “Important Papers: Do You Keep Them or Toss Them?”

National Parks, America’s Playgrounds. Have You Been?

National Parks

To any National Parks, that is? Spending just a few minutes at the National Parks Service website can inspire so many travel plans. Their website has great planning tools. Pick a state. Pick an adventure and set out. If you are 62 or over you can have a lifetime pass for $80. Plus there are special savings for amenities, camping, boat launching and more. You can search for ideas by state, activity, or topic. The opportunities seem endless. I feel like a cheerleader for the NPS, but why not? Whether you are excited by natural phenomena or battlefields, presidents or volcanoes, the NPS has something to suit you. The small state of Maryland has 28 sites including National Historic Sites, Seashores, Battlefields and more. I will never forget our visit to Antietam.

What National Parks destinations are next for you?

I can’t wait to head west and explore the parks in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Oh wait, the ones in Alaska and Hawaii are on my list too. Then I want to head back to Acadia in Maine.

National ParksAt the NPS website you can click on any state and see the destinations. I will admit, while writing this article, I am making a list of which parks and other sites I want to visit. Time to buy a camper and hit the road. What do you think?

If you are looking for adventure, perhaps think about discovering one of America’s treasures. Take a trip to a National Park. Please check back and tell us about it. Please share about an adventure you have already taken to a National Park.

By the way…..

Trips to National Parks aren’t the only great destination for Older Adults. Perhaps you are looking for a different travel motivation. Did you know Mission Trips are not just for Teenagers?

Mission Trips Are Not Just for Teenagers

Older Adult Mission Trips

If you hear that someone is going on a mission trip, do you automatically envision a group of teenagers hitting the road? I do. Well, at least I did. Oh dear, have I fallen prey to one of those myths about aging? Yes, indeed I had.

As it turns out there are a number of organizations around world that arrange a myriad of mission projects for people over 50. When we sit back and think about it, we can see how diverse the population over 50 really is. We range between living one’s whole life in one town and rarely, if ever traveling to moving often and traveling widely or perhaps we have a limited education or we may hold a number of degrees, and our mobility falls in wide range anywhere from go-go, slow-go, to no-go. The variation in people over 50 is astonishing. What this means is that whether you are 50 or 85, or anywhere in between you may be ready to travel on mission. And there are organizations out there that can make it happen.

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Top 10 Aging Myths…. Dispelling Them One By One

Aging MythsEvery culture has had myths. We may be most familiar with Greek and Roman ones. As defined by Merriam-Webster, a myth is “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.” One more thing. myths are not the truth. That is my personal definition. Myths are often misconceptions of reality, what we think, rather than what can be proven true.  Again, my personal definition and accurate when it comes to discussing aging myths.

What are the top 10 Aging Myths:

  • Old = Sick
  • “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
  • Too late for changes in lifestyle to make a difference
  • Older adults only take from society and do not contribute
  • Most older adults live in nursing homes
  • Engage in few activities other than watching TV
  • Most older adults are unable to adapt to change
  • Older workers cannot work as efficiently as younger workers
  • Most Older Adults experience significant memory loss
  • Older Adults only want to relax and lead a life of leisure

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Intergenerational Living: Preschool in a Senior Center???

The first time I heard this concept my thoughts may not have all been positive. I admit it. Then I watched a video and then I read some articles and then it all began to sink in. We spend so much time in our society separating people by age. We grow to be distinct from one another. Instead of appreciating those of different ages, we become suspicious or wary. We succumb to myths. This works both ways. Younger people believe myths about older people and older people believe myths about the younger generation. Surprise, surprise, not all of these myths are positive. Yes, I say that in jest. Most of the myths are in fact negatively held misconceptions. The more time we spend with people of other ages, actively engaged in relationship, the more we will come to appreciate others.  Continue reading “Intergenerational Living: Preschool in a Senior Center???”