Fall Decoration Ideas for Seniors

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The radio stations and the shopping centers like to jump the gun preparing for Christmas as soon as summer comes to a close. The lovely fall season can sometimes go overlooked or rushed through. But the joys and beauty of autumn are not to be skipped! With a solid two months until Santa arrives and Hanukah candles are lit, there still are two wonderful holidays yet to come. Here we provide some fall decoration ideas for seniors.

 

Where to find Autumn Trinkets?

Whether seniors have an entire house to decorate, or simply want their assisted living facility rooms to look spirited, there are perfect places where seniors can decorate for fall. For seniors who want to decorate the yards of their homes to welcome their young trick or treating grand children, Hobby Lobby always provides excellent decorations for both the home interiors and exteriors for Halloween. From yard jack-o-lanterns, door reefs of colorful autumn leaves, to ghostly door signs; Hobby Lobby has something for everyone.

For seniors with limited decorating space, there are still plenty of ways to fill a room with autumn cheer. Cracker Barrel always has a whole store-full of various adorable knick-knacks and little fall trinkets that fit perfectly on a bedside table, a desk, or a kitchen counter to make the living space cozy and festive! Additionally, Cracker Barrel always provides a catalog of seasonal holiday movies on DVD to watch at home, or with the grandchildren.

 

Great Halloween Decorations for Seniors

The nearest approaching holiday is Halloween, where children, and even college students, are busy finding costumes for the festivities. And while seniors may be somewhat above the appropriate age for trick or treating, there are still ways to show the holiday spirit for all things spooky this year. If a senior wants to join in with the kids for dress up fun, an easy costume is to raid the old closet for a piece of clothing that is not quite in style any longer as pass it off for a cool costume!

Taking the grandchildren on a trip to the local pumpkin patch can be a great bonding experience, watching their eyes light up as you work together to pick the best oversized holiday squash! For some seniors, carving a jack-o-lantern is too messy a task for them. Other seniors may find operating a large sharp knife is too dangerous for those with arthritis. Have no fear; seniors can still enjoy pumpkin fun with the family, since kids can just as well draw on the surface of a pumpkin with acrylic paint! Paint products for Halloween pumpkin decorating can be found at

This year, some seniors may find it harder to put up cumbersome decorations than it used to be. Seniors concerned about stepping up a tall ladder to put lights up may seek help or supervision from family or neighbors. Halloween lights are easy to find at Wal-Mart and other superstores.

 

Great Thanksgiving Decorations for Seniors

For various reasons, not everyone celebrates Halloween. But the fall still provides one of the most exciting holiday occasions for seniors to reunite with their extended families. Hobby Lobby and Wall-Mart are great places to pick up porch and yard décor such as adorable scarecrow men dressed in patchy clothes.

Thanksgiving is also famous as a season for big football games. This can be a great opportunity for grandpa to pick up decorations to flaunt his school colors from his college days with pride. Perhaps the grandson has carried on the tradition and roots for the same team! Or there may be a playful family rivalry in front of the television screen. Either way, there are plenty of ways for seniors to decorate and get festive for the fall season!

 

Seniors – What to Do If You Fall

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Injuries due to falls account for an estimated 2.5 million hospital visits for seniors every year. As the body ages, resilience and immunity weaken and can make slips or falls an increasingly dangerous and expensive misfortune. Many seniors try to do all they can to prevent falls at home when living independently during their retirement years. Installing additional railing, bathroom mats, shower chairs, among other precautions all do their part to assist with senior safety; but sometimes falls still occur, leading to the critical question “what to do if you fall?”

 

Keep Calm

It is advisable to limit the stress of the traumatic situation as much as possible. Sometimes taking a moment to remain still and collect yourself is important to avoid going into a state of shock. Staying as calm as possible is a good initial mindset to take before making the effort to get help. Taking a moment to evaluate yourself may be further useful in determining how hurt or injured you really are. Trying to get up too quickly or moving the wrong way may put pressure on areas of the body you hadn’t even realized were damaged and worsen the problem. If you feel you are able to get up again safely without assistance, it is advisable to first roll over on your side. Finding a sturdy object to raise your self up from a balanced kneeling position can be a safer way to rise up again.

 

Draw Attention To Yourself

Seniors are not always fortunate enough to have a spouse, relative, or other people present when incidents of senior falls occur, and that can be a troubling situation for an elder who is afraid and in pain following a hazardous slip. However, if you are in a house or a nursing center where others are around, it is important to do what you can to draw attention to yourself. Sometimes an elder’s voice is not strong enough to call out and be heard from inside their room after senior falls, but using what’s around you to make noise to alert others can be beneficial to drawing the attention and assistance that is needed.

 

Use Your Contact Resources

We are fortunate to live in an age where there are numerous methods available to contact help. Cell phones are becoming more popular with seniors and may be kept in a pocket rather than attached to a wire on top of a kitchen counter that can’t be reached when lying hurt on the floor. Other simple alert services such as Life Alert can provide emergency response to you at the touch of a button, worn on a bracelet or necklace. Buttons signaling for help can also be placed on walls or cabinets to contact security organizations. These services are useful when a senior is too disoriented from a fall or injury to talk in detail with an emergency responder about the situation or list an address to 9-11.

 

Notify Your Doctor and Your Family

When a fall happens, even if it was not an especially hazardous one, it is a good idea to alert your doctor and family about the situation. Doctors may be able to provide some advice or have a perspective about the possible affects of the fall that you may not have considered. Family members may be available to assist you in selecting the precautions needed to take the needed extra steps to prevent other falls in the future, as well as providing the support and comfort that you may need after the traumatic event. Aging and having one’s body becoming more vulnerable may be a frustrating and potentially embarrassing development, but it is important to accept where your body is at physically and come to terms with the reality of what needs to be done to preserve and protect your physical health properly.  Learn what to do if you fall for the peace of mind for yourself and those who love you.

Dementia Care

 

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When a senior in your care is diagnosed with or is showing symptoms of dementia, it can be a very devastating and frustrating time for everyone in the home, and it is time to look for dementia care.

If you feel called to assume the duties of caregiving for a senior loved one with dementia, we have some helpful guidelines for handling some of the most common areas of difficulty. Here are some suggested solutions for the best types of caregiving for dementia.

 

Aggression

 

Dementia is a disease that changes the brain in many ways, altering emotional responses and perception of events. This can lead to communication difficulties and behavioral problems for a senior with dementia. Symptoms of emotional instability include amplified anger, sadness, confusion, and paranoia. Mood swings and aggressive outbursts may suddenly occur in response to physical or emotional discomfort. A senior with dementia showing violence or hostility may be acting out of fear and desperation in response to a feeling of helplessness.

 

To handle increased aggression from a senior with dementia in your care, try to calmly identify the cause of their aggression, attempt to understand their reasoning for feeling so suddenly angry (even if it does not make sense to you or seem reasonable). Peacefully restoring order to an aggressive situation will require a lot of patience and control on the part of the caregiver. If possible, try to reassuringly shift their attention onto something else besides what has made them upset. Make certain that a confused senior loved one is not threatening or presenting a danger to anyone else.

Whatever you do, don’t respond to aggression with more aggression or aggravation. Don’t attempt to forcibly restrain someone unless there is no choice.  Mitigate the situation with as much respect as possible; avoid acting dominant, barking at them with sharp words like “No!”

 

Confusion

 

A senior with dementia may abruptly lose his or her sense of place, asking a question like “where am I?” or declaring “I don’t live here!” In their minds, they want to return to a place they feel they have control. A senior with dementia may express a desire to go home, even though he or she is already safe at home.

 

Home for them might be some place long ago and far away. But you must do your best to tenderly remind them that home is “here” now. Proving simple explanations or keeping photos on hand can help to explain. Speak clearly, and repeat yourself. Don’t assume you have been understood. Sometimes your explanations for sudden questions like “When can we leave?” can be answered with what is called a therapeutic fib. Sometimes just receiving any answer or reassurance is enough to keep questions of dementia content.

 

It is unwise to always respond to confused questioning with lengthy explanations or reasons to these questions. Your explanations may add more confusion and more questions, further detracting everyone from the current activity. Do your best to not give frustrated responses either. Showing hostility can breed more hostility.

 

Impaired Judgment

 

A senior with dementia may be suddenly prone to unfounded accusations. A senior might go into hysterics claiming someone has stolen some possession that has been gone to him or her for decades. Deductive reasoning and basic math skills may suffer as well. Symptoms like these are part of the unfortunate deterioration of brain cells, affecting their judgment capabilities.

 

A way to assist seniors suffering from poor judgment is to help them become more organized, so that they posses a sense of place and where things belong. If a senior with mild dementia attempts to balance their checkbook or calculate a tip at dinner, it may be helpful for you to check their math when you can. Passively monitoring their behavior can be more effective than accusing them of being incompetent and revoking their privileges to manage their own affairs all together. This may result in an atmosphere of resentment and contention in the home.

 

Assisted Living Options

 

During later stages of dementia, sometimes it is not possible for a family member to offer the degree of caregiving for dementia that a senior loved one needs. Then a senior may require the more specialized care of trained professionals. Assisted living facilities and memory care communities provide a safe environment that cares for a senior’s health and monitoring needs. Research your options for senior care and memory care facilities near you to ensure that your senior gets the care and attention they need.

 

 

 

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Assisted Living Checklist – 14 Questions to Ask

 

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Who Benefits from Assisted Living?

Over a million Americans enjoy the benefits of assisted living as a means to stay active and maintain a degree of independence to increase the quality of life. The purpose of assisted living is to help seniors with certain daily activities, as well as helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Choosing an assisted living facility can be one of the most important decisions you make in you later adult life. There are many factors to weigh in when selecting an option for your senior care, and it can be hard to think of everything when researching and asking your questions. Here is a helpful checklist of components to review when choosing assisted living to be sure you are getting the care you personally need.

Did the facility make a good first impression? √
What did your gut instinct tell you when you first came in to visit? It may be important to weigh in the feeling or vibe you got as you walked into the assisted living facility. Did the place look clean—was the staff friendly?

How much care/support is available at all times? √
It is fairly standard now for assisted living facilities to offer 24/7 availability for care and support. So if a facility offers anything less, seek elsewhere.

Is it in your price range / budget? √
Is the assisted living facility in your price range, or does it at least offer a tier of service that you can afford and still meets your needs? Bigger isn’t always necessarily better, and you may not need all the services offered on the higher price tier options.

Are the basic services provided what you need? √
Carefully review all the amenities and services available from each of your prospective assisted living options. The most common services offered to senior care residents are dining services, housekeeping, laundry, recreational activities, and sometimes transportation as well. Look to see what additional services may be offered beyond those basics, such as continence assistance, physical therapy, medications, etc.

Does the facility have a good reputation? √
All assisted living facilities are subject to regulation, inspection, and rating by government agencies. Be sure to check the reputation of any prospective assisted living facility, not only if they meet the bare minimum standards of the government, but also check testimonials from real residents. This information is made available online. If an assisted living facility does not even have a quality web site, that may be a red flag as well.

Is the facility in a good location? √
It is imperative to make sure a prospective facility is located in a good neighborhood, so a resident may feel safe. Also check to see if an assisted living facility is conveniently located near places you may want to visit frequently, like a grocery store, theater, or your family’s home. This may not matter as much if your facility offers good transportation services; but proximity can be a factor in your having access to the commodities you need or being visited as much as you would like.

How’s the view / ambiance? √
It is important to some seniors to have a great view or live in an aesthetically pleasing environment. Look around and investigate if an assisted living facility is well kept with a soothing, organized layout. Is there a garden? Does the place feel warm and inviting? If ambiance matters to you, be sure to ask these questions.

Is the floor plan easy to follow? √
Apart from pretty scenery, check if the floor plan is easy to follow and if hallways and ramps are conducive to seniors with mobility needs. Is there appropriate signage? Many seniors with cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s may get lost in a place with a confusing floor plan.

Is the food good? √
The dining plan may be one of the most important factors. Food brings joy and flavor to life. Be sure to ask the staff what food plans are available, and ask around to get a second opinion of the cuisine quality from online testimonials.

What comes with the room? √
Does the facility offer amenities for television? Are there private bathrooms? Do rooms come with conveniences like mini-fridges?

What is allowed to be brought in (furniture/pets?) √
Make sure you find out whether you may bring in your own furniture or a pet before checking in. Evaluate the space ahead of time so you can have an idea of which of your personal belongings will fit in your assisted living facility.

What is the activity schedule? √
Research what the opportunities are for activities, recreation, socializing with other residents. It can quickly be boring at a place where there is nothing to do and no one to talk to and no way of getting to know each other.

Does the facility take feedback/complaints seriously? √
Find out how easy is it for residents to leave feedback, make complaints, or be heard by the management. Make sure there is an efficient process in place for evaluating and addressing the unique needs of residents as they arise.

Does the facility feel safe? √
Make a note of whether there are locks on the doors, alarms, or 24-hour response system alerts in rooms to call the staff for emergencies? Does the facility do background checks on employees? This will add to your peace of mind and help you feel like you are truly cared for.

 

 

 

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Digital Hearing Aid Benefits

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The five senses all add to the value of life, and when one sense becomes impaired, it may feel like life has lost some worth. One of the most common impairments among seniors is hearing loss. In fact, one-third of Americans age 65 and older report some kind of hearing impairment due to various factors.

 

When your hearing starts to diminish, it can impair your social life, ability to communicate, and your environmental awareness. Hearing actually assists your sense of balance, and damage to hearing can increase the risk of falls among elders, impeding your ability to live independently.

 

Causes of Hearing Loss

 

The sense of hearing naturally diminishes with the aging process, but damage to hearing can be greatly multiplied with chronic exposure to loud noises. Harmful loud noise may include concert events, ear-bud headphones, lawnmowers, etc. Prolonged exposure to such noises can cause irreversible damage to the inner ear, harming tiny hair cells that carry sound to the brain.

 

Another cause of hearing loss that is easier to treat, is when ear wax, fluid build up, or infection obstruct sound to the middle-ear. A qualified otolaryngologist can reverse the hearing loss by removing such obstructions; however if damage has been done to the inner ear, then you may need to see an audiologist to test your ears for more permanent hearing damage, and review your hearing aid options.

 

Best Hearing Aid Options

 

While Damage to the inner ear is permanent, modern hearing aid technology is more affordable than ever. Hearing aids do not restore normal hearing, but can amplify sounds to significantly improve your hearing and allow you to carry out a normal life. It may take a few weeks or a few months to completely adjust a hearing aid to be right with your individual need. There are varying tiers of sophisticated quality models, based on your degree of need.

 

 

Traditional hearing aids merely amplified all sound, including unwanted background noise, which many seniors found irritating and painful to listen to at times. Hearing aid technology has drastically improved in recent years, as newer digital hearing aids have changed the market. In contrast to just amplifying the volume of everything, digital hearing aids use microphones to for transmitting sound to a computer chip that uses discernment to basically moderate the volume levels as well as filter out the unnecessary background noises.

 

Digital hearing aids provide many conveniences for seniors who are still working or have any amount of tech competence. These hearing aids can use Bluetooth to be synced with a smartphone, allowing you to hear calls more clearly through the hearing aid. You may also configure it to hear audio from your television, music player, or computer if you like.

 

Be sure to meet with professional hearing doctors before selecting which hearing aid is best for you. You may find that a very sophisticated model is not necessary for you at this time, or they may be exactly what you’re looking for. The affordability of quality digital hearing aids is increasing rapidly, as each year sees prices fall. Advanced aids that would have cost thousands five years ago may cost hundreds now. Look into how digital hearing aids apply to your budget and your level of need.

 

Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs) are less sophisticated hearing aids intended for people with only mild hearing loss. These products are sold over the counter and do not require a prescription from a hearing doctor. These primarily amplify sound, with less discernment than digital hearing aids. PSAPs are not subjected to the same quality standards as conventional prescription hearing aids by the Food and Drug Administration; so it would be wise to still consort with a doctor before investing in a PSAP as well. These models typically cost anywhere from $25 to $500 depending on the model or seller.

 

 

At first the process of researching your options, going through tests, and understanding the technology for how a hearing aid can improve your life may seem very daunting, but it is worth the investment in order to restore your role as a communicator in your social sphere and to avoid misunderstandings, having to ask other to repeat themselves, and negating the hazard of falling.

Decorating Your Nursing Home Room  

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Many nursing homes allow for a good amount of freedom regarding your decorating of your room and living area. However, it must be kept in mind that space is often limited in assisted living facilities. Whether you have one room or are situated in a suite, you will have to make some decisions about what to bring with you and what will fit into the living space allotted to you. Nursing homes give you more space to work with than your college dorm room did, but you still won’t be able bring everything with you.

 

Here are some tips for you to tap into your inner interior designer when making the best of what you have to work with and make it feel like home:

 

Find Out What You “Can” Bring

Before you start envisioning what your perfect room arrangement will be, it is important to check in with your senior care facility and ask about its policies regarding how you are allowed to decorate.

 

Ask questions about their policy regarding what you can hang on the walls, whether you can change the window treatments, if they provide their own pillows, what plants or pets are allowed, and what electronics are permitted.

 

Once you have a grasp on how free you are to change things around, then you can gleefully get started on arranging your space the way you like it.

 

 

Ideas For Customization

 

Here are a few suggestions for how you might customize your space. There are certainly probably many more creative things you can think of, but use this list as a way to get the ball rolling.

 

  • Be sure to start with the essentials before moving onto the less important decorative things. There are certain practical items that every room needs, like a clock, calendar, mirror that may be easy to forget when you are focused on bringing in the fun extra things. Establish a place for these basic utilities first, then organize the rest of your room around them.

 

  • Select a theme when decorating your room. As you bring in any special wall paper, photo frames, bedding, rugs, flowers, or furniture, it is nice to have a theme of commonality that ties it all together. Although, a hodgepodge “can” be a theme if you want it to. Be aware of everything’s place and position in respect to each other, and give the room a rich consistent atmosphere.

 

  • Have some extra seating available for your guests. Hopefully you will anticipate friends and family from outside and inside the facility to pay you a visit from time to time, so make the room inviting and comfortable by having some extra chairs or sofas around conducive to socialization.

 

  • Keep yourself entertained. Whenever there is not company around or tasks to do, you will have time to yourself. Make sure that you have some items around to keep your brain stimulated. Books are great ways to pass time, and although you can’t carry a whole library with you, it is a good idea to bring some of your favorites to revisit, a religious text, or that novel you always meant to start on. A T.V. can provide some great entertainment for surfing the channels, as well as using a DVD or Blu-ray player to watch some of your favorite films. It might be smart to have some movies around that visiting grandchildren may enjoy watching.

 

  • Displaying mementos can add meaning and fondness to your room. Family photos, heirlooms, cards, and letters will bring an element of nostalgia and homeliness to the environment. Your treasured memories can provide a nice conversation piece to visiting families or residential friends who want to get to know you.

 

Keep these ideas in mind when organizing your living space at your nursing home or senior care facility and you will be on your way to enjoying your stay.

 

Memory Loss

Improve Your MemoryMemory loss is a condition that affects millions of Americans and it can be a frustrating and emotionally stressful hardship to endure when attempting daily activities.  While some of the more serious memory loss disorders like Alzheimer’s remain without a cure, medical research has shown that there are numerous precautions and lifestyle habits that can be applied to prevent memory loss down the road.  Protecting a brain that is still healthy is certainly easier and favored option to fixing a damaged brain.  Fortunately, methods to prevent cognitive deterioration are relatively simple, inexpensive, and bordering on common sense, giving you more control than you may realize!

Plenty of medical literature is available with tips and strategies for keeping the brain healthy and averting cognitive decline.  The works of authors Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan, including, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, The Memory Prescription, and Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, provide excellent information grounded in extensive research aimed to arm you with the knowledge and tools you need to fight for your extended mental fitness.

Research emphasizes the following as being the most helpful approaches to preserving a healthy brain as long as possible:

• Nutrition – maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding excess refined sugar and processed foods, while nourishing the body with water, fruits, vegetables, and vitamins are a great way to refresh the brain. Green Tea, rich in polyphenols (antioxidants that protect brain cells), and even wine in moderation (1 glass per day for women, 2 for men) has proven to improve memory and cognition.

• Physical Exercise – incorporating some aerobic exercises into the daily routine works to stimulate brain cells. The exercised body produces endorphins that improve mental focus.

• Mental Exercise – Engaging in fun, mentally stimulating activities, like puzzles, manual work, or video games, (activities not too challenging or easy) can improve mental retention and performance by keeping the mind on its toes, so to speak.

• Social Relationships – People are social beings, and developing relationships with others and engaging in communal activities (clubs, volunteering, church) can serve to keep the mind stimulated and engaged. Even the companionship of a pet can provide some relational help.

• Controlling Stress – Enriching the body with routine rest and proper sleep is one of the healthiest precautions that can be taken for the brain. Find time in your schedule to do some meditation and reflection.  And don’t forget that laughter is still the best medicine, as it is a mental activity that rouses most of the brain.

Read: How Lost Memories Due To Alzheimer’s Can Be Restored

These are some of the primary preliminary measures to be taken for preserving a healthy brain.  If you are currently affected by memory loss to the point that it begins to noticeably interfere with performance of usual daily activities, it may be time to seek out medical attention or review your options for assisted living.  The red flags for memory loss becoming more serious lie in increased frequency of unusual incidents like leaving the stove on or forgetting to lock the doors at night.

 

Why You Should Be Following CareCompare on Pinterest

carecompare on pinterestIf you’re an avid Pinner or new to the Pinterest environment, make sure to follow CareCompare. We’d love to engage with you and share content that you enjoy. Here are a few in depth reasons you should be following us on Pinterest.

You’ll Discover Far More Things than Trying to Search

The best way to find anything online is to know what you’re searching for. Your natural instincts are going to Google and search. However, what if you don’t know what you are really looking for? You know it’s health related and have seen that type of information with CareCompare.

By following us, you’ll have instant access to topics seniors are most concerned about. No matter if it’s health information, gift giving guides, or retirement living, you’ll discover it on our Pinterest boards. It’s like a one-stop shop for seniors and their caregiver’s needs. Also, this is an easy way to keep track of which articles you have and have not read.

As a tip to keep up with a pin you’ve reviewed, simply like the pin once you are done. When you hover back over the pin, it’ll be highlighted.

We Do the Organization for You

You may be a passionate pinner, but sometimes you don’t have time for organization. Follow us, and find your favorite pins in an organized fashion. All of our latest content is here, and you don’t need to search or sort for it. Copy our style if you want and just repin to your corresponding board.

Share Your Favorite Content with Family and Friends

Pinterest makes sharing fun and easy. You won’t lose sight of your favorite pins here. Do you have a question? Our CareCompare’s Pinterest board is a safe haven. Your comments and questions won’t get lost in the news feed.

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As of now, we have only a select few boards. However, with your engagement, we hope to grow. We encourage you to like the pins and let us know what you enjoy the most. Here are a few of our popular boards that we enjoy.

Find Trusted Senior Caregiving Tips

CareCompare believes in more than just caring for seniors. We recognize the well-being of their caregivers is at stake as well. Many caregivers don’t know how to take a break or reach out for help. This is not good for seniors or them. We provide easy to read facts, infographics, and articles regarding the best caregiver tips.

Easily Access the Healthiest, Yet Delicious Recipes

Many seniors are diabetics or must watch their cholesterol. Our Nutrition & Healthy Recipes board makes it easy to find the healthiest, yet delicious recipes for you.

Clearing up the Facts

Are you confused about all the information that exists about Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Respite care? Well, we have our Pinterest boards dedicated to each. You’ll find the accurate information you need, and can refer to it at any time.

Sometimes You Just Need a Little Bit of Inspiration

It gets lonely sometimes at home. Other times you may feel ill. And, there are just those times when you need a mental break. Following CareCompare is a great way to gain a bit of inspiration. Our Beautiful Thoughts and Daily Inspiration board has wonderful quotes, cute pins, informative articles, and inspirational videos from around the world. Join in, it’s fun.

At the end of the day, you’ll discover Pinterest is not all about us. It’s about a community of individuals, organizations, and bloggers that are concerned about senior health care. Hopefully, you’ll now see why you should be following CareCompare on Pinterest. We have a cool page offering you appropriate and fun content that you want to see.

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How to make your 60’s the best years of your life

As time passes, the idea of retirement and enjoying your life without the everyday “adult” responsibilities that can take away from your dreams, is intriguing. There’s no more going to work from 9-5, raising kids is done and over, marriages are settled without worrying about the petty stuff, and it’s finally time to enjoy the life you worked so hard to create.

Many people feel that their 60’s are the best years of their lives, and yours can be too when you follow these fantastic tips. The glory days are here, and it’s time to take them on full force and have the time of your life!

Why your 60’s are the best years

Thanks to medical advancements, we are living stronger and longer than ever before. While the 60’s were once an age you maxed out at, it’s actually considered young these days. According to experts, the new expected life span is 100 or older. So just think, you get to live your life without the normal everyday worries, and are just in the middle of it. You have ten long years to enjoy your new way of life, and the time to enjoy them is now. Don’t sit around wasting time waiting for the best years to come, because they’ve arrived.

Plan a trip

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could plan a trip for three weeks or longer, without the worry of a job, your children, or the need to return to your normal life? Well, you’re in your 60’s, so you can! Planning a trip at this age is the perfect time to do it because it prevents you from getting stuck in “mid-life” mode and thinking that your life consists of sitting around and waiting for the aging process to conclude. Take that retirement money and go somewhere you’ve always dreamed of. Elderly people often travel alone, so even if you don’t feel like bringing anyone along, you’re in luck because no one is going to think twice as you spend weeks relaxing in a nice location completely solo. Or, bring your loved one and let them enjoy this long-lasting vacation too.

Take up a new activity.. any activity!

Have you always dreamed of being an expert guitar player but simply didn’t have the time? Your 60’s is the perfect time to take up that hobby you’ve always dreamed of doing. You’ll have all the time in the world to learn the new technique, or spend time practicing the hobby you enjoy. You can master your new skill in no time, and can rest easy in knowing that you’ve now accomplished all of the goals you’ve had throughout your life.

Carry out your dreams

If you’ve always dreamed of riding in a hot air balloon, or viewing the amazing Northern Lights, your 60’s are the perfect time to fulfill all of your dreams. Many people in their 60’s have said that there’s a ton of activities they’ve always wanted to do, but they simply haven’t had the time to do them. Now is the perfect time to make all of those life-long dreams become a reality.

Create a bucket list

While the activities listed in the ladder are great, everyone has their own list of things they’d love to do. Maybe you’d like to finally face your fear of going on a roller coaster, or maybe you just want to spend more time with your grandchildren. Regardless of what you’d like to do in your 60’s, you can make a unique bucket list and check of the items as you go along.

Whether you have modest dreams, or want to reach for the stars, the time is now. Life like you’ve never seen before is out there waiting for you to explore it, so pack your bags, put on your shoes, and start down the path of making every dream you’ve ever had come true for you. When you retire, life isn’t over, but instead its just begun.

How To Feel Young Again

how to feel young againJust because you are aging, does not mean you can’t be young at heart. There are unlimited ways a person can feel young again if they just open their mind to it. Here are ten great ways for you to feel young again.

1. Volunteer in Your Community
What better way to feel good about yourself than volunteering in your community? Think back to the days when you were full of energy and wanted to help all those in need. Offering your time and talents help uplift your spirits. You’ll learn new skills and meet new people.

2. Join a Club
Join a club so you can get out and socialize with people who have similar interests. As we age, we don’t always keep up with our friends. We lose interest in certain activities. However, joining a club of a particular interest or new interest puts us right in the center of a crowd. You’ll be socializing like a butterfly in no time.

3. Take a Class
The old that school is for the young has been proven wrong countless times again. You’re never too old to learn or teach something new. Go back to college and get your business degree, take a social media course offering at the library, or stay at home to learn a new language right on your PC.

If you have a wealth of knowledge on a particular subject, why not become an instructor? There are many ways to teach, be it at a local college, community center, or online learning environment.

4. Start a New Hobby
If you’ve already mastered sculpting or restoring cars, why not challenge yourself? Are you tired of your son going to the golf course every morning? Ask if you can tag along and learn to play. If your daughters are going to play tennis before your afternoon tea, pick up a tennis racket and start practicing.

5. Pamper Yourself
You can feel young again by pampering yourself in any way. You don’t necessarily need to take yourself to the spa for a manicure or get your hair done. Do something for yourself that you enjoy. Sleep in on a Monday, take yourself out for ice-cream, order yourself some flowers and chocolates, or buy a new outfit.

6. Start an Exercise Program
Exercising is very rejuvenating and will help you look and feel young again. Exercise helps reduce stress, so you can look forward to fewer lines and wrinkles. Your circulation will improve, and blood pressure will regulate. You don’t need to hit the gym 5 days a week. Most specialists will suggest a light routine of exercising 3 days a week. Short walks, water aerobics, and bicycling are all excellent light exercise routines. The more active you become, the younger you’ll feel.

7. Enjoy Your Grandchildren
There is no better way to feel younger again than spending time with the younger crowd. Make time for your grandchildren whenever possible. Younger kids want to get down on the floor to play with cars and dolls. They want to go to the park and play on the swings and jungle gyms. Older kids seem to want to play video games, but if you peek their interest, they are ready for a nature walk or fishing anytime. These are ways to create great memories and be a cool grandparent.

8. Go Travel
You’ve worked hard all your life, now it’s time to enjoy the world. If you’re not keen on being away too far from home, start off small. There are plenty of beautiful and intriguing historical landmarks in your state, many of which offer bed and breakfast stays. This can make for an exciting or relaxing weekend away that you and your loved ones need. Make sure to use your AARP or other senior discount option for an economical trip. If you don’t have friends and family to travel with, consider joining up with a senior travel tour group. They have local and overseas destinations already planned and waiting for you to join.

9. Add a Touch of Romance to Your Life
Do you remember that glow you had while dating in high school or the jitters you felt before asking a girl out on a date? Relive those moments again and ask that special someone out. Romance keeps us young no matter if it’s new, seasoned, or a rekindled flame.

A few ways you can add a touch of romance to your life include:

• Write your loved one a love letter
• Have a candlelight dinner on the rooftop
• Visit your first-kiss location
• Attend a drive in movie
• Give a handmade gift
• Slow dance to “your” song

10. Get Silly
Finally, don’t take everything in life too seriously. You should be able to find the humor in everything you do. Get silly and do things you normally wouldn’t engage in. Have a snowball fight, resolve disputes playing rock, paper, scissors, play hide and seek, or beat the grandkids in their favorite video game.
There are so many ways to make yourself feel young again. Most of them require little effort on your part. Doing one or two a week will certainly show off the new and improved you.