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Technology for the Long Haul

Technology especially in-home products can help the 80% of those 65+years-old who own their home and want to age-in-place. Products like in-home personal assistants (like Amazon Echo), electronic tracking to find your keys or TV remote (like Tile), a Robotic puppy or kitty to to keep you company, voice reminders (like Rosie Reminder) or even a FaceTime with your grandchildren help make daily living easier and better.
More products are being developed as companies embrace today’s active, healthy and long-living adults. And don’t forget we control 67% of disposable income! For more information check out Best Buy Discovers That Age is Just a (Profitable) Number by Michael R. Solomon, forbes.com 10-11-2018 and Tech Gadget and Older Adults: What Helps What Doesn’t by Allen St. John, consumerreports.org, 3-8-2018.

 

Powerhouse Purpose

Purpose in your life leads to better health and a longer life. A JAMA Psychiatry report confirms that people with purposeful lives are less stressed and more engaged which leads to better cognitive and physical health. And finding or re-framing your purpose at 55+ may come to you or you may have to work at developing it. Good news-at this stage in life you are probably #1 in charge, you can tap into resources and learn from others. Tell us about your purpose-your journey may help others. For more information check out Seniors with Strong Sense of Purpose Often Live Stronger, by Judith Graham, chicagotribune.com

 

Train your Brain

Brain training, eating healthy and exercise research points to improving or maintaining cognitive function. After age 65, the risk of dementia doubles approximately every 5 years. Brain-training activities: Memory games, Draw a map, Research a new topic, Read a how-to book, Learn a new language, Take a class, Learn to play a musical instrument and more. Think of your brain health like a 3-rung stool – first the brain needs exercises, second a healthy diet helps and third, exercise and and keep your vascular system healthy (the brain needs oxygen which is carried via blood to the brain). Find more information online including Brain Training for Seniors, In Search of Brain Training That Works by Sarah Toy, wsj.com and This is The Only Type of Brain Training That Works, According to Science by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company.

 

Where will you Live?

20% of Americans live in multigenerational homes (64 million) up from 12% in 1980. Longevity means figuring out where to live: in a family member’s home, renting a duplex from adult children, granny pod in the back yard or aging-in-place on your own. Banks are inventing new loan products for multigenerational families and the IRS has specific rules on letting folks live rent-free. Use multiple sources to get the info you need to make the right decision for you. We started with All Together Now article, by Katy McLaughlin, wsj.com, 5-31-2019; additional sources include our Money Matters section, your accountant, irs.gov and other trusted-source published writings.

 

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Flower Power

“Flower Power” is a real thing. Health benefits of flowers (green plants, too) include feelings of greater wellbeing, less anxiousness and exhaustion, lower blood pressure and pulse rates, and more. Muted colors evoke relaxation while bold colors energize you. For more information read The Mental Health Benefits of Flowers by Sally Augustin from huffpost.com

 

Manage the Money

In retirement, the inflows are usually less than your spending. Reviewing your budget helps and here are main areas to manage: Housing-you may want to downsize or get a roomie; Healthcare-medicine, specialty care, wellness; Travel & Shopping-budget & stick to it; Taxes and Inflation-know your numbers, plan ahead and manage. More info in Money Matters and  read Jean Chatzky’s Biggest Retirement Budget Drainers and Ways to Lessen the Blow.

 

Reminiscing Benefits

Reminiscing can benefit Seniors 1.Family Stories & history are transferred 2.Theraputic for them – feelings of importance and greater satisfaction 3.Communication keeps their memory and mind active. To read more go to Ruby Cemental’s 2016 article, Keeping Seniors Healthy, Happy Home. caringseniorservice.com.

 

Using Tech Devices

How old were you when you got your first handheld device? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Annamarie Donovan got her first iPad at 100 years old. Today she is 108 and on her third upgrade. Yup, we congratulate her and you on learning technology! Now we think ahead to all we will learn as devices evolve! Here’s the link to The Advantages and Limitations of Living to 100, by Turning Points, Clare Ansberry, wsj.com, 5-21-2019

 

Exercise saves Bucks

Regular exercise is estimated to save you $2,500 per year (Journal of the American Heart Association) on medical expenses (compared to those whose who don’t exercise). Do: 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days/week or vigorous activity 3 days/week. For more info check out this USA Today article, How exercising regularly could save you up to $2,500 a year, by Mary Bowerman, 1-5-2017

 

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“No” to Falls

Say “Yes” to taking a walk outside, yet be safe. The National Institute on Aging reports that 33% of those ages 65+ fall each year! Help prevent falls: Exercise and stay strong, Get your eyes and ears checked, Get enough sleep, Wear non-skid, rubber sole shoes, Stand up slowly, Use a cane or walker, Wear an Apple watch or fall-assist device and more information in the National Institute on Aging’s/ U.S. Department of Health & Human Services article, Prevent Falls and Fractures

 

Donate your Body to Science?

Considering donating your body to science when you are done using it? In the US all state and local laws must be followed and you’ll want to start planning early. Look for an entity approved by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) which include some nonprofits and universities. There are online resources for information (and you’ll want to get plenty of it); we suggest starting with National Georgraphic’s How to Donate Your Body to Science, by Lori Cuthbert

 

Barefoot Benefits

Walking barefoot feels so good and some consider it “grounding” or “earthing” which connects the earth’s electrons to our boody and is believed to slow aging, reduce inflammation, imporve sleep and more. Check out The Washington Post’s July, 10, 2018 article by Carrie Dennett,  Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some research suggests it can.

 

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Takin’ Telomeres 

Talkin’ Telomeres today with Caroline Khalil. Telomeres are the protective compound at the end of chromosomes that shorten when cells divide. Shorter telomeres lead to aging and disease. Keep your telomeres longer with a healthy weight, regular exercise, lower stress (meditate) and eat healthy. This TedxNashville Talk is 15 min and Parsley Health’s What are Telomeres And How Do They Keep Us Younger Longer? add details and proactive suggestions.

 

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Mushrooms & Your Mind

We are crushin’ on mushrooms because new research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests their nutrients can ward off Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) when consuming them 3 times per week. Study details at Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Memory Problems, Nicholas Bakalar, NYTimes, 3-14-2019

 

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Diabetes: Who Me?

Who me? 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 have diabetes. Family history is a strong risk factor. Warning signs include frequent urination, feeling very tired, increased thirst, always feeling hungry and more. Be proactive and get screened! Click for more information: American Diabetes Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute of Health.

 

Sing, Sing a Song

Sing a Song for better brain health says research from Johns Hopkins. Singing, listening to music or taking a music lesson are total brain workouts that can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain levels. Plus they improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory. Details are in Keep Your Brian Young with Music from hopkinsmedicine.org

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What is the Senior or Silver Tsunami?

Led by seniors, baby boomers and those 55+, the Silver Tsunami will be 30% of the US population, or about 98 million people by 2020. We are living longer, staying active, eating healthy, working, volunteering, traveling, exercising, using our iPhones and so much more. And there is no how-to manual on this new type of retirement.

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