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Seniorpreneurs Startin’ it Up


Nearly 25% of new businesses were founded by entrepreneurs 55+ reports the Kauffman Foundation. “Seniorpreneurs” use their knowledge, networks, financial literacy and community resources like 1 Million Cups, where over coffee entrepreneurs engage and find solutions in 180 US communities. Yesterday Fantastic55 founder, Ann O’Meara, had the pleasure of presenting @1MCTulsa meeting outstanding organizers-thank you Cathy Fox, amazing entrepreneurs and supportive hubby/CFO Michael Mansfield. Check out and attend your community 1 Million Cups.


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Schedule Silence

Schedule Silence to release tension in the brain and body, have better focus and memory, heighten sensitivity, aid in brain growth in the hippocampus and improve sleep. In our world of tv, smart phones, music and loud traffic, let’s take time to remember that Silence is really Golden. More information in 5 Health Benefits of Being Silent For Your Mind and Body by Lizette Borreli, medialdaily.com 9-2016




A pawsitive addition to your life may be a dog: They add instant Compaionship, Force you to walk 3X per day, Stimulate your heart and mind, Calm stress & anxiety, Add Security to your home, Help you Stay Social and may better help you Recover from a heart attack or stroke. Lots of options: Adopt a Senior pet, Therapy dog, or simply volunteer at your local animal shelter. The annual cost of a healthy dog is about $800. There is a lot of research on this topic and here are articles that may help: 9 Amazing Ways Dogs Can Change the Lives of Elderly Humans by Claire Beaudreault, barkpost, 2015, Qwning a Dog Tied to Lowering Your Risk of Dying Early by 24% Says Science by Sandee LaMotte, CNN, 10-8-2019  Top 6 Reasons Seniors Should Adopt a Pet, aginginplace.org from Seniors and Pets



We CAN Delay Alzheimer’s

Harvard professor: Healthy Living CAN delay Alzheimer’s recommends SHIELD: Sleep for 7-8 hours per night, Handle stress successfully, Interact with others, Exercise, Learn new things, Diet rich in fiber. Rudolph Tanzi, Harvand professor Medical School Neurology and author, tesitified in front of the Senate with this message just days ago. Tanzi is the author of  “Super Genes” and The Healing Self” books. More info Healthy Living Can Delay Alzheimer’s. LettingSeniors Work Longer Saves Medical Costs, Senate Told by Ted Knuston, forbes.com 9-25-19


Active Aging Week 2019


TV or Not So Much

Screen times in 2018 for Seniors (age 65+) are increasing (bls.gov) with some of the increase coming from the 73% of 65+ using the Internet (Pew Research Center). Increased watching may numb us into challenges like cognitive decline, depression or worse. So don’t forgo non-tv activities! Make your plan to DO what you like – read, walk, socialize or whatever and then activate your plan. Yes, we recognize the irony of you reading this on a screen, yet we want you to live fantastically longer and healhier. For more information Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey, Screen Time is rising, reading is falling, and it’s not young people’s fault by Christopher Ingraham, 7-21-19, Work, Sleep, TV. How Americans Spend Their Days, Deloitte, by Arkur Barua, CMO Today, deloitte.wsj.com


Flossing Helps Heart Health

Flossing daily actually helps you live healthier and longer! We know that flossing prevents gum disease and now we learn it helps your heart by preventing bacteria from traveling to your arteries. This bacteria causes plaque triggering your body into an immune response (causing arteries to narrow) and making it harder for your heart to work, thus leading to heart disease. When you add a few seconds of flossing to your morning routine, you add better health to your life. verywellhealth.com


Dr. Oz’s on Alzheimer’s Disease

5.8 Million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease and recently Dr. Oz shared his personal story about his mom’s diagnosis. Early warning signs are Challenges in planning, Confusing time and place, Trouble understanding visuals, Misplacing things and more. Early detection is important. Treatments for cognitive decline are available. Research is ongoing.

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Hobby Test

“Shadow” someone to discover a new hobby. It can be as simple as sitting in on a class, joining them on a hike, or watching them play in a Pickleball tournament. Taking up something new helps your physical and psychological self. And it’s fun! What interests you? Knitting, Bowling, Gardening, Cooking, Acting, Fishing,Painting, Playing a new instrument??


Caroline’s Cart

Caroline’s Cart solves the challenges of taking special needs people to the store (not a paid advertisement) and empowers the rider to engage socially plus experience their independence. Designed by Drew Ann and David Long to assist their daughter, Caroline’s Cart is produced and distributed by Technibilt and costs approximately $200 more than a regular buggy.



Brain Health + Blood Pressure

Brain health and blood pressure are related declares a new study from U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). People who had little control over their blood pressure are at risk for white matter accumulation in their brain leading to mental decline and dementia. Controlling your blood pressure reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease and cognitive loss.

You know the drill – get checked (now even more reasons to do so), stay healthy and nudge a friend to do the same. More info at Controlling Blood Pressure May Help Ward Off Dementia by Robert Preidt, cbsnews.com and High Blood Pressure Dangers: Hypertension’s Effects on Your Body by Mayo Clinic Staff, mayoclinic.org


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Aging in Place Improvements

More than 80% of homeowners ages 55+ prefer to age in place and preparing your home might include 1)First Floor living 2)Improve interior lighting 3)Low-entry shower with grab bars 3)Comfort height toilets 19″ 4)Color contrast paint 5)Entry ramps and more. Professional Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) trained by the National Association of Home Builders are available to help older adults stay in their homes safely and securely. For more information and a comprehensive checklist National Association of Home Builders Aging in Place Remodeling Checklist, nahb.org


Multi-Gen Relationships

Spending time and building relationships with multiple generations delivers benefits to all. Elders gain confidence, learn about others’ challenges, pick up the “hip” lingo and feel connected. Youth become more comfortable with and better understand the aging process. They may look to the elders as role models, soak up wisdom and more. For more information Ageism Disappears when Young and Old Spend Time Together by Maureen Salamon, usnews.com


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What is the 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.

Therefore learning from each other and our curated article recaps, lists, hints and tips based in research reports and articles prepares you to conquer challenges. Topics include Physical and Emotional Health, Money Matters, Work & Volunteer, Interest & Leisure and Organizations, Agencies, Apps & Books.

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