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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


Seniorpreneurs Start it Up

Seniorpreneurs, Silverpreneurs or Olderpreneurs are people who start businesses after age 50 like Matt and Karen Smith whose books about their adventures in National Parks are big sellers. Seniorpreneurs use their passion, expertise, networks and access to capital to start businesses. For more info on Seniorpreneurs click to ABC News, “Seniorpreneur” Movement Grows as Retirees Embrace Start-ups by Annette Marner and Khama Reid and to experience the beauty and fun visit Matt and Karen’s website.


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


“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.


Intergenerational Engagement 

Relationships between generations, called “Intergenerational Engagement” help young and old. For youth, it creates a sense of purpose and older adults experience excitement (increase brain activity) and gain knowledge on technology and trends. For more info: Older people offer resources that children need, Stanford report by Clifton B. Parker, news.stanford.edu, 9-8-2016


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Social Time

Social interactions are good for your brain. It takes energy, makes your body and mind work harder, and may preserve your memory.  “It involves mental gymnastics. And you also have to stay abreast of topics, like the news, weather, sports, or politics,” says James Lubben, director of the Institute on Aging at Boston College and developer of the quiz. Take the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS) quiz below from Harvard Health Publishing (health.harvard.edu), Social Engagement and Healthy Aging, 3-2013

Fantastic55 suggests you reach out to a family member or friend or even potential friend to take the quiz, take a walk or grab a coffee!


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Lubben Social Netowrk Scale (LSNS) Quiz


None=0 points

1 =1 point

2 =2 points

3-4 =3 points

5-8 =4 points

9 or more = 5 points

If your combined score for all of the questions is 12 or lower, you may be socially isolated.

FAMILY: The people to whom you are related by birth, marriage, adoption, etc.
1. How many relatives do you see or hear from at least once a month?
2. How many relatives do you feel enough at ease with that you can talk about private matters?
3. How many relatives do you feel close to such that you could call on them for help?
FRIENDSHIPS: All of your friends, including those in your neighborhood.
4. How many of your friends do you see or hear from at least once a month?
5. How many friends do you feel at ease with that you can talk to about private matters?
6. How many friends do you feel close to such that you could call on them for help?
If your combined score for all six questions is 12 or lower, you may be socially isolated.


More Measles??

Today measles cases in the US exceed 700 (even though it was declared eliminated in 2000), highest in 25 years. So do older adults need a booster shot?? The Center for Disease Control recommends the MMR booster for people who were vaccinated between 1963-1967. And people born between 1957-1960 may not have been vaccinated for measles. However, those born BEFORE 1957 are considered protected because measles were so widespread at that time, they’ve probably been exposed.
“There’s no downside to getting a dose of measles vaccine,” states William Schaffner, professor Vanderbilt University and an infectious disease and vaccine expert. “If you’re (already) protected, it won’t help much, but it won’t harm you. And if you happen to be susceptible, it will give you over 90% protection.”(npr.org)
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Seniorpreneurs Trending

Seniorprenuers start businesses at twice the rate of Millenials driven by their hobbies, lifestyle, necessity and innovation. To get started: Consider your passion – from baking, gardening, photography, crafting or education; Use your knowledge and experience; Hire freelancers when you don’t know how to do something (they have expertise, work job-by-job and are part of the “gig” economy); Consult your own network – you’ll learn from your personal and professional tribe; and Tap into entrepreneurial resources to get started.


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Muscle Power Greater Than Strength?

Muscle strength is good, yet power might be better for aging bodies. The difference? Holding or pushing a heavy object uses strength; climbing stairs-the faster you go requires power. Additionally, repeatedly rising from a chair using only your legs requires muscle power (CLINIMEX). For more info on this new research click this link to Muscle Power Might Be Key to Long Life, usnews.com, by Robert Preidt.


Gratefully Yours

Being grateful can benefit your overall health especially in Seniors. Tips: Appreciate everything-even small stuff, Practice mindfulness, Volunteer, Keep a gratitude journal, Spend time with loved-ones and find more in forbes.com, 8 Ways to Have More Gratitude Every Day by Janet Miller


Go to Sleep

Experiencing more fragmented and lighter sleep is a common experience in aging. Yet we still need 7.5-9 hours of sleep. Some tips for healthy adults: Stick to a regular bedtime, Meditate, No tv or devices, Avoid long naps, Drink less at night (alcohol and other fluids), Exercise during the day, Get a little sun, Make your room a Sleep Zone and more information at How to Sleep Better as You Get Older from webmd.com


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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Meditate More

Neuroscience suggests 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds when they meditate (sit quietly and do nothing) even 15 minutes per day (Sara Lazar, Mass General and Harvard Medical School) as measured by gray matter. Develop your meditation habits, slow down and realize the benefits. More info in published in The Harvard Gazette,  Health & Medicine, “Eight Weeks to a Better Brain.”


Seasonal Workers Needed

Seasonal employers are hiring and hospitality companies appreciate workers over 55 due to their work ethic, interpersonal communications and problem solving skills. Captain Robie (age 79) loves his encore career, ”The boat is my office and when people are on vacation, their smiles are infectious.” Find job resources at  aarp.commonster.com,  and indeed.com.






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



Plant Your Seeds 

Gardening is a favored hobby especially for those 55+. It’s a form of physical therapy, emotionally fulfilling and vitamin D from the sun is beneficial (wear sunscreen). We aren’t on a bee soapbox, yet we found this chart fun & interesting. Are you planning or planting about now? Do you want more information on gardening benefits for those of a certain age? Click here, Elderly Gardening: Grow Gracefully Into Your Golden Years from epicgardening.com



Exercise: A Miracle Drug

Exercise is a miracle drug, especially group exercise for those 55+. It improves blood flow to the brain, relieves stress, lifts your mood, slows down the aging of cells and more. When you exercise in a group the social stimulation helps your psychological, physical and cognitive helath. START TODAY. We commit to walking TODAY. This information is compiled from McMaster University in Ontartio,  AARP and LIVESTRONG.


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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.


Sitting Disease

Do you have the Sitting Disease? Although not a recognized disease, WebMD defines it as the propensity to not get enough physical activity which increases our risk for poor health as we age. Tips: Interrupt sitting with standing for 1-2 minutes, take a walk, use a standup desk, hop on the treadmill or do whatever gets you movin’. For more information click here.


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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