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Prevent Falls

About 1/3 of those 65+ fall each year.  And about 1/2  of those 80+ fall each year. We can change this! Steps to PREVENT: Remove obstacles, Add lights especially on stairs, Install shower grab bars, Use no-slip mats in the bathroom, secure or remove loose rugs, Use cabinets that are within reach, Wear sensible shoes, see your doctor with any challenges before you fall, do tai chi or yoga for balance and flexibility and more (National Council on Aging, Mayo Clinic, “Fall Prevention:Simple Tips to Prevent Falls.” Tell your friends. We can reverse this sad trend and stay upright!

 

Move More

Move more. Sit Less. Weekly guidelines: Get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity, or a combination of both. Plus, 2 tmes per week, do muscle strengthening activities like light weights, biking, resistance bands and climbing steps  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

 

A Future Relocation?

Thinking of relocating in retirement? Questions to consider – Will it make me happy? How will I fill my weekdays and with whom? Can I visit loved ones easily? Are there available doctors, hospitals and medical resources? Will it fit within my budget? Will I rent or own? What about the moving logistics? Can I unwind it, if it doesn’t work out?

 

Core Care

Core Care helps prevent injuries and falls, improves balance and stability and reduces pain. Your core consists of your back, abdominal, hip, pelvis and spine muscles. Exercise and stretching are the keys and you can even improve your core while watching TV. Here’s a 5 min video with gentle and simple exercises to get you started or take a class and learn from your peers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEgx6VM-rHw.

 

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

 

No Expiration Date

No expiration date on working! Labor force participation for those 50+ is rising and employers are taking notice. However, sometimes getting back “in” is challenging. Suggestions: Use Resources like Workforce50, Encore.org and AARP Job Board; Network-especially directed at what you want to do; Keep yourself current; Keep learning and additional articles: How to Land a Great Job When You are Over 50 by Julie Halpert, cnbc.com; The US Economy Needs Seniors to Work Longer. Here’s How to Make That Happen by Lydia DePilllis, money.cnn.com; and Top 10 Best Jobs for Women Over 50 by Allison Doyle, thebalancecareers.com

 

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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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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