Senior Living: Senior Safety At Home

The news is always filled with horror stories of crime targeting vulnerable populations, especially seniors. These crimes are not longer limited to large cities. Over the last ten years, crime rates have seen a dramatic increase in rural areas.  Seniors often feel helpless when it comes to protecting themselves against these acts of violence, but there are some important steps that can be taken to increase security. It is also important to realize that it does not have to cost a lot of money to become more secure.

olderseniorswalkingImportant Safety Tips For Seniors

To begin, it is essential to become familiar with neighbors. Having a friendship with the people who live close by is a great means of protection. Many seniors tend to become isolated from the public. This may be due to a changing neighborhood. Oftentimes, people move in and out on a regular basis. However, it is essential to make the effort to know who is living on the street. This will form a bond that will make others form a lookout for safety. People who know the neighborhood are more likely to receive help in cases of problems or danger. One great way to meet neighbors is to form a neighborhood watch committee.  This will help everyone get involved with the areas safety.

Seniors also need to be careful when it comes to opening the front door of the home. It is very common to hear stories about seniors who have let strangers into the home and have become violated.  Many criminals use false pretenses to enter the houses and target seniors with scams. These criminals are always uncovering new ways to scam people out of money or other items. Many times, a person will masquerade as a workman or company representative. Some people even pose as crime enforcement officials. This is why it is always best to ask for positive identification and verification of a scheduled visit. If a person is a scam artist, these tactics may scare the criminals away. It is never wise to let a stranger into the home without verifying positive identity.

In the same fashion, it is essential to use caution when hiring different people who will have access to the home as well. If yard work or other house repairs need to be done, it is important to research companies  before making a decision. It will be vital to speak with past clients, compare prices, and verify association memberships. This will assure that a homeowner hires a company that is properly regulated. A final step that is recommended is to meet the the management of the company. If this person seems trustworthy, it may be acceptable to begin a working relationship.

There are other things that a person can do for self protection and property protection. However, these may cost a bit of money. It is essential to be smart and not to place a price on safety. The least expensive option may seem the most cost effective, but may end up costing a fortune over the long haul. One of the cheapest things to do for home protection is to get a dog. A guard dog will not only keep the house safe. This animal will become a trusted companion. Dogs often deter criminals from targeting a home.

Another alternative may be buying a panic alarm. A burglar alarm will detect intruders, but a panic alarm will go even further. A panic alarm with direct connection to the local police may cost up to $700 for installation along with a monthly fee. However, with one touch of a button, a person will be kept safe. A button can be installed in every room of the home.  This is a sure way to feel peace of mind inside of the home at all times.

Security is very important, especially for seniors who have lower levels of defense. There are many ways to gain a larger peace of mind and live a happier life without worry. Security can also positively impact a person’s health. When a person is stressed, it may have negative impacts on health conditions. Having a good safety plan in place will help a person enjoy retirement years.

Senior Living: The Joys Of Senior Life – Finding New Hobbies!

chessAfter years of hard work, one of the greatest joys for many of entering into “retirement” is that there finally is time to learn new skills and hobbies. Although society-at-large often perceives seniors’ hobbies as stereotypical “old folks” activities (knitting, bowling, or working jigsaw puzzles) modern seniors are finding a whole new range of hobbies available to them!

For instance, there has been a long-running story in local and national news media about the Granny Bikers group.  The youngest member of this particular bikers’ club is in her early seventies, and the oldest member is in her early nineties.  Nevertheless, they all go out on their motorcycles a couple of times per week.  Their motorbikes are not just ordinary motorcycles.  They are Yamahas, Hondas, Harley Davisons, and Suzukis.  The group members enjoy their riding excursions thoroughly, because they have an incredible sense of freedom as the wind whips through their hair.  They enjoy all facets of their lives and even though they flaunt their mortality, they live every moment to the fullest.

I am not suggesting that all seniors should jump on the nearest motorcycle.  However, I am saying that all seniors can borrow a leaf from these bikers’ books!  They are doing something they completely enjoy a couple of times per week.  What’s more is that very few of them ever went biking prior to retirement.

How To Pursue Your Passion

If you want to experiment with new activities, check into clubs and groups in your local area.  Usually, there are community listings that advertise the meeting dates, times, and general nature of various activities.  By doing just some cursory research, you can often determine whether or not the sound of it appeals to your personal interests and preferences.  There is never any obligation to any hobby or club; therefore, trying out something new does no harm, but might just give you that new lease on life that you have been looking for!

Senior Living: Setting Bounderies With Family Members

grandmaA Guide for Seniors on Making the Most of Your Family Life

Families can be a source of great joy and happiness for most people, a place where we find love, give and receive support, and share in joys and sorrows. At the same time, a person’s family can be a source of difficulties as well. Differences in opinion, lifestyle choices, and personal needs and goals can cause strife and conflict within a family. Both of these aspects of family life affect senior citizens as well as family members of other age groups.

Maintaining Independence

Staying independent is often a major concern for seniors in their relationship with other family members. A healthy and supportive family will do whatever they can to respect and assist an elderly family member in making decisions about their own life. Even if the senior says they want to take up skydiving or playing golf, a family who loves and supports one another will not stand in the way of a member doing what they believe is best for their own life. Having a family like this is a big asset. Seniors who have families like this should take some of the credit given that they helped to raise the younger members of the family.

Sometimes, family members have the best of intentions of looking out for one another, but they get overly involved in another family members life, causing a feeling of emotional suffocation. When family members become too involved, it is usually out of misdirected concern or because they do not understand how to express their concern in a way that is most beneficial to all.

Role Reversal

Sometimes a reversal of roles takes place between seniors and younger family members and an adult child will start to act in a parental role by criticizing or lecturing a parent or grandparent on how they should live or what they should do. This can feel irritating or patronizing for the senior and make their life harder. Sometimes, the best way of dealing with this kind of situation is to understand that this behavior comes from a place of love and concern and then have a talk about it at a relaxed time. By setting boundaries with family members in a calm way, and at an appropriate time, family members can come to see that they need to back off and allow the senior to make decisions for themselves. The younger person may then find ways of being supportive that actually help, instead of hinder, the senior’s life.

In families that have members who become overly involved in a senior’s life decisions, spending time together can become problematic and stressful. By taking time to set clear boundaries about what is acceptable, and doing this at a time set aside especially for having this kind of talk, it is possible to improve this kind of situation and regain the joy and pleasure of spending time with your family.

Goals and Solutions for Conflict

Whatever kind of family you come from, striving to let other family members live their own lives, and not interfering with their decisions, is usually the best course of action. In this way, you can enjoy one another without creating resentment and conflict. When problems do come up, finding a quiet time to approach the problem in a compassionate way is much more effective than expressing your feelings in the midst of the conflict. All family communication requires give and take, respect, and compassionate listening for the resolution of conflicts and disagreements.

Senior Living: Developing Meaningful Relationships With Grandchildren

grandandsonMany seniors find grandchildren to be one of the greatest joys in life. After spending years as a parent and seeing children grow into adulthood as respectable and successful human beings, you are now privileged to spend time with their children, spoil them rotten and send them home before they get out of hand.

Grandchildren help to provide a new lease on life for the most exhausted seniors and give life new meaning. Often grandparents find themselves taking part in activities they have ignored for years and visiting places they might not normally visit, simply as it is part of the beauty of caring for the young child.

The Many Benefits Of Being A Grandparent

While grandchildren can be a handful they tend to show their best behavior for grandparents. In addition, grandparents have had plenty of experience in raising children; they are more prepared for the mind games that come with parenting. Since each child seems to have his or her own unique way of attempting to wrap significant adults in their lives around their little fingers in order to play them against each other it is wise to lay down some ground rules before agreeing to watch the grandchildren. This is best done by having a quick chat with your own child before the day begins, in order to determine the latest episodes in the life of a grandchild. While this allows you to catch up on the progress being made, it also alerts you to the tricks the child may have for you. Since you have your experience, you can be fully equipped to deal with their comments and complaints as they arise.

One of the most important things grandparents can do when taking care of their grandchildren is to immediately establish some boundaries. Usually, a child will obey these boundaries as they are perceived as law and not just guidelines for their behavior. For some reason, they respect grandparent boundaries more and challenge them less than those boundaries established by their parents. As a result, they give these boundaries more respect and are less likely to challenge them than they would parental boundaries. As a result, it is important to follow the parent’s rules that have been established. This helps to reinforce parental authority and provides the child with continuity. It makes the rules they live by less ambiguous and they are less likely to complain at home using the sentence “But at Nana’s…” or other variations of this phrase.

This is not to say that grandparents should not spoil their grandchildren. After all, this is the primary task of the grandparent. Grandchildren have a special way of making grandparents feel young once again, and they deserve treats once in a while as a way to say thanks. However, using the treats as incentives also helps to teach vital qualities they sometimes miss at home. Sulks and temper tantrums obscure the teachings of parents as children tend to block out those things they do not want to hear. Treats that come from a grandparent are entirely different.

Any senior with a grandchild or grandchildren is extremely blessed. One of the best parts of life is seeing your own offspring and their children grow into honest and positive humans, but it is important to never lose sight that grandparents can be one of the major influences in the life of a grandchild. They watch and copy everything the grandparent does, so they can also pick up your bad habits. If you have a positive influence on these growing children, you deserve some of the credit for the way they turn out. However, it is most important to enjoy the time you have with the grandchildren because many never have this chance. Make the most of each second and relive your own childhood.

Senior Living: Chair Lifts For Stairs

Stairs present a significant hazard for many seniors, and those who live in a house with stairs often face a difficult decision: leave their home for a single level residence or install stair lifts that will allow safe movement up and down the existing stairways in a home. For those living on a tight budget, this can be a very difficult decision, and sometimes getting straight forward answers about pricing and installation costs can be a challenge.

How Much Do Stair Lifts Really Cost?

The cost involved in the purchase and installation of a chair lift for stairs is one of the most important factors influencing the household decision to purchase handicap stair lifts. If you are planning to buy stair chair lift, you should do some research and product comparison as there are a number of manufacturers selling numerous varieties of chair lifts for stairs in terms of quality and price. The prices mainly depend on the models having required product features and the nature of stairs in your house (straight or curved). There are other factors such as government assistance or rebate, installation costs, and refurbished model that can influence the prices.

Generally, the prices of simple stair lift for straight stairs, on an average, start from $3000 to $4000. However, the prices of feature rich chairs and elaborate stairways can range more than $15,000. That’s why it is highly recommended that you carefully compare the feature and prices of stair chair lifts offered by different manufacturers. You might face a problem in price comparison as most of the sellers of chair lifts show reluctance in quoting their price on the Internet or phone. Most probably they feel that they can assess the stairs and get a better idea about the needs of their customers and thus don’t want to lose the opportunity to make a hard deal by visiting the customer’s premises. You have to be firm, making it clear that if they don’t provide any preliminary price quote according to the information provided over the phone or the Internet, you have the option to purchase from another company.

Factors that Influence Stair Chair Lift Pricing

Undoubtedly, the decision to install a chair lift for stairs can be considered as the major investment for normal household, but you will be surprised that the stairways can be quite affordable than you think of. Recently, the prices of handicap stair lifts have dramatically declined due to the tough competition prevailing in the market as many new manufacturers such as Summit, Acorn, Ameriglide and others have entered in the stairways industry.

As already mentioned, the features of the chair lift for stairs influence the prices and the prices can be more or less depending on the feature. The nature of your stairs is the basic factor influencing the price of your stairway lift. You are lucky if you have straight stairs because the stair chair lifts for curved stairways are more expensive.

The second major factor influencing the price of handicap stair lifts is the lifting capacity of the stairways. You have to spend extra money if you desire to install a heavy-duty stairway lift. However, the extra expense for durable stair chair lifts can be worth having it in the long run because of fewer repairing requirements.

The brand reputation is another major factor that influences the price of stair chair lifts. Logically, as the rationale customer, you need not to pay more money because the company has successfully created its brand. You can avoid paying more for branding by carefully comparing the features and prices of chair lifts for stairs marketed by various companies, whether they are large or small. However, you should also research consumer reviews of the stair chair lifts, specifically from the newer less-known companies to ensure that you purchase from the companies with a good consumer reputation.

You can use other additional options such as leasing arrangements, creative financing and assistance from state to reduce the cost of your stair chair lift installation. For example, Medicare can share some of the installation costs. Alternatively, you can decide to purchase the refurbished models of chair lifts for stairs. However, if you decide to use the refurbished stairway lift, you must ensure that the manufacturer provide a warranty, preferably for at least one year, so that you don’t have to face disappointment from malfunctioning of your stairways lift soon after installation. Although it’s not very common, some companies also provide stair chair lifts for rent, and you can opt for rented stairway lift.

Some companies provide the option of creative financing, reverse mortgage, home-equity loans and other loan arrangements and therefore, you can decide to take a loan in case you are lacking cash for purchasing your stair chair lift installation. Unfortunately, the government doesn’t provide any subsidy for purchasing chair lifts for stairs in the United States. However, some private insurance companies do bear some of the costs, and if you have any private insurance coverage, you can check whether the company will bear any cost of the installations as per their policy.

Chair Lift for Stairs Safety

The elderly, handicapped and people suffering from mobility problems face a serious challenge to pass through the stairs and stairs can be quite dangerous to them. These people with mobility issues are highly vulnerable to falling down the stairs leading to serious injuries. One-time investment in purchasing chair lifts for stairs eliminates the mobility challenge faced by such people with safety.

Besides providing a safe and secure method of moving through stairs, the stair chair lifts also secure a sense of independence among the people suffering from mobility issues. These people can easily pass through the stairs having a chair lift whenever they want to, without the need of any household member to help them.

However, you should remember that even though the stairway lifts have been designed to resolve the concerns of stair falls; the chair lifts for stairs are not completely free from any flaws and pose new apprehensions that need to be tackled. You need to purchase a chair lift for stairs, which is secure and stable. So, if you are planning to install any chair lifts for stairs in your home, you have to take note of these concerns. For example, you must ensure that model of the chair lift for stairs you have decided to install in your house also contains a battery as an alternate power source so that your loved ones using the chair are not stranded in case of a blackout. This becomes particularly important if your area is subject to the frequent power outages.

Similarly, if your loved one is having difficulty in bending, you need to consider standing models of stair chair lifts. You may also consider a wheelchairs model of stair chair lifts instead of the simple ones for those having trouble in moving. Here is a promotional video from one popular manufacturer that shows some of the many safety features found in most chair lift for stairs models.

For many seniors, the cost of installing stair lifts in their home will be far less than moving to a new home. Stair lifts also make homes much more safe and easy to move about for many seniors.

Senior Living: How To Remain Safe In Your Senior Years

olderseniorswalkingOne of the worst consequences of silly little accidents is the pain they can cause over the next few weeks. Something as simple as a small trip over a small object left lying on the floor can jar the person’s back and leave him or her in pain and unable to move properly for as long as a month, even when in good shape and able bodied. For seniors, the risk is greater than for any other age group as the ability of one’s body to heal itself often decreases as the individual ages. As a result, seniors experience longer healing times and the chances of one having a full recovery are decreased. While this effect of the accident is at the most extreme level, it remains a possibility and establishing personal safety as one moves into the senior years becomes more important to prevent long term, life changing effects of an accident.

Tips For Being Safe

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents occurring in one’s home. They are also the most common reasons seniors experience injuries. While many are innocuous and only result in bruising, others cause the joints to be jarred, the muscles become stiff and may even cause a joint dislocation or broken bones. These more serious injuries have the potential of stopping a senior adult in his or her tracks, often temporarily but sometimes permanently. Seniors need to develop an awareness of the hazards in order to reduce the potential for this type of injury at its source.

Even though you do not naturally notice these types of hazards, it is possible to develop an awareness of them. They surround all of us, all the time; however, many are unaware of them unless they train themselves to be aware of this. However, it is essential that seniors avoid a paranoia about accidents in the home as such worry can also affect one’s health and make the individual afraid of doing anything. Seniors need to develop a balance between the tow, where they are diligent in being aware of the hazards without being so paranoid they fear getting out of bed.

The most common hazards responsible for slips and falls include loose floor coverings, including rugs and carpets as well as other items left lying on the floor in an inconvenient place. Residents will find it easy enough to prevent such hazards from occurring.  For example, one should check carpets every few months to ensure they remain fit tightly in place. If not, one should call for maintenance. Any loose fittings should be tightened or replaced. They should be checked again in a couple of weeks after the repairs are made to ensure they remain firmly in place. Rugs that form a trip hazard need to be removed immediately or at least moved to an out of the way place in the room in order to provide a decorative effect without forming a trip hazard. If rugs must remain in place they should be attached to the floor using a good quality carpet tape, applied near the edges so they do not curl.

When one makes the home check for hazards initially, the furniture may need to be moved to another location. Rearrange the entire living space, including family room, bedroom and other rooms that are often used to ensure everything is located safely. Entrances should never be blocked. Smaller pieces of furniture need to be located away from walkways and commonly used areas. Take the layout of the home into consideration when following these suggestions and they will make sense. By spending a few minutes today, ensuring the home is safe, you can eliminate weeks of pain and possible permanent disability.

Senior Living: Seniors and Pets – Benefits and Drawbacks

guidedogIf you are just about to retire or you have just retired then you might be able to understand why many retirees want pets. In general pets like cats and dogs offer important companionship for seniors. In fact, numerous studies have shown that owing a pet can help reduce your chance of developing heart disease, improve memory and more. The health advantages of pet ownership for seniors are quite substantial.

Still, anyone who chooses to own a pet must realize that this is a major commitment and the ability to care for a pet also needs to be taken into consideration. Seniors who do not have good health may find it very difficult to care for a pet.

In addition, if you have never owned a pet before then you should do plenty of research about proper pet care before you bring Fido or Fluffy home. Keep in mind that caring for a pet involves a considerable amount of time of energy on a daily basis.

Important Questions To Answer Before Getting A New Pet

If you are a senior who is thinking of getting a pet you must  consider your current health situation first. Are you fit and healthy enough to walk the pet every day? Are you able to give the pet all the love and attention it deserves? What will happen to your pet after you are gone? Will you living situation remain stable and open to having pets? Can you afford financially the costs of having a pet?

These are a few important questions that you need to ask yourself before committing any further. Seniors who find it difficult to care for themselves may find that they simply cannot cope with looking after a pet. On the other hand, if you can take care of yourself and do not have major health problems, then there is a good chance that you have the time to give a pet all that it needs!

Consider Your Schedule As Well As Your Health

People who have pets are not free to come and go as they like. It is virtually impossible to go away for the entire day and leave the cat or the dog shut indoors on its own. Cats and dogs enjoy being played with and dogs in particularly love to be fussed over. If you neglect an animal then this could make the pet unwell. People who neglect their pets could end up being prosecuted. It is important to remember that the pets needs have to be met. Anyone who enjoys spending long periods of time indoors may stand a chance of being a good pet owner.

The Many Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

Besides the health advantages to pet ownership, cats and dogs are loving creatures and they can make life far richer, especially if you live alone. It can be very comforting to have another being in the home, someone to look after and to talk to, and for seniors who live alone a pet can help meet this need. Many seniors miss having another person to take care of, especially people who have looked after their partner for many years. Dogs are known to be loving creatures and they will be eager to return any love you give. In particular dogs make affectionate and loyal pets. They can also provide you with a sense of security. This can change your whole outlook on life; it is good to feel safe in your own home.

If you do decide to adopt a pet, you should be fully prepared for an experience that will change your life forever – in both wonderfully positive and also quite challenging ways!

Senior Living: Being Independent In Assisted Living

olderseniorswalkingOne of the most important decisions impacting many seniors life, especially as they reach their 70s and 80s, is finding an appropriate housing situation given current physical abilities and current health (including mental health) conditions. For many, balancing the desire to live independently with their current need for help is the most difficult part of determining where to live. Assisted living facilities often provide one of the best solutions for those seeking to maintain as much independence as possible while at the same time receiving daily assistance when needed.

Assisted living facilities are most suitable for the people who are for the most part physically healthy but need some help with their daily routine activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, medications and other housekeeping activities.  Unlike constant care situations, such as many nursing homes, those in assisted living maintain quite a bit of their independence when it comes to daily activities. For those who are completely unable to take care of themselves, or suffering from numerous health issues needing constant medical attention, and assisted living situation would probably not be the right choice. In these cases, a constant care situation will be the best option.

Tips For Finding The Best Assisted Living Facility

Finding the best assisted living facilities can be a difficult and quite confusing decision, as it directly affects the level of care and lifestyle of yourself or a loved one. When trying to select the right facility, you should consider visiting several different facilities before making your final decision. While creating your list of potential facilities, you need to seriously consider what kind of resources you want where you live. For example, would you like a facility that has a pool or gym on site? How about a beauty salon? You will also want to price the different assisted living care options the facility provides, so you know how much it is likely to cost you.

During your visits, try to interact with the staff by asking questions. You want to come away with a feel for how the staff interacts with residents and responds to your questions and requests. You should also spend some time interacting with other residents, as they will most likely give you an honest appraisal of what it is like to live at a particular facility.

When you feel that a particular residence may meet your requirements, you should make a few additional visits during different times and days of the week. By interacting with the staff and residents during these visits you will get all the information you need regarding the professional care provided by the assisted living agency. While visiting the facility you should not only consider the level of professional care provided by the agency, but also determine as to how positively the residents will accept you or your loved one as part of their community.

Resistance To Assisted Living

In many cases, seniors will resist entering into an assisted living situation because they fear it will be a significant infringement of their personal independence. Some seniors are not fully aware of the different levels of care and independence that are provided by assisted living residences versus nursing homes. To help this process, you should make sure your loved one is involved in the selection process as much as possible. This will ensure that they will choose the right environment for themselves, which is important to helping them maintain their sense of independence.

The Final Selection Process – Important Questions To Answer

To make the final selection of the best assisted living agency for your loves one; you need consider many factors such as the safety of the facility, comforts of the residents, the activities of the residents, admission requirements, financial burden and more.  Here are some questions you should try to get answers for prior to making your final decision:

  • What kind of social activities are provided for the residents and what is the staff’s involvement in such activities. You should check to see if the particular activity support by the agency suits the interests of you or your loved one. You have to see the extent of staff’s involvement in any such activity, and consider whether the daily schedule is highly structured or permit suitable flexibility as per your loved one’s requirements.
  • What  is the visitation schedule? Almost all of them allow you to visit your loved ones, but you have to consider the visiting hours and whether you can take them for an outing. If so, what are the terms and conditions for taking residents to outing, and how long you can keep your loved ones out of the facility?
  • Is the facility neat and clean. You should take good note of the appearance, attitude and behavior of the staff. What kind of cleaning services to they provide to residents (when needed)?
  • What kind of safety policy does the facility have? You should try to find out the time taken in providing the assistance by the staff members following any such call for assistance. The staff alerting system in the room is one of the basic requirements of the facility. You should also consider the policy and resources of the particular facility dedicated to responding to emergencies. The procedures and preparedness regarding the potential fire are one such example. You should check whether the exits are properly marked and adequate lighting is provided. Find out whether the facility and the agency is properly licensed by requisite authorities.

Once you have assessed these more basic living, health and safety requirements, it’s time to consider the different amenities provided to the residents. You need to see whether the kitchen facility, telephones and television are provided in the room and what are the terms and conditions for using the facilities. Whether the facilities are free or require additional fees. How the agency is handling the spiritual and religious desires of the residents? Whether there are any nearby stores and conveniences at walk-through distances? If such stores are not within safe walking distances, whether there are any transportation facilities provided by the assisted living agency to access shopping?

The Costs of Assisted Living

The costs involved with such assisted living facilities can be an important factor, but hopefully this isn’t the primary factor you take into account when choosing the right assisted living situation. Those who choose a facility merely because it is the most affordable, are likely to ultimately be unhappy with your decision.

Still, the financial aspect clearly does need to be part of the overall decision making process. You should check whether any deposits are required and if so, what are the refund procedures? Obviously, there will be some monthly fees for the facility, and you need to know the amount and how it is going to be billed? You should further ensure whether there are any additional fees for participating in specific activities or emergency assistance. If so, the details regarding the billing for any such services.

Conclusions

The decision to select the most appropriate assisted living facility is a complicated and sensitive decision and it will likely take a bit of time, effort and research before a final decision can be made. This is a very important decision, and you should be willing to spend the time and energy needed to visit potential assisted living facility providers and evaluate the staff’s attitude, cleanliness, and assisted living resources offered by the facility.

You will likely have to interact with the staff and residents of the facility during multiple visits at different times and days of the week in order to get the important information you will need. The cost involved with the facility can be important consideration for for many, and you should definitely get an idea of all the different costs involved before making your final decision.

Senior Living: Creating Your Dream Home After Retirement

SONY DSCA Golden Years Project: Creating Your Dream Home

One of the many benefits of being retired is that you will have time to pursue dreams and life projects that you had set aside during your “working years.” Unlike many younger adults, seniors not only have more time to follow through with their plans but they are also less likely to start a project only to leave it partly finished creating a mess they have to live with because they have no free time to devote to cleaning it up.

In terms of creating your dream home: This is the time when you can put order back into your life and make sure your home is a comfortable place to live, recreate and entertain friends and family. You will not have to worry about picking up after your kids and if you have planned your finances correctly or work to save money while in retirement, you should also have some extra money to spend on home improvement projects.

Updating your home can be a fulfilling project that makes you feel like you have achieved something great. It can provide you with a sense of accomplishment and you can enjoy the results for years to come.

Home decorating is also a very creative enterprise. You can choose existing designs and make them your own by changing the colors and styles to suit your personal taste or you can create your own unique designs not seen anywhere else. Some people may feel more comfortable working with a professional designer to get ideas about what their creations should look like. If you have a sense of design, you can do the job without outside help and make it truly your own.

Tips For Success

Interior design magazines and various websites are great resources for gathering ideas for your home. The Internet is also a wonderful source for how to articles that will guide you step-by-step through various renovation projects. Thanks to advances in computer technology, you are living in a time when information is readily available through online sources and you should take advantage of it. Many websites have tons of information that will help you learn how to install a shower, lay a tile or paneled floor or hang drapes and curtain rails. You can also watch videos on YouTube and elsewhere, to see actual projects being done. Jobs requiring special tools and experience should be left to professionals with the proper training. This includes any work dealing with the plumbing or electrical system in the home.

The possibilities for redecorating your home are virtually endless and include everything from renovating an extra bedroom to constructing a cozy conservatory with views of your backyard. If you will be doing the work yourself, you should plan your projects carefully and devise a timetable. This will help you complete your projects without overexerting yourself and putting your health at risk.

Choose reasonable goals based on your physical health and try not to overdo it or you will put the project in jeopardy and have a difficult time achieving your desired goals. If you try to do too much all at once, you may pull a muscle or hurt your back, which will only serve to slow down your overall progress. If you have a reasonable timetable in place for each project, you can make adjustments along the way as necessary if you run into any problems while still making progress on the project. Always remember to factor in your physical limitations and realize that you can only do so much by yourself without the help of professionals who know what they are doing.

If your goals remain realistic, you will increase your odds of reaching them – and you will be able to fully enjoy the results of your efforts, hopefully for years to come!

Senior Living: Finding Love In Your Golden Years

Seniors In LoveAn Introduction To Senior Dating

One of the biggest barriers facing many seniors looking for love in their golden years are preconceived notions about seniors and romance. For many younger people, the idea of seniors dating is simply hard to accept. One of the biggest misconceptions shared by many about older people is that they are too old to date, or that they should have little interest in dating. However, these preconceived notions about seniors dating are starting to change. The Internet, in particular, has also made it much easier for seniors to meet that special someone. The news that even celebrities like Martha Stewart are exploring internet dating has definitely moved the senior dating scene more into the public view – and hopefully public acceptance. Love is definitely having a senior moment these days!

Everyone, regardless of age, should be able to date, find love and live a richly rewarding romantic life!

Still, one of the biggest obstacles facing many seniors who are interested in dating are their children, who may be wary of anyone else to try to take the place of a deceased or divorced mother or father or suspicious of the financial motives of a suitor. Many seniors find dating to be difficult or awkward because of the attitudes of their own children.

If you are interested in dating during your golden years, you may simply have to accept – and convey to your children – that you are free to move on and do as you like, and ultimately your children will need to accept this. If your children are suspicious about the financial motives of someone you are dating, suspecting they are trying to do is get their hands on any money that is “their money” as inheritance, you may want to assure them that their inherited assets will be secure (through a prenuptial agreement or similar).

Senior Dating in the Modern Age

Today there are now more options than ever for seniors who are interested in dating and meeting that special someone. Numerous online dating sites exclusively for seniors have become a popular option for many, and you should definitely consider at least browsing some profiles in your area to see the options available to you. However, you will also want to take precautions to protect your identity as well as you learn more about people you find online. Be smart and safe when dating online.

During your golden years, having a shared interest with someone is extremely important when it comes to the potential for romance and a more serious relationship. Senior dating is as much about companionship as it is about anything else, and finding someone with compatible interests will be a serious component of finding a fulfilling relationship.

Many seniors look upon dating as a sort of support network, and for that reason tend to form relationships with more than one person. If you have been happily married to the same person, perhaps for many years and they die, it is natural to feel that nobody can ever take the place of him or her. Because of this, dating or forming relationships with several different people is common, as each person often fulfills a specific role or function.

Sex and companionship are valuable components of anyone’s life, regardless of age. If you are a senior, you need to understand that it is your choice to date or not to date, although you may get some objections from your children for the reasons mentioned above. Ultimately, it is up to you what you do with your life, and to make sure it is rich, rewarding and fulfilling.