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 Fitness: How To Keep Your Body Young With The Right Exercise

Senior Woman Lifting WeightsIt seems like every day we hear from health experts telling us what we need to do in order to improve our lives. If only we could pick a healthy program and stick with it! Unfortunately, the advice given by these health experts often does not take into consideration that people are different. For example, the needs of a man in his twenties will certainly be different than those for a man in his eighties. However, it is possible to look at some general guidelines that seniors can follow when they begin any type of exercise program.

Seniors and Exercise Routines

Seniors are likely to find regular exercise more helpful than many other age groups. Gentle exercise is an excellent way to get the body warmed up and loosen stiff joints, this can often help ward off the discomfort of physical problems, such as arthritis, at least temporarily. Additionally, exercise will certainly be an important factor in keeping you active and mobile for as long as possible. Seniors who are dependent on a wheel chair or who have difficulty moving often spend a great deal of time each day, prior to becoming immobile, lying in bed or sitting in a chair. When you spend a lot of time in one position, your muscles will begin to get stiff. However, because of age, these muscles are no longer as supple as they once were and moving can sometimes cause pain, which then encourages seniors to spend more time sitting and less time being active. It is a vicious cycle that can eventually lead to an individual losing their ability to move freely. Therefore, exercise is an important factor in senior mobility.

It is recommended that seniors age 65 and over spend at least twenty minutes exercising, three days a week. However, there is certainly not a set amount that is right for every senior. While some seniors might do good with twenty minutes each day, for many others, twenty minutes over several days or a week might work better. You know what you are capable of better than someone else, so you are probably the one most qualified to pick a suitable exercise plan. Even if you decide that you will not exercise every day, it is still important to try and move around some just so that you can stay mobile. While it might be painful, the effort you put into this movement will certainly be worth it, especially if it allows you to stay mobile for as long as possible. As movement becomes more painful and difficult, too many seniors are letting their freedom and mobility slip past them, they instead choose to stay in bed or simply not move as much as they know they should. This type of thinking is exactly what you should not be doing.

Gentle activities are typically the best type of exercise for most seniors, these movements will not put a great deal of stress on the body and will not jar muscles and bones. Walking and swimming are excellent activities for seniors. They can both be performed without too much energy and are a great way to gently exercise the muscles, but you can still do these exercises using as much intensity as you wish. With this flexibility of being able to add intensity, you can easily tailor your exercise routine to meet your long term goals, as well as your physical limitations or health on that particular day. Walking and swimming will also help you maintain flexibility, endurance, and strength, as well as improve your body’s capability to ward off disability and disease. Of course, it is important for seniors to find an exercise program that suits their own interests and incorporate any type of activity that they find enjoyable. However, it is very important that you are not afraid to exercise. Exercise will not make your physical problems worse, unless, of course, you push yourself beyond your abilities.

The important thing that seniors need to remember when beginning any type of physical activity is that they need to be realistic about their goals. It can be easy to push yourself beyond your abilities if you do not first build up your endurance and stamina; however, you can progress nicely if you take a slow approach. It is not necessary for physical fitness to be accomplished overnight, especially when you have been inactive or immobile for a long time. You need to learn how to walk before you can learn how to run, or so the saying goes.

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 Travel: Safe Airline Travel For Seniors

Sign trip. Illustration of a group of suitcases and a plane tickMany of the younger generation are excited to get out and explore everything the world has to offer. They take in the sights, bask in foreign cultures and enjoy an opportunity to travel. However, with air travel being as common as it is today, more people than ever are experiencing places that many seniors never dreamed of having an chance to see. Of course, seniors should certainly have an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of retirement and spend some time seeing other parts of the world. In fact, it’s a great idea for everyone to take advantage of the freedom they have and explore a far off land.

It is definitely understandable that many seniors are reluctant to fly. After all, it can be scary flying if it is something you have never experienced before; of course, even the thought of taking a trip that is longer than normal can be distressing. However, you should not let these uneasy feelings keep you from experiencing the joys of travel. Airplanes are extremely safe and they have very thorough checks designed to ensure that every available safety measure is met. In fact, flying can actually be an enjoyable experience. The important thing is to make sure that you have made all of your arrangements before arriving at the airport, then you can sit back and relax.

Important Tips For Safe Airline Travel

Seniors should consider a checkup with their physician prior to booking an airline flight, then have another checkup just before traveling. This is the best way to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel and that you do not encounter any unforeseen health issues while on your trip. Your checkup, at a minimum, should include an eye exam, blood pressure check and a discussion about any medical problems you might be experiencing. It is also important to discuss any medications you will be taking prior to your flight.

There are some drugs which can increase the likelihood of developing blood clots or deep vein thrombosis, as it is also called. Your doctor will have important advice regarding precautions and risks associated with certain types of medications. Additionally, your doctor will be able to provide the best schedule for medications, taking into account the new time zone you will be traveling to, so that your medications continue to be taken in the dosages and time-frame your doctor has ordered. You will definitely want to pack your medications with the items you will carry onboard with you. In fact, always carry at least three or four days worth of medications with you, just in case your checked baggage gets lost or delayed.Never even consider getting on a flight with only enough medicine to get you through until you reach your destination. Similarly, if you have asthma, are diabetic or epileptic, you should always have your medications onboard with you when you fly. You never know if you might need it, but you should also notify the airlines a few days before traveling so that they will be aware of the fact that you will be traveling with medications.

Revisiting the issue of deep vein thrombosis, this condition can be much more common in seniors and it is important that they take precautions to prevent this serious condition from occurring. First of all, purchase a pair of flight stockings. These flight stockings are specially designed socks that are similar to surgical stockings. They are intended to be tight so that blood flow is stimulated and should reach to just above the knee; however, for seniors, it is recommended that they wear them at least to mid-thigh.

When on your flight, it is important that you get up at least every hour. You can walk around the cabin a few times or make a trip to one of the bathrooms. This walking about will help encourage proper blood flow and prevent dangerous blood clots from occurring. However, if it is not possible to get up and move about, there are some simple exercises that can be done right in your seat. For example, every twenty minutes you can cycle your feet and try to pull your knees as close to your chest as you can, do this ten or twenty times. Again, the movement will help prevent blood clots by encouraging good blood flow, whether you do it for only a couple of minutes or 10 minutes every hour. The movement is crucial.

It is certainly clear that flying as a senior can require a little advanced planning. It might not be as easy as just booking your flight and showing up at the airport. There are preparations that must be taken care of prior to actually getting on your flight. Seniors face real hazards when flying, but with some basic precautions they do not have to give up the adventure of travel. If you prepare in advance, chances are very good you will not encounter any problems.

Senior Finance: How To Make The Most Of Your Shopping Trips

Shopping is an enjoyable hobby for individuals of all backgrounds and ages.  Whether it is because of the freedom of being able to select one’s own clothing, food, furniture or entertainment or the excitement of spending the money you have worked to earn, everyone seems to love to shop.  However, as people age, the experience often becomes more demanding and less fun than it was in the past.  Individuals sometimes find it more difficult to get around and may no longer enjoy the crowds.  For many seniors, shopping becomes much more challenging.  However it should not be seen as a chore.  It continues to offer a chance to take part in meaningful activities that make the most of your freedom.

Tips For Shopping Trips

1. Wear Sensible Shoes. Always choose comfortable shoes for your trek around the supermarket or favorite place to shop.  Choosing the wrong shoes can cause more pain than carrying heavy bags from on store to the next before heading back to your vehicle.  The neck and back are more vulnerable to problems due to aging, so take care of them if you plan to spend an active day walking and shopping.  No matter what you choose to wear on the rest of your body, be sure you invest in a quality pair of shoes.

2.  Use A Hand Cart. Whether shopping for groceries or other items, you are likely to note many fellow seniors using a mobile basket or hand cart in which they carry their purchases.  Although some rebel against this due to pride, the cart makes great sense.  It is possible to use the cart so items need not be carried around, but it offers a sturdy support that allows you to lean when feeling tired.  Most find a hand cart the most useful tool they take on any shopping trip.

3.  Bargain Hunt. Always take time to find the best price on an item.  Regardless of how good the deal may look, it is possible to find a better price somewhere else.  This can save the shopper money, but also allows the shopper to find other bargains available at stores where they might normally not go to shop.  Set a goal that you find the lowest available price regardless of what you are looking to purchase.

4.  Plan Your Trip In Advance. Try to shop in a logical, and not emotional, way.  Select the starting point of each trip to the stores in advance.  Perhaps you will choose to begin on one side of the street and work your way around to the other shops, ending at the supermarket so fresh foods can be brought home safely.  No mater how you make a plan, having one in hand helps to prevent losing sight of the day’s purpose and wasting unnecessary energy returning to cover ground that has already been visited once during the same day.

5.  Take Some Breaks. Whether you stop for coffee or other refreshment breaks can be an enjoyable part of the day.  Regular breaks help to restore energy before heading to another set of shops.  If shopping with a friend, this gives you a chance to visit, catch up on important events of life and to have some well earned rest.

Shopping offers a fun way to spend the day if done correctly.  If not, it can be tiring and a real chore, especially for seniors.  Remember also that shopping can offer some exercise, but do it right to avoid the stress associated with shopping.  Be sure that you are patient with yourself and others for the greatest enjoyment of your outing!

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!