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Great Reads to Savor the Last Days of Summer

Great Reads to Savor the Last Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe the dog days of summer are here in all their smoldering glory. Stores are already packed to the gills with school supplies, and I’m suddenly finding myself feeling scholarly and excited about the cooler days ahead where curling up with a cup of tea, and a book is a life. I have to say though the only thing better than that is reading beachside under a colorful umbrella, listening to the sound of crashing waves. The wonderful thing about diving into a good book is being transported to a different world, learning something new, and improving vocabulary skills. In a society of hashtags, and abbreviations it’s refreshing to read a complete sentence, anyone with me on that?

With options such as the electronic Kindle, and Nook readers, you don’t have to sit on the library waiting list for the latest best-seller, and these innovations let you adjust the font size, and lighting, although there is something lovely about turning the pages of a book as well. Let’s all experience the stress-reducing benefits of reading with this sampling of trending books to beat the summer heat.

Coloring Books Aren’t Just For Kids

Earlier this year I was perusing my local craft store feeling nostalgic as I looked at the rows of vibrant colored pencils, and crayons remembering how exciting it was to open a new box with a coloring book in hand. Then I spotted them. Coloring books for grown-ups? Not that I needed permission to go nuts perfecting my coloring skills, but somehow knowing they made these things for adults intrigued me. I suddenly found myself at the checkout with four books, a box of colored pencils, and some glitter markers that may have landed in my basket because I couldn’t help myself. The combination of creating art whilst sipping a matcha latte was the very definition of bliss. Would I recommend it to reduce stress? Absolutely.

Dive Into This Total Body Workout

Ever notice that swimming pools seem to always be on the menu of community amenities? You’ll find resort style pools with cabanas, Olympic-style pools, and heated indoor versions all designed to relax, refresh, and give you a great workout! Active adults will be glad to know there’s no need to hit the ground running to build muscle, burn calories, and squeeze in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly cardio activity. Swimming not only gets the heart pumping but also provides older adults a joint friendly, low-impact way to lose weight.

According to Active.com, 30 minutes of consistent swimming equates to 45 minutes of regular exercise with water resistance providing an additional challenge. Orthopedic physicians routinely prescribe aquatic therapy for everything from back pain to joint injuries touting the protective benefits that water has on joint mobility. At Texas Orthopedic Hospital, pool therapy is noted to reduce swelling, help with balance, and improve strength, and flexibility. 55+ communities have caught onto the healing benefits of water exercise with many offering on-site classes designed to help active adults of all fitness levels feel energized, and move with more freedom. Kings Point Suncoast Communities in Florida provide residents with invigorating water workout classes geared towards improving range of motion both gently, and effectively.

Senior playing a musical instrument

The Benefits of Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

The melodious strains of a piano or a guitar conjure images of sitting by a fireplace, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, on a cold winter day. Music has always been a pleasure and way of escaping for many. Listening to music or playing a musical instrument has many benefits. It brings joy to you and to those around you. Do you know how to play a musical instrument? If you were too busy before, now is the perfect time to learn to play a musical instrument. Here are some benefits of doing so.

senior couple at ski resort

Vail Is Nothing Short of Extraordinary

Wandering through alpine villages surrounded by fallen snow, twinkling lights, and a majestic snow capped mountain evokes visions of old world Switzerland, but this prized European inspired town can be experienced without a passport. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Vail Colorado is undoubtedly the most beloved ski resort town in the U.S, and is an absolute highlight for winter sports enthusiasts, and holiday travelers. Nestled amongst the Colorado Rockies, this breathtaking destination is best known as a mecca for avid skiers, and snowboarders, but if hitting the slopes isn’t your thing, Vail offers an abundance of year round activities from magical sleigh rides, and ice skating, to panoramic hiking trails.

Standing at an awe inspiring 11,570 feet at its peak, Vail Mountain is an evergreen studded paradise with more than 5,300 of varied terrain for outdoor lovers of all skill levels from advanced downhill skiers, to cross country beginners. Vail Village is at the heart of this small town where visitors will find primary ski lift access, the legendary Vail Ski Resort, and storybook streets lined with fine restaurants, unique shops, and day spas. The nearby villages of Lionshead, and Golden Peak also provide a gateway to the mountain along with luxurious lodging, ice rinks, and beautiful residential neighborhoods. A brilliant public transportation system runs past midnight giving visitors a convenient way to get around, and keeps its charming streets congestion free.

Topgolf Puts a New Spin On a Classic

Imagine the best golf game you’ve ever played, but crank up the volume, add live music, and order your favorite cocktail. It’s golf reinvented, and the best part is you don’t have to be Arnold Palmer to ace your next swing. Technology based, and more competitive that a traditional driving range, Topgolf has taken the nation by a storm. Started by two brothers from North London, this innovative twist on a classic has everyone from beginners to novice golf pros clamoring to up their game.

With locations all across the country, Topgolf venues are impressive inside, and out with bright neon lights, sleek modern designs, and the promise of a good time. This new way to go “clubbing” isn’t your typical afternoon on the course. This interactive game goes beyond just playing golf with sports bars outfitted with flat screen TV’s, restaurants, and lively lounge areas. Book a party, gather a group for a golf lesson and get ready for some friendly competition. Golf during the dead of winter? Rain or shine, climate-controlled bays allow you to get your game on year round, and clubs are provided so need to bring your own equipment.

Whitewater Thrills at Royal Gorge

Adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers craving a taste of adventure guaranteed to take their breath away will find it on the whitewater terrain of Royal Gorge. It’s time to cross it off the bucket list, and grab a paddle because with names like Sledgehammer, and Boat Eater, these exhilarating rapids are not for the faint of heart. Located an hour from Colorado Springs, and two hours from Denver, this stretch of the Arkansas River is a spectacular destination for outdoor enthusiasts to get friends together and let nature take care of the rest.

Royal Gorge is designed for hardcore whitewater adventurers with class III-V rapids taking them on a wild ride through Colorado’s incredible scenery, with views of the area’s wildlife from the peregrine falcon to the majestic black bear. The gorge sits 1,000 feet below awe-inspiring cliffs, and spans nearly 1,000 feet in width, passing through the historic Royal Gorge Railroad, and Royal Gorge Bridge for 10 miles of sheer excitement. For those preferring a more low key rafting experience, Big Horn Sheep Canyon is ideal for beginners, and families with grade II-III rapids to navigate through passages at a lesser intensity. Whichever rafting immersion one chooses, the spirit of the wild flows through every wave, and around every corner.

Community Gardens Growing More Than Local Flavor

Spring is right around the corner, and newness is everywhere from the heavily budded trees to the first buttery yellow daffodils emerging from hibernation. As we’ve existed on hardy winter produce, most of us are anxiously anticipating the arrival of ruby red strawberries, tender lettuces, and sweet peas. Local farms will be gearing up for their community supported agriculture (CSA) season, with many retirement communities catching onto this idea by getting residents involved in growing gardens of their own. It’s no secret that the keys to longevity include fresh air and nutrient dense foods, but it’s also the camaraderie that makes the farm to table movement a great way to cultivate a close-knit community.

In Circleville, Ohio, the middle school turned apartment residence of Everts Hill, has brought community agriculture into its own backyard with a garden, and greenhouse that provides fresh, seasonal ingredients to its residents. Seniors will have access to the kitchen, and cafe that will serve as a catering business as well as give community members the chance for job opportunities.