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Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

While the lines at See’s Candy are wrapped around the block, and local florists are in a frenzy of ribbon, and rose petals, this very loving time of year could be spent giving back, and spending time with friends. You don’t have to be hitched to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in fact not being committed to a dinner reservation gives you the freedom to use your talents, and connect with those around you. Get creative this year with some heartfelt ways to show you care.

Start a Singles Group

Live in a 55+ neighborhood? With all the social clubs many offer, why not start a group for singles? It’s an amazing way to meet new people, and share exciting activities. Mix it up once and a while and get together for a dance class, wine tasting, or try a new restaurant. Even if sparks don’t fly, socializing with fellow singles is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends, and share something in common.

Retirement Communities Give Back to Their Hometowns

Housing designed for baby boomers and empty nesters takes the term “senior” out of the equation, focusing on promoting an active lifestyle, and offering amenity-rich neighborhoods. While 55+ communities continue to enhance the lives of residents, they have an even greater impact on the surrounding city. Many don’t realize how valuable these communities are, and how they influence the social, and economic infrastructure of the town they’re established in. From supporting the local art scene to providing volunteer services, retirees aren’t the only ones benefiting from their communities.

State of the art healthcare facilities are important to seniors, and most active lifestyle communities are within close proximity to reputable hospitals and medical centers. The upside to having top-rated facilities nearby is boosting the employment rate within a city, also providing job opportunities to baby boomers still in the workforce.

Don’t Let The Written Word Become a Lost Art

I was scheduling a follow-up appointment for a distinguished older gentleman, and when I asked if he’d like me to write up a reminder card, he said no thanks I’ll put it in my phone. It’s strange to think that putting pen to paper, and composing a letter, or handwriting something on the calendar is considered the “old fashioned” way to communicate in an age where even seniors are going paperless. Remember learning cursive in school, and taking such care to dot your I’s and cross your T’s? The dawn of email, text messages, and voice dictation has almost made post-it notes and stationary a thing of the past.

Are You Ready For Ski Season?

Are You Ready For Ski Season?

This winter you could do the stationary bike or treadmill thing, but if you’re lucky enough to find some snow this season, hitting the slopes is an exhilarating way to stay fit, and take advantage of the senior discounts offered by many ski resorts across the country. High altitude adventures aren’t just for kids, and boomers are tackling their Olympic freestyle dreams one mountain at a time.

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.