Category Archives: Learning and Education

Helping Your Dog Cope with Fireworks

The 4th of July is quintessential Americana with backyard BBQs, flip-flops, and spectacular fireworks show. I love to participate in the festivities, but my dog? Not so much. Fireworks were a four-letter word in our household, and while everyone else was enjoying a warm summer evening watching the night sky come alive with sparkles… my girl was camped out in the bathtub praying for daylight. Independence Day? It was more like Co-dependence day. Over the years, I found ways to get both of us through the holiday that I hope you’ll find helpful as well.

Reassurance and coddling are instinctual when it comes to curbing fear, and anxiety. I learned that the more I paid attention, the more clingy, and frantic she became. I started ignoring the behavior and would act casually like it was no big deal. The result? She wasn’t cured by any means, but I noticed rather than coming to me, she would find her own comfort zone to ride out the storm whether it was the tub, her crate, etc.

Herbal supplements such as Valerian Root, or Bach’s Rescue Remedy are good over the counter remedies for mild cases of anxiety. Severe stress may require treatment with a sedative, but should always be discussed with your veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. It’s a good idea to make an appointment prior to the holiday to discuss the best options for managing a meltdown. I found rubbing a bit of lavender essential oil onto her ears, and paws had a soothing effect, and it worked well for her mom too!

Stuff hollow toys with peanut butter or cheese for a tasty distraction, or engage your dog in an indoor game of fetch or impromptu training session. If your dog is reluctant to participate don’t force them, as this can cause more anxiety.

Please don’t leave your pets outdoors unattended where they may escape. Animal shelters take in many lost dogs this time of year, so make sure they are properly licensed with ID tags, and keep them safe inside.

To you, and your fur kids, I wish you a happy, and safe 4th!

Focus on Oregon

The State of Oregon is rich with nature’s bounty, and an ideal place to relocate to and spend that wonderful 2nd youth, exploring the world in its natural element.   Rugged sea coasts, high mountain passes, lush greenery, magnificent waterfalls, and stately Ponderosa pines will blow you away, as you take long drives through the State of Oregon or simply throw open your windows and look outside in the morning!  If you are considering relocating to Oregon in your retirement years, here is why it can be a super choice for you.

Benefits of Going Back to School

Are you Ready to go Back to School?

We never stop learning. We are always learning new things even when our academics are complete. We learn at home, when working, through our interests and hobbies, etc. But, going back to school gives us an added advantage. This enables us to gather more knowledge, through a course or degree that can help us improve our lifestyle. So, why not consider going back to school, now that you are retired and have the time?

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 students are preparing for the classes

Considering Going Back to School?

Retirement is not only about moving to warmer climes and playing golf all day. It can also be a time for considering continuing your education. If you didn’t have time to get a degree, retirement promises to be the best time to pursue it. Many colleges and universities have made it easier for retirees to go back to school and obtain their degrees. Although it can be a bit intimidating, it is well worth it. Here are a few points to consider if you are considering going back to school.

Senior Working Online

55+ and Hating Computers? Here are Some Encouragements to Brush up Your Techy Skills

Technology is becoming a part of our everyday life whether we like it or not. As seniors, we may not wish to embrace this new concept, but what choice do we have. As the saying goes “we have to move with the times, or be left behind”. So, what should seniors do? Do we embrace technology and learn all we can on how to operate a computer and its many search engines? Yes! Let’s become more tech-savvy and “chat” with our friends on Skype, be “friendly” on Facebook and stay connected with family, friends, and caregivers through the internet while learning all we can about what this great invention can do.

Which Type of Mortgage Loan Would you Choose to Buy Your Home?

If you have decided to buy a home to retire in, it is time to act fast and get your mortgage. But wait! Things have changed significantly since the time you may have walked into a bank and gotten a mortgage for your first home. Did you know there are different types of mortgages? Which one will you choose when buying your home? Having a basic understanding of these mortgages will help you choose the most suitable. Below are three popular mortgages that can be considered when purchasing a 55Plus senior home for retired living.

Senior man working on computer at home

Online Telecommuting for Seniors

Retirement is all about relaxing and enjoying life. However, there might be a time when you are either a bit bored from sitting around home enjoying the good life or when you need a few extra dollars to supplement your income. Either way, you can still choose to work and earn an income, even past 55+ age. There are many activities or jobs you can consider engaging in without sacrificing your new-found freedom. One of the best options might be to find a telecommuting job that allows you to work online, from the comfort of your home.