Category Archives: Learning and Education

Mentoring Helps Seniors Find Purpose_

Mentoring Helps Seniors Find Purpose

A mentor helps you see the beauty in your dreams~ As a kid, my greatest source of wisdom was my grandmother. She was a fountain of knowledge, inspiration, and in some instances a healthy dose of tough love. To this day her legacy and words live on in my heart, and I continue to use her life lessons each and every day. If I had the advice to give to our younger generation, it would be to find a mentor. Every child needs someone to confide in, to gain advice from, and feel inspired by, and seniors can benefit equally by imparting their years of knowledge, and provide a listening ear. How many times do we hear older adults wishing they wish they could teach today’s youth a thing or two? Well, why not get involved?

Innovative Technologies for Seniors

Innovative Technologies for Seniors

According to the Pew Research Center, 71% of web-savvy seniors use the internet on a near-daily basis. Whether for entertainment, social media, or business, technologies like smartphones, and tablets have become commonplace amongst today’s active adults. Keeping in touch with friends, and loved ones via the internet, or reading digital versions of books, and magazines is easy, and practical. For seniors opting to age in place, the latest, and greatest tech gadgets can be life-saving, and a convenient way to perform daily tasks such as managing appointments and keeping up on medication schedules.

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is words which seniors should take to heart. These words mean keeping your body and mind engaged by pursuing new things. This can be knowledge or experience or both. Although you may hesitate at trying something new, at this stage in your life, the rewards of learning a new skill or pursuing your passions are well worth it.

There are a number of benefits you can gain through lifelong learning, be it learning a new language, learning how to dance, or writing articles. Here are some of those benefits.

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is becoming one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. Millions of people are losing their vital information and more. Identity thieves commonly target seniors, and this is why great care should be taken in order not to get caught in this trap.

What is identity theft? This is when your personal information is stolen and exploited. For example, if your credit card or social security numbers are stolen, identity thieves use this information to use your credit card and social security. They take out huge loans, spend money on your credit cards, and commit various other crimes under your name.

Head Back to Class-Post Retirement?

Have a penchant for academia, or thought you missed your chance to make the honor roll? If you’re finding you have time on your hands, and love learning, what if I said you could make heading back to the class part of daily life? Thanks to university-based retirement communities, the grandkids won’t be the only ones shopping the back-to-school sales! College life as a baby boomer or retiree gives you the opportunity to learn what you want rather than what’s on the prerequisite list, and there’s no pressure to pull an all-night study session unless of course, you want to. Missed out on frat parties? I won’t tell you.

Time and time again research has proven the cognitive, and physical benefits of learning later in life, and these university communities are providing the chance for active adults to stimulate their minds and have fun doing it. Most college retirement communities are located in proximity to the universities themselves providing transportation to and from, and residents have access to amenities such as libraries, fitness centers while mingling with the younger crowd.

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?