Category Archives: Lifestyles

Retirement

Best States for Retiring

Born in one place, educated somewhere else, worked in many different places, including foreign postings and now it is time to settle down for your retirement. This is not an uncommon situation today. The past few decades have changed the world so much that we have so many options when we have to take a decision regarding our lives.

Great Hobbies for Seniors

Great Hobbies for Seniors

Is this for real? Is it really necessary to find some hobbies to keep ourselves occupied? Sigh….. yes, I guess. There are advantages to hobbies. Hobbies can help you to while away time in good weather and bad. Hobbies help you learn a new thing. Hobbies keep us occupied. However, finding hobbies, at our age, can be a little challenging. For example, these hobbies cannot be too expensive, as we need to watch the purse strings. But, they need to be fun. Hobbies also cannot be too strenuous, ‘cos let’s face it – we are no spring chickens! So, what are the most suitable hobbies for us seniors? Here’s a list that I compiled which I think is quite suitable, if I do say so myself!

Bocce Ball Playing has Increased in Many Active Adult Communities

Bocce is an ancient game that has been around for many, many years. Although you may not have heard of it before retirement, it is one of the most popular pastimes of active adults and is as popular as horseshoe and shuffleboard. This is a game that is fun to play, encourages healthy social interaction and friendly competition. So, what is a bocce ball? Let’s find out and maybe you will decide to take part in a game yourself.

Let’s Drink to Good Health

What do Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah have in common? Well if you’re thinking a leisurely afternoon at a winery than you’re right! But did you know that enjoying that glass of red wine is good for your heart and may prevent falls?

The skins and seeds of the grapes used to produce red wine contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol which has been shown to have effective anti-aging properties. Antioxidants as we know work to protect tissues and cells in our bodies against inflammation, cancer, and free radicals. A glass or two daily can inhibit cell damage caused by Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Research has also shown senior citizens to have an improvement in motor function thus reducing the frequency of falls. Does white wine have the same benefit? The difference is in the production. White wines, as opposed to reds, are produced without the grape skins which is where the antioxidant is found.

Can’t I just drink grape juice? You could. Concord grape juice is a good non-alcoholic alternative, but the levels of resveratrol are not quite as high because the entire grape isn’t always used in the process. If alcohol is off-limits for you, resveratrol is available in supplement form and is equally effective in its antioxidant benefit.

Red wine is still an alcoholic beverage so remember to enjoy in moderation. Certain prescription drugs should not be mixed with alcohol, so check with your doctor or pharmacist to know if there are any precautions to be taken.

It’s always nice to know when something like wine can be good for your health. Paired with the right foods especially good quality dark chocolate and you have a winning combination! But then again chocolate and red wine are always a winner, right?

Travel tips for active seniors

Travel Tips for Active Seniors

Retirement is the best time to enjoy life. Retirement allows you to do things you could not do before. Travel is one of the most popular past-times for seniors. They have the time and, most often, the resources to enjoy travelling now that life is slowing down. However, when considering travelling, it is important that you plan for travel accordingly. If you don’t, you will be in for some taxing experiences.

Why Retired Seniors should Consider Volunteering

6 Reasons Why Retired Seniors should Consider Volunteering

Upon retirement, you may have considerations about volunteering. This is a great idea, although bear in mind, volunteering is not for everyone. In addition, although there are various types of volunteerism, you should be aware you may not be up to some forms of volunteerism. Therefore, you should always consider your strengths, abilities, and personality before proceeding. The final take on the subject is that although volunteering can be sometimes a challenge, it can be extremely rewarding.

Senior Friends

How to Stay Young at Heart

Your Age should not Limit your 55Plus Active Lifestyle and Hamper your Activities

Some make the mistake of thinking that they are over the hill when you enter their 40s. But what happens when you enter your 50s and 60s? Have you crossed the hill and climbed a mountain? The aging process can be either received with happiness and contentment or with sadness and depression. When you think about it, age is just a number. It is how you feel as you age that really gets you down. If you are entering the mid-40s or 50s or even the 60s, keep in mind, how you feel about your age is all in the way you look at it. If you choose to look at it as a carefree, exciting second youth, sans all the burdens of future expectations and family responsibilities, then, this is going to be one of the best phases in your life!

Weight Loss Tips for Seniors

The 5.2 Diet – Can it Aid Weight Loss and Long Life?

Many active adults are concerned about weight gain and how it affects their health. There are a number of diets and exercise plans that can be considered for this problem. New and improved ways of ensuring weight loss and long and healthy lives are always being introduced for you to try. This means you have to give up the foods you like to eat and make significant changes to your lifestyle. However, if you are interested in living a long life and being fit and trim, yet don’t wish to change your lifestyle too much, you could try the 5.2 diet.