Benefits of Grapefruit

Health Benefits of Grapefruit

Grapefruit has been around for decades. I think the fruit was discovered in Barbados. It is believed to be a crossbreeding between the orange and the pomelo. Ok, so the breading of the fruit is not all that clear, but I have to tell you that one thing is quite clear. This is one fruit considered to be one of the healthiest on the planet. There are really powerful health benefits in this fruit that you really have to read this article to know. One thing you should keep in mind though, grapefruit or grapefruit juice can interact with certain medications. So, I advise you to speak to your doctor before you make the most of its health benefits.

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Are you at Risk of Developing Diabetes?

Have you noticed when you pass 50+ our list of medications increases with every passing year? First, we start with medication for managing HP and heart conditions and then move on from there to medication for arthritis, bladder issues, digestion problems, etc. etc. Well, let me add another medication to this long list. How about diabetes medication? According to the New York City Health Department, as of June 10th, diabetes is at an all-time high. It contributed to 5,695 deaths in the past year. Furthermore, diabetes claims at least one life every 90 minutes. Aren’t these appalling statistics? What should we do?

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!

Active Adult Retirement Community

Taking a Closer Look at 55+ Active Adult Communities

When we talk about 55+ active adult communities, do we really know what we are talking about? What are these communities? What do they offer 55+ adults, such as, us? What are their restrictions and what are the costs associated with living in one of these communities? These are some of the questions many of my friends and I ponder when we discuss our retirement. After some digging around, I sure managed to become better educated on these 55+ communities and thought I should share my finds.

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

Overcoming the Empty-Nest Syndrome

Many boomers go through the Empty-Nest Syndrome once their children have moved out and they find themselves all alone at home. No running around getting things together, no drop-offs and pick-ups from schools and no planning dinner menus anymore. Many boomers wait for this freedom while they are rushing through life with their kids and responsibilities. But, when it finally dawns on us, along with this free time comes the most awful feeling in the world, loneliness. This is when the Empty-Nest Syndrome comes into play.

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?

Current Scams Targeting Seniors

Seniors Beware – There are many Scammers Targeting you!

Seniors fall prey to various scams. These can be financial scams, counterfeit drug scams, funeral and cemetery scams, telemarketing scams and many more. Why are seniors so susceptible to scams? Why do scam artists target them? Seniors are an attractive target to many scam artists because they are more trusting than others, isolated from their families and also because they are considered more prosperous. Provided below are several types of scams that you may fall prey to and how you can avoid them.