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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!

Life is Great, When It’s Surrounded by Friends!

Having friends makes life worth living. Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships in the world. A good friend gives us strength, support, advice, and help us keep smiling in times of trouble. Friends accept you for who you are and believe in you no matter what. You may have conflicting emotions about relocating to an active adult community because you will leave your friends behind. However, don’t worry. If you are worried about losing your friends when you move, you can consider an active adult community in the same State. In addition, you can also look forward to making new friends within your new community. With similar interests and same age compatibility as well as plenty of social activities being organized at the Clubhouse, the chances of forming great new friendships will be quite high.

Everyone worries about how they will be accepted when they move to a new place. Hence, if you too are feeling worried – then these concerns are quite valid. You may wonder how others will feel about, whether they will like you and if you can gel in well within the community. These worries can be put to rest if you brave your fears and make the move to an active adult community for an exciting 55+ life. Many retirement living communities have a committee that is especially geared to welcome you into the neighborhood. All your neighbors and community ambassadors will gather to help newcomers to their communities, making them feel at home right from the start. So, don’t be surprised to find a party at the Clubhouse, organized by the committee, in your honor, on the day of your arrival.

Some communities may not have this tradition, but you will have ample opportunities to make new friends as you mingle with them at social gatherings, in the community cafes, and at the swimming pool or the golf club. Your new golfing buddies, cycling partners, hiking groups and so many more activity groups will keep you contently in touch with some great people who are out there to enjoy life during this second youth. If you are not into exercising at the fitness center or swimming in the pool, you can consider using the walking trails where you are sure to meet various groups of people doing the same thing as you. Even if you find it awkward at first, keep in mind that if you are receptive to your neighbors, you will make new friends before the month is over. Also, you will not be the new resident in the community for long. There will always be another new couple or single resident who will be joining your community. By this time, you will be helping your new friends organize a get-together to welcome them!

Life in an active adult retirement community can be extremely fun and exciting with friends to share your good times. You will be surprised at how much you have in common with them. Don’t think of life as an empty nester to be a time of depression and isolation. It’s a time for a new chapter to turn in your life. You will find out that with good friends and good neighbors, your life has just changed for the better.

There are over 8,500 active adult communities detailed in ActiveAdultLiving.com, a comprehensive national directory of active senior communities. Here are some randomly chosen communities which you can consider for making a life-altering move for the better:

Life is great with new friends and an active adult community that caters to your requirements. Visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, your one-stop information portal for details, and links to thousands of communities. You will find that they are easy to browse through and select from.

Healthy Senior Lifestyle

Why Senior Males Should not Ignore BPH Symptoms

Illnesses are common with the aging process. Both men and women can expect their share of various illnesses. These include arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Some diseases affect women more than men and vice versa. However, one problem that women are exempted from, and affects mostly elderly gentlemen quite often, is benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH.

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.

The Importance of Drinking Water

The Importance of Drinking Water for Seniors

Water is an all-important component in our lives.  Drinking water is vital to our health and lack of it for more than 24 hours becomes a life-threatening situation. 2/3 of the body consists of water and various tissues and organs in the body are made up of water.  As we age, there is a shifting in our need for water and thirst for water.  For example, you would notice that the less water you drink the less thirsty you are.  This can lead to dehydration and serious health complications.  If you are a senior, you should know water is essential for you and strive to consume it, even without a thirst cue coming from the body.

Home Remedies for Back Pain

Nothing ruins a good day than a gnawing backache.  Chronic back pain can be a major discomfort, and rather debilitating for some, especially for those who are past 55+ age.  Your back pain could be because you lifted something heavy in the wrong manner or twisted your back playing golf. It could also be a symptom of some other underlying illness.  Whatever the cause there are several home remedies that can provide relief for this situation.  However, we strongly advise that you consider the advice of a doctor if the back pain persists for longer than one week and is accompanied by numbness in the legs or loss of bowel or bladder control.  Here are some simple remedies that can help relieve back pain that is mild and resulting mainly from a muscle strain.

Why shopping can be good for you and what impact it carries on your health

Shopping your Way to Good Health, Advice for Senior Living

Your health is certainly a very important aspect of your life. As you know, when you age, your health state becomes more delicate. So, if you have not been taking care to preserve your good health up to this point, now is essentially a time to consider it and no time to spare either. While various healthy diets and all forms of suitable exercises are in the cards, have you thought of how to shop your way to good health? How can it affect your health? Yes, it can affect our wealth, if we go overboard in shopping sprees but how would our health be linked? Here are some insights into why shopping can be good for you and what impact it carries on your health.

seniors with pet dog

Importance of Pets for Healthy Happy Senior Living

As we grow older, the need to feel loved and cared for, and to feel appreciated and needed will heighten but not dwindle. Although the family may provide us with these feelings and emotions, one of the best ways of feeling needed and appreciated is by having a pet. These pets can come in canine or feline forms but there are also other pet options. Whether you raise a cat or a dog or a bird or any other pet, they are dependent on their owners for their lives and in return, they provide their owners with the feelings that they are needed, loved, and appreciated. Apart from these feelings, pets add to the lifestyle of any human, whether or not they are seniors.