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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.

Helping Your Dog Cope with Fireworks

The 4th of July is quintessential Americana with backyard BBQ’s, flip-flops, and a 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 is 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 casual 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!

Tips for Active Adults on Handling Finances

Older adults face a number of challenges as they age. One of these challenges is handling finances. These issues include how to pay for medical expenses and how to maintain their lifestyle on a fixed income. Here are a few financial tips for seniors on how to handle their money matters.

Benefits of Being Over 55

If you are feeling depressed after your 55th birthday, don’t be. Did you know that there are a number of surprising benefits of being over 55? These can be in just about every area of your life. If you were feeling sorry for yourself, now that you are a senior, here are few benefits you never even thought about.

Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is a two-week festival held every year in Munich, Germany. Starting in late September, it runs through early October. More than 6 million people attend this huge festival each year to have fun – and drink lots and lots of beer. While the main celebration for Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany, this celebration is also held in various other cities across the world, including the US. Here are some of the biggest and the best places in the USA which hold Oktoberfest celebrations.