Job Hunting Tips for Seniors

Job Hunting Tips For Seniors

Just like it has in every industry, the economic downturn has had some really serious impact on the older workforce. For seniors who are in the labor market, or those who are looking to return, searching for a job can be a really daunting, time consuming and overwhelming experience. Whether you are hunting for part-time job to support your income or a full time job to make ends meet, you are going to be needing some strategies and luckily for you, the tips offered below are such good strategies for seniors who are hunting for jobs. Without further ado, we are going to look at three of the most important strategies to utilize when hunting for a job as a senior;

YOUR EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE ARE IMPORTANT

When it comes to getting a job, seniors are in a very unique position as you’ll have to compete with younger people in the field for the same job. However, you can use this position to your advantage. Unlike most youngsters who are job hunting, seniors are better equipped with experience. The wealth of knowledge that you have garnered over the years, as well as the skills and special talents you have developed will serve as an advantage to your job hunting process. As a matter of fact, there are lots of employers that appreciates experience over any other thing. Make sure you make your experience noteworthy in your cove letters and resume. This will serve as the number one reason why your employer needs to assign you that position you are seeking.

RELAX AND GO WITH THE BEST SUITABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

Simply because you are a senior doesn’t mean you should rush into any job offer you get. Just like every other job search, you need to carefully assess your interests and needs before you begin your job hunt. You need to know if you’d like to try something else, an entirely different field, or if you’d like to remain in the same line of work. Do you want to work part-time or full time? What kind of financial goals have you set for yourself? What skills are you very sure and confident about? Which of your skills do you want to drop? These and many other factors are things you should assess before going on a job hunt. Once you are sure about your strength and weaknesses, you’ll be able to determine the best opportunity for you.

POLISH YOUR RESUME

You can log on to online job boards and look for the job that matches your interests and skills in order to be able to create a resume that will match the job you wish to fill in for. Make use of tools like Resume Builder to help you come up with the best resume. You also need to consider the fact that you might be needing some crash courses in order to brush up your experience. This will be no problem as there are now a lot of affordable courses online that are sure to match your job description.

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seniors staying active

Why staying busy is essential for better health in seniors?

Old age is associated with a lot of things. Most people believe that is the down fall of the life. This assumption needs to be corrected. Being old is fun if you get involved the age-appropriate activities. Life does not end with old age, it just enters into a new phase of life which should be lived to its fullest. Seniors mostly like to get involved in different activities to pass their time in an effective way. Remaining busy or following a proper schedule is essential for the seniors due to a lot of reasons that mainly includes health benefits:

Health benefits of remaining busy:

If the seniors are involved in proper activities, they can get the following benefits:

·        Increased immunity: The first and the most important benefit of getting involved in the favorite hobbies include the improvement of the immunity system. Physical activities help older people to maintain a proper control against some of the chronic illnesses. Moreover, hobbies will also improve the overall quality of life that reduces the chances of diseases.

·        Improvement of memory: When a person is involved in their favorite activity on daily basis, they tend to put in some effort which is why their memory remains sharp. There are some hobbies that will eventually increase the ability to remember things in the elders.

·        Reduction of stress: Old age is associated with a lot of things that can cause extreme stress. If the seniors are not provided with any kind of activity, they will sit and think about the negative things that happened in their lives. As a result, they will remain depressed. Activities, on the other hand, does not provide time to remember the stress-full events of life.

·        Improvement in flexibility: Another great health benefit of getting involved in different activities is the improvement in the flexibility. Activities will allow the person to move their body that will also provide them with the benefits of exercising. Activities like Yoga or playing different games is the best option that can be selected for the improvement of flexibility.

·        Improvement of self-esteem: The thought that they are able to perform the activities of life in a proper way is the best thing that can increase the self-esteem of a person. When it comes to old age, a general perception is that people are not able to perform certain activities which in return, lower the self-esteem level of the seniors.

·        Quality sleep: Having a busy day or following a proper schedule will help seniors to have a better good night sleep. Sleep issues are common in old age that can be sorted out with the help of different activities.

Old age can become a time period full of fun if proper facilities are provided to the people. Make sure you allow them to get involved in their favorite hobbies or activities.  

Increase Retirement Savings

Great Ways to Increase Your Retirement Savings

There are many easy to implement ways to increase your retirement savings.

Most people no matter what line of work they are in dream of one day retiring, and having the freedom of being to chose how they spend their day.  The challenge that many people often face is that they are not on track with their retirement savings, or they believe that it is too late to begin to save.  The truth is that it is never too late to begin to put money towards your future retirement goals.

The good news is that there are also many opportunities to supplement your current income, and put additional money away each month.  According to mymoneycounselor.com 67% of Americans admit that they are not on schedule in terms of reaching their retirement goals.  If you fall into this statistics here are a few ideas on ways to drive additional monthly income.

Start a business to supplement your retirement savings

Starting a business might sound like a daunting task, and it is in some industries.  However, starting a small home based business may be easier than you think.  Technology has made the process and costs associated with starting a small business much less daunting than it once was.  People are always searching for quality products, and services. A few great home based business ideas are:

  • Business Services (Marketing, Accounting, Business Consulting, Computer Repair)
  • Cleaning Services
  • Writing (Ghost Writing, Book Writing, Resume and Cover Letter Writing)

If you are interested in learning more about some potential businesses ideas and the process for starting a small business their are some great resources available online that address the subject in more detail.  Starting a small business is hard work, but it may be the perfect opportunity for you to roll up your sleeves, and stash some additional funds for retirement, and your future goals.

Work a weekend job to save money for retirement

Times are tough, and sometimes the best way to save additional money is to work more hours, or get a second part time job to make ends meet, and have the ability to save.  There is nothing to be ashamed of if you have the need to work a few hours during the weekend or on the weekend in another role.  Working two jobs can take some time to get use to, and requires strong time management skills.  Remember that the the end goal is to put more money into your retirement account, and those extra hours each week will get you one step closer to being able to achieve that goal.

Reduce your monthly expenses to save more for retirement goals

It is amazing how much the average person spends each week on expenses that should be outside the scope of their budget.  It is even more amazing that a lot of people do not even have a budget, or an idea of how much they should spend vs save each week.  Costs can easily add up very quickly if you are not taking the time each week to access and make adjustments to your spending habits.  A few ways that your monthly costs can be reduced are:

  • Eating out less (You will save a ton!)
  • Joining a rideshare service to save money on gas
  • Invest in a prepaid phone plan Vs. being locked into a more expensive contract
  • Quit smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Spend more time at home

There are a plethora of ways that people can increase the amount of money that can put towards retirement each month.  Your strategy may be to increase your monthly income or to reduce the expenses that you carry.  You will be thankful that you put in the time to analyze your current situation, and made the necessary adjustments to reach your financial goals.  What tactics do you use to save money for retirement? Comment below.  

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Seniors

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure in Seniors

And: a look at new research between blood pressure and mortality rates

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) increases the chances of having a stroke. Hypertension can also increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, among other health problems.

Some things you can do to lower high blood pressure:

  • Eat less salt
  • Exercise more
  • Stop smoking (if necessary)
  • Lose weight (if necessary)
  • Certain medications (if your blood pressure won’t lower naturally)

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure

There are three things you should know about a high blood pressure:

  1. High blood pressure is usually a chronic condition with few or no symptoms.
  2. If symptoms do occur, it’s usually when your blood pressure spikes. It usually does this so suddenly and extremely that it’s considered a medical emergency.
  3. Dizzy spells, headaches and nosebleeds are some of the rare symptoms.

High blood pressure (hypertension) has 2 major categories:

  1. Primary hypertension (also known as essential hypertension): this has no specific cause. Instead, it slowly develops over time, and is most often hereditary.
  2. Secondary hypertension: a high blood pressure is a direct result of a health condition.

To know—definitively—whether you have high blood pressure or not, you need to have your blood tested.

The new research on blood pressure and mortality rates

Oddly enough, this new research shows that for older people who are more mobile, more active with high blood pressure indicates a risk of death. Those who are slow-moving and have high blood pressure are less likely to die from hypertension-related problems.

This research comes out of Oregon State University, and builds on earlier research which showed a relationship between hypertension and death: and it all depends on how frail on older person is—for that study frailty was measured by how fast or slow someone could walk.

The data, which showed that high blood pressure in active older people had higher mortality rate, was collated from a study that looked at 7,500 people 65 and over. Over six years, three analyses where done:

  1. Walking speed—the participants were split up between normal and slow
  2. Grip strength—the participants were split up between weak grip and normal grip

The third analysis was to study the combinations: the results were that the “strongest inverse association between high blood pressure and mortality was for slow walkers with weak grip strength.”[1]

Seeing your doctor for high blood pressure

It’s always a good idea to see your doctor if treatment for blood pressure isn’t working. It is also recommended that if you experience the following, you should call your doctor:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Blurry vision
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait and see if it goes away. The sooner you see a doctor, the better chance you have of preventing any serious problems.

[1] http://www.cardiovascularbusiness.com/topics/vascular-endovascular/high-blood-pressure-doesn%E2%80%99t-indicate-mortality-risk-inactive-elderly-patients

The best apps for seniors

The Best Apps For Seniors

From social media apps, to staying informed and games: we look at some of the best apps for seniors

The internet does not belong to the younger generations. Despite the many negative stereotypes around seniors and social media, the internet has been as great for seniors as it has for everyone else.

In a previous blog, Seniors and Social Media, we looked at 5 of the benefits of social media for seniors:

  1. Staying connected
  2. Staying informed
  3. Starting a new business
  4. Taking advantage of online sales
  5. Entertainment

What we didn’t address in that blog was how to do these things. And while the largest growing demographic on Facebook is over 55s (there was an 80% increase in America between and 2014), many other tools exist to help seniors communicate with friends and family across the globe.

Apps to stay connected

Staying connected is the primary reason seniors use the internet (75% of seniors in fact use it to not feel isolated), with email and Facebook being the standard options. Email has proved useful for seniors who no longer feel comfortable going down to the post office and mailing a letter—also, with email you don’t have to worry about the price of stamps: or whether the mailman will deliver the letter on time.

Apps to stay connected:

  1. Skype

Skype transformed the way the world used video conferencing. With a wide range of options, and an option to type, or talk without image—sometimes good for slow internet connections—Skype has helped people stay connected.

Seniors with a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone can, after installing this app, talk with their children and grand-children wherever they are. Skype is usually a more cost-effective option than long-distancing calling.

  1. Facebook messenger

We’ve already mentioned Facebook, but one of Facebook’s apps Messenger provides more than just a text message service. In a similar—but more basic—way to Skype, you can do video and voice calling to anywhere in the world.

These are just two apps to stay connected. There are plenty of text-only and video calling apps available depending on whether you use an Android, Apple or Google phone. For example, Apple has FaceTime, which in an excellent service if you have an Apple device.

Apps for staying informed

Most news services have their own apps, however, many of these put their articles behind a paywall—often charging a few dollars per article or offering a monthly subscription fee. Often finding the best news app depends on which news channel you prefer to watch, or which newspaper you prefer. Here are two apps which aggregate news for you:

  1. American News

For Android users, there is the app American News. This provides you with easy access to read the latest news in America.

  1. News Addict

This is an app which provides access to 41of the best mobile news sites. Which also integrates with a full-screen browser for those whose eyes can’t read a phone screen.

Taking advantage of online sales

Everyone likes a sale. And now that most businesses offer to deliver to your door, staying informed about when your favorite store is having a sale is incredibly handy.

Apps like Flipp and Ibotta, while not as functional as Facebook, offer users a way to find coupons, save them and use them either straightway or later. These apps, both available for Apple and Android have their pros and cons.

The pros of these apps are their ability to collect coupons, and special offers in one convenient place. However, navigating these apps can be at times clunky. At the end of the day though, these apps, and similar apps can provide you with good shopping deals.

Apps for entertainment

This section is an extension of apps to stay connected. Game apps allow you to connect with friends wherever they are and play games like chess, scrabble, checkers and card games.

  1. Words with Friends

This has quickly become one of the most popular free word game apps. Similar in many ways to Scrabble, Words with Friends allows players to connect and play with friends or play solo.

You can improve—or refresh—your vocabulary; track your performance and improvement with in-game statistics; chat with friends in-game as well as access the game on your computer, laptop, tablet and phone.

  1. Chess.com

There are thousands of chess apps. Most are terrible, and clunky and detract from the experience of playing chess. Chess.com is simply to use, easy to read, easy to see, and best of all; it’s easy to navigate.

Benefits of entertainment apps

Entertainment apps keep the brain active, keep the user entertained and allow them to talk with friends. Entertainment apps are great for seniors who are looking for ways to keep their brains occupied, and with apps like Words with Friends and Chess.com, they provide the challenge and stimulation that is so beneficial.

Apps for reading

For the avid reader who doesn’t want to pick up a weighty book, but is fine with the modern, sleek e-reader: apps like Kindle and iBooks are a great way to store hundreds of books on an e-reader. A good e-reader will allow you to enlarge the text, highlight words (some have in-built dictionaries) and leave notes for later.

Health

  1. WebMD

WebMD is a good source of information, but it’s also a terrible place for those with a tendency to self-diagnose. With that said, WebMD is still one of the most trusted places for medical information online.

  1. Medisafe

Forgetting to take medication is not just something seniors do, but there is app to help seniors keep track of their medication—and when to take it—as well as help them to comply with a treatment plan. With this app, you can set reminders and create status reports to help track their treatment plans and provide accurate reporting for their doctors.

The best apps for seniors

The best apps for seniors are the ones that help them with their day-to-day activities as well as the ones that help them stay connected and active. Our list is the tip of the iceberg for effect apps to help seniors in their day-to-day living.

Thank you for reading.

Adult Coloring Book

The Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

Did you know adult coloring books are beneficial for your emotional, mental and intellectual health?

Adult coloring books enjoyed phenomenal success three or four years ago, and since then you can get everything from Harry Potter adult coloring books, to Game of Thrones, Discworld and Dr. Who.

While they are principally used for entertaining, there are a surprising number of health benefits to regularly using adult coloring books.

4 benefits of adult coloring books

The use of coloring books has great benefits to help stress, improve creativity, and even has helped people with mental and emotional health issues.

1.       Alternative to meditation

Psychologists have been prescribing adult coloring as early as Carl Jung’s time. Jung thought it would help patients access their subconscious, and many modern psychologists recommend it as a meditation alternative.

By focusing on coloring intricate pictures for hours on end, it forces your mind away from everything else except what’s in front of you.

2.       Remove the focus from negative habits

Adult coloring books have helped people with obsessive-compulsive disorders for similar reasons to the first point. The hours spent in focusing on the adult coloring book helps to remove the focus from the negative habit to a safe and productive outlet in the coloring book.

3.       Intellectual stimulation

Using a coloring book for intellection stimulation sounds strange. But if you’ve seen an adult coloring book you’ll know they are full of fine detail and intricate patterns. When using a coloring book, you have to think about: color choice, balance, applying pencil to paper as well as fine motor skills and problem solving.

This has potential for use in occupational therapy when it comes to having to retrain the brain—coloring increasingly difficult designs could be hugely beneficial for skills retraining.

4.       Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness can, for some people, sound too new age for comfort, but practicing mindfulness has practical health-related benefits. If you’ve even been laid up in a hospital either pre- or post-op, it’s mind-numbingly boring. You have little to do but dwell on your current situation. Which isn’t all that healthy.

Replacing those negative thoughts with keeping the pencil in between the lines and deciding on what color to use next and how you want to the whole page to look will take your mind off your current situation. The benefit being you’re no longer dwelling on the negative of your situation but rather the enjoyment of the project in front of you.

The many benefits of adult coloring books

These are just 4 of the benefits that come with using adult coloring books. They are highly effective for many other reasons, and the idea behind keeping someone occupied through entertainment and problem-solving is a time-tested method of therapy.

Why not, next time you pass a bookstore or you’re browsing online, check out the wonderful world of adult coloring books. These fun, beneficial, coloring books could brighten up your day, or the day of a loved one.

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Senior Falls: Avoiding a Disaster

Falls are one of the most dangerous events that can take place in the life of a senior.

In most cases falls can lead to other health related conditions, and can be the start of a decline.  It is estimated that over 800,000 people are hospitalized a year as a result of a fall.  It is also estimated that 1 out of 5 falls causes serious injuries including death.  Senior falls are much more common than many people think and can lead to serious injuries such as breaks, fractures, and head trauma.  Many senior in home care franchises across the country are recognizing the dangers of senior falls, and providing free in home assessments to identify possible dangers in the home.  It is worth looking online and contacting a home care franchise about doing a fall prevention assessment if you have concerns. There are a few key tips to keep in mind when trying to protect your loved one from the risk of a fall.

One of the most important ways to combat the chance of a fall for a senior is to maintain an active, and healthy lifestyle.  Remaining active is key for maintaining and building muscle. Remaining active will also help a senior with their balance, and stamina.  There are plenty of resources available to seniors and their families in regards to physical exercises to maintain balance.  A balanced diet is also a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in an effort to combat the risk of a fall.  Muscle is built and maintained by having a protein rich diet.  Seniors should access and make changes to their diets if they are not getting enough daily protein.  It is recommended that a senior eat between 1 and 1.2 g/kg of protein a day.

Seniors fall every day simply because they had too much clutter in their home that obstructed their walking path.  Seniors and their families should clean up anything in a seniors home that could cause an accidental trip.  This could include items such as small furniture, pet toys, phone/ computer cords, and rugs.  Checking the outside of the home is just as important as checking the inside as a fall can happen anywhere.  Make sure that your senior loved one is taken care of during inclement weather conditions and avoids going out when weather conditions are not favorable.

Knowledge is power, and we have the ability to talk to our senior loved ones about falls.  Avoiding anything is easier when you have the knowledge to combat it.  Sit down and talk to your loved one about the risks associated with falls, and get their thoughts on areas of their life that may cause them danger. Keep an open mind during this discussion, and reassure your senior loved one that you are looking out for their best interest.  Some seniors may feel as though you are trying to remove them from their home or suggesting they seek care.

Avoiding a fall is one of the most important factors that seniors and their families should try to prevent.  The best method of avoiding falls is by maintaining health and preventing dangerous circumstances by thinking ahead of risks.  Do you have any tips on avoiding a senior fall? Leave us a comment below.

Living Over 100

Best Advice for Living Over 100

Living to 100 sounds nice, doesn’t it? Think of all the things you would get to see, the people you would meet, the change in the world you would witness.

Living longer is quite a popular concept. There are entire industries dedicated to making people look younger for as long as possible.

But looks aside, what’s the best advice for living over 100?

7 pieces of advice on living over 100

What you will notice about the list to follow is how eclectic it is. Everything from shopping and drinking, to oral hygiene and sleeping. This list is a small number of things you can do if you want to live to be over 100.

1.       Go out every day.

Get out of the house every day, even if it’s only to walk around the block—the important this is to keep moving.

2.       Find reasons to laugh.

A study published showed that a group of 243 centenarians all had a love of laughter. Because, as we know, laughter is good for us.

3.       Go shopping regularly.

Another study has said those who shop frequently live longer—this study was conducted with men and women over 65 and found that “daily shopping lowered risk of death by 28% of men and 23% of women.”[1]

4.       Good oral hygiene

Poor oral health is associated with a shorter life expectancy. Brushing and flossing regularly as well as eating a well-balanced diet will go a long way to helping you live longer.

5.       Drink alcohol (in moderation)

Drinking a glass or two of alcohol a day could help middle-aged, and older, adults live longer. Of course, more than 2 glasses a day, and you increase the risk of an early death by 30%. So, while it’s a fine line, having a glass of red wine, or a little whiskey at night can be a good thing.

6.       Go on vacation more

There’s actually a study that says the more frequently people take vacations the longer they live. So, you should definitely take that 4 weeks of vacation time a year. Every year. Relaxing, exploring new places and having fun can actually contribute to living longer. Why not do it?

7.       Get plenty of sleep—but not too much sleep

A 2010 study showed that people who don’t get adequate sleep die younger; compared to those who get the right amount of sleep. The study concluded that people who got fewer than six hours sleep a night, where four times more like to die early.[2]

How to live to be over 100

The best way to live to be over 100 is to eat well, exercise a little, don’t take life too seriously, value experiences and memories over money and generally just enjoy yourself, your friends and your family.

The best advice is: never forget life is meant to be enjoyed.

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[1]http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/100-ways-live-to-100_n_3956896

[2] Ibid

combating Alzheimers with video games

How Videos Games are Helping to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Research is emerging which hypothesizes video games may help seniors retain cognitive function

Alzheimer’s is a horribly debilitating disease with no known cure. However, scientists are working on a video game would could delay the symptoms of, or prevent, Alzheimer’s.

Research data shown at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the middle of 2016 suggested a certain type of video game could decrease the risk of dementia symptoms by half.

The role video games could play in fighting Alzheimer’s disease

A quick disclaimer: playing Call of Duty or Halo is not likely to help decrease the symptoms of dementia—these games are good for those trigger-happy gamers who like mindless violence as a way to switch off and ignore the world for a while.

The type of video game being discussed here is called speed-of-processing task: a cognitive training program that 2,800 people took as part of a study. The average age of the participants was 74, and the scientists tracked them for 10 years. The ten-year study’s objective was to hopefully find out how the cognitive training could impact the functioning of older healthy patients.

Discovering a video game that could prevent the development of Alzheimer’s

The ten-year study had four groups, one was a control group that did nothing. Another group played the speed-of-processing task and the final two groups took a memory or reasoning class.

A paper from the test was published in 2014 showed cognitive training could help with certain tasks like driving or balancing a checkbook.

In July of 2016, findings showed that of the group who played the game 10-14 hours of the game over ten years were 48% less likely to have developed Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia; this was compared those who didn’t have any brain training.

The harsh reality of Alzheimer’s research

The results sound promising. 48% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s from playing a video game for 14 hours over ten years! What’s not to get excited about? Well, the nature of Alzheimer’s is that no one wants to get their hopes up—especially the people responsible for treating and hopefully one day curing it.

At the moment, the news that computerized training could one day have significant preventive effects on Alzheimer’s is exciting enough. It’s given scientists a launching pad for further research and study.

Even researchers who were closely involved in the ten-year study have said, yes, these findings are good because we now know training and exercising cognitive function can mitigate the possibility of Alzheimer’s.

What researchers also know is they are a long way off from claiming they have found a cure to one of the most devastating, destructive diseases known to man.

Video games and the future of Alzheimer’s treatment

The possibility of apps and online games to improve cognitive ability and so lessen the chances of Alzheimer’s is now very real, and could soon—hopefully—be an answer to a devastating problem.

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/27/could-this-computer-game-delay-alzheimers-symptoms-new-study-suggests-it-could/?utm_term=.c4a9a86c939f

 

Seniors and Blogging

Making Money Blogging: A Great Hobby For Seniors

Let me start out this post by saying that making money blogging is not an easy venture, but it can be accomplished by putting in a significant amount of time, effort, and in some cases money.  The good news is that anyone with access to a computer, and basic writing skills can create a blog, and develop a following.  The best approach to making money blogging is to first figure out what you are passionate about, and what you could easily talk about with the world.  If you eventually want to make money blogging it is always best to focus around a specific niche, and overtime become the go to place for subject matter in your chosen area.  Before I go into detail as to why blogging is a good option for seniors I also want to mention that making money blogging does not happen overnight.  You will need to dedicate time and energy developing topics around your niche that people will want to engage with, share, and hopefully contribute to.  I also feel the need to mention that I am in no way a professional blogger.  I blog because I enjoy sharing my experience, knowledge, and insights.

Why Seniors Should Consider Blogging

There are many reasons as to why blogging would make a great hobby for seniors.  One of the most mentionable reasons is that it allows them to keep up to date with technology, and learn more about digital communications.  There is no better way to learn technology then to get online, and teach yourself new skills.  There are plenty of how to videos, and other resources online to teach people how to set up a blog, contribute to it, and analyze its success.  Blogging also gives seniors a chance to learn, and enhance their social media skills.  Making money blogging involves both writing content, and figuring out ways to share it….hence the new social media knowledge.

Another key reason why seniors would make great bloggers is they have had life experiences that many of us younger generation have not had.  Why is this important? Well for one it gives seniors access to a wealth of subject matter to transform into consumable content that engages an audience.  People are looking to engage with blogs that deliver quality, and unique perspectives.  There is also an untapped opportunity in blogging for seniors because there aren’t that many seniors doing it.  Blogging is often looked at as a young a hip practice, but the times are changing, and all generations are beginning to see the value of contributing to online conversations.  Are you going to be the next senior blogger success? You can be!

Besides being an outlet to share experiences with the world blogging is also a great way that seniors can combat loneliness, and enrich their lives in a new way.  I find in my own life that blogging gives me another purpose, and a part of my day that I look forward to.  Blogging creates an avenue to build a network, and have conversations with people from all over the world.  The moral of the story is that blogging is an awesome way for seniors and other adults to connect and build meaningful relationships.

How Should Senior Get Started

There are tons of blogging platforms out there that are easy to set up, and easy to manage.  It really depends what your blogging goals are.  If you are looking to jump right into blogging today I would suggest looking at blogging platforms like Blogger, or Tumblr.  Both options are very easy to set up, and contribute quickly.  If you want a platform that has more customization capabilities, and SEO features then I would suggest looking into wordpress.org.  At the end of the day this is going to be your blog, and place you build your network so it’s best to weigh the pros, and cons of all of the blogging sites you are considering.  Don’t forget, there are a ton of bloggers out their talking about the best practices of blogging.  May be worth a quick Google search do assist in your research.

Final Thoughts About Making Money Blogging

Some bloggers are very fortunate to be able to make a career out of their blogs.  For others, they have yet to make a penny off of their effort.  If you enjoy writing, and are up for a challenge then blogging may be for you.  Just remember that the most successful blogs are the ones that deliver unique messages that people actually want to read, and engage with.  Writing content that is consumable and shareable involves passion outside of the idea of gaining financial success.  If you have an idea for a blog that would add value to the lives of others, and the time to dedicate then what is stopping you? Age should not stand in your way.

Interested in learning more about seniors and technology?

Seniors and Driving

Seniors and Driving

Driving an automobile can be dangerous for people of all ages but especially for seniors.  Did you know that the chance of a fatal crash rise after a person has reached the age of 70? There are several warning signs to be aware of when it comes to seniors safely being on the road.  AAA offers a free self assessment if you are interested in your own ability to drive on the open road.  The assessment is only 15 questions.  A few of the key warning signs are:

Damage to a seniors vehicle

One of the most obvious indications that it may be time for a senior to stop driving is an increase in damage to the seniors vehicle. The damage can be minimal like scratches and dings to more excessive damage.  If you notice that your senior loved one appears to have damage to their vehicle it is important to jump on the situation as soon as possible and find out what factors caused the damage.

Forgetting where the senior was going

With old age often comes memory loss.  Memory loss could possibly be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.  Seniors who get in a vehicle and forget where they are going frequently should be cause for alarm.  What happens if your loved one forgets how to get back home? or forgets the rules of the road.  If you believe your loved one is having problems remembering where they are going it may be time to look into other options for transportation.  Have you looked into homecare services? Now may be the time.

Senior is experiencing an increase in traffic tickets

We all must abide by the laws of the road.  If your loved one is getting more and more speeding tickets or other moving violations it may be time to take away the keys.  An increase is moving violations is not just physically dangerous for a senior but it can also be financially challenging.  If you see this issue occurring in your seniors life make sure they understand the rules of the road, and access them at the same time.

There are many options available for seniors who may no longer be able to operate a motor vehicle.  From public transportation to Uber it is becoming easier to live a life without having to have access to a vehicle of your own.  Home care may also be a great option for a senior looking to commute without having to drive an automobile them self. Have you had to take away your parents keys? What was your approach? Leave a comment down below.

 

The Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

Dogs provide us with entertainment, companionship, love and security. Caring for a dog can ease loneliness, stress, and pain, and this is especially true for the elderly. The devoted companionship of a dog has been shown to encourage senior citizens to become more physically active, emotionally responsive and cooperate better with caregivers and doctors, all of which can provide a better quality of life. Even shared pets living in nursing homes offer these benefits to the residents.

Many breeds make good pets for senior citizens. Small or toy breeds are often preferable because they tend to be “lap dogs” which thrive on attention. Smaller dogs are also easier for seniors to carry if a trip to the vet become necessary. Large, rambunctious dogs are not usually a good choice. A large dog may be more intimidating to strangers, but little dogs may also be extremely protective of their owners.

Smaller dogs also tend to need less exercise which will be less taxing on a senior whose physical abilities are compromised. Consider the capabilities of the elderly pet owner before choosing a dog; some senior dog lovers may need a family member or friend to help with the basic care, exercise and grooming requirements of the dog.

Miniature or toy poodles are the breed of choice for owners who want to pamper their dog. Poodles love attention and company of people, and are easily trained. They need a moderate amount of exercise. Their curly coats can be clipped short for ease of grooming; longer coats should be brushed every day. Poodles do not shed and are a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Chihuahuas are small dogs with a natural instinct to bark at strange noises and people. The owner will know when someone is at the door! Chihuahuas have spunky personalities and tend to bond with one adult. Their tiny size, usually under five pounds, makes them easy to handle.

Boston Terriers have natural guardian instincts although they usually get along well with strangers and other pets. They are gentle and friendly dogs who are easily housetrained. Their adult weight is between 15 and 28 pounds.

Shih Tzus have a sweet, gentle disposition and love the company of their humans. Their long coats require high-maintenance grooming, or they can be trimmed in a “puppy cut” which requires less upkeep. Adults weigh between 6 and 10 pounds.

Pugs have an entertaining, clownish nature and love attention. They tend to be high-energy dogs but also love to cuddle. They tend to shed quite a bit which can be controlled with regular grooming. Adults weigh 14 to 18 pounds.

The Maltese is a tiny, docile breed that is extremely affectionate and loves to be pampered. Easy to train, they love to play fetch and learn tricks. They do not shed but require regular brushing to keep their coats from matting. Like other non-shedding dogs, they are a good choice for allergy sufferers. Adults weigh between 3 and 7 pounds.

Yorkshire Terriers are petite dogs that love human companionship without being clingy unless they are very pampered. They are bold, self-confident and sometimes don’t realize they are a small dog! Yorkies are independent and can be more difficult to train than some breeds. They are energetic dogs but because they are so small they can often get enough exercise running around an apartment. Their long hair coat can be trimmed to a shorter length for ease of maintenance. They do not shed and are good low-allergy dogs. They usually weigh between 5 and 7 pounds.

Pekingese also have less need for exercise. They are affectionate but have independent personalities. Pekingese usually get along well with other dogs and people, but may be wary of strangers. They need regular grooming and weigh 8 to 14 pounds.

Pomeranians usually prefer adults to children and get along well with other pets. They are intelligent, spunky dogs and have a low need for exercise. Although they have fluffy coats they do not need much grooming. They weigh 3 to 7 pounds.

Adopting a new puppy may be a bit overwhelming for senior citizens whose physical energy is limited. Rowdy puppies require lots of patience, training, and socialization to become good companions. Mature or senior dogs are generally calmer and more even-tempered, and usually already housebroken. These older dogs may be a good choice for seniors who would prefer a medium to large dog.

There are many dogs in shelters waiting for a good home. Some shelter dogs have behavioral problems because the previous owner did not take time to train the dog properly, but many are there simply because their family could not keep them any more due to moving, allergies, or other reasons that had nothing to do with the dog’s behavior. Some of these may be larger breed dogs, or even mixed breeds, and would make excellent pets. Most shelters will evaluate the behavior of dogs in their care and try to match the dog with the owner. Consider this option when choosing a dog!