The Impact that My Grandfather Made on My Life

When I was in elementary school I was always terrified to go to my grandfather’s house. My grandparents lived several hours away which made the anticipation, and my nerves even more unbearable. The reason that I was so afraid to go to see my grandpa was he was brutally honest. When I was young I was overweight. My grandfather would remind me every time that I saw him that I needed to lose a few pounds. Looking back on my experience with my grandpa now I realize that he was not such a bad guy, and his words are part of the reason I am who I am today. Here are a few important lessons that I learned.

Be Comfortable with Who You Are

My grandpa’s words and criticism of my weight has taught me now to be comfortable in my own skin, and be thankful for who I am. I always use to let his criticism affect me emotionally. Today, I am not afraid to tell others when they hurt my feelings, and I don’t really care as much about what people think of me. Why? Because I am happy with myself….and that is what is important. Pleasing others may get you somewhere in life but pleasing yourself will get you through the entire journey.

Don’t Be Afraid to Identify Your Challenges

As I mentioned earlier in this blog post my weight has always been a clear-cut challenge for me. My weight has fluctuated my entire life. I am now in my thirties and still struggle to stay in shape. Fortunately, my grandfather taught me to not be afraid to identify challenges in my life. I do not necessarily agree with his approach, but I do thank him for calling me out on an area that could use some improvement at least in my own mind. I am not saying that being overweight is a bad thing but in my opinion focusing on one’s health is very important.

Every day now I spend thirty-five minutes on the elliptical machine, in the morning, before starting my work. I think of my grandpa every time I finish my workout. His criticism has become my inspiration for wanting to be a healthier version of myself.

Anticipation and Nervousness Does Not Help the Situation

One of the most important lessons going to my grandpas as a child has taught me is that negative anticipation, and nervousness does not stop or make a situation better. It only prolongs the emotions you are getting ready to feel. Learning how to cope with my feelings has helped me in my personal life and in the business world. I have learned to be more patient which has helped me to make better decisions. I have also learned to accept the outcomes that we can not change and make adjustments to prepare for all possibilities. Learning to understand your emotions really does allow you to feel free.

Love yourself in order to love others

The final lesson my grandfather’s actions taught me was to love myself enough to let others into my life. I treat everyone who I meet the way that I want to be treated, I work hard to lift others up emotionally and not affect them negatively. I am consistently thinking about how my actions could have an impact on the people around me, and I do my best to optimize my actions to add the most value to the most amount of people.

My grandfather may have been very honest, and sometimes that honesty really hurt. But at the end of the day, my grandfather was a hardworking man who had a lot of love and compassion in his heart. He taught me so much that I wish I had an opportunity to thank him for helping to shape me into the man I am today. Thanks, grandpa!

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What Does it Really Mean to Cherish Your Time?

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post “Life Lessons From Parents” I had the opportunity to visit my aging parents this weekend.  As usual, they offered me guidance and the unconditional love that only our parents can offer.  I sat down and talked with them about what was going on in my life, and what my goals were for the next few months.  I asked them how they have been, and if they are adjusting well to be empty nesters.  My dad told me that he has been cherishing his time, and living each day as if it was his last.  Those words got me thinking “What does it really mean to cherish our time?”

It is so easy to get caught up in the grind of life that sometimes we lose track of time.  Most people have goals they want to achieve.  It may be working your butt off to get a promotion at work to take your career to new levels,  saving money for a rainy day or to pay down debt, getting your college diploma to get in the door.  The point is that goals take time, and commitment to achieve.  How many people really ask themselves what is the true value of their time, and is the goal worth the cost of losing it.

Now, I am not saying that goals are bad.  I believe that we need to set goals in order to stay on course in life.  What I am saying though is that we need to incorporate reflection into our daily grind. Spending time during the course of the day to think about accomplishments outside of work, and school.

I spent some time yesterday thinking about what truly matters to me.  I thought a lot about how lucky I am to have a supportive spouse who loves me for who I am, I thought about how fortunate I am to have a great roof over my head in a safe neighborhood, and I thought about my parents, and what their guidance and support truly mean to me.  After reflecting for a few hours the answer to my question “What does it mean to cherish our time?” finally dawned on me.  Cherishing our time is not another action or time commitment.  It is the process of being thankful for what we are given.

If you are truly thankful for the blessing you have in your life it will trickle down into your attitude during the course of the day.  Personally, I am still new to this cherishing time stuff.  However, I hope that being more thankful for what I have will allow me to stop focusing on the things that I can not control or the goals that I have not attained.

Do yourself a favor.  Slow down, and focus on what is really important.  Thanks for speaking wisdom Dad……I heard you.

Ageism a Growing Epidemic

Ageism: A Growing Epidemic

The mankind is experiencing longer age than ever. There are several reasons behind it. One of these can be the increased development in the field of medicine. Whatever the reasons are, the age expectancy is increasing. As a result, we have to strive much harder than before for the survival. Due to the long duration of age, the years of working also increases. Not every government has the capacity to support the citizens. The long span of working has created several issues and one of the major issues is ageism.

About ageism:

The ageism is used to refer the profound and deep prejudice against the elderly population of a country. In short, it can be said that ageism is a stereotyped behavior with the aged people due to their old age. The concept is growing with every passing day in almost every society. However, the extent can vary from culture to culture. There are several examples that can be seen in the television, movies, stores, advertisements, hospitals and especially at the workplaces.

Ageism exists in different forms when it comes to the workplace. The first one is during the employment when employees have to face discriminatory behavior due to several reasons. The next form of ageism prevails in the hiring process. This one is considered to be the most difficult one and it is hard to control it. It is a bitter truth that companies prefer to hire people of young age instead of the ones that have years of experience and expertise.

The effects of ageism:

A human is a social animal, they cannot live without the support of each other. Each and every single action has a great impact on the people. This is the case with ageism too. Whenever someone faces discriminatory behavior on the basis of age, they experience some negative impacts. A study conducted by a psychologist Becca Levy shows that old people undergo hurtful feelings due to ageism. Also, it will have a negative impact on their lifespan.

On the other hand, if the old age people are treated with extreme care and they are provided with the respect they deserve, there are chances of mental growth in that age too. Moreover, the increase of contentment with the life is also noted. Highlighting the issue of ageism is a result of the collaboration of different institutions like media or peer. Media has the power to portray the message to the whole society and when something happens on a large scale, it becomes a part of the culture. The psychologists also related the growing number of plastic surgeries of old age people to the issue of ageism. Combating ageism has become an essential concern for all the cultures around the world. New techniques and methods should be created to solve the issues faced by the aged population.

Senior Fitness Mythes Debunked

Adjusting Your Fitness to Aging: Myth that should be debunked

The idea of fitness changes with the growth of age. There are several misconceptions that are developed in every culture and due to these misconceptions, there are chances that the old people avoid doing things that are beneficial for them. When it comes to the maintenance of old age health, there are several benefits that can be attained with exercise. Fitness routine can change but it should not get eliminated from the daily routine. Here are some myths about the old age fitness that needs to be debunked:

1.    I am too old to start exercising:

This is one of the most common concerns of almost every old age person. Age does not matter when it comes to fitness. This is a myth that is created due to several unpleasant incidents. However, the truth is, no age is inappropriate to get fit again. There is always a possibility to improve the health. The type of exercise can change but not doing it at all should not be an option.

2.    My heart does not have the capacity to bear this:

Again a myth that should be debunked. There is no relationship between the capacity of the heart and fitness exercises. If you are one of those who is facing some issues of the heart, you can just go for the moves that are simple and the moves that do not require much physical activity. However, getting fit is not related to the health of the heart. In fact, it can be quite beneficial for the health of the heart.

3.    I cannot do it like I used to:

This is something that needs to be accepted. There are certain things that can be done only at a specified age. You cannot expect to have the same energy level at old age. You need to let go the past. Every age has its own beauties so it is better to appreciate those instead of contently thinking about the future. Getting fit is not about running at the same speed you used to do when you were in college. It is about how much you are doing as compared to your age fellows.

4.    Stretching can be done only a few days in a week:

Previously, it was believed that stretching at old age can be quite harmful. However, the detailed researches conducted on that point clearly indicates that there are no harmful effects on getting involved in the stretching exercises or fitness routines. However, it must be noted that the routine will be different for every age group. The flexibility in a person is an indication of lean body mass. It is always best to maintain it.

 

These are the myths that need to be debunked when it comes to the health maintenance and fitness of old age. Without even thinking about the limitations, it is best to do whatever it takes to live a healthy life.

Ways to Keep Busy in Retirement

Keeping Busy in Retirement

Retirement is a time of a great transition. It is a phase that requires a lot of psychological help from family and friends. Like all other transitional phases of life, the time of retirement can be full of anxiety or sometimes depression. It is not easy to let go your habits of years. However, there is a need to adjust to the current situation. For this purpose, there are various ways that can be adopted. Here are some ideas that will keep the old age people busy at the time of retirement.

1.    Volunteer:

The most common and the best way to utilize your time in an effective way is to volunteer. After all those years, the experiences and the learnings will be at their peak. It is best to convey all this knowledge and expertise to the people of the world. For this purpose, getting involved into volunteer activities will help old age people to continue their life in a healthy way.

2.    Join a sport:

Another great way to spend quality time is to get involved in a sport. There must be something you always wanted to do. This is a high time to make it a part of your life. Select the ones that do not require maximum physical activity. Apart from spending time properly, sports will help the individual to remain healthy.

3.    Pursuit a hobby:

Everyone has hobbies. It depends on the preferences. There are several things you want to do in your life but you cannot do that due to insufficient time. Retirement is a great time to carry out all those hobbies. Love to take pictures? Buy a camera and start capturing things that fascinate you. Other hobbies may include book reading, writing, knitting, scrapbooking, gardening, painting, woodworking, music and much more.

4.    Travel:

The world is full of beautiful places that must be visited at least for once in life. When a person retires, there is plenty of time to visit places and experience the beauties of nature. Getting yourself busy on retirement is easy when you have a list of places you want to visit. Do consider your childhood preferences as well when it comes to selecting the places.

5.    Make new friends:

Bonding is something that is essential for each and every person. At old age, this need becomes much more essential than before. Apart from making friends from your own circle, do consider people from another age group. This will allow you with the opportunity to learn about the new generation as well. At the same time, they will get useful information and guidance.

 

These are some activities that can be considered when it comes to spending time effectively on retirement. Apart from the above-mentioned, there are several other ways that can be selected to do the task. The selection of activities will depend on personal health and preferences.

stages of alzheimers

The Stages of Alzheimer’s

The stages of Alzheimer’s have been divided into three stages and into 7 stages.

Most commonly, Alzheimer’s is divided into three stages: early, moderate and end. Which is useful because it’s quite straightforward. And, it tells you everything you need to know.

However, for people who want a more granular understanding of the disease, The Reisberg system, breaks the progression down into seven stages. This system was developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg of New York University.[1]

Reisberg’s seven stages of Alzheimer’s

Many healthcare professionals around America are said to use this system as is the Alzheimer’s Association.

As one of the most insidious diseases suffered by people over 45, Alzheimer’s has no cure (yet), and has been known to cause death. This is why Reisberg’s seven stages are so important. The more granular our understanding of this disease, the closer we come to finding a cure.

The seven stages are:

Stage one: no impairment

As the name of the stage says, there’s no visible symptoms at this stage. No memory loss or physical impairment are in evidence.

Stage two: very mild decline

This is when memory loss starts to occur. However, it’s not quite cause for panic as this sort of memory loss is also natural for older people. If a memory test were taken at this stage, 8 out of 10 sufferers would pass, and those who didn’t would probably not be suspected of having dementia.

Stage three: mild decline

At this stage sufferers will start to have difficulty planning, organizing, remembering names of acquaintances and finding the right words during a conversation.

It’s at this stage that a memory and cognitive test would start to imply the potential of Alzheimer’s.

Stage four: moderate decline

This is the stage where it becomes obvious Alzheimer’s is the cause for memory loss. By this stage, people have trouble with simple math, forget what they ate for breakfast, and may even forget details about their life.

Stage five: moderately severe decline

At this stage, people need help managing because they experience confusion, have trouble dressing appropriately and can forget the simplest details about themselves.

At this stage, people still have some level of functionality—for example they can still go to the toilet and shower on their own. And they will know their family and close friends.

Stage 6: severe decline

If a person is suffering stage 6 they will need constant supervision. And professional care.

Some of the symptoms of stage 6 include:

  • loss of bladder control
  • confusion about surroundings
  • potential behaviour problems
  • unable to remember details of life
  • can’t recognize faces

Stage 7: very severe decline

Sadly, Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease. People in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease are close to death. They lose the ability to communicate and respond to what’s going on around them, they can still utter phrases but don’t understand what’s going on.

Some people lose the ability to swallow in the final stages of Alzheimer’s as well as require constant supervision and care.

 

[1] http://www.alzheimers.net/stages-of-alzheimers-disease/

summer safety tips for seniors

Summer safety tips for seniors

These summer safety tips for seniors are all about helping seniors stay healthy and happy this summer.

As we get older our bodies become more susceptible to illness and health risks. And while everyone, irrespective of age or gender, face health risks during the hotter months, seniors do require a little more help as well as understanding.

Ten summer safety tips for seniors

Here are ten summer health tips for seniors to take care of themselves during the hotter months.

1.       Drink plenty of water

Fruit juice is good, but you really should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

2.       Be wary of heat stroke

Do you know the signs of heat stroke? It’s important to recognize the symptoms so immediate action can be taken. The signs of heat stroke include: high body temperature, nausea, flushed face, confusion, dizziness and a rapid pulse.

If you feel any of these symptoms coming on it’s important that you take immediate action.

3.       Minimize alcoholic and caffeinated drinks

Drinks such as coffee, soda, alcohol and some teas can make you dehydrated. It’s a good idea to minimize your consumption of these drinks especially during the day. If it cools down at night, then it’s not so bad, but during the day when it’s hot stick to water.

4.       Dress for the weather

Avoid wearing darker colors that are likely to attract the sun. Loose-fitting clothes in light colors made from fabrics like cotton are ideal. If you do go outside always wear a hat and sunblock.

5.       Be sun smart

Hat, sunglasses and a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 are essential when you step out the door. This will protect your skin.

6.       When the heat gets extreme stay indoors

When the humidity is high and the heat extreme your body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature. That is why you should always stay indoors and stay cool when the weather outside gets too much.

7.       Staying cool indoors

Air conditioning is one of the great modern inventions. If you don’t have air conditioning where you live, visit a mall, movie theatre or a friend’s place. Even some senior centers are a good option during those ridiculously hot days.

8.       Don’t let your home exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit

Temperatures in your home shouldn’t get too high. It’s important that you do everything you can to keep your home cool.

9.       Avoid going outside in extreme heat

It’s fine if you drive because you’re only going from your house to your car. If you don’t drive then call a transport service and wait inside for them to arrive. It’s not a good idea to wait outside in extreme heat for a bus.

10.   Cold shower or bath to cool down

Can’t leave the house and don’t have air conditioning? Then take a cold shower or bath to cool yourself down.

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Brain Health

TIPS FOR KEEPING THE BRAIN HEALTHY

Our brain function doesn’t have to fade simply because we are growing older. A lot of people go about taking care of their physical health, lifting weight and going through with other exercises but fail to think about the health of their brain. This is something everyone should do. We all need to take care of our brain as it serves a very important role in our daily lives; from playing to learning, to working, aptitude, memory, and personality, the brain does a very important job in our lives.

While the brain serves as one of the most vital organs a human body is equipped with, it is also the most mysterious. There are a lot of things about the brain that are yet to be uncovered by scientists including why some people can remember their first pet at the age of 100, while some develop brain decline in their 50s. But according to researches, taking care of our brain can help it remain sharp as stack and this can be done with just a few lifestyle choices. Having a healthy brain is very essential for everybody. Below are some amazing tips that can help us keep our brain healthy;

TREAT YOUR BRAIN LIKE YOU TREAT YOUR HEART

The heart is one major organ that a lot of us look well after. The heart gets its disease when the arteries that provides it with blood are occluded. In other words, this means that heart diseases come up when the heart doesn’t get enough nutrients. This same logic applies to our brain. If the arteries that supply blood to the brain are clogged and therefore do not provide the brain with the nutrients it requires, the health and function of the brain will be compromised leading to brain diseases. You should ensure that you have your cholesterol levels checked, increase your intake of unsaturated fat and decrease your intake of saturated fat.

INTERACT AND BOND WITH OTHERS

One of the things that highly engages our brain is socializing. Social settings help us use our brain quite well. When we go out to meet people, we read facial expressions, we read body languages, practice empathy for others and understand social context; all of these involves using our brain. Additionally, when we interact with others, we tend to get more positive emotions which in turn provides the brain with chemicals that ensures that the brain remains healthy.

MOVE YOUR BODY

That’s right, exercise keeps our arteries healthy and also affects the brain tissue in a positive way. As we go older, our brains have the tendency to shrink, but people who exercise regularly do not experience this. Why, you might ask? The answer is simple; when you exercise, the number of connection in the brain is increased, and the more connections the brain has, the more memory storage capacity it will have to save information. Exercising also triggers the brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which helps the neurons to remain healthy while keeping them away from dying.

Make a Difference in the Community

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

A lot of people do not know that they can make a huge difference in their community even with the busy lives they lead. People seem to be so into themselves these days; some do not even know who their next door neighbors are, let alone how they can be of help and make a difference in the community. Yes, times are hard now and these times have shown that connecting with others in the community might be something difficult to do, but the thing is, it is not impossible and they are a whole lot of ways and reasons as to why we should really try to make an effort. So, how or in what way can we make a difference in our communities? Here are is a list of ways in which we can make our communities better, much more healthy, and loving for everyone including ourselves;

VOLUNTEERING

One of the ways that has helped us move forward into the future is volunteering. Volunteering is a great way of making a difference in the community and it has been proven to enrich lives and create real friendship with people from different races, class and cultures; people you wouldn’t meet on a normal basis. Besides the relationship benefits, it also makes those around you see you as a good example, and also help you improve skills that benefit you on your job, such as teamwork and creative thinking.

TUTOR A KID

Whether schools are out or not, helping a child grow physically, mentally, and educationally is one great way of improving the community. There are lots of kids who need help with assignments, school projects, test preparation, etc. Helping these kids out is a really great deed as you can make a positive impact in the future of this kids within a few hours. You can call on the schools in your area to know how you can get involved.

SERVE THE ELDERLY

Seniors or the elderly are the backbone of every community, but sadly, they are the ones often overlooked. As a matter of fact, they are a lot of men and women in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s who are in a nursing home and have got no friends or family to come visit them. It might be hard to believe but it’s true. You can make a difference though by contacting some assisted living facilities or nursing homes in the area so you’ll be able to know if there’s anyone who could use some of your time, attention, care, and kind words. You don’t know how much improvement you can make in a person’s life or on a person’s well-being just by having a conversation with them or playing a game of checkers.

START A TEAM OR CLUB

There are some of us who do not have “care facilities” in our area. It doesn’t matter though; you can take the initiative and start one yourself. You might be surprised that there are people around you who have the same notion but just looking for someone to help them take the first step. Whether it’s a sport club for kids or any age group, or interest group like crafting night, book clubs, etc. take up the initiative and you’ll surely find people that will turn up to support you and will appreciate the fact that you stepped up and took the leadership role. You can even make use of social media to create a club for the people in your area/city.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Controlling Facebook Privacy

How to control privacy on Facebook

You have control over how much information you provide Facebook, and you have control over who does, and doesn’t see your Facebook posts.

In Facebook’s “Privacy Settings and Tools” you can determine who sees your posts—review content you’ve been tagged in. And, if you want, you can change the settings so only friends can see what you’ve posted in the past.

“Who can contact me” allows you to stop people you don’t know from contacting you.

“who can look me up” is another way of protecting your information. If you don’t want people to find you by your email, you can change it to so only friends of friends can find you this way. And the same goes too for your phone number: if you chose to provide it.

And if you don’t want search engines outside of Facebook linking to your profile you can turn that off too. This last one is definitely worthwhile if you’re worried about your information being stolen, or just don’t want your name showing up in a Google or Bing search.

Is Facebook worth it?

This question probably doesn’t get asked very often. Or, if it gets asked—there are very few solid answers. Facebook’s worth depends on each user. There are plenty of people between 18 and 28 who are not on Facebook—they just don’t care enough to be there. If their friends and family want to contact them they can either text, call or email. Which is fine.

For the younger demographics, they tend to gravitate to the newest fad social platform—something like Facebook is too established for them: also, their grandparents on Facebook.

Some people like this, after all it’s now really easy to stay in touch with family, share old photos and stories instead of waiting every 6 to 12 months for a family gathering. And others don’t want their grandparents to see the sort of thing they (and their friends) and sharing and saying.

 

The real worth of Facebook depends on you: if Facebook seems like something you’re interested in, then it is definitely worth it. There are, as we said in the benefits section, plenty of good reasons to jump onboard and start using Facebook.

Being able to share photos and videos and have conversations without worrying about the price of a phone call has really enabled people to better stay connected.

So yes: Facebook can be worth it—if what you’re looking for is an online tool to prevent social interaction. Not to mention the games like chess and scrabble you can play to stay active and entertained.

The best way to find out if Facebook is the right social media platform for you, is to try it out yourself.

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.

hearing loss

Why Some Seniors Lose Their Hearing

As the US population ages, hearing loss in seniors is expected to spike

Many seniors lose their hearing as they age; it’s a condition called presbycusis. Currently, doctors and other researchers aren’t sure why this condition affects some more than others. However, presbycusis does tend to run in the family.[1] Exposure to loud noises is the other big cause of hearing loss.

Hearing loss research: even younger people’s hearing is getting worse

By 2020 it’s predicted that 15% of U.S. adults (44 million people) will have some form of hearing loss. By 2060, that number—for people 20 and over—will reach 23%.[2]

These numbers have put extra pressure on researchers to find an affordable approach to help patients. Because, you see, Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids, and these little devices can cost thousands of dollars. Which means seniors either have to find ways of paying the full cost or find an insurance agency that will pay part of it.

Hearing loss is only part of the problem

Senior advocates are worried about more than just the cost. In fact, cost is something that can—over time—be solved. What’s worrying senior advocates are the health and lifestyle problems hearing can cause.

For example, hearing loss can affect a person’s ability—and their interest—to engage in social activities. It’s embarrassing not being able to hear the people around you, and not knowing how loud you are talking can also be a source of embarrassment.

Hearing loss can, according to the American Academy of Audiology, lead to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mental decline

Yet another problem is hearing loss is insidious—it’s slow, and once it starts happening it’s irreversible. It is highly recommended, by hearing specialists, that all seniors over 55 have their hearing tested.

How family can help make hearing easier

Here are 4 things seniors can do with their family to make hearing a little easier:

  1. Tell your family, and your friends, about your hearing loss. If they know you’re having trouble hearing, they can start to help you.
  2. Ask family, and friends, to face you when speaking. Seeing their faces move and the expressions the make may help you to understand them better.
  3. Ask people to speak louder—not shout. Just speak a little louder. And not to speak slowly, it’s more about speaking louder and clearly than anything else.
  4. If you aren’t actively listening to the TV or radio turn them off.

Woking with family, and friends, can help seniors live with bad hearing. At first, it will difficult to adjust for everyone. But remember—it’s hardest on those who are losing their hearing. Imagine their frustration: they know their hearing is going, and there’s not a great deal they can do about.

They can get hearing aids, or hearing implants, but the understanding and help from family will make them feel much better about themselves and their situation.

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[1] https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-older-adults#4

[2] http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article138230773.html