09- Mar2017
Posted By: Vive Health
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10 Outdoor Senior Activities for Spring

Seniors can feel the rejuvenation of spring by getting out of the house and soaking up some sun! Check out these 10 fun ideas for senior activities this spring, from physical fitness to entertainment and giving back to others.

Exercise & Staying Active

Prioritize exercise this spring with a focus on activities and routine fitness you can enjoy outdoors.

  • Nature Walk: Explore the outdoors on your own or with your spouse or grandkids by taking a walk through nature. Forgoing steep hikes, find more moderate trails or walking pathways near where you live, and schedule time each week or each month to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, take a bottle of water with you, and even bring your smartphone, which has a compass and can let you take pictures of colorful flora and fauna.
  • Gentle Yoga: Spend an hour of relaxation and meditation outside in the sun to really feel at peace. Gentle, stretching movements and deep breathing practices make yoga a restorative exercise, great for seniors with or without mobility issues. Known for helping people de-stress, maintain a healthy weight, and lower blood pressure, outdoor gentle yoga is best practiced with a class or some type of in-person instruction.
  • Bicycling: The relatively low-impact activity of cycling is perfect for adults over 60 looking to get their heart rate up in the cool spring air. Cycling (along with sports like tennis and swimming) promotes strong balance and coordination, and when done regularly, can help maintain a healthy weight, fight heart disease, improve lung function, reduce stress levels and strengthen bones.

Entertainment

Take advantage of the warmer weather and all your hometown has to offer with fun outings and activities to entertain you.

  • Community Festival or Show: Follow your city’s Chamber of Commerce and other cultural organizations on social media to learn about festivals, craft fairs, open flea markets, and performances coming to an outdoor arena near you. Often offering free entry, community outdoor events are a great way to check out local artists and musicians, try new and different foods, and spend time with family.
  • Be a Tourist: Maybe you have lived in your town for some time, but when was the last time you really explored it? Springtime revives a newfound hunger for discovery and becoming a tourist in your own city is a great place to start. Book a trolley, open-air bus or boat tour to check out all the local sights and attractions, and to learn some history about where you live.
  • Bird Watching: The sounds of spring are most celebrated in the tweets and chirps of little birds returning to nest. Bring a sense of wildlife entertainment to your own home by buying or making bird feeders to hang outside (watch out for squirrels!). Get a pair of binoculars and a book on local birds and enjoy spending time watching and learning about your new feathered friends.
  • Family Picnic: Invite your family and friends to an outdoor picnic this spring! With gingham tablecloths and picnic baskets, you’ll be hitting all the right notes – and don’t forget traditional picnic menu staples like lemonade, cookies, finger sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, and salad. Plan for games to follow the meal like charades or flying kites.

Helping Others

Embrace the chance to help others and give back to your community as the weather warms up.

  • Join a Charity Walkathon: Springtime is filled with charity fundraisers and walkathon events. Not only are they a great way to get exercise and interact with others, but your registration fees will benefit a good cause. Check out local nonprofits and organizations you support and see if there is an upcoming walkathon or fundraising event you can join.
  • Organize a Community Cleanup: Coordinate a community cleanup by inviting neighbors and friends to help beautify your neighborhood. Volunteers can donate trash bags and gloves for picking up trash and litter, and light landscaping with donated flowers or bulbs can add a touch of color to your shared park or neighborhood entrance. Organize volunteers for free using online tools like SignUp.com.
  • Volunteer at a Festival or Rally: A great way to get involved in your community, meet new people and help others is to volunteer at an outdoor event you’re passionate about – maybe it’s an arts festival or a political rally. You can search for volunteer opportunities based on your location and interest using websites like VolunteerMatch.org and CreatetheGood.org.

No matter where your spring adventures take you, don’t forget to stay hydrated and be safe. The benefits of staying active, helping others and having fun this spring will carry you throughout the rest of the year.

This guest post was courtesy of Vive Health, Rebel Against Age — Trusted Online Medical Supplies for Seniors.

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08- Mar2017
Posted By: Tony Fischer
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Remember Caregivers On International Womens Day

On International Womens Day we remember those women who have made history or contributed to our communities. From innovators like Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride to Activists like Ida B. Wells, we honor those women who have helped advance our society. They endured hardship, sexism and sacrifice to achieve great things.

But there is a growing group of women in the United States who don’t get the honors an accolades despite making great person sacrifice. They are the women who are struggling with the thankless job of caregiver.

Women As Caregivers

According to an article in Forbes, 15.5 million caregivers log over 17.7 billion hours of unpaid work every year valued at $220 billion. Most of those caregivers are women who often juggle families and careers while punching the caregiver clock every day.

Over the last 25 years spent as an Elder Advocate and Elder Care Coordinator, I have heard countless women tell stories about putting their own lives on hold, often sacrificing family and professional relationships to take care of a frail elder. Others try to do it all only to have their own health effected by the stress and demands of care giving.

In a society that is moving from the traditional to newly defined gender roles, care giving seems to be stuck in the past.  According to a 2015 collaborative report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, over 60% of caregivers are women. The average caregiver spends 24.4 hours a week taking care of a frail elder. About one quarter of caregivers spend over 40 hours a week taking care of an elder.

Caregiver Stress

Caregiver stress is a major factor in the health of caregivers. It leads to obesity, depression and anxiety, and increases the risk for chronic illness.  Caregiver stress can also cause problems with short term memory and weaken the immune system.

On International Womens Day it is important to remember those women who work as caregivers for their families. They do so at great cost to their careers, families and health.  Senior Care Sherpa honors those women today.

READ RELATED: Support Is Key To Avoiding Caregiver Stress

If you know of a women suffering from caregiver stress, Senior Care Sherpa may be able to help. Our team of Senior Care experts can develop a Senior Care Plan and coordinate services to help caregivers juggling the responsibilities career and family. A solid senior care plan backed by the support of our team of industry experts can help relieve caregiver stress. Please fill out the contact form below and our one of our Senior Care Sherpas will work with you to developed a plan that works for your unique care giving situation.

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