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Technology and Independence for All: 7 Ways Tech Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors

Independence is a priority for most seniors. As developments in technology increase, it becomes easier for seniors to maintain their independence. There are many ways technology can improve daily life. For instance, it can aide in completing daily tasks, managing health, teaching new things, and monitoring safety. Older adults simply need to take the time to learn how to use new devices and tools.

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Don’t Weight: A Senior’s Guide to Shedding Extra Holiday Pounds

Some say that the best part about Thanksgiving is the extravagant array of food. Between the stuffing, potatoes, corn, rolls, and pies, this carb-fest makes it easy to put on a few pounds. If you had to unbuckle your belt by a few notches this Thanksgiving, it’s time to step on the treadmill. According to Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., founder of The NY Nutrition Group, Thanksgiving dinner can rack up 4,000 calories or more. Accordingly, you can expect to see a weight gain of two to four pounds. (1) On top of that, eating lots of leftovers for the rest of the week can pack on even more weight.

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Reawaken Your Inner Child with these Classic Holiday Movies

Few activities are as nostalgic as watching holiday movies, whether catching them by ourselves or viewing with loved ones. Many of us know the songs or dialogue by heart and we get magically transported back to our childhood when we watch our favorite holiday special. These flicks are ingrained in our culture so much that we just can’t imagine December without them.

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‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping: Safety Tips for Seniors

It’s that time of year again. In just a few days, people will be headed to malls and big box stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals. According to Finder.com, “An estimated 72.4 million American adults plan to shop Black Friday this year. 24.4% of those surveyed were seniors aged 65+.” (1) Black Friday can be a chaotic day. If you are a senior, there are multiple precautions you should take to protect yourself, not just on Black Friday, but for the rest of the season as well.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Indoor Fitness for Seniors

Even when the weather gets cold, it is important for seniors to be active. According to the Mayo Clinic, seniors should aim for 2½ hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. (1) Activity helps maintain or improve strength, balance, energy, mental capabilities, mood, and your immune system. If you live in a state where the temperature is starting to drop too low to exercise outside, it is time to move your fitness routine indoors.

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Senior Finance: Setting Boundaries When Lending Money

As a senior, it can be very tempting to lend money to your family and friends when they need it. You want to see them happy and know that they have the things they need. However, you have important wants and needs to consider as well— including making sure your finances will last throughout the coming years and ensuring you will have enough money to cover your bills in case you experience a medical issue or require caregiving in the future. Many seniors have a limited income after retiring. Therefore, they need to be careful with the amount of money they spend as well as lend out to their family, friends, and neighbors. To protect your financial security, use these tips to create a plan for lending money and setting boundaries so that you can protect yourself from future financial difficulties.

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Is It Time to Start Wearing a Medical Alert System?

It may be a difficult thing to admit that you or someone you love is at a point in life where you are slowing down and may need a bit of assistance. American culture exhorts us to live independently and pursue activities of our own choosing. It is also important to note that there are times in our lives when all of us need a hand up to help us in our time of need, and this should not be considered “weakness.” It could be the loss of a job, an illness or accident, or the loss of a friend or family member. These things can occur at any point in a person’s life, but aging can make many things that younger people take for granted much more difficult, such as stamina, physical strength, energy, balance, hearing, and vision (just to name a few).

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How Can I Retain Independence with Vision Loss?

Vision plays a critical role in daily life. It’s involved in walking, writing, reading, working, making food, and washing yourself. If you experience vision loss, it becomes more difficult to perform these activities successfully. You will need to find ways to compensate for your difficulty seeing so that you can continue to live independently as you age in place. While you learn to be independent with vision impairment, consider using medical alert technology for seniors. With these gadgets for seniors, you can instantly alert a certified emergency response agent whenever and wherever you have a problem. Whether you fall, need medical assistance, or require the fire department or police, you can press your button for immediate help.

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12 Super Senior Traveling Tips for the Holidays

AAA predicts that 53.4 million people will travel this Thanksgiving holiday. This is up 13% from 2020. (1) If you are a senior who will be traveling this season, it is important to take precautions to ensure your comfort and safety. You want to be in good shape when you arrive so that you can enjoy the hugs, greetings, and smiles on your family and friend’s faces when they see you. It’s best to plan ahead with some super travel strategies, including how to pack, get travelers insurance, look for senior discounts, and use personal security systems for the elderly. With careful planning and the right tools, you are sure to have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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Gobble Up Our Thanksgiving Action Plan for Senior Hosts

Are you a senior hosting Turkey Day’s main event? Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a day to eat some good food, watch a parade, catch a football game, and make some great memories. Last year, 292 million Americans gathered to enjoy this yearly feast. For 2021, you can expect to see more than 700,000 turkey lovers joining this number, according to Finder.com. (1) While entertaining company can be stimulating and good for seniors, it can also be tiring. With this in mind, you may want to consider looking for ways to simplify your Thanksgiving holiday. Doing so can help you save energy and give you more time to spend with your family.

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