Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Here are a few ideas for staying fit in the summer

Staying in shape can be difficult especially during the summer months if you enjoy outdoor workouts and activities. If you didn't already know, seniors that are 65 and older technically should be getting to 2.5 hours of moderately based aerobic exercise every week. This could be anything from walking, swimming, or light jogging. If you do more than a light jog or any type of cardio you would need about 1 hour and 15 minutes to satisfy that standard of wellness. Strength training can and should easily be on your weekly agenda. You should be doing at least two days of strength training out of a regular week. If you do any form of strength training consistently you can help to prevent bone loss and this even allows you to build new bones. Doing these forms of exercise such as weight training can help to prevent and alleviate osteoporosis as well. This goes for tons of other health-related issues. There are other...
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Are you wearing the right shoes?

Are you wearing the right shoes?

Walking is a highly beneficial activity for people of all ages, seniors included. The National Institute on Aging specifically recommends walking as an exercise for seniors because it is relatively low impact, unlikely to produce injury, and its intensity level can be raised at the senior’s own pace. The benefits of walking are too great to ignore. Even so, there is one caution about that “special equipment” feature - a walker needs good shoes, fitted to his or her special requirements. Seniors are more likely to have these special requirements because foot problems become more common as we age. The normal wear on feet through the years inevitably produces changes. Feet tend to become wider, and the fatty pads that cushion the bottoms of feet become thin or disappear. Seniors should have their feet measured more often than younger people, not assuming that their shoe sizes remain unchanged. Shoes are a part of a person’s wardrobe, but they are also functional items...
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We are launching crossword puzzles!

We are launching crossword puzzles!

We are excited to announce we are now going to include crossword puzzles in our magazine and website! Simply find them in our upcoming print magazines or visit https://ourseniors.net/crossword-puzzles/. Once you're finished, you can find the answers at https://ourseniors.net/crossword-results/. Just like we work out our bodies, we should find fun ways to work out our brains! It keeps them strong and healthy, allowing us to recall memories and remember recent events. There's nothing more important and keeping the brain healthy and fit, so try out our crossword puzzles and get that brain moving!...
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Here are a few steps you should take before traveling

Here are a few steps you should take before traveling

We live in a beautiful world that is worth exploring, and as seniors, many individuals have more time than ever to travel. With children gone and retirement from work, now is the perfect time to plan for a new adventure! Is there a beach you have always wanted to visit? Maybe you would like to see a family member who lives outside the country? There is no better time than the present, so start planning. Traveling is more comfortable and exciting with a good plan. Here are a few tips to help. Contact TSA and apply for a TSA Notification Card for faster wait times  This is for individuals with health conditions, disabilities or a medical device that may affect the screening process. Inquire about senior discounts wherever you book a flight or stay  Many places have senior discounts, which are between 10-15% off. Typically, they are held during weekdays since weekend nights are the most booked and therefore, most expensive. Purchase travel insurance A great...
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The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

For decades, seniors and their loved ones have sometimes been confused by the terms, “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease.” Some people use the terms interchangeably, as if they were one and the same thing, but they are not. “Dementia” is a broad term that means a decline in mental function, including impaired thinking and memory. Although it is often associated with aging, dementia can occur in younger people and it may be caused by several different issues. Chronic alcoholism or drug abuse and Parkinson’s disease are sometimes the origin of a broad set of symptoms that doctors call “dementia.” Vascular dementia, caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain, is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Often, people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes difficult. Whatever the cause, when these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily living, a physician may make the diagnosis of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific medical condition that...
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Remember, OurSeniors.org is a nonprofit!

Remember, OurSeniors.org is a nonprofit!

Founded five years ago, OurSeniors.org was started out of inspiration from a retired nurse that visited nursing homes and spoke words from the Bible to provide comfort to those living there. The OurSeniors.net team got involved by gathering gifts, blankets, jackets, stuffed animals and cookies to make them feel cared for. This has continued for many years and this past Christmas, the team took over 200 blankets and gifts along with over 500 cookies made by our friend and featured Amazing Senior, Barbara Andersen. Less than 5 percent of all nursing homes, rehabs and assisted living facilities are able to receive visitors, which can be difficult for seniors that wish to interact with their families or friends. While facilities try their best to care for residents, they are not able to spend all their time on any one person at a time. This leaves room for feelings of abandonment and resentfulness. OurSeniors.org tries to change this by visiting seniors in facilities...
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Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Easy ways for seniors to stay active with grandkids

Are you tired of the same old routine? Want to spend more time with your grandchildren stuck at home? Then set up a play date with your grandkids! If you've ever seen children on a playground, you will know how much they love to run around. A few hours outside with the little humans will surely get your heart racing. Moving around and being physically active comes naturally to children, so it's an excellent motivation to move around. The best part is that playtime will benefit you and help them. Swimming in a pool or climbing to the top of a slide encourages your grandchildren to a lifetime of being active, especially during this digital age. Here are six ways you and your grandkids can stay active together: Take them for a nature walk around your neighborhood or local park. Play a video fitness app together and see who wins! Go for a bike ride, don't forget your helmets! Build a magical...
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These are the best diet options for people with type 2 diabetes

These are the best diet options for people with type 2 diabetes

Losing weight and trying to maintain your blood sugar under control can seem unattainable. Though the journey is far from comfortable with a little grit and a positive attitude, you can achieve your weight loss goals. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, you do not have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. By practicing moderation and eating the correct amounts at the right time will keep your blood sugar in its target range and help you drop pounds. A good rule of thumb is to try and fill our plate up with tons of greens and vegetables as well as lean protein, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, whole grains, small amounts of dairy, and some fruits for dessert. There are plenty of programs available to help support you and keep you on track while you are on your journey. Here are a few programs to help guide you: The DASH Diet Mark Bittman's VB6 Diet The...
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It’s National Sons and Daughters Day – Reach out to your kids/grandkids!

It’s National Sons and Daughters Day – Reach out to your kids/grandkids!

Whether your family is small or large, lives close or far, today is a great day to reach out to your kids and grandkids. With each passing day, time flies by and before you know it, the grandkids are graduating college, getting married and you have great-grandkids! Connecting with family members can be a bit of work now and then, especially when the holidays are a few months away and there’s not much of a reason to talk other than to schedule upcoming plans. Sometimes, it’s easier to use a birthday or anniversary as an excuse to strike up a conversation. We think that right now (while it’s still summer) is a great time to reach out. Ask about any recent vacations, try to share photos of fun things that have been happening and see about future vacations or plans so you can feel more a part of their lives....
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This is why the book of Romans is Paul’s Masterpiece on Grace

This is why the book of Romans is Paul’s Masterpiece on Grace

I believe the book of Romans is Paul’s masterpiece on grace. Understanding grace and all that Jesus provided for you is one of the most important aspects of receiving from God. Romans also explains another critical concept—your righteousness in Christ. When you discern the righteousness you have in Jesus, it will change your life; but sad to say, most believers just don’t get it. Many people cannot grasp the righteousness we have through Jesus because they are holding onto religious doctrines. Jesus told us in Mark 7:13 that the traditions of men make the Word of God of no effect. And this is exactly what has happened. That’s why we need to understand Romans 5:12–21 which counters the religious mindset. Romans 5:15 in particular says: “If through the offence of one many be dead…much more [the gift] the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” The Lord spoke to me about...
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