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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A few tips on traveling safely when you’re on vacation

A few tips on traveling safely when you’re on vacation

If you enjoy hitting the road to visit family or friends during a long weekend, we have a few ideas to help you stay safe and healthy wherever you are going:Traveling by carLiving in Florida means we have to travel by car one way or another. Whether it's to go to the airport we are visiting someone within the state, a car is going to be involved. A one to five hour drive is usually easy to do, especially if you are switching driving duties with someone else and making sure to get enough stops in along the way.  If the drive is more than five hours, it is best to stop overnight as you risk being fatigued, and accident rates go up the more tired you are.A few key things to remember no matter how far you are driving:Have your car inspected or serviced before the drivePrepare your home before you leave so make sure it is secure and monitoredPlan...
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Looking Forward to the ‘Post Pandemic’ World

Looking Forward to the ‘Post Pandemic’ World

The COVID-19 pandemic is just over a year old, and all of us are tired of the restrictions, the inconveniences, the grief and hardships brought on by this virus. This is not an abstraction; it has meant Christmas without family, weddings and birthdays not celebrated, travel postponed and friends who may never be seen again. Like yours, the OurSeniors.net family has been affected—we have made sacrifices and curtailed some activities like the popular Brunch and Learn programs we have sponsored for years. Take this opportunity to check out our next virtual program (March 26, 11 AM) by clicking on Talking Books for Persons with Disabilities. It is too soon to say that the pandemic is ending, but there are hopeful signs. America’s vaccine program is gathering speed, and this is especially important for seniors, the group most at risk from Covid-19 infection. If you have any doubt about taking this vaccine, please read our past article, “What You Should Know about...
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How to Travel Anywhere without Airport and Hotel Hassles

How to Travel Anywhere without Airport and Hotel Hassles

Are you dreaming of going on vacation and hiking in the mountains? Or relaxing on a golden-sand beach for a week? There are so many beautiful places in the United States that are within reach. International travel is not the best idea while we are dealing with a pandemic, but a secluded spot near a hiking trail or a campground by the beach is just what the doctor ordered. You may be asking, “That sounds fun, but how do I do that?” Our answer: renting or owning an RV! Before you stop reading because you think an RV is not for you, we want to show you all the options and solutions for any doubt you may have. All you need to do is come up with a list of the comforts you do not want to do without like a queen size bed, a living room area, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher and then come up with how often you would...
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Ideas for vacationing while the weather is nice

Ideas for vacationing while the weather is nice

The weather in Florida right now can’t be beaten. Our northern neighbors have been envying us all winter, but it will soon get hot again and unbearable to be outside. That’s why we think now is a great time to enjoy all the outdoors has to offer and take a small vacation. As Floridians, we have lots of travel options to choose from between beachside hotels and Disney World to golf retreats and more. With the help of our Approved Vendors, we have a few ideas up our sleeves. Go anywhere with Giant Recreation World RV travel exploded this year as people wanted the freedom to travel without worrying about flights and hotels. You can go from sleeping by a lake one day to waking up at a beach town the next. Even just within Florida, there are so many options depending on your interests. The Florida Keys are an ideal destination this time of year and most beach towns have RV parks...
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An easy Valentine’s Day pie recipe to show someone you love them

An easy Valentine’s Day pie recipe to show someone you love them

Valentine’s Day is a great time to remind someone that you love them whether it be a partner, family member or neighbor. This coconut custard recipe is both fun to make and a delicious way to brighten up someone’s day. Ingredients: 4 eggs ½ stick of butter ½ cup of sugar ½ cup of coconut 2 cups of milk ½ cup of Bisquick ½ tsp of vanilla Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Grease and flour a 10-inch pie pan. Pour the mixture in and bake it for 45 minutes at 350 F. Chill thoroughly once done. This recipe was taken from the cookbook of Barbara Andersen and can be ordered for $19.95 including shipping. Payment can be made to Barbara Andersen and sent to P.O. Box 730956 Ormond Beach, FL 32173. If you have any questions, please call 386-569-7327.  ...
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A cookie recipe that is sure to make spirits bright

A cookie recipe that is sure to make spirits bright

Christmas is just a few days away, which means most people are shopping for last-minute gifts, traveling to see loved ones, or simply staying home. No matter what your plan is, we think this cookie recipe is a great way to try something new, make something fun and colorful, and a way to make someone else's day brighter too. These cookies are a great gift for the sweet tooth in your life and anyone who enjoys a good holiday treat! Ingredients: 1 cup - Butter Softened 1 cup - Confectioners Sugar 1 Egg 1 ½ tsp – Vanilla Extract 2 ¼ cups - Flour (all purpose) mixed with a dash of salt 2 cans - Candied Cherries (green and red) halved 1 cup - Pecans Directions: In a small bowl of mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar- beating until light. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in cherries and pecans, cover airtight and chill for 1 hour. Divide dough in thirds,...
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Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

The COVID-19 pandemic has isolated us from each other more than we ever expected. Many of us have not been able to see our families or friends and we are unsure when we will be able to. During this time, we have become more selfish with our time and energy focusing on our own happiness and trying to get through this time as best as possible. While it’s important for us to stay centered and positive, we can’t forget about our loved ones, whether they live in a nursing home, at home or in a senior living community. You may think they are kept occupied with their own daily lives, but many are struggling with feeling lonely. Unfortunately, they will not be the ones to reach out or tell you what they are feeling. If you want to take the initiative of reaching out to a loved one but don’t want to just say “hi,” there are plenty of ways you...
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How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

The 2020 holiday season is upon us, but this year there could be an unwelcome guest: COVID-19. It is very likely that you, your families and loved ones are adjusting to this circumstance, while hoping that it will not come again. In the meantime, let’s plan carefully for the safest possible holidays and holiday meals. The unfortunate fact is that seniors are at a much higher-than-average risk if they should become infected with COVID-19. This year, “Healthy Holiday Eating” means paying special attention to the conditions in which meals are served and to the types of gatherings we have. For once, this is more important than calorie counts, nutrition, exercise or rest schedules. This situation poses a real problem for seniors. The thought of missing a holiday meal and the chance to be with family and friends is particularly painful. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s often provide seniors an opportunity to be with the people who mean the most to them....
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