What You Need to Consider Before rejoining Community Events

What You Need to Consider Before rejoining Community Events

Seniors that stay socially active experience several benefits that enrich their lives, including better cognitive function, boosted immune system, and improved mental and physical health. Social activities, however, have been a challenge in the last year and a half because of Covid-19 quarantine protocols. This has time has been particularly difficult for seniors because quarantine has brought feelings of isolation, frustration, and stress among thousands. As more people are vaccinated and local rules and regulations regarding social distancing and group gatherings are lifted, seniors are encouraged to re-enter their communities and ways that are healthy to them and others. Restarting community events such as group exercise classes, walking clubs, book clubs, gardening clubs and art classes are all fun ways to reunite with neighbors and safely boost mental and physical health. What You Need to Consider Before Restarting Community Events Consider the level of risk when preparing for or attending a community event. While many people have been fully vaccinated, there are still...
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Thanksgiving is next week, here are some great ideas!

Thanksgiving is next week, here are some great ideas!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Whether you have your signature dish that you make every year or use the same decorations from previous years, it is always good to seek out other ideas to keep things fresh. It’s always fun to try something different or just add in a new item to try. We have a few ideas below for you to consider for your festivities this year! From Barbara’s cookbook: Ambrosia Salad 1 16 oz can of Mandarin oranges 1 20oz can pineapple chunks 1 20oz can fruit cocktail 1 cup coconut 1 cup miniature marshmallows 1 pint sour cream Combine all ingredients and leave in fridge overnight. Apple Cider Chicken 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp butter 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and freshly ground pepper ½ vidalia onion, chopped 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into ¼-inch wedges 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp dry thyme 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 ½  cups apple cider Heat oil and 1 Tbsp butter in skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken with...
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Here are some last minute Halloween costume ideas

Here are some last minute Halloween costume ideas

Are you ready for Halloween? Halloween is a fun time for people of all ages. It is the time of year when dressing up as a vampire is socially acceptable! In case you have not had the time to buy a costume or would prefer something that is easy to put together, here are a few senior costumes ideas: A witch (black dress, a black hat and some lace black gloves) Crazy cat lady (a bathrobe with pinned stuffed toy cats) The Queen of England (fancy hat, small purse, coat or party dress, a crown, jewelry) Colonel Sanders (white suit, black string tie, cane, glasses) A pirate or gypsy (a scarf wrapped around the head, a puffy white blouse, and gold hoops) An artist (black pants, black sweatshirt, beret, cardboard painted with color swatches and a paintbrush) Swap roles and dress up as a child Halloween is for everybody especially seniors enjoying their golden years! Step into your spooky side, have some...
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How to travel safely in a post-pandemic world

How to travel safely in a post-pandemic world

After spending several months at home, you’re likely waiting desperately to get out and enjoy the many benefits that come with travel. Whether it’s visiting another state or another country, traveling is a great way to disconnect and recharge your mental health and overall well-being. It can help to broaden the mind by bringing new experiences or by bringing something familiar that allows you to reminisce and improves your mood. Health organizations state that the safest way to travel as we are approaching a post-Covid-19 era and travel destinations are opening is that you follow protocols to ensure you lower the risk of contracting the virus and you keep others around you safe. Travel will be different. People are considered fully vaccinated on the following conditions: 2 weeks after a second dose or a single or double dose vaccine. Your body requires time to build protection after any type of vaccination and considering that this is a pandemic you will likely...
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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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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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