Aging comes with benefits including grandchildren, retirement, wisdom, the ability to travel with less hassle and access to senior discounts!
Did you know that it’s not just teenagers who are driving distracted? It’s been shown that because there are so many Baby Boomers who own smartphones (about 40 million) that they are just as likely to be distracted by the phone and texting as teenagers.
On August 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan said, in his Presidential Proclamation, “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.” He added, “For all they have achieved throughout life and for all they continue to accomplish, we owe our older citizens our thanks and a heartfelt salute. We can best demonstrate our gratitude and esteem by making sure our communities are good place in which to mature and grow older.” With that proclamation, he designated August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day.
As we age there are aches and pains that we wake up with and wonder, “is that something to worry about? Was that pain there yesterday?” In many cases you might have just “slept wrong” or pulled a muscle. In other instances, though, you may have a sign or symptom that could warrant a phone call to your doctor.
Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and they are two crucial aspects of a long life for seniors. As a caregiver, you may need to be more involved in what your aging loved ones are eating. It is much easier to eat quick-to-heat, processed foods than it is to cook healthy meals, but the health benefits far outweigh the ease of preparation.
It’s well beyond a cliché that men simply don’t like going to the doctor. As caregivers we spend a lot of time urging our dads, sons or spouses to “please call the doctor” and many times, to no avail. Why is that? Let’s agree that no one likes going to the doctor, but it is important for both preventative care as well as if you’re ill.
Chances are you don’t want to live your life as if all you’re living for is the weekend, right? When you’re caregiver that is sometimes what you look forward to, but then the weekends are likely spent caring for your aging loved ones. Those in the Sandwich Generation – caring for their own children and also their parents – means that every day is likely full of work, caregiving and household chores. We understand!
Do you ever take note of how great you feel when you can look at a babbling brook, or get a whiff of fresh outdoor air during the course of a workday? The reason for this could be that simply being out in nature enhances your mood and could possibly enhance your life.