Does that question strike fear into your heart? The number of people, Baby Boomers who are getting off the couch and running 5Ks, 10Ks and even marathons is growing every year. Is there any reason you haven’t considered participating? You may not want to go from a semi-sedentary life to putting on your sneakers and taking on more than 26 miles, but there are training steps you can take that will get you in shape for either a marathon, a 5K or even just getting your 10,000 steps a day in (that’s about five miles).
With summer fast approaching caregivers need to not only assure they are staying hydrated, but they must also make certain their aging parents are drinking enough water as well. There is the adage that everyone should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but that may or may not be the case. The amount of water you drink could hinge on the activities you’re involved in or in how profusely you’re sweating.
Chances are you are long past the time when the cashier asks for your identification when you buy a bottle of wine. Be prepared, though, to show a card to prove you’re old enough to request discounts and other perks for “seniors.” Keep in mind that some of these perks are offered to “seniors” who are 50-years-old while others are offered only to those 62 and above.
Now that spring is in the air and summer is following closely on its heels, chances are you are feeling spring fever and along with that comes the thought of, “I’d like to plant a garden!” Gardening is a great way to feed yourself and your family fresh grown produce and it’s also an ideal stress reliever.
We haven’t addressed safety for farmers in the past but realize that with planting season just around the corner, it’s an important topic. Farming is a potentially hazardous profession. Farmworkers are exposed to a variety of safety hazards ranging from environmental hazards to vehicle rollovers, heat exposure, falls, equipment related injuries, grain bin accidents, chemicals and more.
One of the greatest things we pride ourselves on is our independence … especially true for the aging population known as the “baby boomers.” It starts early! One of our friends was telling us the other day about babysitting their grandchildren and what a joy it was. But it was soon followed with a discussion about how independent and strong willed their two-year-old was. “I want to do it my way” was the message spoken more clearly through behavior than words. But it is true again as we age.
Over the course of our lives we build and establish important relationships … first as children, then with spouses and our own children, our pets and our friends. We also build relationships with things … our cars, our homes, our hobbies. All combine to make our life rich and fulfilling.
There is nothing as peaceful as getting out on the open water, dropping a fishing line and catching breakfast or dinner, right? We agree. There are, however, unexpected things that could come up that might make you wish for a connection to the “outside world.”