What Are You Doing to Delay Dementia?

I have seen my parents go thru Dementia and Alzheimer and I want to do everything I can to prevent or delay having either one myself. I am a Senior Citizen and I am really concerned about getting Dementia. I have read lots of articles on what you can do to at least delay Dementia. They seem to all agree that people who delay retirement, can also stave off signs of Dementia. Once you retire, it is important to be physically active, eat healthy and keep your brain active.

I was a stay at home Mom but stayed very busy raising our children, working part-time, and helping my husband with his business. After the children were grown and gone, I became very involved with Newcomers Groups and stayed very busy with all of their activities.

When my husband retired and we moved back to our hometown, I continued to keep busy with all of the Newcomer’s activities like bridge and Mahjongg. Then my sister and I came up with an idea for a book. We started writing “Rainbow’s End”, went to the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and self-published our book. This has kept both of our minds very active. We are learning new things daily on the computer and researching articles.

I really think that continuing to write books, playing bridge and Mahjongg, going to jazzercise and eating a healthy diet will help stave off Dementia.

We would love to hear from our readers that have recently retired. What types of new activities are you doing to keep your mind busy. Are you learning a new language? Learning to play an instrument? Perhaps you have started to write a book in your retirement years. Whatever you are doing, keep it up!


 

 

 

Baby Boomers Are Not Slowing Down

There are a lot of Baby Boomers out there, including me, and we aren’t going quietly into the night. The Baby Boomers are more active than ever and living long, healthy lives. They are keeping up with all the new technology and social media, staying active and eating healthy. We are the largest generation on the planet.

I found this wonderful article that shares the retirement secrets of the Baby Boomers.

http://babyboomerslearntoblog.com/baby-boomer-retirement-secrets-what-we-dont-want-you-to-know/comment-page-1#comment-1150


 

Tops Reads for Senior Citizens

National Council on Aging

 AARP is definitely a wonderful organization that offers so much for seniors, but The National Council on Aging web site is also a great resource for us baby boomers.  One of the best sites I’ve seen with the NCOA lists the 12 best articles they printed for the year 2012.  What a gold mine of information.  If you read the scam alert article alone, you will have so much valuable information for your safety.  The link to this article is above.

Some of the article subjects are Scams Targeting Seniors, Myths about Reverse Mortgages,  Policy Issues Affecting Seniors, Tips to Stop Arthritis Pain, Tax-Time Tips, and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

I suggest you earmark this link to the NCOA web site, maybe even register for emails.We, as senior citizens, need all the information we can get to keep us happy, healthy, and safe.


 

 

 

Get Ready for the Wave of Baby Boomers To Become Seniors

In 2010, Census counted 42.3 million Americans 65 or older. From 2010 to 2060, the number will more than double to 92 million. Seniors are tending to stay in their own towns instead of moving to places like Arizona or Florida. Seniors are aging in place. What are the communities doing to prepare for this wave of Seniors? I am a Baby Boomer and a senior. I plan to stay right where I am until they carry me away. I found this article in the USA today about the 5 must-do’s as the age wave bears down on the USA. If you are getting ready to retire, what are your plans? Are you moving to Arizona or Florida? Or are you staying in your home town? What is your community doing to prepare for the Seniors? Read this article and see if you think your community is ready.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/30/america-aging-health/2508981/


 

 

Baby Boomers Can’t be Sissies and Survive

We’ve all heard the saying, “growing old is not for sissies”, right?  Well, now that I’m 65 I’m starting to live that saying and experiencing it up close and personal.  At first, it started out as only minor inconveniences:  I couldn’t see the newspaper or computer without my glasses or readers, when I finished a meal,  I had enough food in my teeth for a snack later, the name of that actor I’ve loved for decades is on the tip of my tongue, but it just won’t come to mind,  and my face began slowly sliding toward my navel and got the strangest brown spots that cropped up on a daily basis.  The list goes on, until eventually more serious problems began. Continue reading

Baby Boomers are Changing the Way Others Retire

I read the following article and came to the realization; this is not my Mom and Dad’s world anymore.  In one generation, retirement has completely changed.  Almost everyone I know who is “retiring” really isn’t “retiring”.  The Federal Government is telling them, “You’re 65 now, it’s time to hang up your spurs”, but that’s not what they’re doing.  Sure enough, we baby boomers are starting to collect our Social Security, but we also can see that Social Security alone is not going to be our saving grace.  Not only are we living longer than most of our parents, but our expenses are much greater. 

So many seniors are faced with having their children move back into their homes, helping them pay off their student debt, or paying it off for them, and not having enough money in a pension fund that will last as long as they are expected to live.  Therefore, many seniors are being creative in their retirement.  They are supplementing their income by continuing to work in some capacity, and they can do this because they are in better health and physical condition than their parents were in retirement.

The Boomers are having to forge the way and learn new ways to survive once they have taken that step to actually retire, but from what I am seeing and reading, we Boomers are resilient and inventive, and we’ll get it done.  If nothing else, hopefully, our children and grandchildren will learn that saving for retirement their whole work life, and taking care of themselves physically and mentally is utmost in living a long, healthy life.

How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire

How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire“The rapid evolution of retirement in America shows no signs of slowing. The World War II generation (or The Greatest Generation) often lived in the same house until they either died or were moved to a nursing home, but this is now far less common. Baby boomers have continued to forge new ground and explore new lifestyles in this period of their lives, as technological and medical advancements have provided them with many more alternatives in how and where they can spend their time.”

Read more at Investopedia.com


 

 

Style Tips From Senior Citizens

Something I seem to be experiencing lately is a feeling of more freedom to do exactly what I please.  This goes for what I wear, what I eat, what I say, and how I feel about what people think about me.  I know this comes along with getting older, and I’ve seen this happen, firsthand, with my mom and other relatives.  I would think,  what is wrong with my mother when she would say “Don’t count on me to bring anything to the picnic, I’ve sworn off cooking”.  Now I know nothing was wrong with my mother other than the fact she had grown into her senior status.

 There comes a time when you could care less what other people think about what you’re wearing, or what you’re saying, or what you decide you don’t want to do anymore.  At first, when I started having these feelings, I felt some guilt, but now I’m starting to embrace the notion.  Don’t get me wrong, some seniors can take this new found freedom to the extreme and cause all kinds of angst among their friends and family.  I’m not talking about the stereotypical old, crotchety granny or seldom bathed bewhiskered gramps, but the new age senior who is very aware of the fact they can now wear just about anything they can put together, and people will merely smile and nod their heads while saying, “Now that’s what I want to look like when I’m her age.  Who would think that plaid skirt would ever go with the black and white stripe shirt, and look at those sunglasses!  She’s terrific!”

When I saw this series of pictures of seniors, in all their glory, displaying their idea of fashion, I couldn’t help but smile, and say “Yes!  That’s what I’m talking about!” 

Click on BuzzFeed.com to see more of these fantastic ladies.
18 Fabulous Style Tips For Senior Citizens from BuzzFeed.com.

Statement jewelry, statement glasses, statement hair. Statement everything!

Pile on those bracelets!

Pile on those bracelets!


 

Start Your New Year The Right Way

I found this wonderful article on new year resolutions in The Boomer Online Weekly Magazine.

THE 7 TIPS FOR POSITIVE ENERGY

1. Start with you first.

Sure, it’s great to keep all the other people in your life happy, but don’t forget about the person closest to you – YOU. “We put ourselves out there wearing these various different hats, and we forget that we count,” says Lowry. “So by starting with you, you can create space to give yourself time to figure out who you are and what you want from life.” Continue reading

Baby Boomers Find New Work Passions and Careers

If anyone had told my sister and I that we would be getting ready to publish our first book at the ages of 63 and 65, we would have told them they were crazy! Don’t think that just because you are retired or reaching senior status, that you have to sit back and be idle. A new passion or career is just what you need to give new meaning to your life.

Philip Moeller, contributing editor for U.S. News Money, writes about achieving success and happiness in older age.

Encore Careers Visionary Pushes Social Change

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Older couple painting on a canvas outdoors

“The idea of older people finding new work passions and careers well into their 60s and even 70s has entered the mainstream. Driven by surging numbers of aging baby boomers and a tough recession, encore careers have become increasingly common. ”

 

To read more of this article go to the link above U.S. News Money