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Gated Active Adult Communities – Pros and Cons

by Carla Griffin on April 11, 2021

Gated 55 and over communities are getting extremely popular these days. Lovely homes with picturesque settings are provided a protective and secure atmosphere with their high gates. Many seniors prefer living in a gated community, while others do not. Whether you choose to live in a gated community, is your choice. Here are a few pros and cons of a gated community.

Ok, let’s face it. A gated community does provide that feeling of security. They limit the traffic passing through the community, especially if there is round-the-clock security. However, some 55 and older communities feature only automated gates. Gates that operate on security codes are not very secure. If you live in a community with automated gates, you are bound to pass on the security code to just about everyone. Thus, the security code now enables just about anyone to walk into the community.

Gated communities limit crime. There are very few burglaries and this can be the main reason many active adults prefer gated communities. However, burglaries do happen in these communities. Burglars will find ways to get into affluent homes and having a gate, even with 24-hour security, may not deter them from their purpose.

Gated active retirement communities provide a more exclusive atmosphere. Plus, it adds appeal to the whole package as it increases prestige. However, homeowners’ association fees also may be more as you are paying for this service among others.

Serenity and peace are two things you can expect in abundance with a gated community. As there is very little traffic going in and out of the community, you are ensured of peace and quiet, which is very important to most 55+ seniors. However, sometimes, too much quiet can be deafening.

Gated communities create a sense of togetherness. Residents become very close and have their exclusive celebrations and festivities. However, this may keep you from getting to know people outside the community.

Living in a gated community does provide you 100% protection. Even here, in these secure 55+ communities, you should always lock your doors and windows. You can even consider safety devices and security systems to safeguard your home.

Although there are advantages and disadvantages to living in gated communities, they are gaining extreme popularity. However, consider your options and the pros and cons before selecting a retirement community to live in.

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5 Myths About Aging and Health

by Carla Griffin on April 4, 2021

5 Myths about Aging and Health

The aging process is inevitable. Many people dread this, and this is due to many myths and stereotypes that have been around for generations. These myths also negatively affect how we look at the older generation. Here are five common myths about aging and health you really ought to forget about.

  1. Changing your Lifestyle now has Absolutely no Effect – Many baby boomers believe if they did not look after themselves when they were younger, looking after themselves now does not serve any purpose, health-wise. This is so not true! Even if you didn’t look after your body with exercise and a proper diet when you were younger, doing so now has many health benefits. A healthy lifestyle lowers your mortality rate and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and pain related to arthritis.
  2. Mental Decline is Inevitable – Many people believe mental decline comes with age. Unless you have a degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s, you will not have any problems with senility. 1 in 8 people over 65 are affected with Alzheimer’s.
  3. You Will Lose Body Function Control – Incontinence, a common problem with older adults, is not due to the aging process. It is quite often a symptom of an underlying disease. Many seniors attribute incontinence to the aging process and do not seek treatment. Incontinence is treatable. Put away those adult diapers and seek medical advice.
  4. Inability to take Care of Yourself – A nursing home is still not in the cards for you. You can live an independent life and enjoy every bit of your aging process for a good number of years. So, stop thinking you will have to be dependent totally on others and looking for nursing homes. Even if you do need help later in life, there are a number of assisted living facilities that will provide you the care you need.
  5. Your Sex Drive Will Disappear – Bummer! So not true. Although reduced levels of testosterone, the sex hormone, are a part of the aging process, most seniors produce adequate amounts of this hormone to maintain a healthy sex life. Sometimes, it may be better than before.

Did you ever believe in any of these myths? Well, it’s time to stop now. Although aging is inevitable, life does not have to stop because of it. So enjoy your advanced years to the maximum.

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Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

by Carla Griffin on April 2, 2021

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

With Winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.

Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching the top of a breathtaking summit.

You Are How You Nourish
Never has “clean eating” being such a buzzword in the wellness sphere like it is now. From exotic superfoods to the artistically arranged smoothie bowls on social media, healthy eating has evolved far beyond the grapefruit, and celery stick diet. This time of year is a great opportunity to shop seasonal, organic produce, sign up for a farm-grown CSA, or become a member of one of the many healthy meal subscription services. Better yet, if you have space or access to a community garden, consider polishing your green thumb, and experiment with growing a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Boost your digestion with warm lemon water first thing in the morning, and try incorporating fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso, or kimchi.

Rest Easy
Believe it or not, sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of health. We need it to regenerate brain cells, energize us throughout the day, and even help us lose weight. Develop a solid bedtime ritual, and swap stimulating activity like cell phone use, and caffeine for a hot cup of tea, a good book, or soft music. The jury is out on the exact number of hours we require as individuals, but try and go to bed at a reasonable hour, and keep your bedroom dark, cool, and free of distractions. They call it beauty sleep for a reason because when you’re well-rested you become the best version of yourself, and prepared to put your best foot forward.

 

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Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

by Carla Griffin on March 31, 2021

Popular Arthritis Exercises for Seniors

Arthritis is a common problem for many seniors. Pain is the most significant symptom of arthritis. In the past, many believed exercise was taboo for people with arthritis. However, research shows us this is not true. Exercise, the low-impact kind, is extremely beneficial for seniors with arthritis. Here are some popular low-impact exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine.

  • Aquatic Exercises – Any form of aquatic exercise is beneficial to health. This is why many active adult communities have indoor and outdoor pools. Water is buoyant and takes away the weight from your joints and muscles. The most suitable temperature for any aquatic exercise is between 28.3 to 31.1 degrees Celsius. This will increase your body temperature and, in turn, increase circulation. You can swim laps, walk-in water or take part in a water aerobics class.
  • Walking – This is the best and most accessible method of exercise for seniors with arthritis. Walking increases bone density and strengthens the heart and lungs. Walk according to your ability and walk with a friend. Begin by walking at a pace that makes you a bit short of breath. Not too much. After a few weeks, try increasing your pace and distance. Many senior living communities feature walking trails just for this purpose. A reminder: wear proper walking shoes.
  • Tai Chi – This form of exercise includes moving very slowly in graceful movements. Tai Chi is believed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and develop balance. This is ideal for people with arthritis as it is low impact and reduces the risk of injury.
  • Yoga – This low-impact exercise eases stiff muscles and joints. However, yoga has to be done with an instructor. Many 55+ communities have yoga classes. If you suffer from arthritis, speak to your instructor and he/she will instruct you on suitable exercises so that you do not inflame your arthritis.
  • Cycling – This exercise strengthens your heart muscle, hips, and knees. Start slowly and extend your time and pace as you improve. Cycling is an excellent exercise as this can be done both outdoors and indoors.
  • Golf – This is a favorite of all active adults. Golf enhances the strength and mobility of your upper body, spine, hips, and lower body. It also improves balance and motion. Note: Use light-weight equipment.

Try these out and feel the difference. However, get the approval of your physician before considering any exercise program.

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Wall Art: Wallpaper Accents in Small Doses

March 25, 2021

Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is a game-changer for those who want to add no-hassle pizzazz. Wallpaper has been making a comeback over the last few years and is once again on many designers’ top trends list for 2021. The latest trend in wallpaper, however, may be less of a long-term commitment. Self-adhesive, removable wallpaper is growing […]

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Getting the Right Light

March 23, 2021

  Choosing bulbs has gotten much more complicated as energy-saving technology becomes more common. Here’s how to make the smartest and most flattering choices for a home. by Al DeGenova Selecting a beautiful new light fixture for a home is a great way to visually update a home and add sparkle to a space. But putting […]

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The Benefits of Dance For Seniors

March 17, 2021

Physical fitness at a more advanced age is just as – or even more – important as when we were younger. Constant physical activity of any form has many beneficial effects on muscular, cardiovascular, and bone health. The benefits of exercise are not limited to physical condition though. There are a lot of studies showcasing […]

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Four Active Hobbies for Seniors

March 15, 2021

Active hobbies are good for you. They keep your mind sharp and your body moving. As you may be aware, it is essential to keep moving and keeping your minds sharp as you age. So, what are some great active hobbies that can help you? Let’s find out….. Swimming The Center for Disease Control states […]

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Cosmetic tweaks to help sell your house fast…

March 5, 2021

A little can go a long way to attracting a potential buyer Make Sure You Clean The House Cleaning your home before showing it might sound like a no-brainer. But you’d be surprised by how many sellers forget or rush the cleaning process. Even if you’re a relatively clean person, you should give your home […]

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The Benefits of Coconut Oil

February 28, 2021

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil. The recent direction of fad diets has led us to believe that fats are bad for our bodies. We now know that this isn’t true – and there are a lot of studies backing it up. However, many people are still in doubt when advised to use fatty oils such […]

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