5 Tips for Seniors and Losing Weight

5 tips for seniors losing weight

We are bombarded by infomercials, radio ads, and banner popups on our browsers about the next greatest thing that will help you lose weight.  Keep in mind, that many of these programs are NOT designed for seniors or the elderly.  Here is one warning I found on a product called Hydroxycut at Wal-mart:

Who should NOT take Hydroxycut? Please do not take this if you are under 18. Do not take this if you are a sweet elderly man or woman. In fact, anyone younger or older than the age I’ve listed should run far away from this product, and never look back. Of course it is your decision to take it or not, but remember that this stuff can be very dangerous if your body cannot physically or mentally handle this product.

Wow that is a serious warning label!! It’s hard enough fighting the effects of aging on us. Muscle mass decreases from about 45 percent of your total body weight in your youth to about 27 percent by the time you reach age 70. What does that mean to you? The bottom line is that you burn fewer calories as you age doing the same activities, and the same number of them, that you did in your 20s, 30s, or 40s. The key to preventing weight gain is to compensate by adjusting your food intake, exercising, and generally becoming more physically active. (Sorry, no magical pill here…)

Here are some quick tips on habits you can start today that will help shed those pounds:

  1. Weight Training – WHAT? You want me to go lift weights? When you do weight-bearing exercises, you start revving up your metabolism—and it keeps burning for many hours after your workout. Also, the more muscle you gain, the more calories you’ll burn throughout the day, even when you’re not active. A good place for something like this is at a local CrossFit box where you are guided at a proper level with a trainer to prevent injury and slowly phase you into weight training and olympic lifting.
  2. Reduce Boredom – staying at home and staring at the TV all day may seem perfectly fine to you…. IT’S NOT…. Our bodies were never designed to just sit all day.  In natural selection we would just die, not collect our retirement check every month. If you are bored go for a walk, get up and start cleaning, harass your neighbors kids for being loud.  Doing something is better than wallowing in self pity and boredom. Get out of the house and experience life while you still can remember it.
  3. Disassociate Food with Rewards  – Many of us grew up getting a sweet dessert or food from our parents if we did something good, got good grades, did well on a sports team, had a good day at church.  We began at a young age believing that food was a reward for good behavior.  Food is not a reward.  Food is fuel for the body. Did you know that every 28 days your skin replaces itself, your liver 5 months, your bones 10 years.  Your body makes those new cells from the food you eat. what you eat, LITERALLY becomes you. (Food for thought). Read more mental tricks here.
  4. Physical Activity – I’m not asking you to run a marathon.  I’m just saying EVERY day find a way to get going.  Make a habit of walking a mile every day with your dog, or a friend, or at your local park. Go for a swim at your local YMCA or even join a ladies group for water aerobics.
  5. Find a Workout Buddy – You tend to stay on a schedule of walking or working out if you have someone that will harass you if you don’t come.  The power of humiliation is strong ever when you get older. Find someone that will answer the phone when you call them or has similar goals to you so you can work on them together.

Did we miss anything you feel would be good to add to this list?  Please let us know!!

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Wal-Mart Black Friday Ad Now Available

walmart-black-friday-dealsIt’s that time of year again when we start thinking about what we are going to get for the grand kids! For me I always look forward to getting the Black Friday sales information in the paper a few days before the big event. I won’t always fight the crowd, but if the deal is good enough, I will. So without any further delay, Enjoy the sneak preview of what Wal-Mart will be doing this year. FYI they will start the sale at 6pm Thanksgiving day. Crazy right!

Wal-Mart Black Friday Catalog

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Avoid Being Scammed

conartistOur golden years are supposed to be filled with happy years and an ability to look back at our lives and if we are lucky we have some money put to the side so we can help out our children and grandchildren if they need the help financially. Most grandparents would do anything for their grandchildren; unfortunately criminals know this and exploit this in an effort to scam money. These are a few brief tips to follow in order to help avoid falling prey to these scams.

  1. Do not give out any information, ask for it! – Many scams rely on the con artist using the information you give them against you. Example: Let’s assume you have one grandson named Jason. Next you get a phone call with horrible reception. When you answer a male voice says “Grandma?” The natural reaction might be to say, “Jason?” This is incorrect, the con artist will then just go into his routine, “Yes this is Jason Grandma, I’m in trouble, I got arrested in Thailand or Name any place…..” The correct response is, “who is calling?” If it’s Jason, he ought to know his name. However some clever criminals are able to have even this information. Ask the person claiming to be Jason some personal details known only to you and him or your family, the more questions you ask the better the chance you have of knowing it is really your grandson Jason, or discovering the crooks attempt to con you. In most cases a con cannot stand up to questions about details. The trouble with just hanging up the phone instantly is that there is a chance that it really could be Jason. Ask the questions; find out what’s going on. If you discover that they are a con artist, inform the police.
  2. Never hire a handy man on the spot, ask for references! – Many crooks troll neighborhoods, look for names on neighbors mailboxes, then stop by to say something like, “I noticed you need that tree cut down, I just cut down the tree in the back yard of the Henley’s house, I can cut yours down for 100$ right now, I need to get my chainsaw fixed, then 100$ when I come back and finish. No No No No No No No. Don’t do it! Get references!
  3. Never pay Cash – Write a check, and on the back of the check write the words “deposit only” In this way it will create a paper trail. If they rip you off, and deposit the check, the police have a great place to start. If they decide it might not be such a great idea to deposit this check, you still win because you weren’t out the cash.

Basically make the con artists trip themselves up. Be quiet, listen, ask questions, do not give out any information, and don’t make sudden decisions, never pay cash. Follow these simple little rules and the chances of being conned are much less. For some tips from Dateline NBC click on the link.

 

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Grab Your Skis to Help Keep Your Mind Healthy

Living in the Rocky Mountain region means that there are endless opportunities to try to hand at winterScreen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.11.34 PMsports. But often during your younger years the demands of building a career, raising a family, and the other pressures of life can get in the way of trying to cultivate rewarding hobbies such as skiing. Never tried your hand at skiing before? Well there’s no time like the present to grab your skis, hit the slopes, and give it a go! And there are more reasons to try than simply to keep fit too. Research from the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation has found that taking part in regular physical exercise will reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50 percent. What better reason to head outdoors and try your hand at a fun new sport like skiing?

Dementia and Exercise

More than 5 million Americans live with some form of dementia, the most common form of dementia being Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. Living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be difficult for both the sufferer and their families. And for the family members of someone with dementia it can be difficult to know what they can do to help. But the message here isn’t one of doom and gloom. You can still live your life to the full if you’ve been diagnosed with dementia, and there’s no need to let the illness prevent you from doing anything. Following an early diagnosis if you continue to keep both your mind and body active by socializing regularly and taking part in regular physical activity then you can keep the more active symptoms of the disease at bay and continue to live as normal a life as possible. And that’s where skiing comes in!

Find a Ski Class that Suits You

If you’ve decided you’d like to learn to ski, either to improve your body and mind or simply because it sounds like fun, then the first thing to do is to enroll in a class: don’t try to jump in at the deep end and jump on your skis without first undertaking some tutelage. There are ski schools across Colorado that have lesson programs for every age and every ability, so do your research and find the school that’s right for you. You could even invite some of your family members to join the classes with you, giving you some much-needed moral support for that first slope, and someone to pick you up when you fall over too! Skiing is a fun activity to enjoy with your kids and grandkids, so why not turn your new-found passion for the snow into a family day out?

Apres Ski

According to Snow Link, Seniors are one of the fastest growing groups of participants in winter sports. So as well as taking up skiing for the exercise potential to help  decrease your risk of dementia (and increase your chances of having fun)you could also take up skiing as a great way to meet new people and socialize with like-minded individuals. Colorado based groups like the 70+ Ski Club are designed specifically for skiers over the age of 70 to socialize and find some new people to ski with. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been skiing for decades or a couple of months: the only requirement for joining the group is that you’re over 70! There are groups like this aimed specifically for seniors all over the state, so finding one that’s right for you should be easy. Being part of a club is also useful if you are suffering with the early stages of dementia, as it means you will always have someone with you when you head for a ski trip, or someone will always know where you are: important safety points that are worth considering.  All you need to do now is learn to ski!

Modern Skiing is Easy Skiing

If you have skied before, but not since you were a kid yourself then you’re in for a treat if you do decide to return to the slopes. Modern skiing is much easier and less physically taxing now, thanks to improvements made to the skis themselves. Skis are now shorter and more hourglass shaped, making them easier to carry, easier to wear, and much better suited for the slopes. Why not book yourself a lesson, hit the slopes, and find out for yourself?

Thank you to Melissa Walker for this article.

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Winter Sports AREN’T Just for the Young!

Senior couple doing crosscountry skiingIf you’ve never tried your hand at winter sports before, you’re probably not going to start now, right? Well why not? You’re living in one of the best destinations in the world for skiing and snowboarding, and despite how crazy winter sports may look on the television, it’s actually a lot of fun for people of all ages, and it’s great exercise, too. Now, before you laugh it off, thinking ‘but winter sports are just for the kids’, listen to this – the oldest Olympian at the 2010 Winter Olympics was a skier (51 year old Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg), and Clyde Getty, the oldest freestyle skier in the world, is in training to partake in the 2014 Winter Olympics, when he’ll be 52 years old. Skiing is actually a great sport for the older generation to take up, as you can make it as gentle, or as intense, as you wish. We all know how important health and fitness is, especially as we get older, so what are you waiting for?

Why Start Skiing Now?

If skiing is all about increasing overall health and fitness, you’re probably wondering why you shouldn’t just take up walking, swimming, or yoga instead, something a bit less extreme. The truth is, you can take up any of these hobbies, and you should, but there are aspects of skiing that lead to benefits that you simply wouldn’t get from 20 minutes on the treadmill, or 15 bicep curls, for example. As we age, we begin to not only lose muscle and strength in our limbs, but we also start to struggle with balance. The concept of skiing, which is largely about staying upright in challenging conditions, can really help rebuild lost muscle, and can also help condition the body and improve balance. Studies have found that older people who complete a 12 weeks skiing course have, on average, a 16 percent increase in leg strength, a 6 percent increase in jumping height, and generally consider themselves to be stronger and more social than before. If that’s not a good reason to take up skiing, then what is?

Getting Started

It goes without saying that skiing for the first time even when you’re young and fit is a nerve wracking experience, never mind when you’re a bit older and not quite as spritely as you once were, so don’t be tempted to jump in at the deep end, so to speak. Instead, take it slow, and get some good practice in before hitting the slopes. The Iglu Ski experts recommend that beginners ‘book a taster at your local ski slope or snowdome’. While indoor skiing is certainly no match for the experience you’ll have out on the mountains, it can help you learn the right body movements and positions that you’ll need to use on the slopes, and will also get you accustomed to wearing skis, which is very strange at first! There are plenty of indoor ski centers throughout the Rockies, where you can practice your skills without having to worry about dealing with chairlifts or heavy snowfall. One of the most popular is Progresh in Thornton, Colorado, which offer adult ski classes that are suitable for complete beginners.

Finding the Right Resort

While some may feel happy and comfortable to start off at your nearest ski resort, regardless of the types of trails on offer or the facilities available, others may want to do some research to find a resort that specifically caters to the older generation, who perhaps aren’t particularly interested in the après-ski party atmosphere. In terms of learning the ropes, Aspen-based Bumps for Boomers is dedicated to teaching those in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s how to ski. Once you’re feeling a little more confident, opt for a resort with great slopeside amenities, such as the Keystone resort which offers cozy fireplaces and spas for relaxation, and down-to-earth dining facilities away from the hustle and bustle of the bars and clubs.

Have Fun!

Will you turn out to be the next great Olympian? Who knows! However, even if you’re not quite up to the standard of Julia Mancuso or Lindsey Vonn, don’t worry! Taking up skiing isn’t about becoming a professional, it’s simply about doing something different, doing something to keep you fit, doing something to keep you young! Some people swear by long walks, a shot of whiskey, or even a toy boy to keep them young, but skiing is the real answer!

Thank you to Melissa Walker for this article.

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Senior Citizens of Dubai Living the Good Life

dubai-senior-citizens-living-it-upAs Obamacare is starting to gain traction, and senior citizens in the US have major concerns about their continuing healthcare, and other issues as they enter their twilight years, the Senior Citizens of Dubai have never had it better. It is a cultural part of life in Dubai to respect the elders. This cultural truism has now gained traction as far up as the Government.

Senior citizens in Dubai have been issued “Thukher Cards” These card provide the seniors special privileges, such as discounts and give them first priority treatment with government services. The government privileges extend to Dubai Police, The Customs office, Civil aviation The Municipality, as well as the Foreign affairs and Residency office.

As our government is seemingly making it more difficult for senior citizens, Dubai is allowing their senior first in line to all the essential government services. Additionally the cards offer deep discounts on healthcare services, in home-care, and physical therapy sessions and equipment as well.

The launch of the Program coincided with the UN’s International Day of Older Persons. On the first day of the launch over 8,000 people were signed up and 2,000 were issued the cards. The program, launched by the Community Development Authority, is still in its infancy and is expected to have a great deal of success.

Thukher-CardsSheikh Mansour bin Mohammed, the Ruler of Dubai handed out the first Thukher card to a ship captain anmed Khalifa Al Foqai. Thousands of elderly citizens attended the ceremony that was held at the Dubai Trade Center.

Johar Saeed, 75, who is a retired officer said, “This is a good move. We all have worked very hard and it is time to be rewarded, the government is doing several things just to help us out now when we need it the most”

Meanwhile back at home, we are struggling and watching our benefits dwindle. But that is the difference in a country like Dubai that deeply values her elderly versus the US. It doesn’t hurt that Dubai is one of the wealthiest cities in the world either.

Let’s hope our government shutdown ends soon.

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Fire Safety Tips For Seniors

Fire Safety for Senior CitizensAt age 65, seniors are more than 2x as likely to die in a fire than younger adults. There are many contributing factors to this exponential increase. In this article we will go over some of these reasons, and make some suggestions that can help up the odds of surviving a home fire.

Safety Precautions:

Stay Low – If you own your own home, try to make sure you sleep on the bottom floor. In the case of a fire this will greatly increase your chances of safely escaping a fire. It is essential to place smoke alarms in every sleeping room. It is also necessary to place a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas so that early detection of fire can be achieved faster. Be sure to install a telephone right next to your bed in any sleeping area, so that calling for help can be done right away. While looking for an apartment home to live in make sure that there is a sprinkler system installed. A sprinkler system can put out the flames of a home fire much quicker than the fire department can respond. NFPA Fire Safety Standards.

Get the Right Alarm System

fire alrm for deafMost fire fatalities happen when people are sleeping. This is because rather than waking up and individual, smoke and C02 inhalation, put the victim in a deeper sleep. Because of this it is essential to have the appropriate early warning system. For individuals with good hearing this is as simple as installing several smoke detectors. If however anyone in your home is deaf or severely hearing impaired, then installing an alarm that uses vibration and flashing lights is an essential alternative. It would also be a wise decision when picking out a mattress to choose one that has a fire barrier fabric such as this one.

Do a Fire Drill

Perform your own fire drills. By doing this it can make you aware of any weaknesses in your plan, such as your ability to hear the alarms, and your ability to react quickly enough to get out safely. If there is anyone in your home including yourself that cannot get out of the home unassisted, make sure that someone else in the home is designated to assist. Be sure to have a backup plan in case the person is not at home at the time of the fire.

Window Safety

Be sure that every door and window in your home can be opened. Any locks or pins that are in place to close the door or window should be easily removed from the inside. Some windows have security bars or screens. These should be equipped with emergency release latches so that they can be opened quickly and easily in the case of a fire. This will not make the situation unsafe as the bars will be very secure from the outside. Make sure that the windows have not been sealed shut or nailed closed. If you cant open a window in your home, call someone out and make sure you can get out of every window and door in the case of a fire emergency.

Phone line access

Make sure to keep your cell phone with you at all times, in addition make sure to have a land line next to your bed with easy access to a list of emergency contacts, so that in the event of being trapped in your room in a fire you can easily contact the fire department.

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A Vegan Diet Can Help Control Diabetes

Vegan ImagesSome dieticians claim that a vegan diet can cure diabetes. While this may not be true for everyone, in some cases following the plant based vegan diet can demonstrably reduce the associated side effects of diabetes.

These benefits are due to the diet’s ability to promote a healthy body weight,  It can reduce some diabetes-associated side effects, and may help the body to better respond to insulin.

  1. Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight – Because the Vegan diet is most often lower in caloric intake than no vegetarian diets, the people who follow this dietary liestyle tend to have lower BMIs (body mass index). As your doctor will tell you a healthy body weight can help regulate the blood sugar levels in your body and will help to reduce the risk of suffering from diabetes-related side effects.
  2. Improved control of blood sugar levels and insulin response – By increasing intakes of vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, and legumes, blood sugar control becomes more stable and easier to maintain. Due to this stability it may be possible to reduce the amount of medications necessary to control blood sugar levels. In some cases the dietary control is all that is needed for complete cessation of medications. There are exceptions however. Even this diet can have the opposite effect on blood sugar if it is rich in simple carbohydrates, such as potatoes, and white bread.
  3. Reduced risk for heart disease – By following a strict vegan diet, it is cholesterol free, very low in saturated fats, as well as being high in fiber. A diet such as this is excellent in reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease, which is a very common complication of people that suffer from diabetes.

Before considering making a change to a vegan diet, consider speaking with a dietitian, in order to come up with a meal plan that still provides all of the necessary nutrients. While maintaining a healthy BMI is good for your overall health, and heart health, keeping a BMI too low can lead to an increased risk in Osteoporosis. It may be essential to supplement the diet with some calcium.

 

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Diana Nyad is not the only superhuman senior citizen

One of the greatest swimmers on the planet, of any age

One of the greatest swimmers on the planet, of any age

On Monday Diana Nyad completed a historic swim of 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. She became the first person ever to make the swim without using a shark cage. She had to battle the sun, waves, seawater, sealife, jellyfish stings, and several bouts with vomiting due to taking in too much sea salt on her way. This is proof that athletes that are well into their sixth decade can compete with the worlds finest.

Box Jellyfish leave a painful mark

Box Jellyfish leave a painful mark

Diana first attempted the swim 35 years ago when she was just 29 years old, She was not successful. Over the next three decades she attempted four more times. On Monday she was finally successful. No other human has ever made the swim. She made the swim at age 64.

She is not alone in the superhuman senior citizen category. She is joined by several other remarkable personalities. Listed below are some of her contemporaries.

Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95 year old Yoga Instructor

One of her many Yoga Poses

One of her many Yoga Poses

Tao has been teaching Yoga for over 47 years. She is no stranger to the Yoga Mat. She founded the Westchester Institute of Yoga in New York. Tao has been certified by the Guiness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest Yoga teacher. She leads an active life that includes regular ballroom dancing, and exercise, all the while still teaching Yoga four times a week.

Throughout her life she has achieved many remarkable things including fighting in the French resistance in World War II. She also Marched with Gandhi, and has appeared in movies. She was in Show Boat in 1951.tao-porchon-lynch-yoga

She shows us that by harnessing the power within us all things are possible.

 

 

Fauja Singh, 102 year old Marathon Runner

101 year old Marathon Finisher Fauja Singh

101 year old Marathon Finisher Fauja Singh

Fauja was still running Marathons right up until his 102nd birthday. He completed the Honk Kong Marathon in February of 2013 at 101 years old. He has since retired from Marathon Running but still runs up to four hours a day. Singh ran his first Marathon at 89.

At 92 he set an age group record while running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. His time was 4:40. He was featured in an Adidas commercial with David Beckham and Muhammad Ali. Sing was also selected to be one of the torch carriers leading up to the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

 

 

Edith Wilma Connor, 78 year old bodybuilder

Edith competed in her first bodybuilding contest at the age of 65, for over a decade she has

In her 70s and going strong, literally.

In her 70s and going strong, literally.

been regularly competing. Connor was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest competitive bodybuilder. At age 76 she competed in the NPC Armburst Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championship.

Connor has a combined 16 Children, grandchildren and, great grandchildren.

 

Morgan Shepherd, 71 year old, NASCAR driver

morgan-shepherdShepherd made history in July by becoming the oldest driver in history to drive in a NASCAR Sprint cup event. This is the highest lever of stock car racing. He led three laps at a race held at the Richmond International Raceway last year which also put him in the record books.

 

Lew Hollander, 82 year old triathlete

Ironman Lew Hollander

Ironman Lew Hollander

Hollander became the oldest person ever to complete the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, he was 81. The Ironman is known as one of the most grueling endurance events around. There is a 17 hour time limit to finish the event. Lew completed the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run in 16:45:52. Lew shows us that he’s not alone in staying in the best shape of his life.

Hiroshi Hoketsu, 71 year old Olympian

Hiroshi-Hoketsu

Hoketsu competed in the 2012 Olympics in London. The equestrian sitting atop his horse Whisper placed 17th out of the 24 competitors.

Olga Kotelko, 94 year old track star

Soaring over her competition

Soaring over her competition

This amazing Canadian holds every world record in track and field for her age group, totaling 23 world records to her name. Her muscle tissue has been studied by medical institutes to see what it is about her that is defying nature. She smiles quietly and gladly allows the test to be run.

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Digestive health and the elderly: Diarrhea – Part 2

Diarrhea is an unpleasant, painful, and sometimes life threatening condition. It is important to know how to treat this common condition and to know when to seek medical attention.

How can diarrhea be treated?

The most important thing to remember when taking care of a person who has diarrhea is to keep them hydrated. The patient should drink at least eight cups of water per day and twelve cups of water per day if he or she is running a fever. Water is easily digested and will keep the person hydrated; however, it is also helpful for the patient to drink something that will replace the electrolytes. This can be accomplished with an over the counter electrolyte replacement such as Pedialyte.

To relieve symptoms it may be best to alter the person’s diet. A BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) is helpful; however, the point is to reduce the amount of fiber, protein, and fat consumed. Over the counter medications such as Imodium or Pepto Bismol will also help to relieve symptoms, however, if a person’s body is trying to get rid of bacteria this may not be the best solution.

When should I seek medical attention?

Medical attention should be sought anytime a person’s condition meets any one of the following conditions: diarrhea accompanied with a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, diarrhea that has lasted more than two days, bloody or black stool, dehydration or the inability to keep fluids down, severe abdominal or rectal pain, or acute diarrhea (three or more stools in 24 hours) in any person 70 years or older.

Dehydration, one of the biggest risks with diarrhea, can be identified by little or no urine, dark urine, excessive thirst, dry skin, dry mouth, or lightheadedness or dizziness.

What information will the doctor need to help identify the cause of and appropriately treat the diarrhea?

The doctor will need to know:

  • How long the person has had diarrhea
  • If the diarrhea comes and goes
  • What the diarrhea looks like – oily, black, or watery
  • Location of any recent travels
  • How the body reacts to different types of food

·         What current medications are being taken

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