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Gift Ideas for Fellow Seniors

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Running low on gift ideas lately? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started on the right foot:

Gift Cards. Stay flexible and give a gift card to your loved one’s favourite store.

Puzzle Book. Give your elderly loved ones a gift that is a fun activity and one that helps to keep their minds stimulated at the same time.

Fruit Basket. Concentrate on the wellbeing of your elderly friends and loved ones. Prepare a fruit basket with a variety of fruits and other goodies. Save your senior a trip to the grocery store and help them eat the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.

Manicure & Pedicure. Male or female, this is a great gift that lets seniors indulge themselves in a much needed, relaxing treatment.

Massage. Give your senior a stress-free, pain-relieving present. They’ll be thanking you for months to come.

Personal Picture Book. Look through your collection of pictures and choose your favorites. Select a book-making service on the Web and design your own book of pictures with a personalized cover that can be mailed directly to your home. This makes for a touching gift any senior would love.

Medical Alert System. Practical gifts go a long way! If your senior loved one is becoming apprehensive about being home alone, buy a medical alert system that will keep them safe in case of a sudden fall or unanticipated emergency.

10 Foods You Should Know About and Why

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

There are some foods that taste good but don’t provide us with any nutritional benefits. And on the other hand, there are foods that have a lot to offer by way of positive effects on our physical health. Maintaining a good diet is one of the most important aspects of leading a healthy lifestyle. Take a look at these power foods listed below to find what they’re capable of, and do your best to include them in your regular diet.

    Tomatoes

  • Reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers of the digestive tract
  • Powerful anti-oxidant
  • Source of Vitamin C
    Spinach

  • Packed with iron and folate (a vitamin B)
  • Helps your blood vessels
  • Can reduce heart related diseases
  • Helps prevent macular degeneration of the eyes
    Red Wine

  • Grape skins have powerful antioxidants
  • Helps to boost good HDL cholesterol levels
  • Assists to prevent the hardening of blood vessels
  • Be careful how much you drink (shouldn’t be more than one glass a day – or 6 ounces)
    Nuts

  • Have lots of good fats
  • Help lower blood levels of triglycerides and bad LDLs
  • Help raise good HDL cholesterol levels
  • Contain vitamin E – acting as an antioxidant
  • Be careful not to eat too much since they are high in calories
    Broccoli

  • Full of phytochemicals which are helpful in the detoxification of cancer-causing substances
  • Helps reduce risk of breast, colon and stomach cancers
  • Rich in betocarotene, fiber, vitamin C
    Oats

  • Help lower cholesterol
  • Contain lots of fibre
  • Help clear the intestines
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • Contain anti-oxidants
  • Help with weight management - you feel full faster
    Salmon

  • Contains Omega 3s which help prevent atherosclerosis
  • Helps keep the blood vessels clean
  • Assists with triglycerides
  • Lowers bad LDLs
  • Helps those with inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • This is known as a brain food and may possibly protect the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease
    Garlic

  • Helps protect the heart
  • Helps reduce cholesterol levels
  • Has antibacterial and antifungal powers
    Green Tea

  • Has photochemicals with antioxidant properties
  • Many assist with prevention of cancers
  • Lowers risk of stomach, esophageal and liver cancers
  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Inhibits cavity causing bacteria
    Blueberries

  • Loaded with anti-oxidants
  • Combat free radical damage linked to heart disease and cancer
  • May boost brain power
  • Help fight off urinary tract infections, and can prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall

Stay Green in Your Senior Years

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Young or old, working or retired, there are a few simple steps we all can take to preserve the environment. Here is a short list of suggestions on how YOU can ensure you’re doing a small part to reduce your carbon footprint:

  1. Replace old, energy-guzzling bulbs with new compact fluorescent or solar powered ones.
  2. Speed up your showers and turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
  3. Unplug appliances you rarely use.
  4. Shut down your computer every night.
  5. Save documents electronically and avoid printing when you can.
  6. Carpool, take public transit or walk – instead of driving solo.
  7. Use cloth, reusable bags when you shop.
  8. Consider using environmentally friendly cleaning products in your home.

We all have the ability to contribute. Make the decision to do what you can. Each of us is one person. But we are each a person who can make a difference.

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