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Power Foods For Seniors

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Have you ever wondered the value behind what you’re eating? Your daily diet is important. A healthy diet can improve your mood, your energy levels, your state of mind and the overall feeling in your body.
Have a look at these power foods and consider adding them to your diet!

KIWI: Small but mighty! Kiwi is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. If you can believe it, a kiwi’s vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

APPLE: Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Although apples have low vitamin C content, they have antioxidants and flavonoids that enhance the activity of vitamin C. This helps to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes.

STRAWBERRY: Strawberries are a protective fruit. They have the highest total antioxidant power of major fruits and they protect the body from cancer causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE: The sweetest medicine. Eating 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower your cholesterol, prevent and dissolve kidney stones, and even lessen the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Your cool thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, watermelon is packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps to boost your immune system. Watermelon is also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C and Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Vitamin C powerhouses! These fruits are the clear winners when it comes to high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, which is good for your eyes.

CRANBERRIES: These have anti-aging benefits with their powerful antioxidants. Cranberry juice is associated with preventing urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers.

DRIED FRUIT: High in vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
Raisins – fiber, iron, potassium, calcium
Apricots – vitamins A, C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium
Dates – vitamins A, B, iron, fiber, niacin, potassium, calcium
Prunes – vitamin A, fiber, potassium, copper

GINGER: Calms nausea and aids digestion, reduces inflammation, and lowers bad cholesterol.

NUTS: Nuts contain fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin E, and selenium. They also contain the good fats, Omega 3, which help to lower the bad cholesterol. What are the best nuts? Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Brazil Nuts and Cedar Nuts.

PLUMS, PEACHES, PRUNES AND NECTARINES: These are your true super fruits. They are full of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals to protect your eyes and blood vessels.

CHOCOLATE: Who would have thought that chocolate would be on the list? Believe it or not, good quality, dark chocolate contains mood-boosting endorphins.

Senior Service Directory: Gold Generations Award Winner

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

On November 1st, 2010, Senior Service Directory received the 2010 Gold Generations Award for three entries: the Senior Service Directory website, blog and e-newsletter in the category of Electronic Media.

The Generations Award is an international competition for excellence in senior marketing that is designed for professionals who have communicated to the 50-plus mature market in one of 64 categories. It began as a means to honor phenomenal achievement and service to professionals communicating to elders worldwide. As part of its mission, the Generations Award supports the efforts of marketing and communication professionals who dedicate their outstanding talents to communicating to the senior industry.

The Generations Award is a wonderful award which recognizes the importance of serving the mature market, and we are honoured to have been a part of the competition this year.

The Word ‘Senior’ is Out for Today’s Boomers

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Although our 55 year-olds of the past didn’t mind the term ’senior’, this age group in 2010 is not so friendly to the term!

Coined our ‘baby boomers’ - given their date of birth falling sometime after the World War II baby boom - these spunky, energetic, age-defying citizens are anything but ’seniors’ in their books.

Somehow between past years and today, the term ’senior’ has become associated with ‘old’ - but in a negative sense for many. Perhaps some of it has to do with the latest trends to ‘prevent’ aging, defy time and stay as young looking as possible. The media has made us all think that there is something highly undesirable about growing older. No matter what you want to be called, stay positive, enjoy this phase of life and embrace your aging years!

Our 50 to 60 age group does not want to be associated with such a term as ’senior’ and instead prefer the name coined by Mr. David J. Demko in 1998: ZOOMER. So if you know an older adult with energy, pizazz, an active lifestyle and a vigorous will to live, no matter their age, pay them a compliment and call them Zoomer.

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