How to: Declutter Your Space

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If it takes you hours to find important papers or decide what you want to wear, maybe it’s time for you to think about decluttering your space. Clutter is one of

those things that catches up with you because it tends to creep until it takes over. You stack a few magazines in a corner and before you know it you have a pile that’s spilling out into the floor. The same happens with that drawer that you use to hide those odds and ends that you can’t part with. Pretty soon it is brimming with junk and hard to close without a good shove.

Many homeowners procrastinate when it comes to clearing out clutter. If you are recently retired, your retirement provides more free time for downsizing and getting rid of things you don’t need. Consider the following tips for downsizing your belongings and getting rid of that annoying clutter.

Break Clutter-busting Down into Manageable Tasks

One of the problems with getting rid of clutter is that it gets so out of control that it becomes overwhelming. It’s easier to put off dealing with it until a day that never comes. That’s why you should start small. Rather than taking everything out of the closet, only to get frustrated and put it all back, start with a category of clothing.

If you have more sweaters than you need, pull the sweaters out first and decide what you would like to keep, what looks nice enough to give away and what can be thrown away. Return the sweaters that you decide to keep back to the closet and get the rest out of your house ASAP. Take this approach with various items in your closet and before long you will have your closet organized.

Take the same approach if you have drawers of batteries, old credit cards, pens and similar items that seem to get tossed into drawers. Cut up the credit cards into small pieces and throw them away. Discard outdated batteries and other small items. If you have a jewelry box or drawer, get rid of broken pieces. Earn some extra cash by selling old gold or silver jewelry that you know longer wear.

Your kitchen may be another area that’s ready for purging. The kitchen tends to attract all types of clutter such as disposable plastic containers and plastic utensil packets from restaurants. Grab a garbage bag or recycling bin and get rid of these space wasters.

Eat Super Foods to Energize Your Body

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Retirement means turning the page to a new chapter in life so why not let healthy eating be a part of your story with superfoods playing a starring role? Super foods are foods that are loaded with antioxidants and can keep you healthy from head to toe. There are superfoods from all of the food groups so you are sure to find several that you will enjoy eating every day.

Super foods are rich in phytonutrients or naturally occurring chemicals that promote good health. These nutrition powerhouses can boost your immunity and help prevent diseases like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. What’s more–super foods are easy to find. You can find an abundance of superfoods in your garden, at your local grocery store, and at your farmer’s market.

When you think super foods, dark green leafy vegetables might come to mind. That is because foods like collards, kale and similar greens contain vitamins A, C, and K as well as calcium. Vitamin A helps the eyes stay healthy, and vitamin C boosts the immune system. Calcium builds strong bones. Fiber from these foods helps keep the body regular and may help lower cholesterol.

Dark leafy greens are not the only super foods. Orange fruits and vegetables are loaded with beta carotene a phytonutrient that is beneficial to eyes, skin and cells. Orange fruits and vegetables include sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squashes. Like the orange foods, berries and cherries are also loaded with phytonutrients.

The grain group is also a source of super foods. Whole grains with good fiber are recommended. Whole grains include oatmeal, whole wheat flour and popcorn. Whole grains can help lower cholesterol and they also have beneficial nutrients like folic acid, iron and zinc, all of which contribute to better health.

Foods with healthy fats including fish, nuts and olive oil provide beneficial fats that promote healthy blood vessels and decrease the risk of stroke and heart disease. Walnuts and almonds are nuts that contain healthy fats.

Tips for Buying Super Foods…

When you shop for superfoods, make sure they are at their peak freshness. Produce that is shriveled or dried out has a lower nutritional value than fresh-picked produce. When purchasing packaged foods such as breads, whole grain or whole wheat should be the first ingredient in the list. Also, purchase food with lower salt and fat.

Activities to Help Keep Your Brain Sharp

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If you are approaching retirement, or are already retired, you might be wondering how you will keep your thinking skills sharp. The good news is that there are several activities that will help you stay ahead of the brain game. When it comes to brain power, if you don’t use it you lose it. The following are some tips for a healthy brain at any age.

 

Eat Smart to Think Smart

Clogged arteries reduce blood flow and that means less oxygen to the brain. When the brain is low on oxygen, you may have problems thinking clearly. Consuming foods that are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol keeps blood vessels open, allowing oxygen-rich blood flow to your brain. Foods high in omega-3s like nuts and fish, as well as colorful, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables provide nourishment for a healthy brain.

 

Give Your Brain a Workout

Like the rest of your body, your brain benefits from exercise. Try reciting the alphabet backwards. Crossword puzzles, sudoku puzzles, and word searches are also excellent workouts for your brain.

 

Hydrate your Brain

Did you know that dehydration can make you feel disoriented and light-headed? Your brain needs adequate fluids to function, and your brain may be desperately in need of fluids even when you don’t feel thirsty. Try to get six to eight (8-ounce) cups of fluid each day. Healthy drinks like water and low-fat milk are good choices. If you don’t enjoy plain water, add a splash of fruit juice to your water. You can also get healthy fluids from fruits, vegetables, and soups.

 

Challenge Your Brain

Just for fun, if you are right-handed, try writing with your left hand or use your left hand to operate your computer mouse. Activities that cause you to concentrate more may help you grow new brain cells.

 

Go for a Brisk Walk

People often overlook the benefits of walking, but walking is yet another way to get your brain in gear. Your brain controls your muscles and when you walk, your whole body gets a workout. We have already seen how oxygen can help the brain. Walking is an aerobic exercise that helps deliver more oxygen to the brain.

 

Engage in Healthy Debates

Your brain was made for thinking. Being quick-witted and thinking on your feet can keep your brain ready for what comes your way. Pick a side and make your case for what you believe. You might be surprised at how your debating skills will improve.

10 Best Exercises To Do With Your Neighbors

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Exercise is one way that you can bond with your neighbors whether you are helping your fellow homeowners with downsizing by removing clutter and unwanted items from a home or going for a leisurely stroll.

 

If you are seeking tips on how you can exercise with your neighbors, check out these 10 best exercises to do with your neighbors:

 

  1. Organize a daily neighborhood walk. Nothing gets the blood pumping better than taking a walk during the cool of the morning. Anyone in the neighborhood can join in, and the walk doesn’t have to be long or brisk to be effective.

 

  1. Garden together. Gardening works the large and small muscles. Digging in the soil, planting, pulling weeds and reaping the harvest are all exercises that neighbors can do together.

 

  1. Go for a swim. If you and your neighbors like to swim, organize a pool party. Relax and chat by the pool and then swim a couple of laps to work those muscles and burn some calories.

 

  1. Get in line and dance. Line dancing is one of the most fun activities seniors can do. Whether you freestyle or carefully choreograph your routine, line dancing to your favorite music will bring a smile to your face and help you feel younger.

 

  1. Attend a tai chi class. Tai chi moves are slow and intentional and will help you improve your balance and strengthen your muscles.

 

  1. Sit down and get fit. Most people can do chair exercises. If you have problems with balance or tire easily from more strenuous activities, pull up some chairs with a group of friends and stretch and bend to your heart’s content.

 

  1. Kick it with low-impact aerobics. Low-impact aerobics can be a fun group activity, and you can burn calories while participating in an exercise that is easy on the joints.

 

  1. Take a hike. Pack a picnic basket and hit the trail. There’s no need to go to the mountains. Choose a park or greenway near your home with trails that are challenging enough for a workout, without the threat of wild animals and rough terrain.

 

  1. Play a few holes of golf. Even if you ride a golf cart, you’ll get some movement in when it’s your turn to hit your ball. Swinging your clubs and reaching down to retrieve your ball will also benefit your body.

 

  1. Ease into yoga. The stretches, poses, and meditation will relax your mind and strengthen your muscles.

How to: Declutter Your Space

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If it takes you hours to find important papers or decide what you want to wear, maybe it’s time for you to think about decluttering your space. Clutter is one of those things that catches up with you because it tends to creep up until it takes over. You stack a few magazines in a corner and before you know it you have a pile that’s spilling out into the floor. The same happens with that drawer that you use to hide those odds and ends that you can’t part with. Pretty soon it’s brimming with junk and hard to close without a good shove.

Many homeowners procrastinate when it comes to clearing out clutter. If you are recently retired, your retirement provides more free time for downsizing and getting rid of things you don’t need. Consider the following tips for downsizing your belongings and getting rid of that annoying clutter.

Break Clutter-busting Down into Manageable Tasks:

One of the problems with getting rid of clutter is that it gets so out of control that it becomes overwhelming. It’s easier to put off dealing with it. That is why you should start small. Rather than taking everything out of the closet, only to get frustrated and put it all back, start with a category of clothing.

If you have more sweaters than you need, pull the sweaters out first and decide what you would like to keep, what looks nice enough to give away and what can be thrown away. Return the sweaters that you decide to keep back to the closet and get the rest out of your house ASAP. Take this approach with various items in your closet and before long you will have your closet organized.

Take the same approach if you have drawers of batteries, old credit cards, pens and similar items that seem to get tossed into drawers. Cut up the credit cards into small pieces and throw them away. Discard outdated batteries and other small items. If you have a jewelry box or drawer, get rid of broken pieces. Earn some extra cash by selling old gold or silver jewelry that you know longer wear.

Your kitchen may be another area that’s ready for purging. The kitchen tends to attract all types of clutter such as disposable plastic containers and plastic utensil packets from restaurants.

Now, grab a garbage bag or recycling bin and get rid of these space wasters.

Retirement Community Transition

Transitioning from home to retirement community

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Four Steps for Transitioning From Your Home to a Retirement Community

Moving into a retirement community can be one of the best decisions of your life, but it helps if you’re prepared. The transition can be easy and rewarding if you know how to tackle saying goodbye to your current home, downsizing, and embracing your new life in a retirement community.

Finding Your New Home

The first step in moving into a retirement community is finding one that is suitable for you. Be sure that the community you choose has the amenities and services you need and is compatible with your lifestyle. Make sure you thoroughly research your options before committing to a community. The average life expectancy is much higher today than it was a few decades ago, and this has resulted in high demand for nursing home and retirement community spots. This means that while you may have trouble finding just the right place at first, you’re going to have a lot of options.

Downsizing to the Essentials

More often than not, you’re not going to be able to bring your entire home into a retirement community living space. You’re going to need to downsize – but that’s not always a bad thing! This can be a great opportunity to sort through your possessions and finding new homes for things you no longer want or need. Let relatives choose what they’d like to keep and consider a yard sale or donation for the leftovers.

Storage Solutions

Of course, there are going to be some things with which you can’t bear to part but won’t work out in your new space. Investigate storage units if you want to keep these items safe or if no one else in your family can take them. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t have to worry about cleaning supplies or many household appliances and items – more than likely the retirement community will have these covered.

Celebrating the Next Step

Finally, once you’ve moved into a new spot, celebrate this new chapter of your life! Consider throwing a get-together with friends and family in your new home. You can also have relatives stop by to help you personalize your space and make it your own. Moving out of a home and into a retirement community can be a difficult process for some, but it doesn’t need to be a chore if you prepare and look at the positives of this next step.

Click to register for our downsizing seminar on Thursday, January 26 at 1 pm. Learn how to get organized, clean out the unwanted “stuff” and prepare your home for a quick sale.

Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Retirement Living

Four Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Retirement Living

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Discussing retirement communities, health issues, and long-term care can trigger negative emotions and strain relationships between adult children and their aging parents. Both parties know that aging is a reality, but talking about it requires tact. Our tips for positive communication will help, regardless of the retirement living plans you need to discuss. A calm, well-planned talk will make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

  1. Break the Discussion into Steps

    Don’t wait for a health crisis or other emergency to talk about long-term care. Look for opportunities to have small discussions in everyday life. Ask your loved ones questions about the plans they have considered, where they would like to live, and other details. Talk about retirement living often to keep your information up to date. Have discussions during calm times, not stressful ones like the holidays.
     

  2. Speak With Respect and Empathy

    Adult children want their parents and other loved ones to stay safe. Sometimes, though, that worry comes across as anger. Speak to your loved ones with the respect they deserve. Understand that they feel they are losing their independence and control. Empathize and do not insist that your plans are the only right ones. Give your loved ones ample time to think about options.
     

  3. Value Their Independence

    Many seniors believe that long-term care means an inevitable transition to a nursing home. Assure them that this isn’t the case. You may be able to use in-home care, depending on their independence levels, health, financial status, and other factors. Do what you can to make their home more accessible. Involve your loved ones in the process of vetting caregivers and training them to meet their needs.
     

  4. Don’t Forget Emotional Needs

    Even independent seniors can still feel alone. Help your loved ones maintain an active life and consistent emotional contact. Arrange transportation to favorite activities, and ask which new ones they’d like to pursue. Look for senior get-togethers in your area, perhaps at a community center, library, or a place of worship. Teach your loved ones how to use a cell phone, tablet, or Skype to stay in touch with out-of-town family and friends.
     

10 Ways to Love Your Brain

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Love your brain

If you fail to properly take care of your brain, you may eventually experience problems such as memory loss and stroke. The brain needs both exercise and nourishment to maintain proper function. Try these 10 tips to help you to love your brain and keep it healthy:

  1. Focus on your diet. Healthy foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol will promote brain health because they don’t clog the arteries. Clogged arteries block proper blood flow to the brain.
  2. Stay hydrated. Failing to consume adequate fluids can cause dehydration. A dehydrated brain becomes disoriented. Water and other healthy fluids keep the brain sharp.
  3. Stay well-rested. The average amount sleep required for an adult is at least eight hours of every evening. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel foggy and irritable. Not only does your body feel tired, but your brain can also be exhausted. As a result, you may not be able to think clearly and make important decisions.
  4. Get your exercise. Practicing adequate physical activity keeps the blood flowing to vital organs. Blood carries oxygen to the brain, helping you to think and feel more energized.
  5. Take medications as prescribed. Taking too much of a medication can negatively affect the brain. An excess amount of medication can cause symptoms like dizziness or headaches and can impair judgment.
  6. Stimulate your brain. Brain exercises, such as playing cards, working crossword puzzles and reading, keep your brain active and sharp. Try to focus on stimulating your brain every day.
  7. Limit your alcohol intake. Like too much medication, too much alcohol can cause an impairment of judgment and motor skills. Eventually, this can have negative effects on your brain.
  8. Stop smoking. Smoking causes changes in blood vessels that can impair blood flow. Quitting smoking not only promotes a healthier brain, but can also add years to your life.
  9. Stop worrying so much. Chronic stress be unhealthy for the brain. Stress relievers include walking, listening to music, watching a funny television show and getting enough rest.
  10. Spend time with others. Spending too much time alone is not good for the brain. Loneliness often leads to internal sadness and depression. Get together with friends and have some fun as much as possible!
Activities for seniors Columbus Ohio

4 Activities for Seniors to Stay Physically Active in Life Plan Communities

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As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

This is just as true for our physical health as anything else. As people age, slowing down is normal – to a degree. Staying active, however, can increase one’s quality of life, reduce the risk of injury, and improve one’s mental health.

Why Activity Is Important

Studies show that exercise benefits the body and mind. When you’re active, you experience less stress and an improved mood. Even something as simple as going for a walk around the 38 wooded acres that Wesley Woods of New Albany is located on, can help clear your mind and enable you to focus on feeling productive and positive.

Physical exercise also keeps joints functioning correctly and prevents and delays diseases. Arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are three common afflictions that can be avoided or minimized by staying mobile.

Ways to Keep Moving

Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or intense to be effective. In fact, there are a variety of activities that life plan community seniors, regardless of age or health, can participate in to maintain physical fitness:

  1. Walking.

    This is a low-impact exercise that requires no training to get started! Walking around the life plan community is a great way to get the blood moving, but it also means seniors can see the sights and make new friends.
     

  2. Swimming.

    Many life plan communities have pools for members to enjoy. Swimming is extremely low impact and appropriate for all skill levels.
     

  3. Gardening.

    Taking care of plants and herbs is doubly rewarding since there will be something to show for the effort. If mobility is an issue, plants can be planted in pots and placed on windowsills instead of in the ground.
     

  4. Visiting a fitness center.

    Places like the Phillip Heit Center offer a huge selection of equipment as well as knowledgeable trainers to help seniors make a difference in their lives. Activities include lifting small weights or participating in cycling classes.
     

No matter what you choose, staying active is an important decision that can enhance the lives of all seniors.

Sources:
http://heitcenter.com

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How Life Plan Communities are Changing Retirement

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Life after retirement doesn’t have to be a sentence to boredom or hopelessness.

Thanks to forward-thinking baby boomers, the idea of retirement and aging has shifted – people are now retiring younger and healthier.

To ensure seniors get the most out of their retirement years, senior living communities in Columbus, OH are becoming life plan communities. These facilities cater to all aspects of today’s seniors’ active lifestyles, foregoing the depressing, cookie-cutter design of traditional senior care communities.

What Is a Life Plan Community?

Life plan communities are contemporary, enrichment-focused residences that offer the highest quality of life for active, independent seniors. The communities nurture physical, emotional, and mental activity, as well as healthy relationships and habits, while offering the highest quality residential, memory, and 24-hour nursing care as it’s needed.

Is a Life Plan Community Right for Me?

Each life plan community is different, many will consist of independent living, assisted living, nursing care and memory care all on one campus, but offer varying types of contracts or agreements.

Type A, or life care, is all-inclusive and comes with unlimited health care as needed at no additional cost. This plan provides the higher levels of care at independent living rates, instead of market prices that typically accompany additional care.

Type B, or modified, contracts offer a discounted rate for health care when it’s needed for a limited time. On the other hand, the fee-for-service Type C contract calculates fees by services used and are subject to the going rate for that level of care at that time. This contract offers the lowest up-front charges for independent seniors, but charges higher market prices for additional care later, making it difficult to plan financially for the future.

How Are Life Plan Communities Changing Retirement?

Life plan communities offer more customized opportunities to seniors. Residents have time to enjoy their retirement years, participating in activities and hobbies they enjoy, without worrying about the burden and expense associated with home ownership.

The communities also give seniors peace of mind when it comes to caring for health and personal needs, while still offering an enriching environment.

Life plan communities are a sign of hope for the future of nursing and retirement living. They’re designed to offer the most independence and joy for seniors. Life plan communities, it seems, are rewriting everything we know about retiring.
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