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How To Drive When A Senior Is On Board

Giving up the keys to their car it's a terrible ordeal for seniors. That's why people who take this important responsibility going forward need to learn and adapt their driving to make their senior passengers feel comfortable and safe.

Since you can’t control how other people drive when you get on the road, you need to be ready and have a routine down when you’re driving with a senior.

The better you are at handling your vehicle and sharing the road with others, the more professional you will look.

If you’re new to driving seniors to where they need to go, or if this is your first time, we have some tips to share with you so you feel comfortable and have a smooth trip.

Plan your route

It’s important to let a senior know when they get in the car with you where you’re headed.

Try and plan ahead of time to get gas, but if you do need to stop somewhere before you arrive at your destination, make sure you have clear communication with your passenger so they know ahead of time.

Use your signals

Indicating where you want to turn beforehand will make other drivers more aware of your surroundings.

Always be aware of drivers on the road whether or not they use their signals.

Adjust your mirrors and know where your blind spots are in the car so there are no sudden scares.

Make sure you don’t make any sharp turns when a senior is in the car.

Maintain your vehicle

It’s important to know when you need to service your vehicle. Make sure to keep a reminder of when you should change your oil and know what your tires look like when they need to be changed.

It’s important to keep the interior of your car presentable with no odors.

Watch your speed

Be aware of the speed limit when traveling on different roads throughout your trip.

Even though a senior might not be driving, they are still aware of the rules on the road and might be looking at your odometer to make sure you are following these rules too.

If you’re approaching a yellow light slow down and stop. Do not speed up to make the light; your destination can wait.

Stick to one lane

If your destination with a senior is further than a couple miles down the road and you need to take the highway, take it easy and stay in the lane that is the farthest right.

Beating the traffic or being five minutes early is not worth it. Instead, pick them up a little ahead of time so both of you aren’t worried that you will be late.

Engage in conversation

Make it a goal to learn something new when you’re in the car with a senior. Ask them questions and enjoy their stories.

Keep the radio low or to a minimum. If they want to listen to music ask them what they would like put on.

Minimize your distractions

Make any phone calls or texts messages before you get in the car with a senior and keep your phone on silent.

If you need it for directions, stay hands-free with a car mount.

If you have an iPhone make sure you turn on the driving mode feature and your phone will automatically know to disable any notifications to avoid disturbance.

Drop off at the front

If you don’t have a handicap sticker, it might be difficult to find parking at the front.

Always remember to drop your senior off at the front of your destination before you park your car.

Buckle up

Make sure both of you are wearing your seatbelt. Even if you’re dropping them off at a neighbor’s house down the road, make it a strict rule in your car that can’t be compromised.

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Senior Activities in Palm Beach County

Outdoor Activities in Palm Beach County for Seniors

No matter if you’re near the beachside, in the urban area, or visiting the wetlands, Palm Beach County has many activities to keep people coming back.

Since the inception of the Division of Senior Services, Palm Beach County has been increasing its number of senior citizen residents throughout the years.

Their support group, the Circle of Care, helps seniors who are 60 years and older learn about lifestyle choices during workshops.

It gets seniors to be a part of social events and encourages seniors to live independent, healthy, and dignified lives.

The county also puts a lot of effort into sustaining its natural areas and agriculture, which makes it a great place for seniors to walk trails, bird watch or practice photography.

You can also play golf, ride a bike, stretch outside, or simply relax.

Although Palm Beach County has numerous natural parks and preserves for outdoor activities, here are the some of the most popular:

  • Grassy Waters Preserve in West Palm Beach
  • Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands in Boynton Beach
  • Frenchman’s Forest in Palm Beach Gardens
  • Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area in Jupiter
  • Daggerwing Nature Center in Boca Raton

All of these preserves have pristine landscapes and scenic boardwalk trails where you can watch the native wildlife.

Make sure to visit the 14-acre living plant museum, Mount’s Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach.

They have 23 beautiful gardens to see that all have something different to offer.

If you love viewing exotic animals like sloths, koalas, and tigers, make sure to head over to the Palm Beach Zoo.

They offer senior citizen discounts and have many exhibits to enjoy.

Fun Activities in Palm Beach County for Seniors

Because Palm Beach County’s year-round weather averages at 78 degrees, there is always something to do outdoors.

If you like Japanese Culture, meditate and learn at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

The Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens

If you consider yourself a golfer, swing like the pros and take a golf lesson on one of the PGA courses.

While the men are playing golf the ladies can shop at the Palm Beach Outlets where you will save more than you spend.

Spend some time outside watching a giraffe cross the street at Lion Country Safari or go snorkeling and learn more about the history of John F. Kennedy at Peanut Island.

Lion Country Safari

If you're looking for some entertainment, watch a live performance at Coral Sky Amphitheatre and dance the night away.

You can also enjoy a hotdog and popcorn, and watch a baseball game at Roger Dean Stadium or fancy your sweet tooth at the Hoffman’s Chocolate Shop and Gardens factory tour.

You can also recline your seat back and watch a movie at iPic and you will never want to go to a regular movie theatre again.

Whether you’re more of an indoor or outdoor person, Palm Beach County has it all.

Restaurants and Bars in Palm Beach County for Seniors

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Yes! eating and drinking are considered activities. Depending on your taste, Palm Beach County has high-end dining to homemade hole-in-the-wall cuisine.

You can walk along Clematis Street in downtown West Palm and find an active crowd with salivating foods.

Try the free food samples and enjoy live music on Saturdays at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

You can also have an afternoon snack at Mizner Park in Boca Raton and enjoy the outdoor seating.

Make sure to visit City Place in West Palm where you will find all different kinds of restaurants, live music on the weekends, and a Thursday night farmers market.

Cultural Activities in Palm Beach County for Seniors

Since the creation of the Cultural Council in 1978, Palm Beach County has put a lot of emphasis on their events, exhibitions, and performances.

This county has a lot of color and beauty to it. Here are some places you need to check off when you arrive:

Raymond F. Kravis Center

This not-for-profit performing arts center is known to have beautiful performances year round located in downtown West Palm.

https://www.kravis.org/

Ann Norton’s Sculpture Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places to visit, the gardens and the history behind the Norton family is a must see to learn more about Florida’s history.

http://www.ansg.org/

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

This museum in West Palm Beach opens your mind to what science is all about. From their planetarium to their technology exhibit, you will come out knowing a lot more about the world than you did before.

https://www.sfsciencecenter.org/

Old School Square Cultural Arts Center

Located in downtown Delray Beach, this area is known to bring artists and audiences together with different events, exhibits, and shows throughout the week.

http://oldschoolsquare.org/

Culture Lab

Open on Friday’s and the weekends in West Palm, enjoy a contemporary and interactive experience that will spark your creativity.

https://www.culturelabwpb.com/

Norton Museum of Art

Known as one of Florida’s major cultural institutions, this museum in West Palm Beach shows American, Chinese, European, and Contemporary artists from the 19thand 20th

http://www.norton.org/

Flagler Museum

This 75-room mansion located in Palm Beach was built in 1902 for Henry Flagler, the founder of the Florida East Coast Railway. Now it’s a museum where it shows historic insight into Florida’s history during the Gilded Age.

https://www.flaglermuseum.us/

For more events or upcoming performances make sure to visit: www.PalmBeachCulture.com

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Tips for Older Adults During Flu Season

What can seniors do to protect themselves from seasonal ailments, like the flu, while maintaining an enjoyable lifestyle?

The airwaves are bombarded with what feels like almost too much information.

Staying up with current information is helpful for sure, yet it's the tried and true habits which may make the most difference in maintaining health for seniors during this flu season.

There is no doubt that seniors are possibly more at risk. Yet it is vital to remember to stay calm and enjoy life – this approach will strengthen the immune system as well as life in general.

Hygiene Habits to Avoid Spreading the Flu

These hygiene practices help slow down a flu outbreak or any kind of contagion:

Disinfect surfaces

Disinfect cabinets and countertops with chlorine cleaners or disinfectant cleaners, as well as sanitizing phones, controls, and door handles.

Enhance laundry habits

Clean hands after touching dirty clothes and before handling clean clothes.

Handle trash carefully

Avoid touching trash, especially tissues, and wash afterward anyway.

Cover nose and mouth 

Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing with tissue or elbow. Wash up thoroughly when using your hands. Politely walk away from others coughing.

Wash hands better than usual

Update your hand cleaning skills by doing the "Birthday Wash" where you sing or hum the happy birthday song once or twice while washing.

You may have another song you enjoy; use this time to slow down, sing, scrub, sing, smile.

CDC says 80% of infections are transmitted by hands! Use hand sanitizer when washing isn't possible, but don't give up hand washing in favor of sanitizers.

Handwashing is the ultimate habit which will protect you.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth! 

Here's where old habits may defeat you. Concentrate on using a tissue when you must scratch your nose, etc. I always say, "Avoid the holes in your head."

Get your flu shots! 

Since flu usually reawakens in the fall, put it on the calendar now to get a flu shot as soon as it is available.

It is a fact that other flu types kill many seniors yearly, so stay on the ball with vaccinations, including discussing pneumonia shots with a doctor.

We all know vaccine doesn't protect against everything, but some protection is better than none!

Plan and prepare 

Plan and prepare as you might for hurricane season, keeping water, batteries, non-perishable food on hand as people always should anyway. Don't forget garbage bags and facial tissues.

Go about your normal life

Go about your normal life but be more mindful of above precautions.

Social Distance for Older Adults during Flu Season

Most older adults have social connections which are quite important to them.

This is a good time to explore ways to maintain social contacts by phone or online while keeping a little more social distance, especially from crowds.

Stay home when you have symptoms

Call the doctor with any questions. The doctor may advise a wait and see, or an appointment.

Patients may be asked to wear a mask. Be encouraging of friends about similar decisions.

Limit exposure to large group situations

Limit exposure to large group situations and observe the 6-foot rule, staying approximately six feet away from anyone with symptoms. (Some distance is advised in any case since infected people can be contagious a day before they exhibit symptoms.

Avoid close contact

Even when in the public remember to keep vigilant about social distance. Instead of a handshake, use a fist bump. Avoid hugs by a pat on the back.

Use your telephone more

This is a fine time to call and check on a friend, or just to visit.

Such contacts help compensate for the loneliness which accompanies choosing to temporarily be more isolated.

Buy gasoline with a card at the pump 

Avoid paying with cash.

Stay away from coughing people

Put several feet of distance between you and people who are coughing.

Seniors Can Improve General Health Habits

What a fine time to give thanks for all that is new and modern in medicine, including antiviral drugs.

Don't be afraid to try these if a doctor recommends, as well as the tried and tested habits above.

Some seniors who are at risk will be advised to take Tamiflu or Relenza.

These can help prevent flu, as well as keep any flu symptoms milder and hasten recovery time along with getting the flu shot. However, they will not substitute for handwashing and other general precautions listed herein.

It is asking a lot of older adults to change lifelong habits, yet this situation may require just that.

Do not steer into the myth that is often heard, "If it hasn't gotten me yet, it probably won't."

Seniors who are willing to consider themselves at risk are more inclined to embrace appropriate safety measures while continuing to enjoy life.

It helps to remember that this is temporary, yet the improvement of habits may be a really fine permanent change to an already healthy lifestyle.

There is much that seniors can do to protect themselves from the Influenza Type A (Swine Flu) or other contagious elements.

Temporary social distancing may be in order while health habits can be improved for the long term.

Most of all, be prepared yet continue to enjoy a calm and pleasant life.

Disclaimer

Everything herein is informational only, and not to be construed as medical advice or a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.

The Centers for Disease Control is providing regular updates. The CDC was a source for much of the above information.

Request a Papa Pal

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Might as well enjoy the tasks involved in warding off the flu while preparing for possible times of being under the weather.


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The Best Yoga Exercises for Seniors

Yoga is a great way to add strength, flexibility, focus and a sense of calm to your waking hours.

If you’ve never tried it before, or if you have and want to get back into it—now’s your chance! In terms of activities for seniors, yoga is a great choice.

Poses range from beginner to advanced and regardless of skill level—there’s something for everyone.

Four top yoga poses for the elderly

Age is just a number, and yoga is accessible to all. Yoga for seniors is especially helpful to maintain balance as you age.

To practice yoga, you simply need comfortable clothes, a yoga mat and a quiet area where you can spread out. Shoes are optional, and most prefer not to wear any!

The following four beginner poses are easy to do—yet yield just as many benefits as more difficult poses:

Seated Pose 

Perfect for bringing attention to your breath and heartbeat, the seated pose is a common way to open your yoga routine.

Sit on your mat cross-legged, or with your legs out straight—whatever is most comfortable. Then, rest one hand on your chest and the other on your belly.

Keep your eyes close your eyes and breathe in and out, slowly and deeply.

Notice your heart beating in your chest and your belly rising and falling with each breath.

Take a moment to notice any pain or discomfort you might be feeling that day, and consciously let your breath go to that area of your body.

Then, let go of any thoughts or worries, and focus on your breath.

Cat and cow pose

On your mat, put your hands shoulder-distance apart and your knees square under your hips. Arch your back like a cat and let your head hang down. This is cat pose.

Breathe out. Slowly, begin the transition to cow pose—bring your head and tailbone up and push your torso towards the mat. Breathe in.

Repeat this movement between cat and cow for several breaths.

This is good for your balance, focus, flexibility, and arm strength.

Warrior I

Next, you can move to a very popular yoga pose—warrior I. You’ll repeat this pose on each side of your body, leading with each leg.

Starting with your right leg, position your foot behind you, pointing toward the edge of your mat at a 45-degree angle, with your balance focused on the outer edge of your foot. Keep this leg straightened.

Your left leg should be in front of you with your foot pointed forward and square your hips facing forward.

Then, bend your left knee at as close to a 90-degree angle as you can, keeping your knee right above your foot.

Reach your arms overhead and look up at the ceiling.

Hold this pose for a few seconds, and feel the strength in your left thigh and shoulders.

Repeat on the other side, with your right leg forward.

Warrior II

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A common transition from warrior I, warrior II continues to help you build strength and balance.

You may decide to transition directly from warrior I on one side of your body directly into warrior II on that same side.

Keeping your back foot at a 45-degree angle with your back leg straightened, and your opposite leg forward with knee bent, open your hips to face the side of your mat.

Next, open your arms, hands in line with your shoulders, and reach in opposite directions.

Turn your head to look directly over the arm facing forward.

Finally, hold this pose for a few seconds as you feel the strength in your front thigh and shoulders.

How to end your routine

Return to your mat in the seated pose. Close your eyes and put your hands in prayer position in front of your heart.

Try to breathe deeply, and once again notice your heartbeat. Focus on your breath.

Finally, hold this pose for a few seconds, as you reflect on what you’ve accomplished during your yoga workout.

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Snowbirds Live The Good Life Letting Others Shovel Snow

The lifestyle of retired adults who travel south to avoid snow has been dubbed snowbirding.

Snowbirds are usually senior citizens who are well off enough to afford to travel, and inventive and organized enough to manage two households or similar situations in order to experience seasonal migration.

Due to baby boomers, increasing numbers enjoy such freedom and adventures.

Where Migrating Seniors Come From

They often hail from the Northeast or Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, or even as far as Ontario.

Most come from places north of the Mason-Dixon line. However, heavy snowfalls found in higher elevations of Appalachian, Smokey, and Rocky Mountains are enough to send these retirees on the road south.

Where Snowbird Seniors Go

Many can be seen in Florida or South Texas, but some head more westerly for New Mexico and Arizona.

Some have even been found in Nevada, South Carolina, and even Mexico. Less end up in California as some Snowbirds are known to be careful with their budgets.

The decision about where to land can involve available information about real estate, travel interests, hobbies, scenic preferences, and even location of family or friends.

Some Snowbirds See Family in Either the North or South Regions

A number of migratory seniors live near family members in either the north or south.

During the portion of the year when they have family nearby, they celebrate events of note like holidays and birthdays, etc.

During the time they are away from the family, they tend to establish connections with an adopted community.

They may sing in a choir or participate in community organizations as they would in their original community.

Some use this time to follow particular interests of history, travel, learning, or other adventures to their liking.

What Snowbirds Do with Property while Gone South

Here are some ways to handle the homestead while going south:

  • Property manager
  • Friend or neighbor
  • College student house-sit if very responsible
  • House sitter or house-sitting firm (they have it down to a science)
  • Short-term rental
  • Leave it empty

There are online sources of both ideas and people to help with managing the property of Snowbirds while they are down south.

Advantages of Snowbirding for Seniors

  • The best is no snow to shovel!
  • Developing friendships and social networks in both the north and south
  • Enjoying the best of both worlds
  • Breaking the monotony of staying in one place
  • RVs can be relatively cost-effective
  • Sense of community with other retired snowbirds
  • The lifestyle of a snowbird gives retirees something to look forward to with the change of seasons

Snowbirding can be started as a trial run to see how it fits with a particular person or couple's individual preferences.

Disadvantages of Being a Snowbird During Retirement

  • Never being completely a permanent part of a community
  • Missing family, friends or holiday activities
  • The organizational obligation of keeping up two domiciles
  • Finding someone to look after the main home while traveling
  • Security and safety issues
  • Possible increase in budget
  • Additional cross-border issues for Canadians

Living That Good Life

These active seniors often have doctors in both locations who know their history since they may spend half of the year in each place.

Especially with online information sharing capabilities, it is quite easy for medical records to be accessed from either domicile.

Caregivers develop resources in each location. One such helpful source is Papa.com where a senior can find an extra hand for errands, socialization, and any other needed tasks, even including help upgrading their computer skills!

A number of older adults find the life of a snowbird to their liking since it lets them enjoy their usual familiar environment, yet leave when the snow falls.

They enjoy warmer climates while their neighbors up north are dealing with cold weather. Many say being a snowbird is the best of both worlds!

 


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Activities for Seniors in Broward County

Outdoor Activities in Broward County for Seniors

Whether you’re in the suburbs or close to the beach, Broward County is packed with nature centers, parks, and recreational activities.

Since the creation of the Walk With Ease program in 2012, senior citizens in Broward County have been more active and knowledgeable about health education.

Seniors who are 55 and older can sign up at no cost to meet with qualified leaders three times a week over the course of six weeks to learn how to improve their overall health and habits while exercising outdoors.

The county puts a lot of emphasis on preserving its nature and wildlife, which makes its trails a great place for seniors to walk, bike, and relax.

The top nature centers in the county are:

  •  Anne Kolb’s Nature Center in Hollywood
  • Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach
  • Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek
  • Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center in Davie

All four nature centers focus on protecting their endangered species and vegetation.

From kayaking tours to beautiful picnic areas, these nature centers can provide a full day’s worth of fun.

Make sure to visit the world’s largest indoor rainforest conservatory, Butterfly World in Coconut Creek.

They have more than 3,000 butterflies from around the world flying freely, and reptiles too.

If you love exotic vegetation, head over to Flamingo Gardens in Davie and walk through their botanical gardens and wildlife.

Both Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens offer senior citizen discounts and have many activities to enjoy.

Fun Activities in Broward County for Seniors

No matter what time it is in Broward County, there’s always something to do.

Hedge your bets at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood or Coconut Creek, and then enjoy a live performance.

Get aboard The Jungle Queen Riverboat in Fort Lauderdale and cruise around New River while enjoying a lovely dinner on the water.

Put on your negotiating hat and make your way over to the Swap Shop Flea Market in Lauderhill, and then end your night with a drive-in movie.

Bet on your favorite horse at the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, and then gamble at their casino, and finish your night with a nice dinner of your choice.

Go on an airboat tour at the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, and then watch a gator show to finish up your day.

Whether you want to relax or stay active, Broward County has something that can tailor to your needs.

Restaurants and Bars in Broward County for Seniors

Yes! eating and drinking are considered activities.

No matter your mood and style for dining, Broward County can please anyone.

Every weekend in Lauderdale By-The-Sea, seniors are welcomed to well-priced menus, street dancing, and jazz music.

The most popular restaurants are Blue Jean Blues and 101 Ocean for live bands.

If you want to spend the night out with your family check out Food Truck Invasions website and see when they visit Plantation, Cooper City, Deerfield Beach, and Parkland.

Don’t forget to visit Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood on the weekends for freshly made food and friendly locals.

And don't forget about the famous Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale to grab some good eating.

Cultural Activities in Broward County for Seniors

This county less than a century ago was deemed “unfit for human habitation” and today it’s in the top 20 of largest counties in the United States.

Broward County has a lot of history to visit while you are here, specifically in Fort Lauderdale. Here are some places you need to check off your list when you arrive:

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

This was named one of America’s most endangered sites under the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

This estate is a must visit in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

http://www.bonnethouse.org/

Stranahan House

Built in 1901, Frank Stranahan is credited as the founding father of Fort Lauderdale.

This house (now a museum) shows historic insight to the Seminole Indians and the birth of the Fort Lauderdale community.

https://stranahanhouse.org/

Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts

Located in Dania Beach, Arthur Wiener and his family created WMODA to inspire appreciation and understanding of ceramics and glass as art forms.

Different exhibitions show the history and inspiration behind British pottery, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.

http://wmoda.com/

Museum of Discovery and Science

This museum in Fort Lauderdale is one where you can visit multiple times and never get tired of it because of it’s hands-on and interactive.

When you’ve finished walking around, see what’s playing at their IMAX theatre.

https://mods.org/

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

This museum in Fort Lauderdale is a car fanatics dream.

From motorcars and memorabilia to a gallery dedicated to Franklin Roosevelt, you can appreciate the elegance and story behind each model.

https://www.antiquecarmuseum.org/

Old Dillard Museum

Find deep local meaning into African American History in Fort Lauderdale at this historic site.

Learn about the community and local artifacts that have shaped the culture today.

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Seniors Find Fitness and Fun with Water Aerobics

Much is said about getting in shape--not only at New Year's--but all year long. At many local YMCA or other pools, seniors are becoming fit with no pressure on their joints.

Boomers are flocking to the pools to move in the water while enjoying their friends.

Senior citizens across the spectrum of age and fitness show up several days a week in a quest for fun and fitness at their local fitness center.

From the smiles on their faces, one would think keeping fit could be a positive event in the lives of these seniors.

Water Aerobics Classes Help Seniors Stay Fit

As part of some gym memberships across the country, water aerobics (some centers call it Senior Watercise) is offered and well-attended.

Many older adults who have AARP and certain other insurance policies may find that a gym membership is included in their policies as preventive medicine with a program called Silver Sneakers.

Caregivers may even choose to join their charges as the activities are healthy for all.

Instructors remind participants to keep drinking water often as they exercise. Seniors hear familiar comments echo across the pool:

*4, 3, 2, and 1.

*Now take it back.

*Travel to the right.

*Travel to the left.

*Step, touch, breathe.

You can do it (a most welcome encouragement that brings grins all around).

Full Body Low-Impact Workout for Seniors Seeking Fitness

This kind of full-body but low-impact workout contains no demands, yet offers constant movement ideas and motivation.

People participate according to their own personal levels. (Even some in various stages of recovery from serious ailments can find ways to participate).

Almost every part of the body is addressed as most muscle groups are worked. Yet there is no strain on joints since all movements are under water.

Some workouts even include finger exercises done under water.

For a better part of an hour, older adults involved in water aerobics continue moving to the unrelenting beat while enjoying the companionship of others.

Socializing as a Motivation for Older Adults Staying Fit

The pull of seeing one's friends provides an added bonus which keeps many returning to the pool.

It has long been known that when exercise is combined with a buddy, a hobby, or friendships, the participants will stay involved more easily.

When people have fun exercising, there is more likelihood they will do it regularly.

Health Benefits for Seniors From Water Aerobics

If a senior swimmer does even half of the instructor's commands, health benefits could be quite extensive.

Most Boomers and seniors know about reduced blood pressure and stress levels.

The list goes on and on, yet knowing how exercise helps isn't usually what makes people seek it.

Combining an effective underwater workout with enjoying the company of others makes a successful approach.

A water workout for older adults is well worth the effort, both on the part of instructors and the brave participants.

There is no doubt that water aerobics classes help senior citizens become physically fit while providing a full-body low-impact workout.

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The preventive benefits to a participant’s health will certainly pay off.

Having fun with friends in the water acts as a strong motivation for older adults to stay with an exercise program which brings health benefits to all who move in the water.

Some seniors would enjoy going to such classes but may benefit from a little help, companionship, or transportation.

All of these and more are available from Papa.

One of their Papa Pals can help in whatever way is needed. Staying fit while having fun at the same time.

How good can it get?


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When Should Seniors Stop Driving?

As we age, so do our vision, reaction time and fine motor skills. All these things are involved in operating a vehicle. As drivers on the road, it’s not only our own safety but also that of other drivers and passengers, that’s our responsibility.

If you have an elderly parent whose ability to drive is starting to make you worry, you’re not alone—it’s a conversation many adult children must eventually face.

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And it can be difficult, as seniors have a lifetime of driving experience behind them and value the independence offered by driving a car.

Still, when safety is at stake, it’s important to know how to address this topic with your parent or elderly loved one.

Five signs it may be time to hand over the keys

One of the first things you can do is ride along and observe your parent behind the wheel. Warning signs their driving abilities are declining to include the following:

  1. Becoming easily distracted or agitated behind the wheel.
  2. Frequent close calls or near-collisions.
  3. Forgetting directions and getting lost in familiar surroundings.
  4. Difficulty judging gaps in traffic or following traffic signs.
  5. Decreased reaction time for braking, or confusing the brake with the gas pedal.

How to talk to someone that needs to stop driving

Be gentle, but honest 

Your decision is one made out of love and concern. Simply tell your parent you want them to be happy, but also safe.

Involve other family members, if possible

You don’t want your parent to feel you’re “ganging up,” but the concern of multiple people can help you illustrate your point.

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Explain your concern

If you’ve observed questionable driving, it may help to bring up what you saw. Simply state you’re afraid for the safety of your parent, as well as others on the road.

Request a driving test

This can include an eye exam and ride-along driving check-up. To learn more, contact your local office of motor vehicles. The advice of a professional may help your parent understand what needs to happen next.

Offer help to maintain independence

A loss of independence can be a devastating blow to an active senior. However, elder care services in your area can provide transportation to help your parent get out and about, and complete all desired errands.

Be patient, but persistent

You may not succeed in the first conversation. But don’t give up. It’s important your loved one understands your concern and hands over the keys.

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Six Fun Activities for You to Do With a Senior

If you’re a senior care companion, you understand the benefit of helping your senior become socially engaged. It adds to happiness and good mental health, which are important components in overall well-being.

As a Pal, you may be tasked with bringing a smile to your senior’s face through interesting, fun and engaging activities.

If you’re looking for ideas, we have six suggestions to consider for your next companion care visit.

Six fun activities for seniors

Your senior may be interested in getting out of the house, or they may prefer to stay indoors. Regardless of individual preferences, you can always find activities for seniors to help them feel at ease, motivated and even “in their element.”

These six activities are fun for both Pals and seniors alike:

Picknicking

You can probably find a variety of picnicking locations that range from a quaint backyard to a national park.

Use your imagination and ask your senior what scenery they prefer.

Then, whether beach, forest, park bench or flower garden, pack up a picnic lunch (complete with picnic basket) and head out to enjoy lunch in a much different setting!

Gardening

Being closer to flowers and trees Has a calming effect on people. Working the earth with your hands and helping things grow is therapeutic.

Gardening is an activity that requires creativity, patience and hands-on work—research if you’re not sure what to do.

All these things can help stimulate your senior’s focus and concentration and can be a welcome change of pace from the indoors.

Board and card games

The options are endless with this activity. Talk with your senior—they probably have a favorite game and may delight in teaching you how to play.

It’s also fun to find a game your senior may not know about and ask them if they’d care to learn. Variety is the spice of life.

Cooking or baking

Making a meal or snack together allows you to bond with your senior and even learn a great new recipe! Or, you may be feeling adventurous and can scour the internet or cookbooks to find a recipe together—something neither of you has ever tried.

Park visits

The great outdoors is good for the soul. Taking a trip to a local park or nature preserve allows your senior to get some fresh air and maybe even get a few steps.

You can sit by the water, watch the wildlife or just people watch. All of these are benefits of visiting your community green space.

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Arts and crafts

Creativity helps keep senior minds active—and it’s fun, too. You might choose a project that helps your senior create something functional, such as a scrapbook, greeting card, potholder or ceramic dish.

Other ideas include painting, drawing, making greeting cards, flower arranging and knitting/crocheting.

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Five Great Senior Exercise and Fitness Activities

Staying active is important at any age! For older adults, it adds to strength and flexibility and helps them remain mobile. Regular exercise can also help improve quality of sleep, as well as confidence and overall well-being.

Physical activity falls into various categories that help your senior stay fit as they enjoy their Golden Years: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

The best exercise and fitness for seniors cover one or more of these categories.

Five ways to help your senior stay fit and active

Since part of your role as a Pal may be helping your elderly companion find ways to exercise, it can help to have a few activities for seniors up your sleeve. Any of the following can be great choices:

Walking or rolling

One of the most popular endurance activities for seniors (that also helps with balance) is taking a walk.

If your senior needs adaptive equipment, such as a walker, this activity is still within reasonable limits.

The beauty of taking a walk is your senior gets outside to breathe fresh air. You can travel together to beautiful surroundings, such as a park or nature preserve, and enjoy the scenery as you stroll.

Going to a gym

Fitness center memberships are open to everyone. They feature a variety of strength-building machines, plus treadmills, hand weights and sometimes pools.

Some gyms even offer classes specially tailored to senior fitness.

Check to see what’s available in your area and work with your senior and their family to determine what they may be interested in.

The great part about using a gym is you don’t need to worry about the weather—it’s always the same temperature inside!

Hand weights and resistance bands

These are easily transported and come in a range of styles and pounds, so you can match the right weights to your senior’s needs.

Check out these weight lifting ideas from the National Institute on Aging—complete with photos and descriptions.

Your elderly companion can do many of these exercises in a seated position if they have trouble standing.

Tai Chi

If you have classes available in your area, this ancient martial art helps improve balance, bone and heart health, and pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.

If your senior feels unsteady, they can always participate in Tai Chi with a sturdy chair nearby for support.

Stretching

An important final activity for any workout, stretching also helps your senior’s flexibility. As with all fitness, it’s important to maintain the proper form to prevent injury.

You can find a variety of stretches by visiting the National Institute on Aging online.

Fun is an important ingredient

One of the most important aspects of sticking with a fitness plan is choosing something your senior enjoys.

Just like you may interact with your own grandparent, it is important to choose activities you both will enjoy participating in.

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