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Hand Sanitizers Helpful or Harmful?

We've all been taught the common practice of proper hand-washing techniques. Now hand sanitizers seem to have taken over.

Hand sanitizers are everywhere! There is little doubt of their efficacy.

Both homes and schools allow unsupervised use without batting an eye.

Yet there can be a problem in substituting them for hand-washing.

Could some people suffer from not maintaining their hand-washing habits?

Safety Problems with Hand Sanitizers

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According to Snopes, ingestion of hand sanitizer can result in alcohol poisoning. It doesn't take a lot since some can be over 60% alcohol (which is comparable to 120 proof)!

In fairness to the companies that produce these items, they do usually contain a clear warning to "Keep out of the reach of children."

Yet for some reason, the warning isn't always needed, especially with regard to at-risk populations.

Caregivers may not always see what is happening with dementia patients when the product is so readily available.

Perhaps fear of the flu has caused a bit of a premature rush to judgment in deciding proper use of these products.

Due to the strong scent, a number of people are over-stimulated and keep reaching for more.

There is some disagreement among medical professionals as to how much is too much.

Nevertheless, there can be an obvious and potential safety hazard.

Caregivers may need to exercise more control over the availability of such products to ensure healthy practices.

The Need to Supervise the Use of Hand Sanitizers

Unintended use of hand sanitizers when needed but without monitoring may expose vulnerable seniors to the possibility of intoxication or alcohol poisoning.

Some may use it excessively, rubbing it all over like lotion, inhaling it repeatedly, or even lick it.

Maybe it's time to update our best practices upon the realization that unfettered use of the substances may not always be wise.

In addition, if a family member is seen as at-risk for these problems you may want to consider alcohol-free products.

Is Hand Sanitizer Being Substituted for Hand-Washing?

In both homes and senior residences, people have far too easy accessibility to these products.

In addition to the dangers of ingestion, there is the danger of not being trained to wash hands regularly.

Keep in mind that hand-washing is the #1 way to reduce and kill harmful infections.

In flu outbreaks, the most often heard refrain from the medical community is the importance of hand-washing.

Yet many seniors and caregivers may not be utilizing suitable habits in order to develop the significant layer of safety brought about by frequent hand-washing.

Hand-washing has often been taught both at school and at home.

With the convenience of hand-sanitizers, there is a tendency to squirt one's hands rather than go to the trouble of seeing that hands have been washed.

Such an easy fix can lull people into much too frequent use at the expense of hand-washing routines before eating, after using the restroom, and countless other needed times.

Do Hand Sanitizers Have a Proper Place?

This is not to say hand sanitizers are bad, as the effectiveness of the sanitizers regarding the spread of contagions is widely accepted, as many hospitals and clinics across the country use them regularly.

The unanswered question is whether it is really more effective than hand-washing, a number of health professionals warn us that exclusive use of hand sanitizers will not substitute for diligent hand washing.

So one might deduce they each have a place in our cleanliness regimen.

It could be that society is a bit too relaxed. Now that it is known that hand sanitizers work, people are not continuing to give appropriate attention to the vital need for the value of careful hand-washing habits.

Hand sanitizers do have a proper place, but folks would be well-advised to be sure they are continuing good habits of hand-washing and only using sanitizers when hand-washing is not available.

Since being a senior requires a little more watchfulness of your health, above you saw reasons to continue rigorous hand-washing, then hand sanitizers still have a place since we often find ourselves without access to soap and a sink.

So when you hire a Papa Pal at joinpapa.com to help lessen the workload of caregiving or to enhance your senior experience with transportation and socialization, remember to take sanitizer in the car.

However when possible continue to practice faithful and thorough hand washing.


Guide for a Caregiver to connect with a Senior

 As a Papa Pal Caregiver, you’re a bright light in the life of your senior.

Often, help is requested for an elderly parent or loved one who needs assistance with transportation, daily activities, or just an amazing social experience.

Elderly companions are also a source of socialization, which is important for a senior’s well-being.

As people age, they can begin to feel isolated, and non-medical senior care jobs allow you to provide trusted companionship to an elderly adult in need.

By connecting with your senior as a Papa Pal, you will enrich the experience for both of you. For you, it’s a rewarding job.

And for your senior, it can be a high point in their day.

Five ways to connect with your member

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If you’re a nursing or healthcare student working as a Papa Pal, you can offer the best support by making a connection with your senior.

And you can accomplish it in the following five ways:

Just chat

Once you do, try to find topics you have in common. Then talk about those.

It helps to be a good listener during your conversations—this will make it easier to discover your senior’s topics of interest.

Share information about yourself

Maybe you recently went on a trip and took pictures, or you’re artistic and recently created something beautiful.

Bringing an item as a “show and tell” to your senior visit can help to spark conversation.

It will also help you and your senior get to know each other.

Ask your senior about their interests

Seems pretty easy, right? Then, look for activities your senior might find interesting.

This could include games, puzzles, movies, books, magazines, outdoor activities, exercises, recipes, etc.

Come up with an option or two, and bring it along on your next visit.

Swap stories

One of the greatest pastimes in life is storytelling. Your elderly companion may love to tell stories and not often have someone to tell them to.

Your visit can be a welcome opportunity for your care companion to open up and share.

And don’t be afraid to tell a story or two of your own.

Check with your senior’s family

If you’re having a difficult time getting your senior to open up, it can help to get in touch with their family and simply ask what their interests are.

Then, brainstorm a few ideas for activities or conversation starters, and bring them with you the next time you see your senior.

Looking for a position as a Papa Pal caregiver?

If you’re looking to work with seniors, contact Papa. Our Papa Pals are young, fun and energetic college students, mainly in nursing or healthcare school.

This can include socializing, meal prep, light housework and more.

Sign-up today to start your journey as a Papa Pal!


Preparing a Loved One for Assisted Living

When the Realization Hits

There comes a time in the life of a caregiver when it is painfully clear things can’t go on as they are.

This is where I found myself after several years of utilizing senior centers and even adult day care outlived their usefulness.

In my husband’s regular cancer followup, his specialist took several looks at me, the caregiver, and after discussing blood work and his general condition turned her focus on me.

She said, “You’re in trouble here; you need to find an Assisted Living place close to where you live.”

She knew I had been a 24/7 caregiver for 13 years.

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She had also followed his case for about 7 years, so she felt confident in her observations about “caregiver wear-out” and the increasing challenges presented by his condition.

Then and there, she spoke to him about the need for more help and he listened but gave no further response, probably hoping it would all go away.

As a caregiver, I had just gone through the process of realizing that placement is the right thing for my loved one.

After doing research and seeking professional counsel, it was time to embark on the road of making it a positive experience for the patient.

Caregiver Concerns

When I reached that point I was worried that my husband would feel rejected or displaced, so I devised a series of steps to lead him gently into acceptance of Assisted Living.

Being a retired teacher, this successive approximations approach made sense to me.

First, I weepingly told him over several days when he fell that I could not keep it up and that I was wearing out and losing my health.

This was right after three EMTs pulled him out of the bathtub—not once, but several times.

This event was becoming a habit. I spoke till I knew he was understanding.

Then I went to do some work and let him process that.

A Process to Introduce the Idea of Placement

A week later I prearranged with a good friend of ours to sit by him as we ate lunch after church.

I was strategically placed at the other end of the table.

I knew he respected her, so she asked him if he’d noticed that his wife was wearing out.

He was rather noncommittal but he did hear her and seemed to be processing that information.

To support this coordinated effort of enlisting help from friends and family I used the weekdays in between these social events to put out one clear message to him.

I focused on how I needed his help rather than his weaknesses. The message involved my need to regain and retain my health since it was getting too hard for me.

The next week I scheduled him to drop by and see our minister before services.

As they chatted she brought up the problem, saying his wife was in over her head.

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He became concerned. (Even though his life sphere had grown smaller, he did have a deep love and caring for his wife.)

The reverend said she’d heard his Doctor recommended a great Assisted Living place not far from home so I as his wife could visit more often.

The minister allowed him to express his concerns that he would miss his wife.

Then at our usual after church lunch, his male buddies got him to talk about it and voiced their approval and support of the idea.

When my hubby said, “My wife is kicking me out” his good friend looked him right in the eye and countered with, “No! She’s taking care of you.”

Staying with One Clear Message

 

That day in the car on the way home we discussed the matter.

I, as his spouse and caregiver, had to stay strong and point out the positive to be gained from placement.

I reiterated to him that my doctors were telling me I must start taking care of myself.

Also, I reminded him that this was what his own doctors recommended.

He then expressed sadness and empathy that I was having health issues.

That gave me the opening to tell him how his allowing others to do some of the caregiving would help me.

He seemed to be okay with that.

The next week we went for a meeting at Williamsburg Landing, the assisted living place I had chosen after much research and many site visits.

The wonderful director was most helpful and took him on a tour, introducing him to people as we walked around the facility.

Value of Planning Ahead if Placement May Be Down the Road

There is no doubt that long-term care insurance has made a momentous difference in our lives.

We had spent down most of our retirement funds for copays and other medical expenses, and when it was time to utilize the long-term care insurance it was truly a godsend.

If you are in a position to make that decision to start or continue a long-term care insurance policy, think long and hard before you say no since it’s worth its weight in gold.

I faithfully paid my long-term care premiums even when I had to cut back on groceries because watching Suze Orman had convinced me of its importance.

Now my first-hand experience verifies the value of having somewhere to turn when things become too challenging for you to handle at home.

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If that isn’t an option schedule a meeting with a qualified placement counselor or social worker and consider places close to you so visitation will occur more often.

In conclusion, caregivers are usually mentally and physically exhausted when they reach the point to finally decide to explore placement, so a multi-step plan could make the process much easier.

At that time they are confronted with the need to turn it into a good experience for all. Above are some of the ideas which worked for my husband.

It was worth all the effort to ensure that he had a positive transition into assisted living.

The good people at joinpapa.com can pitch in to help in the transition, providing respite, companionship, etc while the caregiver visits various facilities or seeks consultation.

A Papa Pal could make this journey of change a bit easier for you. And they can even drop by the assisted living center to provide companionship and other services for you there.

Placement may be a hard choice, but when it is necessary, you can find your way through it and come out happy with the result.

 


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Happy Valentine's Day: A Caregiver's Love Story

February brings thoughts of love and romance. Yet some stories are worth hearing any time of year:

Jack's life was no big deal. He excelled in business but seemed to find affairs of the heart a bit challenging.

Yet he eventually lived a love story that would melt the heart of the devil himself.

On the way to his defining moment, he stumbled onto the altar with a succession of ladies.

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As his middle years were passing him by, he once again divorced and married a 4th wife. As is often the case with multiple marriages, that love interest did not last.

Fatherhood did not work out very well for him either.

His son had been in and out of drug rehab programs more often than you could count, and his life had never taken hold of any purpose.

This brought Jack untold grief as he kept throwing both money and parts of his heart at the lifestyle of addiction his son had embraced.

Friendship seemed to work out better for him. He relished time spent with Jaques Cousteau's son since they both shared a love of underwater ocean beauty.

He owned a hotel in CanCun and booked exotic trips for diving amidst nature's shining sea treasures.

As a single and greying older man, he heard a doorbell, then an urgent knock at his door one day.

He opened to find his third ex-wife looking desperate as she pleaded to be invited in

She told her compelling story between sobs of both deep sorrows while finding comfort in his presence once again.

She had come to the realization that something was horribly wrong with her and she was out of her mind with a cold gripping fear.

After their long talk, Jack went into hero mode. First, he remarried her so she could get on his insurance and could inherit from him if she were to outlive him.

Then he got her a thorough medical checkup. The heart-breaking diagnosis was Pick's Disease, a very debilitating form of dementia.

This did not help the suffering but did give him some direction for his efforts at helping.

Before too many months had passed, her condition continued to worsen.

Eventually, he secured a 24-hour team of nurses and caregivers to allow his wife to stay home as she so dearly wanted.

The ocean view at Bal Harbour by Miami seemed to be calming to her.

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Jack may have had challenges with marriages, and even parenting, but it is clear he excelled in love.

No doubt he came a bit late to the role of hero-lover, but the daily gift of love he gave his wife was truly amazing.

His attention to vital details and his kind way of including her in his senior years speaks volumes for the type of man he had become.

Eventually, he discovered that he had an advanced incurable cancer and soon was pronounced terminal.

He stepped up to take charge of her future and his by managing crucial details while he himself was suffering and grieving his own demise.

He coordinated with her family in Savannah so she would continue to receive tender loving care.

It was both heart-rending and impressive to attend the "going away party" he gave a few weeks before his demise.

He used this as a chance to connect once more with a number of his friends, and to even coordinate plans on tying up loose ends of both his personal and business affairs.

When his time came and he passed on, his life was a testament to the wise fact that it is never too late for doing something marvelous with one's life.

Careful end of life planning proved vital to seal his love story with a kiss.

Perhaps when the romance and fervor of a relationship are growing dim, a reassuring hug and a quiet kiss can be one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Many caregivers know this is true, and labor daily to bring love and care to their loved ones.

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Life has taught them that love can be expressed in many ways including caring for needs day in and day out.

Caregivers dispense their love and kindness without many breaks or expressions of love directed their way.

Wouldn’t this be a great time to call papa.com and schedule a break for a caregiver you know?

They can help out with regular routines, provide transportation, cook a meal, and do whatever is needed.

No doubt companionship may be one of their greatest gifts.


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Best Cities for Seniors in Florida

With Florida’s unique landscape and warm weather throughout the state, it’s very common for senior citizens to either move here permanently or become “snowbirds.”

Many cities in Florida have a great appeal to senior citizens because of their natural preservations and great beaches.

The sunshine state gives seniors a great opportunity to experience the outdoors year-round, keeping them younger and healthier.

Since we are currently expanding our services to many cities across Florida in 2018, we have done a lot of research on where seniors will enjoy their time the most.

Here are the top 10 cities for seniors in Florida

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This city has many things to do for seniors. In fact, they have a community nearby called The Villages, which is a 55+ active community and is rated the best place to retire.

Being inland there is a lot natural land with many hills. It is a quick drive to Orlando, but you also are far enough from the busy city.

#9—Naples/Fort Myers area

With its beautiful weather and Gulf of Mexico beaches, this is one of the main attractions cities for seniors.

It is a quiet area that also has lively areas and amazing food. It is only a 2.5-hour drive to Miami for those who want a weekend getaway.

#8—Sebastian

This city is right next to the Indian River so you will feel a cool breeze all year.

It’s also known as a laid-back city with a small town feel. Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies in this city.

#7—Sarasota

Nationally recognized, Sierra Key beach is one of the top three beaches in America and many seniors enjoy visiting this city.

You can enjoy reading a book and relaxing with your toes in the sand on any given day.

If you love deer spotting, Rothenbach Park is a main attraction for watching the wildlife that roams freely.

#6— Greater Tampa Area

Having St. Pete and Clearwater in Tampa’s back pocket, there are a ton of outdoor activities to do without skimming the surface.

The beautiful beaches and downtowns are senior accessible and their indoor museums are beautiful.

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Known as Florida’s Golf Capital, Palm Beach thrives on seniors who love the sport.

From the beaches to the lively downtown, this spot is a great city for seniors to visit.

#4— Greater Miami Area

Miami is packed with culture and adventure. If you are an active senior and you love lively music, museums, sports, and festivals, this city will keep you busy.

#3—Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce Area

The gorgeous sunrises and sunsets on the beach are a huge plus for seniors who love to enjoy Mother Nature.

This city is ranked as one of the safest and crime free areas.

#2—Vero Beach

With some of the friendliest people, this city is known for its mellowness. Everything is extremely affordable in this town.

There is a small town feel to this city because the population isn’t too big. The best part about this town is how little traffic there is on the streets.

#1—Punta Gorda

With its relaxed lifestyle and friendly community, it’s easy to make friends in this town.

There are many recreational activities that are community centered and is an ideal vacation destination.

How to use Papa?

Papa takes a new approach to aging by connecting seniors with energetic college students with a degree in nursing.

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We are available for transportation needs, help around the house, teaching technology, socialization, and much more.

We are currently available to assist you and your loved ones in all of these counties: Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

Our Papa Pals are available to help you once you request us through our app or website.

Start your free trial and contact us for more information today!

 


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How To Teach Technology To Seniors

You’re never too old to learn something new, even if it’s technology.

In the ever-changing digital times, it’s difficult for seniors to learn how to use new devices on their own.

A study from Pew research found that 77% of older adults needed assistance when it came to learning how to use technology.

In the last year they also found that social networking almost doubled for people over the age of 50, growing from 22 percent to 42 percent.

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With assistance in learning technology, it shows that adding technology to your loved one's life will benefit their life immensely.

Not only do our Papa Pals have extensive knowledge and background with technology, they also have the patience to teach your loved ones how to effectively use it.

It’s important to use a step-by-step process when you’re explaining technology to someone who’s unfamiliar with it.

Helpful ways you can teach a senior in the digital age

Explain the value

Showing a senior how easy it is to talk to a friend you haven’t seen in 7 years through Skype, or getting an email back within 10 minutes from a family member, helps them see the importance of technology and what it has to offer.

Having them understand that this enhances their social life without needing to leave their house at all.

Our goal is to hear them say “Wow!”

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Use easy language

Be mindful of the word choice you’re using. The new words the Internet has created in our dictionary might not make sense to someone who barely uses a computer.

Instead, ask them what they already know about technology so you can use analogies to what they’re already familiar with.

Take it slow

It’s always best to start small and have multiple sessions so you don’t give them information overload.

The last thing you want to do is get them feeling too overwhelmed and then they give up because you gave them too many tasks to try by themselves.

Write it down

Since writing by hand is something that they are used to, get them a notebook specifically for writing down any steps they need to remember.

If they get lost or forget how to do something, they can jog their memory from their own handwriting.

Patience is key

It’s important to stop a lot and take time for them to ask questions. The more engaged they are, the more they will take in and learn.

Give them confidence

Celebrate the small victories. Focus on the positives and what they are doing right and they will want to continue using it.

Show them free resources

TechBoomers and AARPTEK are two great websites that give free technology tutorials to help your loved ones.

Visit the websites together and bookmark them so they have easy access to it.

Make sure you watch a video or two together and practice the tutorial after so they can get comfortable using the sites when you aren’t around.

Get them used to technology

Games are a great way to get them engaged with technology. Maybe they love crossword puzzles, scrabble, or Sudoku.

Download an app or give them a website and show them how to play from their device.

This will help them get comfortable with using the buttons and touching the screen.

Talk about Internet safety

Show them the best practices on how to create strong passwords. Let them know to never put any personal information out through emails.

If you address these issues and show them the best Internet safety, they will feel confident and not get taken advantage of.

Interested in learning technology from a young mind?

If you have a loved one with little to no experience, download our app today and request a Papa Pal.

Our patient Pal’s are experts in technology and fully understand how to guide you through setting up your devices and making you feel comfortable.

Click here to download our app.


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Senior Parents? Five Common Health Concerns

Health and wellness are important at any age but takes an immediate forefront for senior-aged adults.

During their golden years, it’s critical for senior parents and loved ones to maintain their health as long as possible.

And if the senior in your life isn’t within a short car ride, it can be especially difficult to ensure they’re getting the support they need for good health.

However, you can set your mind at ease through the services of a companion care provider with Papa Pals!

Five senior health concerns—and elderly wellness tips

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Seniors are at greater risk for different medical ailments and concerns.

By keeping some of the most prevalent health concerns in mind (and taking actions to help reduce their risks through wellness activates), seniors will hopefully be able to alleviate some of these concerns:

Slips, trips and falls

Unfortunately, falls can be common with the elderly, especially due to a loss of strength and balance.

Companion care provides the assistance seniors need to complete daily tasks, such as light housework and laundry, making it unnecessary for your senior parent to push themselves and attempt to complete tasks with which they now have difficulty.

Obesity and heart disease

Fitness tips for seniors include getting some exercise each day.

As we age, limited mobility can cause our weight to creep up, putting us at risk for illnesses such as heart disease.

When you partner with Papa, your assigned Papa Pal can help your elderly parent safely fit in activity during the day, such as a stroll through the park.

Depression

It’s healthy for seniors to stay social, and Papa Pals provide this outlet.

Companion care includes conversation, games, crafts and other activities that are important for a senior’s mental well-being.

Arthritis

Joint pain can limit the daily tasks an elderly adult can easily do, such as meal preparation and cleaning.

The help of a Papa Pal makes it easier for a senior to maintain their previous lifestyle.

Osteoporosis

An injury can be especially dangerous to a senior who suffers from weakened bones.

Osteoporosis (weakened bones) put the senior at risk for larger injuries resulting from mishaps or falls.

However, the support of an elderly care companion to complete daily tasks greatly reduces the possibility of a fall for your senior parent.

How to find reliable companion care services

If you’re concerned and need assistance providing the services your elderly loved one needs for good health and well-being, contact Papa.

Our Papa Pals are available to help and can be requested in advance or just when you need them most.

To start your free trial, contact us today!


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Make Senior Living Easy and Pleasant

There are slight adjustments to routines and habits to make senior living more enjoyable while avoiding hassles faced by many.

As seniors, you deserve to enjoy your lives to the fullest!

Seniors don't even have to wait till retirement to adopt these practices for easy living.

Start any time adjusting routines to make the senior lifestyle both pleasant and productive.

Adjustments to Routines and Schedules for Easy Senior Living

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Do all your errands and shopping between the hours of 9:00 and 3:00, with slight adjustments depending on where you live.

It will be much easier to find parking and traffic is lighter.

Also, stores and places of business can give you more quality attention since they aren't overworked at that time.

Also, do not shop on weekends or any other time when working people are out.

Much as one would show consideration by stepping to the right on a sidewalk, these ideas help seniors share space with daytime workers by sharing public spaces to everyone's advantage.

This is civility at its best. Some people recommend avoiding Fridays too.

Also, consider taking driving trips on weekdays to avoid weekends when families and working people travel.

Keep a schedule of sorts, but don't build pressure into it. What does not happen one day can be added to the next day's list.

Seniors Can Be Prepared for Storms and Other Disasters

Avoid keeping too much stuff in the yard or patio which has to be brought in garage or house during storms or other disasters.

Go through your things and give away or put in the garage anything that is not being currently used.

This will reduce the chance of having something blow into your living quarters during storms, as well as improve your living spaces by lessening clutter.

Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food for such occasions.

Also have flashlights, batteries, radio, and extra medications in a consistent place to be easily accessed if needed.

Connect with the Community for Pleasant Senior Lifestyle

Become involved with the community. It could be in a church or community center.

But being connected with the greater world around you makes one come alive and gives meaning to the days.

Senior centers provide not only fun, education, and entertainment, but often serve food as well.

Volunteering is another effective way of connecting with the community.

Use the skills you've spent years honing to make the world a better place.

Help in a museum or community center. Follow your personal interests to do things you've always wanted to do.

Helping someone is like a high-potency vitamin for both your body and the soul.

Stay Physically and Mentally Active for Successful Senior Living

In addition to normal medical exams and maintenance, it is important to practice a healthy lifestyle.

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One of the ways to do this is to stay physically active. Walk, swim, work out, do some yoga, garden, to keep your body in working order.

When you wear out, take a nap - it does wonders for your energy.

Commune with nature by frequenting parks or gardens. Watch the sunrise or set. Watch birds.

Get in touch with your spiritual self. I even enjoy watching a tree as it stills my soul and feeds my heart.

Other Hints for Stress-Free Senior Living

Wear comfortable clothes

Women can benefit from wearing clothes with pockets to eliminate or reduce the need to always lug a purse around.

Replace credit cards with cash

Lessen or eliminate credit cards. Live on cash, living frugally when necessary and spend when you can afford to.

Living beneath your means creates a buffer zone to use when challenges arise.

Cook for four

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Don't cook for one or two. Cook for four or more; then freeze the uneaten portion to make another day's meal easy with the microwave.

Unclutter your home

Make reducing unneeded stuff a weekly practice; keep a box on hand for things you no longer use; someone else out there may need them:-)

Connect with younger generations

Maintain intergenerational connections, with relatives, neighbors, and friends.

Loneliness is greatly reduced when connections are fostered.

Schedule your tasks

Assign a day for certain tasks, like watering, grocery shopping, housecleaning, etc. It gives shape to the week.

Plan ahead

Reduce caregiver stress by planning ahead: have long-term care insurance, end of life paperwork done, and proceed with relaxed joy in knowing that.

Take on a hobby

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Give regular time and effort to an interest or hobby, whether it be reading, tinkering with a car, carpentry, or woodworking in the garage.

Senior living can be easy and pleasant by adopting a simpler lifestyle.

Retired people can adjust routines and schedules, prepare ahead of time for emergency situations, connect with the community, stay physically and mentally active, and follow the above hints for gentle and enjoyable senior living.

Many of the above tweaks to one's habits can be accomplished more easily if you have some help it along.

Go to joinpapa.com to find college students ready and able to keep you company while assisting with errands or even a day trip to a local attraction.

Download the new Papa App and become a member today.

This can be some of the best times of your life. Make it happen!