Articles tagged with: Social Life

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with celebrations and gratitude. One of the best ways you can express your thankfulness is to give back this holiday season. There are many opportunities for people of all ages to give back, so we’ve compiled this list of possibilities to sift through to find the perfect way to give back this holiday season.

Tap Into Your Talent

There is always a way to give back while doing something you love; sometimes you may just have to get a little creative. Here are some suggested ways you can give back this holiday … read more

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Fun Fall Activities for the Family to Enjoy

Posted by: The Bristal

It’s always sad to say goodbye to summer, but that won’t stop us from shifting our focus to saying hello to fall! Think of the wonderful colors, the crisp air and spending time with family. There are so many fall activities to be done with family and friends of all ages! Here are some of our favorite fall activities:

Explore, Collect, Create.

A lot of fall activities deal with the staple fall items: apples, pumpkins and changing leaves. The first step is to get outdoors and explore the fall landscape.

Take a walk and admire the fall leaves; collect your favorites to use … read more

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Ways You Can Celebrate Halloween with Grandchildren

Posted by: The Bristal

Halloween isn’t just a holiday for young kids. It’s a great opportunity for you to create special memories with your grandchildren. You can embrace the spirit of the Halloween season and indulge in the celebration of all things spooky and supernatural with the following ideas, which you and your grandchildren of any age can enjoy together.

Dress Up With Your Grandchildren

Nothing completes a costume like a companion! Get the whole family involved with these multigenerational costume ideas. Feeling crafty? Make the costume yourself; there are many no-sew DIY Halloween costume possibilities. Not crafty? Don’t worry! Store-bought costumes are bound to look … read more

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Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sept. 11th

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National Grandparents Day is a holiday to pay tribute to the special relationship many have with their grandparents. The origin of this day goes back to 1970, when Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia, launched a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation, signed by President Jimmy Carter, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

Even though grandchildren and grandparents are generations apart, there are many ways to celebrate together. If you’re unable to celebrate together, there are still plenty of ways grandparents can be … read more

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Movies to Make You Laugh for National Humor Month

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April showers bring May flowers, and also laughs, since April is National Humor Month. Laughter can help relieve stress, boost morale and enrich your life, so humor is a goal well worth pursuing.

How do you manage this, though, if you’re stuck inside because of those April showers? Spending time watching a funny movie is one way to add some laughter to your day. Below are 10 movies guaranteed to make you giggle, along with links to their trailers:

1. Some Like it Hot. This classic comedy appeals to far more than “some.” Watch Tony Curtis and Jack … read more

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30 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Smile

Posted by: The Bristal

Did you know that there is a designated Random Acts of Kindness Week, and that it is coming up soon?  This year, it takes place from February 14th to February 20th. Therefore, it seems like a good time to think about random acts of kindness to perform, not only during this particular week, but also throughout the year.

Below are 30 random acts of kindness ideas that will make you smile and help others:

1. Volunteer to serve a meal at a soup kitchen.
2. Visit a house-bound relative or friend.
3. Send a present or flowers to someone when … read more

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Finding gift ideas for seniors who have everything is a challenge, but if you think outside the box, it’s easier than you realize. Here are some tips for coming up with thoughtful and creative gifts that your senior loved ones will appreciate this year.

How to Come up With the Perfect Gift for a Senior

• Be sensitive to your loved one’s individual needs and capabilities. If they’re mobility-challenged, a ski weekend isn’t likely to go over well.

• Be practical. If they have no need to wear a tie, don’t buy them one.

• Be thoughtful. … read more

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Make Memories with These Engaging Family Traditions

Posted by: The Bristal

At this time of year, many people are finalizing plans to celebrate holidays with family members. Travel arrangements are, naturally, a focus of our attention, but plans for creating or continuing family traditions during the upcoming gatherings are equally important.

Traditions, which encompass the passing of customs, stories and beliefs from generation to generation, make family gatherings especially memorable and strengthen feelings of kinship. For the young, traditions provide a sense of love and belonging that can result in the formation of fond memories lasting a lifetime. For the old, they provide a sense of continuity. For those in … read more

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Safety Tips to Remember when Exercising

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’ve started exercising and taking part in outdoor activities, it’s important to remember to take safety seriously. Whether you walk, hike, swim or bike, participate safely. Here are some tips to remember.

Keep Your Environment Safe

• Take an ID and cellphone with you when exercising outdoors.

• Keep headphone volume turned low so you can hear someone approach from behind.

• Tell others where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

• Alter your bicycling or walking times or routes occasionally so as not to be predictable to criminals.

• Avoid working out … read more

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Get Fit with Everyday Activity

Posted by: The Bristal

Although you might be plenty busy with volunteer work, social activities and hobbies, seize every opportunity you can to be physically active. Include hobbies like golf or swimming. Take advantage of the times you can walk more distance, like parking farther away at the grocery store or, if your mailbox is down the street, trekking to it instead of driving. These everyday activities can help you get fit.

If you have a dog, go for longer walks, play catch in the yard or hike the local trails with your canine companion. Keep safety in mind when participating in outdoor activities, … read more

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Exercise: Get Started and Make a Plan

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If you’re just starting an exercise plan or coming back after a hiatus, you’ll want to assess your fitness levels so you’ll know where to begin. Having a baseline of information can help you figure out where to start. Of course, get medical clearance from your doctor before embarking on any exercise plan.

If you’re recently back from illness, injury or vacation, start slow and build up. Don’t be too hard on yourself for losing ground, just get back to your activities starting at a comfortable level. Believe in your abilities!

First up, answer the following three questions to see where … read more

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Celebrate Active Aging: First Annual Go4Life Month

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Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage adults over 50 to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their lives. The federal campaign is based on research which shows that exercise helps people remain healthy, stay independent and prevent chronic conditions that may come with age.

The campaign provides exercises, success stories and free materials to motivate seniors to add more physical activity to their everyday lives. Research shows that adults become less active as they age. (Surprisingly, only about 30 percent of people 45-64 … read more

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Seniors & Driving: Finding the Right Car

Posted by: The Bristal

Most people associate driving with independence. Being able to drive independently is how we get from place to place and stay connected with family, friends and our community. But aging creates undeniable physical changes. Some of which may make driving a little more challenging. Reduced range of motion and vision impairments are two common examples.

In many respects, seniors are considered to be among the safest drivers on the road. They tend to wear their seatbelts in greater numbers, rarely drink and drive, and are more likely to obey speed limits. What puts them at greater risk, however, is they … read more

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Seven Hiking Tips for Active Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to get outside in the gorgeous weather and get some exercise. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found seniors who walk at least four hours a week reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to cardiovascular problems. And that’s just one perk.

There are many other health benefits: increased endurance, improved balance, a lower risk of heart disease, better blood pressure; you’ll even sleep better at night, have more energy during the day and improve your mood. So what are you waiting … read more

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10 Benefits of Joining a Book Club

Posted by: The Bristal

Like to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Know a group of people who feel the same way? Why not start a book club, or join an existing group? You’d be surprised at the many advantages that come with belonging to an active enclave of readers.

Here are just a few benefits we came across in Senior Living Magazine.

1. Community
As a member of an active book club, you’ll be more prone to reading, and to sharing thoughts about what you’ve read with new and long-time friends. These will be people who are, literally, on the same page. Plus, it’s a great … read more

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