Archive for June, 2007

Summer Travel For Seniors

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Summer is a popular travel time for everyone. For seniors, there are both great opportunites as well as potential hazzards. Getting away to the beach or mountains is great in the summer. Spending time with family is another high point of summer travel. Seniors need to take extra precautions due to the heat and poor air qulity. Here are a few tips

  • Make sure hotels have good air conditioning
  • Have the car’s air conditioning  serviced prior to car travel.
  • Seniors often have a need to urinate more frequently and therefore avoid consuming enough fluid while traveling. The combination of high heat and low fluid volume can quickly bring on dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids at all times.
  • Don’t be overly active outdoors if the heat is excessive or air quality is poor.

There are some great summer travel sites to check out:

As kids get out of college for the summer, the rooms and classes open up for seniors. Visiting colleges accross the country can be a rewarding and affordable way to travel visit http://www.seniorsummerschool.com/

Elder Hostel provides hostels specifically for seniors. They have fun trips and packages for the over 55 crowd. Visit http://www.elderhostel.org/

The best way to age

Monday, June 4th, 2007

The fountain of youth has been one of the most sought after items in the history of man. Even today,  anti-aging medicine and products are a multi-billion dollar industry. While medicine is geting beter at keeping people alive longer and science is getting closer to pills and other products to extend life, there are several things that you can do to age gracefully and get the most out of your golden years. Studies of centurians has shown that there is no single factor that helps people live longer. There are however, many common factors that most long lived people share. These include:

Staying active for your entire life, both mentally and physically
Having a strong social network of family and friends
Eating a healthy diet
Avoiding things that are known to cause pre-mature death, such as smoking.
Controlling stress and being happy
Spirituality

Something more important than just living long is living healthy. Longevity without vitality is sometimes seen as a curse by many seniors. Take control of the factors that are within your power and let mother nature do the rest.

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