Choose the Best Case for your Sunglasses

Keep Your Favorite Sunglasses Scratch-Free and Safe with a Protective Case Sunglass cases come in many shapes and sizes but there is no doubt that placing your sunglasses in a case when you are not using them protects sunglasses from scratches, smudges, breaking or bending and getting lost. Hard Large Plastic Sunglass Cases (aka Clam Case) Pros: Has a fashionable, sturdy construction for maximum protection and they fit most of the larger on-trend shapes. Cons: They are large and don’t easily fit in a purse and can be cumbersome to carry around. Squeeze Top Sunglass Soft Cases Pros: These sunglass cases can fit most small and medium sunglasses, aren’t bulky and offer pretty decent protection. The snap top is easy to open and close and keeps sunglasses safely inside. Cons: Won’t be able to fit the larger styles of sunglasses … Read More

4 Summer Hazards for Your Eyes

  Summer is a time to enjoy warm weather, have fun and be carefree. However, dangers abound especially those to our eyes. There are 4 main culprits: the sun, smoke, chemicals and balls.   Dangerous UV rays from the sun above and reflected from the sand, water and other flat surfaces damage your eyes and may contribute to cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and more. Eyes can be sunburned by the sun. Photokeratitis –burned corneas – is serious and can cause temporary blindness and permanent damage to vision. Always wear sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection, polarized to block reflected sunlight and a wide brimmed hat. 2.  Smoke from bon fires, Citronella candles, fireworks and of course barbecues! If you are the cook at a BBQ chances are you‘ve exposed your eyes to smoke. Smoke is full of tiny particles and gasses … Read More

Causes and Symptoms of Detached Retinas

7 Possible Causes of a Detached Retina Approximately 1 out of every 7 people experience retinal tears or detachments, according the Journal of the American Medical Association. Up to 50 percent of people who experience a retinal tear will have a following detachment. There are 7 common causes for retinal detachment: A blow or injury to the face or eyes High level of Near-sightedness (Myopia) Genetic predisposition Age: Over 40 years old Had a complicated cataract surgery Have previously had a detached retina Diabetes   3 most common symptoms of a detached retina A detached retina causes no pain so it is important to be vigilant of the symptoms. Seeing spots, floaters and/or flashes of light Blurry vision Shadows or darkness from the top or across the side of the eye If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, consult your … Read More

Best Bicycles for Seniors

By 60, adults know what’s important when exercising and specifically, when riding bicycles– comfort!  Let’s face it, by 60 our bodies aren’t quite what they were in our 20s. We need a more pampered biking experience or, let’s say, the right features that minimize stress on our body. If you are over 60 and shopping for a bicycle, look for comfortable seats and designs that keep you upright as much as possible. If you are serious about finding the right bicycle for seniors, start with the right bike type. Cruisers or comfort bikes are the best choice for seniors. You’ll notice you sit straight when riding thanks to higher handlebars and this is good news for your back. These types of bikes typically have comfortable seats (saddles), wider tires and fewer gears which adds up to a smoother ride and … Read More

Summer can be Dangerous for Adults over 60!

Most of us look forward to summer but hot weather can be dangerous, particularly to adults over 60. A University of Chicago Medical Center study found that 40% of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65. There are several reasons why boomers and seniors are more vulnerable to heat stroke and heat exhaustion and even heat-related deaths. As we age, we lose the ability to notice changes in our body temperature. Health conditions that may come with age can also make it more difficult for older adults to adapt to heat. Some medications can contribute to dehydration. Keeping cool in summer is essential. Follow these tips: Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Avoid coffee and alcoholic beverages contribute to dehydration. Wear Appropriate Clothes like light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat. Stay … Read More

Top 5 Health Concerns Among Seniors

To be human is to worry and as we age, our list of distresses seems to get longer particularly when it relates to our health. The good news is we alleviate this anxiety by visiting a doctor regularly to help diagnose, take pro-active steps to prevent, manage and overcome the things than concern us the most. These are among the top 5 mind-burdening health topics among seniors: Arthritis – There are many types of arthritis but older adults most often have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout. Symptoms may include: joint pain, joint swelling, joint stiffness, tenderness or pain when touching a joint, problems using or moving a joint normally and warmth and redness in a joint. Medication, exercise, stretching, hot or cold pads and glucosamine and chondroitin are among several things that may help alleviate the symptoms. Heart Disease describes … Read More

Can Computer Games Improve Mental Abilities in Seniors?

Computers in Human Behavior found that 60% of the adults in their study played electronic or digital games had a high sense of well-being and social functioning compared to non-gamer seniors who were more likely to experience depression. The National Senior Wii Bowling League is hugely popular. In 2015 it had over 1,500 bowlers from 310 teams, representing a total of 100 communities across 26 states. Groups are organized into four-person teams that are divided into divisions. The groups play a 7 week schedule followed by a 3-4 week conference playoff. The league is represented by many 55+ communities and senior living groups. Video games like Wii Bowling are helping adults over 60 find recreational activities that are consistent with their state in life, health and mobility. Not to mention, that they allow seniors an enriching social life. UC San … Read More

International Volunteer Vacations for Seniors

International Volunteer Vacations for seniors are not a new concept. The idea of combining travel with volunteerism has been around for decades but only in the last ten years has the movement taken off on a large scale. There are many smart, vital and active seniors wanting to see the world and do something beneficial for others, especially for those in developing countries. Volunteering can be incredibly beneficial to those helping and those receiving the help. Volunteering can improve self-esteem, confidence, expose the person to new cultures and foster new relationships, to name a few.  Many seniors enjoy international volunteer vacations because they are able to participate in a cause that already interests them, practice a second language, put in place valuable skills and knowledge (i.e. engineering, farming, health care) and truly emerge in a particular culture for a lot … Read More

Thinking About a Cruise Vacation? The Best Cruise Companies / Cruise Essentials

   Some of the best and most affordable cruise lines include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess and Holland America Cruise Lines.  These companies have fabulous crews, tremendous ships that can accommodate thousands of guests and most importantly:  low rates. Prices start as low as $150 per guest and include room, meals and onboard activities which can consist of swimming, exercising at the gym, enjoying  fully stocked libraries, catching the latest releases or classics at movie theaters, bowling, dancing in the ship’s own night club, shopping at a variety of retailers and experiencing Broadway-style performances. For additional fees, you can take advantage of the many off-ship excursions or on-board classes like gourmet cooking, dance and photography, or you can enjoy the casino, a manicure or a Swedish massage.    Before you pick a cruise line, ask yourself whether your ideal cruise … Read More

Solar Shield fits overs are on Fleek!

Solar Shield Classic Fits Over Sunglasses are Hella Hot Amongst Cool Millennials I’m going to spill the tea….Solar Shield fits overs, the bulky sunglasses which gained popularity as ‘post-cataract surgery sunglasses’ , which are now  the best loved brand of sunglasses for eyeglass wearers, have a new fan base –millennials! YAAAAS! Young, hip and active millennials are wearing Solar Shields while skiing, snowboarding, fishing and around town! And these youngsters don’t even wear glasses! So why do they like Solar Shield fits overs so much? Solar Shield fits over sunglasses are a lifehack of sorts. “Solar Shields are bae. They are super inexpensive, light weight, polarized, have 100% UVA/UVB protection and they are so dorky  -they are cool. My Solar Shields are giving me life! ”, said a Solar Shield devotee. The Classic styles of Solar Shield fits overs have … Read More