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

Your Eyes Speak Volumes – Why Visiting your Eye Doctor could save your Life!

You could imagine a visit to the eye doctor improving your vision but you probably never pictured it could save your life. Well, it can! Your eyes hold amazing cues to your overall health which your eye doctor can easily see and interpret. These cues can be a tell-tale of hypertension, high cholesterol, melanoma or high blood sugar. Your eye doctor could detect a serious health problem such as high cholesterol if he notices yellowish plaques within the retinal blood vessels or he could suspect high blood pressure if your eyes arteries are showing  a silver or copper coloring. If not caught early, blood vessels in the retina and throughout the body may harden, increasing your risk for heart attack or stroke. Leaky blood vessels might be a sign of diabetes. High blood sugar can clog and damage retinal blood … Read More

Is Smoking Making you Blind?

Is it possible smokers delay quitting because the damage to their arteries, lungs and heart is not readily visible? Perhaps seeing (or more accurately, not seeing) the detrimental effects of smoking would make more people quit smoking sooner. If you need visible (or rather not visible…as in blinding) proof smoking has appalling effects on your health, you don’t need to go further than your eyes. As with the rest of your body, smoking has an appalling effect on your vision. If you smoke and need a few more reasons still to quit smoking, here are 5 reasons: Smokers have double the chances of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, and have triple the chances of developing macular degeneration, a blind spot in the center of our vision. The more you smoke, the greater your chances of forming cataracts … Read More

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun!

We’ve been hearing it loud and clear – Protect Your Eyes from the Sun! Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection or a UV400 rating, protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays!  UV light damage has been linked to eye cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, eye-blindness and other eye-health issues. Also, sunglasses help reduce the onset of some fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.  Your eye-health and wrinkle-prevention alone should be enough reasons to compel you to wear sunglasses every time you go outdoors. But if you need more reasons, read on. Wearing sunglasses is not just good for your eye health it is a fun and fabulous fashion and personality statement. Sunglasses, particularly fits overs and clip-ons, have been the unsung fashion heroes until recently.  Sunglasses, including many of the new fit overs and clip ons, add pop to your personality … Read More

Can sunglasses reverse a bad mood and make you feel better?

Darwin believed our facial expressions could directly affect our mood.  He proposed that facial expressions are not just the visible sign of an emotion, but that they actually contribute to the feeling itself.  New studies support the theory that facial expression can influence mood, but there is still debate over what physiological mechanisms cause this and how important it is in emotional life. Our face reflects our internal emotions, but it also works in reverse. Our facial expressions can affect our emotions.  We can change our emotions by varying our facial expression! Smiling, even if you are faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress. Psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who couldn’t frown due to cosmetic Botox injections were happier, on average, than people who could frown.  Conversely, if you frown, due to … Read More

Living the RV life! Tips for a successful trip

The U.S. is a diverse and exciting country and one of the best ways to experience it is RVing.  Traveling in a Recreational Vehicle combines all three of Americans’ top love affairs: cars, freedom and excitement. But before you leave on your first or next RV adventure, plan! #1)  Do a complete mechanical checkup of your RV and outfit it with all the necessities: flashlights, camping food, first aid kit, games, tools, kitchen utensils, fuel, insect repellent, books, maps, batteries, matches, bedding, trash bags, toiletries, medications, water, etc. #2) Be prepared with easy and RV-friendly recipes like Chicken in foil pouch. Oven Temp: 400 Ingredients 1 plump chicken breast 1 large potato, chunked 1/2 onion, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste Ranch dressing Directions: Place chicken on aluminum foil, layer next with potatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Drizzle ranch dressing over all. … Read More

Great Gift Ideas for Dad!

  Who says shopping for dad is tough? Fathers (all men for that matter) are easily pleased. For the most part, they like practical, relevant and durable gifts. Forget the frilly stuff, the home-made trinkets and the “World’s greatest dad” ties and stick to the tried-and-trues. Here are a few no-fail suggestions of perfect gifts for dad. Watches – Whether dad is techy, classic or sporty, a watch is the one accessory and essential gear all men can agree on.  A quality and great looking time piece is definitely an impressive gift. Cobra sold by Soleasy    Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Citizen Eco Drive Meat – Ok, so not all dads are carnivores but many men melt at the mere mention of a Porterhouse, Rib eye or rack of ribs. My Chicago Steak, Omaha Steaks and Kansas City Steaks are … Read More

10 Things You Can Do Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

We’ve all heard it –Live in the present. There is a great deal of focus these days on living in the moment and living for today.  And while that might be a wonderful piece of wisdom, you can actually do something today that will also benefit you in the future. Whether it be acquiring skills to qualify for a better job, saving money for a rainy day or retirement or quitting smoking, having an eye on the future is not a bad thing. Whether you are 20 or 60 or 80, there is always something you can do today that will benefit you in the future. Exercise for 30 minutes a day (at least). You don’t have 30 minutes? How about three 10-minute chunks? We all have 10 minutes here and there. Go for a walk, jump rope, swim, garden, … Read More

Solar Shield Fits Overs – Fashion and Style Innovators

For over 20 years, eyeglass wearers were hard pressed to find over-the-glass sunglasses that were not black or tortoise and had side windows. Those were the only fit over choices for many years, until Solar Shield revolutionized the category.  For decades, customers equated fit overs with bulky black sunglasses you could wear over your prescription glasses, until Solar Shield, the original fits over company and the leader in the industry, decided to change things up. Solar Shield introduced 3 different collections that were big departures from the side-window design  -The Panorama, Fashion and Semi-rimless. The panorama features a streamlined design with lenses that wrap around the face. The Fashion fits overs are feminine and lack side windows, offering wearers a more traditional sunglass look. The semi rimless collection of Solar Shield fits overs was a new addition in 2013 boasting … Read More