2015 Grads Gift Guide

The months of May and June can sometimes catch gift givers off guard. With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as high-school and college graduations, there are suddenly many people to shop for in your life in such a short time span. To help our readers, Senior Outlook Today has prepared its 3rd Annual Gift Guide for Grads.

Also, thank you to our readers who also sent in their gift ideas and suggestions for 2015. If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual gift guide features a wide variety of gift ideas for moms in a variety of categories including home, fashion, beauty, family, and fitness.

9 Bits of Wisdom on Senior Dating in the 21st Century

Senior Dating, Older Couples Dating, Dating Scene for ElderlyNavigating the modern dating scene is a constant challenge for younger generations, let alone for boomers. For those over fifty, 21st-century dating can be an intimidating experience that looks nothing like familiar 20th-century romance. Here are a few tips to combat the sense of uncertainty you may be feeling as you embark on this new chapter of your life:

1. Reevaluate your deal breakers.

With decades of experience under our belts, we tend to develop a long list of deal breakers that help guide our romantic decisions. But if your standards are so high they’re beginning to starve for oxygen, it may be time to reevaluate. Hold on tight to your must-haves, but don’t let your deal breakers get in the way of experiencing someone new and unique.

2. Don’t get caught up in the speed of social media.

Social media technology has quickened the speed of communication, and relationships can now progress much more quickly than in the past. While it’s understandable to want to move things along faster than when you were in your twenties, the risks of moving too quickly don’t diminish with age. You and your potential partner have more life experiences to share, more family members to meet, and more entrenched habits and personal quarks to expose! If social media is moving things too quickly for you, try taking the relationship offline for a while.

3. Don’t give up… there’s more out there.

Whatever your age, dating isn’t easy. But with the emergence of online dating and an increasing number of connected, tech-savvy boomers, the pool of potential romantic interests is larger than ever. Don’t let a few failures deter you from staying out there. Be confident, be committed, and keep trying until you find the right person for you. [Read more…]

Nurturing Creativity 

9780399175275 (6)By Peter Deligdisch

In a broad sense, being creative is an enjoyable thing.  When it bubbles up, we make things exist that never did before. Whether they’re stitches or stories, photos or flowers, paintings or pictures, scrapbooks or stationery, or anything in between, there’s subtle and sincere satisfaction to creative activities that many of us love. 

Creativity is, however, a tender plant that requires some form of attention and nurturing.  Thankfully, it can never die completely, and even the smallest drops of nourishment can bring it back from the brink in a flash. Sometimes, when neglected for some time, it can subconsciously stifle our desire or propensity for creative activities, even the ones we once loved and partook in often. 

There are a few simple things like doodling and coloring that, while they may seem unimportant or unrelated, can really bring the life back to your “creative plant” as it were; and help it continue to grow and bloom into a fantastic springtime display. 

The beauty of doodling and coloring lie in the lack or forethought or actual inspiration that it takes to get going. For a quilt or a flower arrangement, you usually need some idea ahead of time — some sort of lurking image or hunch to start moving forward. With doodling, you might just be a little bored, a little stuck, a little whimsical; and then you start drawing shapes and lines and squiggles on a post-it note or on the margin of a piece of paper. It grows absentmindedly, and you find yourself creating effortlessly and almost pointlessly. The only point of it is that you like creating things.  [Read more…]

Working out After 50

By Mike Chang

Training after the age of 50 is going to be more difficult, but is worth the effort you would put into it.  Most people over 50 think that working out will not accomplish much and possibly cause injuries, so they tend to write off the one thing that could help them feel better.  It is true that natural hormone levels slowly drop over time.  This can cause issues when it comes to working out, but that does not mean that it is bad; you just need to learn how to do it properly so as not to get injured. 

Most young guys who work out are using a split workout routine, where they work out a different body part every day with very little rest or days, if any, between workouts.  This is where most older guys run into problems.  They think they can work out the way they used to.  The truth is that the natural anabolic hormones are not produced in the quantities that they used to be.  Thus, older people will need more time to recover.  The best option is for them to perform muscle group workouts a few days a week to allow for the recovery of the muscles before the next training session. 

The next thing they need to be concerned with is the amount of weight they are using.  Weight should always be relative to your strength.  To build muscle and burn fat, the right amount of weight is very important.  You need to use a weight that is difficult, but manageable.  Too much weight can cause an injury, but if you are not using enough weight, you might as well not do anything.   [Read more…]

Navigating Life’s Passages Using Project Management

By Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP®, PMI-ACP, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning

I recently took a class to learn how to navigate the inside passage to Alaska.  The class was held on a 65 foot rebuilt wooden 1929 boat with the original Diesel engine called the “David B.” This adventure originated because a colleague wanted me to help sail a 32 foot sailboat from Washington to Alaska to use for our corporate retreats.  I realized doing this might require some unique skills so I sought out a class to get a handle on what would be involved in this pursuit.

The goal of the class was to get the David B 740 miles from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska in twelve days.  The speed the boat traveled was dependent on the capabilities that day of all the systems on the boat, the strength of the crew to be at sea, the wind, the tides, the currents of the various channels and passages, and any obstacles/distractions encountered enroute.

As with any project, the more experience the people on the project team had, and the quality of their tools, the more likely it was we would achieve our goal. And this was no different for the Inside Passage journey on the David B.  What I realized in this class; for me to take a boat on the inside passage, I would need to assemble a crew with the skills and the experience to do so. While basic navigation skills for cruising the inside passage are required, they are just one of the skills required.   [Read more…]

America’s Seniors Are Failing An Important Test

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed two out of five adults are not up-to-date on their colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines call for men and women at average risk to begin colon cancer screening at age 50
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed two out of five adults are not up-to-date on their colon cancer screening. The American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines call for men and women at average risk to begin colon cancer screening at age 50

By Dr. Trpko Dimovski

With age comes wisdom, experience and, often, a long list of doctor’s appointments. For seniors, the number of recommended cancer screenings can be extensive, but keeping up-to-date on these tests can be life-saving. Unfortunately millions of Americans ignore their doctor’s recommendations.

One important example of the impact of screening avoidance is colon cancer. Widely considered one of the most preventable cancers, colon cancer grows slowly in the body, first developing into a polyp—or non-cancerous growth—that can take several years to become cancer. If these polyps are identified early through routine screening and removed, doctors can effectively prevent cancer from ever forming. For people whose colon cancer is caught early, their five-year survival rate can be greater than 90 percent.

The problem is that despite the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines that call for men and women at average risk to begin colon cancer screening at age 50, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that two out of five adults are not up-to-date. As a result, more than 60 percent of colon cancer cases are detected in the late stages when treatment is difficult and survival rates as low as 12 percent, making colon cancer the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.   [Read more…]

Anthem Inc. Says Preventive Steps Can Lead to Safer Steps

Fall-Proofing Home Helps Older Adults Maintain Independence

One in three older adults in the United States fall each year, often with disastrous results, such as hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries or even death. In fact, 24,000 people over age 65 died after a fall in 2012, which is almost double 10 years earlier. Many of these falls occur in the home and could be avoided with a few simple precautions, according to Dr. Richard Frank, medical director for Medicare products at Anthem Inc.

Let’s take a quick tour around the home to see where danger lurks.

Frank said a good place to start is in the bathroom, which is one of the most dangerous places in the home for older adults. To make it safer, remove rugs that could cause slips or trips and replace them with non-slip mats, especially around the shower or bathtub. Similarly, place non-skid suction mats, strips and decals to the floor of the shower or bathtub. Consider installing grab bars in and around the shower, bathtub and toilet. Those having trouble with balance or standing may want to use a shower chair. Finally, a raised toilet seat will help those who have trouble getting on or off the toilet.

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