Category: Relaxation

Brain Exercises for Seniors – It Isn’t What You Think

Hi Ladies! Brain exercises for seniors catches our attention doesn’t it? I’ve shared a couple of stories about my mom and partner’s mom. They both have passed, and they both had forms of dementia. It certainly gets your attention and you definitely take a deeper look at aging.

I’ll be honest with you. I really struggle with exercise. I know how important it is and yet… (I’m starting Monday). Now brain exercises for seniors? I’m not sure if you have visited Senior.com (great site), but I really like it and have posted some of their articles on my FB page.  Here is something I think you will happy knowing.

“In a recent study, Shannon Hallaway, Ph.D., a researcher at Rush University School of Nursing, found that higher levels of physical activity done as a part of normal life is associated with more gray matter in the brain. This randomized control group of 262 participants with a mean age of 81

participated in activities and common daily undertakings such as gardening, walking pets and doing general housework. As volume of gray matter in the brain decreases with aging, anything that provides an increase in a valuable tool – particularly when dealing with Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause large decreases in brain mass. While we can’t be sure that it will hold true for those who are younger, it still holds promise that the specific physical activity is less important for cognitive health than the fact that physical activities are done. So, let’s all get moving!” How many of you thought you sitting around doing crosswords was the answer? They’re good too, but we know in our hearts that moving is key.

 

I have placed the following video on my site once before, and I’ll probably do it again. It is only 6:40 long and probably the most beneficial 6 minutes and 40 seconds of video I’ve watched. The doctor is not an actor so be patient. Nothing is trying to be sold. Just great info that may change your life.

 

                                   

This is SOOO doable right? Choose a physical activity you enjoy and do it with all your might until you MUST stop. Start increasing your BDNF and…

Thrive! OK?

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Not Sleeping Through the Night?

Are you not sleeping through the night? If not, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Aging, “Older adults need about the same amount of sleep as all adults—7 to 9 hours each night. But, older people tend to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier than they did when they were younger. There are many reasons why older people may not get enough sleep at night. Feeling sick or being in pain can make it hard to sleep. Some medicines can keep you awake. No matter the reason, if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, the next day you may… Continue reading…

Garden with Your Grandchildren – Plant Seeds for a Lifetime

plant seeds Children love to garden; so plant seeds ladies! Letting them get involved is fun for everybody – not to mention educational. There are many flowers and vegetables which will intrigue little gardeners. Miniature garden tools are also available which makes it so much fun for them!

I realize it’s a little bit late to plant some things, but there are still gardening activities left to be done. This post was meant for those of you who love to garden and would find joy in sharing that with your grandchildren. They love to play in the dirt, watch bugs, look at pretty flowers… and spend time with grandma. You can teach along the way, and build memories that will last a lifetime!

Believe it or not, there are many plants that teach children about the five senses. For instance, sunflowers come in a variety of colors and sizes, and are a great way to introduce the difference between orange, yellow, red and white. Mint and dill are both very fragrant and simple to grow. Kids will be surprised to learn that mint is available in many unique fragrances such as chocolate, pineapple and lemon! Dill smells like pickles and has feathery foliage, which is fun to touch.

Plant Seeds for a Lifetime

What child isn’t intrigued by a pumpkin? Allowing them to grow their own will make their Halloween jack-o’-lantern all the more special. Purchase seed varieties that produce white pumpkins or miniature pumpkins for a bigger surprise at harvest time. Gourds are interesting too! So many colors and sizes…..plant seeds

Bunny tails are a fluffy choice that kids will find interesting. It’s actually ornamental grass that produces “powder puff-like” flowers. Maybe you could incorporate a trip to the pet store to look at real bunny tails first. Doing a craft is fun too. Maybe a bunny mosiac for the garden or a stepping stone with your grandchild’s name. So plant seeds, make memories they will always have… bring joy to your heart and…

Thrive! OK?

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How to Attract Birds to Your Bird Feeder

how to attract birds to your bird feeder

If you’re wondering how to attract birds to your bird feeder, then chances are you already enjoy watching birds. There’s nothing like watching different species of birds enjoying the feast you laid out or splashing in the bath you’ve provided. Here are a few suggestions for increasing the variety and number of birds who visit. Positioning is important. The best place to position a bird feeder is in a spot that simulates the bird’s natural feeding habitat. For example, if you’re trying to attract woodpeckers, place feeders near tree trunks. Hummingbirds like the color red and tubular flowers; so if you place a red bird feeder near some tubular flowers, chances are very good you will see some fascinating hummingbirds! The hummingbirds that come to my garden love catmint!

I know this is obvious, but birds won’t visit your feeder unless they can see it. Keep it high enough to avoid mishaps with cats and other predators, but low enough that you won’t need a ladder to fill them. Unless, of course, you like climbing ladders.  Also, avoid placing the feeders near any area where you use chemicals. Birds eat seeds that fall to the ground. You don’t want to serve them contaminated feed. Keeping your feeders full will result in attracting more birds. Many people plant colorful flowers around their bird feeders. This attracts birds to the area, as do bird baths and perches. Making sure you keep the feeders, houses, baths etc. clean is a big plus. Doing these simple things is a great start to seasons of entertainment. The best part about them coming by your feeders, is the joy that it brings to you. So set out some feeders, a birdbath or two and…

Thrive! OK?

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2nd image courtesy of: Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 

Find Joy in Your Life – Live Longer and Feel Better

Find Joy in Your Life – Live Longer and Feel Better

find joy in your life live longer and feel betterTo find joy in your life, to live longer and feel better, you need only to stop chasing the impossible. The quest for longer life has fascinated mankind for centuries. From the search to find the fountain of youth to creating Frankensteins to cryogenics, we’ve looked. On any given day, you can see advertisements to for products to extend life. From special diets to supplements, from medical procedures to exercise regimens, you can see it all. Yet somewhere in the fray, perhaps the most effective formula for life extension has been pushed to the back-burner. Continue reading…

Women Aging Gracefully – 6 Examples of the Upside of Aging

Women Aging Gracefully – The Upside of Aging

women-aging-gracefullyGetting older as a woman can be a real downer (everything seems to be going down…). Women aging gracefully is a popular Google search and for good reason. We want to know how to do it as everything seems to be falling….. Almost every single day, you can come across an article or blog post addressing all the things that can go wrong as you age. I’ve written about some on this site! But I have purposed to balance them with providing upsides too! Yes, there are a few! I’m not going to try and pass growing older off as a magical experience, but some real good times are there for you to experience if you’ll take the time to look. Here are a few: Continue reading…

Holiday Stress Relievers

Holiday Stress Relievers!

Thе holiday ѕеаѕоn can be a tіmе to relax, rejuvenate and refresh OR… they can have you pulling your hair out, in a puddle of tears, and needing some holiday stress relievers! Pаrtіеѕ, ѕhорріng, entertaining, rеlіgіоuѕ holiday stress relieversоbѕеrvаnсеѕ, fаmіlу gatherings, decorating… Do you look forward to those things or dread them? With all the dеmаndѕ we place on ourselves alongside the expectations of the ѕеаѕоn, іѕ it nо wonder that mоѕt of us feel some stress durіng thе hоlіdау ѕеаѕоn. Therefore, I am offering a few holiday stress relievers for your consideration. Maybe you can enjoy the season once again…like when you were little. It really is up to you! Here’s some ideas: Continue reading…

MyPoints.Com Rewards Program – Online Shopping Rewards

The MyPoints.Com Rewards Program is one of the best rewards programs going. I have been a member since September of 2008 and have earned over 250,000 lifetime points. Considering an average $25 gift card is around 3700 points, I could have received 67 gift cards valued at $1675. Even better, $50 and $100 gift cards are cashed in at a lower point cost, making points even more valuable!

So… if you decide to sign up, here’s what happens. You receive an email called a MyPoints BonusMail. Whenever you see one of these, all you need to do is click on the GET POINTS button, let it download and collect 5 points. Then you can X out and it’s done! If you are interested in the deal, you are usually given bonus points to take advantage of it. I have taken advantage of some good deals, but I mostly X out after the page loads.

The MyPoints.com Rewards Program Really, Really Rewards… Really

I have done so much of my Christmas shopping at the MyPoints.Com Rewards Program, cashing out the points and buying $25, $50 and $100 gift cards to give to friends and family. The thing I want to highlight here is THEY COST ME NOTHING! I earned the points on the program by buying things I already planned on buying, only I bought them through the MyPoints program.

Granted, they do advertise special deals. If you are a savvy shopper, this will cause you no problems. If you jump at everything you see, it could be a problem. You need to know yourself and act accordingly.

You can also play games at MyPoints.com and earn points for each game you play. If you have a little bit of a gambling itch, you can play GSN Cash games for cash prizes. There are quite a few different games to choose from, cash or token. Either way, you earn pts. when you play.

There are many retailers that are involved with MyPoints such as JCPenney, Wal-Mart and the Home Depot. Restaurants such as Longhorn, Panera Bread and the Olive Garden are in the program as well as the special services of FTD, ebay, and QVC. I have mentioned just a few of the businesses in the program. I’m sure some of your favorites are there.

The MyPoints.com Rewards Program is a definite winner in my book. I’ve been a member nearly 8 years now and it has become a part of the way I do business in the world. It doesn’t cost me anything and I have considered it to be a blessing in my life through the years. So ladies! Don’t let this one pass you by.

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