5 Tips on How to Better Connect with Your Grandkids

Connecting with your grandkids can be tough. Whether they are always on their phones or you don’t get much time with them, sometimes it can seem near impossible to connect with grandkids. However, here are a few easy ways to try to bridge the generation gap.

Tips to Connect with Your Grandkids

Take the Time

Oftentimes, grandparents and grandchildren get into a routine of seeing each other only on holidays and birthdays. This reduces the interaction to big family gatherings which can make one-on-one time tough. So break the cycle and make time to spend with your grandkids specifically. Perhaps, take them out to lunch every month or have a sleepover. This will give you ample time with your grandkids to develop a close relationship.

Share Their Interests

Do your grandkids like Pokemon? Perhaps you can take them to Pokestops in your neighborhood while you hangout. Seek to understand their interests and find activities that involve their favorite things. In time, you might start to share those interests but either way, your grandkids will love it.

Help Them Get Involved in Your Interests

Sharing interests is a two-way street. If you are going to take the time to get involved in their interests, they can get involved in yours. Love classic literature? Buy them books. Can’t get enough of the theatre, take them with you to a play.

Be Yourself

Many people believe their grandchildren will only have fun if you are hip to the latest lingo or TikTok trends. But it’s much more important to be yourself. After all, how are they ever going to get to know you if you are pretending to be someone else?

Skillfully Navigate Complicated Family Dynamics

Not all families are ideals from the 1940s. In fact, many families feature complicated dynamics, especially between parents and children. That is why it is so important for you to respect your children in front of your grandchildren. Just because you don’t like your daughter-in-law, you don’t have the right to talk poorly about her in front of her children. Focus on learning to tolerate those difficult members of the family in order to have better family relations.

Be an Easy Person to Visit

It’s easy to want to stick to your regular routine or run errands when the grandkids visit. However, this can make visiting you boring or even a chore. As much as possible, try to think of fun things to do while your grandchildren visit so they enjoy their time with you. Read this article for tips on connecting across the generation gap.

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Taking a Bite Out of Senior Diet Myths

There are many diet myths about what complicates a normal diet. But how can you tell the difference between healthy diet facts and fads? Well, to sort out the truth, here are senior diet myths that many people still believe.

Senior Diet Myths

The right diet is arguably the most important aspect of healthy aging. And here are the myths you should stop believing.

You Should Avoid Eating Fats

For most U.S. individuals, reducing their fat intake is a good choice. However, there are bad fats and good fats. Trans saturated fats are the worst kind, whereas polyunsaturated fats are good for you. Trans saturated fats have no known health benefits and can increase your cholesterol. These are often found in pastries, frozen pizza, and margarine. 

On the other hand, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are good for you since your body needs them as a source of energy. They also assist in your body’s process of absorbing vitamins and minerals and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

You Can Get the Nutrition You Need From Pills and Supplements

According to this article, supplements can fill in the gaps of a balanced diet, but nutrients from food are more important. As people age, it becomes more difficult to absorb nutrients from food. However, there are dangers to getting nutrients from supplements. Namely, getting too much of a good thing. In addition, seniors with chronic conditions requiring medications should always consult their physician before making any drastic change to their diet and avoid negative interactions.

Senior Malnutrition Doesn’t Exist

Though malnutrition should be nonexistent in the developed world, many seniors suffer from it due to difficulty absorbing nutrients mixed with fixed incomes. Paying for everything from food to medications on a fixed income is an undertaking in and of itself. Unfortunately, some of the most affordable foods are some of the least nutritious. So, a poorly arranged diet that is rich in calories but bereft of nutrients will result in both weight gain and malnutrition. This malnutrition in seniors can lead to deficiency diseases regardless of being overweight or skinny.

Follow a Healthy Dieting Guideline and You Will Be Fine

Though it is often a good idea to follow the nutrient guidelines provided by experts, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most of these guidelines are not made for senior populations. It doesn’t take into account difficulty chewing, interactions with medications, and common conditions in senior demographics that could become worse with certain foods. Food guidelines should serve as a point of reference, but you should always consult your doctor when it comes to what you should or should not be eating.

It Doesn’t Matter If You Eat Alone or With Others

As discussed in this article, it is just as important to stay social as you age as it is to diet and exercise. This lack of daily socialization can result in cognitive and physical problems. You may find yourself unable to make nutritious foods or prepare filling meals. Also, eating alone can increase the likelihood of skipping meals altogether. Eating in isolation can also exacerbate conditions like anxiety, loneliness, and stress.

Ideally, seniors should eat with others at least some of the time. This is made substantially easier in senior living communities, given the prepared meals and social environment. This environment and careful attention to nutrition are some of the leading benefits of a CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community).

It’s Natural For You to Lose Your Appetite

Due to metabolic changes, seniors need less food than younger adults, However, appetite loss is a red flag at any age. Simple problems like a decrease in sense of taste or dental problems can lead seniors to eat less, however, an outright loss of appetite could be a sign of bigger problems.

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7 Deadly Retirement Savings Sins of Baby Boomers

According to Boomer Expectations for Retirement (BER), current retirees might not be where they think they are in their retirement planning. Make sure you aren’t falling victim to these retirement savings sins.

Not Saving Enough

This may be the most obvious — and the most frightening — but it bears repeating. According to the BER, an astounding 23% of baby boomers have no retirement savings.

Draining Retirement Savings

We know life happens and there are unpredictable events that occur throughout your life. However, you should be very careful about dipping into your retirement savings. About 17% of new seniors save for retirement once but then spend the money. This happens either due to desperation or carelessness. Worse yet, it can be both.

Not Properly Calculating a Retirement Savings Goal

Not having a retirement savings goal makes it harder to save enough for retirement. Think about it; if you haven’t set a goal, how will you know how much you want to save? On average, only 25% of boomers have tried to run the numbers without a financial advisor. And of those with a financial advisor, only another 25% have set a monetary goal.

Underestimating Healthcare Costs

According to studies, a healthy couple in their mid-60s may need a budget between $300k-500k for their health care expenses. This includes insurance, copays, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Yet, most retirees are unaware of just how much healthcare can cost. According to the BER, less than 20% of boomers believe their healthcare costs will come to less than 20% of their retirement income. Additionally, more than 25% think it will be less than 10% of their retirement income. 

Ignoring Long-Term Care Costs

This one is particularly dangerous, yet nearly 70% of boomers are going to need some form of long-term care. What’s more, is the average cost is roughly $90k a year. And if you are banking on Medicare to pay, think again. Medicare doesn’t pay for long-term care.

Mishandling the Retirement Date

Did you know that postponing retirement can have some major benefits? Some 29% of individuals aged 62 to 66 have decided to postpone their retirement. Additionally, an astonishing 33% of those aged 67 to 72 have done the same. However, others overestimate how long they’ll be able to work. About 31% of boomers believe they will be able to work past 70. Unfortunately, the BER tells us that fewer than 10% actually can.

Not Getting Affairs in Order

Roughly two-thirds of boomers have taken no steps in protecting themselves should they suffer a major health event or need memory care. They haven’t sat down and shared their wishes with  their family. Unfortunately, many people who have been through the process of unplanned life events can tell you, the chances of you waiting too long are pretty high if you don’t start planning today.

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Tips to Creating the Perfect Container Garden

Nancy Hartman is a Marketing Specialist at Twin Lakes. She is an avid gardener who loves talking about plants and gardening with Twin Lakes residents.

The residents at Twin Lakes both love to dig in the dirt and plant their containers.  This spring you may want to get a fresh start on your spring plantings. Here are some ideas to kick start your project and create the perfect container garden:

  • Think about your overall vision. What do you want to change about your plantings and outdoor space this year? Make a list of what you need and what you would like to have- maybe a new pot for a blank corner.
  • If you are buying a new plant, make sure you read the label before you buy it. How big will it grow and what type of sun does it need? If you are in a nursery you can usually get advice from the staff.
  • If you enjoy using herbs in your cooking or would like herbs to give away to friends, you can either have containers devoted to herbs or tuck one into a flower planter. These can be used as a green accent note while cooking or added as a fun garnish on a plate.
  • It is important that your pots have drainage holes to promote good root development and prevent rotting.
  • When designing your space, it is important to have the right plants for the containers.  Are you planting in full sun, partial sun, or shade? 
  • Make sure the plants you pick are the right size for your containers. 
  • When you make your list of items needed for your gardening project, make sure you remember the fertilizer. One of the keys to successful container gardening is fertilizer. For the best results, add a granular continuous release plant food to the soil when you plant your containers. Then add water-soluble fertilizer to your watering apparatus once every other week.
  • When your plants are looking great. Take their pictures! First, you can look at the pictures during the winter to remind yourself of how spectacular they were, and second, you can use your pictures to plan for next year.

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Improve Your Health and Feel Better With a Great Activity and Diet

Eating healthy foods and staying fit may help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, improving how you feel. Improving your health with regular activity and a great diet overflows from just fitness to improve your mood and reduce inflammation in joint pain. It’s never too late to start living your best life.

Improve Your Health

Why Should I Improve My Health

Aside from making you feel better, there are many health-related conditions that can be largely prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and activity level. Some of these conditions are:

But improving your health is all about preventing things from happening and enhancing your abilities. Here are a few things that might improve with your new lifestyle:

  • Have more energy
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Reduce stress
  • Set an example for your grandkids

Your friends and family could be a great source of support as you work toward your goal of healthier habits. 

Should I Talk to a Professional

You shouldn’t need to talk to your doctor if you are starting a less intense activity routine, like walking. However, if you have a chronic condition, like high blood sugar, talk with your health care professional about the type of activity and amount that would be best for you.

How Much Activity Do I Need?

To improve your health, aim for roughly 150 minutes of activity per week or 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Moderate activities are ones that you can talk, but not sing while performing the activity. You should be breathing more heavily and sweating. This means your heart rate is raised, which is what we are working towards.

Handling Mental Roadblocks

It’s not always easy to just become more active. People have different reasons for finding difficulty in increasing their daily activity. If you hit one of these roadblocks, try some of our tips for overcoming them.

I Don’t Have Time

Can’t find the time to do a full 30 minutes? That’s alright. Just find time to do a few minutes of activity like jumping jacks or planks. You can find a few minutes, can’t you?

It Costs Too Much

Yes, it’s true that gym subscriptions can be costly. However, if you live in a senior community, you often have free access to the gym. If not, you don’t need a gym to stay active. Try walking around your block or find free workout videos online. YouTube is a great resource for finding new routines to keep you interested in your workout.

It’s a Chore

Well, it certainly can be, especially if you haven’t been active for a while as is common after an injury or surgery. However, with some effort, you can get back on the right track and kick it into high gear. Try asking a friend to workout with you. This will help keep you accountable.

How Can I Eat Healthier?

We all know that healthy eating requires fruits and veggies with some small portions of protein and whole grains. These foods provide essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Whether you are planning meals to make at home or trying to improve your eating habits at restaurants think about including:

  • Salads
  • Fat-free products
  • Different colored fruits
  • Lean protein
  • Whole grains

Handling Mental Roadblocks

Try these tips for handling the mental roadblocks that come with changing your diet.

I Don’t Have Time to Cook Healthy Meals

Eating healthy doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Nor do you even need to cook at home, though it might help. If you are living in a senior lifestyle community, many offer healthy meal plans. If you are living independently, here are a few ways you can prepare healthier meals:

  • Buy frozen or pre-cut veggies
  • Make extra when you cook for leftovers
  • Try online sources like YouTube to help you make healthier meals

It Costs Too Much

You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat better, try some of these tips:

  • Avoid buying single portion snacks that cost more.
  • Clip coupons
  • Buy fruits and vegetables when they are in season

You Can Do It!

Really, you can. If you’ve made it this far then you have already taken the first step to a healthier and happier you. Set your goals and start your improved health routine. No matter what happens after this point, just remember, you can do it!

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The One Day Declutter: Tips That Won’t Overwhelm You

As we’ve mentioned, the key to decluttering is giving yourself enough time because it is a huge undertaking. But who wants to spend weeks, even months decluttering their stuff? And how do you get started decluttering anyway? Well, fortunately, there are tips to one day decluttering that you can use to take your decluttering and downsizing journey one day at a time. If you are looking for reasons to jumpstart your cleaning, you’ve come to the right place. Here is your guide to the one day declutter!

One Day Declutter

Why Declutter

There are many reasons to declutter. Whether you just want to start a deep clean or are preparing to downsize, here are a few benefits to starting your one day declutter:

  • Less to Clean Regularly: it’s simple logic, the less you have the less time you need to clean things. Not to mention, it makes it easier to find the stuff you do have.
  • Less Stress: It may come as a bit of a surprise, but messes create clutter in your mind as well. People get stressed when they are surrounded by clutter which means clutter-free living can have a positive effect on your mood.
  • Your Space Looks Nice: this one is a bit on the nose but a benefit all the same. Spaces look, and often smell, better when they are less cluttered.

How to Declutter

There are a few different methods you can use to declutter your space and here are the most popular:

Quick Clean

This one is what it sounds like. Pick an area in your home and spend 5-10 minutes removing trash, organizing items, and wiping down surfaces. Do this a few times a week and you will find your home miraculously transformed in no time.

The KonMari Method

Yes, we’ve all heard of the show, but have you tried Marie Kondo’s revolutionary cleaning method yet? This method focuses on decluttering from a joyful perspective and grouping your belongings into categories of items and being mindful about the stuff you plan to keep. You should only keep the things that give you joy.

The Gradual Method

Something like the quick clean, the gradual method works in one space at a time with the idea of cleaning your whole space over the course of several days. Pick an area and dedicate however much time it takes to decluttering and cleaning surfaces and spaces.

One Day Decluttering Tips

Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are the best decluttering tips to clean in one day:

Schedule a Day

That’s right, pick a date on the calendar and stick with it. It’s easy to say you’ll clean, but setting a date can help you with accountability. Plan to do your other errands beforehand so you are ready to go when the day comes.

Gather Supplies First

You won’t need to go all out, simply, make sure you have trash bags, boxes, and cleaning supplies.

Ask for Help

Extra hands will make light work of your cleaning chores. If you live with others, ask them to help you. If not, ask your friends.

Let Go of Unnecessary Items

One of the primary purposes of decluttering is to get rid of the stuff you don’t need. Throwing away or giving away your things can lighten the burden of your mind as well as your shelves. To determine if an item is worth keeping, ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I used it recently?
  • Will I use it soon?
  • Does it bring me happiness?
  • Do I have space for it?
  • Do I have a duplicate?

Make Piles

As you continue to go through your stuff, you may find that categorizing items is helpful. Designate a box for each of the following:

  • Keep
  • Gift
  • Donate
  • Throw away

Now that you’ve learned the tips to decluttering, all you have to do is keep at it and you are well on your way to cleaner living.

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Master Your Exercise Routine to Improve Sleep

Sleep. The thing none of us do as much as we need. But there are simple ways to improve your sleep and sticking to an exercise routine. Working out is both great for your mind as well as your body and is also essential for getting in a good sleep routine.

The Science of Exercise and Sleep

Scientists don’t exactly understand why physical activity helps with sleep and may never completely understand the connection. However, they do know that moderate aerobic exercise is directly connected to increasing the slow-wave sleep you get. Slow-wave sleep is the stage of your sleep cycle where your brain and body has the chance to rejuvenate.

Another way exercise may aid in improved sleep is due to mood stabilization. Nearly any level of activity has an effect on an individual’s ability to regulate anxiety which can help you get to sleep faster.

When to Exercise for Improved Sleep

The timing of your exercise routine may matter as much as how you exercise. Some people find that physical activity that occurs close to their bedtime seems to keep them up all night. This makes sense due to the fact that physical activity jump-starts your metabolism which makes you feel energized. Additionally, your body releases endorphins when you exercise which can cause you to feel alert and promotes brain activity. Because of this, it is best to exercise earlier in the day.

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

People who exercise for at least 30 minutes a day see a marked difference in their sleep habits and sleep quality. Fortunately, it won’t take very long to see the difference and the benefits should be almost immediate.

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25 Creative Questions for Deep Conversations with New People

It’s not always easy to connect with new people, especially if you’ve just moved to a new community. It can be scary to meet new people at any age. However, one of the best ways to get people talking is to ask them interesting questions about themselves. Here are some of the most interesting questions to ask for deep conversations.

The Science Behind Deep Conversations

So, why ask these questions? Well, it turns out there is a bit of science behind which questions spur the best conversations and the following questions are a mix of the following categories:

  • Gratitude: what we are grateful for.
  • Nostalgia: what we value in the past.
  • Sharing: what we learn about each other.
  • Advice: what we need to hear.
  • Commonalities: what we have in common.
  • Preferences: how we like to be treated.

Questions to Ask for Deep Conversations

  1. What was your happiest moment as a child?
  2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and how have you used it in your life?
  3. If you won the lottery and started a business, what business would it be?
  4. What’s something you want to do this year that you’ve never done before?
  5. Who or what has changed your life the most significantly?
  6. What’s your love language?
  7. How do you best connect with others?
  8. Are you a giver, taker, or matcher?
  9. If you could take a long, paid, sabbatical what would you do?
  10. Who do you trust most?
  11. What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
  12. What is your favorite family tradition?
  13. What’s your favorite quote?
  14. What are three of your most positive characteristics?
  15. What are two things you think we have in common?
  16. Who is someone you admire?
  17. Where are the top three places you would like to travel to?
  18. What are three things you are grateful for?
  19. If there were more hours in the day, what would you do more of?
  20. How do you like to be comforted?
  21. What’s holding you back from being the person you want to be?
  22. Are people better at creation or destruction?
  23. What is something you think of as an everyday miracle?
  24. What does the ideal life look like?
  25. If you could create your own planet, what would you put on it?

Now get to talking!

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7 Considerations for the Seasonal Snowbird

When the cold comes in each year it’s easy to think of far off places in tropical climates. Wintering down south while keeping a home in the north is becoming more and more popular as “snowbirding” is a normalized aspect of retirement. To be a snowbird is to have a second residence, not just planning long vacations every year. Since it is a major commitment, it’s important to take some things into consideration before making your decision.

Considerations for a Snowbird

Location

Contrary to common sense, you shouldn’t snowbird where you like to vacation. Many vacation spots you enjoy in the warm summer months might not be the most exciting spots during the winter months. Think instead about what you want close to you like airports and access to medical treatments. Other considerations may include easy access to nightlife and the ability to build a social circle. 

Buy or Rent

This may be one of the biggest decisions to make, as you could be taking on another property with all the responsibilities that come with it. If you rent, you can choose different places every year with little responsibility. If you buy, you won’t have to worry about finding availability. This will have a lot to do with what you can afford and if you want to deal with maintaining a home.

Taxes

Another issue you will need to manage is the decision of where your domicile will be. This can affect how you pay income taxes as well as federal taxes due to a recent cap on the deductibility of state taxes. As you may know, you can move to more than one residence but only one official domicile. This means only one place intended as a permanent home. 

Insurance

It’s no surprise that every state has its own insurance issues you will have to handle. If, for example, you choose to move to a popular snowbird state like Florida, you will be required to obtain flood or hurricane insurance, for that matter. 

You will also want to consider health insurance. Living part of the year in a different state can amass massive bills in out-of-network costs should you need medical assistance in your new location. Particularly, individuals on Medicare should take care to review this issue during open enrollment. Due to geographical coverage, retirees might need to switch their Medicare Advantage Plan to a Medigap plan. 

Finances 

The fact is if you are planning on living in two separate places your living expenses are about to double. If you are buying instead of renting you will need furniture, appliances, toiletries, and maintenance for both residences and the costs can add up. Like any financial venture, the best thing you can do is plan your expenses to ensure you aren’t living outside your means.

Transportation

Will you be driving your car to your second home or will you fly and have a vehicle there waiting for you? Will you use the car to transport your belongings with you? Answering these questions can save some money on doubling up on clothes and other costs. 

Security

If you live at a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), then you don’t need to worry about security. However, if you have yet to make your senior living choice you will need to consider security when you live in two places throughout the year.

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10 Tips on How to Stay Active Despite the Weather

Don’t start hibernating already! There is still a whole lot of winter to go and staying active is the key to good health. So, instead of giving in to your inner couch potato, here is your guide on how to stay active during the winter.

How to Stay Active During Winter

Remember These Winter Advantages:

  • No heat or humidity.
  • The cold lets you workout longer.
  • Being active helps keep you healthy through flu season.

Keep Safety in Mind

Staying dry and warm is key to working out during the cold months. With a little preparation, you can protect yourself against the snow and cold.

First, understand that cold temperatures and damp conditions steal your body’s heat and can leave you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, despite feeling warm while you exercise. When you exercise, your skin becomes flushed because your body is causing heat to rise to the surface which can be dangerous in freezing weather. This combined with getting wet from snow or perspiration can magnify the effects of cold weather. That’s why wearing layers is so important because they help trap heat close to your body and insulate you against the weather.

Tip: When you layer, make sure you are wearing moisture-wicking fabrics and not cotton. This will allow you to stay dry while you work up a sweat.

Stay Hydrated

If you don’t feel as warm and you’re staying dry during your workout, you should still continue to hydrate.  Always be sure to bring water with you into your winter wonderland.

10 Tips For Staying Active in the Winter:

  1. Brisk Walk. If snow and ice are not present, a brisk walk is a perfect way to get some cardio without the heat and humidity wearing you out.
  2. Join a gym or health club. Staying inside is easier when the weather is unpleasant. Try signing up for a class to motivate you to leave the house and hold yourself accountable for making time for fitness.
  3. Find an indoor swimming pool. Aquatic exercises have endless benefits due to the reduction of stress on our bodies. A warm water pool can have the added bonus of soothing soreness we sometimes experience in our joints during the winter months.
  4. Try hiking. Hiking is great exercise no matter your experience level.  
  5. Walk around the mall. It’s a great way to walk inside without a gym membership.
  6. Try a new fitness class. Adding something new to your daily routine can really be a mood booster. In addition, trying new things has cognitive benefits as well!
  7. Exercise at home. There are more options than ever to get a quick workout in at home. Don’t let the weather keep you from improving your strength and balance.
  8. Take the stairs. A super simple way to start pushing yourself to work out. Avoid short cuts and incorporate some stretches when you reach your destination.
  9. Play indoor sports. Whether it’s table tennis or throwing darts, a little competition can inspire you to get off the couch and activate your muscles.
  10. Play outside with the kids. Staying inside all winter can be bad for your physical and mental health. Take time to breathe some fresh air and toss a ball with a young one or dog. It will do you both some good!

Don’t let the chilly weather turn you into a couch potato this winter!  Get active out there with these winter exercises. Don’t be afraid to get creative and let us know your favorite winter exercises on our Facebook page!

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