Category Archives: Seniors

A Free EBook for Seniors: Merry Christmas!

walkingparkYeah, I know, age is nothing but a number.  However, my 22-year-old self might not feel the same way about that statement as my 51-year-old self does.  My 22-year-old self never had to get up to pee in the middle of the night (occasionally more than once). He never worried about his continually rising “muffin top”…that roll of fat that sticks out above the waistline of my pants like a muffin top escaping from the muffin pan…and yes, men develop and worry about it as well.  And my 22-year-old version never worried about “over doing it” in any way, shape or form.

Yes, as we age, our bodies change.  There’s no denying that, so stop trying.  However, that does not mean our quality of life must change, at least not yet.  I constantly hear that I shouldn’t fight the aging process and I couldn’t disagree more.  I am of the belief that common-sense resistance to the aging process can extend a meaningful quality of life.  And I think many of the 72.5 million, post World War II baby boomers out there agree with me, especially given the fact that they began turning 65 in 2011 and they will all be over 65 by 2029.

gardeningWith the above in mind, MagicKitchen.com is pleased to offer a free eBook, entitled 10 Tips for Senior Health to visitors of our site (get it here http://www.magickitchen.com/healthy-senior-tips-ebook.html ).  Research consistently reinforces that active seniors, both mentally and physically, have a better quality of life than their sedentary counterparts and this ebook presents 10 easy to follow and apply tips that will help ensure your senior years are your best years.

The first two bits of advice within the book are the ones you repeatedly hear, and there’s a reason for that…they’re essential.  Exercise both your body and your mind and do so on an almost daily basis.  These two tips are linked to several that follow, to include eating right (you’ll be amazed how regular exercise gets you thinking about proper nutrition and MagicKitchen can certainly help in this regard), prevent falls (regular exercise will hone your reflexes and have your muscles ready to prevent an unwelcome accident), travel (this, obviously, involves movement and seeing new places gets you thinking in new ways),  sleep well (be tired at the end of your day, mentally and physically, and sleep improves…Duh!), and focus on the things you’re grateful for (do NOT underestimate the power of positive thinking).

175x130-getstartedThe other three tips deal with health issues…don’t smoke (and if you do, quit!  for all the obvious reasons you’ve heard about), see your doctor regularly (to ensure all is well all the time), take care of your skin (primarily by avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun).

Who knows, after following the advice in this free ebook your 22 year-old-self just might get a bit jealous.

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Holiday Tips for Seniors

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when families come together to spend the Winter Holidays celebrating. In November, we enjoy a huge meal giving thanks for the truly wonderful people and things in our lives.

This is quickly followed by another family gathering complete with gift giving and delicious goodies in abundance. In spite of all the festivities, families can’t always manage to be together due to large distances, financial hindrances, or illnesses. These things certainly don’t mean our friends or families are pushed by the wayside. On the contrary, we tend to go out of our way to make loved ones feel loved, needed, and thought of during these special days.

Some of the most important people need our help the most during the Holiday Season. They are the elderly citizens of our communities. Here are some great tips and gifts for Seniors and their caregivers for the 2016 Holidays.

  1. walkingparkLooking Good, Feeling Good – We all seem to feel better when we look better. This is at any age, but it is especially true for the elderly. Gift certificates for a beauty treatment or to a barber shop can be just what is needed! Having a fresh hair cut or a beautifully coiffed style can put a spring in the step of aging family members.
  2. A Health Evaluation – This is the perfect time to really evaluate the health of your older family members. Some things to consider when determining how safe they are, include – if they are experiencing things such as memory loss or mobility problems, can they take care of themselves (i.e. bathing, eating, drinking, staying warm, etc.), can they take their medicine regularly, if they can safely drive, and how high are their spirits? Keep in mind that sometimes elderly people are reluctant to give any information letting on that they can’t handle daily life like they used to. Look for clues and signs when talking to them.
  3. Take a Load Off – Many miles can really put a strain on you when you’re concerned about your parents or senior friends. Meal time can be especially difficult. A perfect way to pitch in from across the country is by having healthy meals delivered to them. holiday-dinnerThis will enable you to feel like you’ve contributed to an important part of their day. Any meal can be delivered through MagicKitchen.com. There are many choices on the website from specialized dishes for particular dietary needs to comforting soups and delectable desserts. They will be sure to become favorites quickly.
  4. Give Great Gifts – Sometimes it is a challenge deciding what to gift to the mature members of your family or close friends. Perfect options include: meal delivery (see #3), a photo album of memories from the early days of their lives until the present, consider a clock with large numbers for the days when their eyes aren’t at peak performance, warm socks with a non-skid surface on the bottom, a bird feeder can bring many hours of delight…step out of the box and make it a hummingbird feeder.
  5. senior-man-on-laptop-smallThe Greatest Gift of All – This year, why not give the greatest gift of all to those wise, aging people in your life…the gift of your time. It can be something as simple as a phone call or a card you dropped in the mail for those miles away. Make sure to include all preparations for the festivities, as if they were going to be there with you. If these wonderful seniors are going to be joining you for the holidays, include their opinions and allow them to spend the time helping with the decorations or baking. Even if they have physical limitations, engage them in conversation and describe what you are doing. Ask them to tell the stories of their childhood at this time of year. Please, don’t forget to thank them. This will mean the world to them!

As you gather your family together this year, try to create new memories and traditions that all ages can participate in. Make sure to include some where the youngest are making memories with the oldest. These will carry in the hearts of all your loved ones for years to come. It is certainly time for our country to join together to care and love one another.

Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy holidays!

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Seniors: Fall is the Best Time to Get Out and Get Active

Guess what’s just around the corner…that’s right, season seven of the Walking Dead and season six of Game of Thrones, but viewing those two blood-spattered shows is an indoor activity and involves little to no physical activity.  No, the autumnal equinox is just around the corner (September 22nd, actually) and that means fall is just around the corner as well.

fall1The autumnal equinox is when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun (same thing occurs in March with the vernal equinox).  It is also the day with almost equal amounts of light and dark and ushers in the season we call fall/autumn.  And it means the temperature begins to moderate permitting outdoor activities without sweating away half your body weight.  So, all you seniors out there that have been enjoying air-conditioned, indoor activities for the past few months, it’s time to get outside, enjoy the cooler temps and get active.

Go for a walk.  But not just any walk.  Turn it into a nature walk, also know as a hike.

group of senior hikers doing outdoor sports

Please don’t simply walk around an idle high school track or your block or housing complex.  Get out into the woods every once-in-a-while and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells the forest has to offer and take a friend along…or not, there are times when solitude is nice.  Use the internet machine and learn how to identify the local flora and fauna your woods have to offer.  You’ll be amazed by the variety within just a few dozen acres of forest.

And if you’re feeling really adventurous, try a little geocaching…it’s like Pokémon Go! for adults.  Google it and see if it’s for you (you can Google Pokémon Go! as well if you’re curious, but be warned.  It can be as addictive as crack).

Take up bird watching.  Yes, bird watching.  It is certainly linked to the above activity as it birdwatchgets you out into the wild, but there can also be a competitive component involved as well…just watch the 2011 movie “The Big Year,” which stars Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson and you’ll see what I mean (and yes, I was as surprised as you to discover that Hollywood had produced a movie about bird watching, of all things).

Use the help of the Audubon Society or the American Birding Association to get you started identifying the birds in your area by both sight and sound, as the auditory component is perhaps more important than the visual.  Better yet, join a local birding club…you’ll be astounded how many people are involved in this hobby.  Start small and simply identify the birds you see in your neighborhood and then expand your range, walking in search of your avian friends as much as possible.

Become an amateur outdoor/wildlife photographer.  Once again, grab your camera or photogsmart phone (no professionals here), head outside and simply observe.  Snap pics of anything that seems interesting…a dew-soaked spider web, sunlight streaming through the clouds, a small brook meandering through leaves of red and orange, a chipmunk on a log, fog rolling along a forest floor…whatever YOU find appealing.  Remember, you’re just doing this for fun, relaxation, and to get out walking during those glorious autumn days.  And with today’s digital cameras and the storage capacity of home computers, it’s easier than ever to snap and store as many pics as your heart desires.

So did you sense a trend with the suggestions?  Get out of the AC and get into the woods as the temps cool and the leaves turn and discover the calming catharsis that is the forest and wild spaces.

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Amazing, Inspiring Seniors

Aging isn’t for wimps. There’s some pretty tough stuff in the pasts of most senior citizens. When those of us who aren’t already in those Golden Years get there, we too will have gone through tough times. Given those tough times, today’s seniors aren’t taking aging laying down. They are embracing the age and are becoming involved in things the elderly of the past would never have dreamed of doing! They are accomplishing goals and achieving dreams imagined decades ago.

seniors-dancingSenior Citizen “Proms”

You may not be able to turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again!
~Unknown

The month of May has been humming with excitement of the impending prom. No, I’m not necessarily talking about the junior/senior high school prom, but the senior citizen prom! These festive, romantic dances are no longer just for the senior getting ready to graduate and move on to college. Retirement communities in many areas are hosting proms for the local senior citizens. Why shouldn’t they?

Activities such as this are good for both the physical and mental health of the elderly. Even during the Golden Years it is important to maintain a fulfilling social life. Proms are perfect for encouraging new friendships as well as bringing different generations together. Many times the volunteers serving drinks and helping the physically limited seniors are actually high school students! Proms are no longer just a rite of passage for the young…the young at heart have the opportunity to experience this magical time once again.

Back to School

Asenior-schoolnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
~Henry Ford

A lot of senior citizens never had the opportunity to go to college for one reason or another. Right out of high school they entered the workforce or got married without continuing their education. Many are picking up the school books and going to class in person and online. They have discovered since they are now retired that they have time to get their degree.

Not only are they showing amazing strength, but they are also encouraging younger generations at the same time. Going back to school can also revitalize the memory, rouse the cognitive ability, and allow for some great socializing. All of these are vital for improving your quality of life.

Healthy Living

seniors-exercise2You must keep active, or you will just wither away. Always be involved in some activity.
~Miriam Henson

Many people in their 70’s and 80’s are adopting a healthy lifestyle. They are eating clean and exercising regularly. Some are eating vegan and look incredibly young. Fitness has become important and for many, the 70’s and 80’s can possibly be considered the new 50’s!

Working out and lifting weights tones elderly bodies just as it does for the younger generations. Physical activities such as skateboarding and sky-diving aren’t off limits to this age group. One of the most amazing and inspiring senior has to be 104 year old Robert Marchand. He continually gets on his bike and races! He holds the speed record for people his age, riding 100km in 4 hours 17 minutes 27 seconds. Pretty impressive.

gardeningMy Inspiration

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
~Muhammad Ali

Another inspiring person that has reached the Golden Years happens to be someone I know personally, my Mom. She has had a pretty tough go at things, suffering burns from a house fire in her late 30’s, moving around the country multiple times, and raising two daughters on her own.

In spite of many surgeries and medical issues, she still has the gumption to keep living life to the fullest. She will be 70 this year, and nothing seems to keep her down. She travels to multiple states to visit friends, family, and places she used to dream about. She loves to tend to her garden, growing beautiful fruits and veggies that we all reap the benefits of. None of this sounds extraordinary to begin with, but when you take into consideration her history it’s pretty astounding. I hope to be as active and full of life when I reach her age.

Do you know seniors who amaze you? Let us know!

Valerie, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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Why Isn’t Dad Eating? Senior’s Changing Nutritional Needs

elderly-handsIt is estimated that there are over 3.7 million malnourished seniors living in the United States at the current time and even more with various vitamin deficiencies. The reasons for this are varied and range from loss of appetite due to medications to depression to dental issues.

Whatever the cause, not eating properly as we age can become more serious due to the changing nutritional needs of seniors. Thus, determining exactly why the seniors in your life aren’t eating properly as well as knowing what they SHOULD be eating can go a long way to getting them back on the road to proper nutrition.

lemon-herbsAs we age, we suffer from (among other things) appetite loss due to diminished taste buds and sense of smell. Add to those two causes the side effect of loss of appetite from medication and it’s easy to understand why some seniors have lost the interest they once possessed in food.  One way to combat this is cooking with lemon juice, vinegar and different herbs rather than butter and/or salt. These tastes will often be discerned where more subtle ones won’t.

depressed-senior-manSome seniors tire of cooking for one and eating alone and, therefore, do less of it. Depression, especially after the loss of a loved one, can also cause many seniors to eat less. Finally, dental issues, such as tooth loss and the pain associated with it or ill-fitting dentures can be the reason some seniors avoid eating certain foods.

Now, once you’ve figured out why the senior(s) in your life aren’t eating the way they should, the next task is to determine what they need to be consuming to meet their unique nutritional needs. Generally speaking, a proper diet can aid in preventing or treating heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, constipation and certain forms of cancer.

Essentially, just about everything seniors eat should provide some nutritional value…no empty calories! Of course we all immediately think of fruits and veggies, but there’s one simple rule to remember: when it comes to fruits and veggies think “color.” Yes, color. There’s a reason they come in a variety of hues. Their color is derived from the fact that they’re packed with a variety of vitamins and antioxidants. So don’t just think leafy greens, think yellow peppers, orange carrots, red raspberries, blueberries, red apples, white asparagus, and blackberries. It’s a simple way to ensure seniors get a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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Lean Roast Turkey from MagicKitchen.com
Lean Roast Turkey from MagicKitchen.com

Also, seniors need plenty of lean protein, vitamin D and calcium from varied sources such as seafood, poultry, legumes, nuts and fat-free or reduced fat dairy, while avoiding red meats and fried foods. They also require plenty of whole grains (think quinoa, brown rice, popcorn) and fiber (which can be derived from fruits and veggies) and they should stay away from trans and saturated fats as well as sodium. Just remember, when it comes to eating, food consumed by seniors should provide nutritional value. If it doesn’t, they shouldn’t eat it. (Although an occasional piece of dark chocolate wouldn’t go amiss.)

MagicKitchen.com provides Senior Meal Plans and individual senior meals, so if you’re worried about your older parents eating right, visit us.  Order a la carte or see our complete meals. Either one provides good nutrition and great taste, wrapped up in a convenient package.

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A Way to Maintain Independence: Senior Meal Delivery

One item most people seek to maintain as they age stands out among all others and that item is independence.  Many seniors struggle with the notion that they may need looked after in a manner similar to (gasp!) a child and they stubbornly cling to that independence like millennials cling to their smart phones.  And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!  In fact, family members can assist seniors in preserving their independence by making a few small adjustments within their homes to help them stay there and one of those small “adjustments” can be something as simple as setting up a senior meal delivery system.

Too often, when we think of assisting the seniors in our lives with their independence, we think of making big changes, such as relocating closer to them or relocating them into expensive senior care living facilities (which comes with an average monthly price tag of $6,700).  However, a large research project conducted in Baltimore recently determined that minor changes to the living spaces and routines of seniors can keep them living independently within their homes years longer than expected.  senior-lady-smilingGenerally, these changes were placed into four categories: mobility (think stairs), home maintenance, personal care and cooking…yes, cooking.

The researchers went into the homes of seniors with a budget of $4,000 and found that seniors were able to continue living in their homes longer with the installation of helpful mobility devices such as ramps, a second banister on the stairs, higher toilet seats, lower kitchen counters and cabinets and the ever popular walk-in tub.  They also utilized physical therapists to get the seniors on a regular exercise routine to improve and maintain mobility.  Finally, they recommended that meal preparation be made as easy as possible…hence the title of this blog.

stroganoffMany seniors have lost the manual dexterity (think chopping veggies) to prepare the wholesome and nutritious meals they require.  That being the case, a company that has specialized senior meal delivery capabilities would be an ideal solution to this problem.  Many meal delivery companies, such as MagicKitchen.com, have meals made specifically with seniors in mind, such as low sodium and/or carb, heart-healthy or gluten-free. A freezer and microwave are all that’s required to store and prepare the meals that are delivered to a senior’s home on a regular basis.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy…that’s how a senior seeking to remain as independent as possible is able to prepare a healthy meal…with the aid of a senior meal delivery program of course.

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4 Lifestyle Changes for Seniors That Will Improve Mental Health

Approximately 20% of adults ages 55 and older have some sort of mental health concern, yet nearly 33% of them do not receive treatment. The first step in improving mental health for seniors is recognizing the signs and symptoms and talking with health care providers about diagnoses and treatment plans. Seniors also can take some steps toward improving their mental health, and some of those steps involve making lifestyle changes. Here are four of the best lifestyle changes for seniors that will improve mental health, so they can get started on the right path to better mental wellbeing today.

1. Get More Exercise

seniors-exerciseExercise is known to reduce anxiety and depression in people of all ages, and getting more exercise is one lifestyle change for seniors that will improve their mental health. In fact, getting more exercise helps to improve seniors’ cognitive performance and to reduce memory loss due to age. Exercise has shown to improve seniors’ ability to transition from one task to the next quickly, plan activities, and ignore irrelevant information, Additionally, regular, moderate physical activity helps seniors manage stress and improve their mood, and leads to reduced feelings of depression.

Exercise and physical activity for seniors also improves their mental health in indirect ways. Exercise helps with arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes, plus high blood pressure, balance issues, and difficulty walking. These health improvements lead to better health, and seniors who are in better health are at lower risk of depression.

2. Make Diet Changes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeniors’ diets is not just about their waistlines. In fact, research shows that diet affects mental health in positive and negative ways, regardless of age. Seniors who want to improve their mental health should make the lifestyle change to enhance their diet by eating more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables now are associated with better mental well-being, including being more optimistic and happier and having more self-esteem and resilience.

Fresh linguini smothered in a light marina and loaded with baby clams.
Fresh linguini smothered in a light marina and loaded with baby clams. MagicKitchen.com

Reducing the amounts of bad fats in seniors’ diets helps them to reduce the risk for anxiety, impaired memory, repetitive behavior, and brain inflammation. On the other hand, increasing the amount of healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids like those in salmon, helps to battle some forms of depression in seniors.

Finally, seniors should watch their sugar intake. Not only does sugar lead to weight gain and possible food addiction, but it is responsible for higher rates of depression and worse mental health symptoms.

3. Reduce Your Stress Level

Stress affects seniors’ mental health by leading to depression, anger, and irritability. That’s why seniors need to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their level of stress, in order to

Senior Woman Relaxing In Chair At Home With Pet Cat

improve their overall mental health. Reducing stress often involves participating in activities that are fun and relaxing. There are various ways for seniors to change their lifestyle in order to reduce stress, including playing with a pet, reading, meditating, and finding ways to express gratitude.

Other ways to reduce seniors’ stress level to improve mental health include changing their routine and getting out of the house. Many seniors enjoy window shopping and people watching at shopping centers and malls. Others enjoy taking a walk in the park and enjoying time in nature. Still others enjoy gardening, sitting on a porch to enjoy the weather, or going to see funny movies.

4. Actively Maintain a Sense of Purpose

two senior ladies chatting friendly to the parkSeniors who maintain a sense of purpose and have a reason that motivates them to get out of bed in the morning have better mental health. This includes making lifestyle changes such as consistently connecting with friends, family, and interests, or volunteering. There are even special service dogs that can remind seniors that others love them and count on them, resulting in a sense of purpose that makes them feel worthwhile and needed. It also helps to stave off the loneliness that leads to depression. Eating well is important for seniors, to keep their bones healthy, to stay energetic, and to stay heart-healthy.

The key to making lifestyle changes for seniors that will improve mental health is to take better care of themselves and to spend more time doing things that they enjoy and that get them actively involved with others. Seniors don’t need to make all of these adjustments at one time; making a couple of healthy lifestyle changes at a time will set them on the right path toward improving their mental health.

Jim Vogel and his wife, Caroline, created ElderAction.org after they began caring for their ailing parents. Through that rewarding and sometimes difficult process they’ve learned a lot about senior care and specifically the need for more effective senior mental health and support. Their site offers elder-positive resources and other helpful information on aging. In his spare time, Jim loves fishing, reading, and spending time with his kids.

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Games to Keep Your Brain in Shape

forget-somethingHave you noticed, as we age, our ability to concentrate and remember certain things slowly diminishes? Maybe you have started noticing yourself walking into a room, and then forgetting what you originally needed; or maybe you have been forgetting about important meetings and doctor appointments? Either way, we are sure you have noticed the slippery downhill slope that is associated with an aging brain. This is very normal and one of the leading causes of a memory that is as slippery as an ice rink is the increased levels of stress we endure on a daily basis.

So, what can you do to keep your brain in shape?

Of course, you could read a book, but maybe reading bores you as much as watching paint dry and grass grow. That’s okay! There are thousands of games to keep your brain in shape – some of which you may not even have to pay for. We’ve compiled a short list of different types of games that can help your brain get back into shape, and keep it that way.

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Crossword puzzles challenge your brain to learn – and remember – different words and their meanings. Often played alone, you can add a new, exciting spin to your daily crossword puzzle by competing with a friend. Challenge your friend to a crossword contest where the winner pays for lunch!

Board Games

Board games such as Monopoly and Yahtzee are fun, interactive games that require concentration to win. Additionally, in order to “pass go” without going bankrupt, you have to have a certain level of business sense and money management skills.

Video Games

Video games tend to have a ‘bad rap’ for being an unproductive time-waster; many adults often forget that many games offer brain-boosting capabilities. Take, for example, the popular foodie puzzle game Candy Crush Saga. It challenges the part of the brain that helps us make correct decisions. After all, completing level 120 the first time is no easy task!

Games are a fun way to unwind after a busy, stressful day; a way to spend time with your family and friends, or simply engage in some solitary stress therapy, but they can also help improve your memory, focus, and concentration skills. After all, if the Alzheimer’s Association recommends playing games to keep our brain in shape, games can’t be all bad, right?

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4 Ways to Be Happy and Healthy During the Holidays

Santa eating cookieJust because you’re a little older doesn’t mean Santa isn’t watching anymore. If Mr. Claus or his little helpers get a look at what you’re eating, will you be on the nice list or the naughty list? Too many sweet treats, fast food, or skipped meals will land you on the naughty list. Eat healthy, and you’ll get more than just coal in your stocking.

For seniors, it’s especially important to eat healthy, because poor eating habits can have a negative effect on existing health problems like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or getting better after having surgery. You also need to eat well to keep your bones, body and brain healthy. Here are five ways to be happy and healthy during the holidays.

1. Pay Attention to Calories

For some seniors, eating too many calories from sugary drinks, snacks, and large portion sizes is a problem. And for others skipping meals, and not eating enough healthy food, can lead to poor nutrition. Fortunately, there’s a better way. Pay attention to the amount of calories you’re eating per day. If you’re moderately active, the National Institutes of Health recommends seniors eat 1,800 to 2,400 calories per day. Check out our large selection of Senior Meals and look for the calorie count per serving.

2. Take Time to Rest

There’s a reason Santa takes a whole year off after the holidays. It’s tiring. Travelling, shopping, driving in traffic, or navigating airports can be stressful, too. And you need to give yourself time to rest and recover. Why? When you’re tired or fatigued, you’re more likely to overeat. So go ahead Grandparents laughing with grandchildrenand give yourself permission to take an afternoon nap if you feel like it.

3. Laugh, Love, and Enjoy the Celebrations

When you get older and see life a little differently after years of experience, you start to appreciate the little things more. Spending time with your family and friends to laugh, love, and celebrate the holidays is fun, but it’s also good for your health. Studies show laughter and feelings of happiness or joy can actually lower blood pressure, reduce pain, and improve your mood. Healthy comfort foods like Chicken Mac & Cheese with Broccoli, Peas & Corn, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Turkey Chili with Brown Rice can help, too.

4. Stay Active

It’s important to stay active as you age to keep your bones healthy and your muscles strong. So look for ways to stay active during the holidays. Take seniors-exercisea walk after a big meal. Put your treadmill or exercise bike to good use. Or attend a local fitness class for seniors like tai chi, yoga, or water aerobics. Regular exercise will give you an appetite, so make sure you stock up on ingredients at the grocery store or our large selection of healthy meals made just for seniors.

Cookies and sweet treats are easy to find during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you should gobble them up. If you do, you might end up on the naughty list by Santa and your doctor.

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Fun Fall Activities for Seniors

Rear View Of Senior Couple Walking Along Autumn PathWhen the seasons change, trees begin to lose their leaves, and temperature drops, you know Mother Nature is ushering in the fall season. But that hardly means it’s time to start thinking about hibernation. There are many fun and enjoyable activities you can do with family and friends in the fall:

Take a trip to see fall colors
Want to see fall colors up close? Take a trip to a favorite hiking trail, forest area, or even an apple orchard. You’ll be surrounded by fall colors, enjoy brisk autumn air, and even get a little exercise by going for a short hike or picking apples.

Carve a pumpkin
Maybe it’s been years since you carved a pumpkin. But think back to your younger years, when you were a kid, or your own children were excited about fall. And you’ll remember how much fun carving a pumpkin can be. You can even cook the seeds and enjoy a healthy snack.

Harvest Time
Visit a farmer’s market. Fall produce and crafts are for sale, and even if you don’t buy, it’s a nice walk with interesting things to look at!

knitting2Teach what you Know
Are you an expert knitter, woodworker, sailor, or craftsperson? Talk to your grand kids, and pass along your knowledge. Alternatively, ask if you can teach an informal class at your local church or community center.

Organize a meal with friends

If you live in an area where fall weather bids farewell to summer with rain and cooler temperatures, you know you’ll be spending more time indoors. That’s a good reason to organize a meal with friends to visit, play games, and catch up. And you don’t have to sweat about what to serve. Our Senior Meals menu has all kinds of healthy and easy-to-prepare foods you and your friends will enjoy.

Visit a craft sale
You might not be thinking about the holidays just yet, but it won’t be long before kids will start sending their wish-lists to Santa. Fall is a great time to visit a craft sale where local artists sell all kinds of interesting and useful hand-made crafts, foods, and other items. It’s also a good place to meet up with friends, and get ideas for crafts you could make on your own.

Root for your favorite football team
Got an alma mater, or a favorite football team (high school, college, or professional)? Fall marks the beginning of football season. Make plans to attend a game or watch your favorite teams play on TV. You could even host a football party and serve a meal or snacks from the Seniors Meal menu.

Fall is a great time of year to celebrate, spend time with family and friends, and of course, enjoy healthy, heart-warming, food.

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