Category Archives: Seniors

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!

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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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Active Seniors Enjoy Life More

seniors-exerciseNot far from MagicKitchen.com headquarters in California, a group of about 40 seniors (age 55 and older) took a trip through the Granite Chief Wilderness in late June. But they weren’t on a guided tour, and the trip took more than just a few hours.

They laced up their running shoes, stocked up on water and healthy snacks, and headed into the mountains for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. If you haven’t heard of this event, it’s considered the Boston Marathon of races longer than the 26.2-mile marathon distance. After months of training, healthy eating, and an active lifestyle, these senior runners cross the finished line in under 30 hours to claim their prize, a sparkling and coveted hand-crafted belt buckle.

You may not be planning to run a marathon or take off on a 100-mile journey through the mountains. But research shows that seniors who are active get more out of life, according to the American Council on Exercise. Being active helps control blood pressure, aids in weight management, lowers cholesterol, and prevents arthrosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Exercise also helps strengthen your heart, lungs and muscles, improves mobility, and helps manage pain associated with conditions like diabetes and arthritis. Some studies even suggest exercise helps prevent certain types of cancer.

So how much should you exercise? The American College of Sports Medicine recommends getting 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week, along with two days of strength training. Here are some ways you can be more active:

  • Take a walk
  • Work in the garden
  • Play a sport (tennis, basketball, volleyball)
  • Go for a hike
  • Swim laps in a pool
  • date-meals2Participate in a group exercise class
  • Ride a bike
  • Try yoga, tai chi, or pilates
  • Take dance class

Being active helps reduce your risk for a long list of preventable diseases. Exercise also helps improve your mood and your quality of life. Combine an active lifestyle with healthy eating with MagicKitchen.com meals for seniors, and you’ll be happier and live longer.

Here are some other articles you may enjoy:

A Glass of Wine a Day is Healthy, But Only If You Exercise, Too

Laughing May Aid Memory Loss

Seniors – Live Longer by Following the Mediterranean Diet

Take Care of Your Bones

Nuts can Lengthen your Life

Seniors Happier and More Trusting

The Secrets to Longevity

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