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Thrive! focuses on ways to stay active and adventurous before and during retirement along with nutrition, health, wellness, housing, education, advocacy, and much more! This daylong event is for those 55+ and their families to discover first-hand about products and services available to us as we age.

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This free to the public day long event is for those 55+ and their families to discover first-hand about products and services available to us as we age. Thrive! focuses on ways to stay active and adventurous before and during retirement along with nutrition, health, wellness, housing, education, advocacy, and much more! Thrive! will feature over 35 vendors, seminars, demonstrations and prizes. You could win a $1,000 gift card from Art Van Furniture. Find out more at the event!

Thrive Event

April 25, 2018 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls, IADiamond Event Center | 5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls


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THRIVE | LIFE AFTER WORK

Avoid Retirement Burnout

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ou worked your whole life with a vision of retirement as a motivating factor. Maybe you saw yourself sitting on a beach or swinging on your favorite golf course. What many seniors find in retirement, however, is boredom. new things is a great way to fight burnout with your other daily routines. DON’T LOSE TOUCH WITH YOUR CAREER

Think about it: You’ve been used to having your days structured for 20 or more years of your working life. Then retirement hits and you’re free to wake up, travel and enjoy leisurely activities at your own pace. If you’re a creature of habit, this kind of freedom can actually be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many steps seniors can take to make sure they remain engaged, happy and socially active in their golden years.

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TRY NEW THINGS If you’re experiencing a certain level of retirement boredom, maybe the issue is that you’re not challenging yourself. Trying new activities and meeting new people are the best ways to keep you on your toes. Liven things up by joining a new class at your local community college. Financials, the arts, technology — many subjects are offered to nontraditional students like yourself. Being a lifelong learner has its advantages, and challenging your mind to learn

It’s hard to let go of your career after the many years you’ve devoted to it. Maintaining industry connections can help you keep your edge and expertise. Stay current on industry trends and even do some light consulting work if you’re up for it. Consider joining a local or even virtual association of professionals from your career background. This will not only keep you in the loop but can lead to new relationships, which are always recommended for people finding themselves bored or disengaged in retirement. STAY POSITIVE You want to be known as someone who acts his age but evokes a youthful attitude. Staying positive about life and the people around you can help you maintain the right kind of mindset. Be energetic and jovial around others to spread your positivity. You will be regarded as someone with a true passion for life and as someone with whom others want to spend more time. This can open up new relationships and activities to help keep you happy.

Brian Power was among the first financial advisors in America to earn the designation of Retirement Income Certified Professional® from The American College of Financial Services® in April 2013. Brian and Angie are both CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professionals with nearly 40 years of combined experience helping people reach their retirement goals. Brian and Angie at Power and Associates are among the Cedar Valley’s most knowledgeable retirement advisors. Whether you’ve created your own financial plan or are currently working with another advisor, we’d like to offer you a second opinion.

BRIAN POWER, CFP® CRPC® RICP® Private Wealth Advisor

ANGELA THOREN, CFP®, CRPC® Financial Advisor

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Getting the Flu Shot With information about the flu hitting the airwaves and newspaper pages, you may be asking yourself if it’s worth getting the flu shot. The answer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a resounding “yes.” The CDC recommends all people ages six months and older get a flu shot, especially those who are older than 65. Seniors and caregivers can watch for common flu symptoms in order to identify and pursue treatment of the flu. These warning signs include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache and cough. Other signs can include pneumonia and diarrhea, which can be severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention. It is never too late to get protected. October through May marks the highest risk time for contracting the flu, and seniors are encouraged to get vaccinated before and during this season. If you have a caretaker or are around family members often, the CDC also urges these people to receive the flu shot to avoid potentially spreading the virus to you. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office, hospitals, clinics and many pharmacies. Be sure to ask about Medicare and your insurance coverage to make sure you’re paying the correct amount. PREVENTIVE MEASURES Along with the flu shot, there are a few recommendations from the CDC that seniors should incorporate into their daily lives. The CDC suggests consistently good hand hygiene by washing with warm water and soap. Hand sanitizers can be used when soap and water are not available but are not quite as effective in eliminating all germs. Other recommendations from the CDC: • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and immediately

dispose of tissue properly; • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes; • Avoid contact with people who are

sick; • If you are sick, stay home in order to reduce the chance of spreading the flu;

• Rest, fluids and some medications to relieve symptoms will help you get better; • Drink plenty of water to keep

your body hydrated; and • Eat a balanced, healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Kitchen Renovatons

eniors are remodeling their homes to both make them more functional and fabulous. New technologies in tile, construction materials and design make it a great time to be a homeowner who enjoys improving the home little by little.

As life changes begin to occur, many seniors renovate their homes — whether a whole-house overhaul or a room-by-room approach. The kitchen is always a great place to start with cost-effective updates. New technologies in tile, construction materials and design make renovation planning a fun experience, no matter how large your kitchen project.

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woods you may have in other parts of your home. Wood-Look Tile? The tile is durable and can If it’s been a while since stand up well in highyou last renovated your moisture areas such as the home, you may not know kitchen. about a major breakYou also can add the through in the tile industry wood-look tiles to your that has made it possible backsplash for a rustic look for homeowners to get the and pair it with metal acluxurious look of wood tile cessory tiles to really make without the worry of dam- a statement. Look through age caused by moisture. design magazines and conWood-look porcelain tile sult with your local interior comes in a variety of colors designer to achieve the Why the Kitchen? and finishes while appear- look for you. One of the rooms on which ing just like classic hardmany seniors focus is the kitchen. That’s because kitchen returns one of the highest percentages of your renovation investment. From the backsplash to the countertop, there are many areas of the kitchen that can be improved and enhanced with the addition of new materials such as tile, metal or wood. Before planning your next kitchen project, first decide the amount of work that needs to be done. Will you execute a complete overhaul or are simply replace a countertop? Make sure to budget correctly to avoid hidden costs. The cost difference between pulling off the renovation yourself and hiring a contractor can be quite vast. Consider if you’re up to the challenge or if you prefer someone else to take care of the

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HEALTH | THRIVE

eing mindful of your body is essential as you age — at every age.

However, as you get older, you may find you cannot engage in some activities with the same ease or level of comfort you once were able to. Here are a few strategies for staying fit as you navigate the capabilities of your changing body. Join A Gym While the prospect of a gym can be intimidating for seniors, becoming a member can have multiple benefits. You will have access to various equipment that will allow you to focus on the areas that feel most comfortable for you. Just want to walk? Hop on a treadmill, or log a few laps on an indoor track. Do your feet bother you to walk? A cycling machine may be just the ticket. Most gyms also have an aquatics center and offer many classes if group activity is what you enjoy.

Group activities also provide structure and accountability; you have an instructor guiding you through the exercise, and you meet a specific time and day each week, which make it harder to blow off “getting to the gym.”

Eat Right Part of staying fit is practicing a healthy diet. The wrong types of foods — those with loads of processed sugars, all fried or high in salt — can slow you down and make you feel tired. Consider Yoga Speaking of group classes — Eating right is not about diet you might consider stretch- but nutrition. Seniors might ing your mind and body with find they excel when they eat one activity. Yoga classes are several smaller meals rather than three larger ones. When great because they are low you eat healthy, you will impact, help maintain (or regain) flexibility, and allow find you have more energy to engage in activities you you to exercise in a group enjoy and pursue an active without judgment or the lifestyle. overwhelming pressure to chat.

Don’t Overdo It Adults over 60 are the most likely to suffer from dehydration, which is a leading cause in the development of kidney stones, chronic constipation and impaired cognitive function. And yet, taking a drink of water is one of the most overlooked tasks. Remember to bring a bottle of water with you — not just when you engage in physical activity. Make it a habit. If you are tech savvy, you might consider downloading an app for tracking your water intake, which also will help you keep a recorded history of your water consumption.

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Be a Healthy Role Model

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ibrant, health-focused seniors can be strong role models to the young people in their lives.

Teaching life lessons and giving advice can go a long way in strengthening your relationships with grandchildren, students and the kids in the neighborhood. But nothing is more important than the eating, drinking and exercise decisions you make in front of the youth around you. Making healthy decisions is not difficult, especially when you consider how much influence your actions have on the people looking up to you. With a little planning and some common sense, you can make sure your dietary choices give you the essential vitamins and minerals needed to fuel your body in a healthy way. For physical activity, a little effort goes a long way in showing youth how remaining active can reap positive benefits. Staying committed to these healthy choices can help keep those around you in great shape, too. SAVE THE SNACKS

You know the stereotype. At grandma and grandpa’s house, vegetables are out and candy is in. “Spoil them and send them home!,” the old saying goes. But if you’re looking to make a positive effect on the eating habits of your grandchildren, that adage isn’t going to work. Saving desserts and candy for

special occasions will help youngsters understand your expectations. Offer plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables — and do so in a fun way. Place carrots, celery and raisins in the form of a funny face on the plate or encourage your grandchildren to make shapes of their own. Anything to make them associate positivity and fun with healthy eating is a plus. JOIN IN WITH GAMES

When it comes to physical activity, you can set a positive example by involving yourself with your grandchildren’s games and sports. Offer to play catch in the backyard or learn a new sport. You can be a great role model while also getting in a cardio workout along the way. The benefits of regular physical activity are both immediate and long lasting. Make an impact on the children around you by showing them how exercise makes you feel better, healthier and ready to take on the day.


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Starting a collegiate career

late in life is becoming more prevalent among the age range of 55 to 64. And the benefits of doing so can make those traditionally low-key retirement days more fast-paced and exciting. Many colleges offer senior citizen tuition waivers, and some government programs are set up to make college affordable for the senior population. Check in with your local college advisor to see what your options may be in terms of coursework, class load, tuition costs and schedules. Learn New Things If you’re attending college late in life, you may not necessarily need the credits to prepare you for future jobs. Instead, you may want to take specific coursework because it fascinates you or is something you’ve always wanted to learn about. Browse through your local college’s course list to find subjects that pique your interest. Classes such as sociology and history may teach you things you never knew about human behavior and past events, while astrology and physics may open your eyes to whole new worlds. Your advisor will be able to walk you through the classroom requirements for each course so you know what you’re getting into. Socialize Taking classes about interesting subjects is just the beginning of the college experience.


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aybe the need for further education hit you when you least expected, or maybe you’re a lifelong learner just looking to continue your old ways even in retirement.

There are many extracurricular activities happening on your campus, so don’t be shy about getting involved. Many universities work hard to book popular speakers, politicians and musicians to enhance the lives and learning of their students. Participating in various school clubs also can complement your coursework nicely, so take the initiative to find activities that fit your interests and schedule. Flexible Schedules If you’re not under a time crunch to finish a degree for a certain career, taking college courses at your own pace is a great way to balance education with enjoyment. Many universities offer seniorspecialized courses that will put you into a classroom with people your age, while you also can find plenty of open space for learning among traditional students if you prefer that route. Whatever you choose, remember to consult with your advisor about the time requirements for each course. Factors such homework or extra laboratory requirements for science classes may disrupt your daily routine more than you like, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time.

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THRIVE | FINANCES

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Save Money on Interest

or many of us these days, finding ways to lower bills and expenses is a regular activity. Groceries and household items continue to rise in price, as do services such as Internet, cable and electricity.

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It is up to us to make smart decisions when it comes to finances so we have enough money stowed away when the time comes to retire. In today’s landscape of rising prices, every little bit counts. That’s why restructuring your credit card interest rate and terms is so important. You can put money back into your pocket simply by negotiating with a representative at your credit card company. In a matter of minutes, you could find yourself on the better end of an interest rate that saves you big bucks. A 2014 survey by CreditCards.com found that about 80 percent of senior citizens who asked their credit

card companies for a lower rate got it. The odds of a card issuer showing leniency on late payments also improved with age. For instance, one-third of people ages 18 to 29 received a lower rate for asking, according to the poll. That success rate reached 80 percent among those 50 to 64. HOW TO NEGOTIATE YOUR RATE

around 15 percent. If your rate is hovering around 19 or 20 percent, it could be worth a call to your credit card company to negotiate a better rate. When it comes time to negotiate your rate, remember that these companies are trying their best to retain you as a customer. Be firm, but cordial in your request for a lower rate. Check to see if they are running any special rates for

By checking websites such long-time customers with a as CreditCards.com, Bankrate. record of paying on time. com and CardRatings.com, you can easily find standard rates for credit cards. A quick scan of those sites in late 2015 found the average annual interest rate to be

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Starting a Business

he entrepreneurial bug may have hit you when you least expected, or perhaps you’re a lifelong business person looking to continue your old ways in retirement. Compare that to a younger business person with kids at home and more bills, and you can see where the financial benefits favor the elder entrepreneur. FOLLOWING THE DREAM

For many businessmen and women, starting a business may be a lifelong goal, one that can’t tangibly be realized until later in life. This passion to start something all their © FOTOLIA own can be a driving force for many seniors opting to launch Starting a business late in WHAT’S BEHIND THE SHIFT? their business idea to the life is becoming more When trying to decipher masses. prevalent among the age why more older Americans They key is channeling this range of 55 to 64. And the are starting businesses love for the business into benefits of doing so can make compared to their younger productive, strategic decisions those traditionally low-key counterparts, there are many that help drive revenue retirement days more fastfactors to consider. Many growth. Hire people around paced and exciting. older Americans are in a you who are specialists in Consider these facts: better financial state and can various fields required to • According to a recent take the calculated risks that make a business succeed — BusinessWeek report, senior come with starting a business. fields like financial citizens are more likely than They may not have to take management, marketing, sales young people to start a out a loan or acquire funding and social media. Let the business. to get their idea off the experts be the experts and you • The U.S. Global ground. Financial stability is could have a burgeoning Entrepreneurship Monitor one of the cornerstones of a business in no time. reports that the rate of startup operation, so having a entrepreneurial activity among reserve fund from which to senior Americans continues to draw in the initial stages of a increase every year, while the business’ growth is vital. rate among younger Accumulated savings and Americans is in decline. lower expenses are generally behind this financial security.

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SEMINAR SCHEDULE 10:30 a.m. “Virtue Balance” WESTERN HOME COMMUNITIES by speakers Amanda Lynch, Wellness Coordinator and Stacy Gibbs, Director of Therapy Virtue Balance provides evidence-based standardized testing to perform root cause analysis for falls. So, in a nutshell, it is objective measurements of gait that can predict falls or other issues before they become a problem, give people baseline measurements in therapies, measure progress, and help the therapist determine the best course of action for their patient.

11:30 a.m. “Tapestry Program” COMPASSUS HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE by speaker Tammy Kayser, RN, Director of Clinical Services, Compassus Cedar Falls Hospice Compassus new Tapestry program is an innovative use of best practices that our providers use to help connect with persons who have dementia.

12:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration WESTERN HOME COMMUNITIES

EXHIBITION HALL

by Executive Chef Jim Nadeau

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Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Art Van Furniture Aspire Therapeutic Riding Big Dog Satellite Care Initiatives Cedar Valley Hospice Cochlear Americas Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Concept by Iowa Hearing Aid Centers Cozy Van Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Centers Dolly’s Transport Fosters Mattress Garden of Memories Cemetery Home Care Assistance of the Cedar Valley Home Instead Senior Care Hospice Compassus NE Iowa

Humble Travel Karen Kayser - RE/MAX Home Group Legacy Tour & Travel, a division of Legacy Travel Group Lighthouse Travel Manor Care Health Services NewAldaya Lifescapes NuCara Home Medical Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories Peters, Jenkins & Associates - Ameriprise Financial Rick Bauer - RE/MAX Home Group Upper Cervical Chiropractor Waterloo Visiting Nursing Association Western Home Communities Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

1:30 p.m. “Silver Saddles” ASPIRE THERAPEUTIC RIDING by speaker Marilyn Moore The benefits of riding a horse over 50 will make you smile and laugh. Join me as I discuss these great benefits and also volunteer opportunities at Aspire Horse Therapy.

2:30 p.m. “Make your Home a Showplace” ART VAN FURNITURE by Dale Emmert This brief demonstration will start on stage with simply a regular sofa…then watch as magic appears! The savvy staff from Art Van will add accessories, lamps, area rugs and more to show how your home could transform overnight! Sign up to win a $1,000 gift card from Art Van Furniture at the registration table. Prize will be given away at 3:00 p.m. and you must be present to win.


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THRIVE | STAYING HEALTHY

Dehydration Danger

It can be tempting to get outdoors after the long winter has passed and warm spring air is returning.

Why Seniors are at a Heightened Risk According to the Journal of the National Medical Association, dehydration is the most Especially for seniors, it is im- common fluid and electrolyte portant to stay hydrated and problem among the elderly. protect yourself while out in This is due to changes in total warmer temperatures. body water, thirst perception Dehydration occurs when you and lowered renal concentratuse or lose more fluid than ing ability that comes with you take in, and your body age. doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out Other reasons include: its normal functions. • People suffering from five or more chronic disease are more Physical exertion in warm apt to become dehydrated; temperatures will greatly en• Alzheimer’s patients have hance the chances of becom- a higher risk of dehydration; ing dehydrated as you lose and sweat and fail to consume • Bedridden people and those enough water. who take at least five or more medications are also comMild cases of dehydration can monly deemed dehydrated. be reversed by consuming fluids, but severe dehydration Suggested requires immediate medical Water Intake treatment. Aside from the natural aging

process, thirst perception also tends to change due to certain medications necessary to support seniors. Don’t be fooled by your lack of thirst. The National Institute on Aging has these great tips to ensure you’re getting enough fluid in your diet: • Take sips of water, milk or juice between bites during meals; • Drink an entire glass of water when you take a pill; • Drink fat-free milk or other drinks that don’t contain sugars; • Alcoholic beverages should be consumed in moderation: one drink per day for women and two for men; and Always remember to drink plenty of water when heading outside in warm temperatures. Signs of Dehydration When you become dehydrated, the signs usually aren’t subtle. Most of the time you will experience less-frequent urination, fatigue, dizziness or confusion. You might even notice dark-colored urine. The Mayo Clinic recommends consulting your doctor if you have had diarrhea longer than 24 hours or are irritable or disorientated.

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STAYING HEALTHY | THRIVE

Live Healthy, Live Longer

According to the Mayo Clinic, less than 3 percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle.” Another report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine asserts that Americans’ health ranks below 16 other developed countries. We can do better than this. The good news is that living healthy is (mostly) in your control. Before we can improve, it is important to understand the current state of our health. This is what we know, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: • Less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity every day. • Only 40 percent of adults 75 years of age and older are physically active in any capacity. • An older adult is treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls every 15 seconds. • Every 29 minutes, a senior adult dies following a fall. • Approximately 90 percent of Americans consume more sodium

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THRIVE than is recommended for a healthy diet. • If Americans reduced their sodium intake by just 1,200 mg per day, more than $20 billion could be saved in medical costs each year. Here are some statistics from the National Council on Aging: • Approximately 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic disease — and 77 percent have more than one. • 90 percent of Americans age 55 and older are at risk for high blood pressure. • Approximately 20 percent of senior Americans suffer from depression

but only 3 percent receive treatment. • Studies show exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body as you age. The longer you stay a student, the more likely you are to ward off dementia. • It is important to keep your thoughts positive. Those who worry about falling tend to fall more often that those who don’t.

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Seniors & Gardening

ardening is one of the greatest hobbies for seniors because it requires concentration, physical work and a demanding initial investment of your time and sweat equity. But it’s the results that make it all worthwhile.

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The vibrant pops of color. The bounty of fruit and vegetables. Gardens are so loved by many people young and old because of this special gratification that comes with planting something from seed and watching it grow into something so useful and beautiful.

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The versatility of plants and produce make it easy for gardeners of all levels of expertise get in on the action. If you’re not looking to devote too much of your time to upkeep — some plants require intensive year-round care — there are plenty of HEALTH BENEFITS options at your disposal in Gardens are healthbeneficial, not only because of terms of the plants that fit the healthy food they produce your plans. Low-maintenance plants but because of the activity such as black-eyed-Susans or level required to maintain peonies grow rapidly and them. Seniors can get great healthfully without too much exercise from planting and of your time or attention. tending to their gardens. These can be great options for While staying safe in the summertime heat can be a someone simply looking to challenge, proper hydration brighten up a specific area of and common sense can ensure the yard. You can also choose that gardening gives you the planters that won’t require right amount of physical weeding for an even simpler exercise needed to keep your growing process. body and mind in great shape.

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Using planters and other types of movable planting options make it easier for you to do some of your work in the shade or even inside. You can handle chores such as pruning and trimming while out of the heat, helping you conserve your energy for watering your plants. Find ceramic pots with holes in the bottom for lowmaintenance plants. This allows the water to soak through the soil and out of the pot. Keeping plants contained to smaller areas such as pots and planters also helps avoid needing too much potting soil or mulch, which are oftentimes required to maintain larger areas.


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or many of us, finding ways to affordably improve our living spaces is a daily activity. We want the comfort of a home that fits all our needs and is aesthetically appealing. We also want to achieve this at a low cost.

it comes to hiring a home contractor for updates, renovations or new builds, there are things you can do to make sure you’re partnering with the right professional. They all start with your friends and family members. The people in your network likely know of others who have had similar work done in their homes.

media to see photos and video of their work. All of these resources can help you make the best decision possible for your project.

Quality Checks When it comes to hiring a contractor, confidence is everything. You want to feel that you’re working with a highly qualified professional, which means they have licensUse Local Resources es and certifications for Many contracting com- their craft. You also can find companies use your local plaints and litigation newspaper and other media outlets to adver- history by looking online tise their services. Keep at various online forums or the Better Business an eye out for special deals. You may be able Bureau. These quality to find reduced rates for checks can make the difference in you makwintertime work when ing the decision to hire business may slow for a specific contractor or contractors. looking elsewhere for You also might ask alternatives. around at your local hardware store for inforNegotiating Your mation on contractors who likely frequent the Rate By checking online for store for materials and various contractors and tools. Stay connected with your local contrac- obtaining their quotes for your specific projtor companies online ect, you can quickly put and through social

together a list of professionals who are in your price range. Remember that a quote is just that, so don’t be afraid to negotiate. Here’s how: • Research: Know what the services generally cost by calling around for multiple quotes. That way when it’s decision time, you’ll have a strong foundation of knowledge on what the final price should be. • Strategize: Don’t show your cards too early. If you have a budget in mind, wait for the contractor to give you his bid first. Then let the negotiations begin. • Wait: If your home renovation isn’t pressing, it can sometimes be best to wait a couple of weeks after your initial meeting with a contractor to approve the quote. The waiting game can lead to reduced costs or additional services.

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Not only is it enjoyable, but giving of one’s time has many physical, mental and psychological advantages. Strengthens Physical Health Physical activity and exercise are essential components in positive health. Many volunteer opportunities offer a physically active component to them — everything from stuffing envelopes to staffing events. Maintaining a healthy fitness level is essential especially for seniors to help keep your immune system strong and prevent diseases. Strengthens Psychological Health Volunteering has been shown to diminish feelings of isolation and prevent depression. Volunteering provides seniors a reason for leaving their homes — an activity many older generations resist doing for a number of reasons. One of the most rewarding aspects of volunteering is meeting new people and forming new relationships. You never know who you might meet and who you might help. Strengthens Mental Health Volunteering works to keep


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olunteering can be one of the most rewarding experiences for seniors. While monetary donations are always appreciated by organizations, often what is needed most is time.

your brain active, which is just as important as physical activity. The National Institute on Aging reports that participating in meaningful activities, and nurturing feelings of productivity, lowers the risk of dementia, among other health problems. Enriches Your Time People who volunteer often feel more confident and hold a higher self-worth because they feel they contribute value to their broader community, according to a study out of Wharton College. No matter what you choose to devote your time to, the important aspects to keep in mind are to find events and organizations that suit your schedule, and help a cause you feel passionate about. Both of these factors will affect your commitment to volunteering, and your impressions of volunteering as a whole.

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Many creative pursuits are particularly suited for seniors because they allow you to engage at your own pace. Find an activity that excites you and follow that passion. Visual Arts There is a lot encompassed in visual arts — everything from painting and drawing to sculpture, pottery and design. This means there is a lot of room for you to try several things and introduce yourself to new mediums. Add a bottle of wine and a few friends, and you might have found your newest hobby. Cooking Food is good for the soul, and cooking it is good for the mind — and stomach. Cooking can be as creative and experimental as you allow it to be. Try new things on your own from books you own, or borrow from the public library, or join a class. One of the great things about cooking is that you can start at any age, at any level. Just want to learn the basics? There is a class for that. Always wanted to try your hand at Thai food? There is a cookbook for that.


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eniors thrive when they are actively engaged — especially in any activity that allows them to think and behave creatively. In fact, according to Today’s Geriatric Medicine, creative art pursuits offer many benefits to older adults, including enhanced cognitive function and reduced feelings of depression and anxiety.

Has it been your dream to test out delicate French pastries? There is no doubt a neighborhood full of willing test subjects to taste your creations. Music and Theater Whether you want to participate or listen, you can find composition to suit every mood, and can engage with music all year round. Go to concerts or attend performances hosted by your local playhouse.

My wife had been asking me to get my hearing checked for years. I kept putting it off – until I had grandkids. It was so hard to hear them, and I didn’t want to miss out on a thing they said. Now I don’t have to – and I couldn’t be happier! Jim Stockman Farmer, Entrepreneur, Grandpa

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Music has been found to stimulate the brain and memory. According to a recent study published in Hearing Journal, adults ages 60 to 85 without previous musical experience exhibited improved processing speed and memory after just three months of weekly 30-minute piano lessons. Involvement in participatory arts has been shown to have a positive impact on mental and physical health of senior adults, regardless of skill lever or past experience. So get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

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If you’ve been on the fence about investing in one, consider the following six benefits of adding an activity tracker to your fitness regime. Accountability Fitness trackers are a great way to not only keep track of your activity but your progress as well. Making strides in your fitness journey is necessary for steady improvement in your physical health. Personalized Goals Activity trackers allow you to set, work toward and meet your own personal fitness goals. Your friends might be making 10,000 steps a day, but if you are just beginning your fitness journey, you might not be ready for that. Activity trackers let you set goals you can increase gradually. You also can evaluate where you’re beginning. You might be doing better than you think. ROI Motivation One potential drawback of most activity trackers is cost. They can get pricey. This investment, however, can provide quite the motivation to take advantage of all your tracker’s benefits. By striving to get the most out of your money, you can develop healthy habits that


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racking habits has become quite the rage — from sleep to water consumption to steps taken. It’s really no surprise that activity trackers have become an essential fitness accessory.

will become second nature. Heart Health Awareness Many activity tracker models include continuous and automatic heart rate tracking — straight from your wrist. This can help you both make sure you work hard enough during physical activity and make sure you don’t overdo it. Reminders A reminders feature can be invaluable to those striving to fight a sedentary lifestyle. If you’ve been stationary for a certain amount of time, many trackers will give you friendly reminders to get up and move. Fashionable Fitness This feature might be less important to some than others, but activity trackers have gone great lengths toward making fitness fashionable. Many come with interchangeable accessories, so that bands can be exchanged to suit any occasion.

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