Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nutrition Tips for Seniors

Capture One Catalog0733As an older adult, maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be a high priority. Proper diet and exercise will go a long way toward helping you to maintain an active, independent lifestyle and minimize the risk of disease. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, there are a number of healthy choices seniors can make to stay healthy.


Keep drinking
Keeping your body hydrated is very important. Two liters (nine, eight-ounce glasses) of fluid per day should be the goal, and while milk, soup, coffee, or tea will work, the best fluid you can put into your body is pure water. Drinking two liters of fluid per day may seem daunting, but if you drink a glass with each meal, in between meals, and one in the evening you are already 2/3 of the way there. Keeping water within arm’s reach throughout the day by placing it in your car, purse, backpack, etc. will
help ensure that you cover the other three glasses.


Make small adjustments to your eating habits
Instead of using salt on your foods, utilize herbs and spices to give it that extra kick of flavor you are looking for. Also, be intentional about adding fruits and vegetables to your meals if you are not doing so already. Slicing them up and putting them in baggies in the refrigerator will provide a quick and easy way to have something healthy at hand when you feel a craving for a snack coming on. To maintain a good level of calcium, drink three cups of
fat-free milk throughout the day.


Remember to include fiber
The digestive system tends to weaken with age. Women age 50+ should consume 21 grams of fiber each day and men 30 per day. Nuts, beans, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are good sources of fiber.

If you have questions about nutrition for yourself or a loved one, Primrose would be honored to help. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more info.

3 Health Benefits of Enjoying the Outdoors

_K0C8251There is nothing like stepping outside on a cool, sunny morning and taking in a few deep breaths of fresh air. From the cold bite of a crisp winter day to the heat and humidity of the dog days of summer, there is just something about being outdoors that makes you feel better and more alive. Research points to the fact that nature improves your mind, body, and spirit – so here are three things to think about as you head out the door and into the wilderness.


 Nature is a natural relaxant
Research from the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department suggests that an outdoor environment rests your brain and protects it from over-stimulation. It also helps improve your memory by sharpening your
focus, which is beneficial to everyone – especially those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.


Nature is rich in vitamin D
The more you are outside, the more adept your body becomes at absorbing natural sources of vitamin D found in nature like the sun itself. Vitamin D provides many benefits to the body including strengthening of bones, protection against heart disease and diabetes, and fortification of the immune system to help protect against illness. If it is hot, be wary of spending too much time outdoors without adequate sun screen.


Nature may help prevent cancer
Although research on this connection is in its infancy, early studies suggest that spending time in nature may help the body produce an enhanced level of ant-cancer proteins. The increased level of these proteins may last up to a week after returning indoors. Japanese studies have even indicated that areas with more forests have lower mortality rates from cancer, although more study needs to be done in this area to come to any concrete conclusions.


If you have questons about this or about senior living in
general, Primrose would be honored to help you. Just visit
www.primroseretirement.com for more information.

When is the Right Time to Retire?

Capture One Catalog0772Are you retired? Thinking of retiring? Once they hit their 60’s, many begin to feel like they want to eliminate the hustle and stress of employment in favor of a more laid-back lifestyle. In fact, a study from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health indicates that there are physical and mental benefits to retirement including an increase in physical activity levels and reduction in smoking. Reductions in stress levels are also beneficial, as is the free-time that retirement provides to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Here are some ways to know it is time to retire:

Your finances are in order
If your savings can support your lifestyle for 20+ years, you are likely well-prepared for retirement. Necessities like food, utilities, hobbies, entertainment, and medications should be factored in. Long term care insurance is also a wise investment and something else to consider when
figuring your yearly expenses. It is especially useful if you find yourself wanting/needing to make a move to a retirement community.


Your spouse agrees
Often times, couples disagree about timelines and goals for retirement. One may want to keep working while the other may be ready to be done. One may want to move to a lake in the woods, another to a big city on the coast.
Make sure you and your spouse are on the same page so that you can retire as a team.


You have enough to do to keep you engaged
For some, spending all day doing nothing is not the ideal retirement arrangement. Take stock of your interests and hobbies and determine first if you can afford to continue doing them once you retire. If so, start planning with your spouse so that you don’t get caught in a retirement rut. Mix it up a bit – remember that there is a balance between engagement and relaxation, and that too much of either will likely cause problems.


If you or a loved one have questions about what retirement looks like at Primrose, we would be honored to assist you. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.

When is the Right Time for Senior Pet Ownership?

_K0C8205According to a recent study from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, pet ownership saves $11.7 billion in U.S. healthcare costs every year. The study also indicates that having a pet reduces stress, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and has an overall positive impact on our psychological well-being. Pets are superb companions who love their owners unconditionally and who help conquer loneliness and isolation.
While the rewards of pet ownership are numerous, it can still be a challenge to shoulder the responsibility of caring for one. Here are a few things to consider while making your decision.


Be aware of breed characteristics
If you are looking for a dog, the temptation to choose based on looks or “cuteness” should be avoided. Some types of dogs can be very energetic and demand a lot of time and effort from their owners, while others are typically more relaxed. Spend some time researching the breeds you are most interested in and determining whether you want a puppy or an older dog. The more you know, the easier your search will become and the
less heartache you will experience once you take your pet home.


Know the rules where you live
Unless you are living at home, there may be some rules you need to follow regarding pet ownership. If you reside in a senior living community and are interested in buying a pet, make sure that pet ownership is allowed. If so, it
is also good to ask about size restrictions and maximum number of pets allowed.


Know the cost
While it may seem obvious, it is important to remember that pets cost money! Often times, people will purchase a pet without thinking of the cost associated with food, veterinary visits, boarding, toys, and other things. Be
sure you take these costs into consideration when deciding whether pet ownership is right for you.


Primrose is proud to be pet-friendly. If you or a loved one have questions for us, we would be honored to help. Just visit www.primroseretirement.com for more information.