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According to the National Institute of Aging, physically active men over 50 should be consuming 2,400-2,800 calories a day; physically active women over 50 should be consuming about 2,000. Men over 50 who are not physically active require 2,000 calories and non-physically active women over 50 need about 1,600 calories a day to thrive. But balanced nutrition expands well beyond calorie counting. Fruits, veggies, proteins, calcium and whole grains all contribute to a healthier, happier life, including resistance to illness, increased mental sharpness and higher energy levels. By cutting out the “bad” carbs, reducing sodium and sugar intake and cooking smart, you can enjoy the benefits of eating healthy. Memory Boosters The Alzheimer’s Association compares a brain-healthy diet to a heart-healthy diet. Both heart-healthy and brain-healthy diets reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease as both diets are low in fat, cholesterol and both diets encourage blood flow to the brain. Heart-healthy and brain-healthy diets are also high in B vitamins, omega 3s, antioxidants and proteins. There’s no single food to prevent age-related memory loss, however, consuming foods rich with vitamins and minerals can certainly help. It’s best to get your vitamins straight from the source because the body absorbs them better. Memory-boosting foods like leafy greens, vegetables, berries, dark-skinned fruits, spices like cinnamon and curry along with olive oil, salmon and other cold-water fish can all help to defend against age-related memory impairment. Boost your memory and make a delicious baked salmon dish. Prepare your salmon by topping each piece with a mixture of sweet onions, tomatoes, chopped garlic, fresh basil and one tablespoon of virgin olive oil. Wrap up each piece of […]
Finding friends and meeting new people in the Columbus, Ohio area As you get older, you just aren’t coming in contact with as many people in your daily life as you used to. And that resulting decline in social interaction not only can leave you lonely but it also isn’t good for you emotionally, mentally or even physically. Whether you’re simply looking for a coffee buddy or want to find a partner with whom you can share your life, here are a few ideas for connecting with people in Columbus, OH. Get active. At the Gillie Community Senior Center, there’s no shortage of activities in which to participate, and in the process, find people with some of your same interests. On any given day, you’ll find folks learning how to quilt and make ceramics, playing bridge or dancing the night away. Find new ways to spend your time. Volunteer. Donating your time and energy to a nonprofit is certainly fulfilling, but volunteering also gives you the opportunity to connect with people who share your philanthropic nature too. Whether you want to work with kids or fix up houses, RSVP of Franklin and Delaware Counties can find a volunteer opportunity to fit your passion. Discover ways to give back. Try something new. Ever played euchre? How about burlesque bingo? When was the last time you participated in an Easter egg hunt? Some of the activities on the Ohio Senior Citizens website may make you stretch beyond your comfort zone a bit, but you’ll have fun doing it! Explore the possibilities. Make a date. If you think dating websites are for young folks, think again! People over […]