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So often we think our travel has to cost a lot of money, take us great distances away and require a bunch of planning to be fun. But sometimes the unelaborate, off-the-cuff trips are the best ones! When their day-to-day lives got a little ho-hum, the seniors below dreamed up these travel experiences to shake things up a bit. Tom & Linda Tom is an avid fisherman and lucky for him, he has a wife who doesn’t mind supporting his habit. Recently, they jumped in the car and traveled from their home in Maryland to a 250,000-square-foot Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA, to shop for the upcoming fishing season. “Tom was in heaven,” says his wife, Linda. Not only did he get to see and touch all the tackle, boots, etc. that he’s ogled in the catalog for years, but he also enjoyed seeing the stuffed wildlife—from deer and bear to elephants, zebras and alligators—in the store. Linda was also able to do a little shopping, taking home a new pair of earrings alongside Tom’s carload of fishing gear. They even made a weekend of it, spending the night at a local hotel to enjoy the scenery of the area. Beverly & Joan Even though Beverly grew up in Florida, she had never been to the Everglades, nor did she really want to. “I always thought it would be too hot and mosquito-ridden,” she explains. Earlier this month, her partner, Joan, who didn’t have those same biases about the area, convinced Bev that the Everglades would make a fun camping trip. Traveling to this exotic destination, only about three hours from their home, the couple canoed, […]
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 […]