Leisure Pursuits - February 18, 2020 Your smart speaker can do so much more than you know Digital voice assistants, a.k.a. “smart speakers” can turn on lights, answer questions, even tell jokes. These wildly popular tools can be found in nearly 1/3 of all U.S. households … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 11, 2020 Boost your immune system in minutes with this delicious strawberry-avocado smoothie. Ingredients ½ avocado, stoned, peeled and cut into chunks ½ cup strawberries, halved 4 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt 1 cup semi-skimmed milk Lemon or lime juice to taste Honey … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 10, 2020 Night May Be the Most Important Part of Your Day It’s a fact. Most Americans of all ages don’t get enough sleep. As young adults, sleep loses out to studying, working late or partying ‘til the wee hours. As we … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 3, 2020 February is Heart Month. Start it off right with these filling and heart-healthy recipes to keep you ticking all day. Steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast, Italian vegetable soup for lunch and one-pot salmon roast for dinner. Steel-cut Oatmeal with Fruit Ingredients … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 31, 2020 Most crafters are friendly, social folks by nature. They enjoy the conversation and camaraderie that usually accompanies the act of creating something new out of raw materials, whether it be a quilt, a scrapbook, or knit booties for a new … Continued Read More
Recipes - January 22, 2020 Warm yourself up this winter with a choice of hearty and healthy dinner recipes. If you find yourself with lots of leftovers, freezing individual servings is a great solution. Winter Warmer Beef Stew Ingredients 2 lbs. beef stew meat (at … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 16, 2020 It’s a brand-new year, brimming with possibility Too often we start the New Year focused on the negative, resolving to change bad habits or behaviors in hopes of having a happier year ahead. This year, why not start off on … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2020 The Importance of Eye Exams as We Age William Shakespeare famously noted that “the eyes are the window to the soul” – our inner self – but they’re also one of the primary ways we experience the world around us. … Continued Read More
Recipes - January 10, 2020 These no-bake granola bars are packed full of healthy ingredients, contain no added sugar and make a great on-the-go snack. Ingredients 1 cup dates, pitted 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup dried berry and nut mix ¼ cup honey … Continued Read More
Money Matters - January 3, 2020 Want to save more at the grocery store? Have you resolved to save more money in 2020? Are you willing to spend a little time each week to make that happen? Using coupons is a time-tested money-saving strategy, and now … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 2, 2020 After the Holidays, It’s Time to Take Care of YOU The holidays can really take a toll in so many ways – on your home, if you’ve entertained; on your budget, especially if you have a large family and give … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 1, 2020 With the new year comes a new list of resolutions. Whether your goal this year is to eat better, exercise more, or to keep a sharp mind, here are some ways to develop a whole new you. Healthy Eating One … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 20, 2019 Journaling is a tradition with roots that date back hundreds of years. Many United States presidents have kept journals for posterity, while numerous other public figures have maintained them for a variety of other reasons. Let’s take a look at … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - December 13, 2019 Winter’s chill can take a toll on your health and well-being No matter where you live in the U.S., most parts of the country experience cooler temperatures and challenging weather during the winter months. For some, that may just mean … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 10, 2019 According to the Centers for Disease Control, swimming ranks as the fourth most popular recreational activity in the United States. If you’ve ever been swimming, you know why: it’s hard not to have a good time when you’re splashing around … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 9, 2019 Bring holiday cheer into your home by getting creative with light As winter closes in and daylight is in shorter supply, you can bring new energy to your rooms by getting creative with light. A new light fixture can liven … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 7, 2019 You know working out is good for you. You’ve heard it before. Sweating every day can lead to a longer life. But here’s something you may not know: According to researchers, working out may slow (and in some cases reverse) … Continued Read More
Money Matters - December 5, 2019 Budget is not a fun word. It’s not often that that it comes up in conversations with any sort of glee. To most people, budgeting refers to spending less – something few people enjoy. The truth, however, is that your … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 21, 2019 Cranberry Sauce is a Thanksgiving staple, but certain products and recipes are high in sugar and calories. Why not try a healthy alternative this year? This sugar-free cranberry sauce is easy to make and diabetic-friendly. Ingredients 12 oz bag of … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 19, 2019 Get your trip off to a stress-free start Leisure travel is supposed to be fun, right? So, how is it that travel often takes a stressful turn? Sometimes, it just can’t be helped. Bad weather and equipment problems can delay … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 15, 2019 Fall is a great time to adopt new healthy habits When cooler weather creeps in, it can be tempting to curl up on the couch with a good book and a toasty blanket rather than striking out on a hike … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 13, 2019 Looking for fun and creative decorating tips this Thanksgiving? Upcycle tattered books or out-of-date dictionaries to create these beautiful, colorful paper leaves. Materials An old dictionary or book Leaves from the yard Cardstock Spray ink – green, orange, yellow and … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 5, 2019 Replacing certain ingredients in traditionally high-carb foods means you can enjoy your favorite treats guilt-free. These vegan mini muffins call for no eggs, dairy products or flour, but bring plenty of flavor with juicy berries and sweet apple sauce. Ingredients … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 1, 2019 November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month, and the perfect time to express gratitude for those who do so much to make others feel safe, comfortable and cared for. If you or someone you know is struggling to find just the … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 22, 2019 Fun fact, 1 ounce of nuts daily can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. For a heart-healthy snack, try this easy-to-make Halloween nut mix! Ingredients 8 cups popcorn, popped 2 cups mini pretzel rods 1.5 cups mixed nuts 1.5 … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 16, 2019 As cold and flu season approaches, being proactive about staying healthy takes on even greater importance. Tried-and-true practices like frequent handwashing and getting enough rest are the best ways to keep colds at bay, and you can further improve your … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 14, 2019 First, drain, rinse, and dab-dry the chickpeas. Next, combine dried chickpeas, olive oil, and red wine vinegar in a mixing bowl. Mix well. To serve, top portioned arugula with chickpea mixture, halved grape tomatoes, and shaved parmesan. Cauliflower Steak: Ingredients … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 11, 2019 Art – in all forms – can improve our state of mind, mood and sense of well-being. For many, walking through a gallery or attending a concert instills a sense of peace, quiet and calm like nothing else. Just looking … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 7, 2019 Hint! Hint! Ask for a Gift You’ll Actually Use We’re approaching the time of year when spouses, children and friends start asking for holiday gift suggestions, so why not be ready with some ideas? The list below includes tech gifts … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 4, 2019 Noodles made of zucchini, often known as zoodles, are a fan favorite right now. Next time you’re craving pasta, give this nutritious noodle alternative a try! Ingredients 1lb ground turkey, browned 3 large zucchini, spiralized 1 cup sun dried tomatoes, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 2, 2019 October Is SO Much More Than Halloween! We tend to associate each month with a holiday – New Years Day in January, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving in November – but rarely take time to think of the myriad momentous … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - September 27, 2019 Build a Strong Defense Against Falls It’s an unpleasant truth – as we age, we’re more prone to falling and sustaining life-threatening injuries. The death rate from falls has increased over the past decade, from 47 deaths per 100,000 falls … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 26, 2019 In celebration of fall and National Pancake Day, give these sugar-free pumpkin and pecan pancakes a taste! Ingredients 1 cup pumpkin puree 3 eggs 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - September 25, 2019 Take Good Care of Yourself – Top Health Tips for Women Did you know that women are at greater risk than men for developing chronic health conditions as they age? Not only are more women more likely to develop arthritis, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 9, 2019 Most grandparents look forward to the day when their own children feel comfortable leaving little ones in their parents’ care. Of course, you want to ensure your grandchild’s safety while they’re with you, and you’ll undoubtedly get lots of input … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 3, 2019 Swap out sugary donuts and muffins for this nutrient-dense overnight oatmeal. Whether you’re craving chocolate chip, coconut and berries, or PB and banana, there’s a recipe below that’ll satisfy all flavor preferences! Coconut & Berries Overnight Oats Ingredients: 1/2 cup … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 22, 2019 Start your day right with these healthy, no-added-sugar Banana Oat & Nut Waffles. Ingredients: 2 Bananas 1 cup Walnuts (or other preferred nut) 2 Eggs 1 cup Rolled Oats 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 1 cup wholemeal Flour … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 20, 2019 Next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, try this fancy rendition of everyone’s favorite summer drink! Ingredients: 7 Lemons 2 Peaches 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar Fresh Mint Leaves 4 cups Water Directions: Microwave Lemons for 15 seconds … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 17, 2019 Everyone’s Buzzing About World Honeybee Day World Honeybee Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in August since 2009, reminds us of the importance of honeybees to our food supply, and the need to help boost their declining population. Get to know … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - August 5, 2019 We Spend Too Much Time Inside, Online Many baby boomers spent years working inside – in an office building, in a retail store, on a manufacturing floor, or perhaps in our homes. Unless you spent your career as a farmer, … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 3, 2019 Juicy watermelon is a must-have at summertime picnics and barbecues. Bring this fresh grape tomato & watermelon salad to your next gathering! Ingredients: Watermelon 8oz (~one box) Grape Tomatoes Red Wine Vinaigrette Fresh Basil Crumbled Feta 3/4 cup Pine Nuts … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 2, 2019 Four Easy Activities to Help Clear Your Mind Sometimes life can seem a little frantic – it happens to all of us. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and step back from whatever is causing the … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 31, 2019 Adding spinach to a smoothie is a great way to meet your recommended daily veggie intake. Celebrate the last day of National Blueberry Month with this refreshing and health-benefiting smoothie! Ingredients: 1 cup of Blueberries, frozen 1/2 of a Banana, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 23, 2019 You may never forget how to ride a bike, but remembering traffic rules as you hit the road may be trickier – especially if you aren’t a regular cyclist. Bicycling can offer something for many different fitness levels or needs, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 19, 2019 Summer Gardening Tips to Ensure Color Through the Fall Around mid-summer, depending on the forces of nature (aka weather) and the love and care you’ve provided, your garden may have bloomed into a green paradise, or could be withering away … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 11, 2019 Use Your Phone to Help Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle Most of us have our phones close at hand throughout the day, allowing us to stay in touch with friends and family. But have you ever considered using your phone to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 10, 2019 Safe Drivers Have More Independence, Flexibility and Options Maintaining a good driving record as you age directly impacts your ability to go where you want, when you want, and to keep your own schedule and routine. But staying safe on … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 3, 2019 Have Fun in the Sun without Getting Burned Sunny days spent gardening, playing golf, or just relaxing near a pool or on the beach are summer’s most enjoyable moments. But on an especially lovely day, it’s easy to get caught … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 1, 2019 July is known as the hottest month of the year. It’s also National Blueberry Month! For a cool and healthy treat, give these blueberry, lemon & coconut popsicles a taste! Ingredients: 1 cup of Blueberries, frozen 1 1/2 cup of … Continued Read More
Recipes - June 24, 2019 Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream Ingredients: 2 ripe medium-size bananas 2 ripe medium-size avocados 1/3 cup light coconut milk 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup Splenda sugar blend Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 14, 2019 Meditation is the Fastest Growing Health Trend in the Country Meditation is fast becoming a practice essential to overall well-being for many Americans. Researchers recently concluded a five-year study on the three most popular “complementary therapies” in the U.S. – … Continued Read More
Recipes - May 2, 2019 Looking for a fun and festive recipe? Our guacamole combines heart-healthy avocados with fresh herbs and veggies. Ingredients: 3 avocados (ripe) 1/2 red onion, finely diced 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 3 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 22, 2019 Earth Day – Our Annual Reminder to Treat Mother Nature with TLC On April 22, 1970, concerned citizens of the world united in protest of pollution, pesticides, and the damage being done to the Earth’s air, land, and water. They … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 17, 2019 Haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry arranged in three lines. The first and third lines of a haiku are five syllables in length, while the second line consists of seven syllables. Use one of these greeting card templates … Continued Read More
Recipes - April 15, 2019 Planning a springtime brunch this month? Look no further than this perfect Garden Vegetable Quiche! The flavorful fresh ingredients are sure to be the star of your next brunch buffet. Ingredients: 1 frozen pie shell 1 red onion, sliced 1 … Continued Read More
Recipes - March 28, 2019 Take a healthy spin on the classic chocolatey peanut butter rice crispy treats! Substitute coconut oil for butter, and skip the white sugar and corn syrup. A quick and health treat, sure to please a crowd! Ingredients: Bottom Layer: 1 … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 18, 2019 Are Higher Prices Keeping You From Eating Organic? Many people, especially parents with young children and grandparents as well, are turning to organic products to reduce exposure to pesticides and other toxins commonly associated with food production. If you too … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 7, 2019 Spring Travel – Rejuvenation After Hibernation This winter has been challenging for most parts of the country, with extreme storms and downright miserable conditions plaguing Americans from coast to coast. If you live in an area that’s been particularly hit … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 25, 2019 With the shorter days and lack of sunshine in winter, it is no surprise you may feel a little glum. Brighten up those grey winter days with this selection of indoor plants that will not only purify your air, but … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 18, 2019 Little Lifestyle Changes Can Lead to Big Gains in Heart Health If it seems that everyone’s talking about heart health this month, you’re right – they are! February is American Heart Month, and a good time to remind ourselves of … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 2, 2019 Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients: 1.5 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast 1/4 cup water 1/3 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 1 tbsp. ranch seasoning mix Directions: Place chicken and water into the … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 28, 2019 A cup of tea can cure all ills, especially when aided by the right herbs and plants. Certain herbs hold numerous medicinal properties that can turn your afternoon cup of tea into a healthy comfort. Our friends at the Pennsylvania … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - January 23, 2019 Wearables – A New Name for a Not-So-New Idea It seems that new wearable technology devices like smart watches and fitness trackers go on the market every week, but the idea of wearing something to improve our health or lifestyle … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 21, 2019 DIY Gratitude Jar A new year can be a great time to start new habits for gratitude and expressing your positive energy each day. Try making this DIY Gratitude Jar. Supplies: 1 large glass jar Glue Paper Ribbon for decoration … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2019 Poor Posture Can Cause Back Pain, Neck Pain, and Other Problems Have you checked your posture in a mirror lately? Try it now. Chances are that you – like most adults – slouch forward, lean to one side or the … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 27, 2018 Steer Clear of the News & Information Blues This Winter While some of us enjoy roaming through the stacks at our local library looking for a new book to pass the time, others just don’t have that much time to … Continued Read More
Recipes - December 14, 2018 Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts Looking for a diet and food allergy-friendly recipe this holiday season? Try out these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts for a festive and delicious option! Ingredients: 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 11, 2018 No Need to Hibernate This Winter! Though winter weather can make it difficult to get out and about, if you have a plan in place, you’re more likely to follow through. Set yourself up for success by get involved in … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 6, 2018 Holiday wreaths make a great homemade gift and household decoration for the season. Follow these few simple steps and get crafting! Supplies: Straw wreath form Floral wire Wire cutter or scissors Fresh greens (evergreens, eucalyptus, boxwood, etc.) Additional decorative elements … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 3, 2018 Your Game Plan For a Healthy, Happy Winter No matter where you live, winter weather and holiday festivities can make people of any age more susceptible to illness and discomfort. These 10 tips can help you stay healthy and … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - November 20, 2018 Music And Memory For the estimated 5.7 million Americans currently living with Alzheimers, music can be a tether to the past and provide a sense of connection to the present. “Music is like having a story line; it’s like … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 16, 2018 Old World Grains to Try Now If you consider yourself a “healthy eater”, you probably know that grains should be part of your diet each day, and that at least half of the grain-based foods you eat daily should … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 9, 2018 Umami – The Science of Savory Every so often, a creative chef concocts a new dish or combines ingredients in such a way that the food world sits up and takes notice. Think blackened fish in the mid-80s, molten chocolate … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 2, 2018 During National Family Caregivers Month, it’s time to celebrate those among us who care for spouses, parents. and other family members, and to provide some reminders and resources for the unsung heroes who ensure that their loved ones are safe, … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 26, 2018 Think Outside the Pie Plate If you’ve never eaten pumpkin except in a pie, you’re in for a treat with these savory pumpkin side dishes. In the U.S., pumpkin is most commonly used in desserts and sweets like pumpkin pie, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 17, 2018 Plan Ahead for Fall and Winter Pet Care Depending on where you live, and how much time you and your pets spends outdoors, it’s a good idea to start planning for a little more chill in the air – even … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 8, 2018 Chair Yoga for Seniors (or Anyone Needing A Little Extra Support) The benefits of yoga for relaxation and flexibility are indisputable, and its popularity has skyrocketed in the past decade. In fact, a 2016 study by the Yoga Alliance … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 5, 2018 What Is Ride Sharing? Ride Sharing services are a convenient way to get to appointments, avoid parking fees, and let someone else do the driving when you’re in an unfamiliar city or country. The most familiar ride share companies in … Continued Read More
Money Matters - September 7, 2018 No matter how old you get, making financial decisions can feel complex and overwhelming. On top of making decisions, fiscal jargon often gets in the way to make the process feel more drawn out. In this blog, you’ll find some … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 31, 2018 Have a ton of great ideas, but not enough budget or garden space? Don’t worry! There are many ways to revamp your garden with everyday items. Utilizing ordinary objects that might seem drab, these DIY garden ideas will transform them … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - August 24, 2018 Traveling is a great way to discover different areas, cultures, and cuisines. When it comes to traveling with mobility issues, planning a trip can feel overwhelming; however, it just takes some planning in advance to set your travel concerns at … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 17, 2018 For many adults, having a sharp mind is an important factor to their overall well-being and happiness. You’d be happy to know that aging isn’t necessarily the enemy when it comes to your brain health. In fact, distraction, stress, boredom, … Continued Read More
Recipes - August 10, 2018 Drinking water not only quenches your thirst but also adds significant health benefits to your body. While it’s recommended to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, staying hydrated can often be neglected, especially as we grow … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 3, 2018 Imagine you are in an accident or have a sudden illness that leaves you unable to communicate. Your loved one or caregiver is faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 20, 2018 Skip the oven and indulge in some sweets this summer! Enjoy all the sweet treats you’re craving with these no-bake, refreshing sweets for you and your family to enjoy. A Delightful Summer The perfect combination of cake and sherbet for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 13, 2018 From choosing what you want to grow to organizing the layout of your garden, gardening is a popular hobby for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, gardening is a great way to get in a cardio workout as well as a way … Continued Read More
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Homemade Ice Cream
Recipes - July 6, 2018
In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, try to cool off with these delicious homemade ice cream recipes. Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Often enjoyed with pies and in-between two cookies, vanilla ice cream is a staple. This homemade vanilla ice … Continued
Cool off with these homemade ice cream recipes this summer!
How Your Pet Can Help You Catch Up on Your Sleep
Health & Well Being - June 29, 2018
When it comes to mental and physical health, we often sleep on the topic of a good night’s rest. While you sleep, your body is resting, but your brain is extremely active. Cutting out hours of sleep and having low-quality … Continued
Good quality sleep is important for your health, and your pet can help!
Leisure Pursuits - June 22, 2018 With the hustle and bustle of life constantly surrounding you, it is always a joy to escape to the great outdoors. With the opportunity to relax, reflect, and restore, spending time amongst nature gives a revitalizing feel like no other … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 15, 2018 Do you remember when you first got your driver’s license? What a thrill! With your new set of keys came a long list of responsibilities: know the rules, share the road, stay alert, etc. After some time, those responsibilities might … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 8, 2018 For those who suffer from lactose intolerance, finding the perfect dairy alternative to suit your needs may feel challenging. But with the growing popularity of dairy alternatives, your next challenge may simply be to choose your favorite flavor! Explore these … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 1, 2018 It can be difficult to take care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Many caregivers and families battle with hardships as a result of their new responsibilities. Other family members will experience emotions such as guilt, grief, and anger. In order … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 25, 2018 When thinking about overall health, thoughts of diet and exercise come to mind. But brain health can sometimes be neglected. It is important to exercise the mind, as it too, is a muscle that requires strengthening. Mental health is important … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 18, 2018 Melon season has finally arrived! It’s hard to beat the refreshing taste of these freshly cut fruits, especially when the ripeness is at its peak. Finding the perfect melon can be tricky if you aren’t sure what to look for. … Continued Read More
Recipes - May 11, 2018 Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. In celebration of National Egg Month, scramble up your breakfast routine with these delicious egg recipes. Do you like green eggs and ham? Adding a little extra green to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 4, 2018 Everyone needs to decompress and unwind every once in a while. Visiting a spa can be a great way to eliminate clutter of the mind and find a peaceful moment. However, sometimes trying to alleviate stress can actually lead to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 27, 2018 May is Mental Health Month! When it comes to improving your overall well-being, focusing on your mental health can be just as important as your physical health. Often times, they even go hand in hand. Here are a few ways … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 20, 2018 Do you find yourself with the growing urge to decorate your home with plants? What about feeling the need to try your hand at gardening? It’s not hard to see why. Studies have shown that plants can promote health benefits. From … Continued Read More
Money Matters - April 13, 2018 Spring cleaning is about more than just wiping down the shelves and vacuuming the floors. It’s also about decluttering your life and getting a fresh start for the new season. One of the biggest challenges of clearing clutter for many … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 6, 2018 No one likes to have pests in the home. Using harsh chemicals and poisons to get rid of a few unwanted visitors here and there doesn’t always seem like the safest option, especially when small children or pets are present. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 30, 2018 Looking for a fitness program that doesn’t require a gym membership or a new piece of exercise equipment? If you’ve got grandkids, look no further. With more and more research touting the benefits of exercise for maintaining not just a … Continued Read More
Money Matters - March 23, 2018 Happy spring! Time to roll up those sleeves, break out the elbow grease, and do a little spring cleaning. This year, think beyond sparkling floors and dust-free cupboards. What about those old favorites that have seen better days, like trusty … Continued Read More
Money Matters - March 16, 2018 Meals can be expensive, especially when you are looking for healthy eating alternatives. Luckily, there are many ways to make healthy eating fit your budget. By setting aside a little extra time to save, plan, and shop, you’d be surprised … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 9, 2018 Just like when Dorothy opened her eyes to a world of color in the Land of Oz, you can too when it comes to choosing good food with benefits beyond the basics. Why should you reach for colorful food? Because … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - March 2, 2018 It’s Women’s History Month – a time for celebrating the strong, empowered trailblazers who have been kicking open doors of opportunity for generations to come. These women didn’t need an invitation to shake things up, they took it upon themselves … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 23, 2018 Lace up your sneakers! Running through a series of silly obstacle courses may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying that 5ks have increasingly become more fun than running several laps around a track. Crossing your first real finish … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 16, 2018 Does the thought of sweet and tangy cherries bring a blast of summer to mind? Then February is the perfect time to delight in all their goodness. And while life may not give you a bowl of (fresh) cherries … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 9, 2018 Do you love food and find yourself looking for new and fun food experiences? No need for international travel to find delicious and flavorful cuisines. It’s been known that big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York are the … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 2, 2018 Be honest: Do you floss every day? If the answer is no, you’re surprisingly not alone. Only 40% of adults actually take this extra daily step in their oral hygiene routine. In fact, 20% of adults never even floss at … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 26, 2018 We get it. Not everyone can be a gardening guru when it comes to maintaining plant life. So, for those who are self-proclaimed “brown thumbs”, we have good news for you! There are several houseplants that can thrive in a … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 19, 2018 Did you know that you can burn about 245 calories by cleaning your house for one hour? And that’s just the average. By incorporating the tips below, you can make cleaning a new, fun way to burn even more calories. … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 12, 2018 When it comes to enhancing the functionality and safety of your home, the bathroom is often overlooked. With slippery and hard surfaces, it is one of the most high-risk places in the house. Since the bathroom is used frequently throughout … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 5, 2018 Being a caregiver requires a great deal of patience and comes with a unique set of challenges and rewards. Sometimes it can feel like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done. There have been … Continued Read More
Money Matters - December 29, 2017 At the turn of a new year, many people decide to make resolutions, whether it’s to lose weight, eat healthier or learn a new hobby. This year, why not skip the cliché resolution ideas and make traveling your goal for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 22, 2017 The holidays are officially here and more than any other time of year, friends and family will be getting together to eat delicious food, enjoy one another’s company, and maybe even exchange some gifts. For a lot of people, it’s … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 15, 2017 When it comes to rolling up your sleeves for a good cause, animals have a way of tugging on your heartstrings, especially during the holiday season. The idea of helping a pet in need is simply irresistible to so many … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 8, 2017 When life becomes habitual, it’s easy to take it for granted. Many people are unaware of the things that provide them comfort, joy, and stability. Often times, it takes an unexpected event to open your eyes to the blessings in … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 1, 2017 The technological advancements make it easier than ever to work from home. Regardless of your previous work experience, the options are vast. Here are just a handful of options for people looking to find a work-at-home position. Keep in mind, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 24, 2017 Here’s some good news about meditation: there is scientific research that suggests “practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia.” Pretty great, right? In order to reap the benefits of meditation, one … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 17, 2017 Grab the supplies from your closet and start decorating for the holidays! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while many people already have some festive fall decor like pumpkins and gourds, it’s time to give them a fresh twist. … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - November 3, 2017 Time isn’t an easy thing to give away, but depending on how you spend it, the reward is worth it. Caregivers know this more than anyone. It’s hard work, both physically and emotionally, to take care of the needs of … Continued Read More
Recipes - October 27, 2017 Sometimes you want dinner to be easy. Perhaps you’ve had a long day at work, or maybe you’re just feeling a bit lazy. Chances are you’ve had one of those evenings where cooking an extravagant meal for you and your … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 20, 2017 Few things can make someone smile the way your favorite pets can, especially when they’re all dressed up. However, finding the perfect Halloween costume can be tricky (and a little pricey). Get creative this season and try one of these … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 13, 2017 Traveling should be fun. Visiting new locations, meeting people, and experiencing cultures is a great way to grow as a person and create memories with the people you love. All of that can be difficult, however, if you’ve spent so … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 6, 2017 Fall is upon us! It’s time to start making that delicious apple pie or homemade soup with your favorite seasonal fruits and vegetables. With so many recipes to enjoy during this season, it is very important to make sure you … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 29, 2017 Life is busy. It can be challenging to cut out some “you-time” to enjoy. Thankfully, there are weekends. Weekends can be a great time to try new things, indulge in the things you already enjoy, or relax with the ones … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 22, 2017 When you dine out, there is often a tendency to consume more than normal. Some experts say portions at restaurants can be up to three times larger than what is recommended. With a few more quick and healthy meals to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 15, 2017 People find joy in helping others and giving back to the community is a great way to do so. There are many benefits to giving back to others such as making social connections with those around you, gaining a new … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 8, 2017 It’s no surprise the most popular exercise in the United States is walking. The low-impact, gentle nature of the exercise has proven to be beneficial even if it doesn’t always feel like you’re working hard. Maintaining a relatively active lifestyle … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 1, 2017 Traveling is a favorite pastime for thousands of people all over the world. Whether you’re exploring abroad or taking a road trip with some friends, making memories is a big part of the plan. To preserve those moments travelers take … Continued Read More
Money Matters - August 25, 2017 Thanks to the internet, the world is getting smaller. People are more connected now than ever before and many folks are cashing in on that connectedness. Some rent their spare rooms, others drive their cars like taxis, and many are … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 28, 2017 With summer in full swing, the pool is the perfect place to spend time with not only your family but with your pets as well (they’re basically family too!). Steer clear of pool dangers with these helpful tips to keep … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 21, 2017 Skip the oven and indulge in some sweets this summer! Enjoy all the sweet treats you’re craving with these no-bake, refreshing sweets for you and your family to enjoy. A Delightful Summer The perfect combination of cake and sherbet for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 14, 2017 People always say it’s what’s inside that counts, right? This mantra can also be true for your home. It’s not so much the exterior of the home that matters as much as it is what goes inside. Turn any house … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 7, 2017 Just like humans, pets need daily physical activity to keep fit. Unlike people, however, pets don’t have jobs, families, and commitments that can keep them busy all day long. So how does the concerned pet owner make time for Fido … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 30, 2017 Technology can be frustrating. You finally master one tool only to find that everyone has already moved on to the next. That’s how it can feel using social media. With platforms that feature disappearing photos and the creation of stories, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 23, 2017 Every year on July Fourth, America observes the anniversary of the nation’s independence. There are plenty of ways to partake in these celebrations, though some methods tend to be more popular than others. Here are a few different ways to … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 16, 2017 If you have a pet, chances are it’s a very important part of your family. Dogs and cats tend to work their way into your heart and can have you wrapped around their little paws in no time. When … Continued Read More
Money Matters - June 9, 2017 It’s summer time and the living is easy, maybe a little too easy. Perhaps you’re looking for something to do to fill your extra time. Many adults can find wonderful part-time jobs during the summer months. Take a look at … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 2, 2017 Summer is coming. For most that means longer nights, warmer days, and more time with friends and family. While there are an endless variety of summertime activities to enjoy, many of them can cost a sizable amount of money. To … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 26, 2017 It can be a tough adjustment at any point in your life when your empty nest becomes full again. However, living and housing expenses can be tough to brave alone. Parents and children alike are choosing to cohabitate when they … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 19, 2017 Road trips are a popular way to travel across the U.S. and see the sights, but the downside is that someone in the group is always stuck behind the wheel. That can mean missing out on the experience of relaxing … Continued Read More
Recipes - May 12, 2017 Snacking, everyone does it. Mindlessly reaching into a bag of chips to unwind for the day is a guilty pleasure for many people. But if you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, indulging in a sweet or salty snack can … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 5, 2017 The Why Your Health: When it comes to physical fitness a little bit can go a long way. Choosing alternative modes of transportation over driving your car or truck may have a significant impact on your health. Ride your bike, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 28, 2017 If you’re considering a cruise this year and haven’t chosen a destination yet, there are a number of 2017 destinations to consider beyond the typical tropical retreat. From new destinations in Cuba to food and wine cruises around the globe, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 21, 2017 At any age, gardening can be a lot of work. It’s physically demanding for anyone, especially when it comes to those high-maintenance plants. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for a garden that requires a little less maintenance. Try … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - April 14, 2017 Most people eat three meals per day, at least. Snacking, while not typically considered a meal, is what happens between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Americans love to snack. Specifically, they love to snack on-the-go. In 1960 over a quarter of … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 7, 2017 New applications (apps) become available every single day, and there doesn’t seem to be much these programs can’t do. With so many available, it can be difficult to determine what’s out there and how it might help. This blog will … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 31, 2017 Donating one’s time is a year-round activity enjoyed by numerous Americans across the country. There are thousands of organizations that utilize volunteers to make an impact around the world. Every year, these fine men and women who give themselves to … Continued Read More
Recipes - March 24, 2017 Known as the “mother of all grains” by the ancient Incas, quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is actually a seed and one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein with 8 grams of protein per cooked cup. Considered by many experts … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 17, 2017 Spring is here and you know what that means: time to get cleaning. There’s nothing more refreshing than the feeling of an organized home. When the home is in order, life tends to feel a little more balanced. You feel … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 10, 2017 According to a recent study, your strength, balance, and endurance will have already started to deteriorate by the time you reach your 50’s. This, paired with low physical activity, can lead to physical injury, falls, or chronic diseases. For many … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 3, 2017 March is Women’s History Month. Designated in 1987 by Congress, this national celebration was established to pay tribute to the generations of women whose lives and work have proved invaluable to our society and culture. To honor the occasion, here … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 24, 2017 Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or personal achievements are great reasons to throw on your party hat, but when was the last time you celebrated something less significant? Research shows that celebrations among groups help create a sense of belonging, which is … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 17, 2017 Preventing signs of aging can be expensive. Advertisers spend millions every year to promote creams, ointments, and supplements that promise to make people look younger. There’s often little science behind many of these cosmetic claims. With the volume of counterfeit … Continued Read More
Recipes - February 10, 2017 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re still in search of something romantic to do for your special someone, consider this collection of recipes to create a light, healthy feast that shows what a big heart you have … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 3, 2017 Ready or not, the big game is coming. Whether you’re a diehard fan of pigskin, or a more casual enjoyer of commercials, food, and fun, chances are you’ll be celebrating this most sacred of American days with friends and family. If you’re … Continued Read More
Historic Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2017
Leisure Pursuits - January 27, 2017
Each new year brings with it some historical significance: an anniversary, birthday or milestone. This year, experience something new while experiencing something old at these historic locations celebrating anniversaries in 2017. Celebrate Nashville’s Music History Nashville, Tennessee has a rich … Continued
Experiencing Something New by Experiencing Something Old
Leisure Pursuits - January 20, 2017 From picking out soft, squeaky toys to making your first veterinarian appointment, there are a few things more exciting than bringing home a new pet. It’s heartwarming to watch a new puppy wag around and explore your home, and it’s … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 13, 2017 You’ve probably heard of superfoods, but have you ever thought about super drinks? Tea has been used for centuries as a way to remain alert through long meditations. Today, we still drink it to help us stay awake through the … Continued Read More
Money Matters - January 6, 2017 Financial stress can be daunting, but with some planning, the uncertainty around how far your money will stretch from paycheck to paycheck doesn’t have to be something you stress over. This year, establish financial stability with these budget-friendly tips. Stick … Continued Read More
Recipes - December 23, 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations are the last hurrah of the year and typically the last food-filled celebration before people kick off their resolution to watch what they eat. Whether you’re spending the evening with family to watch the ball drop … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 16, 2016 As life goes on, friends and family may take out-of-state jobs or you may decide to relocate. Perhaps you’ve simply outgrown your current friendships or fell out-of-touch. In any case, remember that you’re not alone. Follow these tips and you’ll … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - December 9, 2016 During the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in the celebration when it comes to decorating your home. If you’re a pet owner, don’t forget to take certain safety precautions to ensure the safety of your animals. Keep … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - December 2, 2016 With winter quickly approaching and the holidays just around the corner, many people are getting ready to enjoy the cozy warmth of the indoors with the company of friends and family. For those looking to embrace the cold, here are … Continued Read More
Money Matters - November 25, 2016 Even though the holidays come the same time each year, they can still be a shock for an unprepared budget. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to score some last-minute savings if you find yourself stretching your budget: Take inventory … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 11, 2016 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, thoughts of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the fixings are top of mind. But this year, why not change things up a bit and give your friends and family something new … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 4, 2016 Every November the United States celebrate the unsung heroes who care for patients across our country: caregivers. Whether they work at an institution or in a private home, caregivers depend on communication to do their job well. Communicating is a … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - October 28, 2016 The holiday season is approaching… For many, this means family reunions, sometimes a lot of them. To help minimize the stress of organizing your family get-together, here are a few tips to keep the planning manageable, the work minimal, and … Continued Read More
Money Matters - October 21, 2016 It seems like new, expensive fitness crazes come out every other week. While the desire to stay healthy is admirable, the need to live on a budget is a reality for many. Thankfully, there are ways to do both without … Continued Read More
Money Matters - October 7, 2016 Job hunting can be stressful. Perhaps the only thing more stressful is finding a job you don’t enjoy. Spending time doing something you love, as opposed to drudging through a nine to five, can make a big difference in health … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 30, 2016 Don’t be fooled by the name, High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is not as scary as it may sound. These quick workouts offer many benefits, including a healthier heart, lowered blood pressure, more energy, lowered risk of diabetes, and reduced body … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 23, 2016 Slow cookers are one of the most popular kitchen items in the country. Recipes that utilize these modern marvels are surprisingly simple – just add ingredients and wait, right? Whether you enjoy crock pot cooking because your schedule is hectic, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 16, 2016 Though Fall is not quite behind us, it’s not too early to begin planning for your wintertime getaway. Whether you’re looking for a place to relish the snow, or enjoy the warmth of a sunnier locale, one of these five … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - September 9, 2016 Humans and cats have been friends for a very long time. Both the ancient Egyptians and Romans held great reverence for cats as pets and symbols. Some scientists speculate that the domestication of cats began over 12,000 years ago. Some … Continued Read More
Recipes - September 2, 2016 Good news for fans of morning food: September is All-American Breakfast Month. You have 30 days to share your love of the first meal of every day. If cereal, waffles, and other breakfast foods don’t get you excited, don’t worry, … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 26, 2016 There are a lot of good reasons to go to Hawaii: beaches, cuisine, year-round mild weather, festivals, wildlife, and much more. Vacations to Hawaii, however, can get expensive if you don’t plan ahead. Airfare, tours, daytrips, food, and lodging costs … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 12, 2016 Eating on a budget can often be seen as a sacrifice of quality for quantity, but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of tasty, healthy foods that offer great returns for the money spent. Below are … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - August 5, 2016 Every four years, America celebrates its finest athletes as they travel to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. This year, the world’s best will travel to beautiful Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to compete in every sport from archery to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 29, 2016 If you’ve been looking for an excuse to spend some time outside, you’ve found it: This month is National Picnic Month. July isn’t over yet, so there’s still time to celebrate! Pack your best basket full of delicious foods and … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - July 22, 2016 Sleep is important. According to experts, sleep helps people maintain critical body functions, restore energy, repair muscle tissue, and lets the brain process new information. Not getting enough sleep can hinder a person’s ability to think clearly, focus, react, and … Continued Read More
Recipes - July 15, 2016 These days, it’s fairly simple to find healthy recipes. A quick search online reveals a vast number of possibilities for any number of entrees and side dishes that won’t make you buy a belt two sizes larger. Something a bit … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - July 1, 2016 Parades If you’re one of the lucky Americans who lives close enough to a parade to enjoy it live, you’re going to want to take a few special precautions. The American Heart Association has a few great tips for celebrating safely: … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 24, 2016 Superfoods. You’ve probably heard the term; perhaps you’ve done some research. Many health trends claim “superfoods” can combat things like heart disease and stroke. According to an article by the Heart and Health Association, “…many so-called ‘super’ foods are good … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 10, 2016 Anyone can play golf, but not everyone can play golf well. Though golf’s pace may be slower than sports like football or baseball, it is no less technical or demanding than those sports. This blog features some helpful golf tips … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - June 3, 2016 Caregiving isn’t easy, but it may be easier with a little help from technology. Technology has afforded caregivers a wide variety of tools that can assist in many ways. Here are a few technological products that may assist you as … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 27, 2016 There are a great many adventures to be had in this country. Each of the fifty states offers a variety of experiences. For those looking for edge-of-the-world excitement, Alaska is king of the hill. Here are a few reasons Alaska … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - May 20, 2016 If you’re looking to start a garden at home, there are a few things you should figure out before you run out to buy plants. If, however, you feel like you cannot have a garden because of the space you … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 13, 2016 Chances are that these days you’re using a smart phone, or a tablet, or both. Many people use these devices to make phone calls, play games, or read books. There are, however, tons of useful applications for this wondrous technology … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 29, 2016 Spring is here. The sun is shining a bit brighter, the temperature is climbing a bit higher, and the great outdoors is shifting from a palette of brown and white to various shades of green. This is a great time … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - April 15, 2016 There are few races more extreme than triathlons. One could argue, however, that a 12-hour mountain bike race might fit the bill. Meet Mr. Jim Schmitt, a 61-year-old gentleman who does both. In this blog, Jim shares his views on … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - April 1, 2016 Vacations are amazing. Traveling somewhere you’ve never been and trying things you’ve yet to try can be a soulful experience. Doing all that with your nearest and dearest friends can be an even greater experience. It can also be a … Continued Read More
Money Matters - March 25, 2016 Tax Season is almost finished. Last-minute filings are being prepped and, for many, relief is in the near future. For victims of tax season scams, however, relief is still a long way off. There are many scams and frauds out … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 18, 2016 With cruise season going full throttle, fans were given a special treat: the chance to ask cruise related questions to a team from the AARP® Travel Center Powered by Expedia®. With years of experience to pull from, the team answered … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2016 It’s exciting to visit new places, try new things, and witness the beauty of the world we call home. There are hundreds of lovely, naturally-crafted locales across the country just waiting to be experienced. This blog lists a few favorites … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 4, 2016 Pets are wonderful companions. Though dogs and cats are the most common variety, not everybody has the room for them. Thankfully there are a number of animal types that make excellent friends for any number of living situations. Here are … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 26, 2016 Eating healthy is a never-ending responsibility. Avoiding certain foods is a good start, but it can be easier to avoid one or two ingredients in each meal, as opposed to a dish altogether. Why miss out completely on something you … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - February 19, 2016 Trends change daily. What’s hot today may be forgotten tomorrow. New technologies alter the way people live overnight. To help you navigate through the endless waves of social trends, here’s a list of a few notable “hot topics” in the … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - February 12, 2016 There are few sports as physical as ice hockey. Players move constantly while maintaining their balance on thin blades. They must constantly observe and control the puck, and absorb/distribute a few friendly bumps with other players. It’s a one of … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - February 5, 2016 Typically, ski season begins in November and wraps up around April. That means you still have a few months left to strap on your boots and enjoy some time in the snow. If you’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, or … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - January 15, 2016 Wintertime is not as nice to skin and hair as other seasons. For skin, this can mean a dry, wrinkled appearance; while in hair, this can cause discoloration and thinning. Let’s look at some tips to help keep your skin … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - January 8, 2016 Learning has no age limits and we’ve put together some tips on finding free education opportunities for retirees. Read More
Health & Well Being - December 4, 2015 Holidays bring loved ones together to celebrate traditions and revel in good cheer. Many celebrations include socializing, gift-giving, and food. Lots of food. It can be tempting to cheat on a diet. With so many gatherings and once-a-year food offerings, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - November 27, 2015 Everyone knows that exercise is good for the body. No confusion there. The question is: What exercise is the right one for you to do? There are a number of fitness trends, fads, and whims that come and go. Here … Continued Read More
Recipes - November 20, 2015 Guest blog by Chef Jen Wanous Over the years we have come up with new Thanksgiving recipes that make for a delicious compromise. It’s a particular combination of flavors and textures that conjure up the Turkey Day tradition in my … Continued Read More
Military Family Month
Active Living Profiles - November 13, 2015
Every year, the President of the United States signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Month. This annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family, honoring the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the … Continued
Meet the Myers family, whose service roots go all the way back to the American Revolution.
Choosing Part-Time Work
Active Living Profiles - October 23, 2015
When Ray Wilkerson, a licensed clinical social worker, retired three years ago at age 65, he wasn’t ready to stop working completely. “When I decided to retire, I wasn’t ready to sit back and not do anything. I wanted something … Continued
Ray Wilkerson shares how he finds a good work-life balance in partial retirement
America’s Free Attractions
Leisure Pursuits - October 16, 2015
Travel and spending seem to go hand in hand, but whether you’re driving down the road or flying across the country, every major city has free things to do – activities that allow you to explore and enjoy without shelling … Continued
Travel doesn’t have to be expensive when exploring America’s amazing free attractions.
Leisure Pursuits - October 9, 2015 If you love getting together with friends, family or your loved ones but don’t have the time or money to host elaborate dinner parties, consider these tips and resources for hosting low-cost, low-hassle get-togethers! Type of party: The first step … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 2, 2015 Do you have handwritten family recipes stashed here and there? Or perhaps they’re in your head, or you’ve been meaning to ask your relatives to write them down. October is National Cookbook Month, the perfect time to gain inspiration for … Continued Read More
Secrets of a Long Relationship
Active Living Profiles - September 25, 2015
Happily married for more than 48 years, Richard and Candace Robl have learned a thing or two about communication, affection and support. The couple met at the University of Texas and dated for about a year and a half before … Continued
Richard and Candy Robl share how they’ve kept their relationship strong for more than 48 years.
Lifestyle Habits for Brain Health
Health & Well Being - September 18, 2015
The CDC reports that one in eight adults aged 60 and older experience confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse over the past year. Luckily, recent decades have seen more research into what people can do to … Continued
Studies show that a variety of lifestyle changes can produce positive impacts on the brain.
Cholesterol Education Month
Health & Well Being - September 11, 2015
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and the CDC estimates that 102 million adult Americans have cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dL – levels beyond what’s considered healthy. Your body produces the cholesterol it needs to function, but cholesterol is also … Continued
September is the perfect time to make a plan to get your cholesterol back on track.
Leisure Pursuits - September 4, 2015 Pets offer many benefits, from companionship to improved health. On average, dogs live around 11 years and cats live well into their teens. As your pet ages with you, both of your needs and abilities may change. Here are a … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - August 28, 2015 Every day, baby boomers are making a difference across the United States, whether it’s as part of their job or as a volunteer. Retirement or partial retirement also offers new opportunities to give back. “Find out what your passion is,” … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 21, 2015 The United States encompasses 3.806 million square miles with 95,471 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Whether you love mountains, lakes, deserts or the sea, there’s a plethora of outdoor adventures waiting for … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - August 14, 2015 Who doesn’t remember a great family road trip complete with games played in the car, amazing scenery and those all-important detours? If you’re ready to hit the road again and see the sights – no plane or passport required – … Continued Read More
Which Dog Breed is Right for You?
Leisure Pursuits - August 7, 2015
While it can be tempting to choose a dog on looks alone, there are many important factors to consider when choosing your next four-legged friend. After all, bringing a dog into your home is a commitment of 10–13 years if … Continued
Veterinarian Matthew Wheaton shares his tips for finding the right match.
Asking for Help
Health & Well Being - July 31, 2015
Everyone needs help sometimes, but asking for that help can be hard, especially if you consider yourself the independent type. An injury or illness, changes in mobility, or financial issues can all necessitate asking for help – whether it’s help … Continued
While it may not be fun, asking for help and planning for help you may need in the future is essential.
Have you saved for retirement?
Money Matters - July 24, 2015
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American spends 20 years in retirement, but fewer than half of all Americans have calculated how much they will need to save for retirement. How much you’ll need: The AARP Retirement … Continued
Check out these straightforward tips and resources for retirement savings.
Make Ice Cream in a Bag!
Recipes - July 17, 2015
July is National Ice Cream Month, and who’s the best person to celebrate with? Your grandkids, of course! Here’s a fun and easy way to make ice cream and the best part is… you don’t even need an ice cream … Continued
Grab your grandchildren to try these fun and easy ice cream recipes from Chef Jen Wanous in honor of National Ice Cream Month.
Leisure Pursuits - July 10, 2015 Dogs that get regular exercise and activity tend to display less behavior issues and stay in better health. Like people, what type of exercise your dog can handle and how much depends on his or her age, breed and health. … Continued Read More
3 Summer Superfoods and 3 Simple Recipes
Recipes - July 3, 2015
By Chef Jen Wanous What makes superfoods so super? A “superfood” is a food that is nutritionally dense, delivering your body the most bang for your bite. There are many superfoods in season during the summer months like berries, watermelon … Continued
Discover what summer superfoods are in season, their benefits and delicious recipes to create with them.
Five Ways to be More Sustainable
Health & Well Being - June 26, 2015
Living a more sustainable life has become second nature in some respects, but there are countless of opportunities to help reduce waste, conserve resources and even save money in the process. Take your sustainable living to the next level with … Continued
Helping the Earth and your pocket book is easy with a little knowledge.
Leisure Pursuits - June 19, 2015 June is America’s Great Outdoors Month, and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all of nature’s beauty. While the weather is fine, try these five outdoor activities with your family! 1. Fishing: Fly fishing, freshwater, saltwater and … Continued Read More
Tai Chi – A Mind and Body Practice
Health & Well Being - June 12, 2015
Millions of people in the United States now practice tai chi, and studies have shown this ancient Chinese martial art can have a number of health benefits. “Tai chi is a series of gentle, flowing movements,” explains Don Fiore, a … Continued
Tai chi’s gentle movements and health benefits make it increasingly popular across the United States.
Recipes - June 5, 2015 Leftovers – some people don’t mind eating them, others hate them and live by the phrase, “Variety is the spice of life.” But most agree that tossing out good food doesn’t make economic sense, especially when you consider as much … Continued Read More
Recording Your Family Tree
Health & Well Being - May 29, 2015
There comes a time when most children and grandchildren are interested in learning – and documenting – their family history. This curiosity can be a great way to spend time together, recording your family’s story. Online Research The Internet is … Continued
Involve your grandchildren in recording and preserving your family history.
Leisure Pursuits - May 22, 2015 In the last few years, river cruising has gained remarkable popularity. Luckily, you don’t even have to leave the country to enjoy this wonderful way to travel. Start planning your summer river cruise today! Why River Cruise? River cruises tend … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - May 15, 2015 When Pat Wolfinbarger was born in Denver, Colo., in 1956, he had no idea his future career would largely revolve around computers – a foreign concept at the time. “Back in the day, no one saw a use for a … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - May 8, 2015 The history of the two-wheeled bicycle dates all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, millions of bicycles are sold each year and in many cities, bicycles are a primary mode of transportation. Whether you use your bicycle for … Continued Read More
Money Matters - May 1, 2015
Second-act careers or work reimagined – whatever clever terms you want to use, many people choose to work part-time or to adjust their career later in life. The reasons are as varied as the jobs themselves. Some people want to … Continued
Use your experience and expertise to find a part-time job you’re passionate about.
Top 5 Affordable and Fun Places to Retire
Leisure Pursuits - April 24, 2015
Not sure which city to retire in? We’ve got the top cities for you! We’ve accounted for everything from cost to weather, health care and activities. Below you’ll discover five great retirement cities from five “best of” lists. Explore why … Continued
Whether you’re looking for small towns or big cities, this roundup will help you explore some of the best retirement locations.
Leisure Pursuits - April 17, 2015 Jazz – there are so many creative variations and brilliant artists, you can’t help but appreciate this American-born musical genre. Jazz music is characterized by improvisation, as well as syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing and often deliberate distortions of pitch … Continued Read More
Spring Break Without a Passport
Leisure Pursuits - April 10, 2015
Want all the beauty, adventure and fun of an exotic spring vacation without having to worry about a passport, changing currency or any other hassles of traveling to another country? Here are five of the many choices available: No passport … Continued
Explore five exotic vacations where you can travel without worrying about a passport.
Springtime Fun With the Grandkids
Leisure Pursuits - April 3, 2015
Spring is bursting with color, warmth, life and a million of fun things to do! Don’t waste another second and get out there for some fun in the sun with your grandchildren. Take advantage of springtime with these suggestions for … Continued
Grab your grandchildren for the perfect spring outings, crafts and creations.
Top Books for Baby Boomers
Leisure Pursuits - March 16, 2015
Whether you love the classics, books by fellow boomers, self-help books, how-to books or the very latest releases, this roundup of top books from various “must read” lists is sure to have something of interest. Dive in, learn, and let … Continued
Explore which titles top the must-read list for the boomer generation and beyond.
Health & Well Being - March is National Nutrition Month and the perfect time to renew any New Year’s resolutions that may have fallen by the wayside. Staying active and eating nutritious foods provides a host of benefits, and there are even nutrients that are … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - March 9, 2015
It’s become more and more common for jobs to take family members to different states and even countries, making time together more difficult. Luckily, modern technologies also make staying in contact easier than ever. Staying connected can be especially important … Continued
Combine technology with tried-and-true methods to stay in touch with friends and family.
Active Living Profiles - February 24, 2015
March is Women’s History Month, a month often focused on famous women and their contributions to society. However, each and every day, “ordinary heroes” are among us, working hard to make their communities better. Adrienne Valencia – Sharing the Music … Continued
In honor of Women’s History Month, meet three everyday heroes working hard to improve their community.
Leisure Pursuits - February 23, 2015
Millions of people visit the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument each year in Washington, D.C. but, did you know there are dozens of other presidential sites of interest located across the United States? February is filled with historical, presidential events … Continued
As we honored our Presidents this February, consider a visit to one of the countless, presidential historic sites across the nation.
Money Matters - January 21, 2015 Cutting energy is great for the environment and your wallet. Here are 10 easy ways to get started: 1. Look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program to help businesses and individuals save … Continued Read More
Active Living Profiles - Ann Smalley works full-time, has three dogs, is a wife, and a mother of two. But to her, volunteering isn’t just one more thing to do; it’s an important and fulfilling part of her daily life. For the past seven … Continued Read More
5 Communication Strategies
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Part of the “Go Long” lifestyle involves connecting with others within your community. You can strengthen relationships with friends, family, and colleagues by practicing these five communication strategies. Active Listening Psychologist Anne Hanley says, “I’ve always been struck by the … Continued
Improve your relationships with friends, family, and colleagues with these tips.
Leisure Pursuits - With plane travel becoming increasingly bothersome, trains are making a comeback. Train travel offers many benefits, including excellent sightseeing experiences. While you can travel by train all over the world, living in the United States, you can opt to travel … Continued Read More
Ten Reasons to Love Oatmeal
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If oatmeal is nothing more to you than morning mush, it’s time to think beyond the bowl. As a food, oatmeal is full of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants you need to keep your heart happy through the years. … Continued
This versatile grain can give your health, home, and skin an easy and on-the-cheap makeover.
Three Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget
Money Matters - January 1, 2015
Eating healthy on a dime, let alone 50 dimes, is not so easy these days. But with a few simple tips, you can save money and eat healthy. 1) Prioritize Your Organics The price of organic foods is daunting. The … Continued
Chef Jen Wanous offers cost-saving, healthy-eating tips plus a fish taco dinner for $4 per person.
Money Matters - December 23, 2014 Does the new year have you yearning for a new look for your home? If you have the urge to spruce up your surroundings but you can’t or don’t want to spend much on the makeover, here are five ways … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - You’re on vacation – who needs exercise, right? While some share this view, others actually feel more energetic and less guilty when they fit in some exercise during their travel and vacation plans. It may not be as much as … Continued Read More
Celebrate Your New Years on a Budget
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New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. Maybe this year it’s time to mix up your usual routine and try something new. Whether you’re looking for romance, or to spend time with friends or family, here are five ideas for ringing … Continued
Whether you want to spend time with friends, family or your special someone, these ideas offer something for everyone.
Leisure Pursuits - December 18, 2014
Humans have long had a fascination with flying, so an interest in birds only seems natural. In 2012, Audubon magazine reported that 46 million Americans consider themselves bird-watchers; ranging from casual hobbyists to competitive bird enthusiasts. Whatever your level of … Continued
Whether it’s participating in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count or watching birds from the comfort of your own home, getting to know the local bird population can provide hours of enjoyment.
Leisure Pursuits - December 1, 2014
Approximately 4 million pets are euthanized each year in shelters. Many people who can’t commit to adopting another pet choose to help by fostering. Fostering provides a natural environment in which pets thrive until they’re adopted. Fosters may foster for … Continued
A pet foster parent shares the rewards of providing a temporary home to animals in need.
Holidays are a Time for Giving
Leisure Pursuits - November 24, 2014
The holiday season is a time for giving, and many people get into the spirit of the season through volunteering and donating. Giving back can also be a great way to teach the younger generation about helping those less fortunate. Here … Continued
Whether it’s making crafts to donate or volunteering, involving the entire family in the spirit of the season makes for special memories.
Five Free and Fun Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren
Leisure Pursuits - November 17, 2014
You have your grandchildren for the day, the night, the weekend or maybe even longer! What to do? Here are five fun and free ideas for spending quality time and making lasting memories. Create a Collage A different type of … Continued
Try these fun activities next time you have free time with your grandkids.
Health & Well Being - November 12, 2014 Dec. 2 is National Mutt Day! If you have a mutt you love, try one (or all) of these 10 fun ways to celebrate! If you’re dog-free, consider helping one of the 6 to 8 million dogs and cats that … Continued Read More
Money Matters - Once upon a time, Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, meant people staying up all night to get in the stores the moment they opened – sometimes even trampling each other to try and be the first to get the … Continued Read More
Enjoy a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
“Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a complicated dance with dietary restrictions,” says Chef Jen Wanous. “In this post, we’ll figure out how to host a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner so that you and your guests strike a savory samba, without too … Continued
Making this holiday gluten-free is easy with tips and recipes from Chef Jen Wanous.
Money Matters - October 30, 2014 Just like a diet with no indulgences, a strict budget that doesn’t allow for occasional splurging won’t work well either. Explore when to spend and how to splurge wisely. Mini Splurges For many, treating yourself to that something special brings … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - October 29, 2014 Who knew that playing with kids could help keep your mind sharp? If you have grandchildren, these activities serve a dual purpose –bonding with the grandkids while helping your mind stay sharp. Don’t have grandchildren of the right age? Consider … Continued Read More
Packing the Grandchildren
Health & Well Being - October 7, 2014
Getting away from the distractions of everyday life makes quality time, laughter and special memories come more easily. For these reasons, many families plan trips together and taking a vacation with your grandchildren – whether or not their parents are … Continued
Taking the grandkids on a trip is the perfect way to create lifelong memories.
The 1960s Versus Today
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The sun always rises and so do the cost of items. In fact, the buying power of a dollar 50 years ago is now equivalent to $7.65. Take a walk down memory lane with these interesting facts about what things … Continued
Take a walk down memory lane with a look at what things cost then versus now.
Exercise With Friends and Family!
Health & Well Being - September 30, 2014
Staying active is part of the “Go Long” way of life. Following a doctor-approved fitness regime can provide a plethora of mental and physical benefits. Working out with a friend, family member or group can help keep you motivated and … Continued
Stay motivated by utilizing the buddy system and these seven ways to workout.
Celebrate National Dog Week
Leisure Pursuits - September 16, 2014
The last week in September is National Dog Week! To celebrate, here are four fun dog facts as well as four ways to enjoy more of your furry friends. Did You Know? 1) Dogs are good for your health. They … Continued
Discover four fun dog facts and four ways to get your fill of man’s best friend!
Leisure Pursuits - September 8, 2014 America’s National Parks are an amazing treasure – each one is worth a visit. However, some of the nation’s most popular national parks such as Yosemite, become very crowded during peak travel months, while lesser-known parks welcome visitors without traffic, … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 4, 2014 September is National Yoga Month! Channel your inner “Go Long” spirit and, with your doctor’s ok, try something new that benefits both the mind and body. Yoga provides mental and physical benefits for those of all ages and can easily … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - September 1, 2014 Not only is music fun to listen to, fun to dance to and fun to sing along with, it’s actually proven to be good for your mental and physical health. First, there was live music, then the radio and vinyl, … Continued Read More
Reduce Pet-Related Expenses
Money Matters - August 28, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States reports that pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s. Americans are also spending more than ever on their pets: $55.7 billion in 2013. Sure, you like to … Continued
Use these five tips to keep your pets happy and healthy without breaking the bank.
Recipes - July 23, 2014 Summer is here, and who’s ready to cook? It’s the perfect season to start mixing ingredients and grilling outside in the fresh summer breeze. But finding the perfect dish to impress your friends and family can be a daunting task … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - Whether you have your own dog, have to “babysit” a dog for friends or family, or volunteer with them, these handy training tips will help you and your canine friends communicate. Trainer Jessica Wheatcraft of Synergy Dog Training in San … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - The average American produces 1,600 pounds of trash a year. Much of that could be recycled and other pieces could be upcycled. Upcycling means taking something and repurposing it. These days it’s easier than ever to share fun ideas on … Continued Read More
Superfoods Never Tasted So Good
“Have you heard of chia seeds yet?” asks Chef Jen Wanous. “They might ring a bell if you remember the once-popular Chia Pet, where the chia seeds sprout and grow into cute pet-plants. Now chia seeds are hitting the market … Continued
Learn about three superfoods and how to combine them to make one luscious summer treat.
Singing a New Tune
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You don’t always know where life will take you. You just know you’re in for an adventure! It was just such an adventure that led Nancy Perrin to Tomorrowland and then back to her musical beginnings. Career Adventures “I’ve always … Continued
Nancy Perrin’s career took many exciting turns before bringing her back to her musical roots.
Health & Well Being - June 17, 2014 You’re ready to “Go Long” in everything you do – from work to play. Part of that plan means keeping your mind sharp and ready to meet each new challenge. Luckily, the study of the human brain is shedding light … Continued Read More
Find a Hobby You Love
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You’re not slowing down and neither should your leisure time. You embody Go Long! There’s no need to feel guilty about taking time to do what you enjoy most because research has shown hobbies are good for you! In fact, … Continued
Hobbies are good for you! Discover some hobbies and how to find the right one for you.
Money Matters - It’s the simple pleasures in life that often make all the difference. They can turn an ordinary week into a mini celebration – like a dinner out with a friend or significant other. In fact, Americans spend nearly half their … Continued Read More
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You love living life to its fullest with your family and friends. For many, family includes the dog. Whether looking for a rental, heading out to eat, traveling, or purchasing homeowner’s insurance, here’s a handy guide to a pet-friendly life. … Continued
From renting to lunch out to your next family vacation – discover how to bring your pets along for the ride.
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When it comes to fostering great lifelong relationships with your children, nieces and nephews, go long! Finding ways to stay close throughout the years can be more difficult as adult children invest in their careers, get married, have their own … Continued
Discover three great ways to spend quality time with your adult children and other loved ones.
Recipes - May 14, 2014 “An eager friend once asked me what I make when I’m short on time and ingredients, and I told her, ‘A quesadilla,’ ” says Chef Jen Wanous. “She seemed a little crestfallen, like she was expecting something a little more … Continued Read More
Money Matters - A little bit here and a little bit there – it all adds up. Whether it’s spending too much for coffee or your monthly electric bill, little changes can create big savings in the long run. Here are 10 spending … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - Stories about in-law relationships are legendary. Whether it’s a mother- or father-in-law, daughter- or son-in-law, these relationships often prove tricky. Feelings get hurt, and someone may be put in the middle. However, it’s in everyone’s best interest to get along, … Continued Read More
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For around 30 years Joan Spittler worked as a music teacher – first in the classrooms of elementary schools, high schools and colleges, and then in her home studio when she started a family. She loved teaching music and wasn’t … Continued
Joan Spittler decided to change careers at age 50 and hasn’t regretted it for a minute.
Five Tips for River Cruising
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One of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry, river cruising is now more popular than a traditional Mediterranean cruise, and many ships fill up far in advance. If you’re considering a river cruise, you won’t want to miss … Continued
Hop on board one of the travel industry’s hottest trends and discover the allure of river cruising.
What Grandkids Love Most
Health & Well Being - April 9, 2014
Grandparents and grandchildren – it’s a love affair as old as time. But what do grandchildren value most about their relationship with their grandparents? Here, six grandchildren share their viewpoints. What Grandmas Make “Grandma’s recipe” and “grandma’s home cooking” are … Continued
Six grandchildren share what they appreciate the most when spending time with their grandparents.
Money Matters - April 3, 2014
The saying goes that the best things in life are free. Sure, things like quality time, love and friendship are most certainly free of charge. But for many of the things you pay for – from furniture to beauty products … Continued
From couponing to samples and free classifieds, uncover the secrets of all things free.
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There’s no debating it: Friendships are good for your health. With that in mind, how do you nurture your friendships to keep them strong, and how do you make new friends? Several Facebook fans of AARP Medicare Supplement Plans, insured … Continued
Three readers share their tips for nurturing friendships and making new friends.
Up Your Walking Motivation
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There are many ways to get exercise, but walking is one of the most popular for countless reasons – it’s low-impact, it’s easy to talk and be social while walking, it’s free (no gym membership required!), and you can do … Continued
Adding friends and nature to your walking routine can make a world of difference.
How to Keep Seasonal Allergies in Check
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2014
Seasonal allergies – itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, congestion… whatever symptoms plague you, seasonal allergies can make even the most pleasant weather miserable. Here are some tips for staying on top of your seasonal allergies and enjoying your time indoors … Continued
Follow these suggestions to keep your allergies under control this season.
Health & Well Being - Don’t have time to make it to the gym? The car is in the shop so you can’t drive to your aerobics class? It’s too hot or too cold outside? Don’t fret. With these five easy at-home exercises, you can … Continued Read More
Money Matters - Seeing eye to eye means being on the same page, but when it comes to money matters, couples often find themselves having very different points of view about spending or even saving for that inevitable emergency. The popular press cites … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - March 6, 2014 If you enjoy writing and believe you have a distinct voice, then blogging may be for you. There are many reasons people choose to blog, including: Self- expression – having a creative outlet Making a difference – educating people about … Continued Read More
How to Find the Right Volunteer Opportunity
Leisure Pursuits - January 28, 2014
More and more Americans are volunteering, driven by a desire to give back. Volunteering comes with many rewards, such as meeting like-minded individuals and new friends, having a purpose and feeling like you’re making a difference. If you desire to … Continued
Follow these steps to discover a volunteer opportunity that fits your passion.
Cold Hard Cash
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Most people use it every day. The dollars folded, the coins piling up in the car and on the dresser. But how often do you stop and think about our currency? While the Coinage Act of 1792 created the U.S. … Continued
Explore fun facts about the U.S. currency, plus practical tips for carrying and exchanging cash.
Recipes - According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news is that you can do something about it! February is American Heart Month and the perfect … Continued Read More
A Date Like No Other
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Tired of the old dinner and a movie date night? Trying new things is not only good for you – it’s also good for your next date! Here are 10 fun ideas: 1) Watch the sun rise. Forget sunset – … Continued
Discover 10 one-of-a-kind date ideas for Valentine’s Day or any time you choose.
Health & Well Being - January 27, 2014
Depending on where you live, winter can mean snow, ice, sleet, rain or all of the above. Take a look at these various scenarios and gain some sage advice for staying safe and comfortable this season. It’s Cold Outside, but … Continued
Whether it’s raining or snowing in your neck of the woods, learn to stay safe and warm no matter what the weather brings.
A New Year of Financial Wellness
Money Matters - December 17, 2013
Money, work and the economy are major sources of stress for most Americans. Luckily, January is Financial Wellness Month, just in time for a fresh start in 2014. Understanding your finances and having a plan for keeping them on track … Continued
January is Financial Wellness Month, the perfect time to create a solid game plan for your financial future.
Inside the Gluten-Free Trend
“Is it just me or has every other person you’ve met lately gone gluten-free?” asks Chef Jen Wanous. “Tons of people seem to be giving up bread and pasta, and it’s not just because they want to cut out the … Continued
Chef Jen Wanous discusses the reasons people go gluten-free and provides a tasty recipe.
Leisure Pursuits - Train travel holds a special allure. There you sit in a comfortable chair, facing a large window, watching the beautiful scenery roll by. A waiter passes by and brings you drinks and food. Your room is mere steps away – … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - The holidays are upon us, and with the holiday season comes a busy calendar packed with shopping, wrapping, cooking, entertaining, and often hosting or traveling. And while the holidays usually mean extra calorie intake, fitting in exercise can be twice … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - Holiday traditions – they create lifelong memories and are often so cherished they’re passed on from generation to generation. Many center around meals and recipes, decorating, music, games, activities and when to open presents. However, specific traditions need an update. … Continued Read More
Priceless Holiday Gifts
Money Matters - December 16, 2013
Rather than the sound of holiday tunes, many hear the “cha-ching” of the cash register when the holidays roll around. Whether it’s to save money or to give something more personal, a homemade gift or the gift of spending time … Continued
Homemade items and quality time together can become the most cherished of gifts.
Adventure Travel Awaits
Leisure Pursuits - December 2, 2013
Think adventure travel is just for the young? Think again. In fact, adventure travel is now more popular than ever for those aged 50-plus. What exactly is adventure travel, you may ask? The phrase covers a wide array things, most … Continued
From horseback riding to helicopter tours and everything in between, adventure travel is hotter than ever.
Health & Well Being - The spirit of gratitude and giving fills the approaching holiday season. Most grown-ups describe their childhood holiday memories as joyful, carefree times they looked forward to with longing and excitement. However, with today’s fast-paced lifestyles, there’s no denying the stress … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - November 14, 2013 When you’re with an old friend or a family member, moments of silence seem natural, and no one worries much about them. However, when you’re one-on-one with someone you just met like, a first date or an outing with a new … Continued Read More
Recipes - Welcome to the season of sugar: pies, cookies, cakes and the ever-tempting chocolate box. “If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship to sugar,” says chef Jen Wanous. “No sooner do I pop a peppermint cookie in my mouth … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - A love of travel and saving money are two common passions, but often the two seem at odds. Traveling usually calls to mind spending lots of money. However, it is possible to travel on a budget, see the world and … Continued Read More
Enjoying Partial Retirement
Active Living Profiles - October 17, 2013
John Sands enjoyed a long and successful career and in 1996, at age 66, he decided to give retirement a try. That lasted about six months. “I tried to retire but almost went crazy,” he says of the brief stint. … Continued
John Sands left retirement to work part-time and shares why he finds this arrangement to be an ideal balance.
Dive Into Eco-Travel
Leisure Pursuits - October 9, 2013
Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and has a major impact throughout the world. Many beautiful and pristine places where people dream of traveling will become fragile without careful stewardship. As people become more “green” at home, they also look … Continued
Choosing eco-friendly destinations helps preserve the environment for future generations to enjoy.
Cooking With Grandkids
There are lots of reasons why grandparents cook with their grandchildren. First and foremost, it’s fun – whether you bake, make a fun snack or work together on a meal! Most kids love to measure, mix, stir and pour. True, … Continued
Making meals, snacks and desserts with grandkids are fun ways to spend time together.
The Joys of ‘Senior’ Pets
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November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. Here, Hillary Noyes, DVM, shares her thoughts on the joys of adopting adult animals. “The first pet I rescued was a young, extremely energetic dog who had been mostly ignored in her previous home,” said Dr. … Continued
A veterinarian shares her stories of adopting adult and senior pets and explains the benefits of choosing an older animal.
Recipes - September 3, 2013 An Indian summer is the perfect time to take advantage of nature’s bounty at your local farmers market. When the barometer stays up in early fall, that’s when tomatoes are at their prime. The best of these juicy gems are … Continued Read More
Five Ways to Date and Meet New People
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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to meeting new people. What feels comfortable and right varies from person to person. Luckily for all singles, there are many options available. We’ll explore five great ways to meet other singles. … Continued
When it comes to dating and meeting other single people, there are more fun options than ever before.
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Adjusting Facebook settings: Since you’re already on Facebook, it’s the perfect place to start! In the upper right hand corner, you should see a little paddle-lock icon. Click on that icon, and a drop down menu to your privacy settings … Continued
Check out these tips for keeping your money and identity protected as you navigate through cyber space.
Essential Items to Keep in Your Car
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September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to take simple steps so that you’re prepared in case of an emergency or unexpected situation. The majority of Americans drive cars and spend many hours each week in their vehicles. … Continued
Stock your car with a few essential items to help you stay safe and comfortable in case of a breakdown or emergency.
Leisure Pursuits - August 1, 2013 A recent Pew study shows that 56 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. Smartphones are basically pocket-sized computers with thousands of applications, or “apps” as they’re more commonly called, that can allow you to do a number of things … Continued Read More
Flavors of the Garden
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Like the Victory Gardens of yore, growing edibles – fruits, vegetables and herbs – has been steadily gaining momentum the past few years, with more than a quarter of households gardening. In addition to providing healthy and fresh produce, gardening … Continued
Growing an herb garden is easy and promises a flavorful boost to your favorite meals.
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While no one should live in fear, taking common-sense advice can drastically reduce accidents, injuries and even fatalities around the house. Take a few minutes to assess if you have room for improvement when it comes to these household safety … Continued
Common sense yet oft-overlooked steps help prevent injury, contamination and accidents year-round.
Leisure Pursuits - When it comes to vacation trends, multi-generational travel is on the rise. According to the U.S. Travel Association, at least 5 million U.S. family vacations each year include representatives from three generations. Traveling with children and grandchildren is a great … Continued Read More
Reducing Food Waste
Health & Well Being - July 31, 2013
Recent studies have shown that the average American throws out about a quarter of their purchased food and beverages. The majority is eventually tossed because it has “gone bad” or the person fears it might have. To help reduce waste … Continued
Tired of wasting food or not sure if those leftovers are still OK to eat? Follow these handy tips.
Easy At-Home Exercises
Health & Well Being - July 2, 2013
Dr. Marilyn Moffat is a professor of physical therapy at New York University and the co-author of “Age Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life.” Here, she offers quick and effective balance, strength … Continued
From balance to strength-training, Dr. Marilyn Moffat offers six exercises you can do anytime, anywhere.
Money Matters - Ah, summertime. Long sunny days can be great, but they can also be costly. Here, we offer tips to beat the heat and save money this summer. Saving on AC Air conditioning costs are usually the biggest factor when it … Continued Read More
Health & Well Being - These days, the majority of single people use online dating. And while it can seem intimidating at first, with a few precautions, online dating can be a fun and great way to meet new people. Choose Your Site There are … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - With most airlines now charging for checked baggage, going carry-on is more appealing than ever. Plus, carrying on your luggage means no waiting in baggage claim and no risk of lost luggage! With these handy tips, you can easily carry … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - June 28, 2013 Sure, tossing that used jar or other item into the recycling bin is better than throwing it in the trash, but what if you could reuse that item around the house in a way that’s both handy and “green”? You … Continued Read More
Take Cooking Class
Leisure Pursuits - May 23, 2013
Whether you love to cook or just love to eat, taking a cooking class with a friend, your partner, or by yourself can be a fun way to try something new. You can bring home recipes and skills you can … Continued
Cooking Classes Offer a World of Possibility, From Learning to Roll Sushi to Preparing Gluten-Free Meals and More.
Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face,” said Eleanor Roosevelt. While that quote may conjure grand images of facing momentous fears, stepping outside your comfort zone, even in … Continued
Whether it’s Dancing, Dating or Jumping from a Plane, Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone Can Offer Multiple Rewards.
Playing the Sports You Love
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When it comes to fitness, the emphasis is often on going to the gym. But many prefer to get their exercises, or at least supplement their gym workouts, by playing the sports they love. There are adult and senior leagues for … Continued
For Many, the Camaraderie and Competitiveness of Playing Sports Beats a Gym Workout Any Day.
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After earning her Master of Arts degree in history and criticism of cinematography, as well as her Master of Fine Arts degree in theater, Marylou Gombar taught high school for a few years before finding her niche as a community … Continued
Veteran Theater Teacher Marylou Gombar Shares the Benefits of Collaboration in Creating a Great Production.
Gifts for Any Occasion
Leisure Pursuits - May 22, 2013
Picking out a gift for someone – whether it’s a grandchild, friend, or relative – can be tricky if you’re not sure what they want, need, or if you’re just not feeling inspired. Luckily, inspiration is close at hand. Peruse … Continued
Add Some Creativity to Your Gift Giving With These Easy-to-Customize Suggestions.
Health & Well Being - April 19, 2013 Studies have shown that time spent with pets can lower your blood pressure; decrease feelings of loneliness, increase social contact, as well as help maintain an active lifestyle with healthier cholesterol and triglyceride levels. What’s more, you don’t have to … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - It’s safe to say that most people are curious about their ancestors, but thanks to the Internet and several family history and genealogy TV shows, interest in this type of research has soared. With today’s technology and resources, information is … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - Music can trigger memories, alter your mood and stimulate your mind. Because music is so highly personal and subjective, “best of” and “must have” lists are always debated. Here, four individuals in their 50s through 80s share their favorite tunes … Continued Read More
Friends = Health Benefits
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“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how vitally important friends are in my life,” comments Sandra Giedeman. “When I think about my friends, I think how I love their warmth, sense of humor, intelligence, or generosity. I’m lucky … Continued
New Studies Show Friendships Help You Stay Healthier both Mentally and Physically.
Health & Well Being - April 18, 2013 Take a lesson from the kids: Group exercise is fun. On any warm day, visit a popular local park, and you’re bound to see kids riding bikes, playing games and having fun exercising together. Exercising with others is usually more … Continued Read More
Stretching for Relaxation and Flexibility
Health & Well Being - March 11, 2013
Remember gym class? Stretching was once standard practice before any exercise. While studies may not have proven the value of stretching prior to a workout, stretching after a workout is still considered a good practice. What’s more, stretching regularly – … Continued
Stretching Plays a Key Role in Maintaining Flexibility and More.
Health & Well Being - Updated April 1, 2019 It may start with simply feeling more tired than usual, some achiness, a runny nose or congestion. From there, things only get worse. No one wants to suffer through a cold or flu, and prevention … Continued Read More
A Grandpa’s Story
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Think all-day babysitting and picnics with the grandchildren are the territory of grandmothers? “No way,” says single grandpa Donald Schartz. Divorced since his two girls were school-age, his oldest daughter Nikki now has two daughters – Julianna, age 11, and … Continued
Single Grandfather Donald Schartz Makes it a Priority to Spend Time With His Granddaughters.
Punching the Clock – Part Time
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Are you retired? The discussion often seems black or white. However, for many, there are countless options after retirement. Some choose to do temp, freelance, part-time or consulting work to supplement their retirement income, while others do it for the … Continued
Whether it’s For Fulfillment or Extra Cash, Part-Time Work is a Popular Option.
Make Time for YOU
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Many people feel a little bit guilty about making time just for themselves. Some may feel they aren’t being productive, while others are just so used to taking care of everyone else that it’s foreign to them to do something … Continued
Carving Out Time for Yourself Each Day Can Lead to Improved Mental and Physical Health.
Health & Well Being - February 5, 2013 Who doesn’t love a spa day? With a little creativity and these handy tips, you can bring the spa experience home to enjoy whenever you desire. Partake in the below suggestions all together, or pick and choose the elements that … Continued Read More
Keep Your Mind Sharp
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With all the focus on physical health, ways to keep the mind sharp can be overshadowed. And while the two often go hand-in-hand, there are many things you can incorporate into your daily life to help ensure that your mind … Continued
A Fun Recipe of Healthy Living, Passion and Adventure Can Help Keep Your Mind Sharp.
Handmade Pasta with Shrimp in Tomato and Garlic Sauce Serves 2-4 Making homemade pasta is a lot easier than you think. It’s a fun way to get hands-on with your meal, and your sweetheart can help too! Garlic is an … Continued
Enjoy Handmade Pasta and More With These Valentine’s Day Recipes From Chef Jen Wanous.
Money Matters - February 1, 2013 Staying connected with friends and family is good for mental and physical health. And what better way to celebrate those connections than bringing everyone together for a holiday, a birthday or just because. Whether you’re hosting an intimate party for … Continued Read More
Recipes - December 26, 2012 Most types of fish are high in protein and low in fat – and as an added benefit, many varieties are full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, too. Here, Chef Jen Wanous suggests four ways to prepare and enjoy fish … Continued Read More
Using Technology to Stay in Touch
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One of the nice things about seeing friends and family regularly is keeping up to date with the day to day of their lives – the Grandkids recitals and soccer games, new haircuts, small trials and milestones. When friends and … Continued
From Video Chats to Wireless Photo Frames, Staying Connected to Friends and Family has Never Been Easier
Recipes - Ready to try something new in 2013? Here, Chef Jen Wanous provides two delicious recipes made with fresh ingredients for tasty and adventurous flavors. Based in New York City, Chef Jen is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute. She … Continued Read More
Leisure Pursuits - Ever dreamt of learning to paint, sculpt or draw? Or are you already an artist who wants to improve and practice your art on a more regular basis? Good news: There are now more options than ever before to gain … Continued Read More
Strength Training at Home
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Strength training is an important part of overall fitness. In fact, the CDC recommends muscle-strengthening exercises two or more days a week if you’re 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions. Be … Continued
Instructor Jane Adams Offers Four At-Home Strength-Training Exercises with No Equipment Needed
Leisure Pursuits - November 19, 2012
The holidays are a singular time of year offering special ways to spend time together. Between shopping for gifts and celebrating family traditions, set aside time for dates that can only be enjoyed during this magical season. Four Fun … Continued
Whether You’ve Been Married for Years or You’re Starting a Relationship, the Holiday Season Offers New Opportunities for Fun and Romance
Recipes - There’s no mystery about it: Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for you! They’re packed with nutrients, high in fiber and much lower in calories than most processed foods. National guidelines recommend everyone consume nine servings of fruits and … Continued Read More