Frustrated Seniors Are Often Served Meals They Dislike Or Can’t Tolerate

(ZD360) – Anyone who has aging parents knows how frustrating it can be to get them to eat — never mind eat well.Experts say that the reason for this "fickleness," is lack of control over their food choices as they begin to lose their independence. In addition, as we age, our stomachs often become more sensitive to different types of food, such as onions, peppers, tomato sauce, dairy, and hot spices.For these reasons, many seniors end up feeling hungry or deprived because they are stuck eating meals without choosing foods they crave.Most seniors would much prefer to pick their own meals rather than having them dictated to or chosen for them. They want the flexibility to pick their entree of choice with the starch and vegetables they prefer, instead of being forced to eat items they dislike. Also, for good reason, they want the flexibility to eliminate items from their meals that they cannot tolerate or are allergic to.If these choices aren’t available, then it’s a good bet that you or your senior parents are frustrated with the food choices, and parents end up not eating or at the very least not eating well, which can affect both temperament and health.To that point, eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Daily food choices affect how you look and feel, and give you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, and organs healthy. Good food choices also help keep up your energy levels. If, like many adult children, you aren’t close enough to cook a few meals for your aging family member or they’re finding it harder to cook the meals they like themselves, you’re relegated to ordering in, which is both unhealthy and expensive.You can solve this problem by turning to a service such as TopChefMeals.com which meets the needs of elderly parents and relatives. Unlike other services, all their meals are chef-prepared to order, and thus can be customized for diabetic, high protein, low carb, Paleo and other therapeutic needs.TopChefMeals.com is also a great option for single adults, empty nesters and people who are too busy to cook, but want healthy, familiar meals, in which they can choose every component, at an affordable price.Top Chef Meals are cooked to order and flash-frozen fresh. They are then delivered to customers in 1-3 days, depending on location, and are kept safe during transportation with dry ice. Any meal, once defrosted, needs to be baked for approximately 20 minutes. You can even use a microwave if you want to cheat. Most customers order bi-weekly because of lack of freezer space, even though meals can last up to four months frozen. The average meal is $7.50, much cheaper than even trying to cook at home. In addition, the company offers a 15 percent discount for everyone over 60, or those who are disabled or homebound.Top Chef Meals is the solution for seniors and for boomers with older parents who can’t regularly cook for themselves or get to a grocery store. Orders can be placed online, via email or over the phone, making it convenient for your parents, or for you, no matter where you’re located.All of the meals are handmade, home-style dishes, prepared one plate at a time with both care and safety.Have questions? Helpful service is available at 800-616-8044 or go to www.topchefmeals.com to see the enormous selection.– by Stephen Zadrick, an associate member of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. 

Food, Fuel, and Finance … The 3Fs of Economics

(NewsUSA) – Nearly half of U.S. high school students say they do not know how to establish good credit and more than one-fourth believe they will be unprepared to manage their finances upon graduation. This is according to recent research that reveals a lack of financial literacy among American youth.But teachers and schools can now turn to a dynamic interactive learning module, Foundations of Finance, to introduce students to fundamentals of personal finance, such as saving, applying for student loans and buying a car, among other features.The module — one of three aligned with the Council for Economic Education’s standards for economics — is offered by CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.Foundations of Finance also presents students with fundamentals of economics using real-world scenarios, interactive components, embedded assessments, and accompanying Educator Guides.The Foundations of Finance module is part of an Econ Essentials trio of standards-aligned educational modules that includes: The Facts About Food, which lets students take a journey from "farm to table" by serving as an advisor to a farm, and Fueling the Future, which challenges students to start a shuttle business.In The Facts About Food module, students learn how the supply chain and other global factors influence supply and demand. They also explore the role of economics in food prices as well as what influences food prices.With the Fueling the Future module, students learn about supply and demand by discovering how and why gas prices fluctuate and the impact of changing gas prices on their daily lives. Students apply their knowledge to set a ticket price for their business to determine if they make a profit.Teachers find that the Econ Essentials educational program helps their students learn fundamental economic principles in an engaging, digital environment."Students become equipped to make wise decisions in both their public and private lives, and also grow such important skills as critical thinking, problem solving, media and information literacy," says Jackie Prester, business and technology teacher at Mansfield (Mass.) Public Schools.More information about Foundations of Finance and the food and fuel models are available at http://www.econessentialsinschool.com

Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your Shopping List

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We all know when the trick-or-treaters head home with their Halloween candy and the turkey comas set in after Thanksgiving dinner, the holiday season is right around the corner. Meant to be the happiest time of the year filled with joyous memories, the holiday season can quickly turn into an unwanted shopping nightmare as you try to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone special in your life. Getting all your bases covered when on a budget can seem like a daunting task, but when you’re making a list and checking it twice this year, keep in mind these fun and budget-friendly items to put a smile on all your loved ones faces, as well as in your wallet!
Between graduations, school dances, and family vacations, picture-perfect memories are always ready to be made and we all know that mom is the go-to photographer for that special occasion! So make sure the mother in your life has everything she needs to take great photos with the Vivitar VXX14 Selfie Camera ($39.96). When using this camera, mom can take crystal-clear pictures in superior high definition. Get up close with 4x digital zoom so mom can catch every unforgettable moment! The 180-degree screen rotation on this fun and easy-to-use camera allows you to see the shot before you snap the picture, guaranteeing the perfect selfie with every use. And with the included self-timer, mom can get in on a family photo every time!
Taking care of the kids while also setting some time aside for a little fun is on the to-do list for many fathers, making the Vivitar Air Defender X Drone ($99.99) the perfect gift idea. This Wi-Fi enabled drone has a 16.1 MP camera and high-definition recording abilities that ensure smooth and steady footage. Two integrated LiPo batteries deliver approximately 14 minutes of flight time per charge, as well as the ability to hover, flip, and fly upside down. In addition, the drone has a 360-degree view, 32 LED lights, and takes a 32 GB Micro SD card so every dad can stay on top of the latest technology advancements while exploring his inner kid at heart.
Don’t waste time searching for your son’s perfect holiday present when you can get the Sakar Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) enthusiast in your life the TMNT Smart Watch ($59.99). This 4-in-1 device lets your crime fighter-in-training wirelessly sync any device, track his activities, and includes 20 clock faces so your son can customize his watch to express his personal style. The interactive touch screen panel keeps any child on top of new and growing technology trends while providing a simple and easy-to-use functionality. This watch easily captures everyday moments with the built-in camera and microphone so your little ninja can record all his action-packed adventures, and it syncs activities and sleep patterns to the free, easy-to-use mobile app for hours of nonstop entertainment perfect for any superhero-in-training!
If you have a daughter who can’t get enough of Superhero High and loves to sing, let her inner rock star shine with the DC Superhero Girls Flashing Lights Disco Ball Karaoke ($59.96). This fun music device comes complete with a retro disco ball that dazzles and shines while she rocks out with Wonder Woman, Super Girl, and all her favorite powerful classmates. With the ability to connect to her favorite smartphone device, she can sing all her favorite songs the moment she presses play. It also includes a karaoke microphone so she has everything she needs to take center stage as well as a second audio jack input for connecting an additional microphone?perfect for a karaoke duo!
For the teenager in your life, you probably get a lot of closed doors, curfews tested, and most commonly, loud music that vibrates through the walls of your home, always threatening your favorite china. Give the young adult in your life the ability to escape to a world of great quality sound with the Altec Lansing Evolution 2 Bluetooth Headphones ($49.99). These must-have headphones boast superior audio with 40mm Neodymium Drivers, a rechargeable battery, 12 hours of battery life and a wireless range of 33 feet, allowing them to keep their phone safe while dancing around their room. The onboard microphone and song navigation/telephony buttons provide easy-to-use functionality and let them never miss an important call while providing hours of fun and comfortable listening.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, rest assured that this year you will fulfill all your family members’ desires while still staying within a reasonable budget and not having your credit cards beg for mercy. These quick and easy holiday finds are just what you need to get your shopping done while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the festive season with family and friends.

Reverse Mortgages Can Be a Valuable Retirement Tool

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – This article is a paid advertisement. The content was provided by One Reverse Mortgage.
Today’s reverse mortgage has more uses than you may realize. In fact, many financial advisors are now recommending this loan to their older clients. Why?
A reverse mortgage allows you to access a portion of your home equity and use the funds to pay off your current mortgage.* Any remaining money can be used for anything. The program has a variety of products to meet specific goals.
The fixed rate loan allows you to receive a lump sum or monthly distributions. The purchase loan product allows you to purchase a home without a required monthly mortgage payment as long as you live there.* However, according to One Reverse Mortgage, a leading lender in the reverse mortgage industry since 2007, the most popular and beneficial loan option is the line of credit, which has the potential to grow in value over time.
It’s a fact that people today are living longer; and studies show that many are not financially prepared for retirement. According to an article from Time Magazine, one in three Americans does not have any money saved for retirement.**
The reverse mortgage line of credit addresses these concerns. It isn’t just for people who have an immediate need. It is even more beneficial as a retirement tool because the line of credit product can actually extend the life of your retirement savings and give you access to more money later. Another smart way to utilize it is to live off the proceeds to delay using other benefits to give them time to increase in value. The greatest feature of the reverse mortgage line of credit is that the available funds increase in value over time when left untouched. It can be a perfect safety net for future expenses – both planned and unexpected.
The mission of One Reverse Mortgage is to educate people about this program and how it can be best used in retirement. The experts at One Reverse Mortgage are licensed professionals and the company operates nationwide. It also has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
For more information, visit www.onereversemortgage.com
* Homeowner is still responsible for taxes, insurance and property maintenance.
**Kirkham, Elyssa. “1 in 3 Americans Has Saved $0 for Retirement.” Time Magazine. 14 March 2016. http://time.com/money/4258451/retirement-savings-survey
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A Life Half Full: Aging With Optimism

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their mental and physical health: optimism. That’s the finding suggested by a new Humana survey, which asked Americans age 60 and over how they perceive the importance of various wellness traits.
Although the survey uncovered many perspectives, the findings about optimism suggest a possible link between a “glass half full” mentality and mental and physical health:
* Older Americans who rated themselves as very optimistic about aging tended to be the most active physically, socially and in their communities.
* They also reported a much lower number of physically unhealthy days per month on average: 2.84 for the most optimistic, compared to 12.55 physically unhealthy days for the least optimistic
* The most optimistic also felt on average 12 years younger than their actual age (those who are least optimistic felt on average 7 years older than their actual age).
The survey also asked respondents to rate how they feel about the depiction of people age 60 and over in pop culture: in film, television, commercials and so on. Overwhelmingly, the respondents perceived these media portrayals of their own demographic as inaccurate, rating the accuracy level as, on average, 5 or less on a 10-point scale. Those aging Americans who do feel that media accurately portrays them think about aging more than the average and have a higher level of fear about aging than their peers.
Humana also recently partnered with The University of Southern California (USC) to take a first-ever look into society’s views of aging in America through the lens of film. The USC study reveals that characters aged 60 and over are underrepresented in film, and that those characters who do appear face demeaning or ageist references. Key findings from the study include:
* Just 11 percent of characters evaluated were aged 60 and over; U.S. Census data shows that 18.5 percent of the population is aged 60 and over.
* Out of 57 films that featured a leading or supporting senior character, 30 featured ageist comments — that’s more than half of the films. Quotes included characters being called “a relic,” “a frail old woman” and “a senile old man.”
* Only 29.1 percent of on-screen characters engaged with technology, whereas 84 percent of aging Americans report that they use the internet weekly.
Taken together, these findings feed into growing evidence that suggest that ageism is a social determinant of health and may negatively impact health outcomes for aging Americans. Societal views and negative media portrayals can cause aging Americans to feel invisible. These negative perceptions may dampen optimistic outlooks and impact physical and emotional health.
Humana wants to help aging Americans defy stereotypes, age with optimism and take steps to achieve their best health. To learn more about Humana’s commitment to healthy aging, visit StartWithHealthy.Humana.com.

Fitness Sauna Promotes Health and Profit for Small Businesses

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Fitness, dance, MMA studios, spas and gyms looking for the next big trend may start to heat things up with FitBomb’s new specialized fitness sauna. The Studio Fitbomb far infrared sauna from Hi-Q Fitness is available for literally hundreds of health and fitness centers after its successful debut placement in Cabana Spas.
“The addition of the Studio FitBomb far infrared sauna has already given us a huge boost in client interest,” says Cabana Spas owner Glen Harrod. “We had enough interest from paying customers that we may have nearly paid for the cost of the unit before it even arrived.”
The new patent-pending Studio FitBomb has many key features, including strategically-placed “D” rings throughout the interior of the sauna that allows three customers to exercise simultaneously.
Think Hot-Yoga, Pilates, and flexibility training for dance students or Martial Arts or anaerobic exercise with bands attached to “D” rings on the floor, the walls and the ceiling for building muscle in an infrared-heated, healthy tool that fits three at a time. “With three clients for every half-hour time slot, paying an average of $1 per minute, profits can build quickly,” according to FitBomb inventor and author of “Heat Shock,” David Floyd.
“If you just charge half that price, you generate as much as $700 for each 8-hour day in the Studio FitBomb,” says Floyd.
The benefits of the far infrared sauna include reducing the risk of injury by pre-heating your body, and improving the ability of muscles to flex, move and stretch, making it an ideal complement to any spa, gym or health and fitness facility. The heated system of the sauna is proven and even the FDA accepted it for its powerful relief of pain and muscle soreness while simultaneously detoxifying the body through sweat.
In addition, using a sauna such as the FitBomb can promote greater strength and fitness by encouraging the release of human growth hormones and a muscle-building (heat shock) protein.
The FitBomb infrared fitness saunas also feature a 36″-screen TV so participants can watch pre-recorded routines. You can watch and learn martial arts, dance, yoga, and almost any exercise routine you can imagine with our proprietary instruction videos, activated by FitBomb’s proprietary mobile application.
But the Studio FitBomb is designed for more than just fitness fanatics; the far infrared sauna complements a spa setting, where it may be used as part of a program to detoxify the skin and body, promote relaxation, and reduce stress. Every FitBomb is handicap-accessible, ADA-compliant so anyone, regardless of age, physical handicap or injury now has access to the FitBomb tools that help them achieve explosive health, fitness and therapy goals. Any business lacking the available size requirements (the Studio measures 7′ by 9′ wide) can achieve similar benefits using similar features in our smaller FitBomb varieties.
For more information about the Studio FitBomb, contact Hi-Q Fitness LLC at 888-589-7286. Or visit our FitBomb distributor website at luxsauna.com or contact sales@luxsauna.com.

Tips for Seniors Who Suffer From Muscle Aches and Pains

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Knees start to hurt. Hips start to ache. Maybe your lower back too. And you finally understand what "tennis elbow" means. Welcome to getting older.For years, your bones, muscles, and joints have held up with nothing more than a minor twinge here or a bruise there. Now, however, it takes longer to get out of bed and daily aches and pains seem to be the norm.While it may sound counterproductive, studies have shown that engaging in a moderate strength training program not only helps in toning up, but strengthening muscles that can ache for days. This is especially true as you get older.Experts say that while some pain is expected as you age, it is also the body’s way of telling you something. The following tips can help tired, sore muscles and joints feel better:* Soothe with heat. A warm shower or bath, hot water bottle, or warm cloth can help relax tired muscles and ease muscle spams.* Invite in the cold — therapy, that is. Ice packs can soothe pain, especially if a joint is inflamed or swelling (think joints ankles, elbows, shoulders). Try a cool cloth, cold pack, cold compress wrap, or ice massage. Typically the time is 15-20 minutes on, and the same amount of time off the joint or muscle.* Practice deep breathing. The benefits of using the breath to soothe yourself cannot be underscored enough. Slow, quiet breathing helps relax the body and mind and ease the pain. Aim for about six long, deep breaths a minute.* Get a massage. A foot, back, or hand rub can also alleviate pain. Warm oil or lotion may also help you relax. One note: massage in one area for 10 seconds first to see if it feels good.* Invest in a stairlift. If you have stairs in your home, and there are days that you just can’t seem to make it up due to tired, aching muscles, a stairlift, such as those from Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts, can help. Unlike chair lifts of old, new models are powered by two small 12-volt batteries under the seat or by regular house current. The chair and built-in footrest typically fold up when not in use. Available for straight or curved stairs, these lifts can be a godsend if you’re recovering from an injury. The lifts include safety belts, lockable swivel seats, and light touch controls for easy operation.For more information, please visit www.acornstairlifts.com

Study Finds Boomers Are Sinking Their Teeth Into Looking Younger

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For baby boomers, looking and feeling young (especially in a society that values youth and vitality) is paramount. One way to appear younger than you are, according to a recent study, is to take care of your smile.
The study, conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry [AACD], showed that people are most likely to underestimate the age of a person if he or she is smiling.
“We tend to find smiling faces more attractive, youthful and upbeat,” says Dr. Ed Lowe, editor-in-chief of the AACD’s Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry. “A smile or laugh’s age-defying power may lay in the fact that smile lines make it challenging for an observer to correctly predict a person’s true age.”
Dr. Chiann Gibson, AACD president, who practices in Naperville, Illinois, agrees.
“More than half the people over age 50 believe that a beautiful smile can overcome the effects of aging,” she says.
Which is why, Dr. Gibson continues, 80 percent of adults claim they’d spend money to hide or correct signs of aging, and more than 60 percent would first spend on their teeth rather than on excess weight loss or plastic surgery.
The following tips will help you fight the effects of aging and keep your smile looking young:
* Reshape your teeth. Dentists can often predict a patient’s age by checking the wear patterns of their teeth because teeth naturally wear down, crack or chip as people get older.
* Make wrinkles go away. Smile lines show a well-enjoyed life, but also tend to show your age. Use moisturize around your lips and wear a lipstick or gloss with an SPF of at least 15 (preferably higher). This will help prevent new wrinkles.
* Whiten your teeth. While coffee and wine are delightful, they can leave stains, as can smoking and general neglect. Whitening your teeth can help prevent discoloration. A word of caution: Don’t overdo it. A youthful smile is not obviously white, but healthfully white. Once teeth are whitened, try to avoid (or at least practice moderation) those things that can stain teeth, such as grape juice, coffee, red wine and smoking.
“They [baby boomers] see an attractive smile as youthful,” says J.A. Reynolds, AACD Vice President, who runs a private practice in Franklin, Tennessee. “And looking one’s best is a priority in modern society.”
For more information, visit www.YourSmileBecomesYou.com.

Camden Preserve Offers Opportunity for Developers

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the population nationwide grows and uncharted areas are increasingly few and far between, those looking to purchase or develop land have fewer and fewer options. Is developing new, high-quality land an American dream of the past?
Camden Preserve is one continuous 1,221-acre coastal community that is located in Camden County, Ga. The community overlooks the White Oak River, approximately a 20-minute boat ride to the Atlantic Ocean. Other local destinations, such as Sea Island and Jekyll Island, are within a short ride as well. Despite trends, this preserve seems poised to offer new opportunities to interested developers.
The location is also just a 35-minute drive from the Jacksonville International Airport, which makes it easy to get anywhere in the world. Brunswick, St. Simons and Savanna, Ga., are all just a short drive away.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find that the location is extremely appealing thanks to an abundunce of golfing, boating, fishing and hunting spots. And for those who just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery, there are miles of gorgeous marshfront. Simply put, the location truly offers something for everyone to enjoy.
As of now, Camden Preserve is undergoing phase one of development. The developing company is Egret Landing, LLC, which is managed by Zuckerman Homes, a Florida-based company specializing in residential communities.
Additional land at Camden Preserve is already zoned, meaning that growth is imminent and opportunities will come and go quickly. In fact, the federal and state government recently selected the area as home to the new Interstate 95 interchange because of the predicted growth in the days ahead.
As one of the last pristine approved properties available in southern Coastal Georgia, it is a rare and special place for those looking for new opportunities. The question is, how long will this opportunity last?
Developers interested in learning more should contact Zuckerman Homes via email at info@zuckermanhomes.com or by phone at (954) 481-3700.

How to Display Proper Hygiene in Public

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – You would think that public hygiene protocol would be a standard, taught in kindergarten, reviewed in middle school, and essential for your college diploma. Yet, more often than we care to admit, both knowing and remembering social “dos” and “don’ts” proves a challenge for even the best of us.
Stay classy and clean with a few simple tips on how to display good public hygiene.
Cover your mouth
This one is so simple we feel it deserves the first spot on the list. Hearing you sneeze or hearing you cough is one thing. Asking someone to feel you sneeze or feel you cough is entirely another. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Keep your hands clean by using your upper arm as your shield.
One tissue does not conquer all
Feeling under the weather? Looking and feeling your best can be truly difficult when your sinuses are working against you. Do your best to show your care for public hygiene by following the little guidelines you can still muster doing, like washing your hands regularly, using hand sanitizer, and refusing to reuse and reuse the same tissue while public.
Watch for bad habits
Unfortunate habits, like biting your nails, playing with your hair, or picking at your face can work against that clean, sophisticated image you desire. These habits are also a way that unwanted grime, oils and bacteria can spread from different areas on your body and eventually onto any object you touch. Do your best to keep your hands away from the top half of your body whenever possible.
Launder
Laundry is no fun, but there are few public hygiene no-nos worse than dirty clothes. Pick one day of the week to be laundry day and stick to it. Invest in a dependable iron and ironing board, and carry a stain remover in your purse or bag.
Use FLASR
For smokeless tobacco users, a small, spill-proof portable spittoon is an essential and the ultimate display of good public hygiene. Fortunately, for these individuals, there’s FLASR, an Atlanta-based company that specializes in exactly that. The FLASR spittoon has a chic design that is pocket-size and features a secure locking mechanism to avoid messy mishaps.
For more information about FLASR, visit www.flasr.com.