Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

Reaching out to isolated seniors and loved ones during the holidays

The COVID-19 pandemic has isolated us from each other more than we ever expected. Many of us have not been able to see our families or friends and we are unsure when we will be able to. During this time, we have become more selfish with our time and energy focusing on our own happiness and trying to get through this time as best as possible. While it’s important for us to stay centered and positive, we can’t forget about our loved ones, whether they live in a nursing home, at home or in a senior living community. You may think they are kept occupied with their own daily lives, but many are struggling with feeling lonely. Unfortunately, they will not be the ones to reach out or tell you what they are feeling. If you want to take the initiative of reaching out to a loved one but don’t want to just say “hi,” there are plenty of ways you...
Read More
How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

How to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday meal this year

The 2020 holiday season is upon us, but this year there could be an unwelcome guest: COVID-19. It is very likely that you, your families and loved ones are adjusting to this circumstance, while hoping that it will not come again. In the meantime, let’s plan carefully for the safest possible holidays and holiday meals. The unfortunate fact is that seniors are at a much higher-than-average risk if they should become infected with COVID-19. This year, “Healthy Holiday Eating” means paying special attention to the conditions in which meals are served and to the types of gatherings we have. For once, this is more important than calorie counts, nutrition, exercise or rest schedules. This situation poses a real problem for seniors. The thought of missing a holiday meal and the chance to be with family and friends is particularly painful. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s often provide seniors an opportunity to be with the people who mean the most to them....
Read More
An easy Thanksgiving dessert you can make with grandchildren

An easy Thanksgiving dessert you can make with grandchildren

Thanksgiving is around the corner and this year, we want to make the holiday as simple and stressfree as possible after the year we have had. Whether you have been cooking for days, are in charge of just dessert, or want to gift a friend with a cake,  here is a great quick recipe for a light and fluffy Pistachio Cake. Anyone that comes into contact with this dessert will be delighted by the cheery green color that stands out among the Thanksgiving staple items. Cake Ingredients     1-pkg Yellow Cake Mix 1-pkg Pistachio Instant Pudding ½ cup- Cooking Oil (vegetable or canola) 1 cup- Club Soda 4- eggs ½ cup- Chopped Nuts Topping Ingredients: 1-pkg Dream Whip 1-pkg Instant Pistachio Pudding 1 ½ Cup of Milk Directions: Preheat oven to 350F degrees, mix all cake ingredients at once and pour the mixture into a greased and floured tube pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.  Beat all topping ingredients until fluffy and ice the cake once it cools down. This recipe was taken from the cookbook of...
Read More
This is the ideal retirement lifestyle investment for travel lovers

This is the ideal retirement lifestyle investment for travel lovers

Retirement is the perfect time to make dreams of extended travel come true, but it is not always easy on the wallet. Flights, hotels and rental cars can be a headache. More and more retired Americans are looking to owning an RV because of its hassle-free nature but have no idea where to begin with their search. The size and unit type (motor home or travel trailer) can be hard to determine. Plus, there are many considerations for potential RV owners. Who will be doing the driving? What lifestyle features are essential (i.e. multiple beds, bathrooms, washer/dryer, dishwasher, or large screen TV)? How often will it be used—only on weekends, a month or two out of the year or for long periods of driving and touring? Where will the RV be stored when it’s not in use? Thankfully, there is someplace local that can help with all those questions and more—Giant Recreation World. They are a trusted and recommended RV dealer...
Read More
Do you know the role humor has played in history?

Do you know the role humor has played in history?

* This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 edition. Updated September 14, 2020. Humor and laughter are unquestionably linked, but they’re not actually the same thing. Laughter is the reaction we have to humor. Humor is something that generates a laugh by being funny or amusing, like a riddle, a pun or a knock-knock joke. This type of wit is often a play on words or provides a punchline with an unexpected turn of events. Of course, the perception of the quality of humor varies with each individual. Research has found that men and women are amused by different types of humor. People from different regions of the country, or even from different parts of the world, often have a regional humor that may not be amusing to others. It can be rooted in a local dialect, a landmark or even native history and homegrown folklore. What is perceived as humor changes over time, as demonstrated by changes in popular...
Read More