Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fundraising Dinner a Success

shutterstock_257430472A barbecue dinner and silent auction April 18 raised approximately $7,478.36 for Fulton Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Program. The retirement community’s Good Samaritan Program benefits residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

“This was our first fundraising dinner,” said Executive Director Dawn Smith. “Our thanks to everyone who helped make this event so successful and investing in the lives of seniors in our retirement community.”

The Good Samaritan Pork Dinner and Silent Auction was held at the First Presbyterian Church.About 130 people of all ages attended.The BanastreTarleton band performed, and Presbyterian Manor managers and Advisory Council members worked the event. Nona Brown prepared the food. read more

Tips for Retirees Looking for Fun Summer Jobs

Tips for Retirees Looking for Fun Summer Jobs

Here’s a sampling of openings and how to apply

By Nancy Collamer for Next Avenue

Ever see the bumper sticker, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work?” If that message makes you eager to retire full-time, but you’re not quite yet ready for that, you might find inspiration in Keith Larson’s story.

Larson, age 52, did what many boomers think of, but never do. In 2006, way before he was old enough to retire, he quit and began working a series of seasonal jobs at places like national parks, resorts and tourist attractions, allowing him to combine work and play. read more

When Should You Step In to Help Your Parents?

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They may brush off your offers, so suss out their true needs

By Eileen Beal, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, for Next Avenue

A parent may ask for the occasional favor, but most won’t ask for help around the house or with their daily activities, even when they need it, says Alberta Chokshi, a social worker and director of quality improvement for Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

Chokshi, who has been working with families for 40 years, says that instead of seeking help, it’s typical for elderly parents to adapt and adjust their activities and routines. read more

Stretch Out and De-Stress with Restorative Yoga

StretchDestressPassive, slow movements performed in low light bring deep relaxation

By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue 

April 16, 2015

Creaky joints? Sore muscles? Got that crunchy, “short” feeling that comes with arthritis and plagues people who sit a lot, either at work, in front of the TV or on the floor with grandkids?

Restorative yoga can make you taller!

OK, maybe not in actual inches, but after a class, the body feels lengthened, loosened, at ease. Plus, if you relax into the supported poses, banish your busy thoughts and embrace doing absolutely nothing, your mind emerges calm and refreshed. read more

10 Myths About Aging, Debunked

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The author of ‘Getting Older Better’ gives practical advice on vital living

By Pamela Blair for Next Avenue

(The following is adapted from Getting Older Better: The Best Advice Ever on Money, Health, Creativity, Sex, Work, Retirement and More.)

“The media reflects our collective anxiety about growing older. I like to call this the ‘misery myth.'” — Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D.

The attitude that surrounds us is that old age in its most problematic sense starts somewhere between 50 or 60. Why is this? Perhaps we still buy into some outdated myths that life after 50 is the beginning of our decline. read more

8 Things Not to Say to Your Aging Parents

8ThingsNottoSaytoYourAgingParentsUnintended barbs cut to the quick and can’t be taken back. Here are some better options.

By Linda Bernstein for Next Avenue

I’m going to say something politically incorrect here: Sometimes our elderly parents make us a little nuts. (And sometimes they out-and-out drive us crazy.) We love you, Mom and Dad, but we’ve heard the story about Aunt Cissy pouring wine in the dog’s bowl so many times we can tell it ourselves — in our sleep.

The repetitions, the forgetfulness, the incessant asking whether we’d like a sandwich: Eventually it just happens, and out of our well-meaning mouths tumble snarky comments and insults that we really don’t mean but they … just … slip … out. read more