Senior Discounts at Age 55+

Senior Discounts for those over 55+

Start Reaping the Rewards of Getting Older: Senior Discounts at age 55+

Oh no! I just turned 55, I’m now considered a “Senior” yikes! Being 55+ doesn’t have to be a bad thing, you just have to look at it the right way. Look at all the perks that come along with aging!

Senior Discounts for those over 55+

At age 55 you are an AARP member! YAY!!! Big discounts for you! Below is a list of places that offer discounts for those 55+ as well:

Arby’s Restaurants
Chili’s Restaurants
Corky’s Restaurant & Bakery
Fuddrucker’s
Golden Corral
IHOP
KFC
McDonald’s
Perkin’s
Uno Pizzeria

They sure want us to eat well! The list doesn’t include the places that accept AARP discounts!! WOW!!

At age 60, you reap the above plus so many more discounts:

Applebee’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Bennigan’s
Culver’s
Einstein’s Bagels
Mrs. Fields
Ponderosa
Sonic
Subway
Waffle House

From 62+ you receive discounts just about everywhere you go! See, it’s all about how you look at it. You can choose to sulk about turning 55, or you can celebrate all the discounts you’ll receive.

Retail Shops

There are many retail stores which offer discounts to those 55+ also. The great thing is that they are very close to the senior living communities in Port Orange.  You have Beall’s, CVS, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Joann Fabric, Ross Dress for Less, Michael’s, the Tanger Outlets and Walgreens.

Some of them require you to sign up in order to get the discounts, but who cares as long as it saves you money, right?

Even though it hasn’t been such a good time for a cruise recently, remember almost all the cruise companies offer a 55+ or an AARP discount on cruise packages.

Please utilize your discount!

Remember when you’d travel and the only discount available was AAA?

Well, no more, it’s now AARP, yes that’s right, you can get discounts on hotels and rental cars with your AARP membership. But don’t forget to ask if they accept AARP! If they don’t know you are a member, they can’t give you a discount.

Internet and Cell Discounts

There are so many internet and cell phone companies out there for seniors now, so if you don’t need that iPhone anymore and want to save money check out some of the companies below.

AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Jitterbug, Verizon, and T Mobile.

Each company offers a plan specifically designed for the senior in mind with unlimited talk, text, and data if that’s what you need. Of course, you can just get your basic phone too, that’s what my mother has as she has a hard time seeing and working a smartphone.

Recreational

Did you know you can get discounts on arts, parks (theme and state), movies, theaters, golf, and museums also? You just have to ask if they offer senior discounts, don’t be shy, you earned the right to these discounts,

USE THEM!!!

Education

If you want to go back to school and learn something new you can receive discounts on tuition too!

Some colleges and universities offer discounts for those over 55 years of age, once again, make sure you ask about the discount to receive it.

Seniors receive discounts on home security systems, printing and shipping from the UPS Store, medical alert systems, Norton LifeLock and antivirus, and so much more!

If you have access to a computer, just google senior discounts and you will be amazed at all the money you can be saving on things you use daily!

See, who said turning 55 was such a bad thing? I think it’s pretty great, just from the discounts we receive!

Enjoy!!

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Dehydration and Seniors

Tips for Prevention and Treatment of dehydration in Seniors

Tips on Prevention and Treatment

Staying hydrated is so important for everyone, but especially more important for seniors.

A lot of seniors will just sometimes forget to drink enough and that makes it even harder to ensure they are hydrated. For seniors, good hydration ensures their medications work properly.

Some health risks that come with dehydration:

  • shock
  • heatstroke
  • fainting
  • seizures
  • kidney failure or stones
  • urinary tract infections.

Of course, these can happen in anyone, but when you’re older you can’t fight them off like you used to.

Also, when you’re older you don’t realize you’re dehydrated because seniors have less efficient kidneys so the urine contains more water and seniors have a decreased ability to keep fluids in balance with their bodies.

Tips for Prevention and Treatment of dehydration in Seniors

Symptoms of dehydration

Here are some of the symptoms of dehydration. There are mild and severe symptoms; mild symptoms can usually be rectified by you or someone else, severe symptoms require medical assistance.

Mild Symptoms

  1. Dry mouth
  2. Tiredness
  3. Infrequent urination
  4. Dizziness
  5. Headaches
  6. Irritability

The best way to treat mild dehydration is by replacing the lost fluids with drinking water or another liquid containing electrolytes.

Do NOT drink sugary liquids such as sodas.

Severe Symptoms

  1. Bloated stomach
  2. Low blood pressure
  3. Convulsions
  4. Severe cramping
  5. Confusion
  6. Dry, sunken eyes

The only way to treat severe symptoms of dehydration is by an IV with electrolytes and salt.

PLEASE seek immediate medical assistance.

How much water do seniors need?

You can figure how much water you need to drink pretty easily; you divide your body weight in half to get the number of ounces you need to drink a day.

For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you would need to drink 80 ounces of water. A glass holds 8 ounces, so you would need to drink 10 glasses of water a day.

Benefits of drinking enough water

Drinking enough water can help keep you healthy, but can also help with the following:

  • Less constipation
  • Fewer falls
  • Less urinary tract infections
  • Reduced risk of colorectal cancer

If you’re planning on being outside, especially here in Ormond Beach, Florida, your water intake will need to be considerably higher. The heat and sun can drain your body of the fluids you need and you can become dehydrated quickly.

Do not drink cold water too quickly, it can actually make you sick as it can cause your body to go into shock. This is rare and pretty severe, but it can happen. So just be careful.

I always drink room temperature water when on the golf course. One day it was extremely hot and I thought I’d take some cold water, BIG mistake.

Yes, it tasted so good and it was very refreshing, but I drank it so quickly that I was sick to my stomach and almost vomited. I stick with the room temperature water from now on and have iced tea when I go inside.

Please make sure your loved one stays hydrated, it’s so important to their health and well-being!

Should you notice signs of dehydration, PLEASE seek assistance immediately!!

Stay hydrated my friends!!!

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Frontotemporal Dementia: Signs & Symptoms

Have you ever heard of Frontotemporal Dementia?

I haven’t until I read this article; I think this is very important information and needs to be out there for everyone.

Please after reading my highlights, follow up and read the entire article; trust me, it will be well worth it.

1. Frontotemporal dementia tends to start at younger ages; often between the ages of forty-five and sixty-five, but can start as early as twenty.

2. Frontotemporal dementia can be confused with depression, schizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s, thus making it hard to diagnose. The part of the brain that is affected controls personality, emotions, behaviors, and speech. In the beginning, it leaves the part of the brain alone that controls your short-term memory, which would make you think you’re perfectly fine.

3. The signs and symptoms can look like you are withdrawn, anti-social, depressed. You can show signs of a lack of personal hygiene, overeating and severe weight gain. The person with FTD may be unaware they are displaying these behaviors as it is a disease of the brain.

4. There are signs and symptoms with a person’s speech, such as finding the right word to say, speaking with hesitation. Should you notice any of these changes in you or someone you know, you may want to be checked out by a doctor just to be safe.

5. You will need to have blood work, brain imaging, an MRI and a CT scan done along with any other testing your doctor feels appropriate to diagnose FTD or to rule out other causes for your symptoms.

6. Right now, the only risk factor for FTD is a family history of dementia, but not all those with FTD have a history of dementia. There is no cure for FTD, but there are medications that can improve the quality of life for those living with FTD.

I think you should all read the full article for more information; of course, it’s up to you, but it will be well worth it. The signs and symptoms of FTD mask everyday signs and symptoms of just about everything. Perhaps that’s what I found most fascinating.

Please click on the link below.

If you think your loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer’s or related dementia, please get them to a doctor quickly. Also, contact Assisted Living Made Simple for more information on our monthly Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups.

The Essential Facts about Frontotemporal Dementia!

Normal Aging Process

The aging process

Why do I have to have the television sound set to 30 when I used to hear it just fine when set to 15?

Why can”t I read that sign unless someone holds it 2 feet away from me?

These are just two examples of the normal aging process; golden years, HA!

You don’t have to let them get you down though, let’s look at some other wonderful things that happen to us as we age gracefully!

At Assisted Living Made Simple we understand firsthand the aging process. For many of our clients, they have progressed in the process where they need that extra special assistance and that is why we are passionate about finding them the perfect assisted living communities.

The aging process

We’ll start with hearing and vision.

Hearing

When you were young did you listen to music loudly, or workaround loud machinery?

These are just two factors that play roles in your hearing declining as you age. However, you may just be susceptible to hearing loss, such as if it’s hereditary.

Music may not sound as “crisp” as it once did, or you may have trouble understanding what people are saying, it may sound to you as if they are mumbling.

Unfortunately, this comes with age and there’s not much we can do about it other than purchase hearing aids.

Eyesight

If you’re one of the lucky ones you won’t understand this one, but you would be one in a million!!

Most people experience some kind of vision loss as we age, whether it be near or farsightedness, changes in the ability to tell colors apart, needing more light to read that paper, or OH NO, reading glasses!!

There are many people who develop what are called “floaters”, tiny black specks that they see moving in front of them.

Bones

Do you ever get up out of bed and feel stiff or everything cracks? I sure do!

It’s because as we age, our bones become less dense and brittle; you can help ease this by taking supplements of vitamin D and Calcium.

Our bodies become depleted of calcium and vitamin d naturally and you need to replenish these into your system to help strengthen your bones.

Muscle

Loss of muscle mass is also normal because as we age our physical activity seems to diminish. Regular exercise is the only way to strengthen your muscle mass. You can exercise no matter your condition, please check out my blog, Senior Friendly Activities, to learn how you can exercise even if you can’t walk.

Exercise is so important, not only for your physical well-being but for your mental well-being as well.

If you are able to walk, please take walks outside, the natural Vitamin D is always the best form for you!

Body Fat

Our body fat tends to increase as we age, partly due to the lack of exercise, but also because we don’t eat as healthy anymore. Too much body fat can lead to worse things like diabetes and no one wants that.

Try to reduce your amount of body fat by not only exercising but eating a healthier diet. Not only will you lose body fat, but you’ll feel better too!

Digestive System

Were you able to eat a big fat bowl of cereal with 100% whole milk when you were a kid? Yeah? Me too!! Not now, it would kill me!!

More and more people are becoming lactose intolerant because the digestive system produces less lactase, the enzyme the body needs to digest milk. This is why we see so many different kinds of milk out there and some of them are pretty darn good.

My mother is 93 and she told me every time she eats her cereal she drinks the milk and feels sick shortly thereafter.

The first thing I asked her was what kind of milk, and she said whole milk. I told her NO!! That is the worst thing! And then to drink the rest of it from the bowl, OH MY!!

The next few times she ate cereal she told me she used very little milk and didn’t drink it and felt so much better. There are things we have to give up as we age; we may not like it, but we have to do it!

Immune System

Our immune systems don’t work like they did when we were young! It seems like if there is something blowing in the wind we catch it, what’s that about? Because this happens, we are less likely to have the internal ability to fight off things like pneumonia, colds, the flu, and cancer.

That’s why immunizations are so important.

Now with COVID never going away, we are so much more susceptible to catching it even with the vaccine. However, if you are NOT vaccinated, PLEASE consider getting the vaccine; think about your family members if not yourself, how will they go on without you?

Now that we know what happens as we get older, do we still want to get older? I’m not sure, but the alternative is not any better so I think I’ll continue to age.