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4 fantastic outdoor activities for seniors

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Spending time in nature has benefits for your mind and body. Here are four outdoor activities that can help you make the most of sunny days.

1. Hiking
Depending on where you live, you can explore trails that wind through forests, wetlands, or wide-open meadows. Just make sure the terrain and length of the trail correspond to your capabilities. Confirm if it’s a one-way or round trip before you start.

2. Picnicking
Whether you choose to dine in a park or at the beach, this activity allows you to make the most of nice weather and enjoy a delicious meal in good company. Put together an assortment of salads and sandwiches or get takeout from a local restaurant.

3. Camping
Are you getting too old to sleep on the hard ground? With an RV, you can escape to the great outdoors without leaving behind the comforts of home. Spend your days fishing, hiking, or sitting on the beach, and relax by the fire in the evening.

4. Birdwatching
It’s easy to take up birding, as it requires very little equipment and can be done almost anywhere. All you need is patience and a keen eye. To make the most of your next excursion, determine where the best birdwatching spots are in your area.

From gardening and golfing to cycling and playing tennis, there’s no shortage of ways to be active outdoors in summer.

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4 tips for preventing hair loss

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As you age, the pigmentation and texture of your hair change. It also gets thinner. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help minimize hair loss and keep your locks healthy as you age.

1. Avoid styles that pull
Over time, consistently wearing your hair in cornrows, tight braids, top buns, and ponytails, can damage your hair follicles and lead to permanent hair loss.

2. Limit your use of hot tools
Hairdryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons can all damage your hair by excessively drying it out and, consequently, making it more likely to fall out.

3. Wash your hair less often
As you age, your scalp produces less sebum, resulting in your hair becoming drier. Therefore, you should avoid washing your hair every day. You should also use a mild shampoo that won’t strip your hair of its natural oils.

4. Eat a nutrient-rich diet
Protein and iron deficiencies are linked to hair loss, so make sure you incorporate enough of these nutrients into your diet. Also, make sure to eat lots of leafy greens, as they’re packed with an array of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair including folate and vitamins A and C.

In addition, taking certain medications can lead to hair loss. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find out if the prescribed drugs you take might be causing your hair to thin.

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4 chic types of glasses for older women

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Do you need new eyeglasses? To help you stay up to date on the latest trends, here’s a look at four types of frames that can instantly transform your style.

1. Cat-eye
These glasses are feminine and bold. The upward curve of the frames best compliment women with diamond-shaped faces.

2. Round
This classic frame style is a great choice for women of all ages. The shape tends to lend a fresh-faced appearance, and it’s most suitable for women with square-shaped faces or angular features.

3. Browline
These eyeglasses exude sophistication. If you have a narrow forehead, the brow bar can help bring more balance to your face.

4. Thick-rimmed
These glasses are versatile and never go out of style. Unlike wireframes, thick-rimmed glasses draw the eye and can help accentuate your best features.

It’s best to avoid frames with a downward sweep, as they tend to create the illusion of a sagging face. If you need help choosing your next pair of glasses, head over to your nearest eyewear store.

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Should you decorate for Christmas?

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Suppose you are a person of a certain age, no longer living with a spouse, no grandkids planning to visit. Why should you decorate for Christmas?

Why not? Decorations give a lot:

* They make a house a home. Even if you are only keeping a house for yourself, keeping holiday traditions makes your home part of the world.

* Decorations can cost little but give a lot. A simple, pre-lit table-top tree is inexpensive, easy to set up, and the lights give a lot of pleasure during the dark winter. If nothing else, splurge on a sparkly poinsettia.

* You might want to avoid the more messy materials, like real pine branches or tinsel if you don’t want to do a lot of clean up.

* Keep the traditions of your faith and culture. Christians may want to remember the birth of Christ. It doesn’t require anything elaborate, but everyone can bring their faith into their home.

* A reminder of holidays past. Indulge yourself with some good nostalgia for the excitement of Christmases past. If you don’t have any happy memories, it’s high time you made some.

* It’s welcoming to visitors. A nod to the holidays puts everyone in a happy mood.

* Your cat will love it. Especially if you put a couple of dangly decorations on your tree. Word to the wise: Don’t make them expensive dangly decorations.

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Podcasts for seniors

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Podcasts are a modern form of entertainment similar to radio programs, but you don’t need to tune in at a set time to listen to them. Many seniors who enjoy talk radio have embraced podcasts, which offer a similar experience with far fewer advertisements. Here’s what you need to know about this form of entertainment:

Listen to them anywhere
Podcasts are audio or video recordings that you can download or listen to online. You can enjoy them while driving, doing chores, or sitting on the couch with a drink. If you want to listen to them in an area without a Wi-Fi connection, you’ll need to download episodes beforehand.

Access them for free
The majority of podcasts are available for free, and you can get them through apps like Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Choose any topic
There are podcasts on virtually every topic. Once you enter the world of podcasts, you may not know where to turn as the options are seemingly endless. Here are some of the common subjects covered by podcasts:

• Animals
• Art
• Comedy
• History
• Literature
• Philosophy
• Politics
• Science
• Spirituality
• Sports
• Wine

Podcasts can provide hours of entertainment, and they’re a great way to keep your mind active.

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How to celebrate Christmas alone

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Are you spending Christmas alone this year? While some people enjoy celebrating the holidays on their own, others find it quite lonely. Here are a few ways you can make the most of celebrating Christmas alone.

• Join a virtual Christmas party. Use technology to stay connected with your loved ones this holiday season. Set up a virtual party with your friends or relatives. You can get together online to have dinner, sing songs, or play games.

• Spend time volunteering. Donating your time to a worthy cause is a great way to evoke the holiday spirit. There are plenty of organizations that rely on the support of volunteers to make it through the season. Spend some time at a local hospital or homeless shelter with people who might also be alone on Christmas.

• Curl up with a good book. You might like the idea of spending the holidays alone. It can be peaceful. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time, consider getting lost in a good book.

• Pamper yourself. Visit a spa, get a massage, or go on a wellness retreat. Or, stay at home and enjoy a bubble bath and DIY facial. Be good to yourself.

Remember that being alone for Christmas doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.

Do you know someone who’s spending Christmas alone this year? Make their holidays brighter by calling them or bringing them a gift to let them know you’re thinking of them.

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5 ways to embrace your inner child

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Do you struggle to let loose and have fun? Is life weighing you down? Here are five ways to embrace your inner child and bring more joy and magic back into your life.

1. Have fun
Make time every day to play and engage in fun activities. You could ride a bike, build a snowman, finger paint or explore the outdoors.

2. Revisit your childhood interests
What did you enjoy doing as a child? Revisiting some of the activities you once loved can help you reconnect with a sense of wonder.

3. Be spontaneous
Do you feel like eating your dessert before dinner or buying a bracelet that caught your eye in the jewelry store? Don’t overthink it — sometimes it’s good to be a little impulsive.

4. Let go of your inhibitions
Sing at the top of your lungs and dance like no one’s watching. Stop worrying about what others think and give yourself permission to be silly and have a good time.

5. Live in the moment
Children aren’t worried about the future or stuck in the past. They live their lives in the present. Put down your phone and be aware of the beauty all around you. Enjoy the moment.

There are plenty of ways to recapture your childlike spirit. Spending more time around kids can also inspire you.

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