Hundreds of studies support the idea that listening to music can help improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. However, for older adults adjusting to retirement, music can provide many additional benefits. Here’s some ways you can make music a part of your life and the advantages of doing so.
Learn an instrument
Playing a musical instrument is a great way to incorporate music in your life. If you previously played one, consider picking it up again and if you didn’t, it’s never too late to learn. Playing music improves coordination, memory and cognition in addition to bolstering self-esteem and confidence.
Take dance classes
Staying active is a crucial part of aging well, so why not take a dance class and enjoy the benefits of music at the same time? Revisiting the popular dances from your youth with your spouse, friends or new acquaintances is the perfect way to stay in shape while enjoying timeless tunes.
Join a choir
You don’t need to learn an instrument to reap the physical and psychological benefits of music. Joining a choir is a great way to stimulate your memory while increasing your confidence. You’ll also get to meet new people and might even become friends with some of the other choir members.
Participate in activities
If you live in a retirement community or an assisted living facility, it’s likely that there are musical activities you can take part in. These events offer seniors the opportunity to listen to music together and participate in singalongs. They also foster social interactions and help new arrivals feel welcome.
Finally, live musical performances are presented throughout the year by the theaters and various other venues in your community. Some venues may even offer special rates for seniors. Whatever your situation, there’s a way to enrich your retirement years with music.
How to avoid dry skin caused by frequent hand washing
One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to regularly wash your hands. However, frequent exposure to soap and water strips the natural, protective oils from your skin, leaving it dry and cracked. Here are a few tips to help you keep your hands clean and moisturized.
• Opt for soap rather than hand sanitizer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. However, these products tend to be harsher on your skin. They also don’t kill all types of germs or effectively clean visibly dirty hands. Instead, use a natural soap made with olive oil, cocoa butter, or other plant-based oil.
• Apply moisturizing cream after every wash. If your hands are dry, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using an oil-based emollient hand cream (rather than lotion) to soothe your skin and lock in moisture. Avoid products that contain retinol, fragrances, and other irritants.
In addition to reducing dryness and discomfort, keeping your hands moisturized can help prevent infections that you’d be more susceptible to with cracked skin. If you have eczema, psoriasis or another condition that’s exacerbated by frequent handwashing, consult a pharmacist or dermatologist for personalized treatment recommendations.
Shoe shopping: factors to consider
As you get older, your body changes. Consequently, the skin on your feet is likely to lose elasticity and your toenails will probably thicken. In some cases, the toes can become deformed. To help avoid discomfort falls, and injuries, it’s important to choose well-made shoes that provide optimal comfort and support. Here are a few criteria to keep in mind the next time you go shoe shopping.
• The size. Shoes that are too big for your feet increase your risk of tripping. If your shoes are too small, they’ll cause pain and discomfort. To find the perfect size, slide your toes to the front of the shoe and make sure you can fit one finger behind your heel.
• The fastenings. While laces can be adjusted to provide a secure fit, they should be avoided if you have trouble bending over. For people who have mobility issues, footwear with Velcro or similar fastenings is preferable.
• The soles. Wearing shoes with flat, supportive soles can make it easier to feel the uneven ground, adapt your gait, and maintain your balance. You can also reduce your risk of falling by opting for a pair with non-slip soles.
• The toe box. Shoes with a rounded toe box will provide sufficient space for your toes to spread out, which can help you keep your balance. Additionally, check to make sure your shoes are high enough in the front to avoid squishing your toes, especially if you have a claw toe or a similar condition.
• The back. It’s best to choose footwear with a closed heel to ensure your ankle has enough support. This will also reduce the risk of your shoes slipping off while you walk and thereby causing you to hurt your feet or stumble.
If you need shoes that provide custom support, speak with a podiatrist about orthopedic footwear.
3 types of hair loss solutions
For many men, hair loss is something they’d like to reverse. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available for those who want to regain a full head of hair. Here are three effective treatments for hair loss.
1. Hair replacement
This non-surgical technique consists of adhering an ultra-realistic hair piece to your scalp using a hypoallergenic resin. Once the hairpiece has been secured and styled, it becomes virtually unnoticeable and remains fixed in place. This is a perfect solution for active men, as you can strap on a bike helmet or even go swimming with a hair replacement.
2. Micrograft hair transplant
3. PRP therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a revolutionary new treatment that stimulates and strengthens hair follicles. During an appointment for PRP therapy, a sample of your blood is taken then centrifuged to isolate the PRP. The PRP is then safely injected into your scalp. Since the substance is derived from your own body, there’s minimal risk of having an allergic reaction.
To determine which hair loss treatment is most suitable for you, schedule a consultation at a hair loss clinic near you.
Winter veggies: the virtues of parsnips
Parsnips are a sweet, cream-colored root vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. Closely related to carrots, this vegetable is packed with nutrients and associated with numerous health benefits. Here’s a look at the perks of parsnips.
Parsnips are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and polyacetylenes, which can help protect against cancer and other chronic conditions.
Parsnips contain several B vitamins including folic acid (B9), which is essential to the proper development of the fetal nervous system during pregnancy.
Potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals found in parsnips promote good oral health and proper bone development. They also help protect against free radicals.
Parsnips contain nearly twice as many carbs as carrots, which makes them an excellent source of energy.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the benefits of this tasty vegetable, from a roasted parsnip soup to a shaved parsnip salad. Look for mouthwatering recipes online or flip through cookbooks at your local bookstore.
If you’re allergic to pollen, ragweed, or nuts, you might also be allergic to parsnips.
5 ways to help someone with Parkinson’s
If someone you care about has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be wondering how to offer your support. Depending on the severity of their condition, there are several ways you can help.
1. Encourage them to regularly engage in physical activities such as walking and stretching.
2. Remind them to correct their posture. A rounded back or slumped shoulders can affect their ability to breathe and eat.
3. Assist them in sorting through their clothes and taking them shopping if needed. Every piece should be comfortable and easy to put on.
4. Help them adapt their home to reduce their risk of falling. This can include removing carpets and installing handrails.
5. Give them challenges to maintain their communication and writing skills. For example, suggest that they read a magazine article out loud or write in a journal every day.
For more ideas about how you can support and encourage a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, speak with a health-care professional, or consider joining a support group.
Movember : How men can take control of their health
Did you know that around the world, life expectancy among men is six years less than it is among women? This is due in part to the higher rate of suicide in men. The incidence of prostate and testicular cancer also plays a role. So does physical inactivity among men, with its attendant medical risks, notably heart disease.
It’s against this backdrop that Movember takes place every year. This month-long event aims to encourage men to take better care of their physical and mental health.
Here are some ways men can be healthier:
1. Remain in touch with family and friends and seek out new connections.
2. Talk with people you trust about important personal issues (breakups, fatherhood, financial problems, and anything else that’s going on).
3. Learn more about your family history to assess your level of risk for developing serious medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
4. Stay active. Run, cycle, go to the gym, participate in team sports, and find other ways to keep moving.
5. Consult your doctor right away whenever you have a health concern.
For more information about Movember, visit movember.com.