For #Over50 > Hold Onto Stair Railings! #50plus #avoidfalls #avoidfalling

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I am learning how important it is to hold onto the stair railing when going up and down the stairs! During the past week, I have tripped going up the steps, and missed a step when running down the steps … not good. Fortunately, I was holding onto the railing each time. Last summer, for the first time in my life, I slipped and fell in the shower at a hotel! Thankfully, the shower door had a handle bar, which I quickly grabbed. Otherwise, I would have cut myself and/or broken bones! At that point, I knew I was no longer a spring chicken! Have you ever noticed how careful President Trump is when he goes up and down the stairs? He actually looks at the stairs and steps very carefully. For the over 50 nation, it may not be natural to step carefully, but it should be. As we age, we don’t lift our feet up when walking, like we used to … Our reflexes have diminished too, so it is necessary to be very careful and conscious of where we are stepping. Another way to prevent falls is to improve your balance. Several years ago, when I was in physical therapy for back pain, the therapist demonstrated a method to improve balance.

  1. Stand up, look straight ahead and focus on on object in the distance.
  2. Place you hands into a praying position.
  3. Bend your left knee and raise your foot off of off the ground.
  4. Hold for 30 seconds (or however long you can hold it).
  5. Gently place your left foot down onto the ground and follow the same process with your right leg.

Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

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Great Workout for #Over50 Men & Women! #menshealth #health

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Looking for an inexpensive exercise that gets your blood pumping all over your body, and releases pent-up stress, anger and aggression? Hit the speed bag and/or punching bag! After a long, hard day, your adrenaline is pumping, and what better way to release it than boxing? Pretend the bag is the one person in your life that gets under your skin, and hit that bag! Boxing has many health benefits such as hand-eye coordination, enhanced cardiovascular health, and stress relief. A bonus benefit is that boxing is an inexpensive workout that you can perform at home! You can start with shadow boxing, where you imitate your favorite boxer, move your feet and hit into the air. Next, you graduate up to a speed bag, such as a Everlast 6-Piece Platform Bag Set for less than $60 bucks. Install the speed bag in your man cave, and go for it! The next level up is the punching bag, which typically weighs 70 pounds, so you need a sturdy beam to attach it to. If you don’t have a sturdy beam, you can get a freestanding punching bag such as Everlast PowerCore Freestanding Heavy Bag.


Of course, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Anyone over the age of 50 has to be careful about going overboard and putting too much stress on their heart and cardiovascular system. Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has a variety of senior care technology products to alert your loved ones or 911 if you have a medical emergency.

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5 Tips for Successful #ProjectManagement! #careeradvice #careers

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If you are over 50, you may be at the peak of your career. The most successful Project Managers have years of experience under their belts. They have seen it all! A successful Project Manager always shows appreciation and gratitude to his team for a job well done! How do you successfully manage a project to achieve the desired results? We have 5 tips:

  1. Pick a Great Team
  2. Manage Your Budget
  3. Understand Your Customer’s Needs
  4. Manage Your Schedule
  5. Manage Risks

How to pick a great team?

Focus on skills and personality. Team cohesion is critical. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator will help you adjust your management style based on a team member’s personality.

How to manage your budget?

Closely track expenses on a regular basis. The Earned Value Management System (EVMS) integrates costs, schedule, technical accomplishments and risk on a project. It can be painful, but it forces adherence to available resources.

How to understand your customer’s needs?

Maintain close and regular contact with your customer. Using the Agile Methodology incorporates periodic demonstrations and customer feedback.

How to manage risks?

Identify all possible risks and develop plans to mitigate each risk. Risk management sounds boring and unnecessary because you are planning for something that may never happen. However, if catastrophe strikes, you must be prepared!

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5 Steps to Take Control of Your Medical Care! #health #healthy

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If you are in your 50s, you have seen many doctors in your lifetime. The 50s are a critical decade because that is when the “chickens come home to roost.” If you have been health-conscious all of your life, maybe you can escape your 50s without too many medical problems. However, if you are like most people, and you ate what you wanted, drank what you wanted, and never got enough sleep or exercise, chances are you will experience a medical warning in your 50s! Washington Post contributor Sandra G. Boodman wrote an excellent article on examples of medical mysteries that occur for various reasons. She listed the following steps to reduce your chances of becoming a medical mystery:

  1. Get a Copy of Your Medical Records
  2. Be Persistent and Follow Up
  3. Don’t Go Alone
  4. Come Prepared
  5. Trust Your Instincts

Medical Records

When my gynecologist retired a few years ago, I asked for a copy of my medical records to give to my new gynecologist. I had been seeing my old gynecologist since I was 16, and when he gave me my medical records, there were only 3 – 4 pages! I asked him about the rest of the records, and he said there would be a $50 charge for him to copy  all of my medical records. I felt it was very important for my new gynecologist to see my entire medical history, so I paid the $50 and gave the big stack to my new gynecologist so she could determine what was important for her to keep.

Be Persistent

Whenever I get bloodwork or any laboratory tests performed, I call in a few days and ask for a copy of the results. My spouse is just the opposite, who figures if there is anything wrong, the doctor’s office will call. According to Ms Boodman’s article, this is not always the case. I have had to “encourage” my spouse to be more proactive and follow up with the doctor’s office for test results.

Don’t Go Alone

I am a very independent person, so I have never thought twice about going to the doctor’s office alone. However, now that I am in my 50s, I realize that it is very important for someone else to know my medical history. A medical emergency can occur, and someone else needs to know what medications you take on a regular basis, and an overview of your medical history.

Come Prepared

Since you only get a few moments with your doctor, it is important to make the best use of your time! Before your appointment, make notes about your questions, symptoms and concerns. After your appointment, jot down the doctor’s answers to your questions, so that you won’t forget! Also, take a copy of your medical records and/or lab test results that you think may be related to your medical concerns.

Trust Your Instincts

If you have a gut feeling that something doesn’t seem quite right, get a second opinion! Listen to your intuition! The Internet is a valuable resource. I use it to search for prescription drug side affects. If I plan to see a new physician, I search the Internet for reviews. When I needed to have surgery, I searched for the top surgeons in my geographic area. Two names popped up and I searched for reviews on their names. One of the surgeons had hundreds of online reviews attesting to his bedside manner, his willingness to answer questions, and his follow-up after surgery. I met with 3 surgeons, one of whom was world-renowned, one at Johns Hopkins University, and the one I found on the Internet. The world-renowned surgeon was in his late 70s and was not willing to answer questions. The surgeon at JHU was recommended by my spouse’s co-worker, who recently had surgery. He was nice enough and answered my questions, but he didn’t have the number of surgeries under his belt. The medical literature stresses that the number of medical procedures a surgeon has performed is an important evaluation factor. The surgeon I found on the Internet, who was listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors, met all of my requirements. He had performed more than 3,000 surgeries, had excellent bedside manner, and answered all of my questions without rushing me. My instincts told he that he was the one! Now that several months have passed since my surgery, I am extremely happy with my decision!

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6 #Businesses to Start with Little to No Cash! #over50career #50pluscareer

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Even if you have a successful career, and are in the “over 50” category, it still behooves you to consider an additional stream of income. You never know when your employer might merge, initiate layoffs, or offer early retirement. Due to technological and geopolitical changes in the economy, businesses must adapt to a constant state of change. Sometimes businesses will add employees to account for extra demand for their products or services; and sometimes businesses will eliminate employees to reduce liabilities. Some jobs may be lost to the increased use of robots. Fast food restaurants are already using robots to replace humans. Geopolitical changes in the economy result from trade agreements negotiated with other countries, such as NAFTA. Typically, the first employees laid off are workers over 50 because their salaries and benefits are higher than younger employees. If you are over 50, it is prudent to prepare for uncertainty in the economy by creating an additional stream of income. To learn more about 6 businesses you can start with little to no cash, click here. For more on preparing for economic change, click here.

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3 Reasons to Visit #Historic Places in Your #Hometown! #over50 #travel

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Do you like to travel? Most of us do! Have you ever thought about visiting historic places in your own hometown? Why would you do so? We have 3 reasons:

  1. Educational and Cultural Experience
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Time-Efficient

Educational and Cultural Experience

All cities and towns have historic sights … you just have to look for them. Start with the Wiki page for your city or hometown. It will provide the history for your area, and it will identify interesting historic sights to visit. It is an opportunity to learn something new and grow new brain cells!

For instance, the Wiki page for the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes indicates that the church was built in 1874. Imagine what the country was like in 1874, 9 years after the end of the Civil War. It gives you a perspective on life and where you are today!

Inexpensive

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, transportation costs are minimal because you are driving or using local transportation. You may have to buy a ticket to tour the historic sight. If you are a senior citizen, ask for a senior discount!

The cobblestone streets and historic buildings near the historic statehouse provides a quaint and peaceful environment to explore … perfect for over 50 travelers.

Time-Efficient

If you are visiting historic sights in your own city or hometown, it should take less than 1 hour to arrive. Become a tourist in your own city or hometown!

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3 #TravelTips for #Over50 #Travelers! #over50travel #travel

When we were young and newly married, we visited Virginia Beach at least once per year, sometimes twice per year! Virginia Beach was and is a magnet beach spot for young folks! Even though we are now over 50, we still enjoy visiting Virginia Beach. We just have to take certain precautions to ensure our “comfort.” We love the Hilton brand, so we usually stay at a Hilton hotel when we travel. When we were in our mid 40s, we stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront when it was a brand new hotel in the center of Virginia Beach! We were excited about being among the first to experience the new Hilton. As we started to wind down after we checked in, we noticed the Sound Stage next to the hotel. For some reason, we weren’t concerned about it until we were ready to go to sleep around 10pm. At that point, we realized we were no longer “spring chickens.” We were irritated that our sleep pattern was being disrupted!

So, our first bit of advice to our “over 50” nation … book a hotel that is not in the center of all the action! Typically, when you make a reservation, you are not thinking about the amount of noise present, or an entertainment venue might be next door. In our opinion, the hotels on the northern part of the beach are quieter.


Our second travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with the hotel floor selection. When we visited New York City during the holidays, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The price was right, and we love the free breakfast! However, when we checked in, the front desk gave us a room on the 29th floor! At the time, we were tired and not thinking well, so we accepted the room on the 29th floor. To learn what happened in the middle of the night on the 29th floor, click here.


Our third travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with our health … stay hydrated! We just learned that one of our uncles was recently in the hospital for 3 days because he was traveling and not drinking water on a regular basis. He developed a kidney infection that affected his blood sugar and blood pressure. He didn’t want to drink alot of water because he didn’t want to stop every hour for a bathroom break.

To summarize our 3 travel tips for over 50 travelers:

  1. Search for accommodations that are away from the center of activity
  2. Request a hotel room on the 7th floor or below
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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Take #SocialSecurity Early or Wait??? #retire #retirewell #retirement

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If you are approaching or already over 50, you have probably given some thought to your retirement finances. Social Security is typically one of the first sources of retirement income that comes to mind. When it comes to Social Security, a financial question that arises is which of the following 3 options to choose:

  1. Take Social Security early at age 62
  2. Take Social Security at your full retirement age (FRA)
  3. Take Social Security at age 70

Whenever we meet someone who is clearly over 50, or already retired, we ask their opinion. At a recent holiday gathering, we met a 70 year old gentleman who knew my parents. As we began to chat, he mentioned that he retired at age 56, and never looked back! My interest peaked, and I asked how he was able to retire so early. He said rental income from investment properties enabled him to retire early. He also mentioned that as soon as he reached age 62, he claimed his Social Security. I asked why he didn’t wait until his FRA. He said he calculated that his “break-even point” at age 78. I asked what he meant by a “break-even point,” and he said that if you live beyond your break-even point, you began to lose money compared to waiting to claim Social Security at your FRA. Based on how long males live in his family, he didn’t know if he would live beyond 78. In addition, he wanted to receive the Social Security checks while he was young enough to travel, socialize, and enjoy quality of life.

Several years ago, I worked for a gentleman who was clearly in his 60s. He told me that he began collecting his Social Security at age 62, even though he planned to work another few years. I asked him if the penalty for continuing to work was prohibitive. He said no. He said he ran the numbers, and by investing his Social Security check every month, he more than made up for the “continuing to work” penalty and the reduction for taking his Social Security early. The financial media and the Social Security Administration encourage Americans to wait for their full retirement age to claim, but each of us has to “run the numbers,” assess our financial situation, and make our own decision.

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Campus Life Makes Us Feel #YoungatHeart! #over50 #younger #50plus

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On an overcast Autumn afternoon, we attended the last football game of the season for our college football team! Visiting our alma mater’s campus in our 50s made us feel invigorated! The football stadium has been refurbished due to an influx of funds from CapitalOne. The athletics program was in the ACC, and now in the Big 10! We gets lots of questions about the university’s decision to move from the ACC to the Big 10. We believe the decision was about money and resources. Several years ago, the athletic program was in financial difficulty. The move to the Big 10 gave us access to financial resources and the students can use library resources and take classes at all of the the Big 10 unversities! It’s a win-win for everyone except our football team LOL! One downside we have noticed is that the Big 10 offensive and defensive lineman are much bigger than the ACC lineman! It will take several years of recruiting to beef-up our offensive and defensive lines!


As we walk around campus, remembering old buildings and seeing lots of new construction, brings back a flood of memories … What was once a parking lot is now a new building! We pass by the dormitories where we recall lots of dorm parties! Cole Field House used to hold the basketball games, but is now the Student Union building. The basketball team now plays at Comcast Center.


Being around young people makes us feels young! Their energy and excitement about the future is contagious! It forces you to remember your own youth, goals and aspirations. Think back … did you accomplish all of the goals you set when you were in your early 20s? If not, why not? If the goal is still important to you, why not pursue it in your 50s or 60s or 70s?


When you are in your early 20s, your whole life is ahead of you. You don’t spend much time thinking about obstacles, or limitations. You feel invincible, like nothing can stop you. Remember how good that felt? Visiting your alma mater may shake something inside of you. It may encourage you to pursue a passion you had as young adult!

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#Healthy Eating Improves #Health! #healthyeating #healthyeats #healthyliving

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What we put in our mouths and eat is one of the most important aspects of our health. Numerous studies have shown that controlling our intake has a very positive affect on our health! So why not control what we eat and how much we eat?! As we age, our digestive system slows down, so we may not be able to eat the rich and spicy foods we used to eat. We have made a conscious effort to limit our calories, and eat low fat, low cholesterol, low salt meals. It may sound bland, but it works! One of our favorite recipes is what we call Sweet & Sour Chicken. We sautee’ cut-up chicken breast, red peppers, green peppers, onions, and for zest we add House of Tsang Stir Fry Sauce Sweet & Sour 11.5 OZ(Pack of 2).


For years, I gained a few pounds every year during the holidays. I worked at an agency where each floor would have a potluck every day during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Eating was in style, until one day a male co-worker took a photo of me leaning over and scooping some macaroni and cheese onto my plate. When he showed me the photo, I had gained so much weight that I almost didn’t recognize myself! That was a turning point for me. I began walking every day at lunchtime. It was a long, slow process to change my eating habits. This past Thanksgiving, this is what I had for my Thanksgiving feast:


I topped it off with a slice of spice cake, the one time I eat cake during the year. I am proud of my efforts and I know it is keeping me from developing diabetes and heart disease, which is prevalent in my family.

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