The Benefits of Aging

The Benefits of Aging

If we wanted to philosophize about the benefits of aging, we’d probably focus on the value of the wisdom acquired throughout a life of experiencing new things and learning important life lessons. But, we’re taking a more lighthearted approach; how about all the discounts that are available to seniors? Rather than feeling despondent about advancing age, we suggest embracing each year that passes and celebrating the ability to enjoy a high quality of life during your “golden years.” People are living robust lives into their 60s, 70s, 80s and even older, due to medical advances and a greater focus on healthy living. And, the older you get, the more you can take advantage of discounts that pay homage to your longevity (and some even begin at age 55). Many companies offer discounts but don’t advertise them, so ask; you’ve earned it! Eating Out Chili’s: 10% off Denny’s: 10% off (20% for AARP members) Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free donut with coffee IHOP: 10% off the regular menu KFC: free small drink with any meal McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday Subway: 10% off Retail and Apparel Dress Barn: 20% off Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (varies by location) Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (varies by location) Kohl’s: 15% discount every Wednesday Ross: 10% off on Tuesdays Grocery Albertson’s: 10% off the first Wednesday of each month Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership and 10% off every Monday Kroger: 5% discount on Thursdays Transportation Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National: up to 25% off American Airlines, Southwest Airlines: discount fares for ages 65+ Amtrak: 15% discount...
Diet & Exercise Tips for Seniors

Diet & Exercise Tips for Seniors

It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet and be physically active, but as we age, our needs change and what we eat and how often we exercise is even more important to long-term health. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers plenty of tips for seniors in both areas. Healthy Eating When you get older, your body begins to need fewer calories, but you need just as many nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs into a small amount of calories. Seniors, like other Americans, are advised to “eat from the rainbow” of foods rich in nutrients:      Fruits and vegetables (a range of types with vibrant colors)      Whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread and brown rice      Fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or soy or rice milk fortified with vitamin D and calcium      Seafood, lean meats, poultry and eggs      Beans, nuts and seeds Seniors should eat less of these high-calorie, low-nutrient foods:       Sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts with added sugars      Foods with butter, shortening, or other fats that are solid at room temperature      White bread, rice and pasta made from refined grains Be aware that according to the American Diabetics Association, approximately 25% of Americans over 60 have diabetes — according to some experts a healthy diet can help prevent or control this serious disease. Many resources are available that address the dietary needs of adults over 50, including What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging. This...
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