Things to do this Summer

Things to do this Summer

Wondering what to do this summer? Here are a few ideas courtesy of the San Diego Tourism Authority (and S.A.F.E.): On the Water A day on or over the waters of San Diego is the perfect choice. For those that seek adventure, book a ride aboard jet-powered boats that boast up to 1,400 horsepower with the Flagship Patriot Jet Boat. If speed is not his thing, why not charter a vessel for the afternoon and cruise around? Charter options range from quiet Duffys to luxury yachts and are available at ports all along the 70 miles of coastline. The old man can also burn a few calories before a big dinner by enjoying an afternoon kayaking and/or surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean.  Fishing From the coast to the mountains, San Diego offers a multitude of fishing options including ½- or ¾-day sportfishing excursions, seven piers perfect for casting and plenty of freshwater lakes.  Brewery Tour With more than 90 breweries throughout the county, it’s easy to spend all day sampling amazing local beers. To play it safe and make sure everyone has a good time, book a brewery tour and let someone else do the driving. It’s even educational, as the tour guides explain the brewing process while you sip. Do you prefer wine? Don’t worry, local tour operators offer winery excursions as well!  Great Golf For a fun and relaxing day choose from more than 90 the world-class courses of San Diego County. Take your pick of beautiful coastal courses or breathtaking mountain views inland. With all the great courses available, you can’t miss. Beer and...
Sun Care Tips for Seniors

Sun Care Tips for Seniors

While enjoying the warmth of the sun certainly feels great, we all know that too much sun exposure can have dire consequences. But, are you aware that seniors are even more at risk, as studies have shown their more delicate skin is more vulnerable to infections and skin cancer? The overarching takeaway from that knowledge is that older adults need to take special precautions to limit their sun exposure as much as possible. And, here are a few other tips from an article on the Griswold Home Care website: Don’t get a tan. A tan is the skin’s signal that damage has been done (a sunburn, even more so). Older adults have already sustained decades of sun damage. Tans and sunburn increase their risk of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Anyone who’s already been burned a few times in their life — or worse, used to tan regularly when they were younger, must take special care to stay out of the sun. Seek out shade. Seeking protection from the sun doesn’t mean seniors can never go outside. They should use a sunshade or umbrella at the beach or pool, and stick to shady porches if they’re enjoying an afternoon outside at home or having an al fresco lunch. Know when to stay inside. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the sun’s rays are strongest in North America between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seniors should plan to stay inside or in a shaded area during these hours. Make sunscreen part of a daily routine. Even a short walk to and from the car, or passing...
Looking for a Last-Minute Tax Deduction? Think S.A.F.E.

Looking for a Last-Minute Tax Deduction? Think S.A.F.E.

With April 15 looming, you’re probably seeing a lot of messages about how it’s not too late to add funds to a 401(k) or other retirement vehicle to quality for a deduction on your 2015 taxes. While it’s never a bad strategy to increase the money you’re putting away for your “golden years,” you may also want to consider making a tax-deductible donation to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports a cause you believe in — perhaps S.A.F.E. Our name says it all: S.A.F.E. stands for Senior Assistance Foundation for the Elderly. We care for those who have cared for us — our parents — by increasing public awareness of the potential dangers a senior’s home can pose to their health and offering services to enable a better aging lifestyle. Did you know: More than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day? Among those 65+, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury deaths? About half of older adults who are discharged for fall-related hip fractures will experience another fall within six months? Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living? Many falls don’t result in injuries, yet a large percentage of non-injured fallers (47%) can’t get up without assistance. Those are sobering statistics, and they might make you think twice about supporting your parents’ desire to stay in their own home. That’s where we come in. S.A.F.E. provides home modification services that include removing hazards, adding special features or assistive devices, moving furnishings, changing...
Celebrate America’s Pastime

Celebrate America’s Pastime

Does a senior you love enjoy baseball? The sport known as America’s pastime starts to ramp up this month, providing opportunities to visit spring training in nearby Arizona and plan for the upcoming season. Taking in a baseball game is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening, enjoying the action on the diamond and getting a chance to catch up. Spring Training The Padres are part of the Cactus League, which includes 15 teams from the National and American leagues. The pre-season schedule began on March 1 and runs through April 2. Most games are in Arizona, but the April 1 and 2 games, against the Chicago White Sox, will take place in San Diego in Petco Park. The Padres’ spring training facility (shared with the Seattle Mariners) is in Peoria, AZ. Since the Cactus League is concentrated in the greater Phoenix area, you can plan to visit a number of ballparks, even two in one day if you wish. It’s best to make a plan and buy your tickets in advance, especially for teams that draw well, such as the Chicago Cubs. The atmosphere at spring training games is more relaxed and you may even run into major leaguers around the stadiums and in local watering holes. Regular Season The Padres’ 162-game schedule kicks off on the evening of April 4, when they host the rival LA Dodgers. Check the schedule, available on the Padres’ website, to pick out the games you want to attend this year. While becoming a full season ticket holder might not be in the cards, the Padres do have multi-game packs...
Not a Cane Lover? Choose a Walking Stick

Not a Cane Lover? Choose a Walking Stick

We’ve said it before and I’m sure we’ll say it again: getting older is not for sissies. One of the many things that can frustrate seniors is not being able to easily do things that were a breeze when they were younger. While it’s not a problem to give up some things — like sitting Indian-style on the floor, for instance — no one wants to have their mobility affected by nothing more than the passage of time. Even minus medical issues like arthritis, many seniors may find themselves struggling to maintain their balance while walking, but most will stubbornly refuse to use a cane, which they see as an old person’s tool. Failing to use a walking aid due to stubbornness can be a recipe for disaster, because falls taken by older people can result in serious medical problems. At S.A.F.E., we started thinking about alternatives to using a cane and stumbled on something we find rather brilliant. What about using a walking stick instead? Walking sticks come in many styles, and because they look a lot less clinical than canes, seniors may consider them to be more of a fashion statement or embellishment than a medical device. As long as they sport a plastic tip — an important stabilizing element — a walking stick may be the perfect solution for a cane-phobic senior. There may even be some medical benefits to using a walking stick, as noted by Linda Joy Mendelsohn, M.D., a doctor in Cochecton, NY. She wrote the following in Am Fam Physician: “For several reasons, I wholeheartedly agree that a walking stick is better...
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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