ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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equipment or classes at the gym? Before you sign a contract, make sure the gym offers exactly what you are looking for. Pay attention to the quality of the equipment as well as other amenities at the facility, such as the pool and the basketball court.


Once you sign the contract and officially become a member of the gym, you should discover the things you enjoy most about it, get into a regular habit of going and feel energized in your new fitness environment.

More people in their golden years are hitting the gym these days. It is important to find a gym that meets your standards and expectations – one that you like and feel comfortable going to. The experience at the gym makes or breaks membership and plays a large role in your motivation and willingness to exercise.


Before you sign up for gym membership, tour the facility to see what it has to offer. A gym whose front desk staff greets you cheerfully and who enjoy their job will make you feel comfortable asking for assistance when needed.


Here are some other criteria to consider to make sure you choose the best gym for you:


Location: Find a gym that is close to home. Use Google Maps or another mapping device to locate gyms within a 10-mile radius. You are more likely to go the gym if it is nearby. This will allow you to be more committed and not skip a workout.


Hours of Operation: Look at the gym’s hours and make sure it’s open during the time you plan to go. Visit the gym during that time to observe how busy it might be. While you’re there, you can check out group exercise classes you may want to attend.

HOW TO CHOOSE A GYM

Price: Consider whether the initiation fees and the monthly cost of the gym membership fit into your budget. Read the entire contract, including the fine print, because it usually tells you what will happen if you cancel the contract at any time during your contract period. Also, check to see if there is additional pricing for other services such as personal training, group exercise classes or lockers. Always ask if discounts or special packages are available for seniors.


Cleanliness: Gyms are full of germs. A study in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine found rhinovirus (cause of the common cold) on 63 percent of the hand-contact surfaces tested in a gym. So many people go in and out of the facility throughout the day that it is very easy to spread (and catch) germs. It is important the gym staff clean the equipment daily and members clean off the equipment after each use. Check to see if there is a policy or signs posted within the facility instructing the members to do so. Also, look for hand sanitizer stands near the equipment. Be sure the gym’s bathroom and locker room areas are clean; these are common areas for germs to spread as well.


Amenities, Equipment and Classes: Are you looking for specific exercise

TANIQUA WARD, M.S

TaNiqua Ward is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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