Have grandkids that live on the other side of the country? Perhaps they’re in an entirely different country. It can be difficult missing out on what is going on with your grandchildren. That’s where the beauty of the internet shines. With the multitude of chat programs, including video conferencing, grandparents can be virtually face to face with their little loved ones anytime.
But what about when you’re in time zones that conflict completely? Perhaps you’re just getting out of bed when the grandkids are slipping off to sleep, snuggling into their warm blankets. It is possible to co-ordinate calls, but this isn’t always on the time table you’d like.
This is when Facebook swoops in to save the day. Thanks to the interactive nature of Facebook you can see what your grandchildren are doing in life without worrying about the hour. Pictures, stories, messages, it’s all combined for Facebook users. The services allows people to chat, upload videos, create albums, tag people you want to see specific content, and keep tabs on the entire family!
Another great feature is the share function. Proud grandparents can share pictures or important updates with their own friends. Grandchild graduate or maybe just arrived home from the delivery room? Let the world know and share pictures or status updates from their Facebook if their privacy settings allow sharing.
Entire families can keep in touch with Facebook, no matter how far apart the individuals are. The quality of Facebook pictures will depend on the device used to record them, but generally the pictures can be downloaded and printed. This function is great for grandparents that want to print and frame pictures of precious moments they want to keep forever. Last, but not least, contact is instant – no waiting days or weeks for mail to arrive. Private messages are instant, picture transfers are instant, and it’s totally free.
Senior citizens need supplements just as much as anyone else. Age plays a factor in the types of supplements needed which is why there are different versions of multivitamins. Chronic health problems can also affect the type of vitamins needed, though as a general rule the following vitamins are useful for all seniors.
Vitamin B12 is essential for cellular function. The brain and spinal cord use this vitamin every day and it is common to see B12 deficiencies in the elderly. Memory loss is one problem seen in the elderly and people have accepted this as a fact of aging. Keeping the levels of B12 in the body up can combat loss of memory. Energy can be boosted by incorporating the vitamin into the daily routine.
Smokers or ex-smokers are especially vulnerable to cell damage – older smokers should increase their intake of vitamin C to help repair damage from free radicals. Lowered energy is very common in seniors, C can help boost the energy when combined with B12 and a proper diet. Skin tone may be helped as C works to help restore collagen.
Probably the most important vitamins for any senior would be the combination of vitamin D and calcium. Bone density naturally drops during the aging process. Vitamin D is responsible for helping the body utilize calcium for building bones and teeth which prevents osteoporosis. Further research has shown vitamin D has more effects in the body which many people were not aware of. There are links between vitamin D, cholesterol levels, multiple sclerosis, Lupus, and nerve health.
Normal vision and organ function is dependent on receiving enough vitamin A. Not many people are deficient in this vitamin, but a health diet with colorful foods is important to prevent deficiency. Dark greens, deep orange, and fortified foods carry vitamin A in the quantities needed for healthy seniors.
However as good as our recommendations may be, do ask your primary physician before taking any supplements!
Doctors have been saying it for years – get your exercise. Senior citizens that get exercise are generally healthier and stronger than their friends who do not. Some research has pointed to a younger feeling body, up to ten years younger! Stretching increases blood flow which may improve tissue elasticity and muscle fiber strength.
It’s easy to get stretches in, even for people that are unable to walk for long distances. Stretching is simple and can keep muscles in good shape. Stretching can help prevent injuries associated with spastic muscles and reduce the risk of contractures. Muscles that freeze into position are known as contractures, a painful, permanent condition.
Elderly folks can do foot and calf stretches while holding on to the back of a strong, well balanced chair. The senior should have a good grip and lift their body up and down with their feet – basically standing on tip-toe. The helps stretch and strengthen the feet and calves.
Another super easy stretching exercise is the back stretch. Most people are shocked to find that simply standing with their feet spread apart shoulder-length and twisting can flex the back muscles. Twist to one side with the spine held straight and hold for five seconds. Repeat with the other side. Do this ten times each day for a healthy back.
Overhead reaches are good to start before upper mobility degenerates. Lifting the arms and reaching as high as possible helps the arm muscles stay flexible, improves joint functions, and can relieve nerve pressure. One major complaint among the elderly is loss of shoulder and arm motion. Reaching as high as possible can help prevent this loss, keeping the need for reaching and grabbing aides at bay.
Sunflower would like to present a very special Happy Birthday to Mary Gibson, who is turning 104 today!
Mary was born in South Carolina on June 6, 1909 and moved to Jersey City in 1931 when she was 22, where she’s stayed until today, that’s 82 years in the Hudson County Area! She worked for Emerson Radio upon moving to Jersey City and retired in 1971.
Mary wed Pell Edwards, and had four children, two of them which visit her frequently here at Sunflower! She enjoys eating, music and dancing, and occasional walks on the Exchange Place Waterfront. Happy Birthday Mary!