Listen to KIXI’s new feature, the “Senior Tip Minute” weekdays at 10:20am, 2:20pm and 5:20pm. The KIXI Senior Tip Minute features simple things you can do to help make life easier.
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Simple things you can do to make life easier:
Statistical reports show that nearly 40% of identity theft cases and other crimes involve seniors. Keep a close eye on bank statements and report any suspicious activity to your bank immediately.
Be smart and protect yourself against burglary. Don't hide keys in mailboxes, planters or under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of keys with a neighbor or friend.
Eating well on a budget doesn’t mean giving up good food. You can cut your meat costs while boosting nutrition by using protein-packed foods like Eggs, Buckwheat, Quinoa, and Beans!
One out of three people over the age of 65 fall each year. Prepare for this by keeping emergency numbers next to each phone.
Aerosol cleaning sprays are not only unhealthy to our bodies, but can be unhealthy to carpeting, vinyl, wood, and our total home health environment. When buying cleaning supplies, opt for the 'pump' type.
Humidifiers in the home not only soothe sore throats, prevent dry skin, and alleviate congestion, but are wonders for our wooden furniture! Yes, wood dries...humidifiers protect!
Place all candles not being used in the freezer; this will cause candles to burn slower and extend the burning time. Or place them in freezer 10 hours before lighting them.
Be sure to save the accompanying brochures when buying small appliances; good information on the product. Immediately mail in the 'warranty' card supplied.
If it is necessary to put your name on a mail box or in the phone directory just use your last name and first initial only to help protect your privacy!
If you are an independent living senior, you still need to take precautions. When we go for an outing be sure to turn on a light *inside and out*; and always have our door key ready before approaching the door.
When entertaining outdoors, and there's a chance of mosquitoes, rub exposed areas with a Bounce Fabric Softener sheet. Have a box handy for all to use.
Summer is here so keep in mind this basic rule-of-thumb for watering plants. If leaves droop, you need to water more; if leaves yellow, slow up on the water.
Legally whittle down your annual tax bill with help from local abatement, circuit rider, or work-off programs. On average, you can save $500–$2,000 annually with this assistance.
Go to your appointments for scheduled laboratory tests or follow-up visits. Monitoring helps doctors and pharmacists know if your medication is working.
If you have any doubts about the cost of your utilities bills, call those companies. They can help explain why your bill might be higher and also give you advice on how to lower your usage; some companies will come to your home for a thorough check for you!
If feasible when grocery shopping, bag your own groceries so you can group items the way you store them in your kitchen. Saves time and effort.
The longer you live, the more you lose. But as you lose people and things, life becomes even more precious. When you stop taking things for granted, you appreciate and enjoy what you have even more.
Spend time with at least one person every day. Whatever your living or work situation, you shouldn’t be alone day after day. Regular face-to-face contact helps you ward off depression and stay positive.
Because of physical changes, older adults are more prone to dehydration. So make sure you are drinking plenty of fluid, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you’re not getting enough water, you’re not going to be as sharp and your energy will suffer.
You don’t have to work elaborate crosswords or puzzles to keep your memory sharp. Try to work in something new each day, whether it is taking a different route to work or the grocery store or brushing your teeth with a different hand.
If you sunburn easily in summertime, try wearing light-weight, long-sleeved cotton shirts when doing extensive walking or other activities. This along with sunscreen will help protect you from UV rays
Life can become busy, but don’t overdo it! At the beginning of each week, make a list of things you want to accomplish for that week, then work on no more than one 'hard' task per day.
Vitamin D helps our bodies use calcium to build strong bones and teeth. Sources are milk, egg yolk and fish oils. This vitamin is activated by sunlight on our skin...just don't overdo the sunlight.
If you need to exercise, but it’s too hot out, try mall walking! Since malls are open long hours and usually 7 days a week, you have plenty of time to utilize these facilities.
Natural disasters can happen any time. Experts suggest you maintain an emergency supply of food and water along with a week's worth of any prescription medications.
Are your finger joints hurting, but you want to clean? Take a piece of tape and wrap it loosely around the joint area and it will help to keep the joint from jarring.
Spring is here which means time to garden, but don’t overdo yourself! Use the buddy system and garden with a friend. Do one yard first and then the other. It is more fun and less strenuous!
Tired of cleaning all the time? Try cleaning only three things a day. By the time the week is over your house will be clean and you’ll have your weekend free!
Did you know that your gas tank accumulates a 'sludge' build-up in the bottom? To avoid this sludge from clogging your fuel pump, or causing problems with the carburetor, keep a full tank of gas
To re-new and stiffen the veil on a hat, simply place the veil between two pieces of wax paper and press lightly with a semi-cool iron.
The best time to cut container garden flowers is in the morning after dew has time to dry, or in the evening before dew sets in - never in heat of day. To ensure longer life, cut flowers just before they mature, when not quite open.
A simple way to brighten and freshen your carpet is to sprinkle thoroughly with cornstarch; let stand about an hour, then vacuum.
Staying home doesn't have to mean staying out of shape. You can be as fit and healthy as possible in a variety of ways. For example, try some simple calf raises and stretching which can be done while watching TV!
Seniors who become adept at using a computer appear to have fewer depressive symptoms than those who aren’t so technologically adept. Consider taking a computer class at an area community or senior center to become connected!
Feeling cash strapped each month? Research the “Limited Income Home Energy Assistance Program” which is available to lower-income seniors. This program will pay for electric, water, and sometimes rent.
Major pharmaceutical companies offer reduced price name brand medication to senior citizens on a limited income. Ask your local pharmacist how to apply for such programs.
While we don't have a say in our own genetic makeup, 50 percent of our mental and physical health status is related to lifestyle. It's never too late to go healthy and try something new!
With cell phones and digital music players, drivers are more distracted than ever. Take extra steps to drive safely. Leave adequate space for the car in front of you and become a defensive driver.
If you currently don’t have one, consider purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and deadly. A C-O alarm is affordable, easy to install and could be a life-saver.
Spring is the season for home repairs, but be suspicious of offers from unknown contractors. Utilize resources like the Better Business Bureau to make sure your contractor is reputable and trustworthy.
Basement stairs can be the cause of many bad falls. Consider painting the lower step of your basement stairs with white enamel to make it easier to be seen.
Tired of looking at those scratches and dings in your wood furniture? Rubbing a walnut over the blemishes will disguise the marks and give the wood new life. Yes, it really works!
Thinking of getting a pet companion? Consider adopting an older pet from the humane society. Older pets are typically already house broken and require less training.
The sciatic nerve can be the root cause of lower back, hip and thigh pain. Exercising and strengthening your stomach muscles will relieve pressure on the nerve and have you feeling better!
To save time and avoid longer waits at your doctor's office, schedule your appointments wisely. Avoid Mondays and days following a holiday, when doctors are in greatest demand. And always arrive at the office 10 minutes early.
To keep vegetables fresher and longer-lasting, line your refrigerator bins with newspaper. Newspaper absorbs excess moisture and will prolong your vegetables’ freshness and life.
Increasing your deductible on insurance can lessen the premium, both on auto and home policies. Weigh the circumstances. Is it better to have lower monthly payments and a higher deductible?
Spring is here, but the weather is still cold. To save money on utilities try using a humidifier. Using a humidifier will make your home feel warmer while using less heat and saving you money.