2014 marks the year that the last of the baby boomers turns 50. This means that our entire generation, (born between 1948 and 1964) will soon be completely senior citizens.I am finding as I age, that there are subtle stresses, which I did not encounter when younger. In talking with others over age 50, it seems I am not alone. Here are 5 simple steps for seniors to de-stress their lives.
1. Extension phones for a land line
Many young adults I know have said they see no need for a land line telephone. Most every senior I know grew up with one, and continues to use a land line. Unlike a cell phone, which you can keep with you at all times, a land line is stationary.
Even if you have a cordless phone, there are times it must stay on the cradle in order to charge. And there are occasions when you forget which room you left it in, and have to push the button to locate it. I recall once my youngest son had the phone in his back pocket when he went to visit a friend. We looked everywhere for that phone, and could not get a dial tone, until he returned home.
There is also nothing worse than hearing the phone ring, and having to walk from one room to another to find and answer it. This may be especially hard for seniors with mobility issues. There is also the issue of having the person hang up, after you have taken all those steps to answer the phone. The solution, is extension phones.
I recently purchased a Vtech cordless phon e, with 2 additional handsets. The cost was only $39.99 in Big Lots. By having 3 phones, I no longer have to worry about the battery dying in my one and only. I have a phone in the living room, my bedroom, and in my work area. I am able to quickly return the phones to their base without having to go into another room.
2, Keep additional soap, toothpaste and toilet paper in the bathroom
Many older homes and apartments do not have bathroom cabinets. This means that toiletries have to be stored elsewhere, like a hall closet. It is very inconvenient to find that there is no toilet paper when you are in process of using the facilities. If you are unable to have a cabinet installed, you can purchase a metal stand with shelves or a small stand with drawers, This way you will have necessary products within hand’s reach.
3. Utilize a calendar
Stress can cause you to have what some refer to as senior moments. While I can recall in detail something that took place 40 years ago, I might forget a recent event. I have a calendar in the bathroom, my bedroom and kitchen. I write down all important dates, and appointments on all 3. I make a habit to look at the calendars daily. This will definitely keep frustration levels down.
4. Familiarize yourself with technology
Research indicates that making use of modern technology is beneficial for older adults. Cell phones, lap tops, and tablets all connect to the Internet. Social media, such as twitter and Facebook are wonderful tools for keeping up with family and friends. I remember my 90 year old grandmother keeping up with my daughter, who was in Germany, through Myspace.
Recently someone I grew up with passed away. There was a small death notice in the local paper, but no obituary, or photo. The wife posted funeral information on Facebook. only. Without this connection many would not have known he died.
5. Canned Goods.
If you no longer have a large family to cook for, save yourself some time and effort, by using canned goods. My mother in law continued to cook full course meals from scratch, even when she was the only one to eat. She often called me to get leftovers because she did not desire to throw her food away.
I find that for myself, opening a can of pinto beans, lentil stew, or baked beans saves time and waste. Of course canned goods o not taste like home made. I find adding seasoning helps a lot. I also try to purchase cans that have the snap off top.
This is a lot less stressful than using thee can opener. Lately it seems my can openers do not last long. It is very frustrating to be ready to eat, an unable to open a can. Seniors who have arthritis will really benefit from snap off tops..
Each of these suggestions may seem trivial for some, but on a stressful day, when you do not feel like cooking, you will breath a sigh of relief when you can quickly open a can of food, and heat and eat a meal, without having to throw any of it away..
if you have just sent the grand-kids home, and are bone tired you will be relieved to have toilet paper, or land line telephone within arms reach. And when you notice your good friend’s birthday on the calendar, you will certainly feel good when you can send him or hr an email, or birthday greeting via social media. All these small things will ad up to big pluses..