McDonald’s Senior Discounts

McDonald's Senior DiscountsAs many of you know, The Senior List publishes the biggest list of senior discounts on the web.  We receive a lot of local feedback regarding McDonald’s restaurants and thought we’d inquire as to a national (corporate) discount program for seniors and veterans.  After repeated requests, we recently heard back from McDonald’s USA about the availability of corporate wide McDonald’s senior discounts AND discounts for veterans.  We received the following reply:

McDonald’s on Senior Discounts

Thank you for taking the time to contact McDonald’s. We truly appreciate customer feedback and welcome the opportunity to share some information with you.

More than 90 percent of McDonald’s U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent businesspeople. As independent owners, McDonald’s franchisees have the authority to make certain operating decisions as they relate to their McDonald’s restaurant operations. We recommend inquiring directly with your local McDonald’s in regards to any senior discounts or Veterans’s discounts they may offer. –

Again, thank you for contacting McDonald’s. We hope to have the opportunity of serving you again soon under the Golden Arches – Caroline, McDonald’s Customer Response Center

As you can imagine this kind of response is very safe (and vague) for a reason.  McDonald’s wants to give it’s owner owned franchises the opportunity to make local discounting decisions independently of the mother ship.  I certainly understand this, and believe that there are many local franchise owners that are offering a variety of senior discounts like a “senior coffee” (special price for those 55+) across the country.  Remember, it never hurts to ask, so we recommend you do so!

Please provide some feedback as you talk to you local franchises! Leave us a brief message in the comments section below :)

Can Technology Keep Our Brains Healthy?

technology and seniorsSenior List co-founder Amie Clark was interviewed recently by the fine folks at NewRetirement.com.  If you’re unfamiliar with them, NewRetirement is a group “dedicated to helping people concerned about retirement find the information they need to create a secure retirement plan”.  They wanted to discuss technology, and how it helps or hinders aging adults today.  Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

What are the most common concerns you’ve heard from seniors regarding technology?

Technology is moving at lightning speed, and I hear from boomers and seniors who say they don’t know where to start. In addition, our visitors report that it can be difficult to weed through the clutter and decide what options they want (and really need) when they are researching products. – Amie Clark, The Senior List

Do you think keeping up with the trends of something as fast paced as the tech industry can keep the mind young, healthy, and strong?

Absolutely. I think the key to keeping the mind healthy is to keep learning and questioning. Engaging with other people is also such an important piece of keeping the brain operating on all cylinders. – Amie Clark, The Senior List

You can find the entire interview below (click on the image)

Can Technology Keep Our Brains Healthy?

Keeping Up with Tech Can Keep the Mind Young: With Amie Clark of TheSeniorList.com

Preventing Dehydration in Older Adults

dehydration in older adultsDana Larsen over at The Senior Living Blog gave us some great tips about preventing dehydration in older adults.  Her post titled “4 Ways to Prevent Elderly Dehydration” included some great tips on staying hydrated, and provided a few yummy recipes for what she calls “Summer Mocktails”.

Senior dehydration is a common health issue that can lead to bigger problems if proper hydration is not made a priority, such as urinary tract infections and low blood pressure. – Dana Larsen/Senior Living Blog

What causes dehydration in older adults?

Here are some of the reasons Dana believes dehydration is so prevalent among older adults:

  • The ability to notice changes in body temperature typically decreases with age.
  • As people get older, body water content decreases.
  • Many medications the elderly take make them more susceptible to dehydration.
  • The elderly often experience diminished thirst; which leads to a reduced fluid consumption.
  • With aging, the kidneys have a reduced ability to concentrate urine and retain water during water deprivation.
  • Specific conditions, such as reduced swallowing capacity, decreased mobility, comprehension and communication disorders, as well as, decreased mobility and/or incontinence can contribute to dehydration.
  • Many seniors have underlying health conditions that make them less able to adapt to heat.

Hydration and your Health

The Hydration for Health Initiative (H4H) is a think tank of professionals that believe in raising public awareness of healthy hydration.  H4H believes there are many health benefits to staying hydrated, and ensuring that we receive optimal amounts of fluids daily.  Some of those benefits include:

  • Proper hydration may have a positive impact on cognitive functions and mood. “Several studies, performed in healthy persons, looked at the effects of induced dehydration on cognitive performance and motor function: fatigue, mood, choice reaction time, short- and long-term memory, attention, arithmetics… It appears that a 2% dehydration is sufficient to impair functions and performances.” 
  • Proper hydration can prevent the recurrence of kidney stones.  “The role of increased fluid intake as a means of preventing recurrence of kidney stones is well recognized today. In fact, it has been used since the time of Hippocrates.”
  • Proper hydration can contribute to maintaining a healthy body weight.  “There is increasing evidence that the types of the fluids we drink can have a long-term impact on health, influencing the development of overweight, obesity or metabolic diseases.”  H4H advocates maintain that the best method for preventing dehydration in older adults is to drink water (as opposed to surgery/flavored drinks).

Proper Hydration in Older AdultsWondering what a “summer mocktail” is?  Well, Dana Larsen says these are yummy beverages that we can all make that are devoid of caffeine or alcohol.  Visit her post for some awesome summer recipes!

Family Inherits Old Shoe Store: Finds Time Machine

There’s an old joke that goes… A man walks into a shoe store, and tries on a pair of shoes. “How do they feel?” asks the sales clerk. “Well they feel a bit tight,” replies the man.  The assistant promptly bends down and has a look at the shoes and at the man’s feet. “Try pulling the tongue out,” the clerk says.  “Well, theyth sthill feelth a bith tighth.” :)

vintage women's shoeSo imagine that your family inherits an old building from a deceased relative, and you get to take a peek inside for the first time.  An American family recently incurred that very scenario and to their surprise the building was an old shoe store that had been closed up for decades.  Inside they found… well… shoes! Lot’s of vintage shoes among other items!

Reddit user oktober75 posted his photos to a popular sharing site for all to see. Turns out this old building is a bit of a time machine.  The shoe store operated in the 1940’s only to close up shop in the 1960’s because of an illness in the family.  Except for the expected dust, everything seems to be in tip top shape, from floor to ceiling.  Here’s what october75 says about the find:

Photos of our first look inside an old shoe store owned by my family. The store was open from the 40’s through the 60’s from what I recall. The store closed up when my great grandmother fell ill. She ran the store as long as she could until she passed away. They closed shop and it remained this way for over 40 years, mostly untouched. EDIT: Spoke with my mother, it was my great grandmother on my maternal side, not my great aunt. – october75/Imgur

Here’s a look at some of our favorites!

Family Inherits Old Shoe Store

family inherits old shoe store

Vintage shoes from floor to ceiling!

family inherits old shoe store

Old heater probably used to keep patrons (and staff) warm while they visited.

family inherits old shoe store

Old shoes and display stands.

vintage old shoe

Beautiful vintage woman’s shoe would be fashionable today.

vintage men's shoes found in old shoe store

These men’s “stride steppers” would do the trick today.

Vintage shoe boxes from inherited shoe store

I’ll bet even the boxes are collector’s items!

After an “overwhelming response” to his initial round of pictures, october75 asked his grandmother if he could re-enter the building to take some more pictures.  She agreed, and he was able to take some more, and poke around a bit more.  In addition to MORE shoes, he found an old Victrola Credenza Talking Machine, and some other pieces of furniture.  Here’s more from round 2:

Vintage shoe stand

An old shoe stand for displaying shoes or working on them

Vintage woman's "Red Shank" shoes

Stylish for the time – A woman’s “Red Shank” shoe.

Vintage steamer chest

Looks like an old chest or “steamer chest”. Let’s see what’s inside!

Inside antique steamer chest

Inside the steamer chest: A few interesting items, but nothing crazy cool.

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Vintage Victrola Credenza Talking Machine

Here is the Victrola with the top open

Special thanks Reddit user october75 for sharing his special finds with us.  Here’s hoping the family is able to find many more treasures while they go through the rest of the building!

Types Of Walk-In Bathtubs

Did you know that (more than) one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year?  The National Institute on Aging (NIA) reports that 80% of these falls are in the bathroom.  To prevent such occurrences, many families consider walk-in bathtubs to mitigate the risk of injuries.  Walk-in bathtubs are great considerations for the less mobile among us.  For aging adults, falls can lead to debilitating injuries.  Today’s post focuses on the different types of walk-in bathtubs available.

What are walk-in bathtubs?  Walk-in bathtubs are an alternative to a traditional bathtub.  Walk-in tubs have doors on them.  They open up so the user doesn’t have to step over a leading edge like you might find on a conventional bathtub. Walk-in bathtubs can be safer alternatives for elderly and/or disabled individuals, but there are many different types of walk-in bathtubs.  If you’re considering a new walk-in type tub, you need to know your options.

Types of Walk-In Bathtubs

Soaker Tub

types of walk-in bathtubsA soaker tub is a basic walk-in bathtub.  It has no hydrotherapy jets, and is generally less expensive than other models with additional features.  This is considered an entry-level walk-in tub.  A soaker tub comes with a leak-proof door, usually includes a grab bar and a hand-held shower accessory.

Hydrotherapy Tub

types of walk-in bathtubs

A hydrotherapy tub includes the leak-proof door, and some additional options that help with circulation in some folks.  These tubs come with water jets (and usually air jets as well) in order to circulate and/or agitate the water.  It feels good, and it  can help loosen up stiff joints and muscles.

Bariatric Tub

 

Walk-In Bariatric Tub

A bariatric tub is a walk-in bathtub made for larger individuals.  You can purchase a bariatric tub with minimal features, or all the bells and whistles like water jets, etc.

Wheel-Chair Accessible Tub

Wheelchair Accessible Walk-In Bathtub

The wheelchair accessible walk-in tub usually has an outward opening door frame, and allows for the easy transfer from the chair to the tub.

As you can see, there are many different types of walk-in bathtubs.  Wheelchair accessible showers are another area of interest, and a topic for a later discussion.  Be aware that these walk-in tubs can get expensive.  Another consideration is the installation, which can range from $500 to $5,000 depending on what is necessary for the job.  If you’re worried about the safety of your loved one at home and the bathroom is a concern, see a professional about adding industrial grade grab-bars, and other safety equipment in and around the bathtub or shower.  You’ll be glad you did.

Our Favorite Old Signs

Bob Dylan was right… The times they are a changin. It’s all around us of course – In the cars we drive today, in the way we communicate, and in the way brands express themselves. Gone are the days when a sign was your main channel for advertising.  We thought we’d take a look back at some of our favorite old signs, in a walk down memory lane.

Favorite Old Signs

I love to see an old sign that’s been beat-up over time.  Seems like it builds character!  Here’s one from the Polish Hill Civic Association, that was pulled out of a resident’s shed for restoration.

old sign - Lasky Beer Dist. Co.

In keeping with the beer theme (from above), here’s one from galleryhip.com declaring that “beer will save the world”.  I wouldn’t argue the point, but it’s just odd enough to make our favorites list.

Old Sign - Beer will save the world

After drinking all that beer, you may need to be reminded to “mind your manners”.  Here’s an old sign that does just that!

Old Sign - No cursing

Wanna join the Texas Rangers?  The vintage sign below says you can make $1.25 per day for laying your life on the line to protect this land. Oh and you’ll have to “Furnish Your Own Mount, Arms & Equip. To Enlist”.

vintage old sign - Texas Rangers

If you’re in need of a little baking powder, perhaps a little “Clabber Girl” will fit the bill. Gotta love that name!

Old Sign - Clabber Girl

This maybe one of the first advertisements for energy drinks back in the day. This vintage sign promised a “big lift” with a swig of Double Cola.

vintage sign - Double Cola

Here’s an oldie but a goodie from NeatoRama.com… This is what’s known as The Original McDonalds Restaurant.  This was the first McDonalds opened by Mr. Ray Kroc.  It was located in Des Plaines, IL.  Do you see what the burger-count is out front?

Vintage McDonalds Sign

Finally, if you’re doing some cleaning around the house this week, you might wish you had a can of Old Dutch Cleanser to chase your dirt around… I’m not sure how it may have worked, but at least you could get a “large sifter can” for a dime.

Old Dutch Cleanser Can

What Is Memorial Day?

What is Memorial Day

What Is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is a federal holiday which honors those members of our armed forces who died while serving.  It had been traditionally observed on May 30th, but is now recognized on the last Monday in the month of May.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. –Tessa Berenson (Time.com)

What is Memorial Day

Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day, which is a public holiday held on the anniversary of World War 1.  The term Veterans Day replaced the term Armistice Day in 1954.  This is a day that commemorates the end of WW1, and it’s a day that we nationally recognize and thank veterans for their service to this country.

What is Memorial Day

In the United States, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument located at Arlington National Cemetery.  It is a dedication to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memory of all soldiers killed at war.  Other countries like Portugal and Italy also have Tombs of the Unknown Soldier.

Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God – Inscription on the back of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Changing of the Guard

New Hearing Aid Technology Pairs With iPhone

New Hearing Aid TechnologyNew hearing aid technology has come a long way, and much needed changes to the growing hearing aid market is upon us. We’re on the precipice of a market shift in the otherwise stale hearing aid environment we’ve come to know and love. Changes include new players in the hardware arena, new apps that control the hearing aid environment, and new connectivity options via smartphone apps!

Starkey Hearing Technologies has recently introduced a line of hearing aids that connect quite seamlessly to your iPhone. The iPhone app helps control your hearing aid’s amplification intake and output, but that’s not all. It also helps you locate your hearing aids, and provides controls should you wish to stream music from an iPhone. The new hearing aid technology from Starkey Hearing is based on their Halo hearing aid platform, and controlled by the TruLink iPhone app.

Here’s what Starkey Hearing Technologies has to say about their new hearing aid technology:

Hear life to its fullest with Halo, our breakthrough Made for iPhone® Hearing Aids and our easy-to-use TruLink™ Hearing Control app which are engineered to work specifically with your iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch®. Together, Halo and TruLink are designed to stream phone calls, music and more, directly from your iPhone to your hearing aids. Now available in two styles to fit individuals with mild to severe hearing loss. – Starkey Hearing Technologies

We wrote about the growth driving hearing loss in the USA in a recent post entitled “A Billion People At Risk For Hearing Loss“. In that post we quoted the World Health Organization who states that “Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.”

Here is a great video that discusses the new Starkey Hearing Aid Technology and how it all works:

New Hearing Aid Technology

Seniors vs Seniors: High School vs 50+

seniors vs seniors videoWe found a really fun video that the folks at BuzzFeedVideo posted on their YouTube account. The video pits high school seniors and senior citizens against one-another in a modern-day-battle-royal!  Modern insights, dance moves and “mottos to live by” are all up for grabs in this winner take all event.

Somewhat objectively I’d have to say that the more experienced bunch had both the better dance moves as well as excellent words of wisdom! (*Note that they also had their pants pulled up while executing dance moves!)  Enjoy the video!

Video: Seniors vs Seniors

Exercise For Seniors Proven Important

exercise for seniors growing in importanceHuffPost recently summarized the results of a new study entitled “Associations among Physical Activity, Diet Quality, and Weight Status in US Adults“.  It was done by researchers at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) and published in The Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.  The study was one of the first to look at associations among moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, diet quality, and weight status within and across age groups in US adults.

Purpose: Nearly 70% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, but the associations between physical activity, diet quality, and weight status have not been examined in a representative sample of US adults. – Russell Pate et al (University of South Carolina)

Study: Exercise for seniors

The study, consisting of 4,999 American adults (ages 20-70) noted that diet alone isn’t enough to stave off age related weight gain.  It further noted that exercise for seniors has a greater impact on weight gain than diet does.  Authors felt their findings provided support for “public health efforts to prevent obesity by promoting increased physical activity in adult Americans”.  Clearly we all need to be more cognizant of the role that both diet and exercise play in our overall health.

Overall, Americans’ activity levels are lower thanks to sedentary jobs, technology and better mass transportation options, according to the American Heart Association. We’re paying for those conveniences with our health; about 69 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, which increases risk for diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and reproductive problems. – Anna Almendrala, HuffPost

Balance is the key

In our opinion it’s important to note that balance is really the key here.  A consistent regimen of eating healthy foods (in proper portions) combined with (at least) the federal activity guidelines of 150 minutes of exercise per week are vitally important to both our physical and mental health.  As we age, we need these 2 healthy components more than ever to stay sharp, to feel our best, and to keep our bodies strong (muscles as well as bone structure).

What are you doing to keep yourself healthy these days?  Are you spending time at the gym? Do you have a particular walking/running routine?  We’d love to hear how you’re tackling these important issues in your life!  Let us know in the comments below.