People and Products on Twitter this week

products on twitterThis week saw a lot of interesting eldercare news out on the Twittersphere.  If you’re on twitter and want to have your tweets featured on The Senior List make sure you follow us there.  You can find us here @SeniorList.  Same goes for Facebook, if you’re on Facebook make sure we’re connected up so we can talk there too.  You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSeniorList or just put The Senior List into your search bar.  OK, here are your Sunday morning tweets that caught our eye… Oh and enjoy your day!

The Pic Scanner App is a new “old photo scanner” that makes it easy to digitize your family pictures that are sitting in the shoe box. This might be one of our favorite products on Twitter this week.  Here’s the description in the App Store: Love old photos? Then you will love this app. Scans up to four pics simultaneously, and crops them automatically. So easy! Preserve & share memories with friends and family. A “must-have” app for tbt, craft, genealogy, ancestry and digital scrapbooking lovers.

If you needed inspiration this week (after digging out of all that snow), this sign may have done the trick for you. I love these kind of anonymous gestures!

If that weren’t enough, here’s some more inspiration for your Sunday morning!

Given today is the first day of March, this tweet seems appropriate!

I never thought of Bangkok at an optimal retirement destination but apparently some think it is!

Unless you were buried in snow, and just dug out… You know that we lost generational icon Leonard Nimoy this week. He lived long, and he prospered.

You’d be surprised to know how many people are afraid to discuss real issues that affect aging adults. Topics like urinary incontinence and hemorrhoids affect a lot of people as they age, no reason to hide from these things… Let’s learn about them!

Finally – I found a nice one to end on. One of our favorite posts of all time. You’ll want to click through and read this letter if you haven’t already. Also, feel free to RT!

Healthiest Cities Ranked

Healthiest Cities in the U.S.Ever wondered where your city ranks in terms of fitness?  Living here in Portland Oregon, we know that PDX is one of the healthiest cities around.  Portlanders are generally very fit and (if you believe Portlandia) very weird… Of course this is just the way we like it!  By the way, if you’ve ever watched Portlandia and wondered – are Portlanders really like that? We are.  

This month BetterDoctor.com published their list of the fittest cities in the U.S.  BetterDoctor.com, a website that helps consumers find the best doctor for their needs, gives us some interesting statistics to ponder.  These statistics rank-order cities on either how “fit” cities are, or how “sedentary” they are.  Some of the cities on the “fit list” are my favorite places to visit, and where many of my friends and family have settled in.  (*Special Note – These cities would also be great considerations for retirement for active adults.)

Here are the criteria themes they considered when ranking the fittest cities:

  1. Do other people in the city exercise?
  2. Are other residents fit?
  3. Do residents have access to high-quality parks and outdoor spaces?

Top 20 Healthiest Cities

Here are the top 20 fittest cities in the U.S. as ranked by BetterDoctor.com. The score you see following each city is their “fit cities index score”.  How does your hometown rank?

  1. Aurora, Colo., 75.2
  2. San Francisco, 73.6
  3. Oakland, 72.3
  4. Albuquerque, 70.9
  5. Seattle, 70.9
  6. Denver, 70.5
  7. Portland, Ore., 70.0
  8. Sacramento, 68.4
  9. Irvine, Calif., 66.8
  10. San Diego, 66.5
  11. Scottsdale, Ariz., 63.8
  12. San Jose, Calif., 63.5
  13. St. Paul, Minn., 63
  14. Minneapolis, Minn., 62.8
  15. Honolulu, 62.2
  16. Colorado Springs, Colo., 62.2
  17. Reno, 61.9
  18. Washington, D.C., 61.2
  19. Virginia Beach, Va., 58.4
  20. Boston, 58.3

All About (Healthy) Portland

Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

“Live Long and Prosper”

News outlets reported earlier today that Leonard Nimoy (Spock) died this morning of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  The New York Times noted that Leonard Nimoy attributed his disease to years of smoking which he had given up many years ago.  Simply said, he was an icon for several generations.  Outpourings of support have rolled in from his friends, co-workers and family on social media networks, and in the news.  You lived long and you prospered Mr. Nimoy.  You shall be missed.

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Tips For Those Considering Retiring Overseas

Retiring Overseas - Expert Tips

Ever thought about retiring overseas? If you answered yes, you need to read this great article by Kathleen Peddicord (of Live and Invest Overseas fame). In Kathleen’s HuffPost write-up, David and Cathy Thompkins tell their story of how a rock-solid western US couple moved from Northern Idaho to Cayo, Belize just a year ago.

Retiring Overseas

If you’re going to consider retirement overseas, you should probably make a few test runs first.  Spend some extended-time in the locations you’re considering.  This is a good rule-of-thumb even if you’re considering a domestic move right here in the good ole USA.  Just a few of the big challenges that David and Cathy faced included; What to do with all their stuff back home, where to find food, and how to build new relationships.

As you can imagine, the people in Belize are great – and things seem to be working out swimmingly (pun intended) for the Tompkins’.  If you’re looking to retire in Belize, or anywhere else for that matter – Do your homework. Click here for a direct link to the article or find it on our Facebook page where you’ll find all kinds of great boomer/senior related resources.

10 Stars Turning 50 in 2015

Guitarist Slash: Stars turning 50 in 2015

We recently posted a Happy Birthday to Chris Rock on The Senior List Facebook Page.  I mean he’s the voice of Marty-the-Zebra (my favorite Madagascar character) for goodness sake!  Thinking about Chris Rock getting his senior discount at McDonalds not only gave me a coffee craving, but it really got me thinking about time marching on.  I know, turning 50 is no big deal, but it’s a milestone, and you can’t argue that one.

Stars Turning 50

I’m amazed at how well time has treated some celebrities (and how it’s betrayed others).  Probably no different than the rest of us eh?  (Have you seen how great Chris Rock looks?)  Let’s take a look at 10 mega stars that will be turning 50 in 2015.  How is it that some of my favorite celebs are already eligible for their AARP discounts?

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Making The Best Of A Delayed Flight

A delayed flight with the Port City SoundYou know the drill… You hop on your flight and get buckled in when the captain comes on the intercom with this announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen we’ve been placed on a weather hold because of storms rolling across the greater Chicago area.  The tower has asked us to hang tight here in the gate area while this weather moves through.  Current estimates put our hold at around 30 minutes or so.”

Naturally, a delayed flight is anxiety inducing and uncomfortable for all.  This is usually the case, but on a recent US Airways flight to New Orleans a flight delay got you a free ticket to hear the Port City Sound, an award winning barbershop quartet!  Kari Mann a flight attendant for US Airways captured the moment and the smiles that went with it.  Hats off to these guys for making this a flight to remember.  They’re incredibly talented and get 2 thumbs up from The Senior List!  Watch the video below.

How Much Time Do We Have?

How much time do we have?

What are you doing with all of your time?

How much time is left?

Your Life in JellybeansThese are tough questions to answer, but the video below puts them in perspective using 28,835 jellybeans of all things!  Why the number 28,835? Because this is the average number of days we have to live our lives.  Some have more days, and some have less… But on average, this is what we get.  In the video below by Zefrank1 on YouTube, each day is represented by a single jellybean.

What if I told you that it would take 5,474 days to turn 15 years old (ya I know that’s easy math).  At 15 years old we’re on the precipice of adulthood, and we have our whole life in front of us.  Now for some interesting statistics from the American Time Use Survey (creatively illustrated by Zefrank1).  After turning 15, you’ll spend 8,477 days sleeping, 1,635 days eating, drinking and preparing food, and 3,202 days at work (ugh).  Additionally (with special thanks to Lakers fans) you can plan on wasting 1,099 days in the car commuting to wherever it is you’re going.

Just how much time to we have left?  What else are we spending our time on? How bout watching TV, doing chores, caring for friends and family, bathroom activities, and community services.  After all that… What’s left over?  And more importantly, what does it all mean?  Watch the video to find out.

28,835 days

2015 Senior Discounts: Restaurants

Restaurant Discounts for SeniorsOne of our most popular posts last year (in 2014) was our big list of senior discounts.  This discount list included everything from food and entertainment, to apparel and cell phone discounts.  To make our growing senior discount posts easier to process, we’re going to break them down into categories so they’re easier to navigate, and so we can interact more specifically with our readers.

Let us know what senior discounts are working (and what discounts aren’t working out) in the comments section. Also, add any (confirmed) discounts that are missing so we can build this valuable resource together.

There was an interesting article published recently by the BBC’s Business News Section (published yesterday) which discussed the rude awakening waiting for pensioners when they retire.  They simply won’t have enough money to live comfortably.  With that said, there are discounts to be had just by asking for them.  If you saved a dollar a day by asking for your 50+ benefit, you’d have over $300 at the end of the year.  That’s not small change!

Asking For Your Senior Discounts

One of the pieces of advice we give to everyone concerning senior discounts is to simply ask your server before you order.  Ask them, “Do you have any senior discounts?”  If you do this ahead of time, you’ll know if there is a special menu that might be available.  It may have additional offerings, smaller portions, and/or better value for your money.  The worst that can happen is they say “No”.  Here is our 2015 List of Senior Discounts for Restaurants.

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Best Senior Discounts For Dining Out

Applebee’s: 10-15% off senior discounts (varies by location) MAY require Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
A&W All American Food: 10% Senior discount varies by location
Backyard Burger: free drink with purchase
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off for seniors (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+) plus additional discounts on coffee and soft drinks
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co: 10% off for AARP Members
Captain D’s Seafood: “Happy Wednesday Offer” choice of 8 meals + drink for $4.99 or less- varies by loc. (62+)
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 20% off on Wednesdays to AARP Members
Carrows Restaurants: Golden 55 Menu offers discounted bfast, lunch & dinner (55+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)
Culvers: 10% off senior discount (60+)
Dairy Queen: 10% off for seniors (15% for coaches) varies by location (free small drink at some locations)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts:  AARP members receive a free donut with the purchase of a large hot coffee (at participating restaurants)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
El Pollo Loco: 10% off senior discounts varies by location (55+)
Friendly’s Restaurants: Breakfast discount varies by location (60+) Senior List readers to confirm
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: Great discounts on senior menu items (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
Kagle’s Barbecue: 10% off (50+)
KFC: Free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: Various discounts at locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Outback Steakhouse: 15% off AARP members for meals Monday through Thursday (alcohol excluded)
Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors (55+)
Papa John’s: 25% off (55+) for online orders. Enter the code “AARP25″ when placing your order
Ponderosa Steak Houses: Senior Discounts Vary- Senior menu available (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) varies by location
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (60+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off for seniors (50+)
Traditions Restaurant (East TX): Senior platter meal for $4.71 (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
Whataburger: Free drink w/ purchase of a meal- varies by loc. (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Readers, providers and publishers: Feel free to share our list with attribution, and a link to this updated post. OK- Your turn to add to the list!  Shout Out in the comments below :)

Old Paintbrushes Become Works Of Art

When speaking about Paintbrushes the Encyclopedia Brittanica (2008) notes that paintbrushes are a “device composed of natural or synthetic fibres set into a handle that is used for cleaning, grooming, polishing, writing, or painting. Brushes were used by man as early as the Paleolithic Period (began about 2,500,000 years ago) to apply pigment, as shown by the cave paintings of Altamira in Spain and the Perigord in France. In historical times the early Egyptians used brushes to create their elaborate tomb paintings, while the ancient Chinese employed the tip of a long-haired brush to make the many intricate characters of their writing, a practice continued in the Orient today.”

The Paint Brush Series - Works of Art

So what does one do with an old and discarded paleolithic pigment propagator?  Well if you’re Rebecca Szeto, you turn it into an exquisite piece of art!  That’s right, old and discarded paintbrushes can be turned into works of art IF you have an eye for the creative… and a desire to find “the poetic intersection of the material and the immaterial”.  If that sounds a little odd or even ironic, this is exactly what happens when San Francisco artist Rebecca Szeto gets her hand on old paint brushes.  What began as an afterthought, Ms. Szeto was looking for something to do with discarded paintbrushes left over from her faux finishing jobs.  What she came up with is truly inspiring!

The Paint Brush Series - Works of Art

“These works play with notions of re-forming beauty and value. I use humble, end-of-life, mass-produced materials inspired by my experience as a faux finisher. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as both subject and object. It refers to the history of painting, through the medium of paint, with its own tool.” –Rebecca Szeto

The Paint Brush Series - works of art

Old Paint Brushes Are Works of Art

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Top 10 Inspirational Photos From Last Week

We searched the web high and low to come up with the top 10 inspirational photos from the web last week.  Origins are unknown, but we thought sharing these would put a smile on your face and bring inspiration to your day!

We routinely post inspiring images and thoughts-of-the-day on our Facebook page, along with articles that are pertinent to the lives of boomers and seniors everywhere.  Be sure and join our robust community on Facebook so we can share with one another on a personal level.  If you’re on twitter, you can follow us there too at @SeniorList.  Enjoy!

Top 10 Inspirational Photos

Top 10 Inspirational Photos

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Top 10 Inspirational Images

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If you have words of wisdom, or sources of inspiration to share with The Senior List community we invite you to do so in the comments section below.  We love hearing from you!