Best List Of Senior Discounts For 2014

best senior discounts 282x300 Best List Of Senior Discounts For 2014We had such a tremendous response to our 2013 list of senior discounts  that we wanted to update that list and make it even better!  Based on your feedback and a little homework, we compiled a new “Best List Of Senior Discounts For 2014″.  There’s still a number of great places to go to find stores that offer senior discounts, like AARP, AAA, and About.com.  If you have suggestions that we missed or corrections (these things can change from time to time) please let us know below!

One additional resource to keep in mind is The Senior List Facebook Page.  We regularly post discounts, scam alerts, and other great information there.  Also, it’s another great place for our community to interact and share together.  If you haven’t “liked” our Facebook page yet, please join us! (Look for our Facebook widget just to the right of this article.)

Best Restaurant Discounts For Seniors:

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Backyard Burger: free drink with purchase
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (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
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 20% off on Wednesdays to AARP Members
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
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+)
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: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
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)
Papa John’s: 25% off (55+) for online orders. Enter the code “AARP25″ when placing your order
Shoney’s: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)

Best Retail and Apparel Discounts For Seniors:

Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: Up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

Best Airline Discounts For Seniors:

American Airlines: Various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: No initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Best Car Rental Discounts For Seniors:

Alamo Car Rental: Up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: Up to 25% off for AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Hertz: Up to 25% off for AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
National Rent-A-Car: Up to 30% off for AARP members

Best Activities & Entertainment Discounts For Seniors:

AMC Theaters: Up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: Up to $100 off memberships (62+)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Best Cell Phone Discounts For Seniors:

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)

Best Hair Cut Discounts For Seniors:

Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (65+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)

If you’re interested in getting the very best deal you can, the best thing you can do is just ask the question… “Do you offer any senior discounts?”  Hey, a penny saved is a penny earned!  We’ll continue to update this list with the help of our readers like you. Remember to add your “2 cents” in the comment section below.

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Top 10 Quotes About Growing Old

4 folks on the beach Top 10 Quotes About Growing OldFound a great quote about growing old this morning so I decided to scour the interwebs for a top 10 list.  Add your favorites to the list below!

Top 10 Quotes About Growing Old

  1. “Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar.” John Glenn
  2. “I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” Albert Einstein
  3. “Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed.” George Bernard Shaw
  4. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” Henry David Thoreau
  5. “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.” Bill Vaughan
  6. “The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Muhammad Ali
  7. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain
  8. “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” Author Unknown
  9. “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” Satchel Paige
  10. “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” Michael Pritchard

There are so many more out there that should be on the list of top 10 quotes about growing old!  What’s your favorite?  My mother always used to say “Growing old is just a state of mind…” and it’s so true!  (Not sure where that one originated but I certainly like it.)

Photo: Natasha Hirtzel via Flicker

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Photo Of Elderly Couple In Same Place Each Season Until The Inevitable

Purportedly, journalist Ken Griffiths of The Sunday Times took a photo of an elderly couple in the same place (outside their home), each season for 12 consecutive years.  There are many theories surrounding this series of photos.  Some say it’s Ken Griffiths’ parents and he chronicled their love for one another through their final 12 seasons together.  Others merely note the acclaimed photographer and journalist took the photos of some would be friends to be originally published in 1973.  The results no matter which way you cut it are amazing, and they are making their way around the web for all to ponder.

“When you’re young you prefer the vulgar months, the fullness of the seasons. As you grow older you learn to like the in-between times, the months that can’t make up their minds. Perhaps it’s a way of admitting that things can’t ever bear the same certainty again.”
― Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

There is something magical about each season anew.  Each bring with it inevitable change, glory and even decay.  Spring brings with it eternal hope and each season unveils a new chapter.  The same holds true in our lives, and I love to think about the parallels between our mother earth… and each of us that share her for a brief moment in time.

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Tinney Davidson: Making a Difference One Wave at a Time

canstockphoto15610798 150x150 Tinney Davidson: Making a Difference One Wave at a TimeIt’s not hard to find inspiration on the web, a few minutes spent on youtube or facebook is all it usually takes to make us tear up.  The waterworks get turned on when we see inspiration and seniors in the same story.  This delightful video has it all- smiles, humor, sweetness, and tears. Tinney Davidson is a widow who has impacted kids in a big way, with a small wave. This year, the kids decided they would show her how much her small daily act meant to them.  If this doesn’t melt your heart, you should probably see a doctor.  And speaking of your heart, did you know that February is American Heart Month?

 

 

Improve Home Access For Seniors – Tune Up Your Doors

shutterstock 142445545 150x150 Improve Home Access For Seniors   Tune Up Your DoorsAre the doors in your home sticky, narrow or just plain unwieldy? For most of us, this can be a big annoyance. However, for seniors, it can be a significant impediment to mobility in the home and overall home access for seniors.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve the situation and make daily life a little easier.

Here are some ideas:

Door Knobs - Consider replacing door knobs with door levers. These are simply easier for seniors to open than a traditional round door knob. Internal door hardware is affordable and relatively easy to replace. Entry door locksets are more expensive, but won’t necessarily break the bank if you shop around.

Misaligned Doors - When doors are out of alignment, they can rub on the frame and become difficult to open and close. There are a few quick tricks you can try before you resort to re-framing the door.

  • If the problem is very minor, you can sometimes just sand the edge of the door that is rubbing. This is permanent and is not recommended if the problem is seasonal or if too much material must be removed.
  • Use shims to move the upper or lower hinge out from the door frame slightly. While you may be able to use cardboard or washers to accomplish this, it’s probably better to purchase door shims that are specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Another trick is to slightly bend one or both of the door hinge knuckles. Crescent wrenches are frequently used for this, but there are now knuckle bender tools to make it easier.

Narrow Doorways - Some doorways are too narrow to provide access for a walker or wheelchair. You have a few options:

  • ‘Swing clear’ hinges are a great way to improve access. As the name implies, these hinges allow the door to swing completely out of the door opening. In some cases, this can add a couple inches of badly needed clearance.
  • If you don’t need to close that particular door, consider removing the door and hinge altogether. You can also remove the innermost strip of trim that functions as a door stop. If the doorway needs to be even wider, you can try removing the entire door frame and trimming out the opening with thin sheet-rock.
  • Depending on the location in your home and the wall framing surrounding the door, you may be able to replace the existing door with a wider pre-hung door. While this may not be a DIY job, a good contractor can probably do it for a reasonable price.

Garage Doors - Not only can garage doors be difficult to open and close, they can be downright hazardous for some seniors. While most problems with garage doors can be easily fixed, it is recommended that you hire a licensed contractor for significant improvements. Garage door springs are dangerous to work with and some municipalities may even require building permits.

  • If you have a slab garage door, check into getting a roll-up door. These should be much safer and easier for seniors to manage.
  • Remove dirt and debris from the garage door and the areas around it.
  • Lubricate your door hardware. If you are unsure of the best type, look for a lubricant specifically labeled for garage door hardware.
  • Replace your garage door springs. If the springs are old, they may not be functioning as well as they should. They could also be dangerous in the event of a failure.
  • If you don’t have one already, consider purchasing an automatic garage door opener. The quality of these continues to improve and they are more affordable than ever.

Sliding Doors - Sliding doors are inherently more difficult to open than swinging doors and can be even more of a challenge for seniors. These generally require more ongoing maintenance to function smoothly.

  • Clean out the tracks regularly.
  • Lubricate moving parts.
  • Although it can be tricky, many sliding doors have screws to adjust alignment. If needed, replacement parts are generally available as well.
  • Consider replacing a sliding door with a pair of swinging French doors. Because the sliding door opening is typically wide, replacement with French doors is generally easier than many other installations.

Keyless Entry Systems - Some seniors have difficulties when using keys. Door locks with combination buttons and remote key fobs are now available. Some of these can even be activated by other remote devices such as cell phones or security systems.

While these are all great improvements for the doors themselves, don’t forget to address the lighting near your doorways. For example, motion detectors can automatically turn on the lights when approaching the door. This will free up both hands for opening the door, carrying groceries or even stability. Now all you need is a friendly welcome mat!

Drum Playing Grandma Stuns At La Crosse Music Shop

So a Grandma walks into a drum shop… (No that’s not the start of an odd joke) and stuns shoppers with her skills.  Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse WI posted a video on YouTube with the following explanation “We have no idea where this lady came from, what her name is, or where she went but she rocked our faces off!”.  Hope that you enjoy, and it puts a smile on your face!  This lady is forever known as the drum playing grandma…

“What’s this all about? It’s about music, it’s not about anything else, it’s not about having the coolest cover, or the coolest title, or about anything. It’s just about music.” – Lars Ulrich

MEMOIRE By Kate M. Gehrke

Arriving Ellis Island 400x270 300x202 MEMOIRE By Kate M. GehrkeKathe (Kate) Gehrke was my husband’s great grandmother.  In 1923 she left Northern Germany and came to America by boat with her husband Franz and 3 year old daughter (Magdalene).  Kate was only 23 at the time.  Like so many before her (and so many after) they arrived at Ellis Island in search of a better life.  At the time, inflation was rocking Germany following WWI.  After boarding the Mount Carroll she would wave goodbye to her parents and a sister… Never to see them again.  By the time Kate was able to return to Germany 50 years later, all had died.

Kate Gehrke loved The United States, and following WWII she wrote this heartfelt Ode To America titled: MEMOIRE.  We were told this tribute was framed and hung on a courthouse wall in Spokane Washington following her naturalization (to US citizenship) .  We’re not sure if it still hangs there today… In case it doesn’t, we’ll hang it here for you.

MEMOIRE
By: Kate M. Gehrke

I stood on the shore of the Baltic Sea
Watching its mighty waves,
And visited St. Petersburg
In its Imperial Days.

From the Rhein River steamboat I had a look
At the Lorelei and the Tower at Bingen.
The Bohemian Forest, I remember so well
With its gypsies melodiously singing.

But most of all I think about the crossing of the ocean
To a new world – I had always known -
But only by its name.
A world so different from the old,
And still so much the same.

 For here I met the people from Russia
And the Baltic Sea,
From Bohemia, the Rheinland
And from Saxony.

They talk about the good old days,
And sing their happy songs.
They disagree on many things,
And argue rights and wrongs.

But, let an enemy attack this country
Land or sea -
They proudly rise to its defense,
Regardless of nationality.

Shoulder to shoulder and man to man
Ready to give their all
To fight, to die, if it must be
As true Americans.

For those who died for you, for me,
To keep this country safe and free,
Wherever their eternal sleep,
We pray, the Lord
Their soul to keep.

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Kate Gehrke (born Kathe Marta Helene Dittmann)

1899 – 1971

Online Computer School for Seniors

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We have written about cell phones for seniors, and the best apps for seniors, but we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves.  As hard as it is to imagine, there are still plenty of folks who are not yet comfortable with computers.  We are thrilled to help introduce to our readers a company that has been working  to help seniors become more computer savvy.

Online Computer School for Seniors

Computer School for Boomers & Seniors (CS4Seniors.com) is on a mission to help Grandma and Grandpa become more computer literate. “I have a grandson who knows more about computers at six than I did when I was fifty,” said Mimi Witcher, Founder of CS4Seniors. “My grandchildren are growing up with technology. They have computers, iPads, Smartphones and iPods. They text, surf and click all day long. We missed out on all that,” said Mimi. “But our generation needs to get with the program. We need to become computer savvy.” Computer School for Boomers & Seniors is a virtual campus with a mission to empower their students by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the Internet. “I’m very serious when I say there is a need.  Just look at what is happening all around us,” said Mimi.

  • Perhaps no group of people was hurt more during the global economic “downturn” in 2009 than Boomers and Seniors.  Many can’t afford to retire and many were laid off and can’t find another job. According to the GAO, as of July nearly two million older workers, 6.2 %, were seeking a job.
  • When the GAO looked into senior unemployment, it found that employers assumed older workers would demand higher salaries, they would be uncomfortable reporting to younger bosses and they would lack computer skills.
  • AARP reports that older workers need to become more computer savvy just to apply for a job since more companies are requiring applicants to apply online.
  • South Carolina’s unemployment agency is yanking benefits from thousands of people who are not searching for work through the agency’s website as a way to verify they are looking for work as required. This is a double whammy for seniors without computer skills. They can’t apply for a job online and they can’t collect unemployment because they don’t know how to get online.
  • By March 2, 2013 all Social Security checks will be deposited electronically.
  • Recipients are encouraged to check on their benefits online. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced last June that in less than two months’ time, one million people had gone online, created a My Social Security account and viewed their Social Security Statement.

Mimi taught seniors for eight years in the classroom in the Emeritus Program at Richland College in Dallas, TX. She went from taking classes…to teaching classes…to Teacher of the Year. Now she’s teaching Boomers and Seniors online from all over the world. “Why? Because having computer skills can connect you to your friends, family and the world while not having computer skills can disconnect you,”  encouraged Mimi. Computer School for Boomers & Seniors has the largest selection of online computer Lesson Plans created specifically for Boomers and Seniors.

A sample of topics and lessons plans include; Travel, Google Earth, Publisher, Excel, ClipArt, and even Pinterest!  The tuition is very reasonable at $79 per year or $39 for one semester (three months).  Find out more at http://www.cs4seniors.com.

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Costco Targeting Boomers and Seniors

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Costco Targeting Boomers and Seniors

Costco is one of our favorite members-only retail outlets.  They stock everything from detergents to computers and so much more!  They have buyer programs for cars and trucks, and even host a Costco Travel Agency.  Need an outdoor building?  No problem… Looking for a car battery?  Right this way madam… Just walk past the high-end DSLR cameras, the camping supplies, and the leather theater seating!  It’s simply nirvana for all you shopaholics out there.

One of the more interesting trends that The Senior List has been tracking is Costco’s move into the lucrative boomer and senior spaces.  This has been a market where traditional (specialty-retailers) have reigned supreme.  A targeted focus on aging Americans can payoff in many ways.  First, the boomer/senior market is already contributing to America’s bottom line and we’re only scratching the surface here folks.  Second, Costco’s entry into these spaces will force transparency into markets that have (in some cases) fleeced consumers for years.  Costco’s big-box-approach AND focus on service is bound to make traditional retailers for; hearing aids, durable goods (walkers, canes, etc.), eye-wear (glasses, etc.), prescriptions, medical alert systems, nutritional supplements, adult briefs (incontinence products) and travel… shake in their proverbial boots.

If you research the medical alert industry for example, you’ll find that there are a number players, big and small.  What’s not so easy to find is information on the quality of medical alert systems, where to purchase them, how much they cost, and the dependability of the call centers themselves.  The Senior List has been following the medical alert industry for quite some time, costco logo Costco Targeting Boomers and Seniorsand there are some great companies out there.  Did you know that you can now purchase a medical alert system at Costco?  They’re for sale at certain stores, (call for availability) and available now at Costco online.  These big box sellers will end up putting pressure on specialty, (and online) retailers to provide more transparency to the solutions they provide.  The big box stores will also force manufacturers and retailers to provide better services in support of their solutions.  Finally Costco will force these competitors to sharpen their pencils and lower their prices (if they wish to compete).

If you take a look at the hearing aid market, you’ll note that this is another market that Costco has targeted.  With resounding success they have set up prescription eye glass centers, Costco is now selling hearing aids via their Costco Hearing Aid Centers.  According to the New York Times, “About 37 million people suffer from some form of hearing loss — from minor impairment to total deafness — in the United States. But less than a quarter of the people who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them.”  Keep in mind that this is the number cited today.  The future will be mind-boggling for the hearing loss industry.  Walkmans (boomers will know what I’m talking about), iPods, iPhones, and specialty head phones are turning this market upside down.  Newer, cost-effective solutions will be required, and Costco sees the writing on the wall.

The new big box focus on boomers/seniors is a win-win-win for everybody.  It’s good for Costco (and other big box retailers), it’s good for industry (makes them better) and it’s great for consumers.  Specialty retail must adapt or they’ll be forced out.  For small business, a focus on service, value adds, personal care, expertise, and buy-local initiatives is the only way some will survive.  The silver lining is in the numbers however… with 79 million aging boomers in the U.S. there’s plenty of business to go around.  The first wave of boomers just started turning 65, so this trend is just the beginning.