Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Don't Let Anything Slow You Down

There are a whole lot of stereotypes that surround what happens when you start to get a little older.
Everybody has some image in their mind of what an older person looks like. And, let's be totally
honest here, that image generally isn't all that flattering. It tends to conjure ideas of doddering old
folks who struggle to get by on their own, don't fully understand the world around them, and are
generally rather fragile and in need of care. Now, anyone could tell you that this idea of an older person
is hardly accurate to many, many people, not to mention the fact that it's actually a little
offensive.
However, it is impossible to deny the fact that getting older is going to have an impact on your life
and on your body. The truly important thing is how you decide to respond to that
fact and what kinds of changes you want to make in your life because of it.
After all, the only person who's really in control of how your life goes should be you.
With that in mind, here are some ways that you can make sure that nothing slows you down, whatever your age.

Watch your diet


When you're young, it can often feel like you can just eat anything and everything you could possibly want.
However, that all starts to change as you get older. Even as you start to get out the younger years of your
adulthood you can start to feel the impact of your diet and lifestyle catching up on you. Most people tend
to think about this in terms of how they look, and sure that's generally going to be a factor. But as you start
to get quite a bit older it becomes more and more important that you think about it in terms of how your diet impacts your health and not just your waistline. Not only does the impact on calories consumed change as you
get older but things like cholesterol and the impact of your diet on everything from your liver function to your
blood sugar become incredibly important to pay attention to. Obviously, this doesn't mean that you suddenly
need to start cutting out everything that you really enjoy from your diet, but if you've never really given your
diet that much thought before, now might be the time to start looking at it at least a little differently.


Keep active

One of the things that often goes hand in hand with a need for a change in diet is the need for a change in your
overall lifestyle. There are a lot of different facets to this but the most obvious is how active you are. Most
of us spend the vast majority of our lives being fairly sedentary. People will spend their entire lives working
at a desk for eight hours a day, sit in their car going one, then sit down on the sofa to relax for the rest of
the day. Again, when you're young it's easy to feel like this isn't really an issue. However, as you get older,
it becomes so much more important to keep active in order to keep the strength of your bones, joints,
and muscles. It's the kind of thing that can start to have a real, tangible impact on the way that your body
functions and how easy you find it to do a lot of simple, day-to-day tasks without needing a lot of help. It
doesn't need to be constant serious exercise, something easy and low-impact a few times a week can make
a shocking difference to how you feel and how much strength you're able to build up.

Get regular check-ups

No one likes going to the doctor, that's just a fact of life. And there are plenty of good reasons for that.
After all, doctor's offices are hardly the most pleasant places to spend your time. Not only that but it's
often very easy to end up convincing yourself that you're wasting yours and everyone else's time.
However, one thing that is true for absolutely everyone, old or young, is that it's always better to go
get checked over by a doctor than to ignore something that might be worrying you. This is especially true a
s you get older simply because, like it or not, you have a greater chance of something being wrong.
Even if you're feeling completely fine, but you haven't had a check-up in a while, it's still a good idea to go
and get one, just to be on the safe side. The idea of something being wrong is always scary but
catching something early is always going to make it that much easier to deal with than ignoring it until it gets worse.

Never stop learning


Of course, it's not just your body that you need to keep taking care of as you get older. Being able to keep
your mind just as sharp is incredibly important. One of the things that scares a lot of people the most
about getting older is the idea that their mental faculties will no longer be what they once were. One of
the best things that you can do in order to avoid falling into this is to make sure that you never stop trying
to learn new things and push yourself. Rather than using your spare time to just relax, why not use it to
learn a new skill? Why not teach yourself something you've always wanted to learn or go to a class that
lets you develop skills that you might have lost over time. These don't need to be for any reason other than
the fact that it's incredibly positive to make sure that you're always pushing yourself to be better than you were
before and to keep your mind just as well cared for as your body.

Make time for yourself

Most of the previous points have been built around making sure that you're as active as possible.
That's because the loss of your ability to do that can be an incredibly unpleasant thing to deal with as
you get older. However, you should also make sure to remember that it's just as important to take time
just to relax. We all spend our lives working and if we're not working we're with friends or family or doing
hobbies or cleaning the house and it all just gets exhausting. And as you get older, your tolerance for it
all is going to be a lot lower than it once was. There's nothing wrong with taking time to just sit down, relax,
read a book, listen to some music, or do whatever it is you want to do in order to unwind.

Don't let anyone take away your independence


Friends and family are a wonderful thing to have around you as you get older. However,
they can also be the source of a decent amount of frustration. The truth is that plenty of people will
want to be as helpful as possible without really realizing that their version of "helpful" just ends up
making you feel as though you're not capable of doing things for yourself. Sure, you know that their
hearts are in the right place but there are few things more frustrating than being able to do things for
yourself but having people around you insisting that you can't. The best thing that you can do is to make
it perfectly clear to people when they're overstepping any boundaries.

Be honest when you need help 

That being said, there may come a time when you realize that you do need help with certain things in
life. Whether it's because of your mobility, or your eyesight is not what it once was, or any other
reason, there's no shame in needing some help and you need to be honest with the people around
you. It might be that you just need someone to pop over to your home now and then to help out, or
maybe it's time to start looking at some kind of senior citizen center. The key is to be truly honest
with yourself and those around you about what you are and aren't capable of.    

The truth is that the only person who's going to be able to say whether or not you need to slow down,
or whether or not you need to make changes in your life, is going to be you. There will be all kinds of
people, both friends and family as well as society at large, that there are things that you can't do. A lot
of the time this is less about what's best for you and more about wanting you to behave more like the
way that they think that an older person should behave. But it's your life, you don't need to make
compromises based on someone else! You just need to live your life the way that's best for you.
Just try not to let your pride get in the way too much, sometimes the best way to live your best life is
to embrace the support of the other people in it when you really need it.re are a whole lot of
stereotypes that surround what happens when you start to get a little older. Everybody has some image
in their mind of what an older person looks like. And, let's be totally honest here, that image generally isn't
all that flattering. It tends to conjure ideas of doddering old folks who struggle to get by on their own, don't
fully understand the world around them, and are generally rather fragile and in need of care. Now, anyone could tell you that this idea of an older person is hardly accurate to many, many people, not to mention the fact that it's actually a little offensive. However, it is impossible to deny the fact that getting older is going to have an impact on your life and on your body. The truly important thing is how you decide to respond to that fact and what kinds of changes you want to make in your life because of it. After all, the only person who's really in control of how your life goes should be you. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can make sure that nothing slows you down, whatever your age.

Watch your diet

When you're young, it can often feel like you can just eat anything and everything you could possibly
want. However, that all starts to change as you get older. Even as you start to get out the younger years
of your adulthood you can start to feel the impact of your diet and lifestyle catching up on you.
Most people tend to think about this in terms of how they look, and sure that's generally going
to be a factor. But as you start to get quite a bit older it becomes more and more important that you
think about it in terms of how your diet impacts your health and not just your waistline. Not only does
the impact on calories consumed change as you get older but things like cholesterol and the impact of
your diet on everything from your liver function to your blood sugar become incredibly important to pay
attention to. Obviously, this doesn't mean that you suddenly need to start cutting out everything that you
really enjoy from your diet, but if you've never really given your diet that much thought before, now might be
the time to start looking at it at least a little differently.

Keep active

One of the things that often goes hand in hand with a need for a change in diet is the need for a
change in your overall lifestyle. There are a lot of different facets to this but the most obvious is how
active you are. Most of us spend the vast majority of our lives being fairly sedentary. People will spend
their entire lives working at a desk for eight hours a day, sit in their car going one, then sit down on the
sofa to relax for the rest of the day. Again, when you're young it's easy to feel like this isn't really an
issue. However, as you get older, it becomes so much more important to keep active in order to keep the
strength of your bones, joints, and muscles. It's the kind of thing that can start to have a real, tangible impact
on the way that your body functions and how easy you find it to do a lot of simple, day-to-day tasks without
needing a lot of help. It doesn't need to be constant serious exercise, something easy and low-impact a few
times a week can make a shocking difference to how you feel and how much strength you're able to build up.


Get regular check-ups

No one likes going to the doctor, that's just a fact of life. And there are plenty of good reasons for that.
After all, doctor's offices are hardly the most pleasant places to spend your time. Not only that
but it's often very easy to end up convincing yourself that you're wasting yours and everyone else's time.
However, one thing that is true for absolutely everyone, old or young, is that it's always better to go get
checked over by a doctor than to ignore something that might be worrying you. This is especially true as
you get older simply because, like it or not, you have a greater chance of something being wrong.
Even if you're feeling completely fine, but you haven't had a check-up in a while, it's still a good idea
to go and get one, just to be on the safe side. The idea of something being wrong is always scary but
catching something early is always going to make it that much easier to deal with than ignoring it until it
gets worse.

Never stop learning

Of course, it's not just your body that you need to keep taking care of as you get older.
Being able to keep your mind just as sharp is incredibly important. One of the things that scares
a lot of people the most about getting older is the idea that their mental faculties will no longer be what
they once were. One of the best things that you can do in order to avoid falling into this is to make sure
that you never stop trying to learn new things and push yourself. Rather than using your spare time to
just relax, why not use it to learn a new skill? Why not teach yourself something you've always wanted to
learn or go to a class that lets you develop skills that you might have lost over time. These don't need to be
for any reason other than the fact that it's incredibly positive to make sure that you're always pushing
yourself to be better than you were before and to keep your mind just as well cared for as your body.

Make time for yourself

Most of the previous points have been built around making sure that you're as active as possible. That's because the loss of your ability to do that can be an incredibly unpleasant thing to deal with as you get older. However, you should also make sure to remember that it's just as important to take time just to relax. We all spend our lives working and if we're not working we're with friends or family or doing hobbies or cleaning the house and it all just gets exhausting. And as you get older, your tolerance for it all is going to be a lot lower than it once was. There's nothing wrong with taking time to just sit down, relax, read a book, listen to some music, or do whatever it is you want to do in order to unwind.




Don't let anyone take away your independence

Friends and family are a wonderful thing to have around you as you get older. However, they can also be
the source of a decent amount of frustration. The truth is that plenty of people will want to be as helpful as
possible without really realising that their version of "helpful" just ends up making you feel as though you're
not capable of doing things for yourself. Sure, you know that their hearts are in the right place but there are
few things more frustrating than being able to do things for yourself but having people around you insisting that
you can't. The best thing that you can do is to make it perfectly clear to people when they're overstepping
any boundaries.

Be honest when you need help 

That being said, there may come a time when you realise that you do need help with certain things in
life. Whether it's because of your mobility, or your eyesight is not what it once was, or any other reason,
there's no shame in needing some help and you need to be honest with the people around you. It might
be that you just need someone to pop over to your home now and then to help out, or maybe it's time to
start looking at some kind of senior citizen centre. The key is to be truly honest with yourself and those
around you about what you are and aren't capable of.    


The truth is that the only person who's going to be able to say whether or not you need to slow
down, or whether or not you need to make changes in your life, is going to be you. There will be
all kinds of people, both friends and family as well as society at large, that there are things that you can't do.
A lot of the time this is less about what's best for you and more about wanting you to behave more like the
way that they think that an older person should behave. But it's your life, you don't need to make
compromises based on someone else! You just need to live your life the way that's best for you.
Just try not to let your pride
get in the way too much, sometimes the best way to live your best life is to embrace the support of the other
people in it when you really need it.


This is a collaborative post.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Project 365 week 28

Sunday

The weather here has been rather warm. The mint plant is growing well and it is lovely brewed and then cooled and added to sparkling water. A double shift at work with some crochet in my break.




Monday

Just had the one thing to do in town so having dropped hubby off to walk to friends with the dog I went and clocked up just over three miles, Had planned on picking up a few more caches but only found one of the three I looked for. There is one at this church but could not find it, area was very busy with people.




Tuesday

Spotted this delicious looking bread in Tesco, very nice it was as well with some lacto free cheese spread.
Took the car for a birthday treat and ran it through the car wash.




Wednesday

Dropped husband off with the dog and they went for a walk before going into friends. This having friend in the town is great for the dog and brilliant exercise for hubby, miles he would not have considered doing this time last year.

Finished these two body warmers for Spud and Roo. The 5 are all getting one similar to each other.






Thursday

Had an email to say there was a bike ready for me to pick up. I am borrowing one for Active Travel Hub in Kilmarnock, and it is available for anybody who works for either Ayrshire and Arran NHS or East Ayrshire Council.
So the plan was to pick the bike up, put it in the car, head to Dean Park, hubby was going to walk the dog and I was going to try out the bike. But sadly the bike was to big to fit in the car so it left me with the dilemma of getting it home. I do not like the idea of cycling on a bypass or for that matter a 60 mph country road, but had no choice.
So we walked the dog and I went back to pick the bike up and cycled home along roads I would not choose by choice  but made it. Managed my 11.000 steps before I picked up the bike, and then added 11 miles on on the way home.
Did look at somebody selling a second hand bike carrier but then would need to deal with the issue of it covering my number plates and lights on the back of the car. Going to cost to much to buy a light board and a number plate for the sake of a few short weeks.




Friday

Noticed when I got up this morning the dog had wet the floor, she never wets in the house, but spotted blood in it, so took her to the vet. Reckons it is a UTI, gave her an antibiotic injection and five days of tablets. Hopefully that should clear it. The back door is open a lot in this weather so not really noticed her peeing more.
Too her a walk before meeting up with friend, him and hubby are away down to his Aunt to cut her grass for her.
Had planned on another trip out on the bike but tried to add more air to the tyre, but it had Presta valves on and I let more air out than I was getting in. Asked hubby to pick up one of the tall pumps on the way home but they did not have one in stock in anything nearer than Braehead, so coming from Amazon and due on Sunday. Wont be using bike over the weekend anyway.

Meanwhile on the garden hubby has been potting on sunflowers, had the first pick off the strawberries and the potatoes are coming on well.





Saturday

Knew I could make it, the cycling helps add on extra miles as well. They are over and above as cycling is not walking.






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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Project 365 week 27

You must be getting fed up with my knit/crochet/dog pictures so going to try to do something different this week.I have still knitted/crocheted and walked the dog but my life does consists of other things.
We spotted a second series of Dark on Netflix, enjoyed the first series but was so long ago have forgotten what happened so we watching our way through it again first.

Sunday

Fed up of taking the same thing to work so rung the changes and took some lacto free cheese spread with these. They make a bit of a mess on the table as some of the seeds fall off but easy to clear up.A nice nutty flavour. These are great as they come in packs of four so stay fresher than the big packs.
A full day at work and hubby spent the day with friend dropping me off and picking me back up from work.




Monday

Had some things to do in the town after dropping hubby off who walked along to friends house. I parked the car over a mile away from where I wanted to be and walked in and out.
The large windows of this former shop make ideal reflections up river.



Tuesday

Was feeling rather tired so did what I needed to do in town and then picked friend up to bring him here. They walked the dog down the woods while I did some ironing and then went off fishing, getting back at way gone 11 again.
Made a few baby items for a still born baby.
I am really lazy when it comes to some things one of these things being dry skin on my feet, so I now have one of these to do something about it.







Wednesday

Had a letter to post so after dropping off hubby off I again parked the car over a mile away and walked and posted a letter.
Picked up hubby and friend and we went and did another 2 miles along the beach. We did drive out to Dunure to have a walk there for a change but they are now advertising themselves as a place Outlander was filmed and charging you £2.50 to park on a grassy area that was free in the past. Would not have minded a £1 but totally object to being exploited. So we turned round and came back.

Collected these little yellow shells, just because I could. They were a pretty colour, will find something to do with them.

Outlander


Finished off a cardigan for a friends baby that is due soon.


Thursday

Took a walk to Failford, not been up there in a while. Met lots of people, always feel it is an area that is well underused. Met a family that moved locally a few weeks back and were there with their four children who were having a ball in the river and playing hide and seek in the woods. We introduced them to geocaching as something else to do with the children.

Made a lamb mince meat loaf for tea with saute potatoes and mixed veg. Blitzed a large onion and a stale roll in the food mixer, add some seasoning and an egg and then mixed through the mince, placed in a square baking tin and cooked in the oven. Enough left for lunch at work one day this weekend.




Worked on a crochet gilet for Roo, going to do a matching one for her sister. Finding the crochet patterns easier to follow now and even easier if I relate them to knitting, allows me to see in my minds eye how they should be shaping up.
Facetimed with Ziggy and Roo. They are planning on coming down for a week later this month.


Friday

A pile of housework, some blogging and an afternoon of tv and crochet. Watching some old Trial and Retribution, an old Linda La Plante series. More crochet and a wander round the fishery once the rain stopped.Did hang washing out but once it stopped raining brought it back in and threw it back in the washing machine.
I am not  a lover of plain rice cakes but quite like the plain chocolate ones but they were not on special offer this week and it was going to cost £1.50 for a pack of 6, so I bought some spelt cakes for £1, fourteen in the pack and a 30p bar of plain chocolate and made my own cheaper version. Added a few sprinkles for effect. Again handy to take to work for in my break.

dark chocolate rice cakes



Saturday

Nearly made it....determined I will have completed the 1000 by next weekend.




Not seen much of the grandchildren this week, a few short visits to their house for other things.



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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Easy Changes To Make Your Home More Accessible

As you get older, it’s natural to find you’ve started to slow down, and tasks that used to be easy
are now more of a challenge than they once were. I have to pop on my glasses and wander over
to the window to add light to enable reading the smaller printing on packages and things.
I have to sit down now to tie up my shoe laces. These little things can be frustrating and upsetting,
but there are some easy changes that you can make around your home that can make it
more accessible,
without feeling like you’re living on a retirement ward. 


Adjustable Beds
A good night’s sleep is an essential part of your health and the right bed can help you achieve that.
 If you find getting in and out of bed is the most tiring part of your day, you could
try an adjustable bed. The bed can be raised or lowered to help you get into the ideal
position to swing your legs on or off the mattress with minimal difficulty. You can also
adjust them to help you find a comfortable sleeping position with a bad back. 

Recliner Chairs
Make sure you’re using a chair that encourages correct posture. The ideal chair has a high
back that supports your shoulders, back and neck. You should find your spine naturally stays
in a comfortable, neutral position without sleeping. Choose a chair that is a good height for
getting out of. Make sure it has arms, as this helps for pushing up to get out of the chair
without falling. I love my recliner chair, especially for my afternoon Nana Nap as well as for
sleeping in when I am having issues with my asthma, much easier to breath sitting
upright.

A recliner can be adjusted to suit your posture needs, without adding more pressure onto
painful areas. You can move the chair around to find the ideal position for your weight and
comfort needs too. You can even find sofas from the right mobility furniture company that
are adjustable too to add even more comfort to your living room without compromising on
style. 

Non-Slip Flooring
If you’re concerned about slips, trips or falls, think about the kind of flooring you have in your
home. Entrances can be the worst for accidents, so make sure flooring in entry ways is non-slip.
You can add scuffed surfaces to improve the grip for walking. 


Make sure any steps have a rail at a comfortable height for support as you move in
and out of your home. 

Age Proof The Kitchen
Make sure your kitchen is easy to use. Choose appliances with large, easy to read displays
to avoid mistakes and confusion. Cutlery and dishware with chunky handles is easier to grab
and grip if you’re finding that your hands aren’t as steady as they used to be. 


Add a high stool to sit on while you cook or prepare food, so you’re not getting tired out
standing at the counter or the oven. Make sure any hot water pipes are well insulated to
avoid burns in case of falls. 


Safe Bathrooms
The bathroom is a common place for household accidents, but you can make it safer.
Add non-slip flooring to the bathroom and any en-suites. A non-skid bath matt in the tub or
shower can also help prevent slipping. Add a handle to the edge of the bath to help you get
in and out without incident. 


A few small changes can make your home much easier and safer to enjoy, even in
your twilight years. 

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