Great Toys for Grandmas

September 19th, 2013

The holidays are coming and it’s time to start collecting trinkets and toys for when grandchildren come visiting. I know that having a nice collection of already wrapped gifts in the closet are invaluable for family visits or a day with grandma.

I also know that the last thing my children want is more cheap, plastic toys for their kids. For that reason, I usually pass up the plastic offerings and look for nicely crafted (but also affordable) wooden toys instead. I find that the wood toys are more durable and beautiful, and if they are unfinished, we can turn painting them into a craft project as well.

Not only can you purchase these toys for unexpected (or even planned visits), but it is fun to try to make some yourself. Here is a great video with some natural craft ideas I recently found on YouTube. I love the idea of using treasures in your own backyard to create crafts and toys!

Here is the video:

You Are Never Too Old To Be Active

September 18th, 2013

Recently my seventy year old mother started a new aquatics class at our local pool. She has a 74 year old friend who just started Tai Chi. All over the United States, it seems that senior citizens are learning that you are never too old to be an active senior!

Seniors, of course, have special concerns they need to pay attention to when they embark on any fitness routine. To start, they should check with their doctor to make sure there aren’t any health concerns. Also, they may want to work with a trainer or expert in senior fitness in order to ensure they are exercising in a manner that is appropriate for their age and current physical condition.

Being active and fit has numerous advantages for any senior. To start, it will increase a seniors ability to enjoy their life to the fullest by being in better physical health and shape. It can also help with mental wellness. There are social benefits as well for many seniors, who will find new friends in fitness classes.

If you are a senior interested in started a fitness routine, do not hesitate. As these examples above suggest – it is never too late to start to get fit!