On the Road
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On the Road
“On the Road” is a well known phrase to baby boomers because it is the title of that famous novel by Jack Kerouac of youthful exploration and curiosity. And even though technically Kerouac represented the generation before the time of the boomers, that novel very much became a bible for the youth movement that exploded during the 1960s when the boomers went through their teen and college or university years. As a result, there is wanderlust and a yearning to get away from it all and travel that is deeply ingrained in the baby boomer mentality and way of viewing the world.
It isn’t surprising then that baby boomers as adults have created a leisure and travel industry that has reached new levels of popularity in the last three plus decades. So nobody would be surprised either when we see boomers in their early retirement years begin to look into becoming the ultimate wanderers by hitting the road in their RVs and staying on the go virtually nonstop.
The spirit of adventure and desire not only to see and be part of the expanse of this glorious World has a lot to do with the yearning to travel that is so common in modern day baby boomers. But it is more than just wanting to see great sights and enjoy the huge variety of climate and landscapes that the World has to offer that lures baby boomers out of their rocking chairs and out onto the highways and byways. It is also the allure of meeting new people, becoming “citizens” not just of their local community but of the world and packing their retirement years with fun and new adventures that has a genuine appeal to baby boomers.
Baby boomers have always been people of adventure. This can be seen in the great literature that has been made popular by this generation. The Lord of the Rings is a great example of how baby boomers see the world as ordinary creatures, the hobbits, go on the road to do some great thing to save their world. No wonder that trilogy became an anthem of this generation who has always seen themselves as adventurers with a mission in life to do good for all mankind.
But hitting the road in their RV, as tame as that may seem to observers, also appeals to a sense of unrestrained life that helps boomers combat the feeling that the world is closing in around them. The popular song of the 60s, “Born to be Wild” was more than a catchy tune. It expressed a self-image boomers had as youth that they were only somewhat civilized and that there is a part of their nature that can never be tamed. The freedom of travel and the lack of restrictions is liberating to aging boomers who may have been boxed in by life’s responsibilities, jobs and families for much of their adult lives.
In this way, boomers don’t see retirement as a time to cut back on the adventure of living. Quite the opposite, boomers see the chance to live on the road in their RVs as a chance to release that inner bohemian wanderer, that Jack Kerouac and Neil Cassidy that lives in every boomer and give those free spirits the chance to redefine the world in their own terms.
So as loved ones of boomers, let’s not try to rein in these free spirits, even of those spirits live in an aging mom and dad or grandma and grandpa. Boomers can be an inspiration to generations to come that they can live a life of responsibility and maturity and still retain a little of that inner beatnik or hippy that truly was born to be wild.
Your Travelling Vacation First Aid Kit
Your travel or vacation supplies must include a first-aid kit.
Have it available while traveling and take it with you whenever you go walking, hiking, or any activity that takes you away from civilization.
You can use just about any type of container for your first-aid kit. It's best if the container is lightweight, like plastic, and has a good lid. A handle can be useful also. A small toolbox, lunchbox, fishing tackle box or even kitchen Tupperware would work.
Here is a list of things to consider including in your vacation first-aid kit. This is not a comprehensive list and you may have other items to add.
You should have some sterile gauze with adhesive tape and scissors to cut them. Make sure the scissors are sharp. Also, multiple sizes of Band-Aids. Tip: Sanitary napkins are sterile and make good compresses to stop bleeding.
To clean cuts and wounds include antibiotic cream, hydrogen peroxide and antiseptic wipes.
Consider including aspirin and acetaminophen, instant cold packs, calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream.
Also, antacid, insect repellent, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhoea medication, sunscreen, cold and flu tablets
If anyone is taking prescription medicine be sure to bring enough for the whole trip.
The first-aid kit is a good place to store a list of emergency numbers along with your medical insurance information.
It's always a good idea to have a first-aid manual on hand and review it before you leave. This way you will be much more prepared should a situation arise where you need it. This is a great opportunity for children to learn a little about first-aid so review the manual with them too.
Other miscellaneous items that could be helpful are thermometer, latex gloves, tweezers and flashlight with spare batteries.
Keep your vacation first-aid kit easily accessible at all times but away from small children.
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One Step At A Time
One of the most natural things that an individual does every day is to walk. For years, this single act has been linked to improving cardiovascular health. The reason is because, generally, walking is a safe movement that isn’t likely to cause injury. New studies have shown that walking is also a terrific way to improve your mood. The next time you are feeling a little blue, there may be a way to walk it off - literally.
A recent study paired individuals into groups, one of which spent 30 minutes on a treadmill and the other that participated in 30 minutes of rest. Each group’s progress was monitored throughout the treatment with a conclusion that both groups reported having less negative feelings at the end of the study, along with less stress and tension. The difference, however, was found when the group that spent 30 minutes walking also noted an overall improvement in well-being.
While the study further proves the theory that walking is good for mental health, as well as physical, it also lends credence to the theory that people who walk feel better overall. It also proves that an individual does not have to be outside in order to enjoy the benefits of walking. This simple exercise can be achieved with a treadmill or by simply walking in place while tuning into a favourite movie or television show.
Anyone who has been diagnosed as having clinical depression or other illnesses should not ignore, or disregard, his/her medical treatment program. Walking is simply a way to sometimes add further improvement to certain conditions. A simple 30-minute walk can benefit an individual’s mood, improve cardiovascular health and combat obesity all at the same time. In order to be effective, many people find that a daily walking schedule will help to keep them motivated and improve their spirits. In addition, a regular schedule will ensure that there is a time set aside for a walk. It’s very easy to think, “I’ll get around to it later,” but something more often than not will distract individuals away from exercise unless they have a certain schedule that is followed every day.
The information in this article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be considered as, or used in place of, medical advice or professional recommendations for an exercise regimen. Every individual should consult his/her physician prior to beginning any program consisting of diet and/or exercise.
Tips to Help Mobility in Your Senior Years
In your senior years, mobility is one of the things that can help you live longer and feel better. However, it’s also something that naturally diminishes because as you age, you begin to lose muscle mass and may not be as active as you once were. However, by following these tips, you can have better mobility and be able to continue with a good quality of life no matter how old you get.
Here are five tips to improve mobility in your senior years:
- Talk to Your Doctor
The first thing you want to do to improve your mobility is to talk to your doctor about your concerns. He or she will be able to help you create a personalized plan that you can use to start getting around better, so you can get out and about and truly enjoy your golden years. They may prescribe supplements, exercise regimens, or a walking aid to help you with mobility.
- Use Your Walking Aid
Although you may not like it, if you are one of many seniors who struggle with their balance, then you need to use your prescribed walking aid. Using the appropriate one will allow you to get the right amount of assistance, so talk to your doctor to find out if you need as little as a cane to keep you upright or a walker to ensure that you can get around safely.
- Do Balance Exercises
Speaking of impaired balance, there are a number of things that you can do to improve your balance no matter how old you are. This will not only help you with your mobility, so you can walk more confidently, but it will also help you with a number of other tasks that can be dangerous if your balance is impaired, including getting in and out of chairs, and picking things up from the floor.
- Do Strength Training Exercises
Two of the biggest reasons seniors struggle with mobility is that they have weakened bones and muscle loss. Both of these problems can be solved with strength training. There are plenty of easy strength training exercises that seniors can do which will actually help to regrow lost bone and muscle mass to help with mobility.
- Get More Active
The more you get up and get moving, the more mobile you will become. There are so many ways for seniors to get active, whether it’s to join a fitness group at a community or senior center, to follow an exercise DVD at home, or even just picking up a new hobby. Whatever you decide to do, getting active will help you maintain and improve mobility in your senior years.
As you can see, it’s easy to help improve your mobility, and the sooner you start, the sooner you can begin to reap the benefits of stronger muscles and bones. You’ll feel better and may soon be able to play with your grandchildren like you want!
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