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3 Ways to Learn About Technology for National Computer Learning Month

October is National Computer Learning Month, an observance dedicated to staying up to date with the latest computer and technology capabilities. In particular, senior citizens can find it extremely difficult to keep up with the latest computer knowledge with constant software updates and hardware upgrades flooding the market. If you’re tired of feeling out of the loop with how to use your computer, check out our guide for seniors to learn more about computers and troubleshoot issues with technology:

  1. Read About Computers Every Day

It’s true. Reading is truly one of the best ways to learn and retain information, especially about computers and technology! The more you read and become familiar with computer terms and best practices for navigating the web, the easier it will be to truly master your device. There are so many great resources out there dedicated to publishing new, relevant information about computers, like GCF Global Learning and LifeWire. Both of these websites explore the basics and fundamentals of computers, while introducing you to social media, troubleshooting techniques and the newest technology!

  1. Ask Your Grandchild or a Trusted Teenager for Help

When it comes to technology, there isn’t much that the younger generation doesn’t know about using and repairing it. In fact, this could be one of the quickest and easiest resources for learning more about how to use your computer. The grandkids will be happy to share their tips and tricks for browsing the Internet and taking advantage of other computer programs that can make your life easier! If you don’t have any grandchildren or they’re located in a different state, consider asking a trusted teenager, like a friend’s child or grandchild.

  1. Buy the Newest Technology on the Market

It is so much easier to learn about the ins and outs of a computer when you toss out the old technology and replace it with the latest upgrades. If you’re using a new desktop computer or laptop, you’ll be able to navigate the web quicker without long loading delays. Also, help services will be able to more easily assist you if you hit a road block!

Now that you know a few helpful tips for learning more about technology, every month can be National Computer Learning Month! We challenge you to work toward computer proficiency every day, so the next time your grandchildren are over, they’ll be asking you for advice!

Top 4 Halloween Costumes for Seniors

Halloween is the one day of the year when we can dress up as whoever we want to be, head out into the world and celebrate with other adults dressed as pop culture icons, superheroes, world leaders and more. As we grow older, it can get harder for us to get out of the house — but you should never let this get in the way of your Halloween spirit. From classic selections to new-age picks, check out this year’s top 4 Halloween costumes for seniors:

  1. Popeye and Olive Oyl

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How could we not start with this classic couple? Popeye the Sailor first appeared in a comic strip in 1929, gaining popularity and strength from his obsession with canned spinach. His iconic, flapper-type counterpart, Olive Oyl, is commonly regarded as Popeye’s girlfriend thanks to the television shows and movies that followed the comic strip. You and your costume partner will be the hit of the neighborhood when you step out as this dynamic duo!

2. Wonder Woman

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Anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel to the box-office hit “Wonder Woman?” We are, too! Get a jump on the premiere by sliding on a pair of golden cuffs and red boots, and dress up as everyone’s favorite Amazonian warrior this Halloween! There are tons of different Wonder Woman costumes available at local Halloween stores and online, and you can even get creative and make your own!

3. Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II recently stepped into the international spotlight once again, attending the historic wedding of her grandson, Prince Harry, as he said his “I dos” to American film actress Meghan Markle. So, there is no greater power move this Halloween than dressing up as the Queen herself! This costume is perfect regardless of whether you plan to go out for a night on the town or stay in and relax this Halloween! Either way, put on your favorite hat or fascinator and don’t forget to boil up a pot of evening tea!

4. Uncle Sam

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Legendary Uncle Sam is known for personifying the United States beginning during the War of 1812 and is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer who supplied beef to the U.S. army during the war. You probably know Uncle Sam best as a white-haired elderly man wearing a red, white and blue suit, bow tie and top hat. If you do decide to dress up as Uncle Sam this year, promise us that you’ll point to at least one person and sternly say, “I WANT YOU!”

We hope everyone has a great, safe night playing dress-up! Stay dry while you’re all dressed up with Wearever incontinence undergarments for women and men, available in styles protecting from light, moderate and heavy leakage. Happy Halloween!

4 Ways to Meet New Friends as a Senior

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Getting yourself out into the social world and meeting new people can be hard for people of all ages. Whether you’ve relocated, lost touch with old friends or simply retired, meeting new friends as a senior can be particularly challenging. Gone are the days of easily meeting new people at school, work or your children’s extracurricular events. So, it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to mingle with new faces. In fact, according to a Michigan State University study, some people experience the same positive effects on health resulting from strong friendships when compared to relationships with family members. If you don’t know how to get started, check out these four fun ways for seniors to meet new friends:

  1. Enroll in an Interesting Class

There are tons of amazing public classes out there for every hobby that fascinates you, from painting and writing to dancing and gardening. Once you’re surrounded by like minded people, it’s much easier and natural to socialize and find common interests. Plus, if you attend regularly, the classes will help you refine your communication skills, so you’ll learn how to socialize with new friends anywhere!

  1. Engage with social media

Social media isn’t just for the millennial generation. It’s also a great tool for seniors to meet new people in their communities. The digital world is full of opportunities to develop real-life or online relationships with friends and support systems. Your grandchildren will certainly be impressed once they figure out how savvy you are on social media!

  1. Volunteer

Find a cause or issue that you’re passionate about, and volunteer alongside people who share that same enthusiasm. If you love helping animals, try a local pet shelter. If art or history excites you, consider reaching out to a museum in your area to see if they have volunteer openings. The opportunities are truly endless.

  1. Join a Senior Center

Senior centers are often associated with Bingo night and bowling, but most centers have moved passed these stereotypical offerings and have evolved their activities to include fun, entertaining things like karaoke, field trips, concerts and more. These are just a few of the many opportunities senior centers present for bonding with fellow seniors!

Now, who’s ready to get out of the house and socialize? Before you head out into the world, don’t forget your Wearever incontinence panties and incontinence briefs to help keep you dry from light to heavy leakage while you’re making new friends!

Classic Playlist for Summer Road Trips

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Everyone knows that a great music playlist is one of the most crucial components of a successful summer road trip. Depending on how far you’re traveling, you could need hours of songs to fill the long car ride on the open road. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top 10 favorite road tunes, so you can add them to your playlist right now:

  1. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

Because there’s simply no better way to start a road trip than with an upbeat classic.

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Wherever you call home, this southern anthem will take you to a place with blue, sunny skies.

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

Whether you’re traveling alone or with family or friends, this song is sure to put you in the mood to roll down the windows and sing at the top of your lungs.

  1. “Life in the Fast Lane” by the Eagles

You’ll need to live life in the fast lane if you’ve got a lot of destinations on your road trip, but don’t forget to savor every moment!

  1. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

A classic power ballad that just so happens to be perfect for car karaoke.

  1. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac

It’s been over 40 years since this song was released, but it will always be a road trip classic for its upbeat rhythm paired with haunting lyrics.

  1. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf

Magic car ride, anyone?

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers

Driving sounds much better than actually walking 500 miles, though.

  1. “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash

You may not be going everywhere on this trip, but you’re definitely going somewhere!

  1. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

Perfect for the last leg of your trip.

Excited for the road trip of your dreams? After you’ve made your playlist, don’t forget to pack your Wearever incontinence products to stay protected from light to heavy leakage on your long drive. Happy traveling!

4 Tips for Packing the Perfect Carry-On Bag

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You may think choosing a destination, booking a flight and planning the perfect summer vacation is the hard part — that is to say, until you start packing your carry-on bag with all the necessities for a successful trip. Although your favorite carry-on bag may look large when it’s empty, we’ve all experienced the struggle of realizing that it is a bit too small to fit everything you need without over packing and having to check it at the gate. These four tips will ensure you pack the perfect carry-on bag and avoid those pesky fees for checking a bag:

  1. Prepare, but don’t over-prepare

There are a lot of variables to think about when traveling, like how long you’ll be gone, changes in weather and if you’ll be attending both formal and casual functions, to name a few. While it is important to prepare for it all, be mindful that over preparing almost always results in over packing. For example, if the forecast is calling for rain during your travels, consider packing only one light raincoat that matches many outfits rather than several bulkier raincoats in bright, accented colors. Also, consider your proximity to laundry services and utilize them if you’ll be staying at the destination for a long period of time. This will help significantly cut back on the amount of clothing you pack.

  1. Invest in a space saver

Good news! You don’t have to toss your favorite suitcase or duffel bag and replace it with a larger one in order to gain more space in your carry-on. Instead, consider investing in a space saver like compression bags or packing cubes. They’ll help free up tons of space in your bag, and they’re a lot more cost effective than purchasing an entirely new bag!

  1. Don’t pack your bulkiest items, wear them

If you’ve ever tried to stuff bulky clothing like a pea coat or suit jacket into a carry-on bag, you probably realized there isn’t much room for anything else. If you must carry a heavy, bulky coat on your trip, simply wear or carry it instead of packing it. Likewise, boots are another large item to consider wearing to the airport instead of packing.

  1. Roll instead of folding

You may have always been told to neatly fold your clothes when packing your bag, but the next time you go on a big trip, try rolling your jeans, shirts, socks and undergarments! Rolling your clothes will not only save valuable space, but also it will reduce wrinkling.

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

 

Remember, smart packing will help you have a less stressful traveling experience, no doubt! Have a great time, and make sure to visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from leakage throughout your trip.

4 Tips for Happy & Healthy Aging

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Women and men go through many changes as they begin to age. However, it’s important to remember these changes are natural parts of a healthy aging process. In fact, National Senior Health and Fitness Day was created on May 30, 1993, to educate older adults on the importance of staying fit and active! In honor of the 25th anniversary of this special holiday, we’ve put together some tips for happy and healthy aging:

  1. Stay Physically Active

There are so many ways to stay active throughout every stage of your life, despite any physical limitations that may occur with age. Aerobic exercises provide a wide range of benefits in addition to weight loss, from increasing energy levels to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Specifically, yoga increases flexibility and allows us to target certain areas of the body to reduce aches and pain. There’s an exercise out there to fit all abilities and interests, and it’s all about finding the right activities for your body. Visit our website to check out our Wearever incontinence products that will protect you from light to heavy leakage while exercising.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy is important at any age, but as we get older, the food we put in our bodies has a much bigger impact on how we feel throughout the day. Eating a variety of foods to ensure the body is getting all of the nutrients it needs, following serving suggestions and staying hydrated are just a few dietary tips to incorporate into daily routines. Check out our recipe series for monthly incontinence-friendly foods that are as healthy as they are delicious.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

No matter how busy we are, we must always remember that yearly check-ups are too important to skip. Even if we feel healthy, a doctor could catch something that hasn’t even started to exhibit symptoms yet. Doctors are also a great source for lifestyle and nutritional advice to keep us mentally and physically healthy.

  1. Stay Socially Active

Relationships with friends and family have a huge impact on health and quality of life. Engaging in social activities has been shown to improve mental and physical health, decrease pain and even increase lifespan. If you usually have an introverted personality, consider inviting a few friends over for a social hour!

While some aspects of aging are inevitable, there are many that can be controlled and maintained with simple lifestyle choices. It’s never too late to start living a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Get Your Summer Reading List Ready for These 2018 Book Releases

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It’s not quite summer yet, but it’s never too early to start planning for it! This means planning your summer reading list, because summer is filled with R&R opportunities that seem so rare during any other season. If you feel like there are too many good books being released and too little time to read them all, we’ve got you covered. From heartwarming memoirs to chilling mysteries, we’ve put together a list of some of the most highly anticipated books coming out this summer.

“The Seasons of My Mother,” by Marcia Gay Harden (May 1)

An Academy Award-winning actress shows that her talents go much further than acting in this touching memoir by Marcia Gay Harden, written as a tribute to her mother who struggled with Alzheimer’s. Her writing captures the unique mother-daughter bond they shared, a connection that is sure to touch the hearts of every reader. “The Seasons of My Mother” is available for preorder on Amazon.

“The Outsider,” by Stephen King (May 22)

This novel is about the investigation of a gruesome crime and, in true Stephen King fashion, ends with a twist that even the biggest mystery fans will never see coming. Will this book leave us shocked and a little horrified? Probably. Will we be able to put it down? Absolutely not. If the suspense is already driving you crazy, you can preorder it today!

“The President is Missing,” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (June 4)

What happens when a former U.S. president and award-winning thriller author team up to write a novel? We get a shocking mystery about a president gone missing and a nation in panic. Clinton provides the inside details while Patterson does the storytelling, resulting in “the most gripping and surprising thriller in years.” Preorder on Amazon if you’re looking to dive into the latest mystery-thriller novel!

“Clock Dance,” by Anne Tyler (July 10)

This bittersweet novel tells the story of a Willa Drake, a widow who drops everything after a rattling and unexpected event. She begins a whole new life at an age when most people would never dream of starting over. In a story filled with ups and downs, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler reminds us that it is never too late to start over and find fulfillment in our lives. Preorder this book to enjoy it as soon as it comes out!

Are you as excited for these books as we are? Now that you have your reading list out of the way, you’re ready to start “booking” the rest of your summer! Remember, you can stay dry all summer long while curled up with your favorite books thanks to our discrete incontinence panties, incontinence briefs, and reusable bed pads. Happy reading!

Three Tips for Picking the Right Doctor for You

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The transition to a new primary care physician can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Your doctor is the person you trust to listen to your health questions and concerns, give the right medical advice and correctly diagnose your illnesses. When you’re selecting a doctor, you definitely want to cover all of your bases. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re picking the right doctor for your specific health needs.

  1. Talk to Your Insurance Provider

Call your health insurance provider or visit their website to find out what offices, physicians and services are covered by your plan. When you visit a doctor that is in your health insurance’s network, you can expect your insurance to cover part or all of the visit’s cost. You’ll pay less out of pocket and avoid having to start your search all over again if you confirm with your provider that the doctor you’d like to see is “in-network.”

  1. Get Recommendations

Make sure to ask people in your social network about their experiences with recent general practitioners. While any online review can be helpful, a recommendation from someone you trust is always more reassuring. Some of the best doctor-patient relationships result from referrals. When consulting friends, you should always keep in mind that your specific health needs may differ from those of a friend or family member.

  1. Make Sure Your Needs Match Up with Their Expertise

Everyone’s health needs are different, so there are several different types of primary care physicians. Picking a doctor that specializes in your age group, gender and specific health concerns will ensure that you’re getting the best possible advice and treatments. Many primary care physicians have special areas of expertise that may not be inferred by their title, so make sure to ask which doctor is most skilled in your needs when booking your appointment.

Choosing the right doctor for you is imperative because a trusted primary care physician can become one of your most important professional relationships. Following these simple steps will ensure that you receive the specific care you need when selecting your new doctor. You can also visit our website for more information about our Wearever incontinence products and how they can protect you from light to heavy leakage.

Oscars 2018: Predictions to Watch

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Awards show season is just beginning, and with an average of 40 million viewers each year, the Oscars is easily one of the most anticipated. We’re all excited to see the eye-catching red carpet outfits and watch some of our favorite performers take the stage, but we’re even more excited to find out which films were deemed the best of 2017 by the voting members of the Academy. Nominees for all 24 Oscar categories were announced on January 23, and movie fanatics everywhere have been talking about which movies they think will take home Academy Awards ever since. We won’t know anything for sure until the show takes place on Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. PST, but that doesn’t stop experts from making their best predictions. Here are the official nominees in the Big Five Academy Award categories, along with the most common predictions of who will win:

Best Picture

  • “Call Me by Your Name”
  • “Darkest Hour”
  • “Dunkirk”
  • “Get Out”
  • “Lady Bird”
  • “Phantom Thread”
  • “The Post”
  • “The Shape of Water”
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “The Shape of Water”

Best Lead Actor

  • Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
  • Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
  • Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
  • Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Prediction: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best Lead Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
  • Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  • Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
  • Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Prediction: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

Prediction: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best Original Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Prediction: “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

While we found that most experts and film critics predicted these nominees to win, we can see any one of the nominations taking home an Academy Award. If there’s one thing we do know for sure, it’s that the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be another one for the books!

Five Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and planning a romantic evening for you and your significant other can seem harder as the years go by. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to plan an elaborate, expensive Valentine’s Day date to show someone you truly care about them. Here are five thoughtful ways to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day (and for a small cost)!

  1. Dinner and a Movie

This one may sound cliché, but there’s a reason that dinner and a movie is the go-to Valentine’s Day date. Make a reservation at your partner’s favorite restaurant and buy tickets to that movie you’ve heard everyone talking about. You can chat and catch up over dinner, and you’ll always share romantic memories from the movie you saw together.

  1. Movie Marathon

An at-home movie marathon is one of the best ways to have a great Valentine’s Day with very few expenses. Whether you spend the evening watching romantic chick flicks or nerve-racking action films, a movie marathon is really about putting aside the time to have a relaxing, stress-free day with your partner. Try going off the grid by turning off cell phones and computers; you’ll appreciate the uninterrupted time together!

  1. Cook Together

Whether you love cooking or hate it, you’ll find that making and enjoying a delicious meal with your partner can be one of the most satisfying and romantic things to do. Find a unique recipe you’ve never tried before, and head to the grocery store to get everything you need. Don’t forget: Shopping together for ingredients is a part of the experience, too! Cooking doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing it with someone you love, and you might just surprise yourselves by how good dinner turns out!

  1. Take a Day Trip

Every couple has a list of destinations they’ve always talked about visiting together. Show your significant other your spontaneous side and plan a day trip to one of these destinations. If you’re within a couple hours from the beach or the mountains, both destinations make great day trips! Wherever you choose to visit, set aside an entire day for your trip. Perhaps the biggest perk of a day trip? It’ll feel like you’re on vacation, but you still get to sleep in your own bed at the end of the day!

  1. Go to a Show

Treat yourself to some live entertainment! Pick a comedy act, concert or whatever captures your interest. Wherever you’re located, there are always couple’s events going on around Valentine’s Day. Going to a show is a unique experience and a great alternative for a couple who is bored by the typical movie date night. Surprising your partner with tickets to an event they’d love is a great way to show how well you know their interests.

Regardless of which Valentine’s Day activities you decide to plan, we hope you have a great holiday with your special someone! Happy Valentine’s Day!