By Elizabeth Skow
As February looms large, the garden is turning bright green, bulbs are pushing up, and tiny nubs are forming at the ends of deciduous trees, waiting to flower or to become leaves. Weeds push up through the dirt, taking advantage of our winter downtime. QGI is busy coordinating some volunteer days to keep the weeds at bay, stay tuned.
- Even if they’re not on a restricted diet, seniors have to be careful about what they eat since their digestive systems tend to be more sensitive. Eating heavy or spicy local cuisines might sound tasty, but it could lead to stomach problems.
- It’s easy to forget to take prescribed medications when traveling with all the changes and things to do. Seniors need to make sure they’re taking their medications as prescribed.
- Security systems: Choose between unmonitored, self-monitored and fully-monitored systems.
- New locks: Replacing locks is important, especially if the locks are old or flimsy. Newer locks can be rekeyed, which keeps the original lock, but changes the keys needed to open it.
- Motion-activated lights: An affordable way to increase home security, motion-activated lights are especially important around your garage, front porch and other dimly-lit locations.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Protect the inside of your house from potential dangers by replacing any dated or missing detectors.
- Light timers: Modern light timers allow you to set your lights to come on (and turn off) without you being there, which can help ward off potential burglars.
- Cruises are great choices for seniors. Some are designed specifically for older adults as well. Destinations like the Caribbean and Alaska are very popular.
- A road trip along the California coast has plenty of sights at the senior’s own pace. Renting a convertible can make it even more memorable.
- Sedona, AZ might not be a well-known destination, but it has plenty of spas, resorts, and shops great for seniors.
- Many seniors are familiar with Florida, but few reach Key West. That’s a shame because there are enough beaches, small cruises, shopping, and restaurants that seniors will love.