Surgical weight loss: It’s getting bigger

John Liverstone

Some things are never going to change in life, and one of these is that the weight loss industry is always going to capture attention. After all, body image is something that’s being thrust in front of us from multiple media angles, and this means that anything related to improving this issue is always going to go down a storm.

One area of the industry which has evolved over the last few years is surgical weight loss. Up until recently, calorie counting and other tried and tested approaches may have been the limit – but things have changed.

Sure, you have to be careful, and ensure your surgeon of choice has surgical indemnity from Incision Indemnity or another provider. However, the options are endless, and through today’s page we will mull over some of the most common ones.

Gastric bypass

Let’s start with one of the most renowned form of treatments that this area has to offer.

The gastric bypass has been around for a number of years, and the fact it has survived the test of time means that it tends to be a really successful technique.

So, how does it work? Well, in a normal body, the whole of your stomach will receive food. When you undergo this surgery, a pouch is created at the top of your stomach. This then becomes the only area of your stomach which can receive food – meaning that you can’t comfortably consume great portions.

On the downside, food will now “miss out” the small intestine, meaning that your body will lose nutrients as well as the obvious calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy

In some ways, the sleeve gastrectomy is very similar. After all, this is also based on the premise of making the stomach smaller so it has less capacity to hold food.

However, in contrast to the previous option, this involves part of the stomach being removed from the body. Then, the remaining part is reformed into something that resembles a tube.

This is a more advanced procedure and your small intestine will still absorb the nutrients and calories you have consumed.

The gastric band

This final procedure is another that you have probably heard of. Again, it has been available for some time, for the simple reason that it can prove to be really successful.

This time, an inflatable balloon is involved. This balloon is inserted into your body and wrapped around the top part of your stomach. The upshot of this is that there is a small space above the band, with an even smaller opening then based beneath this to the other section of the stomach.

The intelligence of this solution is that the size of the balloon can be controlled fairly easily. It’s possible to insert or remove fluid from the band, meaning that a surgeon can really control how much weight you need to lose. Suffice to say, the larger the band, the more food which is restricted – and vice versa.

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Mistake or Inadvertent Act of Creativity?

Decades ago when I was about 17, I decided to make myself a three-piece bell-bottomed pantsuit.

Remember those?

I loved to sew and had made myself a spring coat earlier in the year, so I felt confident that I could handle making the suit.

The project begins

I bought myself the pattern, and on the back of the packet it told me how many yards of cloth to purchase, and how much lining, interfacing, thread, buttons and zippers I needed.

Following the instructions, I loosely cut out the pattern and laid it like a jigsaw puzzle on my fabric. Smaller bits and pieces fit into the spaces left by longer pieces like sleeves and the back of the jacket.

I had about 5 yards of fabric. I had no cutting table so placed the 15 feet of folded fabric on the tile flooring of my renovated basement “apartment” that my Father had constructed for me to live. Pieces A and B were laid together as were L and O.

To conserve space and to move along, I cut out all the jacket pieces, the lining, the interfacing and so on, and piled these pieces neatly to the side. Then I began on the vest and onwards to the pants.

I was so excited.

OOOPS.

When I got to the part where I laid out the pattern for the pants… something was terribly wrong.

I didn’t have enough fabric!

Oh No!

The pants part of the pattern was hanging about 9 inches onto the tile flooring with no fabric underneath it.

At this point I went from excitement to panic as I didn’t know what to do. The style was “pantsuit” not “capri-suit…”

What am I going to do about it NOW?

I had my hard-earned money into this project, and my time and dreams as well. I didn’t want to fail at this!

My cousin, who was having trouble at home with her wicked step-mother, was living with us at the time. Today she would be called a textile artist – and I asked her if she would crochet a “bottom” to my bell bottom pantsuit.

No problem!

So, the next day I had my crocheted pieces of a contrasting darker version of the color of my suit, and I sewed them onto the bottom of the pants.

Well, I thought that this was ingenious. I had saved my pantsuit.

The real test…!

But the real test was when I wore it to work the following week. I was employed in the downtown department store in the upscale Ladies’ Clothing section. A single blouse or even a scarf was far more than what I had paid to make my own pantsuit and the complete outfits were far out of my reach.

But I was able to help these ladies-living-in-mansions with their selections, get their sizing correct, and bring them alternate pieces or colors to their outfits while they stayed in the dressing room. They enjoyed my service, and I enjoyed being able to help.

Curiously, one after the other said to me, “Honey, I really like your pantsuit. Where can I buy that one?”

Well, I told them it was an original, that I made it myself, and it wasn’t available in the shop.

(!)

Can you imagine my surprise?

So, the lesson I took away from this experience, is that a “mistake” isn’t always a mistake.

Sometimes it’s an inadvertent act of creativity and I needn’t be afraid to move forward if I had painted myself into a corner. I could perhaps paint myself a door as well and walk through.

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How to Choose the Right Mattress As You Age

Matthew Ross

A full night’s sleep might be few and far between if you don’t own a quality mattress, and this is especially true if you’re an older adult who already struggles with sleeping throughout the night without disruptions. In fact, insomnia is one of the most common issues older folks consult their doctor about and is a major contributor to one’s mental and physical health. That’s why it’s important as ever for us to make sure we’re investing in our sleep as we age. Here are a few tips to help you in your quest to find the best mattress for you.

Tip 1: Stay Within Budget

Often times, money is a major factor when seniors are shopping for a new mattress. Whether it’s due to a fixed income or less hours at work, it’s not as easy to pull together the funds for a nice mattress. With that being said, it becomes increasingly important to invest in your beauty rest as you get older, after changes in your sleep patterns and different health issues wind up taking a toll on the quality of your sleep.

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a full night’s sleep, as there is a large selection of quality beds that go for under $1,000.

Tip 2: Consider A Mail Order Mattress

Shopping for a new bed used to be somewhat grueling, especially if you didn’t have a truck to haul it to your house from the mattress store. Now that online shopping has taken over the consumer market, the mattress industry has wanted a piece of the pie and has introduced mail order mattresses like bed-in-a-box brands and brands who are exclusive to online.

Buying a mattress over the internet certainly has its perks. First and foremost, you don’t have to deal with having to transport it to your home because it’ll be shipped to your front door for free. You can even find brands who offer free white glove delivery, which means they’ll carry your mattress inside and set up your bed for you. This is especially helpful for older individuals who struggle with heavy lifting due to joint pain or other disabilities that make heavy lifting nearly unbearable.

You can also find some great incentives online like a risk-free trial period and warranty policy. Some are more generous than others, but they’re usually better than the standard 30-day return policy and other perks you get when you buy in-store.

Tip 3: Buy A Bed with Coils

Have you ever noticed that you wake up feeling well rested after sleeping in a hotel bed? That’s because a lot of the luxury hotels use mattresses with innerspring units or coils. A standard all-foam bed should last you about 8 years or so, but you can usually get a few more years out of a hybrid mattress. A hybrid mattress is a bed that utilizes two or more types of materials — like a hybrid car which uses both gas and electricity to run. If you’re going to spend good money on a mattress, you don’t want something that’s going to show heavy impression marks after year 5. Beds constructed with foam and an innerspring system tend to be more durable, more supportive, and longer lasting. Accordingly, if you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck, you may want to consider buying a hybrid bed.

Tip 4: Take Your Specific Needs into Account

Regardless of age, you should always take your sleeper type into consideration when you’re searching for a new mattress. If you spend most of the night on your side, you’ll want a mattress on the soft side of the spectrum so it can relieve the pressure points along the side of your body. For those of you who sleep on your back or stomach, firmer mattresses are more ideal because they provide support for your spine and keep your back in neutral alignment.

Older adults with specific health conditions should also look for a mattress that caters to their specific needs. This is when we suggest you talk to your primary health care physician, as they can recommend the most accommodating beds that fit your circumstances. For example, those who suffer from back pain or fibromyalgia may want something on the firmer side of the spectrum to keep their back properly supported. If you have tender joints or an injured hip, however, you might benefit from a mattress on the softer side for extra pressure relief.

Whatever the issue is, just make sure you consult your doctor before you make any final decisions on a new mattress.

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Questions from a Reader on sorting out access to health care after retirement

Q&A from a Reader

First, thank you so much for your blog.

The first time I contacted you, I was asking for advice on how to convince my husband to pick up our stakes and move to Mexico. I think it was about two years ago. In fact, you used my emailed question in a blog article soon after.

Well guess what- we have been living in Tijuana for almost 6 months!  There have been many changes and hurdles that we are overcoming, and right now I think I could use some of your wisdom.

My husband is disabled and on Medicare, so he is covered as far as health insurance is concerned. I work remotely for an American company and pay insurance premiums for insurance I can’t use- it is an HMO that covers the Virginia area, where we were located before. During open enrollment next February I can switch to a very expensive PPO plan.

I have been researching other options and am just getting more confused and frustrated. I am reading your blog right now regarding insurance, but still at a loss.

I could surely use some guidance and focus and direction in this. I hope you can at least help me narrow down the possibilities that would work for me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Again, thank you both for all that you have shared over the years- it has been so helpful!

Yours,

Rachel

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Congratulations on your move to Tijuana! I hope you are enjoying your new location…

First, let me say that the access-to and paying-for health care topic is complex. Not only that, but it is very personal and each one of us has to decide which approach works best for us.

I have a couple of questions for you that might get your ideas rolling —

You mention that you are living in Mexico — but your husband is on Medicare. You did know that Medicare is only useful to you if you are living in the States? Of course, I could be wrong, since Tijuana is so close, perhaps that city takes Medicare payment or they have an agreement with the US.  Or perhaps you thought in order to obtain health care service, you would simply cross the border into the US.

You might consider applying for Mexican residency (you don’t have to give up your American citizenship, and you would still keep your American passport). In this way, you would be eligible for the Mexican National Insurance Program (Seguro Popular). You don’t mention your age, but if you are fairly healthy (no pre-existing conditions) Mexico also has IMSS which is a higher quality health care for residents. You could apply for that also – but you can only be on one of the systems, not both.

You could perhaps develop a personal HSA and instead of paying for US-based insurance — put your insurance premiums into an account, and then draw from that. Then you could take advantage of Mexico’s hospitals and clinics, paying out of pocket. — For instance, if you pay $10,000 yearly for your US-based health insurance you would simply “Go Naked” and place that previously-used-money-for-premiums into an account earmarked for health care. There is a lot of medical care you can get in Mexico for $10-$20 thousand dollars.

At some point you would qualify for Medicare yourself, and the years you have placed that money into an account for care would accumulate until you qualify and have Medicare take over. And you would still have that money, instead of paying an insurance company for coverage. (See Buying Medical Care vs Buying Medical Insurance )

You didn’t mention if you are healthy or have health issues, but in either case, you must have already seen the price differences between prescriptions and office visits in Tijuana versus the States.

Of course, you could take a look at our Medical Health Insurance Page and look for a policy that is world-wide. And I would suggest taking a look at these articles below for insight, as well as taking a look at our Medical Tourism Page.

Rachel, I think it’s a matter at looking at your options, and then deciding what your risk tolerance is, and how much you want to pay to access medical care.

Let us know if you have any other questions. I hope you find the information that I have given to you to be useful.

Thanks again for taking the time to write.

Best!

Akaisha

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Power of Words – How Language Generates Your World

Keeping on the same theme of how important language is to our experience, this TED talk with Chalmers Brothers is one of the best I have heard in a long time.

He is to the point, engaging, accessible, and CLEAR in his explanations of how we speak ourselves into the world. We are creating all the time, whether we know it or not. Worth a listen.

Open to a useful perspective!

 

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Cool Things to Do in Ybor City, Tampa

Martin William

Ybor City is a “city within a city” in Tampa, Florida. As soon as you enter this vibrant neighborhood, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Cuba.

In the daytime, it’s a place for lounging on outdoor patios sipping coffee and smoking cigars. In the evening, it’s a lively playground – so bring your dancing shoes!

The Story of Ybor City

In the 1880s, cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez-Ybor founded Ybor City as an independent town.

Along with a few other cigar companies, the industry employed thousands of well-paid workers. Tampa grew over the next 20 years from a small and economically depressed town to a bustling, thriving city.

Ybor City was a unique place in the American South when it was first founded – a successful neighborhood almost entirely populated and owned by immigrants. The original population were the Spanish and Cuban immigrants who worked in the cigar factories. Eastern-European Jewish and Italian immigrants followed shortly afterward and established retail shops, print shops and much more.

The city began to decline in the 1930s when the Great Depression reduced the demand for fine cigars. It didn’t begin to recover again until the 1980s, when it became a bohemian haven for artists and a popular nightlife district.

These days, Ybor City has been revitalised and is a beautiful area of Tampa – full of character, life and history. It’s a must-see during your stay in Tampa vacation rentals.

What to Do in Ybor City

Here are just a few of the great things you’ll discover when you explore Ybor City.

Visit the Ybor City Museum

Delve deep into the history of this fascinating part of Tampa at the Ybor City Museum. For only $4 admission you can learn about cigar magnate Don Vicente Martinez and the early dates of Ybor City. The museum is located within the 1920s era Ferlita Bakery building.

You can also relax in the shade of the lush Mediterranean-style garden and see a reproduction of a ‘casita’ – the typical home for a cigar worker.

Grab a Snack at La Segunda

This bakery has been operating since 1915 and is the largest producer of authentic Cuban break in the world. It was originally opened by Juan More, a Spaniard who fought in the Spanish-American War in Cuba.

Juan passed down his recipe to his descendants, who have been running the bakery ever since. They still use the same recipe and techniques as they did over 100 years ago. It’s one of the only remaining places where Cuban bread is made the traditional way, split down the middle with freshly-cut palmetto leaves.

Check Out the Wild Chickens

Did you know that Ybor City has a population of wild chickens and roosters? They are the direct descendants of the chickens that once lived in the backyards of the residents of the neighborhood, over 100 years ago.

These chickens are protected by a city ordinance – which technically makes the city of Tampa a bird sanctuary. You can find the proud roosters strutting and hens clucking all over town. (And, of course, they have their own Instagram page!)

If you want to support these birds, you can donate to the Ybor Chickens Society. This non-profit protects the chickens and enlists volunteers to scrub away the bird poo from porches of local businesses.

Have Lunch at Columbia Restaurant

This stunning restaurant is the oldest in Florida – as well as the oldest and largest Spanish restaurant in the USA. It was originally founded in 1905 by a Cuban immigrant named Casimiro Hernandez Sr. and it is still owned by his descendants.

Not only is the history quite amazing, the food is truly superb. The dishes are fresh and prepared table-side. Columbia Restaurant should definitely be on your list.

Take a Cigar Factory Tour

Since cigars are such an important part of Ybor City history, taking a cigar factory tour is absolutely a must during your visit. Tabanero Cigars offers a 45 minute tour that will show you the complete process of cigar-making, from raw leaves to the finished product.

You’ll get a chance to go into the walk-in humidor and learn about the aging process. With your tour you’ll also receive a complimentary cup of Cuban coffee. The tours take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm and they cost $15 per person.

Catch Some Live Music

When the sun goes down, the streets of Ybor City come to life with music and dancing. So, take the chance to kick up your heels and dance the night away during your stay.

When it comes to bigger-name acts, you can check out the Orpheum – which has been showcasing great bands for almost two decades. It’s located right in the heart of the entertainment district and has also hosted dance competitions, charity fundraisers and more.

The Ritz Ybor is also a great place to go if you’re in the mood for live music. It has been around since 2008 and it’s one of the best special event and concert venues in Tampa. It features music from some of the local entertainment scene’s top acts.

Why Not Explore Ybor City?

These are just a few of the great things you can see and do when you explore the unique Ybor City district of Tampa. So, get out there and enjoy!

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3 ways an Electric Wheelchair can reduce falling risk

Scott Zabriskie

Over the years, there is no denying that there has been a lot of great aids that have been designed to help people when it comes to mobility. There is no denying that mobility issues can be very difficult to come to terms with. Sufferers can feel like they are the only person in the world with the problem and that they are never going to have a normal life again.

However, from power chairs to mobility scooters, many different mobility aids have been designed to ensure that your quality of life does not suffer. One of the classic mobility aids is the electric wheelchair. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the benefits of electric wheelchairs in relation to reducing the fall risk. So, continue reading to discover everything you need to know…

  1. You’re more secure in a wheelchair – A wheelchair is much steadier and it can handle different terrains, and this reason alone will lower the fall risk considerably. However, there are still risks associated with wheelchairs, although they are fewer. Still, it is important to be aware of some of the different things that you should do in order to reduce the chances of experiencing a fall while in your wheelchair. This involves avoiding sliding or positioning yourself too far forward in your seat. You also need to make sure that you do not overreach for an object. Plus, make sure you lock the breaks before you get out of the wheelchair, move the footrests out of the way so that you do not trip on them while transferring, and do not lean forward, as you could tip your wheelchair over. 
  2. Access to higher levels – Wheelchairs today come with a whole host of useful features. Seat elevation is one of these. This useful feature means you can reach higher levels. There is a much greater chance of you being able to grab something you need with ease if your wheelchair can elevate. Trying to reach something without this sort of aid could easily result in a fall and injury.
  3. More stable than a manual wheelchair – he fact that the wheelchair is electronic also makes a massive difference. With a manual wheelchair, you need to make sure you can move around. If you get stuck on a difficult part of the road, you may find yourself moving about more to try and get the wheelchair to move, and this could easily result in a fall injury. This is something you do not need to worry about if you go down the electric route.  As you can see, there are many different benefits that are associated with using an electric wheelchair. There has been research that has shown that the risk of falling and injuring yourself is going to be a lot lower if you use an electric wheelchair. Nevertheless, you still need to make an effort to ensure you use the wheelchair properly, so do not ignore the tips that have been provided.

     

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What are you guys doing for health insurance?

Q&A with a Reader 

Hello,

My husband and I were listening to the Mad Fientist podcast and enjoyed your story.

We are in the process of planning our early retirement. Our retirement date is Jan 2025.  We plan on selling everything and traveling the world, indefinitely.  The plan is to live in various countries for about 1-3 months at a time.

I have been doing a lot of research regarding Worldwide Health Insurance and was curious what you guys were doing.

Both my husband and I are healthy and we will be 50 in 2025. We would appreciate any insight that you may have.

Thank you,

Anna

Hi Anna,

Thank you for taking the time to write, and Congratulations on your upcoming retirement!

When we first left the working world in 1991, it was inconceivable to us to live without health insurance. We always had it in one form or another either employer sponsored, or when we were self-employed, we purchased our  own policy.

When we retired, we did Cobra for a while, then we continued our own high deductible US-based health insurance policy for a long time — maybe a decade or more. Since we were world travelers (we were called perpetual travelers at that time) we seemed to always find ourselves in another country when we needed service (emergencies, stitches, colonoscopy, executive physicals, eye exams, MRIs, annual check ups, x-rays, dental work, new glasses, etc.).

At some point, we decided that instead of spending thousands of dollars a year for an insurance policy we weren’t using, we’d bank that money (like our own HSA account) and pull from it whenever we needed it.

This has worked great for us.

We now qualify for medicare so that is our back up emergency plan. When we visit the States we have medicare – but before that we took out a traveler’s health insurance policy and that is what worked for us.

We continue to utilize Medical Tourism wherever we go, and instead of paying for a policy that medi-vacs us back to the States, we simply get local service.

This works in most places unless you are traveling off the grid for a length of time. A temporary policy might be best at that time to get you where you want to go.

A couple of things — You might want to take a look at our Health Insurance Page, our Medical Tourism Page and read the following few articles which explain in depth what our position is — or what has worked for us.

We realize that health care is a very personal matter and everyone must choose for themselves what they feel comfortable with. I wanted to also mention, that Billy and  I do alternative care often (acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, yoga, TENS unit, juicing, supplements, etc.) and our health policy did not cover anything of this sort.

That being said, when I almost lost my finger, of course I utilized Western care, and the same with Billy here. We paid out of pocket each time. Costs are listed on the previous linked articles.

Let us know if you have any other questions… Thanks for writing and the articles I recommend to you are below.

Sending our best regards, and again, Congratulations!

Akaisha and Billy

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Ways How Home Care Can Help You In Retirement

Mitzie Weech

Home care allows caretakers to come to your home to provide extra assistance to senior citizens. It’s an alternate option for elderlies to stay at a facility for said care. The caretakers offer a broad range of healthcare services for people who find it challenging to perform daily tasks.

Since most people dislike staying in healthcare facilities, they opt to have home care services instead. Here are five ways home care can help you during your retirement:

  1. Comfort

You don’t have to leave the house to receive proper care during your senior years. Reliable home care professionals travel to your home to give you the comfort and support you need. Thus, you can sleep in your bed, use your bathroom, and sit on your favorite couch while receiving proper care.

Being in a familiar environment might be beneficial for senior citizens. Elderly individuals who suffer from progressive conditions like dementia might find it difficult to adjust to new situations.

A trustworthy home care provider knows the needs of the various patients in their supervision. Different seniors will have varying needs, and your home care aide can help you achieve multiple daily tasks.

  1. Makes the Home a Better Place to Live

Specific elderly individuals might have difficulties in moving around the house. Standing and walking may become challenging. Also, small steps might cause accidents.

A home care expert can help you in adjusting the layout of your home’s décor to make it a better place to live. Seemingly simple tasks like moving a slippery rug or rearranging pieces of furniture may be ideal if left to the capable hands of the caretaker.

The aide can also help you with other everyday tasks like sitting, standing, or lying down. Moving specific body parts may become more challenging as you continue to age. Reliable home care personnel know the immediate importance of caring for their sick and elderlies. So, you can be at peace, knowing these trustworthy people will always be by your side when you need them.

  1. Companionship

As previously mentioned, dependable home care staff will be with you when you need physical, mental, or emotional assistance. Don’t disregard the importance of your emotional well-being as you grow older. Companionship might become a luxury sought by many.

Think about the following scenario – you might be alone in your home during your senior years. Now, your children are all grown up while you stay at home alone. You have nothing else to do but reminisce about the good times that happened in the past.

A caretaker can give you the companionship you need during the times you feel left out. The home care expert will listen to your stories, and they can also answer with tales of their own.

Take note that being alone might lead to specific mental ailments like anxiety and depression. Having a reliable companion nearby will help you keep your mental well-being in check.

  1. Safety In and Outside the House

Perhaps, there might be a point in your life when you have to give up your car keys. Driving may become a more hazardous endeavor than before. Maneuvering your automobile in traffic might be too challenging because of declining physical and mental functions.

Instead, consider giving the car keys to your caretaker. The home care professional will help you travel when needed. These tasks may include buying groceries, visiting friends, or attending church.

Also, if you find it too difficult to walk to your vehicle, the caretaker may do the tasks you require. So, instead of driving your car and tending to the chores you need to do, you can let the caretaker do it for you.

These chores might include (but not limited to):

  • Buying food for lunch and dinner
  • Getting documents from the doctor’s office
  • Attending social events in your place
  • Walking your dog
  1. Access to Proper Diet and Nutrition

Skilled home care services should know your daily nutrition requirements. Thus, the caretaker in your home will prepare meals and snacks that fit your dietary needs.

Many adults in their senior years may be at a higher risk of acquiring nutrient deficiencies. The lack of vitamins and minerals may lead to contracting illnesses and injuries.

With the right home care service provider, you can enjoy tasty food and beverages without leaving your health needs behind.

Support for Independent Living

Consider home care even before you start your senior years. The help you gain from the assistance of reliable caretakers will bring various benefits to enhance your quality of life. At-home care may offer you the extra mile you need regarding personal attention during your retirement.

Mitzie Weech is passionate about the health and welfare of seniors. As a senior care provider for almost twenty years, Mitzie understands the challenges seniors have to go through every day – from meal preparation down to the administration of drugs. Aside from providing professional services to seniors, Mitzie strives to influence other people to care for the old by contributing relevant articles.

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How Can Senior Citizens benefit from Smartphones?

Martin William

Elders are not always tech-savvy. They may not into the latest advancements and technological inventions, but they can benefit from these tech advancements a lot. In this regard, smartphones have much more to offer them than just having a video chat. Below in this article, we’ve mentioned some of the most amazing benefits that these smart devices have to offer to your elder parents. If you are interested in knowing how smart devices are associated with their health and entertainment, then keep on reading!

A larger Screen

Smaller and old flip phones have a tiny screen with a keypad that has several alphabets on it, which makes it easier for older people to use them easily. Moreover, for their weak eyesight, it becomes a hindrance for them to use phones which have smaller keys.

Conversely, smartphones tend to have a much larger screen as compared to old flip phones, which makes the usage of the phone much easier for them. Additionally, they have all the freedom to adjust the size of the text according to their preference and can also zoom in and out the screen if they want to.

Voice Capabilities

It can be very challenging for a person who has arthritis to type a text message. Even though typing a message on a smartphone is much easier than pressing hard keys like we used to with our old phones, many people still cannot type a text on them. Smartphone manufacturers have got them covered! The voice commands and talk-to-text features have made it easier for older citizens to send a text message without even typing it plus they can have their phone to read the response for them aloud as well. All they need to do is to command digital personalities like Siri to assist them.

They can even pose a request ‘Hey Siri, set my alarm for 5 am’ or ‘Hey Siri, remind me to have my meal at  1 pm.’ For elders who don’t want to use a smartphone or don’t have such issues of texting with fingers can buy also buy phones that are specifically made for them. If you are hunting for a phone for your mother, grandmother, or anyone, then you can check out the best cell phone for seniors that don’t even need to be maintained like smartphones.

Fitness Tracking

Fitness and wellness is probably the main concern of aged people. They try to eat healthily and do activities that can keep them active and fresh. In this regard, smartphones have proven to be extremely beneficial for older citizens. We all are aware of amazing and exciting features these phones come with, and fitness tracking applications are one of them. These applications allow them to keep a tab on their health. For example, these apps can tell them how many steps they’ve walked, how many stairs they climbed, and how many meters they’ve run.

With the advancement in technology, manufacturers are coming up with phones that can even sync up with a wearable fitness tracker allowing seniors to monitor their heart or pulse rate in depth. These features have allowed them to track their fitness regularly and how much they’ve improved.

Entertainment

After retirement, the senior’s life can be very boring especially when they have no source to keep them entertained and busy. Thanks to smartphones and the amazing features they have, the life of older citizens is not that dull and boring anymore. Smartphones are a perfect gadget for fighting boredom. Now they can play video games, listen to audiobooks, and can surf the internet whenever they want.

Audiobooks come very handily, especially for those senior citizens who have major eyesight problems, as they can listen to any book they want anytime. While talking about entertainment, how can we forget about social media? They can also use social media to stay connected with their old mates and can see photos and videos, their friends and family share on such platforms. Every possible entertainment is just a click away for them.

Peace of Mind

This one is more like a benefit for you. As our parents get older, we begin to worry about them more than ever. It becomes our responsibility to keep a check on them, and to make sure they are fine. You must be wondering what the smartphone has to do with my peace of mind?

Well, knowing that you can call your parents anytime is not just enough. You also need to be sure that they are not getting bored when you leave them on their own. You’ll be worry-free knowing that they are keeping tabs on their health. Lastly, you can always have a video chat with them if you live a bit far from them. It will not only keep you out of worry but will give them the peace of mind too.

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