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Senior Citizen: For Beginners

Welcome! You have become a senior citizen! You may be at the 55 level where you start looking at retirement in a few years and discounts or the 60 level where retirement is right at your doorstep. No matter what step of the process you are in, we welcome you. Here I have some tips to help you along the path of being a senior citizen.

First of all, this is a time for celebration! You have come a long way and still have a full life in front of you. Plan a trip with friends or your significant other, have a night out to dinner or to a show. You may not feel like this is something to celebrate, but we feel that it is and you should see it this way as well.

Second, make sure you plan some doctor’s appointments. Yes, this one doesn’t sound as exciting, but it is best to do a couple checkups and see about maintaining your health through a healthy diet and exercise. While you’re out at those checkups, make an appointment with your social security office. Talk about where you are and when you are planning to retire. You’ll need to find out when to file for benefits and how to go about receiving Medicare coverage.

Finally, sign yourself up for some sort of fitness class. Now that you have talked to the doctor you can plan what kind of work out is best for you. The best part is, you might not have to go to the gym to do so! Check out your local Senior Center and see if they have some equipment or classes you can look into. While you’re there, look at some of the social events and trips they have planned out. Make some new friends and make a plan to go out and do something at least once a month. There are a whole bunch of opportunities open for you, all you need to do is seek them out!

What Housing Options do you have?

If you are interesting in moving, then what is your reason for wanting to do so? Are you looking to live alone or move in with a family member? Do you need onsite medical care? There is a lot to think about when it comes to housing as a senior, or at any age for that matter. Modern healthcare has allowed for many senior citizens to be able to support themselves longer, physically. Living on your own can be your own house, apartment or a senior living facility. If the cost of your own house is too much, then you might want to look into renting an apartment or townhouse in a senior living facility. However, you would be better off with assisted living if you are looking to have onsite medical assistance. Another option is to always stay with family. If you can do alright on your own, but are looking for some extra support, this is the perfect option. Think through your options and what you really need before you look into buying or renting.

Top Ten Senior Lessons Learned

In an article found online from Rolla, Missouri, there are five women at Presbyterian Manor who will celebrate birthdays of 100 or more this year. These five women are centenarians, or people who live to be one hundred years old or more. The article states that of the 299 million people living in the United States, 70,000 are estimated centenarians.

The five women were asked to share their experiences and tips for living, resulting in this “top ten” list of lessons learned and for others to live a long, enjoyable life.

Lesson #1: “Don’t drink coffee or soda; they’re bad for your health.” – Mildred Harris, birthday August 27th

Lesson #2: “Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.” – Gladys Stuart, birthday November 23rd

Lesson #3: “Walk everywhere.” – Mildred Harris, Gladys Stuart

Lesson #4: “Work hard; it makes you stronger.” – Viola Semas, birthday July 19th

Lesson #5: “Take life easy, and don’t stress over things.” – Grace Wolfson, birthday July 15

Lesson #6: “Go outside, and get some fresh air.” – Gladys Stuart

Lesson #7: “Drink lots of water.” – Mildred Harris

Lesson #8: “If you never take a stand, you’ll always be wrong. If you take a stand, you may be wrong sometimes, but you can also be right sometimes.” – Mildred Leaver, birthday June 10th

Lesson #9: “Be yourself and fulfill your dreams.” – Viola Semas

And Lesson #10: “Aging is all about attitude, not about number of years.” – Mildred Leaver

Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

Things to do in Cary by the Cary Concierge…Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

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Where else are you going to find unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts to present to your friends with this Christmas Season?  Only at the Cary Senior Center Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair.  Admission is completely free.  Over 40 of our neighbors aged 50+ have made some really special gifts that they will be selling at this event.  You can find everything from jewelry to stained glass to wooden bowls, quilts, and so much more!  Cary Teen Council will be offering refreshments as you shop.  Come out November 19th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm to see the selection.

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081