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Resolutions Are Not Just for the Young!

Sometimes, people make resolutions at the start of the year without the intention of following them. Elder people may think that making them is just for the young. They may even use their age to justify why they haven’t been able to follow the resolutions they made. I think that resolutions are important because these are promises that you make –to yourself–for a better you. Age is but a number when you’re trying to live each day of your life to the fullest. For the young at heart and mind, here are some resolutions that can make 2013 a year to look forward to.

Don’t Fear the Distance

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Does the thought of going outside your door and leaving your home to explore unfamiliar locations terrify you? You’re probably not the only one. Some people have lived their entire lives rooted in the same spot, afraid to go out of their comfort zone. Maybe they’re not meant for traveling. Or maybe, they haven’t realized yet that they are meant to travel. They might also think that they are too old to travel. Age can limit your options for travel but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a journey to explore the world. Australian Keith Wright may be 95 years old yet that hasn’t stopped him from traveling. In fact, he is known as oldest backpacker in the world and started flying around the world when he was 85.

Learn a New Hobby

People often say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That’s not true. Some people are just late bloomers until later in life when they finally have to time and the freedom to do what they want. Sometimes, when you relearn a hobby from the past, you might realize that you actually have the knack for it. Did you know that some famous writers published late in life yet still went on to become a success? Mark Twain was 49 when he published Huckleberry Finn while Mary Wesley was 70 when her book, The Camomile Lawn,  was launched. This is proof that it’s never too late to learn or relearn something.

Get a Regular Dose of Excitement

Elder people like routine. In fact, they thrive in it. But a dose of excitement–doing something different once in awhile–can do wonders for you. If you feel that you’re stuck in a rut, break out of routine and go somewhere you can de-stress and unwind. Go on a quick trip to Vegas and play a couple of games at the casino. If you don’t like card games that much, you can try your luck at the slot machine. Just make sure you don’t get carried away with playing. Prepare a budget and stick to it. When you’re done at the casino, there is a wide array of dining establishments where you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Laugh and Smile More

Smile and the world smiles with you. How often have you heard this being said? Probably more times than you can count. Still, it has a ring of truth in it. Always try to look at the bright side of things and smile. This positive vibe of yours is sure to rub off on others and perhaps cheer up somebody who has had a bad day. When you smile or laugh, your face lights up, making you look younger than your years. A sense of humor will also see you through the toughest of times so laugh more and reap the medical benefits of laughter.

Based in San Diego, California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer and a social media contributor for Sycuan. When she is not writing, she likes to shop, travel and watch movies.

Home Automation Gives Self Sufficiency to Elderly

Getting older often means a reduction in mobility and increased difficulty with the performance of what were once routine chores. Traditionally options for ensuring the safety and comfort of ageing family members included placement in a residential facility, movement to an assisted-living community or contracting an in-home nurse. The choice was often limited by the family’s budget as well.

Home automation companies such as Vivint have been around for decades, but applications were sharply limited in comparison with what is available now. Advances in home entertainment, security and energy conservation are now being tailored for use by the disabled and elderly. It may seem far-fetched, but an initial investment in assistive technologies for the home can produce significant savings and allow your loved ones to stay in their residence for much longer.

Enhance Security and Safety

Concerns about home safety are a primary motivator for movement to a residential facility. Smart appliances are now outfitted with sensors and automatic timers to prevent accidents. Gas is turned off on a range with an unlit pilot light. The oven automatically turns off after sensors fail to detect activity after pre-set time periods. Microwave ovens even have sensors capable of detecting types of food and using pre-set heating instructions without manual input.

Security is another leading concern. Someone with joint problems may find unlocking doors a difficult task, and others have trouble remembering to lock the door or close blinds. Remote, keyless entry and recognition sensors can solve these problems. The same wireless security systems now used in homes can include a panic button and sensors that detect falls within the home and alert the relevant authorities. Look into a Vivint security system, or a DIY installation for piece of mind.  Also look into packaging with Portland OH Vivint home automation.

Basic Mechanics to Domotics

Some tools have been used by the disabled and elderly for years, such as grip bars, raised toilet seats, claw-grips and portable ramps for wheelchair access. These are still effective, low-cost solutions for common problems.

Domotics is a new term for domestic robots capable of performing a wide variety of functions. They include the well-known vacuum robots and meal preparation robots to robots capable of monitoring vital signs, alerting medical personnel to problems, providing medication reminders, and even administering medications and spoon-feeding.


Stand-alone devices for the Smart home are being replaced by networked devices on a central computer. These are designed for user-friendly access to settings, which may be locked for those with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders. Networked systems provide a complete solution capable of adapting to the changing needs of the individual.