Senior Citizen Trivia

Reliving the past can be fun, especially when you can compete against your friends. Take our little quiz and share your score with your friends and family. How many questions can you get right? Who do you plan on asking? Note: We put the answers below…but no cheating. 1.In the ’50s, if you had a flat rear tire, you often had to remove the …? a. Necker knob b. Curb feeler c. Fender skirt 2. What color flash bulbs did Dad use for color film? a. Blue b. Pink c. Plaid 3. What was the “parking brake” called when you were a kid? a. Emergency brake b. Pull ‘n’ Stop c. Breaker. Breaker. 4. Way before Air Jordan, what was a kid’s shoe of choice? a. Buster Brown b. PF Flyers c. Old Stinkers 5. In what year did “Dewey Defeat Truman” according to the Chicago Tribune? a. 1946 b. 1948 c. 1952 6. Before the Orkin Man, what technology was part of most homes’ bug deterrence? a. Shoe Fly b. Fly paper c. 50 mm Phlit gun 7. Dixie cups had what printed on their tops? a. Secret decoders b. Movie stars c. WW II propaganda slogans 8. What was the prevailing method of birth control in the ’50s? a. Heavy lifting and cold showers b. Fear c. Girdles and crinoline petticoats 9. Jimmy Durante said what at the end of every show? a. “Aloha, my friends.” b. “Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” c. “Remember, wherever you go, my nose will get there first.” 10. “I’m Popeye the sailor man; I’m Popeye the sailor man. I’m...

Senior Citizen Exercise Clipmix

Not only is sitting at home boring, it is bad for your health as well. Although exercise and physical activity are among the healthiest things you can do for yourself, some older adults are reluctant to exercise. Some are afraid that exercise will be too hard or that physical activity will harm them. Others might think they have to join a gym or have special equipment. Yet, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they’ve aged. It’s usually because they’re not active. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses. We found a few low-impact exercises for seniors....

Traveling for the Holidays

We found this article while scrolling the internet today and thought it would be appropriate to share with all of our wonderful readers. Below, we have included a few helpful passages from the article as well as a link to the original, if you wish to enquire further. -If possible, visit your older relative at his apartment or home. One’s living space is also a gauge in the progression of aging. Peek inside the refrigerator – is there expired food? Is there enough food for a few days? You may see unopened bills on the table – or overdue notices. These are also indicators that your older relative may be having difficulty keeping up with day-to-day responsibilities at home. While you are in the neighborhood knock on a neighbor’s door and ask if your older relative gets out of the house every day – or if his friends still visit from time to time. With aging comes the risk of isolation. -If you suspect that an older relative’s health is beginning to decline, then it’s time to begin a conversation and put a plan in place to help. Have a family meeting to get everyone up to speed and on board to assist when and where necessary. There are many automated systems that can easily be put into place for online payment of utilities, phone and other regular charges. Reach out to a neighbor or community organization to check on your older relative periodically. Starting this dialogue is also important because sometimes an older adult who may have lost some functional capacity may have unknowingly made some financial or...

Halloween in Peddler’s Alley

  At Per Diem, we love Halloween! So we decided to make this blog post very photo-centric. Below, we have posted a few photos of our decorations and trick-or-treaters and we hope you...

Seniors and their Pets

Pets Help Our Hearts Studies show that older pet-owning citizens have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners, helping to reduce their risk for heart disease and decrease their number of visits to the doctor. Additionally, a number of other studies suggest that pet owners have a better chance for long-term survival after surviving a coronary event than non-pet owners. Studies show that older pet-owning citizens have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-owners, helping to reduce their risk for heart disease. Pets Help the Elderly Overcome Depression and Loneliness According to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, caring for a cat or dog helps elderly people overcome depression or loneliness. Whether that be from the loss of a loved one, not having family or friends nearby to interact with, or not being able to get out much, having a fluffy friend gives older citizens a sense of purpose since they have to take care of their pet and think about things other than their own problems. Even for elderly patients in nursing homes, animal-assisted therapy has shown to help patients decrease their anxiety levels and give them something to look forward to. Christina Miller, a former convalescent home activities director in Southport, N.C., says she witnessed the positive impact animals had on elderly patients when a local animal shelter made weekly visits to her facility. “Residents who normally weren’t active were suddenly getting up, petting and talking to the cats and dogs, smiling and interacting,” she says. “Patients would ask me, ‘Are the dogs here? Did they come yet?’ Half the patients had...

How To Succeed In Life

                It has been a long week…spending time with clients, family and paperwork. Phew! It is nearly over! The internet is a funny thing. I can giveth and it can taketh away- it just depends on how you use it. Funny, when you think about it, life is the same way. How do you cope with the day-to-day...