I Have Noticed

Everything is farther away than it used to be. It is even twice as far to the corner and they have added a hill.

I have given up running for the bus; it leaves earlier than it used to.

It seems to me they are making the stairs steeper than in the old days. And have you noticed the smaller print they use in the newspapers?

There is no sense in asking anyone to read aloud anymore, as everybody speaks in such a low voice I can hardly hear them.

The material in dresses is so skimpy now, especially around the hips and waist, that it is almost impossible to reach one’s shoelaces. And the sizes don’t run the way they used to. The 12’s and 14’s are so much smaller.

Even people are changing. They are so much younger than they used to be when I was their age. On the other hand people my age are so much older than I am.

I ran into an old classmate the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t recognize me.

I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning and in so doing I glanced at my own reflection. Really now, they don’t even make good mirrors like they used to.


–Author Unknown


Here’s a touching video about adult children and their parents.  It may bring a tear to your eyes!

Have a great day!

Angela Gentile

Put cotton in your ears and pebbles in your shoes.

Pull on rubber gloves.

Smear Vasoline over your glasses, and there you have it:

instant old age.

— Malcolm Cowley, U.S. literary critic and social historian

I came across this article and was impressed with how the author was able to stress the importance of exercise.  As we age, it’s really important to ensure we are getting adequate physical activity.  It’s possible at any age.

There are many reasons that senior citizens should exercise on a regular basis, but the main one is that it helps to increase your overall health and ward off life-threatening diseases – especially those associated with aging.

Simply put – exercising helps us age more gracefully. Almost everyone knows the sort of problems we face when aging – slower metabolism, bone loss and stiffness in joints, muscle loss, balance problems, less endurance and heart and lung problems. We all want a quick fix to aging, such as injections and facelifts or a pill we can take to halt or reduce the aging process. But, in reality, regular exercise is the only thing we can do for ourselves that will increase our overall health and well-being. Exercise can help us maintain the ability to do things we love and to accomplish everyday tasks that we need to do rather than depending on someone else.

Even if you’re a very out of shape senior citizen, there are simple exercises you can do that will make you feel better and enjoy your life. Stretching is simple to do (you can even stretch while sitting) and can make remarkable strides in improving your joints and muscles. You can find online stretching exercises, choose from the many television shows that promote exercising or get a book from the library or bookstore.

You’ll want to be sure to choose exercises that stretch your back, arms, calves, thighs, stomach and chest – but don’t overdo it. Stretch for 5 to 20 minutes per day or whatever you feel up to. Any activity that increases your endurance is great for senior citizens. Those exercises might include gardening, biking, swimming or simply walking the dog. Try to increase your breathing and heart rate, but don’t exercise so strenuously that you lose your ability to talk. Take it easy and you’ll benefit more than you realize. Strength exercises are very important to engage in as you age. The more you can strengthen your muscles, the better able you’ll be to increase your metabolism (maintain a normal weight) and keep your blood sugar at normal levels. Strength exercises can be in the form of machines at a gym or fitness center – or, you can even use items around the house, such as books and cans of food.

Exercises designed to strengthen your back should be an important part of your exercise program. Back pain can be excruciating and life-changing and is common in senior citizens. Ask your doctor for a list of exercises you can do to strengthen back muscles or research on your own to find some that are right for you. One of the worst maladies that can affect senior citizens is balance problems.
Aging can cause loss of balance, but so can certain medications. There are exercises to specifically build your leg muscles and increase your perception of balance so that you’re less likely to fall. Keep in mind that in the United States, hospitals admit over 400,000 people per year for broken hips – and most are senior citizens. I know that one of the things I do for balance is walking down the rail road tracks just outside the YMCA where I do my senior exercise, along with many other seniors. I have gotten much better in the year or so that I have practiced. I do not walk them when they are wet or slippery and my kids love to join me. Remember a lot of balance receptors are in the bottom of your feet. Exercise is a key piece of the brain fitness puzzle too. Remember, this is not an olympic training that we are doing, just strenuous enough to get the breathing deep. That gets the neurogenesis and neuroplasticity going so that we have replacement parts popping online everyday. So not a sore muscle routine, but definitely regular. Daily is best.

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About the Author: Michael S. Logan is a brain fitness expert, a counselor, a student of Chi Gong, and licensed one on one HeartMath provider. I enjoy the spiritual, the mythological, and psychological, and I am a late life father to Shane, 10, and Hannah Marie, 4, whose brains are so amazing.

Buying gifts for those older loved ones on our list can always be a little tricky.  Space is usually limited, and at this point in the older person’s life, they usually don’t need “stuff” to make them happy.  Experiences are usually more valuable at this stage.  I found this great blog post over at Best Local Seniors called “What Gifts are Best for the Baby Boomer’s Parent?” and I wanted to share it here:

Add Personalized, Pre-loaded Digital Picture Frame to the list for another idea.  I really like the idea of Gift Certificates with a little Token Gift of chocolate or something small to consume.

Enjoy this holiday season!

Angela Gentile

I came across an article on the New York Times website called “Why Wii Fit is Best for Grandparents”, and I found it very interesting.  My own children, now bored with and/or outgrown the Wii, are selling off their system and games as I write this.  What the research is showing is that some of these “exergames” are proving beneficial for older adults.  With regular use, seniors are able to improve their balance.  Balance is needed in order to reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.  These “exergames” aren’t as beneficial to the younger crowd in terms of improving their balance but are proving beneficial for older adults.

I have seen the Wii Fit used in Personal Care Homes.  This is a great activity for everyone.

Check out the article at

Have a great day!

Angela Gentile

I came across this beautifully done slide show on by Gregg Segal.  He takes photos of people living with Alzheimer’s and teams it up with a photo of themselves from the past.  He visits the families and looks through old photo albums and selects a photo that best represents that person.  He reflects his own thoughts as the five minute slide show plays.  It’s very moving and very well done.

Click here to see the photos:

Have a wonderful day,

Angela Gentile

Here’s a great article that talks about the benefits of Pets for Senior Citizens.  There has been a study done that talks about the health benefits, as well as psychological benefits.  The Eden Alternative is also a great philosophy whereby there are many animals incorporated into the environment where the older adults reside. Some advice from me: If you chose to get a dog for an older adult, think about getting one that is already housetrained!

Check out this great article for more info.

Pets for Senior Citizens.

I am going to go hug my dog now.


Angela Gentile

Here’s a list of 101 things you can do with someone who has a cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s type dementia.  It has a lot of great ideas.  I received this listing from the Alzheimer’s Society.  My notes are in italics.


101 Things to Do With a Person With Alzheimer’s Disease

1. Clip coupons
2. Sort poker chips
3. Count tickets
4. Rake leaves
5. Use the carpet sweeper
6. Read out loud
7. Bake cookies
8. Look up names in the phone book
9. Read the daily paper out loud
10. Ask someone with a child to visit
11. Listen to Polka music
12. Plant seeds indoors or out
13. Look at family photographs
14. Toss a ball
15. Color pictures
16. Make homemade lemonade
17. Wipe off the table
18. Weed the flower bed
19. Make cream cheese mints
20. Have a spelling bee
21. Read from the Reader’s Digest
22. Fold clothes
23. Have a friend visit with a calm pet
24. Cut pictures out of greeting cards
25. Wash silverware
26. Bake homemade bread
27. Sort objects by shape or color
28. Sing old songs
29. “Tell me more” when they talk about a memory
30. Put silverware away
31. Make a Valentine collage
32. Play favorite songs and sing
33. Take a ride
34. Make a cherry pie
35. Read aloud from Ideals magazine (no longer in print)
36. Play dreidels (a four-sided spinning top played with during Hanukkah)
37. Make a basket of socks (I am not sure what that is)
38. Take a walk
39. Reminisce about 1st day of school
40. String Cheerios to hang outside for birds
41. Make a fresh fruit salad
42. Sweep the patio
43. Color paper shamrocks green
44. Fold towels
45. Have afternoon tea
46. Remember great inventions
47. Play Pictionary
48. Paint a sheet
49. Cut out paper dolls
50. Identify states and capitals (provinces and capitals)
51. Make a family tree poster
52. Color a picture of our flag
53. Cook hot dogs outside
54. Grow magic rocks
55. Water house plants
56. Reminisce about the first kiss
57. Play horse shoes
58. Dance
59. Sing favorite hymns
60. Make homemade ice cream
61. Force bulbs for winter blooming
62. Make Christmas cards
63. Sort playing cards by their color
64. Write a letter to a family member
65. Dress in your favorite football team’s color
66. Pop popcorn
67. Name the presidents (or Prime Ministers)
68. Give a manicure
69. Make paper butterflies
70. Plant a tree
71. Make a May basket
72. Make homemade applesauce
73. Finish famous sayings
74. Feed the ducks
75. Mold with play dough
76. Look at pictures in National Geographic
77. Put a puzzle together
78. Sand wood
79. Rub in hand lotion
80. Decorate paper placemats
81. Arrange fresh flowers
82. Remember famous people
83. Straighten out underwear drawer
84. Finish Nursery Rhymes
85. Make peanut butter sandwiches
86. Wipe off patio furniture
87. Cut up used paper for scratch paper
88. Take care of fish tank
89. Trace and cut out leaves
90. Ask simple trivia questions
91. Finish Bible quotes
92. Paint with string
93. Cut out pictures from magazines
94. Read classic short stories
95. Put coins in a jar
96. Sew sewing cards
97. Put bird feed out for the birds
98. Clean out a pumpkin
99. Reminisce about a favorite summer
100. Roll yarn into a ball
101. Make a birthday cake

Make sure to Have Fun!

Angela Gentile

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  • long term care: I just read another article on exercise for seniors and it was said there that nintendo wii can be a great way for them to stretch those muscles and h
  • gericarenetwork: Hi Gordon. Sure, I'd like that. Angela
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