3 Reasons to Love Retirement

Many people can not wait to reach the age of retirement and enjoy their golden years without the stress of holding down a career. Most people who choose to retire at the age of 65 have worked for the majority of their life and are ready to enjoy all of the carefree benefits that come along with retiring. Here are three great reasons to look forward to retirement.

Time to Travel

Working forty hours or more each week does not leave a lot of spare time to travel the world. Many people are not even able to take a one or two week vacation each year while they are busy focusing on building their careers. During retirement, there is no set schedule to live by and people are free to travel to all of the amazing destinations they have always dreamed of visiting. Many retirees pack up their things and take off on a cross-country trip in a trusty RV. Others may choose to visit their children or grandchildren for several months out of the year especially if they live in a different state or country. Those who have managed to invest their money wisely over the years have the opportunity to go on lavish trips or cruises any time they choose. Traveling is a great way to learn about different cultures, meet new people and feel young once again.

Time to Take Care of Yourself

Raising a family and building up a successful career takes up a lot of time. Many people dedicate their lives to taking care of others and end up neglecting their own health issues. While it is not wise to wait until your retirement years to start making better health care decisions, this period supplies you with plenty of time to concentrate on your health and come up with a good diet and exercise plan. When you no longer have to report to an office every morning or show up at a warehouse at 5AM, you have more time to take a morning walk around the neighborhood, plan a healthy breakfast, and make regular appointments with your physician. Some individuals wait until they retire to have certain procedures done that are not life-threatening but can help to make their quality of life much better such as hip or knee replacement surgery. Retirement is an excellent time to start having regular health screenings done such as having your blood pressure checked, checking cholesterol levels and setting up annual tests to screen for cancer. Taking these precautions can help to keep you healthy and safe throughout your retirement years.

Time to Learn Something New

Retirement is an excellent time to take on a brand new hobby or sport. Many retired couples relocate to country club communities that have access to private golf courses and tennis courts. Trying out a new sport is a great way to stay healthy and active while enjoying the company of others. Taking on a new hobby is another fun way to enjoy your retirement years. Woodworking, knitting, fishing, planting a garden or learning to cook exciting new recipes are all fun activities that can help keep active seniors on their toes. Some retired seniors may want to use their free time to enhance their education by going back to school. It is not uncommon for retired individuals to return to the classroom in order to earn a degree or to simply just learn more information on an interesting subject.

Author Bio

Kate Johnson writes and edits “Retire Away.” She is currently living the high life, retired in Northern Belize. She recently published a piece on the best retirement communities in Pennsylvania.

Announcing the Winners of the 2013 ALTY Awards

We’ve got some big news! Winners for The 2013 ALTY Awards have been decided.

best senior living and senior care blog posts You the voters have spoken and you’ve chosen this year’s best senior care and assisted living blog posts and articles from across eight different awards categories. And you spoke loudly, with almost 5,000 votes being cast over the course of the three week voting period. And it was an exciting competition with many winners being decided by only a handful of votes.

So who are the winners? (drum roll please……) Here are your 2013 ALTY Award Winners!

We also announced runners-up and finalists in each category as well. To see all the final results and how the voting shook out in all awards categories, just click a category link below:

Congratulations to all winners, runners-up and finalists. And special thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this year’s ALTYs a rousing success

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Announcing the 2013 ALTY Blog Awards

Welcome to the second annual Assisted Living Today Blog Awards, aka The ALTY Awards!

best senior living and senior care blog postsThe ALTY Awards is our annual blog awards event that honors the best articles and blog posts from across the assisted living and senior care industry from the past year. The way the ALTYs work is our panel of writers from the senior care industry has nominated the best articles they found from across the edlercare and senior living niches and you, the public and our readers, can vote for your favorites. Winning articles will be determined by the greatest number of votes.

This year, we’ve nominated more than 60 different article from 8 categories. To see which blog posts have been nominated (and to vote for your favorites), just click the category links below:

If you’re up for an ALTY Award, you can let others know about your nomination by displaying a custom badge on your site: http://assistedlivingtoday.com/alty-award-badges/

NOTE: Voting ends on March 7. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 12, 2012.

So please help us make The Second Annual ALTY Awards a big success. Spread the word to everyone in the elder care and senior living industry. And be sure to vote for your favorite posts.

Good luck to all the nominees!

Announcing the “Baby Boomer Blues: Which Pills are You Popping” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic: “Baby Boomers Blues: What Pills are You Popping?” The infographic takes a look at some of the most common health issues  senior citizens and Baby Boomers deal with on a daily basis (from Hypertension to Erectile Disfunction) and the specific medications they use to help deal with and ease the ill effects of those health problems.

The infographic also looks at the growing abuse of prescription medications and illegal drugs among seniors, which is currently said to affect nearly 2.8 million seniors and that number is expected to double to almost 6 million seniors by 2020.

Here’s a sneak peak at the infographic:

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To see the entire infographic, go to: Baby Boomer Blues: Which Pills are You Popping Infographic

We encourage you to share the infographic with others and you can also add it to your own website with the handy code embed at the end of the graphic.

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

We’ve got some big news! Winners for The 2012 ALTY Blog Awards have been decided.

best senior living and senior care blog posts You the voters have spoken and you’ve chosen this year’s best senior care and senior living blogs from across eight different awards categories. And you spoke loudly, with more than 12,000 votes being cast over the course of a month. And it was an exciting competition with many winners being decided by only a handful of votes.

So who are the winners? (drum roll please……) Here are your 2012 ALTY Blog Awards Winners!

We also announced runners-up and finalists in each category as well. To see all the final results and how the voting shook out in all awards categories, just click a category link below:

Congratulations to all winners, runners-up and finalists. And special thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this year’s ALTYs a rousing success

Did You Earn an ALTY?

Were you a winner, runner up or finalist in this year’s ALTYs? Let the world know about your achievement by placing a custom badge on your website that you can find here:

2012 ALTY Blog Award Winner
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2012 ALTY Blog Award Finalist

Announcing the 2012 ALTY Blog Awards

Welcome to the first annual Assisted Living Today Blog Awards, aka The ALTY Awards!

best senior living and senior care blog postsThe ALTY Awards is our annual blog awards event that will honor the best articles and blog posts from across the assisted living and senior care industry from the previous calendar year.The way the ALTYs work is our committee of writers from the senior care industry has nominated the best articles they found from across the senior care and senior housing niches and you, the public and our readers, can vote for your favorites. Winning articles will be determined by the greatest number of votes.

This year, we’ve nominated more than forty different blogs posts from eight categories. To see which blog posts have been nominated (and to vote for your favorites), just click the category links below:

If you were nominated for an ALTY Award, you can show off your achievement with a custom badge: http://assistedlivingtoday.com/alty-award-badges/

NOTE: All voting will close on Wednesday, March 14 and winners will be announced on Thursday, March 15.

So please help us make the first ALTY Awards a big success. Spread the word to everyone in the senior care and senior housing industry. And be sure to vote for your favorite posts!

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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Membership Announcement

We are proud to announce that Assisted Living Today has been accepted as a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. As an AFA member, our organization is recognized as being dedicated to aiding individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, memory care and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families.

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If you’d like to learn more about AFA and their mission, go to http://www.alzfdn.org/

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