TROUBLE GRIPPING YOUR HAIR BRUSH? HERE’S A QUICK TIP FROM ACTIVE DAILY LIVING

Use foam hot water pipe insulation to wrap around brush handles. Tape it in place for a firm fit. If the hole diameter or the overall size is too big/bulky, cut a wedge out of the foam. Then, snug it more firmly in place before taping. The foam creates a non-slip grip that can be held with less force. The enlarged size lets you hold the handle more comfortably with less finger bend.

If you found this quick tip helpful and would like to access more tips like this, visit the Generations Web site at www.generationsnetwork.org and click on the Active Daily Living link on the home page. Active Daily Living offers free, personalized advice to enhance health, independence and aging in place. Here you can access videos, articles and resources that are tailored to your needs on a variety of topics that focus on older adults and caregivers.

MAKING SMART FOOD CHOICES FOR HEALTHY AGING

It’s never too late to make smarter food choices. Healthy eating is an important part of staying healthy as you age.

Following these tips can help you maintain a healthy weight, get the nutrients you need, and lower your risk of chronic disease. (National Institute on Aging, nia.nih.gov)

Try to eat and drink from these food groups each day: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. Variety is an important part of eating healthfully!

Cut back on foods and beverages that are high in calories and added sugars, sodium, and saturated fats. Shift to healthier options like fresh fruits and vegetables instead.

Instead of high-calorie snacks, such as potato chips, try nutrient-dense snacks, such as carrots.

Instead of fruit products with added sugars, such as fig cookies, try fresh fruit, such as a peach.

Instead of regular cola, try water flavored with fruits or vegetables.

Use a food diary to help you keep track of your total daily calories, carbs, protein, etc., and see if you are making healthy choices. Understand how many calories you need based on your level of daily activity.

Choose a variety of foods that are packed with nutrients and low in calories.

Check the food labels to understand what foods will meet your nutritional needs each day.

GENERATIONS STILL SELLING PECANS

Generations’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program still have pecans for sale! These pecans are fresh from Georgia from the most recent pecan crop. Prices are $10 per bag with your choice of either a 12 ounce bag of small pieces, or a 12 ounce bag of halves. Money raised from these sales support projects that benefit our local community such as Children’s Vision Screening, Little Elves Workshops, Love-A-Bears, Pet Pad Program, etc. Please contact Generations at 800-742-9002 to arrange purchase and pick up. We are located in the Zella Young Building on the campus of Vincennes University, 1019 N. Fourth St., Vincennes. Please call the office when you arrive and a staff person will bring your pecans down to you. Thank you!

GENERATIONS MAGAZINE

Our magazine is geared toward adults in pre-retirement and retirement years and promotes active aging and preventive health. It is published three times a year and is free to subscribers. All we need is your name and address. If you would like to receive future copies of the magazine, contact Brenda Hancock at 812-888-5146 or bhancock@vinu.edu.

Generations, Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability, is a program of Vincennes University’s Community Services Division. Our agency connects individuals and caregivers to community resources and options for long-term care and in-home services. For more information, call 1-800-742-9002 or 812-888-5880 or visit our website at www.generationsnetwork.org.

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