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Author: Bailey Crocker

Does Medicare Cover Botox?

Does Medicare Cover Botox?

Looking to get Botox? Here you can read my friends story about her Botox adventure. If you are interested in having work done, you should know how Medicare covers it.

Does Medicare Cover Botox?

The other day I was talking with a friend (for privacy reasons I won’t state her name) that wanted to get Botox injections for her wrinkles. I told her that she didn’t need it and that her wrinkles were barely noticeable, but she didn’t believe me.

She was always the friend that got into the latest trend or fad. She always wanted to try everything that the celebrities were trying.

Even after my persistent discouragement, she insisted that she was going to set up an appointment soon and get it done.

I said to her, “Well, if you’re going to be stubborn, at least let me help you.”

I had remembered reading something about how Medicare didn’t cover any Botox treatment. Medicare, being her primary insurance, I wanted to make sure that she wasn’t going to be bankrupt after this unnecessary procedure of hers.

So, I decided to do a bit more research for her. From what I found on medicare.gov and other reputable sites, Medicare might pay for Botox treatment.

 

When Does Medicare Pay for Botox?

Medicare has a rule they follow when it comes to covering a procedure or treatment. According to Medicare’s website, Medicare pays for things that are medically necessary.

As many of us know, getting Botox injections to hide wrinkles, is not medically necessary. No matter how much my friend thinks it is.

If you were getting Botox for something like migraines, then Medicare, from my understanding, would cover it.

 

Bearer of Bad News

I feel like I’m always the bearer of bad news, but I’d rather give bad news that protect my friends than good news that wasn’t true.

I called my friend to give her the unfortunate information. She was upset to say the least.

The first words out of her mouth were, “What? Are you kidding me?”

I tried to calm her down by explaining it how I had come to understand it. Obviously, I’m not a Botox expert, nor a Medicare expert. That’s when I sent her the links that I had found to reassure her that the information I was feeding her was accurate.

I also sent her to a page I stumbled upon during my research. It was about an insurance brokerage that seemed to know the facts. I figured, don’t take it from me, take it from an expert in the field of Medicare.

 

Happy Ending

After she verified what I had been telling her was true, she canceled her appointment.

I like to think that she canceled the appointment one, because it would be too expensive, and two, because she knew that she didn’t need Botox to be beautiful.

We had lunch the next day at our favorite little bistro and she said to me, “I don’t know what I was thinking. I don’t need Botox. I need a face lift!” She shouted. “That’s surgery, so Medicare must cover it.”

As I chuckled, I leaned to her, grabbed her hand and said, “Honey, if Medicare doesn’t cover something as simple as a Botox injection, it isn’t going to pay for cosmetic surgery.”

 

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Makeup Tips for Older Women

Makeup Tips for Older Women

Knowing how to do your makeup as you reach your golden years can keep you looking as young as you did ten years ago. These makeup tips could be just what you need for finding your love for makeup again.

Makeup Tips for Older Women

Applying makeup is a tricky process regardless of how old you are. However, as we age the actual act becomes a little bit more difficult. Knowing how to do your makeup as you reach your golden years can keep you looking as young as you did ten years ago. These makeup tips could be just what you need for finding your love for makeup again.

Makeup Tips for Moisturizer

One of the most important keys to applying perfect makeup is your skin! That’s right, you need to first prepare your skin before you do anything.

The more mature our skin gets, the less oil it produces. Thus, making our face quite dry. Applying foundation to dry, cracked skin is basically pointless because your skin will end up looking worse than it did before by the end of the day.

That’s why moisturizer should be your best friend! We should get in the habit of applying moisturizer every day, but we should especially do it prior to putting our face on in the morning.

Makeup Tips for Primer

Now that our face is baby smooth (sort of), we can apply our primer. Primer is what will hold our makeup throughout the day. I don’t care what foundation you use, if you plan on wearing it from morning to night, if you don’t use a primer, it’s going to fade away.

Some primers even have a sun protection factor (SPF). Protecting our skin from the sun is a very critical thing, particularly in our older years.

The SPF feature is half the reason I even use primer. I’m not a huge fan of putting sunscreen on my face. To me, it’s icky. Not to mention it can clog your pores.

Makeup tips foundationMakeup Tips for Foundation

I feel that these first three tips are the most crucial makeup tips for older women, or for anyone for that matter. Without a good moisturizer, primer, and foundation you are already making it more difficult on yourself. These three things alone can make or break your makeup look.

There are quite a few foundations in the world that are specialized for more mature skin. I have picked out a few top-rated foundations to recommend.

  • Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector
  • Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Serum

Although, each one of these foundations have their own different benefit, they are all great choices.

Bobbi Brown

The Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick is the most convenient option. Because it’s stick form, you are able to take it on the go and reapply it if needed. It’s also the least messy. Use the stick to apply the foundation to your face, then simply use a brush to blend it in.

Neutrogena

Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector is great for covering those pesky wrinkles. Since it has the amazing ingredient, retinol, it also works to reverse those said wrinkles. The retinol increases your collagen production while you wear the foundation.

This is a foundation that we recommend you use a primer with SPF before applying. Although a fantastic ingredient, retinol causes sensitivity to the sun.

Estée Lauder

It’s in the name, “Anti-Aging”. Those two magical words can be what pulls you to this option. You might have heard of the remarkable Estée Lauder Perfectionist serum. This foundation is that, turned into a foundation.

This foundation will tighten up wrinkles and leave your skin looking much more plump and youthful. Another great aspect of this foundation is that it has SPF 25! That’s fantastic!

makeup tips brushesMakeup Tips for Makeup Brushes

Before we move on, let’s talk about the oh so important, brushes!

Picking out the perfect brushes for your products can sometimes be stressful, I know it is for me. The right brush depends on what type of products you are using. All the way from the type of foundation you use to the type of eye shadow, your brushes should reflect that.

Although there are many forms of brushes, there are two main types of brushes, synthetic and natural.

Natural Brushes

Natural Brushes are usually made from animal fur. As saddening as that is, they are still used for applying powder-based products.

People use natural brushes for these types of products because their bristles have cuticles. Cuticles make for an easier pick-up process of the powder. These brushes allow for a seamless blend on your face.

The properties that make these brushes good for powder products are the exact properties that make then a less than perfect choice for liquid products.

Synthetic Brushes

This style of brush’s popularity continues to grow as more people are going the vegan route. Synthetic brushes are made from manmade bristles such as nylon.

The synthetic fibers of these brushes sink together, creating a firmer foundation of bristles. With that said, I’m sure you can guess what type of product synthetic brushes should be used for. Yep, liquid! These brushes are ideal for working with the recommended foundations mentioned above.

makeup tips concealerMakeup Tips for Under Eye Concealer

No matter your age, if you don’t get enough sleep, you are bound to have dark circles under your eyes. And as many of you know, sleep seems to diminish as we age. This is why having a decent under-eye concealer is imperative for looking your best.

You want to make sure you aren’t clumping it on. If you used to much, it will look cakey and nobody wants that! Also, be careful on which type of powder you place over your concealer. You should use a setting powder, preferably a transparent one.

If you use your powder foundation over your under-eye concealer, the powder will settle into your fine lines and will emphasize the features you are trying to hide.

makeup tips contourContouring: Yes or No?

The main purpose of contouring is to have our face resemble a slimmer shape and accentuate certain features of our face.

However, when we reach our golden years, some of our faces begin to slim out due to the droopiness of our skin. This is why you should ask yourself, “Do I need to contour my face?”. If you already have a natural contour, you won’t want to add contour to it or you might make yourself look sickly.

Another reason why older women might not want to contour is because, well, basically, it takes a lot of extra time! This illusion sometimes just isn’t worth the time it takes to apply.

But, if you do decide to contour, start off light and build to the desired tone. It’s a lot easier to put more make up on than to take some makeup off.

makeup tips blushMakeup Tips for Blush

Applying blush is a pretty simple task, so I won’t take too long on it.

First thing first, please do not apply your blush right below your eyes! Blush is meant to go towards the bottom of the apple of your cheek. Try not to use too dark of shades or too bright of shades. Sometimes subtlety is key.

Makeup Tips for Eye Shadow

The color of eye shadow you should try to use depends on what color your eyes are. Remember the color wheel from elementary school? Well, it comes in handy when figuring out the perfect undertones you should look for in eyeshadow.

Usually, whatever color is directly opposite of your eye color on the color wheel is the shade of eye shadow you should apply. Of course, we don’t recommend green eyed people wear bright red every day, so don’t take this too literal.

Here are some examples of what shades go with certain eye colors.

makeup tips eye shadow

Makeup Tips for Eyeliner

The two types of eyeliner we’ll discuss are the two most popular, pencil and felt tip markers. I feel that these two versions of eyeliner are the easiest to handle. Therefore, making them great options for older women.

Personally, I like felt tip eyeliner markers, but I know many of you probably prefer the old-fashioned pencil version. Eyeliner pencils can be great, but for me to use a pencil it must be soft. Many pencils are very, well, pencil like and are too rough against my eyelids.

Felt tip markers on the other hand are very gentle. And you won’t have to worry about sharpening it over and over again. I hate that!

Makeup Tips for Mascara

Last but certainly not least, mascara! Some people go completely without any mascara at all. To me, personally, if you have your entire face made up and don’t have any mascara on, your look looks incomplete.

Although I think mascara is an essential part of makeup, I don’t think you should lather it on. Sometimes less is more. There are about three to four different shades of black in most mascaras. If you are hesitant to use mascara because you’re afraid of how dark it will make your eyes seem, try a lighter color.

To differentiate your look from day to day, try mascara on both top and bottom, then the next day try mascara just on your top eye lashes.

 

TA-DA!

Now you have multiple ideas on how to do your makeup. These makeup tips may not be how you like to apply your makeup, they’re here if you’d like to give them a go.

Everyone has their own style when it comes to makeup. It’s good to be open to new tips and tricks. Who knows? You just might like it!

Leave a comment below with some of your favorite makeup tips!

 

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Best Places to Buy Inexpensive Home Decor

Best Places to Buy Inexpensive Home Decor

In retirement, we gain a lot of spare time. What better way to spend that spare time than to redecorate your home? I have a few favorite places where I go to for my inexpensive home decor.

Best Places to Buy Inexpensive Home Decor

In retirement, we gain a lot of spare time. What better way to spend that spare time than to redecorate your home? Redecorating can get very expensive if you don’t know where to look. I have a few favorite places where I go to for my inexpensive home decor.

Each one of my top five favorite places for inexpensive home decor are listed below. They all offer greats discounts and have a variety of categories to choose from.

Join me on a virtual adventure to admire some of the best places to buy inexpensive home decor!

 

At home Inexpensive Home Decor

At Home is the new storefront of Garden Ridge. Although I enjoyed Garden Ridge, I love At Home even more. One of my favorite things about At Home is the fact that they do such an amazing job at coordinating their products with the current season.

At Home decor Inexpensive home decorThey have everything from small knick-knacks to big outdoor furniture. Shopping here could mean an all-day trip and your might end up needing a trailer to haul everything home. One day I went in for a new lamp and left with a queen size bedframe. That bedframe was originally only $100, but because it was discounted, I only spent about $70 after tax.

At home discount Inexpensive home decor

At Home makes finding discounts fun. They place signs throughout their store with barcodes and a colored slashed through them. Each colored slash determines a certain percentage off. For instance, a green slash sometimes me 70% off!

 

 

Hobby Lobby Inexpensive Home Decor

Of course, Hobby Lobby is mainly known for the crafts supplies. However, I have a slight addiction with Hobby Lobby when it comes to their home decor.

Farmhouse home decor Inexpensive home decorThis store is a great place for the latest home decor trend! Farmhouse style home decor has taken over and Hobby Lobby is the perfect place to find everything you need to make the image in your head come alive.

Unlike a few of the other places on this list, Hobby Lobby is constantly having sales. Around nearly every corner you will see a 50% off discount sign. They rotate their 50% discounts to different categories ever so often. So, if the piece you want isn’t 50% off currently, it will be eventually. While they’re rare, I have even seen discounts as much as 90% off before.

Hobby Lobby coupon Inexpensive home decor

Hobby Lobby has some of the most attainable coupons and they are usually always 40% off coupons. Very rarely have I have bought anything from Hobby Lobby without it being discounted either from the store discount or a coupon discount.

 

 

 

Tj maxx Inexpensive Home Decor

A recently new favorite place of mine to buy inexpensive home decor is TJ Maxx. This store has a wide assortment of products, but the home decor section is definitely my preferred part of the store.

Tj maxx Inexpensive home decorTJ Maxx doesn’t necessarily have discounts on top of their ticket prices because their products are already discounted. However, the prices you’ll see on the price tags are nearly jaw dropping. It’s amazing how low they get sometimes.

The selection of furniture they have at TJ Maxx is more on the modern side and is beautiful! If you like the more sophisticated look, TJ Maxx is a good start.

 

 

 

Marshalls homegoods Inexpensive Home Decor

Marshalls and HomeGoods recently conspired to interlock a few of their locations. Since TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are all run by the same company, this was a smart more on their part.

HG furniture Inexpensive home decorThese two stores were beginning to be overrun by bigger warehouse type stores like At Home. Now that they are combined, they are able to offer lower prices which is a win for everyone, even the company. Ever since combining the two together, they have seen an astonishing increase in profits because of how much traffic has grown within the stores.

Marshalls HomeGoods is basically just a small version of At Home. Offering competitive prices and a well-rounded offering of products, Marshalls HomeGoods is a great place to find your inexpensive home decor.

 

 

 

Antique Shops

antiques Inexpensive home decorAntique shops can be overwhelming for some people, but I find them exciting. They’re overwhelming for some because of the cluster of items they have everywhere you turn. But if you’re able to zone in and dig through it all, you are bound to find pieces you love.

Shops like this are a great place to find some of the most inexpensive home decor. I have been able to find things as cheap as $5! One local antique shop even let me rent one of the bigger decorative pieces for a party once.

 

Redone Antique Inexpensive home decorAlso, if you like the “Do It Yourself” aspect of today’s world, you should definitely visit antique shops. If you’re looking for a project for your home make over you can find the base product here and then restore it to fit your style. Or, if you like the more vintage style, leave it as it.

If you are look for more “ready to go” pieces, antique shops may not be the place for you.

 

 

 

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Recipes for Seniors That Are Quick & Easy

Recipes for Seniors That Are Quick & Easy

Having quick and easy recipes on hand for meals throughout the day is a great way to ensure that you won’t be wasting your time in the kitchen, but rather enjoying time with your family and doing other activities.

Recipes for Seniors That Are Quick & Easy

Some people think that seniors have all the time in the world after retiring, but they would be wrong. Yes, in retirement, we no longer work at a desk all day, but we pick up many new responsibilities that keep you preoccupied. When you’re always on the go, it’s easy to forget to eat. However, remembering to have your three meals of the day is very important, especially in older age. So, that’s why I have come up with some great recipes that are quick and easy to make for that busy senior.

Having quick and easy recipes on hand for meals throughout the day is a great way to ensure that you won’t be wasting your time in the kitchen, but rather enjoying time with your family and doing other activities. Also, if you still work, easy, no-cook recipes are perfect for lunch ideas at the office.

Below is one quick and easy recipe for each meal of the day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will find the necessary ingredients for each recipe and brief directions on how to prepare the meal.

Egg and Avocado Toast Recipes for SeniorsBreakfast: Egg and Avocado Toast

This is quite possibly one of the quickest breakfast recipes out there. With very little prep work, you are sure to be able to get out the door on time. This recipe does not require many ingredients either. Which is always a plus in my book!

Ingredients: 2 pieces of bread
                    1 avocado
                    2 eggs
                    salt and pepper

One of the things I love about this recipe is that you can always tweak it to better satisfy your taste buds. My taste buds, on the other hand, enjoy it this way.

Start by lightly toasting your bread. I like to use wheat bread for my toast. Then, scoop out the avocado from the peel and mash it up using a fork. Feel free to add seasoning to you avocado. I just use salt and pepper. From there, you’ll want to spread the avocado onto your pieces of toast. Now, you can fry your eggs. My favorite way to eat fried eggs is over medium. I find it to be less messy than over easy with this meal. Put one egg on each of your pieces of toast and you’re done!

no-cook black bean saladLunch: No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Anytime I find a recipe that doesn’t involve a stove or an oven, I get ecstatic! No-cook meals are great meals to pack for trips. If you plan on taking a road trip, throw a cooler in your trunk with a few ingredients and you’ll be set for when lunch time rolls around.

Ingredients: mixed salad greens
                    15 oz of black beans
                    cherry tomatoes
                    1 avocado
                    sliced red onion
                    corn
                    2 tbs of olive oil
                    salt and pepper

You may have noticed that I didn’t provide an amount for each ingredient. This is because this recipe, just like the first one, can be completely customized to your liking. That’s one of my favorite things about salads. You put out all the options, and each person gets to make their own personal salad. Instead of trying to please multiple mouths.

Because this meal doesn’t require you to cook anything, this becomes the easiest recipe in this article. Grab a bowl, toss some salad in it, add your favorite toppings, then a little bit of olive oil. That’s it! You’re good to go.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Spinach WrapDinner: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap

Dinner seems to always require a bit more elbow grease than breakfast and lunch. So, don’t be nervous when I say “grilled”. This recipe is a very healthy choice that will have your taste buds screaming for more.

Ingredients: spinach wraps
                    1 skinless, boneless chicken breast
                    1 romaine heart
                    1 avocado
                    1 tbs of olive oil
                    salt and pepper

Just like the other recipes, this is a recipe you can put your own twist on. If you want to add tomatoes, add them! If you want to add black olives, add them! There are unlimited options when it comes to ingredients for wraps.

Begin by tearing apart your romaine heart into tiny pieces. Throw it into a bowl so you can add the olive oil and salt and pepper. Lay out your spinach wrap. Put a generous amount of your grilled chicken on it. For the avocado, you can either mash it up, or use avocado slices. Whichever you prefer. Then finish by adding your romaine to the top. Roll the wrap up tightly and there you go. A delicious, healthy meal for dinner.

There You Have It. Three recipes for seniors looking for quicker and easier options. These meals are personally some of my all-time favorites, but I want to learn yours!

Comment below your favorite quick and easy recipes! That way we can have even more yummy meals to choose from.

 

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Morning Stretches for Older Adults

Morning Stretches for Older Adults

With this habit, you will be less likely to strain your muscles throughout the day, you will be able to gain more flexibility, and you also might even gain some strength back into the muscles you might not use as often anymore.

Morning Stretches for Older Adults

Completing your morning stretches is one of the best ways to get your body ready for the day. You can begin the stretching process while still laying down and work your way out of bed. That way you are slowly making the transition from a horizontal position to a standing vertical position. Instead of jerking out of bed and straining muscles in the process.

Having a morning stretch routine is an especially good practice for older adults. Once you’ve completed your routine for 21 consecutive mornings, you will have formed a very beneficial habit.

With this habit, you will be less likely to strain your muscles throughout the day, you will be able to gain more flexibility, and you also might even gain some strength back into the muscles you might not use as often anymore.

Beginning Morning Stretches

After you wake up, while you are still laying flat on your bed, complete these morning stretches, in this order.

  • Lower Back/Hamstring Stretch
  • Gluteus Maximus Stretch
  • Spinal Twist Stretch

 

Lower Back/Hamstring Stretch:

Morning stretches: back

Begin laying completely flat on your back. Then bring your right knee towards your chest. Grab your knee while interlocking your fingers and squeeze your knee tightly to your chest. Try holding this position for 10 seconds. From there, repeat the stretch on your left leg.

 

Morning stretches: Gluteus Maximus stretch

Gluteus Maximus Stretch:

Once you have released your left leg, bring both legs into a bent position. With knees at a shoulders width apart, lay you right foot across your left thigh. Interlock your fingers around your left knee and pull your knee towards your chest. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Do the same on the other side as well.

 

Spinal Twist Stretch:

Morning stretches: spinal twist

With your knees still in a bent position, bring them together, and lay your arms flat in a “T” like position. Using your hips, slowly roll your knees towards either side of your body back and forth a few times.

 

 

 

 

Sitting Up Morning Stretches

Once you have completed your stretches while laying down, transition into a sitting position on your bed. Then compete the stretches below, in order.

  • Side Stretch
  • Forward Crawl Stretch
  • Hip Stretch

 

Morning stretches: side stretch

Side Stretch:

Make sure your legs are crossed underneath you. Interlock your fingers and face your palms outward. Bring your arms above your head. While keeping your bottom flush with the bed, lean directly to the left slightly to stretch your right side. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then return to the center. Repeat this stretch on the other side as well. For extra balance, place one hand on the bed.

 

Morning Stretches: Forward stretch

 

Forward Stretch:

After you have returned to the center, reach your hands out directly in front of your as far as your body will let you. Sit in this position to stretch out your lower back for a little while. Then, roll over onto your right forearm to stretch your lower side for 10 seconds. Bring your body back to the center position, then repeat the stretch on your left side.

 

 

 

Morning stretches: hip stretch

Hip Stretch:

Head towards the edge of your bed and let your legs dangle along side the bed. Bring your right foot over your left thigh, just like in the Gluteus Maximus stretch. Pull up on your knee for 10 seconds. Next, allow gravity to pull your right knee towards the ground so that you stretch your hip. Then, slightly lean forward to stretch even further if you can. After holding this position for 10 seconds, repeat on the other side.

 

 

 

Standing Morning Stretches

From your seated position on the edge of the bed, stand up into a completely upright position. Be sure not to jump up too quickly, as we do not want to strain any unstretched muscles. Complete the stretches below in order.

  • Back Stretch
  • Triceps Stretch
  • Quadriceps Stretch

 

Morning stretches: Back extension

 

Back Stretch:

This stretch may seem basic, but it really is effective for stretching out your spine. While standing, place your hands on the backside of your hips with your fingers facing down. Then, slightly arch your back and look up towards the ceiling. You can either hold this position or return straight and do it over again.

 

 

 

Morning stretches: triceps stretch

 

Triceps Stretch:

Lift your right arm up towards your head as far as you can. Bend you elbow to where you hand falls behind your head. Take your left hand and grab your elbow and pull it further back. Once you feel the stretch working, hold that position for 10 seconds. Then repeat it on the other side.

 

 

 

Morning stretches: quad stretchQuadriceps Stretch:

This stretch requires some balance. So, before attempting this stretch, grab ahold of something sturdy. From there, bend your right leg to try and bring the heel of your foot to your bottom. With your right hand, grab you foot to hold it in place so that you stretch your quad. Hold this position for 10 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side.

 

 

 

Do What You Can

Remember, if you have limitations, try not to over stretch the muscle. Over stretching can end up causing tears and strains in the muscle. If something disables you from completely the stretch accurately, try supplementing it with a different stretch.

Keep in mind, you’re stretching to help with your mobility throughout the day, not limit it even more. A few other, less strenuous stretches are ones involving the neck, ankles, and wrists. Also, you can always begin simple and slowly increase the difficulty of the stretch.

 

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7 Date Night Ideas for Baby Boomers

7 Date Night Ideas for Baby Boomers

Dating your spouse is something I believe everyone should try to do. Even after you have been married for 40 years, dating each other will keep that spark alive and remind you of the good old days.

7 Date Night Ideas for Baby Boomers

Dating your spouse is something I believe everyone should try to do. Even after you have been married for 40 years, dating each other will keep that spark alive and remind you of the good old days. Back to when you were young and without a care in the world, running around town just enjoying each other’s company on date night.

As we age, dating can become obsolete because you realize you might not be able to go out and do all the things you used to do when you went on a date. However, I have come up with multiple date night ideas that baby boomers can enjoy with their significant other.

Along with the date ideas, I have provided an estimated price of how much the date might cost. That way you can compare date prices to what you’d like to spend.

1) Drive-In Movie

If you really want to kick it old school and riminess those high school days, go see a movie at the drive-in. The amount of drive-in movie theaters has definitely dwindled over the years, but I bet you can still find one somewhat close to you.

There are even some drive-in theaters that will have a retro film night where they show the best classic films.

 

2) Putt-Putt

Maybe you are a more energetic couple and would rather have an active date night. A putt-putt date night would be perfect for baby boomers who have a more competitive edge. The great thing about going to play putt-putt in the evening and night time, is that you get to also enjoy a night out under the stars. This is a great date night idea for the couples that used to love playing golf together but can no longer endure the stress that the game puts on your body.

 

3) BYOP: Build Your Own Pizza

Staying in can count as a date too if you have the right activities to treat it as one. One thing you could do is go to a nearby grocery store and grab two pizza crusts along with your all time favorite toppings. Take everything back to the house and spend the evening making your own pizza together. Once your pizzas are out of the oven, you can eat them while you play your favorite board game together.

You can get creative and get non-traditional pizza toppings like M&M’s and sprinkles and turn your pizza into a desert. Or even pick out your spouse’s favorite things and make each other’s pizzas. See who can come up with the best homemade pizza!

 

4) Carnival Game Night

There are many traveling carnivals still around today. Carnivals were always a fun place to both hang out with a group of friends and enjoy a first date. Bring back those butterflies that dates used to cause by playing some carnival games.

There’s nothing quite like winning a giant teddy bear for your sweetheart to remember the old days. Also, bring a trash bag for all your winnings if you plan on being the champion at the carnival.

 

 

5) Visit a Jazz Lounge

Even though jazz was most popular during the 1920s, you can almost always find a jazz lounge nearby. Going to a jazz lounge and listening to some great music can be a peaceful but fun evening. Sip on your favorite beverage while just simply talking with each other.

 

6) Traditional Dinner Date

One of the most popular types of date, is the traditional dinner date. One of my favorite ways of having a dinner date is getting all dressed up and going somewhere you normally don’t go. You can enjoy a night out on the town while waiting for your dinner reservations at the most renowned restaurant in your area.

For this date, you might even want to venture out a little further than your home town. Make it a special evening by getting back to the basics all while adding a little extra to the idea of a dinner date.

 

7) Go See a Show

This date idea can even be tied into date idea number six. After you are done with dinner, surprise your loved one with tickets to see a show. Broadway shows are constantly traveling throughout the states and seeing at least one should be on everyone’s bucket list.

If you like the idea of seeing a show or play but aren’t looking to pay too much, check to see if your local theater has any shows playing. Seeing a local play is a fun excuse to leave the house without having to travel to far.

 

Dating Your Spouse

Being able to date your spouse is a great way of continuing to stay active. You married each other so that you could grow old together but just because you have aged doesn’t mean you have to stop doing all the things you used to love doing together.

Comment below some of your favorite date ideas from this list or even past dates that you have been on that you enjoyed.

 

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8 Popular Hairstyles for Women Over 60

8 Popular Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Aging means the inevitable change in our skin, body, and even our hair. However, there are many ways we can trick the mirror into thinking we’re still young.

8 Popular Hairstyles for Women Over 60

Aging means the inevitable change in our skin, body, and even our hair. However, there are many ways we can trick the mirror into thinking we’re still young. Keeping your hairstyles as fresh as possible can be a big step towards feeling young again.

As we age, most of our hair gets thinner, whiter, and frizzier. Knowing how to overcome these dilemmas when styling your hair can be some of the best advice you receive today!

Below we will talk about 4 different celebrities who are all over 60 years old that have popular hairstyles. Yes, they have hairstylists that create their look for them, but we will explain what tools you’ll need to recreate each hairstyle so that you can be your own hairstylist.

Christine Baranski‘s Hairstyles

She’s been in many great films and TV shows, such as Chicago, Mamma Mia, and The Big Bang Theory. Christine Baranski is a great role model for women over 60, as she continues to have young yet mature hairstyles.

One of our favorite styles of hers is her longer bob type hairdo. This hairstyle is great for women with nearly any hair type.

As long as you have a blow dryer and round brush, you can most definitely recreate this style in the comfort of your own home.

Another reason why you might want to consider this style is the length. If you live in the hotter states like Texas, Arizona, or Louisiana, this is a perfect length to have during those blistering summers.

Another great hairdo that she always rocks is the shorter, rounded bob. Coming in at just three inches shorter, this hairstyle is a good alternative to the first one we mentioned because of its low maintenance.

Not only is the style great, but the color is brilliant for women over 60. Blonde is the best way to camouflage those pesky grey hairs.

Also, if you love showing off your statement earrings, both of these hairstyles will showcase them perfectly.

Us women are always in a rush, so it’s important that we are able to get out of the house quickly. That’s another reason why we just absolutely love these styles. Both of these styles could potentially take you just a few minutes to create.

 

Glenn Close‘s Hairstyles

Glenn Close won us over through many roles. However, one of our favorite roles of hers in the villainous part of Cruella de Vil. She was by far the best Cruella de Vil.

Although her hair while acting as Cruella was never immaculate, Glenn Close herself, has fantastic hair. Glenn is a great celebrity to look to for hair inspiration for those of us who have thinner hair.

The first hairdo of hers we have is a slightly longer, wispier version of Christine’s. With a bottle of hair spray and a straightener, you are sure to be able to mimic this popular hairstyle.

Glenn is not one who is scared of change. She has had many jumps from short to long hairstyles. That’s why we believe her to be another great role model for women over 60. She keeps things interesting by never staying in the same routine for too long when it comes to her hair.

Possibly one of the easiest hairstyles to recreate is Glenn’s boy-cut with side swiping bangs.  With the right hair, this hairstyle could be one where you can roll out of bed, brush down the flyaways and walk out the door.

And this color! This color is more of an honest color. Without being too blonde where you can tell it’s been altered, it allows for some of her natural greys to show through.

As older women, we shouldn’t be embarrassed of our grey hairs. We should flaunt them. They are a sign of wisdom, right? Don’t be scared of the grey hairs, they’re there to stay.

 

Jane Fonda‘s Hairstyles

Not only a wonderful actress, but also an anti-war and civil rights activist, Jane Fonda is a role model for many reasons. However, we’ll just talk about her hair.

It’s hard to believe that Jane is 80 years old! She doesn’t look a day over 60. Perhaps it’s partially because her hair is always so vibrant!

The first style of hers is a cute pixie hair cut with some spiky bangs. All you would need really would be a straightener and a little bit of hair spray. Depending on how many layers you have, this hairstyle could take a little longer than the others.

This hairstyle works best with people who have naturally straight hair, however, even those with curls could use this hairdo as an inspiration as well.

Another favorite hairstyle of ours is Jane’s longer, slightly curled hairdo. This style gives a more elegant feel without having to worry about your curls falling by the end of the day. Since the curls are small and towards the bottom of the hair, some hair spray should be able to hold them in place for the entirety of the day.

Since many women curl there hair now days with a straightener, you have options as far as which tools you need to recreate this style. You could use a curling iron, a blow dryer with a rounded brush, or even a straightener.

If you haven’t noticed already, we have a trend going with the blonde hair color. That’s because it truly is one of the best colors to hide those annoying grey hairs that seem to multiply each day.

Susan Sarandon’s Hairstyles

The Louise of Thelma and Louise, Susan Sarandon continues to win over our hearts by investing in her roles in a nearly perfect way. She also wins us over with her fabulous curls.

Susan continuously shows us how you can rock the frizz that we accumulate over time. As we get older, messing with those hot tools can become exhausting. For those of us with naturally curly hair, we can get a break from the heat.

With just a spray that helps perfect your curls, this hairstyle could take you two minutes to create.

Even though Susan loves her curls, she isn’t afraid to go straight every now and again. When her hair is straighter, her blonde highlights stand out stunningly.

This is another trick on how to hide grey hairs. If you don’t want to go full blonde, just add some blonde highlights here and there. That way the rest of the grey hair will just look like it’s a highlight.

Her straighter hairdo could be reinvented with just a blow dryer. Sure, you might need a round brush, but sometimes blow dryers create the curl at the bottom on their own. And since Susan isn’t one to ever go super short, if you enjoy having your longer hair, choose her as your hair inspiration.

All of these women are great people to look back at when needing new ideas for hairstyles. If you are over 60 and are in a slump and don’t know what to do with your hair that is truly showing your age, refer back to this post.

We as women, have more ways to manipulate others into thinking we are actually younger than we are. Unlike men, who don’t have nearly as many hair products and tools.

Don’t think just because you’ve past 60 that it’s all down hill from there. These are truly our golden years!

 

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5 Gardening Tips to Relieve Stress on Your Back

5 Gardening Tips to Relieve Stress on Your Back

Gardening is a great hobby for all ages. But the gardening population typically consists of us seniors. However, as we age, the harder it gets on our backs.

5 Gardening Tips to Relieve Stress on Your Back

Gardening is a great hobby for all ages. But the gardening population typically consists of us seniors. However, as we age, the harder it gets on our backs. More and more back injuries enter the hospital every year due to gardening.

This is because seniors aren’t taking the proper precautions prior to heading out to the yard to work on their gardens. If you take these five simple steps to heart and actually do them, you will be able to keep gardening as a hobby of yours.

Stretch!

The most common back pain is caused by not properly preparing certain back muscles for activity.

You wouldn’t go out for a jog with out stretching first, would you? The older we get the more gardening becomes like a jog, so you should stretch!

When stretching it’s good to focus on your back, but you try to stretch as many muscles as you can. Stretching out your neck, legs, arms, and even your hands can help to prevent a full body ache. Doing this one simple task can save you days of soreness.

Use a Garden Kneeler

Even though there are many garden tools out there for seniors, I think the garden kneeler is one of the best inventions on the market today for gardening. A garden kneeler is a little device with a handle on either side and a cushion along the bottom where your knees go.

This tool is great for getting down low to those hard to reach places without having to put too much strain on your back. Depending which type of kneeler you get, you might even be able to fully sit down and give your knees some rest.

Another great thing about garden kneelers, is that you can purchase pouches to strap to the side where you can easily access your handheld tools.

Elevate Your Garden Beds

If kneeling on your knees and bending over are just out of the question, try elevating your garden beds. I know, sounds strange. However, elevated beds look great up against the house and along fences.

Having elevated garden beds allows you to stand in an upright position relieving even more stress from you back. But one thing to look out for when having an elevated garden, is lifting items up into the beds, such as soil. Be sure to lift with your legs, not you back.

Be Sure to Take Breaks

Try your hardest to take a break every half an hour. If you need to, take a break in between those breaks. Allowing yourself time to rest and rehydrate is one of the greatest things you can do for you back, especially as you get older.

Also, wear a hat, so you are protected from the sun’s rays that are beaming directly down on you. The sun will try to suck out all of that water you just drank, leaving you without any hydration.

The better rejuvenated you are, the more time you will be able to spend outside with your garden.

Know Your Limits

If you’re a senior and you’ve been out in the heat all day working on your garden, odds are you’ve been out there for too long. Don’t try and push your body past the limits it warns you about.

Our bodies have a way of telling us that we’ve had enough. That stinging feeling or that annoying soreness are our bodies telling us to QUIT!

Come to a stopping point, it can wait until tomorrow. And if it absolutely can’t wait, call over your grandchild to help you. Gardening may not be their favorite activity, but you both will appreciate the time you get to spend with each other.

As much as we think we are, we are young and spry anymore. Our bodies need to be properly cared for and protected from the aches and pains that come with aging.

 

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