Eye Strain And Ways To Deal With It

Eye strain is uncomfortable but we must continue to look for ways to continue to learn, relax, work, and play without allowing eye stain to deter us from doing the things that we need to do. As wise boomers, we will find the ways to deal with eye stain and any other obstacles that we need to overcome!

Some people suffer from eye strain.  Eye strain is defined as anything that causes discomfort while viewing something.  Your eyes become fatigued due to over use of eye muscles.  One can develop eye strain from reading, using computers, and driving.  My job requires that I  drive during the night shift which is a defiant source of eye strain.  As one ages our eye sight appears to not be as good as it use to be, therefore it is important to use every resource possible to take care of our eyes.

We must go for our periodic eye exams which may require that we wear glasses or contact lens.    Eye glasses are available with glare proof coating and tint.  There are many types of lubricants and eyes drops on the market that will help to ease the discomfort.  An eye specialist can recommend what is best for each individual.  Also there are computer screen devices that can be used to decrease glare.  Sunglasses are very helpful during the daylight hours.

But what about those of us that have to drive and use computers to make a living?  At the end of a day or night our eyes are stained.  If we like to read, watch television, or use the computer we are setting ourselves up for even more eye strain.  I have found that driving while it is raining irritates my eyes due to the glare on the streets.  Watching television has become very difficult due to the glare.  Unfortunately eye strain can interfere with many of the activities that we like to do during our relaxation time.  As a boomer, reading, writing, watching television and using the computer are things that I enjoy doing.  As with many other things, I have had to search out alternative methods to continue to enjoy things that I use to do.  Here are a few ways that I deal with eye strain.

  1. Reading is very difficult with eye strain.  There are many audio books at the library.  Amazon.com. has a wide variety of audio books for purchase. While driving one can put the CD in the car Cd player and continue to learn.  I found this very helpful during a heavy rain storm recently.  It was very enlightening to listen to the audio book, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, while continuing my night driving during the storm.
  2. While using the computer, I find it helpful to take breaks away from the screen frequently to relax my eyes.  I can save my material then go back to it for completion.  It is a good time to use the eye drops and lubricants that are available.
  3. When I intend to watch a good movie on television, I find it helpful to wait until I have rested my eyes for a few hours.  Sometimes it helps to put a cold wash cloth across my eyes and just relax them for awhile.
  4. Getting the proper sleep also helps with eye strain.  When using an I pad it is good to increase the writing for easier viewing.
  5. Also there is the age old magnifying glass that is useful for reading fine print.

Eye strain is uncomfortable but we must continue to look for ways to continue to learn, relax, work, and play without allowing eye strain to deter us from doing the things that we need to do.  As wise boomers, we will find the ways to deal with eye strain and any other obstacles that we need to overcome!

Originally posted 2011-03-03 07:50:42.

Boomer Living Trends

Here are some trends happening with us of the baby boomer generation. If you are a boomer, can you relate to any of these?

Buying a New Car

Boomers have been buying new cars, even though many of us are driving less. The catalyst for baby boomers to buy a new car is the safety equipment in new cars these days. My wife Mary Ann picked up her new Honda yesterday with Navigational system and Sensing, replacing her 2009 model car.  It is amazing what cars can do these days. Boomers feel these items make today’s cars safer and easier to drive.  One day when self driving cars become available, there may be another boomer car buying spree.
safer autos for baby boomers

Being More Active

Boomers are becoming more active and getting out for walks and playing pickleball and other sports.  I joined 10,500 boomers at the National Senior Games a couple of months ago and witnessed the passion first hand.
National Senior Games race walkers

Attend to Our Health

All boomers’ lives are affected by their health and that is becoming more clear by the day. The Medicare nurse comes to our homes each year to check up on us (if you have an Advantage Plan).  Many of us do annual physicals and preventative dental work.  We visit health fairs and do Health Screenings which are medical tests that doctors use to check for diseases and health conditions before there are any signs or symptoms. Screenings help find problems early, when they may be easier to treat. Many of us are dealing with chronic health conditions that alter our lifestyle.

Downsizing and Moving

Almost every boomer I talk with has downsized or is downsizing, getting rid of stuff they no longer need. Many times this is in preparation for a future move to a home more suitable to their needs, like a retirement home in a 55+ active adult community or small town.
retirement home

Traveling More

Travel while you can is our motto. Traveling is our new purpose it seems. I am astounded at the amount of travel quite a few of my friends are doing. Back to back major trips that would have been considered “trips of a lifetime” are taken in a year.

That’s the way I see it from here.

Robert Fowler
Village at Deaton Creek, a 55+ Del Webb Community

 

Originally posted 2017-09-01 15:35:24.

Boomers Can Cope Returning to Work After a Serious Illness

Working Boomer looks at the situation where Baby Boomers deal with returning to work after a major illness or surgery.

Baby Boomer at workAs most of you know, today’s economy and health care insurance needs are not at their best.  Most people need a job and health care benefits.  Life can throw some curves for all of us and staying positive is sometimes difficult when we are faced with life and death situations. Putting food on the table and a roof over our heads has to be done.  You may have spent some time in a hospital or had major unexpected surgery which has caught you off guard.  The bank account may be low or empty.  You may have had to go on family leave with no income.  In addition you are facing pain and a complete life style change.  Then comes that day when you are due back at work.  You might be 62 years of age and concerned if you can still do the job that you know that you have to do.  Prior to a heart surgery or cancer you may have been an over achiever.  Some people are just that way.  You still may be weak and not quite back to your normal self, but the leave has ended.  It is time to do what you have to do.  Fear may set in for a while.  That is normal but you can only do the best that you can do. You are human.

Other words, you suit up and show up.  You put on the best smile possible.  You remain honest.  You ask for help if you need it, even though that is some thing that you are not use to doing.  You tell the truth.  You do the best that you can do without jeopardizing your health further.  If you are to reduce stress then take small breaks.  Let others talk if they must.  It is your life not theirs.  Eat healthy.  Take a walk at lunch time and get away from the chaos.  Talk to a trusted friend.  Use whatever resources that your work place has to offer you to get back on the proper track.  Eliminate worry.  It does no good.  Be easy on yourself and don’t expect others to be easy on you.  It is your life so treat it good.

Each day as you do this you will get stronger again.  Stay out of other people’s problems until you are able to deal with them, but show compassion.  Remember though, right now you are first.  Don’t expect to run a race with the person in the office that is twenty years younger than you.  Don’t expect special favoritism because of your condition.  You might get let down.  You are enough to give yourself love.

When it is time to end your work day, pat yourself on the back.  Say to yourself, I did the best that I could do; that is good enough for today.  Leave the work stress there when you leave.  Go home and enjoy your surroundings.  Pet the dog or cat.  Kiss the wife or husband if you have one.  Don’t feel guilty because you need extra rest.  Let things go that don’t have to be done immediately.  They will get done sooner or later.  Practice deep breathing.  Enjoy nature.  Love your sweet soft pillow and make use of a comfy bed.  Remember if you love yourself enough, this too shall pass.  There will be a day when you can relay this story to another human being that will go through the same thing.  Above all, be gentle with yourself. Learn to say no when it is necessary.

Live is full of unexpected curves.  It is full of unexpected events.  Say to your self each night prior to bedtime this one thing,  Self, I made it today and tomorrow I will try again.  I can and will do it.  I am the most important one to me today until my recovery is complete.  I will accept this one more boomer challenge in life just as many others are doing.  I am not alone.  Above all stay grateful!  You always can find something to be grateful for if you look hard enough.

Remember, it takes time for your body, mind, and spirit to heal after any major trauma or major surgery.  Listen to the body and be gentle.

Originally posted 2011-07-25 19:14:29.

Life Insurance and Health Issues

Life Insurance and Health Issues

Typically, life insurance is most often associated with the protection it offers financially upon the event of death. However, most people don’t take into account that health complications can occur randomly and at a moment’s notice at that. Did you know though, that some life insurance policies are equipped with certain options that facilitate this?

What Happens if a Health Issue Arises?

With some policies there is the option that allows the policy holder to obtain part or all of the death benefit in the event of certain ailments. This enables not only you, but your loved ones as well, to divert the full brunt of the financial woes associated with treatment.

In fact, the expedited payments can be used for a number of financial implications including:

1.) The overall care of yourself. In other words, the advance payment can be used to cover the costs of paying a professional or even a family member to tend to your needs and care.

2.) Tending to life events. Money from your policy can be used towards paying somebody (usually a family member) to assist you in attending certain events, regardless of distance.

3.) Home modifications. Last but certainly not least, the money can also be used to help you remain where you are. In other words, modifications made to the home to make it more accessible.

As with any “perks” or policy changes, restrictions do exist in most cases. Aside from restrictions, policy holders must also meet specific qualifications in order to receive the death benefit prematurely. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that you make sure your decision is the right one as it can have potentially-detrimental impact financially on your family, as well as yourself.

Can I Still Obtain Insurance After a Health Issue?

Encountering a health issue—minor or major—does not necessarily mean that you are uninsurable during or after the fact. Surprising yes, but most affordable health insurance companies, such as Health Net, are ready and willing to assist potential clients even if they suffer from major ailments such as cancer. However, because someone suffering from certain health issues presents more of a liability than say, a person with a clean bill of health, the insurance coverage will cost more.

While it may surprise some people, many insurance companies will provide life insurance to people who suffer from hypertension, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Naturally, coverage will cost more than it would for a person without such conditions. The Prudential Insurance Company of America and its affiliates has been underwriting life insurance policies for breast and prostate cancer survivors for more than 80 years so if this is a concern for you, they may be right for you.

Originally posted 2014-08-18 20:00:10.

Dental For Seniors

Good oral hygiene is important to our over all health. According to an article that I read from the Mayo Clinc

Good oral hygiene is important to our over all health.  According to an article that I read from the Mayo Clinic , bacteria in the mouth can contribute to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and other illnesses.  We can take simple steps that will help prevent bacteria by brushing, flossing, changing our tooth brushes, and regular visits to our dentist.

This brings me to another subject.  What about those that suffer from dental stress and anxiety?  Yes, I admit it.  I fit into that category of baby boomers who suffered from fear due to some very unpleasant experiences in my early years at the dentist office.  I have written blogs about how to over come fear but when I entered a dentist office I could feel my blood pressure rising.  After the trauma associated with heart surgery last year, I chose to avoid any more fear or pain.  As life has it, sometimes this is not possible.

On one of my visits to my medical doctor, I noticed a dental office in O’fallon, Missouri that was next door to my medical doctor.  There was a sign in front that said, “Dr. Logan is accepting new patients.”  With shaking hands, I decided to just step into that office and look around a bit.  I was greeted by a friendly person who I really liked at first glance.  The office was clean and very pretty.  Now most of you that have read my blogs know that I try to be positive and choose to believe in good things.  I took a card and told the nice lady that I would be calling.  I already knew then that my last dentist, prior to my heart attack, stated that I needed a deep cleaning on my teeth.

It took months for me to make that call since I was allowing fear to come before doing what I needed to do for my health.  I looked up the office on face book.  I watched the neat things that they posted rolling through my face book stream.  Finally, I did it!  I called to make that dreaded appointment.  Now with my dental fear, I once again started to panic.  I was very relieved when I received a call from the office on my telephone recorder asking if I would be able to reschedule for a different time.  My head was so grateful that I didn’t bother to call back.  Fear won again!

Then the day came that I saw another nice post on my face book screen from the dental office.  I got a little courage and called.  This was almost a year later.  Can you believe it?  Not only that, the person that answered the phone remembered me.  I started telling her about my heart attack and fear.  She was kind, understanding and encouraging.  Also she made my appointment for the next week with no months of waiting to think about it.

The day arrived.  It was time.  I suited up in my big girl baby boomer pants and just did it.  My hands were sweating, my legs were wobbling but I got there and walked right in.  Again, I was met by a group of people with nice smiles who welcomed me to the office.  Of course I had to fill out that dreaded paper work with a questionnaire.  The last question made me giggle.  It said something like this.  How would you want your teeth to be in twenty-five years.  I drew a smiley face and answered, ” In my mouth.”  After all ,may I remind my readers that I am a sixty-three year old senior baby boomer.  🙂  Another question was, What can we do to help you with dental stress and anxiety?  I answered, “Listen, be compassionate, caring and understanding.”

The staff and dentist gave me everything that I asked for when I answered their questionnaire.  I am proud to say, I had a deep scale cleaning with no pain.  With the knowledge of these find people, they helped me to overcome my dental stress and anxiety.  Here are some of the things that they did for me.

  1. They gave me an appointment right away and did not make me wait in the office.
  2. They were friendly, understanding, considerate, caring, gentle and LISTENED.
  3. The office was clean with a pleasant view out the window with relaxing music in the background.
  4. The equipment was modern and up to date.
  5. They took the time to explain what I needed to know and showed me a nice picture of my teeth.
  6. There was no high sales pitches nor did they put me down in any way or lecture me on good oral hygiene.
  7. They showed RESPECT by focusing on ME.  They took the time to explain the procedures plus answered my questions without rushing.
  8. They had a cost sheet worked up before beginning so that I had no hidden surprises of a bill that I could not pay.  They gave me choices again without high pressure sales pitches.
  9. The staff, showed interest in me as a person, a REAL HUMAN BEING.
  10. Most of all,their kind and caring attitude, created an atmosphere of relaxation, stress reduction and a feeling of well being.

If you suffer from dental stress and anxiety, I encourage you to find the right professional dental people that understand as these people did.  I now have nice clean teeth, a different attitude about dentists, and an over all good feeling about dental care.  Say good bye to dental stress and anxiety by finding great people that understand and help you to overcome dental fear.  Trust your health to those professionals that take the time to treat you with the respect that you deserve.  It is important!  You are important!  It is as important as exercise and good eating habits.  Remember, as boomers we want to enjoy life and can with the help of others that understand.

Originally posted 2012-05-02 19:04:21.

Baby Boomers And Pain Management

As boomers age it is normal to have a certain amount of pain. There are those that suffer from acute pain or chronic pain. There are over 75 million people that suffer from pain due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Some boomers think the pain is imaginary, but it is not. There are boomers that suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, headaches and neurogenic pain to list but a few. Relationships are affected and job performances can be difficult. We boomers need to get the best that we can out of life therefore there are things that we can do. Above all, see a physician and follow his advice. There is hope.

As boomers age it is normal to have a certain amount of pain.  There are those that suffer from acute pain or chronic pain.  Messages are sent to our brains which says, “Ouch that hurts so stop.”  The brain sends the message to the body part as pain.  Unfortunately we can not always stop.  There are over 75 million people that suffer from pain due to diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.  Some boomers think the pain is imaginary, but it is not.  Stress is one of the main culprits of pain.  Inflammation causes pain.

There are boomers that suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, headaches and neurogenic pain to list but a few.  Relationships are affected and job performances can be difficult.  We boomers need to get the best that we can out of life therefore there are things that we can do.  Above all, see a physician and follow his advice.  There is hope.

Here are some things that you may want to try doing on your own to aid in the healing process of pain or to help you cope.

  1. Alleviate as much stress out of your life as possible.  Exercise each day.  Even a short walk will help.  Instead of watching a boring rerun on television take a short walk.  Stretch to loosen those stiff muscles and joints.  Maybe lift a few cans while cooking and count.  Bend over a few more times than necessary to tie your shoes.  Go back and forth toe then heal.  Give those calves a stretch.
  2. Eat more fruits and vegetables.  Peaches, bananas and berries are very good for pain.  Actually fruit salad makes a delicious snack instead of potato chips.  Try keeping a container of raw vegetables in the refrigerator for quick access.  Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower,radishes, and even spinach leafs are good.  Olive oil and whole grain has been know to help pain.  Try those new whole grain crackers that are flavored with olive oil and garlic. Keep a container of whole grain pasta prepared and refrigerated.  There are many things that you can mix with pasta cold or hot.  Eat more oats.  Try to avoid sugar,milk and flour as much as possible.
  3. Try deep breathing and meditation.  Deep breathing can help clear the lungs.  Start slow and work up to longer periods.  The more you do, the better you will get.  Set aside time for this.  Try it while you are waiting on a friend to visit or bored on a rainy day.

Focus on the present and stay centered.  Again, the more that you practice this the easier it will become.  Think positive thoughts.  Let your mind go to pleasurable places.  The mind is very powerful.  It will try to play tricks on you.  Be patient and soon you will be in the drivers seat.  Let pain know that you are in charge not IT.

There are many places out there to get help such as pain management centers, physical therapy offices, physician’s practices, yoga and meditation classes, holistic medicines, and massage therapy.  Then there is the pain pill and patches.  No matter what we boomers choose we still must do the work.  Make a decision.  Discuss options with a health care person.  Put your best foot forward and do what you can.  After all, why not get the best that you can out of life by working to defeat pain or learning to deal with it.

Originally posted 2011-08-03 16:11:59.