Tips for Maintaining Independence While Aging

As we age, it’s easy to feel like we’re unable to do all the things we used to. While sometimes that may be true, it’s important to pivot and shift focus on the things we can do. If tackling daily tasks on your own is difficult, that’s ok! When it comes to maintaining independence, there are a variety of ways to implement control in your life.

Stay Active Physically and Mentally

Exercising your body and mind is imperative when it comes to maintaining independence. The wonderful part about this is that you get to choose the activity you want to do! For example, when deciding what movement brings you joy, look for ones that are low impact like yoga, swimming, or a leisurely stroll with a friend. As for keeping your mind active, do you prefer word searches? Sudokus? Puzzles? These all get you thinking and have the ability to include a partner or two! 

Find Joy in the Ordinary

Maintaining independence doesn’t require anything grand, it can be found in the simplest of tasks. If you’re able to, make your favorite snack, fold your laundry, or even help make the grocery list. 

Remain Social

Friendships and relationships are important for any age. Take time to continue to nurture these by calling and spending time together. Find activities you both enjoy and set a date! Whether that is attending a community event or doing a puzzle over coffee, you’ll not only find independence but a strengthened bond. 

Keep Your Home Safe

A big key to independence is to set your home up in a safe and functional way for you. Ask for help when it comes to making adjustments like adding railings and removing any tripping hazards.  

Whether they are big or small, there are plenty of ways to remain independent. Did your favorite ways make the list?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

5 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

Managing holiday stress doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right tools, you can navigate holiday traditions with friends and family with ease and grace. Whether you’re hosting or simply attending a gathering, be sure to keep these five tips in mind for a more enjoyable holiday experience!

Make a List…and Check It Twice.

Having a plan in place is helpful when gathering menu items, restocking the guest bathroom, and more. When the list is able to be visualized on paper, you’re less likely to become overwhelmed. Is there anything more satisfying than checking something off your to-do list?  

Embrace the Imperfections! 

While a plan is beneficial for preparation, don’t get too hung up on if your outline isn’t followed exactly. Embrace the imperfections and keep moving forward. After all, life isn’t perfect and it’s a little messy, but that’s what keeps it interesting! 

Ask for Help 

Don’t feel pressured to handle everything, especially if you’re hosting the festivities this year! Asking for help or assigning duties to others is a great way to manage holiday stress as well as offer others a way to feel included and helpful. 

Keep Up with Healthy Habits

We’re definitely not ones to advise against indulging! The holidays are a time of abundance, gratitude, and togetherness. What brings people together more than delicious food? While we encourage enjoying the foods you love this holiday season, be sure to incorporate some of your healthy meals into the menu as well. Additionally, keep your body active through strolls around the neighborhood, swimming, or other low-impact workouts. Surely one of your friends or family members would love to join you in staying on track.

Remember the Why

Between preparing your home, food, and activities for all, the holidays can induce stress. In these moments, it’s important to take a step back and remember the why. The holidays are a time for you and your loved ones to gather and celebrate. Time together is precious and deserves to be savored. However, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing activity, a warm bath, or simply check in internally.

The holidays are a joyful and magical time, but that doesn’t mean that stressors disappear. Have these tips in your toolbox to combat difficult times, so you can get back to celebrating the season and a wonderful year ahead. 

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

How to Tackle a Chore List

Not many people enjoy chores, especially household ones. However, these tasks don’t have to be daunting, time-consuming activities. With four simple tips, you’ll be tackling your chore list with ease and efficiency, making it a great routine for you both mentally and physically. 

Write It Out 

Chore lists can seem daunting when you’re listing them out in your head. Take that list and put it on paper! This makes it easier to visualize your tasks and offers gratification when you’re able to check them off your list! 

Turn On Tunes

Music has the power to ignite emotions and motivate! Put on your favorite songs or album to help you through your tasks. Singing and dancing while doing the dishes or vacuuming the floor is sure to help pass the time. It’s pretty fun, too! 

Enlist Help

Don’t feel defeated if there is something on your list you aren’t able to accomplish. Asking for help is just as productive! By having assistance, you’re ensuring the task is done properly and safely.  

Divide and Conquer

Who says you have to complete your list in one day? By divvying up tasks throughout the week, you can spend more time focusing on things you enjoy as opposed to cleaning every room in your house on a Saturday. A lot of people find it effective to set a cleaning schedule throughout the week. Perhaps on Mondays, you focus on cleaning the kitchen, while on Tuesdays you tend to the bathrooms.

How do you like to tackle your chore list?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Fall Activities For Your Bucket List

The countdown to the official first day of fall has begun! While we’ve enjoyed the fruits of summer, we’re ready to lean into all things autumn and welcome a new season. From outdoor activities to cozy moments indoors, there are plenty of fall activities to check off your bucket list!

Experience Color Changes by Leaf Peeping

With the leaves starting to change color, it’s a great time to get outside and see all the different shades. The best part is leaf peeping can be done anywhere. Enjoy while walking through your neighborhood or visit your local arboretum to see the everchanging foliage.

Start a New Book

There is no better time than fall to bundle up in a sweater and chunky blanket to read! Since it’s not too chilly out, take your reading adventure outside to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the crisp breeze. A glass of warm apple cider on the side is sure to help set the mood!

Go Apple Picking

September is the season for apples and apple orchards can be a fun place to kick off the fall season! With a variety of different apples, you can walk through and pick your favorites to eat straight or bake with. You’ll also find yummy seasonal treats like apple cider donuts, chilled apple cider, and apple butter.

Try a New Fall Recipe

There are so many foods that just taste better in the fall. Homemade chili, maple-flavored oatmeal, and dishes featuring sweet potatoes come to mind! Experiment in the kitchen with cozy, hearty recipes to bring the fall season indoors. If you’re looking for a few ideas, Dr. Dean has some favorite fall go-to recipes!

Fall is all about change and embracing both the slowness and coziness. What is on your fall bucket list this year?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Five Sports for Seniors to Try

Even as we age, it’s important to keep our bodies moving! Not only do sports and physical activity help with strengthening muscles and protecting joints, it takes a great deal of brain power! Whether you’re leveraging hand-eye coordination, strategy, or gentle movements, there are plenty of activities for you to explore. Here are five sports for seniors to try:

  • Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact workout that is not only fun but can help strengthen the muscles around the joint. The buoyancy of the water allows you to move more freely and at a full range of motion to get the most out of your time in the pool.

  • Golf

Golf is a game that can marry activity and socialization. This sport doesn’t require an exorbitant amount of energy to have fun! With golf taking place outdoors (for the most part), you can enjoy fresh air, walking, putting, and a little bit of strategy!

  • Tennis

A more fast-paced sport, tennis is about hand-eye coordination and balance. This is a great sport to use both mental and physical energy! With the need to run and swing a racket, be sure to take caution if this sport piques your interest!

  • Dancing

Express yourself and get your body moving! Dancing can be a full-body workout that can enhance energy, mood, and even help with memory by remembering steps or a routine. Additionally, you can also sit to make this a low-impact workout that is easier on your joints!  

  • Yoga

Yoga is a wonderful practice for both body and mind. The gentle movements strengthen muscles while improving flexibility and reducing tension in the body. With a variety of levels and moves, anyone can craft a routine suitable for their abilities. For some joint-friendly yoga moves, check out Yoga for Joint Pain Management here.

While these are only five ideas, there are other activities and sports for seniors. We challenge you to find the one that makes you feel your best (and happiest!). Which sport speaks to you?

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What To Include in an Out-of-the-Box Self-Care Kit

We’re familiar with the traditional ways to partake in self-care. Typically, these are viewed as massages, a day off work, or a relaxing bubble bath. While these are wonderful ways to give yourself TLC, there are other ways to treat both your body and mind each day.

Self-care is all about caring for your overall wellness. If you ask us, taking the time to do that every day is extremely important! Even the things that seem small can make a big impact. Creating a simple, yet out-of-the-box self-care kit has never been easier. Check out these five things to include in caring for yourself daily.

A Comfortable Pair of Shoes

A comfortable pair of shoes is not something to be overlooked! Proper support plays a large role in our posture and even affects our joints’ feelings. Investing in a pair of shoes that offer optimal support for your foot can prevent pain and discomfort while walking or participating in other physical activities.

Slather on the SPF

Take care of your skin and protect it from harmful rays, especially when you’re spending time in the sun. Regular application of sunscreen will help prevent burns and signs of aging while you enjoy your favorite outdoor activities like gardening or strolling through the neighborhood.

Munch on Healthy and Yummy Snacks

Fueling your body is imperative when caring for yourself. The food we choose nourishes our bodies and gives us the energy to tackle the day. Choosing the right foods will also offer you added health benefits. For example, adding in healthy fats like avocado and protein from eggs can help with inflammation and weight control. Try one (or more!) of Dr. Dean’s healthy breakfast ideas and don’t forget to treat your sweet tooth as well!

A Thick Yoga Mat

Slowing the body down and moving with intention is a wonderful way to care for your body and mind. Partake in mindful activities like meditation and yoga with a comfortable mat. A thicker mat with more cushion can add additional comfort to your joints. This will make your practice more comfortable and you can focus on breathwork and clearing the mind instead of an uncomfortable mat!

A Good Night’s Sleep

This may be one of the most important ways to practice self-care. Getting the proper amount of quality sleep can make all the difference in your health and mood. Set yourself up for success by taking part in a nighttime routine to unwind. Whatever brings you comfort and melts away the day, do that! This could be a warm shower, reading before bed, or even some light yoga stretching.

As you can see, self-care doesn’t have to take up too much of your time or be complicated. Taking the time to do things with intention or investing in items to make your life a bit easier (and more comfortable!) can make a world of difference. You’re bound to feel the impact of taking care of both your body and mind with your out-of-the-box self-care kit!

Your Summer Bucket List

Sweet summertime has arrived and it’s the perfect time to explore something new and check off your summer bucket list! The beautiful thing about bucket lists is that they can feature whatever you want, so if skydiving didn’t make the cut, there is no need to fret. Your bucket list can be comprised of the things you want to do and accomplish. There isn’t a goal that is too small.

If you’re stuck on what you may want to achieve this summer, we have some ideas to keep your body and mind sharp.

Step Outside Your Genre

There is something about summertime that sparks summer reading. While we all have our go-to stories and genres, why not step outside your comfort zone this summer? Pick up an unexpected book that piques your interest. Better yet, join a book club! You’ll be exposed to new stories and be able to socialize.

Pick Up an Outdoor Hobby

The great outdoors isn’t something to be missed, especially during the summer months! Trying your hand at a new hobby that gets your outdoors is the perfect way to enjoy the season.  Put your green thumb to use by working (or starting!) a garden or maybe visiting the local pool for an open swim!

Plan a Summer’s Day Out

During the warmer seasons, take advantage of the quintessential summer to-dos. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the beach for a day of relaxation, sun, and fun! Whether you’re spending the day with family or friends, you’re sure to make a wonderful memory!

Put Your Mind to the Test!

A day indoors can be just as fun in the summer. Keep cool and dry during those hot and humid days by tackling a puzzle. Whether it’s a jigsaw puzzle, word cross, or Sudoku, a little challenge mentally can be a fun change of pace. Plus, it’s fun to see your progress and finally, the accomplishment! 

So, what will you add to your summer bucket list? Better yet, what are you checking off?

Four Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Happy Senior Couple Eating Ice Cream On Park Bench

It’s officially summer and that brings warmer temperatures! No need to stay cooped up inside all day when you’re armed with ways to beat the heat this season. Not sure how to do so? Look no further than our latest blog post. Filled with quick and simple ways to help you stay comfortably cool, all you have to do is choose your favorite(s)!

Refresh with a Mocktail

Nothing is more refreshing than a cool drink. A mocktail is a perfect way to enjoy an icy, flavorful beverage. What’s even better is that you can include fruits and other ingredients that help with joint health like turmeric and berries. A Mint Berry Smash or Turmeric Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail sounds fabulous on a toasty day.

Take a Dip

Dip more than your toes in at your local pool to cool down this summer. Not only will the water keep you comfortable, but swimming is also a great low-impact workout. Swimming can help strengthen the muscles around your joints, which protects them from pain and injury.

Garden in a Shady Spot

It’s hard to beat a comforting breeze on a warm day in the summer. Take advantage of a mild day by enjoying your garden in a shady spot. Weeding, pruning, and watering your garden beds is a great way to spend an afternoon! 

Stay in the AC and Read

On the days when it’s too hot to handle, embrace the AC! With higher than usual temperatures and hear advisories, it’s best to stay inside where you can control the temperature. On days like these, take the time to relax and crack open the book you’ve been wanting to read. Maybe even enjoy an ice cream cone along with it!

How are you planning to beat the heat this summer?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Healthy Sweet Snacks

We focus a lot on healthy eating and fueling our bodies to lead strong, healthy lives. However, healthy eating doesn’t mean kicking sweets to the curb. There are plenty of ways to satisfy a sweet tooth around the clock while making choices that will ultimately improve your well-being and even joint health!

We’ve compiled some delicious concoctions to appease any snacker. Whether you prefer super sweet or a sweet and salty combo, there is a tasty treat waiting for you! 

Dark Chocolate

We couldn’t leave chocolate off the list! Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce heart disease while satisfying your sweet tooth. Treat yourself to high-quality chocolate and enjoy a few squares for a sweet and satisfying treat.

Frozen Yogurt

Instead of reaching for ice cream, opt for frozen yogurt instead. Frozen yogurt has less fat content and calories, leaving more room for fun toppings like fruits, granola, and dark chocolate. If you don’t have a frozen yogurt shop near you, you can make your own chilly yogurt-style treat!

On a baking sheet lined with parchment, spread a thick layer of Greek yogurt. Then top with your favorites. We recommend topping it with fresh-cut strawberries, blueberries, granola, and a drizzle of honey. Place in the freezer and allow to solidify for a few hours. Once it’s frozen, you can break it apart and enjoy it! Store leftovers in the fridge.

Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great way to get your fruit in while enjoying nature’s candy. While this blended treat will help curb sweet cravings, using fruits with anti-inflammatory properties adds another health benefit. Mix together fresh berries and oranges to incorporate both vitamin C and fiber. You may even want to throw in a dollop of Greek yogurt for a creamy fruit smoothie!

Peanut Butter

A versatile and delicious source of protein, peanut butter is fantastic snack addition. Its subtle sweetness allows for it to be paired with any food from celery to graham crackers. Add a tablespoon or two to a sliced apple for a crunchy snack or go for the classic ‘ants on a log,’ which is peanut butter on top of celery with raisins.  Whether you incorporate peanut butter into your snack or take in a spoonful, it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up.

Trail Mix

The ultimate sweet and salty. If you’re someone who looks to balance out each meal or snack, a curated trail mix may be the way to go. Start with a nut base. Using nuts like almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts is a great way to incorporate fiber, Vitamin E, and Omega-3 fats into your diet (and positively impact your joint health!).

Once you’ve determined which nut mix suits you, add in the sweetness! Dried fruits, dark chocolate candy pieces, shredded coconut, and even candied nuts can add that satisfying sweetness.

No matter your preference, there is a way to curb sugar cravings and indulge in foods that not only taste great but fuel your body. We also love that so many joint-healthy foods can be incorporated to give you added benefits to your treats. So, what will you snack on this summer?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

How to Embrace Graceful Aging

Three happy senior women having fun at the beach

Staying inspired and motivated while aging can prove to be a challenge. Our bodies and capabilities begin to change and maybe we notice a few more smile lines or wrinkles in the mirror. We found the key to aging gracefully is all about perception and getting creative.

Let’s not focus on the can’t and shift our mindset to can! We’re sharing five ways to embrace graceful aging – all while keeping us feeling our best from the inside out. 

Stay Active

Continuing to move your body is a not only a great way to help you feel your best physically, it can also help you mentally. When we exercise and embrace movement, our bodies produce endorphins aka the happy hormone! Enjoy a scenic walk, water aerobics class, or a physical activity that gets you moving!

Focus on What You Can Do

Aging can come with feelings of disheartenment when we’re no longer able to do activities or complete tasks like we once could. Staying motivated and inspired comes within. We encourage you to focus on the things you can do and tune into your curiosity to explore a new interest. Be proud of all that you’ve been able to accomplish thus far and be excited for what is to come!   

Plan Your Days

Speaking of being excited for what is to come, grab a fun planner or calendar to display, because planning your days may be just the thing for you! Laying out your plans for the day or week can help you organize and see all that you have going on.

Socialize Within and Outside Your Circle

While we appreciate the aging process, we can’t deny that good friends keep us (feeling young! Whether it’s taking a leisurely walk or grabbing a quick lunch, connecting with someone can increase our mood and give us the energy to carry on. If your friends aren’t nearby, explore community groups or clubs. Meeting new people with similar interests has never been so much fun!

Express Gratitude

It’s been mentioned before, but we’ll say it again. Aging is a gift that not everyone gets the opportunity to experience. Take note of all those treasured moments you have and be grateful for those lifelong memories and adventures. While it’s important to reflect and express gratitude for the past, don’t forget to express the same sentiments for your present and future.

It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed as we grow older and change. Remember that you aren’t alone and that there are ways to combat these feelings. We hope you find inspiration and joy throughout your everyday life and continue to flourish.  Of course, if you need a little help along the way, AROmotion is here to help you get back on track.

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.