June 2013: Active Aging Activities

List of Activities to Do To Stay Active
  • Bowling
  • Day trips through community colleges and community centers
  • Bridge & pinochle card games
  • Gardening
  • Reading
  • Book club
  • Arranging flowers or making wreaths
  • Take a cooking class
  • Make a bucket list
  • Join a meetup group with interests similar to yours
  • Join a progressive dinner group
  • Join a theatre group
  • Join a Board for an organization whose cause you support
  • Church activities
  • Attend expos or seminars on topics for which you have interest
  • Attend concerts
  • Play an instrument or learn to play one
  • Learn a new language
  • Hike or bike with someone
  • Invite people over for dinner
  • Plan a theme party
  • Spend time with a pet
  • Visit the library and volunteer to help children who need help learning to read
  • Take a dance class
  • Join a fitness center
  • Attend a fashion show
  • Join a Trivia Night
  • Host a football party
  • Watch grandchildren’s games
  • Swimming or water aerobics classes
  • Golfing
  • Going on a picnic
  • Frisbee golf
  • Bird watching
  • Grow a herb garden
  • Craft afternoon with grandkids
  • Baking cookies with grandchildren
  • Take painting lessons
  • Pottery lessons
  • Design a water garden
  • Build a birdhouse or fountain
  • Meditate
  • Visit local attractions
  • Attend summer festivals
  • Visit a renaissance fairs, hot air balloon festivals
  • Audit classes at community colleges
  • Take computer classes through continuing education
  • Attend a speaker series.
  • Share a talent with others and provide a demonstration
  • Participate in Senior Olympics
  • Join a senior tennis, golf or other sport group
  • Volunteer
Facts About Skin Cancer

All that wonderful sun can cause problems when there is already damaged skin.As always, bring the sunscreen; utilize a floppy hat to protect your scalp when out in intense sun.  Hydrate frequently.  Wear comfortable shoes.  Rest you needed.  Sports stores now provide clothing with SPF ratings.

Research shows that 50% of deaths associated with skin cancer occur in people over the age of 65.  As people age, identifying cancerous lesions among all the freckles and age spots becomes more challening.  Any signs of moles that are raised, changing in shape, have jagged edges, discolorations, or signs of bleeding should examined by a doctor immediately.  Anyone who has lived in high sun areas should get an examination annually to detect pre-cancerous cells.  The earlier they are detected the better.

And for those of you who value your complexion, research is now proving that wearing sunscreen on your face reduces wrinkles.