Video Games - Not Just for Kids Anymore

Improving mental and physical well-being with...video games?

Video games are absolutely massive among the younger generations, but can you believe researchers are discovering they may hold health benefits for those of us in our golden years?

Bloomberg's Paul Allen reported on this interesting trend from overseas, where gamers like 83-year-old Yaeko Sasaki explained how their new activity was making a difference in their lives, saying, "I had never played with games before, but...I discovered them, I learned they were good for the muscles at my age, so now I play a lot." The games have been shown to increase activity levels, as well as improve blood flow and activity levels in the brain, and, in the arcade Allen visited, are built especially for older players, being set lower to the ground and with more places to grip for balance.

Although we're pretty certain we aren't going to see special arcades for the 50+ crowd popping up on every corner here in the U.S., we do see video games being used more and more often in therapy and as a way to stay active even with limited mobility. And, of course, they're a great way to bond with the grandkids as well!

Healthy Eating Tips for the Over 50 Crowd

Eating well is simpler than you think

In today's world it's easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Fast food, delivery services, and the plethora of frozen options bring us quick gratification, but too often leave our bodies lacking vital nutrients.

The folks at HelpGuide.org have put together a fantastic list of health tips focused on those of us over 50, which is full of useful info like the tips for wholesome living below.


Reduce sodium (salt) to help prevent water retention and high blood pressure. Look for the “low sodium” label and season meals with garlic, herbs, and spices instead of salt.

Enjoy good fats. Reap the rewards of olive oil, avocados, salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and other monounsaturated fats. The fat from these delicious sources can protect your body against heart disease by controlling “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and raising “good” HDL cholesterol levels.

Add fiber. Avoid constipation, lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, maintain a healthy weight, and feel fuller longer by increasing your fiber intake from foods such as fruits and veggies, whole-grains, nuts, and beans. Women over 50 should aim to eat at least 21 grams of fiber per day, men at least 30 grams.

Putting More Hospice Myths to Rest

Don't let myths stop you from seeking the end-of-life care that's best for you

We believe it is every individual's right to choose the type of end-of-life care that's right for them. Unfortunately, myths surrounding hospice care can prevent many from taking an informed look at the choices in front of them.

Recently, the Marshfield News-Herald shared an article spoke with hospice patient Robert Mihelbergel to dispel a couple common hospice care myths, an interview we'd now like to share with you:

Myth: Hospice care means leaving home.

Fact: Hospice services can be provided in a patient's own home, a nursing home, long-term care facility or a hospice care center. Hospice is not a place. In fact, hospice services can be provided to a terminally ill patient and his or her family wherever they are most comfortable or wherever they consider home. Mihelbergel's wish was to make sure he was able to stay home at the end of his life. Hospice made it possible for his son, Eric, and his family, to move into the home and enjoy dinner together four to five times each week.