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How to make a beach trip safe for seniors

When you decide to live in Florida it’s most likely because you love the beach. You try to get out there as often as you can, and it never gets old! You can fish, swim, read a book, take a nap (under an umbrella with lots of sunscreen on!). The beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

It’s a shame when you can’t take advantage of a beautiful sunny day. This is something many seniors must consider. The sun and sand are essential parts of the beach (what is a beach without them?). But those two elements make these areas dangerous for seniors and the elderly.

How can we make the beach safer for our senior friends and family members?

What to bring?

When you’re planning a trip to the beach with an elderly loved one, you will need a few extra items you might not normally bring. First of all, make sure they have on sneakers, loose fitting, light clothes to block the sun, and have on tons of sunscreen. Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect the face and eyes.

It’s a good idea to bring a cooler to keep water nice and cold all day long. Also, bring along a portable, battery-operated fan. These can be found at convenience stores and are a great way to provide a little breeze if there isn’t any that day.

Bring along enough food to last the time you will be there. Even an Ensure or other protein-filled drink is a good idea to provide maximum nutrients.

Battling the Sand

Before you can ever worry about what to do at the beach, you have to worry about actually walking onto it. The sand, for many of us, is just an uneven surface we plod through to get to our destination. For seniors, the sand can prove hazardous, especially for those that lack the mobility to get through it. Sand is difficult even for the fully able-bodied person.

How can you make it easier for seniors to get through the sand? First, pick a beach that will require as short a walk as possible. Don’t pick the beach where you have to trek a quarter of a mile in order to get away from the masses.

Next, make sure they are wearing sneakers. Nobody likes sand in their shoes, but sneakers will ensure that there aren’t any footwear issues.

Be sure to provide support as they walk. Have someone on either side helping them up just in case of any missteps.

The last way to solve this problem is to get a beach wheelchair (yes they’re a thing). Beach wheelchairs feature large wheels that are designed just for getting through sand. This is the safest way to get your loved one down to the beach.

Beating the Heat & Sun

As mentioned above, be sure your loved one is wearing the proper sun-protecting gear. This includes sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, loose fitting shirt and pants, and sneakers. If it is much too hot for long sleeves and pants, opt for shorts and a short-sleeve shirt.

You will also need an umbrella that they can comfortably sit under throughout the day. Every two hours you will need to reapply sunscreen to ensure it won’t wear off.

It probably isn’t a great idea to spend the next 6 hours at the beach. About 2 hours may be a good amount of time. Because as we age, our skin becomes more and more sensitive especially to the sunlight. We must be cautious of this when we plan trips to the beach.

 

There you have it! Some simple tips to help get your senior friends and family members out to the beach with you.


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Summer recipes you can’t wait to try

Summer is a time for the beach, swimsuits, and backyard BBQs. With July 4th coming up soon, you need some delicious summer recipes and drinks to bring to the bash. Get ready to impress your friends with these tasty appetizers, meals, desserts, and beverages! Once you see the recipes below, you won’t want to wait ’til July 4th to make them.

Some of these dishes take just 15 minutes to prepare and require no cooking (Watermelon Feta Skewers) while others will take a bit more time and energy to get everything ready (Grilled shrimp tacos). Be sure to read the recipes and decide whether you want to make these dishes on the day you plan to eat them or the day before.

If you plan to have your BBQ out on the beach without much shade, don’t let the sun and a sunburn ruin your day. Read our article on sun safety so you keep safe all day long.

Now onto the recipes!

Appetizers

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Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers
Impress your friends with these intriguing summer-friendly appetizer that take ust 15 mins to make. (Bites of Bri)

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Tex Mex Fresh Corn Dip
This creamy, cheese corn dip has a touch of spice and goes perfect on any chips. (Five Heart Home)

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Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Balsamic Glaze
A sweet and savory mixture that your friends will love. (Foodie Crush)

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BLT Sliders with Basil Ranch Mayo
Tasty little bites of BLT with a hint of basil. (Mom by the Beach)

Entrees

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Best Homemade Chicken Strips Ever
Make your own strips, you’ll love them! (Buter with a Side of Bread)

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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap
Add a little Hawaiian style to your BBQ chicken (Tastes Better From Scratch)

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Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers
The perfect grilling recipe! (Jo Cooks)

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos
For the seafood lovers (and taco addicts!) (The Healthy Maven)

Desserts

Sand-pudding

Sand Pudding Cups
Cute little puding cups that are beach inspired. (Food Fun Family)

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Strawberry Kabobs
Because who doesn’t love things on a stick? (Sugar Apron)

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Classic Oreo Icebox Dessert Nice and cool for a hot summer day. (The Kitchen is My Playground)

Beverages

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Mango Green Tea Lemonade
So many flavors in this tasty summer drink (Strawberry Blonde Kitchen)

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Southern Sweet Tea
A must have for any backyard (or beach) BBQ (The Country Cook)

 


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Must See Museums of Naples

About halfway through the summer you are ready to get your kids back in school. More than likely they are spending their days on tablets or phones, watching TV, or playing outside. It’s time to get them back in the learning mode!

What’s the best way to educate the whole family?

A trip to the museum!

There are tons of museums in Naples, you just have to know where to look.

Learn about the Everglades, history, the Holocaust, and much more.

Here’s a list of some of the many museums in and around Naples for you to explore.

The Holocaust Museum

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That’s right, Naples has its very own Holocaust Museum. Located on US 41 in a non-descript shopping center, the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida has been educating residents and visitors since 2001. Their Boxcar project has been a staple for years, visiting many local schools. View over 1,000 WWII and Holocaust artifacts and photos during your visit.
Tuesday – Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Guided Tour at 1:30 pm
4760 Tamiami Trail North | Suite 7 | Sandalwood Square | Naples, FL 34103

The Baker Museum

This is one of the best arts museums in Southwest Florida. They are known for their many exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and their permanent collections. The 30,000 square foot facilities is home to 15 galleries. They offer lectures, a store, and visual arts events. Currently, until June 19 they are showcasing works of Monet, Roy Lichtenstein, and many more.
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard Naples, FLorida 34108

Collier County Museum

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This museum showcases the history of our area. From prehistoric times up until the first settlers. There are exhibits, galleries, restored Naples cottages, the archaeology lab, Seminole village, and Calusa Indian Camp.
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3331 Tamiami Tr E Naples, Fl 34112

Naples Depot Museum

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Take a trip back in time to the days of the railroad in Southwest Florida. The Naples Depot Museum offers restored rail cars, a mule wagon, antique swamp buggy, and Seminole dugout canoes.
1051 5th Ave S Naples, Fl. 34102
Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples 

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This ones for the kids! Your kids may groan at the word “museum” but not for the Golisano Childrens Museum of Naples (Cmon). Cmon is an interactive museum featuring exhibits like Build It! to explore engineering, Art Studio where they can express themselves, Mother Nature’s House to see how seasons affect everything, the Produce Market where kids can “shop” in a grocery store, and many more.
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
15080 Livingston Rd Naples FL 34109

The Revs Insitute

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If you want to come to this car fanatic’s paradise, you’ll need an advanced reservation ticket. This museum features more than 100 cars dating back to 1896, including a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, 1995 McLaren F1, a 1937 Delehaye 135 Competition Special Roadster,  and a 1912 Mercer Raceabout. You HAVE to see this museum if you love cars.
2500 S. Horseshoe Drive Naples, Florida 34104 USA


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Outdoor Activities in Southwest Florida

The kids are out of school and you’ve got to find something to do with them! Or maybe you don’t have kids and just want to get out to enjoy that summer sun. There are tons of summer activities for families, couples, and adventurous souls around Southwest Florida. Being in Florida, we have access to many unique environments that other people never get to see. We have swamps, estuaries, rookeries, and the like filled with unique native wildlife.

Take a trip this summer to one of these nearby areas to experience the wildlife, scenery, and take some great photos!

Conservancy

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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Conservancy’s mission is protect our water, land, wildlife, and future. Come visit the Nature Center, or join an offsite program like their Eco Cruise, Nature Walks, and Fossil Digs.

Rookery Bay
Visit Rookery Bay for recreation (boating, kayaking, fishing) or to learn. There are guided nature tours or you can explore on your own. Take a look at their list of events to see what’s going on.

The Everglades
A bit further outside of the area, but worth the trip if you plan to kayak or go on an airboat tour. You’ll really feel how expansive The Everglades is when you get out in the middle of it.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Visit the Naples Zoo as a group or on your own. Check out their daily schedule to see what’s going on such as chances to Meet the Keepers, and special shows like Snakes Alive!

Big Cypress National Preserve
The Big Cypress Swamp helps support the Everglades with its freshwater. The Swamp is home to various wildlife like Florida panthers, as well as plant life. You can camp and go explore the Preserve at your own pace.

Corkscrew Swamp
This Swamp is located about 30 minutes east of Naples. It is home to hundreds of animals like alligators, white tailed deer, red bellied turtles, otters, and many types of birds. Bring your camera to take photos along the boardwalk trail.

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Sun N Fun Lagoon Water Park
Sure, you can cool off at the community pool or the beach this summer. But why not spend a day slipping and slidding through the various water rides at Sun N Fun Lagoon? Relax on the Lazy River, do a few laps in the pool, show off your form in on the diving board, and slip down the many slides.


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The Ultimate Summer Reading Guide

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There are always tons of articles out there about what to read over the summer. It seems like summer is the time for relaxing on the beach with a book in hand, so what will you be reading? If you don’t already have one, get a library card, and maybe even invest in a Kindle. Many libraries offer programs that allow you to check out Kindle books for free.

Now here is our list of Summer Book Lists….

This Summer’s 14 Must-Read Books
WIRED Magazine

  • Magic and Loss by Virginia Heffernan
  • Grunt by Mary Roach
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • ……

10 Books to Read This Summer
Entertainment Weekly

  • We Are Not Such Things by Justine Van Der Leun
  • The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
  • The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  • ……

What We’re Reading With Our Kids This Summer
The New Yorker

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  • The B.F.G by Roald Dahl
  • Harry Potter series
  • …..

31 Great Summer Books
Real Simple

  • Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected—A Memoir by Kelle Hampton
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
  • My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
  • The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
  • …..

The Best Beach Reads for a Summer Getaway
Popsugar

  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The One & Only by Emily Griffin
  • …..

5 Books to Read This Summer
Bill Gates

  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
  • How Not to be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg
  • The Vital Question, by Nick Lane
  • The Power to Compete, by Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Noah Yuval Harari

 

19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About
Elle

  • Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
  • Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
  • Marrow Island by Alexis Smith
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • …..

There you have it! Everything from fiction to non-fiction, thrillers to science. Now you can’t complain about being bored this summer with all these great books to read. And if you plan to read them at the beach, be sure to check out our summer sun safety tips.


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Cooling Off Seniors

It’s extremely important to stay cool in the summer, especially here in Florida with our high heat and humidity. Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the US, causing hundreds each year (National Weather Service). This is especially true for children and older Americans. As we age, our bodies become less efficient, and we can’t regulate our body temperature as well. This alone makes keeping seniors cool a priority.

So how do we keep them cool? Well The Heritage at Lowman as a great article on how to keep seniors cool during summer. They have tips like adding fruit to water for added taste, to walk around an indoor mall if your home doesn’t have AC, and to dress in light colored, loose-fitting clothes.

Keeping Seniors Cool During Summer’s Heat
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According the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related death in the United States, causing hundreds of fatalities each year. Older adults are even more susceptible to the dangers of heat, as they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Additionally, as we grow older, our bodies become less efficient at regulating body temperature. Seniors are also more likely to have a health condition or be taking medications that make it more difficult for the body to regulate its temperature or to perspire.

The importance of staying hydrated

Just as our sensitivity to heat dulls as we age, so does our awareness of thirst. This, along with our body’s decreased ability to conserve water as we grow older, puts seniors at greater risk of dehydration. Summer heat adds to the risk, because on hot days, the body loses water more quickly. Here are some tips for staying hydrated this summer:

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to take in fluids. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as these can cause the body to lose even more fluid.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit, a wonderful source of fluids.
  • Add fresh lemon or lime to your water to add a little flavor.
  • Use water to dilute fruit juices, making them last longer and increasing your fluid intake.
  • Get creative! Make “mocktails,” like nonalcoholic daiquiris and piña coladas.

If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, consult your physician about how to get the fluids you need during the hot summer months.

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4 Delicious Summer Meals

Summer isn’t over just yet! You can enjoy a few outdoor family dinners. Bring the kids and pets and it’ll be a grand ol’ time. But don’t forget the food! Food is what brings us together at the table, something to talk over and about. So try these tasty summer dishes at your next dinner.

Sweet and Spicy Apple & Pecan Coleslaw
This comes to us from Mom Spark. It’s a new take on the refreshing coleslaw we’re all used to. The extra kick really gives it some flavor.

Cowboy Caviar
This is a great bbq recipe that doesn’t require a stove, oven or grill. It’s just some tasty beans, and veggies mixed and seasoned to perfection. It complements any grilled meat or fish, and also goes great with chips. (Via Party Bluprints Blog)

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger
Know what makes something Hawaiian? Throwing a pineapple on it! And boy does it taste good! You’ll wonder why you never tried it before (Via Skinny Taste).

Buffalo Fries
Who doesn’t love a kick of buffalo sauce? It goes great on chicken, pizza, and fries. Mix in some refreshing blue cheese and you have an appetizers everyone will love. (Via Tidy Mom)