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ITN North Jersey 
(Independent Travel Network)

​Provides affordable arm-through-arm,

door-to-door local transportation in

and around Bergen County.

Volunteer drivers are 

needed and welcome!


GoGoGrandparent

turns on-demand transportation companies (like Uber and Lyft) into services that help families take better

care of older adults. 

Helps your parents and grandparents

get where they want to go

by using a regular telephone

(not a smart phone).


Ryde4Life

offers on-demand transportation for adults age 50+ via Uber and Lyft from

8 AM-8 PM Mon-Friday and on weekends. Cell phone not required. Click here to register


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Routine and Technology: 
Practical Ways to Improve

Your Health as a Senior


By Katybeth Dee of Self Exam


Your golden years can be the best years of your life. Yes, your body will change, and with it, certain tasks may be more difficult to do at the level you once did them. But aging also comes with acquired wisdom, patience, and self-confidence that you lacked in your younger years.

 

To take full advantage of your life as a senior, it’s critical that you take care of yourself. This article will discuss two ways you can do that: routine and technology. Each of these can be applied to your everyday life to improve your health so that you thrive in your golden years.

 

Routine

 

Establishing a healthy routine is half the battle when it comes to living a fulfilling life. Just as some of your desires will likely change as you get older, so will your needs. With that in mind, here are some quick tips for establishing a good routine.

 

Schedule Your Checkups

 

Checkups become even more important in your golden years. So, be sure to go to your physician and optometrist for an annual exam, and go to your dentist every six months. Also, ask your doctor about any health screenings that could benefit you.

 

Review Your Insurance Coverage

 

Every year, review your insurance coverage to ensure your needs are being met. For example, many seniors find that an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan provides many services they need. If preventative care, dental, vision, and/or hearing coverage is something you require, check into these plans. While they will cost more up front, these plans can save you money in the long run. If you’re ready to switch your plan, be sure to enroll between October 15 and December 7.

 

Check Your Diet

 

Nutritional needs change with age. Generally speaking, seniors can benefit from a diet that centers around vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Also, be sure to monitor your sugar and sodium intake.

 

Keep Moving

 

As with eating well, regular exercise is key for all age groups, but it becomes more essential during our golden years. So, find a physical activity that you enjoy (or, at least, don’t hate), and do it five or six times a week. Whether you walk, jog, hike, swim, or do any other kind of activity, try to do it for 30 minutes each workout day. Some seniors find it helpful to break their workouts into 10- or 15-minute segments throughout the day.

 

Technology

 

Technological innovation offers seniors a plethora of different benefits. One of the best ways to foster your health through tech is to get a smartwatch or fitness tracker. These devices can make it easy to monitor and manage your exercise routine and overall health. The Apple Watch Series 4, can detect when you fall, quickly connect you with emergency services, monitor your heart rate, and even generate an electrocardiogram (ECG). Another great fitness tracker to look at is the Fitbit Versa, which includes heart rate monitoring and guided workouts.

 

Along with getting a smartwatch or fitness tracker, there are apps for smartphones and tablets that can benefit your overall health and well-being as a senior. Here are a few to look into:

 

      Map My Run

      Elevate Brain Training

      Pill Monitor

      ShopWell

      Words with Friends

 

Being proactive about your health and well-being is key to making your golden years your best years. So, be sure to make any necessary changes to your routine, such as going to checkups, switching your insurance, eating well and exercising. Also, look into technology that can help you manage your health, such as smartwatches, fitness trackers and apps. Take charge of your health now so that you can thrive in the years to come.

​​​​​​​Numerous websites have valuable information about

aging and aging-in place.  


Check these out and let us know of others that may be helpful!  


Send links to agefriendlyenglewood@gmail.com


General Information about Aging and Services


The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation posts several helpful links on their website.  Click "resources" on the menu bar.

 

Bergen County Division of Senior Services 

Senior services/Aging and Disability Resource Connection.

New Jersey Foundation for Aging - promotes services that enable older adults to live in the community of their choice with independence and dignity.


The Boomer’s Roadmap for Aging in Place: How to Prepare Today for Your Senior Years


Economic Security


Economic Security for Seniors - Facts


​​How to Identify and Avoid Scams Targeting Senior Citizens and the Elderly 


Guide to Safe Online Shopping 


Money Management:

tips for seniors to manage money and avoid scams


Senior Care Costs-Managing Life Transitions


Common Scams Targeting Seniors


Elder Abuse


Elder abuse/Nursing Home Abuse


Elder Abuse and Neglect


Elder Financial Abuse


Nursing Home Abuse


Housing 


Guide to Decluttering & Downsizing for Seniors


​Housing Tips and Advice from The National Aging in Place Council


​Should You Own or Rent a Home in Retirement?


​A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones


​7 Home Improvement & Remodeling Ideas That Increase Home Value (And What To Avoid)


How to Deter Burglars: Keeping Potential Robbers Away From Your Home


Fully Accessible Guide to Buying a Home for Disabled Homeowners


​​Senior Living: Housing Information, Resources, and Programs


Home Improvement Resources for the Elderly and Disabled


Home Modifications and Accommodations for Seniors


Fire Safety Tips for Home and Family


Bathroom Modifications for Seniors & People with Disabilities


Medicare


​General Medicare information


What Is Medicare? Guide to Coverage and Costs


Older Adults with Special Needs or Disabilities


Special Needs Seniors: Planning for the Future of this Vulnerable Population


Legal Guide for Newly Disabled Seniors


Home Organization for Newly Disabled Seniors


​Home Safety Checklist for Wheelchair Users


Transportation and the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act)


Guide to Flying With A Disability


​Safety at Home


50 Safety Tips for Seniors


Home security, fire safety, avoiding scams, etc.


Bathroom modifications for seniors & people with disabilities


Complete Guide to Ergonomics and Senior Safety 


Fall Prevention


Fall Prevention


Preventing Falls at Home


Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors | A Home Design Guide


Maintaining Mobility


Care Givers 


Caregiver Resources from AARP


8 Things Not to Say to Your Aging Parents


Mom’s Coming to Live with Us: How Should I Prepare My Family?


How to Care for Your Aging Parents from a Distance


​Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly​​


Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia


Alzheimer's New Jersey- a wide range of services and resources for those with or caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.


Guide to Alzheimer's & Dementia


Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients


​The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide


Senior Discounts


100 Ways to Save on Healthcare Costs


https://dealhack.com/blog/senior-discounts-guide


Scams


Elder Fraud Prevention


Guide to Safe Online Shopping/Avoiding Scams


Information about reporting Scams:  whistleblowerinfo.com


Technology


​Teaching Technology to Older Adults During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Tips for Seniors from Verizon (in Spanish, too)

A Senior’s Guide to Using Computers and Software

Assistive Technology Buying Guide


​How to Purchase Assistive Technology on a Budget


​Free SmartPhone Apps to Promote Independence

Transportation


INT North Jersey - community-based, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairments.​


GoGoGrandparent - Uber and Lyft without having to use a smart phone.


​Ryde4Life - Affordable and flexible transportation for older adults
with Lyft and Uber throughout New Jersey


​Zoom - Senior-friendly ride & shopping service serving Bergen County

Safe Driving 


AARP Driver Safety Online Course - potential saving on car insurance!


Senior Road Safety Guide - How to stay on the road as long and as safely as possible


AAA Online Defensive Driving Course


Driving and Dementia


Travel


Travelling with a Medical Condition


Travelling with Disabilities


Activities


SESCIL - Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living

Wide range of activities in Englewood


Senior Source - Socialization and educational programs at no cost; located in The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ (upper level, near Bloomingdale's).


14 Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging


​30 Jobs for Seniors: Ultimate Guide for Going Back to Work


Miscellaneous Health-Related Information

Dental Basics for Seniors (65+)


Healthy Living for the Elderly


Seniors Guide to Healthy Eating


How to Improve Nursing Homes


Mental Health & Addiction Resources


Elderly Health Issues


The Ultimate Guide to Rehab and Medicare

Information about hip replacement


Information about alcohol treatment


Mesothelioma


Information about asbestos illnesses/mesothelioma  

Information about receiving funding for asbestos illnesses/mesothelioma:
MesotheliomaFund.com


Financial compensation for mesothelioma