Pros and Cons of Retirement Homes

Pros and Cons of Retirement Homes

When you think about retirement, you think about spending time doing what you want and what you’ve always wanted to do. Spending your retirement in a retirement home isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, many retirees find themselves enjoying and making the most out of living in retirement homes. For some people, it is the best option as it helps make things easier and more convenient. Which then allows them to fully enjoy their retirement. We put together some pros and cons of living in a retirement home. First, let’s start with the pros.

Pros of Retirement Homes

Community

Retirement homes offer a community to which you can be a part of and contribute. Retirement communities are usually made up of folks close in age with a lot in common. This can open the opportunity to make new friends and you can plan to do things together. Some communities offer community gardens that allow everyone to take part in gardening and growing food together. Some also offer various social gatherings, events, and even trips!

Health and Fitness

Since retirement homes and communities are centred around the aging population, certain amenities and services are provided to help keep you happy and healthy. Most retirement homes and communities offer a gym so you can stay on top of your health and fitness. Some even have a pool! It is common for trainers at the gym to hold fitness classes tailored to people of retirement age. So, the workouts are not too strenuous. In addition to a gym, occupational and physical therapy are often offered in retirement homes and communities. In some instances, a medical clinic is located on or nearby. This can help retirees stay on top of their medical needs without going too far from home. 

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Dining

Depending on your budget and where you choose to live, some retirement homes and communities offer meal services. This helps take the stress of making regular trips to the grocery store. Not to mention spending money on groceries and finding the time to cook off you. Sometimes, you can work with the staff to come up with the perfect meal plan for you. So, you will never have to worry about what your next meal is. Some retirement homes offer a cafeteria, cafe or restaurant setting where retirees can gather for meals. Although some folks prefer to stay in and eat in their home. On holidays, there are usually special festive meals and treats offered to everyone in the community. This helps brighten up holidays in retirement communities. And is sure to put smiles on many faces!

Security

Of course, how can you enjoy your retirement in peace without ensuring you can do so safely? Many retirement homes and communities offer security to help keep you safe and give you peace of mind. The security can vary depending on where you choose to live. Some retirement communities are gated and require special keys or badges to enter. In addition to this, it is common for some higher-end retirement communities to have surveillance and law enforcement patrols throughout the community. Homes within retirement communities usually have home security systems including alarms, motion sensor lights and surveillance cameras to ensure safety. Apartment buildings for retirees are another option with good security. They usually always have locked doors and require you to have your own specific key to enter. Some buildings have a security guard on duty around the clock. These locations are usually heavily monitored by surveillance cameras. And, visitors may need to be buzzed in by the resident. On some occasions, visitors will need to stop by the security desk to sign in and out. This is very helpful when you consider how easily retirees can be targeted for crimes, and security in some way, shape or form.

Pet Friendly

Some retirement homes and communities may require a fee for pets or have a policy preventing you from having pets. While this is the case with some retirement homes and communities, many are pet friendly! People who operate retirement homes usually understand the positive impact animals can have on a person. Especially one that lives alone. Animals are wonderful companions and have been proven to help relieve stress and make people happier. In addition, some retirees have service and emotional support animals that are assigned and deemed medically necessary for an individual. Although there can be size and breed restrictions to having pets, there are plenty of options for pets that are reasonable and fit within the requirements. As you get further into retirement, it may be best to keep a pet that is smaller and requires less maintenance and energy to handle. Now that you are familiar with the pros, let’s go over the cons of living in a retirement home.

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Cons of Retirement Homes

Social Life

Since you’re no longer in your own home, hosting family gatherings can be a challenge. Retirement homes have set, and sometimes limited, visiting hours. And, some may even put limits on group sizes. On top of that, some retirement homes have policies that mandate social engagements as a way to stay socially healthy and involved with your peers. While the intentions are good, and most engagements are positive and fun, it is understandable that people in retirement may want to socialize and spend time with family more than their fellow residents. 

Cost

As expected, another downfall to retirement homes is cost. While retirement homes can be less expensive and more affordable for many, some still find cost to be a challenge. Some homes mandate extra fees and dues for certain activities and amenities offered. There is the option of all-inclusive retirement homes. However, the cost of living in an all-inclusive retirement home can be high. For these instances, proper planning is best as getting set up in an all-inclusive retirement home requires advance planning, and sometimes a large chunk of your savings. 

No Pets / Pets Cost Extra

Do you plan on keeping or getting a pet when you move for retirement? You may need to pay extra to keep a pet if you choose to live in a retirement home or community. You will also need to ensure your pet stays out of trouble, stay on top of the upkeep for your pet, and make sure it does not cause any issues with other retirees. Size and breed restrictions may also be enforced. In some instances, retirement homes and communities have a policy that prevents anyone from keeping any animals as pets. Usually for safety and for the medical consideration of those who may have phobias or severe allergies. It can be very difficult to give up a longtime companion simply cause you need to move due to retirement making it a very tough decision. 

With that said, you should not let the cons of living in a retirement home prevent you from possibly missing out on a wonderful experience and opportunity to have a fulfilling retirement in a retirement home.

Retiring with EasyGo

Regardless of where you decide to live for retirement, retirees everywhere trust EasyGo for their mobility needs. Our power chairs offer foldable and portable convenience in a lightweight patented design at an affordable cost that fits the budget of any retiree. Our Elite Power Chair is our best seller. And, it weighs only 50 lbs. with the battery removed. It holds a max weight of 264 lbs. and drives on 12-inch rear driving wheels that never go flat! You can enjoy the same lightweight portable convenience with our Standard Model, that weighs 45lbs. with the battery removed and holds a max weight of 250lbs. In addition, both EasyGo Models are foldable and can easily fit in your trunk! The sleek folding design, compact size, and smooth driving of the EasyGo Power Chairs makes it ideal for anyone in a retirement home and community. 

Conclusion

Retirement homes are not for everyone, but many have found them to be quite beneficial for their retirement. The changes in environment, social setting and cost may deter some from considering life in a retirement home and that is understandable. When you consider the security, community setting, and life enhancing amenities offered in retirement homes and communities, it makes sense why so many retirees choose to move into a retirement home. We hope this article helps and we thank you for choosing EasyGo Mobility.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy as a Senior

7 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy as a Senior

Maintaining good health is important regardless of your age. With that said, maintaining good health as you age is crucial considering the many illnesses and disorders that are common among seniors. Fortunately, staying healthy and mindful of your health can greatly reduce your chances of developing life-changing and debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Here are a few tips to help stay healthy as a senior.

1. Get Lots of Sleep

It’s no secret that sleep is a very important part of staying healthy. Good sleep regularly will greatly improve your physical and mental health and play a positive role in your emotional health. When you are well rested, you can focus better and are usually in a better mood which can lead to better and more pleasant social interactions and productive activities. Giving your body the rest it needs improves its ability to fight off illnesses and lowers your risk of serious health problems such as a variety of mental illnesses, heart disease and obesity. Consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping as it could be associated with sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, which can prevent you from getting good restful sleep. Make sure you stick to a consistent sleep schedule and are getting sufficient sleep each night.

2. Form Healthy Eating Habits

When it comes to maintaining good health, what we eat makes a big difference. Everything we eat and drink affects our bodies in multiple ways, some good and some very bad. Having healthy eating habits ensures your body is getting the proper nutrients and fuel your body needs to function properly. How your food is cooked is also just as important as what you are eating. Food that is processed, deep fried, high in fat and sugar, and cold cuts are among some of the foods that can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and in some cases, cancer. Eating these foods occasionally, even though still unhealthy, won’t necessarily hurt your health as much as regularly eating unhealthily. 

Try to maintain a healthy diet that includes healthy and sensible portions of foods which provide the proper nutrition for your body’s needs. Healthy portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, and foods rich in protein, fibre, and healthy fats and carbs are ideal. When cooking, try to limit the amount of fat used to cook your meals and try using the freshest ingredients available. Organic options are becoming more easily accessible. Organic foods usually contain fewer preservatives, pesticides and other food additives that could cause negative reactions within your body. Consult with a nutritionist to help learn more about healthy eating habits and help find the right diet for you.

Healthy Eating as an Adult

3. No Smoking and Limit Alcohol

Simply put, smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can do serious harm to your body that causes long-term effects. Smoking has caused multiple types of cancer, heart and respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and damage to your vital organs and affects those around you through secondhand smoke. Smoking has no benefit to your body or health. Heavily drinking alcohol is also damaging to your body. While an occasional beer or glass of wine won’t necessarily hurt you, excessive and binge drinking can cause serious problems. Heavy drinking leads to weight gain, high blood pressure, liver damage, weakened immune system, mental and social disorders, alcohol dependency, and even death due to alcohol poisoning. For your health’s sake, it’s best to refrain from smoking and limit your alcohol consumption.

4. Staying Active

Exercising and staying active for at least 30 minutes a day is highly recommended to maintain good health. Walking, jogging, riding a bike and swimming are a few activities you can do to stay active, as long as you are capable of such activities. You can also take part in other sports such as tennis and golf. Regular exercise promotes healthy joints and muscles and helps burn calories to keep excess weight off. It also builds your physical strength, endurance, confidence, and self-esteem. Getting outside in general is good for your health. The sun provides natural vitamin D which is important for your bones and blood cells. Studies have shown that being outside lifts people’s moods and promote better sleep, improved focus, improved immunity, and improved self-esteem. 

Activities such as gardening and landscaping, hiking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and camping are all great options to get the most out of being outdoors. It is good to also be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately for those colder days. It is ideal to consider protection from the sun and apply high SPF sunblock and lip balm on those sunny and even the most cloudy days. Hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses also offer protection against the sun and help keep away those harmful UV rays that can cause sunburns and lead to skin cancer. Getting outside and staying active go hand in hand with each other and should be an important part of any lifestyle. 

5. See Your Doctor Regularly

Regular good visits with your doctor and various screenings are a very important part of staying healthy. Talk to your doctor about eye exams, hearing tests, bone density scans, and cancer screenings in addition to your regular visits. Be sure to request blood work to ensure your blood glucose, calcium and organ health are good. This is also a good opportunity to check your cholesterol, and blood pressure and to speak with your doctor about your mental health. Let your doctor know of any aches, pains, and any discomfort you may feel and be sure to mention if something doesn’t feel right. 

Your health is a priority so do not hesitate to ask as many questions during your visits and get the most vital information needed to help you maintain good health. Stay on top of any medications prescribed by your doctor and report any severe side effects. Also, if your doctor calls you to come in for a follow-up visit, it is for the best and you should not hesitate. Consulting with your doctor or team of care professionals is crucial to maintaining good health. 

Staying Healthy as a Senior

6. Be Happy

The last tip on this list is simple enough, be happy! Remain positive and do what you love. Whether it’s hiking, bird watching, travelling, going to the movies, playing music, or simply spending time with friends and family. Don’t hesitate to plan full days of fun. Plan days for yourself as well where you can relax peacefully at your favorite spa, or park, or maybe you just want to take it easy on your front porch or backyard. Your mood and outlook on life greatly impact your health, so make sure you are doing what you can to make time for what you enjoy. 

In fact, all the tips for staying healthy as a senior on this list will lead to happiness. When you get good sleep, eat healthy, limit your intake and exposure to harmful substances, stay active and regularly see your doctor, it will result in you being happy overall because you are living a healthy lifestyle and that alone is something to be happy about!

7. Staying Healthy with EasyGo

Here at EasyGo Mobility, we understand how important mobile independence is when it comes to staying healthy. Even though it can be difficult to stay active when you must rely on a mobility aid to get around, you can still live a happy and healthy lifestyle with EasyGo. Our power chairs have helped thousands of customers get their mobile independence back. EasyGo riders rely on their power chair to get them to and from their doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, their favorite walking or hiking trails, and being outdoors with friends and family. 

Overall, EasyGo riders are happy to be able to just get around easier and enjoy the quality of life and mobile independence gave back to them by EasyGo. Our Standard and Elite models fold easily and fit into just about any trunk, even trunks on smaller cars such as Corvettes and Honda Civics. EasyGo power chairs weigh 50 – 56 lbs. depending on the model, and are TSA and FAA-approved making them ideal for travelling and driving up to 15 miles continuously driving on a single full battery charge. These features and others make EasyGo a worthy companion in helping you stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Final Words

These are just a few of the tips offered to help you maintain good health as you age, and we hope they help you do just that. If you have any questions regarding EasyGo and how it can help you get your mobile independence back, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-833-709-3499. We’d like to thank you for taking the time to read these tips on staying healthy as a senior. We wish you all the best!

10 Travel Destinations for Retirees

10 Travel Destinations for Retirees

Now that you are retired and have some more time on your hands, what would you like to do? Maybe you want to restore that classic car sitting in the garage. Maybe you want to dedicate some time to your garden. Is there a book you’ve been wanting to read? For a lot of retirees, travelling is at the top of their list of things to do during retirement. And who can blame them?

With so many amazing travel destinations to visit and explore, it is easy to see why retirees are so eager to get out in the world and make memories in locations they have only ever dreamed of visiting. We put together a list featuring 10 of the best travel destinations for retirees. 

1. Caribbean

Tropical islands are some of the most visited travel locations in the world. In The Caribbean, there are abundant beaches where you can relax in the sun, soak in the ocean, and enjoy a cold beverage. The Caribbean includes a collection of U.S. and British Virgins Islands, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands along with other islands that are territories of other countries. Each island offers its own unique experience, local cuisine, and plenty of history to take in and learn in a memorable cultural experience.

Travel between islands by boat and stay at one of the many resorts throughout. Some even offer bungalows right on the water. Get the most out of your travel experience with activities such as day cruises, nature and wildlife tours, day trips and snorkelling. Usually, the winter months are the best time to visit the Caribbean since it is outside of hurricane season. This explains why the Caribbean is such a popular destination for vacation and travelling. Let’s get to the next gorgeous tropical destination on our list.

Travel Destinations for Retirees

2. Hawaiian Islands

Another popular tropical travel destination is the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Islands consist of the Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Lanai. Beaches, swimming, hiking, snorkelling and scuba diving, shopping, nature, and romance are just a few things that Hawaii offers. 

The main Island of Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is also the youngest. It is home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Maunaloa is the largest active subaerial volcano in the world! Plus, it is also the oldest and northernmost island of the chain. It offers some of the most dramatically beautiful sceneries that include cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforests, forked rivers, mountains, and cliffs.

 Maui, also known as the “Valley Isle”, has been voted the Best Island in the U.S. for over 20 years. It offers beautiful world-famous beaches with humpback whales being sighted during their migration in the winter months. Plus, it also offers picture-perfect views of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. It’s no secret why Hawaii is such a hot spot for vacations and travelling.

3. Alaska

What if you want a break from the warm weather but would still like to experience some of the most beautiful natural landscapes? Look no further than Alaska. Alaska is known for its subarctic climate which causes long, cold winters and short, cool summers, where snow is also possible regardless of the time of year. Plus, Alaska offers vast wilderness for hiking, hunting, and exploring. It also offers thousands of rivers and over 3,000 lakes for kayaking and fishing. In addition, Alaska is also known for having the largest number, over 3 million, of naturally formed unnamed lakes. 

Alaska’s scenery offers snowcapped mountains, valleys, hot springs, glaciers, and the world-famous Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights. This is caused when charged particles collide with gases located 60-70 miles above the earth’s surface which creates energy in the form of light. The colors commonly display in yellow and green. But, the Northern Lights can also produce purple, red and blue patterns of light. Keep in mind that the Aurora Borealis is best visible between August and April.

4. Prince Edward Island

Speaking of Canada, sitting on the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Eastern Canada, you will find Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island was made famous by Canadian author and town local L.M. Montgomery in her 1908 classic children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables”. The novel told the story of a young orphan girl who was mistakenly sent to live in the fictional Prince Edward Island town of Avonlea. Since its publication, the book has sold over 50 million copies. As a result, this makes it a worldwide best-seller and has brought many to the land that inspired Montgomery’s vision for her novel. 

Offering beautiful coastal drives on seemingly endless beaches and shores, Prince Edward Island is truly a gem. Visit some of the most iconic lighthouses after enjoying a nice hike on a nature trail at one of the many provincial and national parks. For the fisherman out there, Prince Edward Island offers plenty of deep sea and sport fishing. Boating and sailing are also available for those who just want to kick back on the water. Don’t miss out on the many other attractions available such as art galleries, amusement parks and gardens. Take in some history at one of the many museums and historic sites. 

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5. Florida

Florida remains one of the best travel destinations in the world. The Sunshine State is located in the southeast corner of the United States. From couples looking for a relaxing escape on the Florida Keys or the Gulf Coast to families looking for thrills and adventure at Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, or Lego Land parks. Be sure to visit Naples, Pensacola, or the Mall at Millenia in Orlando for fun shopping experiences. With the majority of Florida surrounded by water, you will find no shortage of beaches, resorts, fishing, sailing and water sports.  

With Florida being right on the ocean and the gulf, it’s no surprise that it offers a large variety of some of the freshest and highest quality seafood available. You can enjoy it at the countless ocean-side restaurants with locations throughout the coast. On top of all there is to do, Florida truly lives up to its title of the Sunshine State. Even considering hurricane season, Florida offers some of the best weather year-round. With an average of 237 days of sunny and pleasant and warm weather.

Considering everything Florida has to offer, it makes sense why it remains one of the top travel destinations nationwide and worldwide. Next on our list is also located in the U.S. and is the world’s first national park.

6. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is truly a site to behold. It was established as the World’s First National Park in 1872. It is located mostly in Wyoming, with portions of the park spreading into parts of Montana and Idaho. The park sees an average of over 4 million visitors every year. It’s no surprise when you learn what amazing wonders at Yellowstone National Park. For campers, Yellowstone offers over 2,000 campgrounds with options for cabin, tent, and RV camping, with very few sites offering electrical hookups. 

Don’t forget about the nearly 500 geysers throughout the park. Including the famous Old Faithful. This iconic geyser is very predictable and erupts approximately every 44 minutes to 2 hours shooting up to 8,400 gallons of boiling water up to 185 feet in the air. While exploring you will want to stop to see the extraordinary Yellowstone Caldera aka Yellowstone Super Volcano. The Caldera spans most of Yellowstone with an abnormal cylindrical river at the opening. The river runs down a narrow passage into the opening of the super volcano.

Volcanic conditions cause the Caldera opening and river to appear in rings of different colors. Starting with red and orange and transitioning to yellow and green. Finally, it ends with shades of blue towards the center. The Yellowstone Caldera is unlikely to erupt any time soon outside of the occasional hydrothermal explosions, which is an eruption of steam and hot water. This makes it a popular tourist attraction accessible by car, bus, or by hike.

7. Machu Picchu

Tucked high in the Peruvian Andes above the Urubamba River Valley in Peru, you will find the ancient and mysterious Incan Citadel known as Machu Picchu. Located over 7,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is the most visited destination for tourists in Peru. Machu Picchu, often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, was built during the 1500s. It was built using polished dry stone and is believed to have been built for the Incan Emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

Considering its location, hiking is one of the first activities you can enjoy during a visit to Machu Picchu. Some hikes may be a bit steep and tricky. But, hiking Huchuy Picchu and Huayna Picchu is well worth it when you reach the top. You can also explore the Incan ruins and meet some friendly llamas.

Take some time to visit the Guardian’s House, which is said to have an iconic viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Enter the Inca Citadel using the former main entrance known as The Sun Gate and enjoy the breathtaking views. You will find plenty of other beautiful structures to behold such as the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, The Inca Bridge, The Sacred Rock, and Intihuatana, which was used as a sundial by the Incans and is one of the most popular places in all Peru. With so much beauty and history to explore in Machu Picchu, it truly makes it on our list of the top travel destinations for retirees.

8. Mexico

The next stop on our list is none other than Mexico. Mexico offers beauty, culture, history, relaxation, and adventure while being one of the most budget-friendly travel destinations. Most travellers on average spend about $100.00 or less per day while on vacation in Mexico, not including accommodations, which can also be very affordable as well. Cities such as Tulum, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Puerta Vallarta offer resorts with access to gorgeous beaches, golf, diving, and snorkelling. If you are a fan of scuba diving, be sure to check out the Underwater Museum in Cancun.

Plan your trip around the start of November and join in on the Day of the Dead celebrations. Visit the sacred Chichen Itza in Yucatan and discover the history behind the Mayan civilization. Catch a Lucha Libre event and enjoy some Mariachi music in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. Explore Mexico’s largest rainforest, the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, and find beautiful waterfalls and ancient Mayan ruins.

In fact, Mexico has approximately 200 ruins belonging to the Mayans, Aztecs, Zapotec, and other civilizations that lived in Mexico. You can find ruins to explore in Tulum, Palenque, Monte Alban, Coba, Calakmul and Yaxchilan, just to name a few. With all it has to offer, Mexico is one of the best travel destinations in the world. For our next destination, we are flying over the Atlantic.

9. Italy

Beauty, romance, art, architecture, and cuisine are just a few offerings you will find in stunning Italy. Enjoy a romantic private gondola ride down the Grand Canal in Venice. Go on a wine-tasting tour in the Piedmont region, Verona, and Tuscany. In Tuscany, you can also visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa in the city of Pisa and see the breathtaking countryside views in Chianti. Visit the Ruins of Pompeii, the Italian city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius when it erupted in 79 A.D. A visit to Italy is not complete without a stop in the capital, Rome.

Take in the beautiful architecture and history of the Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Rome is also home to Vatican City. The Vatican is home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest basilica for Christianity, and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, which features the iconic painted ceiling painted by Michelangelo during the Renaissance. Southeast of Rome, you will find Castel Gandolfo, which is considered to have one of Italy’s most scenic towns.

How can a trip to Italy be fully enjoyed without a taste of their world-famous cuisine? Aside from the obvious pizza, Italy is also known for its fresh artisan bread, pasta, risotto, wine, cheese, seafood, gelato, coffee, and cured meats such as prosciutto. We can’t forget about Ragu Alla Bolognese, commonly known as Spaghetti Bolognese. It’s even Italy’s national dish. Italy also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cities such as Liguria, Calabria, Tuscany, and Sardinia offer gorgeous beaches with beautiful views. You will also find beaches to enjoy in Sicily, which is also home to Mount Edna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Italy remains one of the top travel and vacation destinations in the world and it’s no secret why.

10. Cruises

Lastly, one of the absolute best ways to travel and spend a vacation is on a cruise. A cruise offers literally a little bit of everything for everyone, no matter what you are looking for. In fact, you may be able to book a cruise tailored specifically to what you are looking for. With so many decently priced options to choose from and so many destinations to pick from, the possibilities can seem endless.

Most cruise packages are all-inclusive meaning everything is included and paid for giving you full access to all you can eat, all you can drink and all you can enjoy while on the cruise. Royal Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise lines and it offers visits to over 300 destinations. Royal Caribbean sails through the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, North America, Asia, the South Pacific and specialty cruises along the Panama Canal, South America, and North Africa and the Arabian Gulf. Viking also offers Christmas Market River Cruises throughout Europe and in some Southern U.S. States. If you are looking for a family cruise, Royal Caribbean again is a good option Disney also has its own cruise line offering the chance for your whole family to enjoy a vacation with some of your favorite Disney characters.

Princess Cruises is also a very big name in cruise lines, offering cruises worldwide that stop in over 50 destinations. You can even find music-themed cruises such as blues, jazz, country, and rock cruises that combine the experience of a cruise with the experience of a concert and music festival all while stopping to perform at different ports. Cruises are offered all over the world so it will not be hard to find the perfect cruise for you. If you want to see as much as possible, a cruise may be the best option.

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How EasyGo Can Help you Travel

This list offers many of fantastic and iconic travel destinations for retirees to visit. The world is full of travel destinations perfect for retirees. And, EasyGo can make your travelling easier. With our patented folding technology and lightweight sleek frame, it is an ideal travel companion and can fly with you since it is FAA and TSA-approved.

This means that it’s safe to take on a plane, or cruise, and can even fit into the back of your car! EasyGo can go with you to any location on this list. And, will give you the mobile independence for you to get the most out of your vacation and travels. 

Final Words

The world is so big and has so much beauty, culture, history, food, wildlife, and experiences to offer. It’s no surprise why travelling the world is on almost everyone’s bucket list. With so many places to go and so much to see and learn, picking where to start is tricky but I’m sure wherever you choose to start will be well worth the trip. We hope this list will help you learn about, and hopefully choose from, some of the best places in the world to travel. Thank you for choosing EasyGo Mobility and we wish you safe travels wherever your journey leads.

10 Best Retirement Blogs you Should be Following

10 Best Retirement Blogs you Should be Following

Retiring or being retired can be a strange time. You go from years of a routine to having free time and fewer responsibilities. Keeping up with retirement blogs can not only keep you entertained, but they can also give you ideas about what to do with your time. We will go through a number of retirement blogs, including financial, travel, and even fun topics, so keep reading.

1. EasyGo Mobility Blog

Hey, that’s us! Our blog is focused on mobility tips, retirement advice, and anything and everything wheelchair related. Our goal is to help educate and bring enjoyment to our readers. Independence is important for people of any age, and we strive to provide information on how you can do just that. With over 15 years of experience in the mobility industry, it’s safe to say we know what we’re talking about. If you have any topics that you would like to hear more about, let us know on our live chat! 

2. ElderChicks

The ElderChicks blog offers a safe environment for senior women to read and learn from others’ experiences. ElderChicks offers a mix of educational and opinion pieces. Everything from politics to stamina and everything in between is covered in their blog. In addition, they offer a forum, where people can ask questions and get answers from their community. This can encourage a sense of friendships online. Keep in mind that you don’t want to give out any of your personal information on forums like this, even if they are safe and monitored.

3. The Retirement Wisdom Blog

The Retirement Wisdom Blog, written by Bev Bachel, is a monthly blog that goes over a variety of topics regarding money management, retirement planning, and work. They are more of opinion pieces than facts, but Bachel does a great job at thoroughly explaining thoughts and getting their point across. Bachel offers a lot of great advice for those looking to retire or current retirees who may be a little lost in what to do.

4. Suddenly Senior

Suddenly Senior is an entertaining yet educational blog. This blog has multiple contributors, so the tone is often different. Topics include best of lists, government changes that affect seniors, finances, and advice. They write with humour, so even with more serious topics, they are very entertaining. With this blog, they do have a number of advertised products in the form of ads and within their blog articles, so keep this in mind.

5. Over-Sixty Shades of Gray

Over-Sixty Shades of Gray is a one-stop shop for all of your needs. Whether you are looking for exercises to do, activities in your area, puzzles, or even jokes. One of our favorite things about this blog is its variety of content, which can keep you busy for hours!

Best Retirement Blogs

6. Grandma’s Briefs

As the name of this blog implies, Grandma’s Briefs is an entertaining blog that offers a wide variety of content. Recipes, social events, travelling advice, and even crafting ideas are included in this blog. If you are looking for activities to do with your grandchildren, this blog has a ton of great and affordable ideas to keep them entertained.

7. The 55+ Society 

The 55+ Society, maintained by Del Webb Retirement Communities, is a blog that goes over how you can optimize your life in retirement communities, make your own home senior-friendly, things to do for retirees, and financial advice. This blog is written and maintained by a company instead of individuals, so it is more factual than opinionated. This blog is very well articulated and useful for its readers.

8. Retired and Travelling

I’m sure you can guess what Retired and Travelling talk about! Retired and Travelling discusses local, North American including Canada, and world travelling as a senior. They give tips and tricks on how to stay comfortable navigating crowds, their recommendations on places to eat and stay, and other travelling advice. Travelling when you’re retired can be an amazing experience, and their blog will make it even better.

9. Kiplinger – Retirement

The Kiplinger blog talks about everything financial. Taxes, investing, and more topics are discussed. Additionally, they have a section of their blog that focuses on financial advice for those looking to retire or current retirees. This blog publishes with a company, so again they will have factual instead of opinionated blog articles.

10. Sixty and Me

Sixty and Me is one of our favorite blogs on this list. It offers a wide variety of topics including health, aging, games, social, money, and even mindset. Each and every article on this blog are well researched and articulated. You can tell that the authors really care about what they are talking about. Plus, they include a lot of great images to help get their opinions across. 

Wrap Up

There are a number of great retirement blogs out there, these are just a few of our favorites. Reading retirement blogs and/or subscribing to their email newsletter can be a lot of fun. All while providing you with knowledge on topics that you are passionate about. Whether you are reading a blog to gain wisdom or fun travel ideas, they are a great way to keep you busy.

Top 12 Retirement Communities in the United States

Top 12 Retirement Communities in the United States

After we reach a certain age, it might be time to start looking into retirement communities. This may be due to health issues, support, location, or even fun. Whatever your reason is, it can be hard to choose from the plethora of retirement communities across the US. That’s why we have put together this list of the top 12 retirement communities in the US. Before we jump right into the communities, let’s go over what defines a retirement community.

What Defines a Community as a “Retirement Community”?

Retirement communities cater to those over a certain age, typically 55+. If you are under 55, you can often be put on a waitlist for when that time comes. Retirement communities are often filled with activities, shopping centers, restaurants, and athletics catered to older individuals. Additionally, the houses within retirement communities are more focused on making people who are over 55 more comfortable doing daily tasks, including bungalow-style houses, ergonomic designs, and more. Retirement communities are often a lot of fun, as they are filled with like-minded people who are in the same part of their life. Now, let’s go over the Top 12 Retirement Communities in the United States.

1. The Villages

The Villages, located 90 minutes north of Orlando in Central Florida, proclaims that they are America’s premier over 55 community. They offer activities like yoga, water aerobics, golf, movie nights, and shopping experiences to keep you busy. They also have a variety of home styles and neighbourhoods to choose from. Or, you can also personalize your dream retirement home. The median listing home price is $415,000, so there are options for most budgets.

2. Solivita

Solivita is another one of the top-ranking retirement communities in Kissimmee, Florida. They are located close to both Disney and Universal Studios, which is helpful if you’re looking to take your grandkids on a day trip! Solivita offers more than 40 amenities, including an indoor pool, walking trails, two golf courses, nine tennis courts, and much more. The homes located in Solivita were designed and built by Taylor Morrison, with a distinctive Tuscan inspiration making your retirement feel like a vacation every day. Solivita offers new build and resale homes, with the median listing price at $439,000.

3. Sun City Summerlin

Sun City Summerlin, or SCS, is located in the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. SCS has been running since 1989 and is one of the nation’s premier adult communities. It boasts beautiful scenery with views of the surrounding mountains. Did I mention that it is located minutes from the Vegas Strip? SCS offers a number of recreational activities, like an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three 18-hole golf courses, a movie theatre, and more. The median house price is listed at $475,000.

4. Laguna Woods Village

For over five decades, Laguna Woods Village has been one of the most popular retirement communities in Southern California. It is located just 10 minutes from the Laguna Beach coastline. With picturesque views that you can experience while horseback riding, it’s hard to deny the beauty of this 55+ community! Other amenities include tennis, lawn bowling, a swimming pool, and a performing arts center. The median home listing price in Laguna Woods is $414,500 but is trending upwards at a higher rate than most other retirement communities on this list.

5. Del Webb Sweetgrass

Del Webb Sweetgrass, or DWS, is a 55+ community in Richmond, Texas, just southwest of Houston, Texas. DWS offers activities like golfing, bird watching, and hiking. It’s important to note that Texas does not currently have a state income tax, so you might see more affordable payments. The average home price range is mid $200,000 to high $400,000, making it one of the most affordable retirement communities in the United States.

6. PebbleCreek

PebbleCreek is located just outside of Pheonix Arizona, in the city of Goodyear. They are known for being a luxury retirement community with very high-end amenities and large houses. Activities include championship golf, pickleball and tennis centers, a dog park, and gorgeous restaurants. The median home price this year is $349,000, with homes ranging from about $170,000 to over a million dollars.

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7. Barclay Farms

Located in the town of Camden, Delaware, this retirement community is unlike others on this list. If you’re looking to relax surrounded by nature, Barclay Farms might be the community for you. Featuring ranch-style homes surrounded by peaceful countryside, Barclay Farms might be the perfect community for you. Activities include a library, fishing pond, walking trails, and spa. Prices for homes typically start at around $170,000 for homes in this area.

8. Country Pointe Plainview

Country Pointe Plainview is a retirement community located in Old Bethpage, New York. Amenities include walking trails, bocce ball, tennis, and a heated pool with a poolside bar. Country Pointe Plainview proclaims they offer resort life all year long, and it’s easy to see how! They offer a variety of home styles, including premier condominiums, 2 story villas, and semi-detached homes. The median home price for Country Pointe Plainview is higher than others on this list due to the New York location, at $791,944.

9. Solera at Anthem

Solera at Anthem, located in Henderson, Nevada, is relatively close to the Las Vegas Area. A few of their attractions are their clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pool and spa. Houses in this retirement community range from mid $300,000 to mid $600,000.

10. The Islands

The Islands in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a well-established retirement community that offers a variety of home sizes to meet everyone’s needs. Enjoy nearby lakes, scenic walking trails, parks, and a golf course. The majority of homes in The Islands even offer a view of the water. The median home listing price is $269,000.

11. Green Valley Recreation

Green Valley Recreation, located in (you guessed it) Green Valley Arizona is another fantastic retirement community that will keep you busy. Members have access to 13 recreation centers that include fitness centers, craft areas, dance studios, and woodworking shops. Green Valley is also located just 30 minutes from the airport, making it easy to travel when you are enjoying retirement. There is a variety of homes in Green Valley Recreation, ranging from mid $200,000 to upwards of a million.

12. Sun City Grand

Sun City Grand located in Surprise Arizona provides its residents with resort and vacation-style amenities. This allows residents to pick and choose what activities they want to participate in every day with no schedule. They offer four golf courses, exceptional dining experiences, catering for your events, clubs, and other aspects to make you feel at home. Home prices range from high $300,000s to around one million.

How to Make Retirement More Comfortable

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Closing Statements

The United States is very fortunate to have a plethora of retirement communities. It is great to see how well our elders are treated in the US. It might be hard to choose between all of the amazing retirement communities mentioned on this list. If you’re not sure where to start, try to go on tours of the retirement communities that you are the most interested in to try and narrow down your must-have features.

What is the Best Mobility Equipment to Keep Your Independence?

What is the Best Mobility Equipment to Keep Your Independence?

As we age, our families may begin to worry about how safe and independent we are. Fortunately, with the help of mobility equipment, you are able to enjoy your mobile freedom while limiting the chances of getting hurt or overdoing it. But, with all of the mobility equipment options there are on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you or your loved one. In this article, we are going to discuss a range of mobility equipment so you know all of your options, so keep reading!

Foldable Electric Wheelchair

Coming in at number one on our list of the best mobility equipment is foldable electric wheelchairs, like the EasyGo Elite Model. EasyGo Folding Wheelchairs are the perfect everyday wheelchair that can help you get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. Folding in under 30 seconds to be the size of a suitcase allows you to put the wheelchair in the back of your car, store it in tight spaces, or even travel with it. With our lithium-ion batteries, you can even take this wheelchair on a plane with you. EasyGo Mobility aims to provide affordable and high-quality mobility solutions to those in need. We offer free shipping across the United States. 

Walker or Rollator

Walkers and rollators are some of the most popular mobility equipment on the market. The difference between the two is that a rollator has wheels on all four wheels to help you get moving. On the other hand, a walker will have either no wheels or two wheels on just the front legs. Rollators can be a little trickier to handle due to the four wheels. If you are prone to falling or slipping, a walker might be better suited for your needs. There are a ton of great brands out there that sell walkers and rollators. But, we generally recommend staying away from sites like AliExpress as their vendors are not quality-checked. Good quality walkers and rollators can cost you anywhere from $250 to upwards of $800.

Stair Lift

If you currently struggle going up and down your stairs, a stair lift may be the perfect investment for your mobile independence. Stair lifts can be installed on straight, curved, or even outdoor stairs. Stair lifts can also be a great aid if your laundry room is downstairs, and you worry about carrying the basket back upstairs. Securely place the basket on the seat, and use the remote control to guide the lift up the stairs. Bruno is a leading stair lift manufacturer, and its products are manufactured in the US. Keep in mind that stair lifts can often cost a few thousand dollars for a straight staircase.

Home Ramp

If you are a wheelchair or walker user, or you just need a little extra assistance getting into your home, a ramp may be a good option to make your home a little safer. These days wooden and alumnium ramps can be very sleek and stylish, so you don’t necessarily have to worry about the ramp being an eyesore in front of your house. As you probably guessed, ramps can be pretty pricey depending on how long they have to be in order to accommodate your door height.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires a 1:12 slope ratio for commercial ramps. This means that for every 1 inch of rise, 12 inches of the ramp is required. This is important to keep in mind if you have a large distance between the ground and your door, but little room to work with. In this scenario, an outdoor stair lift might be a better option. 

Walking Cane

Canes are another very popular option for those in need of mobility assistance. Canes typically come with one foot or a quad foot for added stability. They are typically very lightweight and easy to take with you everywhere you go. You can even find canes that are collapsable so they can easily fit in your purse or bag while you are out for dinner. Not to mention that canes now come in a variety of colors and styles, including fun prints like cheetah spots! Canes also come in a variety of heights, so you can choose the most comfortable height based on your needs.

Lift Chair

Relaxing on the couch and enjoying your favorite book or tv show is an important part of your day. But, it can put a damper on your downtime if you struggle to get back up. This is where a lift chair comes in! With the press of a button, your lift chair can go from a reclined position to an upright position. In this position, your feet are practically on the ground already. Most new lift chairs also come with a cup holder, massage features, and even a heated backrest. Drive Devilbiss is one of the leading lift chair distributors in North America.

Home Care Hospital Bed

As the name implies, a home care hospital bed is simply a hospital bed that is fit for your home. Home care hospital beds can be fully electric, semi-electric, or completely manual. These beds offer adjustments that can help raise your upper body or knees up. Home care hospital beds can be very helpful if you have a difficult time sitting up in bed. 

Grab Bar(s)

Grab bars are typically in a bathroom. But, they can be installed almost anywhere depending on the wall it is going to be mounted on. They are an affordable solution if you need a little help getting in and out of the shower or sitting down or getting up off of the toilet. Grab bars come in a variety of lengths, styles, and colors. So, you can fit them almost anywhere you need them. The best and most reliable type of grab bar is the type that is screwed into the wall as it is the most stable. But, there are also suction-style grab bars that can suction to showers and other surfaces for a less-permanent solution. Keep in mind that the suction bars can fall off if too much force is applied or it is not properly stuck on.

Shower Aids

Shower aids include seats, slip-resistant mats, and shower heads that detach. Typically shower seats and detachable shower heads go hand-in-hand. This is because it can be difficult to get a good clean while sitting down. These can be very helpful if you have a difficult time standing for a long period of time or if you are worried about slips and falls. There are a ton of different shower seats, including small stools or large seats equipped with handles. Slip-resistant mats are a great solution for people of all ages, because we all know how slippery the bottom of the tub can get.

Wrap Up

There are a number of different mobility equipment options for yourself or your loved one. Not every piece of equipment will be the best solution for your lifestyle, so it’s important to learn what all of the options are. Additionally, the more pieces of mobility equipment that you have, the easier and safer your life may be, but we all know that these costs can add up. If you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility and how you can use our foldable electric wheelchairs to make your life easier, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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