Senior Independence – What It Is and What You Should Know About It

The worst thing that can happen to an adult after a long and active life is to wake up all of a sudden in a world where they cannot take care of themselves anymore. Age-specific problems, including arthritis, memory loss, and reduced mobility make daily chores seem like a burden.

Unfortunately, the limited freedom and the lack of dignity most seniors deal with after a certain age often lead to even more serious health issues, including anger management issues, frustration, and even depression. So here are some aspects you need to know about senior independence and how to safely promote it for your beloved ones, in the comfort of your own home.

 

Common factors

Chronic pains, injuries, and the lack of mobility are amongst the most common symptoms that will, eventually, lead to the loss of senior independence. Whether we’re talking about arthritis or the post-recovery time after a surgery, seniors will find it hard to perform even the simplest tasks in the household like getting dressed, washing themselves or cleaning their homes.

Before asking for professional assistance, it would be best to try and invest in some gadgets that will make your parents’ life easier. Robot vacuum cleaners, smart kitchen gadgets, and even a smart house are all designed to help you spend less time performing house-related chores on your own.

Although an investment, a smart house will set the perfect temperature by just a push of a button, regulate the lighting level, and even turn off all appliances whenever you leave the house to prevent accidents. Getting inside the house is also easily done through facial or fingerprint recognition, so you won’t have to stress about carrying the keys with you.

If you cannot invest in such high-performance systems yet, perhaps some cordless phones for seniors are the first step. Lightweight and easy to use, they will help you get in touch with everyone you need and even ask for help whenever necessary.

How to cope with the loss of senior independence

Whether we like it or not, we are all heading towards the same direction. Whether it will happen in 20, 30 or 40 years from now, aging cannot be prevented, so we need to make amends with it. Coping with the loss of independence is a long and bumpy road, but, with patience and alternative solutions, it doesn’t have to become a dramatic event.

If you are not keen of letting go of your old life just yet, you can minimize the aging process by staying fit, active, and healthy. It is important to focus on a healthy diet based on foods that strengthen your bones and sharpen your brain such as fish, broccoli, and a clean source of proteins. Don’t forget to stay active to increase your mobility.

My favorite comic books

 

Although comic books have been around for quite some time, they have met different times and different stages of popularity. Back when they first appeared, around the 1900s, they were simplistically drawn and didn’t contain too much information or too many characters.

As they started to increase in popularity, comic books attracted more and more youngsters and children of all ages. However, soon their popularity started to decrease and they were mainly seen as a shameful teenage secret kept under the bed, away from your family and your love interests.

Nevertheless, comic books have been experiencing a revival in the past few years, especially since they are now considered “vintage” and most of them have already been turned into successful Hollywood movies and sagas. So, if you’re looking for a nostalgic ride to the past century, here is a list of my favorite comic books that ever existed.

 

The Flintstones from DC Comics

You cannot go wrong with a classic and, in this case, classic is almost as old as the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Although there are only 12 full issues of this comic book, you’ll love to see the DC twist of the original cartoon. More serious topics such as race, monogamy, and commercialism are discussed in this DC spin-off with the classic touch of Fred and Barney’s goofy characters.

 

The Punisher MAX

Coming from the most popular and advertised cartoon company, Marvel, the Punisher MAX received a little bit of an upgrade from its original version. The Punisher is probably the only hero in the Marvel multiverse who doesn’t have superpowers, yet he is still able to fight the bad guys.

The original version of the Punisher featuring a latex costume and a creepy mask was soon upgraded to meet the standards of the new world we are currently living in and to appeal to kids and teenagers, but also to adults. Thus, the improved version of the Punisher now comes with an amazing arsenal of weaponry, while the antagonists were replaced with more realistic sex traffickers and drug dealers.

 

Daredevil: Born Again

The Daredevil also plays an important part in the Marvel multiverse, but when he first appeared in the Marvel comics he didn’t trigger too much interest from the audience. In fact, at one point he was considered one of the most unpopular cartoon heroes in the history of Marvel and the company was almost convinced to write him off for good.

The rewrite only appeared in 1986 under the magic wand of Frank Miller and Matt Murdock, after which the Daredevil suddenly became one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. The Born Again saga is stacked with explosions and cool battles in a successful attempt of the superhero to claim back his city.

What is the best comic book you have ever read?

 

How to migrate to Australia

 

If you ever dreamed of moving to another country, Australia may be a great choice. Its climate is bearable and there are countless attractions to keep you away from boredom. The people are nice but, no matter how you’re looking at, there will always going to be a long way back to your original country.

Nevertheless, migrating to Australia can be rewarding and offer you the future you always wanted for you and your family. And, although there are plenty of websites teaching you how to migrate to Australia, I decided to make things a little bit easier for you and come up with a list of things you need to consider prior to applying for a visa, as well as other necessary information you need to know before settling to this part of the world.


 

Things you should know before moving to Australia

First of all, the language is different. Aussies love their abbreviations even more than Americans, so make sure you understand a basic Australian conversation. It is best to ask for a local to hand you a dictionary with the most common words and idioms, as well as the most used abbreviations. Don’t assume that just because you speak English, you will understand or make yourself understood by other Aussies.

Secondly, keep in mind that it is hot. Like, extremely hot in the summer. Long hours spent on the beach during summer are merely impossible due to the high temperatures, so make sure to stay hydrated at all times. You should also learn how to cover yourself up at the beach but not because of the Puritans, but mainly for your own sake. The UV rays here are extremely harmful, hence the incidence of skin cancer.

Also, make sure to learn how to love football, in all its forms. You’d be surprised to find out how many types of football Australian loves, besides from footie or soccer.

 

How to move to Australia

If you’re entirely sure Australia is the right country for you and your family, there are many ways to immigrate here legally. There are different types of visas you can apply for, depending on your area of expertise, and the type of job you’re looking for in the country.

You can even apply for student visas if you’re of age and want to learn a few years in Australia before settling here for good. No matter the type of visa you apply for, make sure to read all necessary information and fill in papers accordingly. Incomplete applications or those that seem sketchy will not be taken into account.

Probably the easiest way to get a visa is to find an employer who is prepared to offer you a job right away. If you keep the same employer for two years and don’t cause trouble and pay your taxes on time, you can apply for a permanent visa in no time.

 

How to buy the perfect backpack for guys

 

 

If you’re a guy you probably don’t consider storage an important part of your daily existence. After all, girls are the ones that usually have to carry around thousands of useless items in their bags, while boys only limit to their wallet, phone, and keys. But, if you happen to travel a lot or at least spend most of your time on the road like I do, you will soon realize the importance of a great backpack to carry around with you everywhere you go.

So, whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a day in the woods or a simple sleepover at your friend’s house, it is important to have the perfect backpack. Lucky for you, I have looked for some cool backpacks for men and I’m ready to share some of my wisdom on how to find the right backpack for you.

Durability

Unlike women, men are less keen on spending money on the same object more than once. So, if you thought about investing in a backpack, it’d better be good and long-lasting. This leads us to one of the most important aspects men look for in a backpack, meaning durability. This roughly translates into qualitative fabrics, strong stitches, and reinforced handles and shoulder straps.

 

Fabrics

When it comes to fabrics, it really depends on how much you’re willing to invest in a good backpack. We suggest looking for ones that are made from durable fabrics like reinforced cotton, cotton with Teflon coating, and leather. Cotton is a great choice for an everyday backpack because it’s extremely lightweight and flexible, meaning you can stuff in it all of your essentials and a little extra.

Reinforced cotton or cotton with Teflon coating is usually the fabrics used to make tents so their great advantages are strength and a waterproof design. If you plan on going hiking, biking or practicing outdoor activities, a waterproof backpack is everything you need. Plus, these backpacks remain lightweight and flexible.

Leather backpacks are a little bit more pretentious and luxurious. They don’t come cheap either, but they will certainly make a statement. We suggest opting for these if you like investing money in your image or you’re looking for a really durable backpack that will last you for years. The leather is mainly waterproof if treated accordingly and is thick yet flexible. Plus, it ages naturally and its color changes gradually, so it’ll be like wearing a different backpack every year.

They can store all your essentials and will easily become your best friend at music festivals or any outdoor activity, regardless of the season. Just make sure to look after it carefully, meaning using particular cleaning substances and everything that could damage the leather.