Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Leave Foot Pain Behind - Tips for Happy Feet as We Age!

Like many people in their 60s and 70s, I suffered from foot pain a few years ago. My doctor diagnosed me with Plantar Fasciitis and sent me to an orthopedic doctor who fit me for a shoe insert.  When the custom inserts left me limping around, I went to a shoe store which promoted their own shoe inserts.  Even after going through breaking-in periods and trying my best to make the inserts work, I was still in terrible pain.  I felt as if I was walking gingerly and painfully everywhere I went.
After another consultation with my doctor, she suggested that most foot problems were due to poor shoe choices.  I realized that prior to my diagnosis with Plantar Fasciitis, I had been wearing a variety of slip-on shoes with little or no arch support.  I began a quest to find shoes which gave me better support and, within a few months of buying a selection of supportive, comfortable shoes with wider bases, lower heels, and better arch support, my foot pain gradually disappeared. (Ad)  

Today, I belong to a group which walks at least 100 miles a month, and my Plantar Fasciitis seems to have faded into the distant past.  I now understand how important it is to wear quality shoes which are designed to cushion, support and protect my feet.
In addition to conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, some of my friends have complained about a variety of different foot problems including ingrown toenails, bunions, blisters and swollen feet.  Several of them have had foot surgery, with varying degrees of success.  Personally, I wish all of us had been choosing better shoes when we were young so we were not experiencing sore feet, painful inserts, and surgeries as retirees.
Consequently, when I was approached by the Pandere Shoe Company to include a guest post on my blog about their attractive, sporty orthopedic shoes, I thought the information they are providing would be beneficial to those readers who may need to take a fresh look at how they are treating their feet.  I am not connected with the company and I do not receive any commissions or other benefit from the purchase of their shoes.  I just hope that readers will take a hard look at the shoes in their own closets and decide whether they need to make some changes in order to have happier feet! 

Check out the helpful information they have provided about common foot problems and what to look for in a shoe, in the post below.

How to Keep Retired Feet Happy

by Pandere Shoes
Now that you have finally reached the long-awaited milestone of retirement, nothing stands between you and everything you never had enough free time for – travel, golf, gardening, maybe even ballroom dancing.
Nothing, that is, except your tired, aching feet.
Foot problems are a common complaint among retirees. Like every other part of the body, our feet suffer from the effects of aging too:
·        Weakened tendons and ligaments cause the arch to drop, making feet wider and flatter.
·        Medical conditions like diabetes and arthritis, or poor circulation, can cause feet to swell, making it difficult to find supportive, comfortable shoes.
·        Corns, calluses, hammertoes, heel spurs, and bunions caused by years of squeezing feet into ill-fitting shoes make getting through the day difficult.
Wearing ill-fitting or overly tight shoes is all too common among retirees. Hot spots, blisters, abrasions, or ingrown toenails can occur where the shoe rubs against the skin or pinches the toes or heel. Many find themselves trying to remedy the situation by buying shoes a size or two too big. But that can cause a cascade of other problems, including balance problems as your feet slide around the large shoe.
The result? Pain and discomfort, which make participating in even the simplest activities unpleasant.
The best thing you can do to keep your feet happy is to pay attention to the aches and pains and give your feet the care they need. Regular visits with your healthcare provider, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition that makes you more prone to foot issues, can help identify potential problems early. Exercises that stretch your feet and leg muscles are excellent for overall foot health.
Investing in comfortable, supportive shoes specifically designed to accommodate your feet can also be an important step in the battle to keep aching feet happy. 
Key features to look for when choosing shoes to accommodate aging feet include:
·        Adjustability and expandability
·        Removable insoles
·        Support
·        Non-slip bottoms
·        High-quality, durable materials
A host of orthopedic shoes on the market offer many of these features, but a new shoe company launched in 2018 has revolutionized the comfort shoe for retirees.
Pandere, a woman-owned shoe company based in Alaska, has developed the world’s first stylish, expandable shoe carefully engineered to accommodate a wide range of foot issues. Each of Pandere’s styles integrate a revolutionary expansion system, including adjustable toggles and Velcro closures, which allow the shoe to expand up to three width sizes. Available in both men’s and women’s styles, Pandere’s shoes work hard to keep you safe and keep your feet happy with:
·        A patented expansion system that expands with your foot throughout the day
·        No-tie toggle system for adjustability in key areas
·        A contoured, removable footbed that offers comfort, arch support and heel cushion
·        A wider shoe base for a roomier fit that won’t pinch, squeeze or rub
·        Anti-slip, recycled natural rubber latex bottoms
·        Supportive durable nubuk leather and neoprene
·        High-quality European craftsmanship
A few of the conditions Pandere shoes are specifically designed for include:
Foot Swelling

If you have a medical condition which makes your feet swell, such as lymphedema or diabetes, or if your feet have grown flatter and wider with age, try the Saturday shoe. Built on a wider last and bottom for an even roomier toe box and midfoot, the Saturday shoe expands to an EEE width size for women and EE for men. Available in sizes 4-13 for men or 6-15 for women. For ankle swelling, try the Rodeo shoe - available in women’s sizes 6-12, with expansion from a B up to an E width. 


Pandere worked intensively with customers to design a shoe specifically for those suffering from bunions. The Rodeo shoe offers soft, supportive neoprene panels at the big toe joint that expand and provide extra wiggle room for those with bunions. Available in women’s sizes 6-12, the Rodeo expands from a B up to an E width. 
Extra Wide Feet

All of Pandere’s styles expand up to three width sizes and are perfect for anyone with wide feet. Consult the Pandere sizing chart or try the Fit Finder to determine which style is right for you. While the Saturday is the widest shoe Pandere offers, expanding up to an EEE width size for women and EE for men, all of Pandere’s styles cater to wide feet.
If your feet are slowing you down, there is hope! To learn more about Pandere Shoes, visit them online or reach out to them anytime at hello@pandereshoes.com
(The links in the above four paragraphs are ads for the Pandere Shoe Company).

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Free Quizzes for Brain Stimulation - Protect Yourself Against Dementia

Many retirees are looking for new and creative ways to keep their minds stimulated.  While it can be helpful to work on crossword puzzles, try your hand at Soduko, or challenge yourself with a variety of activities and games, many people would like another way to improve their knowledge and keep their brain active.

Research has shown that learning new things and stimulating different parts of your brain are important parts of an overall plan to protect yourself from Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.   Along with regular physical exercise, a healthy diet, and social involvement, stimulating your brain is one of the "pillars of brain health." There are a variety of ways to stimulate your brain, including learning to play a musical instrument, learning a new language, or tackling mentally stimulating games. (Ad)

Although there are a variety of brain game sites on the internet which offer to stimulate your mind, many of the sites, such as Luminosity, charge fees.  Consequently, I was very interested when JetPunk contacted me about the free quizzes on their site. Visitors can use the site for free, without giving the site any of their personal information, and challenge themselves in a variety of fields of knowledge.  You can also repeat the quizzes as often as you wish, to increase your proficiency.  I have tried a couple of the quizzes, and thought they were both challenging and fun.

The site was created by the Hostetler Brothers, Dan and John, in 2008, and it has thousands of quizzes covering a wide range of topics including math, vocabulary, history, geography, and pop culture, to name just a few. Many teachers even use JetPunk to create their own quizzes. You can learn more about JetPunk and how to access the quizzes on their site in the guest post they submitted below:

JetPunk Quizzes Can Stimulate Your Brain

by Judy Hostetler

Looking for a way to challenge your mind or keep up with your grandchildren?  JetPunk is a free website that has thousands of quizzes on topics ranging from countries of the world to Harry Potter.  I start every morning with this one: https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/short-term-memory-test.  It only takes a minute or two, and helps to jumpstart my brain.  Then, it is on to the general knowledge and vocabulary quizzes.  Everyday, there are featured quizzes which may peak your interest.

There is no cost to use the website unless you want to become a premium member.  You don’t even need to sign in, although creating an account allows you to keep track of your statistics and turn off the timer.  Want to make your own quiz?  If you’re registered, you can do that too.  Many teachers have created quizzes for their students to use, covering topics such as algebra, biology and history.

Whether you take the quizzes in the privacy of your room, or use them in social gatherings, JetPunk is a fun and challenging way to keep your mind sharp.

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If you are interested in learning more about preventing dementia and other medical issues as you age, or want to know about Medicare, Social Security, financial planning, where to retire and more, use the tabs or pull down menu at the top of the page to find links to hundreds of additional helpful articles.

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