An Old Chick Named Hazel

Meet Hazel, a spunky 80 year old who wants to age gracefully in her own home.   This blog series provides tips and links to products to help seniors live independently in their current home.  

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Sunny Days Are Here Again

One of Hazel's favorite past times is sitting outside and catching a warm breeze. When she stays with one of her daughters, she will sit on the front porch and wave to the neighbors. Hazel knows the comings and going of everyone in the neighborhood. Somedays she sits on the back porch and listens to music and waits for the grandkids to come home with their friends. Other days, she is just trying to get her fill of Vitamin D that is so dearly needed for the aging body.

Here are some things to thing about for your Hazel as she gets kissed by the sun at home. Make sure you have a sturdy outdoor chair that she could put weight on without toppling over when she gets up. Make sure the doors to the outside are easy to open and check the deck or patio for any loose boards or loose bricks to avoid falls. Since this is outside enjoyment, don't forget the sunscreen, polarized sunglasses and a hat. Seniors should use a sunscreen that is between SPF 30 and SPF 50 and one that offers other protections. Polarized glasses can help protect the eyes especially if you have an eye condition like cataracts. And remember to stay hydrated with cool drinks like ice cold water and lemonade. Staying at home doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sun!

Where Hazel catches her rays.

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