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Helping Seniors Stay Organized with Excel

Posted by on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Today is National Senior Health & Fitness Day. If you are a caregiver for a senior or you are reaching the age where you may need help with organizing your life, you need Excel. This tool makes it easy to keep track of all the important events in your life.

Seniors Exercising

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The theme for this year’s National Senior Health & Fitness Day is: “Think Healthy, Eat Healthy, Act Healthy…Be Healthy!”

Who is a senior? Technically it is anybody over 65 years of age, which is the age of retirement in the United States. Many companies offer senior discounts to people over 50 or 60.

People are living longer and staying healthier into their later years. You are only as young as you feel, as they say. Some say 60 is the new 50. If you are over 50, you can join AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons). That is one of the bonuses of getting older – discounts!

The baby boomer generation is a huge aging population and they will require a lot of care. Seniors are now taking care of seniors as boomers still care for their parents.

Our Graying States

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We all need a little help now and again. Even if you don’t have any cognitive impairment, we all get a little forgetful. While we are healthier than previous generations, we do have challenges. Like the younger generations, seniors are struggling with their weight. If you are suffering from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis or other age related conditions, losing weight can help reduce your symptoms and make you stronger.

By using a PDF to Excel converter, you can put together a life plan using Excel to help keep you, or your loved one on track. Here are just some of the things you can manage by using this system:

  • Plan and schedule an exercise program – by using a PDF to Excel converter you can add any exercise plan printouts that your doctor gives you or PDF files that you download from the Internet.
  • Don’t know how to use Excel? Maybe you’re not computer savvy and the thought of learning how to use new software is frightening. You can take courses at your local community center or school to learn how to make a spreadsheet, get a friend or relative to show you, or check out some of the free tutorials online. Many boomers are keeping up with technology and using social media, smartphones and the computer to keep in touch with family and friends. This is good for your mental health.

  • Learning keeps you young, any time you have the opportunity to learn a new skill, it is good for your mind.
  • Keep an eye on your diet – What you eat is very important as you age. Diabetes is at extremely high levels in the aging population. Many seniors have restricted diets, but they also have limited budgets. Use Excel to manage your grocery list. Instead of shopping at the grocery store, head out to a farmers’ market and buy fresh from the farm produce.
  • It’s easy to forget about doctor’s appointments when you don’t have a regular schedule, like someone who goes to work everyday. This is an excellent way to remind yourself of your appointment.
  • Take your medication. For drugs to be effective, you should take them at the same time every day. Most of us forget to take our pills on occasion. Get one of those compartmentalized pill containers that have the days of the week, and use that in conjunction with your spreadsheet.
77.3 Baby Boomers

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Happy days – it’s not all doom and gloom. They call it the golden years and you can make your senior years your best. The people who stay healthy are the ones who live fulfilling lives, don’t live in the past and keep active. Make your activity and event spreadsheet your most important and active one and you may not need to keep track of as many medications or doctor’s visits.