Essential Coupons and Discounts for Frugal Seniors

Your golden years should be a wonderful time in which you can restfully reflect on a lifetime of accomplishments, but if you’re living on a tight budget and fixed income, will you have to sacrifice the things you love in retirement? Not if you’re savvy about using coupons and looking for discounts! These resources from Whittier Glen Assisted Living can help seniors everywhere live well on a budget.

Phone and Internet Services

From scoring savings on laptops to signing up for affordable phone plans, seniors can enjoy all kinds of perks when it comes to technology!

  • With so many budget-friendly phone plans for seniors, you never need to overspend on cellular service. 
  • These days, reliable internet is available even in rural areas, and seniors often qualify for a discount—be sure to call and ask!
  • Seniors who need computers for work, entertainment, or staying in touch with loved ones may have access to free laptops

Saving on Healthcare

  • As the years go on, healthcare becomes more expensive for everyone. Seniors should definitely take advantage of these healthcare coupons, discounts, and freebies.
  • Buying eyeglasses through discount stores or online retailers can help you save big on eye care. Check out this guide to find organizations and pharmacies that help seniors get discounts for prescription medications. 
  • Medicare does not cover dental care, but there are low-cost and completely free options for seniors. 

Other Helpful Discounts

Plenty of retail stores, grocery chains, and even airlines help seniors stick to their budgets, so be smart about where you do your shopping!

  • Shop at grocery stores that offer great deals and discounts for seniors on certain days of the week!
  • If you frequent the right stores, seniors don’t have to pay full price for clothing and accessories. 
  • Always check with restaurants to see if they offer senior discounts or specials
  • Want to take a vacation without breaking the bank? Book with an airline that offers special senior discounts. 
  • If you’re searching for upholstery cleaning services, gutter repair, lawn care, window repair, and more, remember to check ratings and reviews and request a quote.

You’ve spent your whole life saving for retirement. Now, you want to make sure that you can make the most of your retirement fund. With these discounts and coupons, you’ll be able to stretch every dollar a little further!

Whether you are looking to simplify your life or need a little assistance with day-to-day tasks, Whittier Glen Assisted Living offers you a variety of spacious floor plans, services, and amenities to fit your needs. Call (562) 943-3724.

reconnecting with estranged seniors

While it may be a stereotype that seniors are set in their ways and that they may be living with outdated ideals, stereotypes are often arrived at for a reason. It may be a generalization, but seniors can be stubborn and less inclined to want to change. If you’ve got a friend or a family member who you’ve become less attached to over time or distance, and you would like to reconnect, Whittier Glen Assisted Living shares some things to consider.

Open Lines of Communication

With most people, it’s easy to send an email or call out of the blue. With seniors, there may be fewer options available when it comes to reaching out. For example, while a video phone app like Zoom can be a good way to reconnect, since it gets you talking face-to-face without having to travel or make a day of it, getting used to a new app may provide an insurmountable difficulty for some seniors. Emails can go unanswered as they wind up in the spam folder, and a senior’s communication through email might be more stilted as they tend to approach it more formally.

A good old-fashioned letter may be the way to go. If you’re afraid there’s too much possibility for miscommunication or an argument, writing everything down lets you get it all out.

Listen

Good communication is a two-way street. They may say things you don’t want to hear or they may present a point of view that you hadn’t considered. Don’t be unwilling to accept fault, and be careful about placing too much blame on them. They may harbor resentment for things you were unaware were even a problem. It’s important to stay open and to really listen.

Stay engaged

It’s important for seniors to stay social and engaged. You may not be the only friend or family member they’ve lost, but you might be the only one willing to give them another chance. It’s possible that they’ve grown since you’ve last seen them, and that you can truly let bygones be bygones. Or it may be that they haven’t changed at all. It’s possible you can accept their faults, as long as they’re still basically a good person. Because although it may be rare, people really can change.

You can go into reconciliation with low expectations, and you might remain guarded, so that if old patterns repeat, you are less likely to get hurt.

Practice self-care

Verywell Mind reminds us that one of the most important things is to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, exercise daily, eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated, and carve time out of your schedule to relax and engage in an activity that brings you joy. Stress is part of everyone’s life, but it can become overwhelming and even lead to chronic stress as you attempt to re-establish the relationship. And, as ZenBusiness points out, if you’re a busy professional with workplace stressors it’s even more important to establish some ways to handle and cope with the pressure.

As you set out to reconnect with someone who is potentially difficult, don’t let it consume you. Be sure that this relationship is only one part of your life, and don’t let it wreck all the other good things you’ve got going on. Set boundaries, and articulate them if you need to. Let that person know what you are comfortable with and that you won’t devote too much time and energy to reconnecting, if it starts to become unhealthy.

Remember that not everything will always go as planned, so take it easy on yourself. Be patient and make an effort to stay calm and relaxed, as this will improve your mood and give you a better chance to add an old friend or family member back into your life. As Johns Hopkins points out, forgiveness isn’t just good for the forgiven, but it’s  good for you as well.

Fun Gifts for the Caretaker in Your Life

They’ve spent all year caring for you or a loved one, now it’s time to show them you care. Here, Whittier Glen Assisted Living takes a look at the best gifts to give your favorite caregiver this holiday season based on their personality.

For the fun-lover

You can spot a fun lover by the way they walk and talk. He or she may crack jokes to lighten up the mood or show up to your 4th of July barbeque wearing a Santa hat. Here’s what to get them:

Adult party games –  Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, and Family Feud After Hours are NSFW or kids but will put a smile on any fun lover’s face.

Funny socks – Hobbit feet, chicken legs, and other fancy foot warmers are a great gift for anyone. You can find fun socks online or at your local novelties store.

For the quiet type

The quiet people are often introverts with little use for others beyond their closest friends and family. Help them avoid the public with these gifts:

Adult coloring book – You can find everything from Harry Potter to exotic chickens to swear-word coloring books that will let your recipient turn their attention to not people, just the way they like it.

A virtual BFF – Even the least talkative folks need a listening ear from time to time. Consider a Google Assist or Amazon Echo.

For the foodie

You’ll know the foodie by the way he or she snubs McDonald’s and insists that coconut oil makes the best brownies. Satisfy their food love like this:

Food delivery subscription — You can’t give the foodie just any subscription, it has to be something unforgettable. Consider iGourmet, which offers a selection of mouthwatering meats, cheeses and accompaniments to please the pickiest palate. Blue Apron is also popular and comes packaged with ingredients and instructions.

Food thermometer – A food thermometer might not be at the top of your wish list, but those who love to cook also like to know their food is safe.  Travel+Leisure recommends the ThermaPro TP03A.

For the technologically impaired

If you’ve ever received a phone call at 10 PM asking how to change the input on the television, you’ve met the technologically impaired. Bring them up to the 21st century with these:

Big-button remote control – With buttons labeled for exactly what they want and no confusing language such as “input” or “on demand,” a big-button remote control  can help them channel surf without feeling overwhelmed.

Voice-activated vacuum cleaner – It doesn’t take a degree in software development to tell the  Ionvac Smartclean 2000 Robovac when and where to clean up. And you can tell it to pause by linking it to your Amazon Echo or Google Assist.

For the traveler

If your favorite caretaker indulges their wanderlust whenever they can, you want to give them something to enhance their travels.

Beach rental – A vacation rental situated on or near one of LA’s top beaches can provide the perfect retreat for your traveler who needs downtime. Somewhere in Santa Monica, Venice, near Playa Del Ray, for example, can put them in proximity to a beach as well as restaurants and shops.

Suitcase – If your travel lover’s suitcase has seen better days, give them a new one that matches up with their sense of adventure. Opt for a carry-on size from Eagle Creek that they can throw in the overhead bin or that can stand the pummeling of baggage hold.

For the homebody

A homebody may be anything but quiet, but they share many common traits with the introvert including a preference for staying home. Cater to their inner hermit with these gifts:

eReader – Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet allows for full access to the Google Play store and features a 10-inch display for optimized reading. Other popular e-reader devices are the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo Clara.

Adult onesies – Fun adult pajamas are really a great gift for anyone on your list, but those who prefer sticking close to home may appreciate the comfort and coverage given by these blanket alternatives.

Regardless of their personal interests, everyone who spends their days caring for others needs to have the opportunity to focus on self-care. Whether it be reading, cooking, or simply zoning out with a set of colored pencils, remember to give your gifts based on your recipient’s interests. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness and return the favor tenfold by providing the best care possible for you or your loved one.