50 Gift Ideas for People 50+

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Now that it is the holiday season, shopping for gifts has become a priority for many people. However, it can be hard to find the right gifts for adults To help, here are 50 gift ideas for those ages 50 and older.

  1. Baked goods. The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth! Just remind them to eat sweets in moderation and practice good oral care techniques.
  2. Homemade gifts. Gifts made by hand are often more personal and can cost less to make than buying a gift from the store would.
  3. Lotion & other body care necessities. The cold winter air can cause skin to dry out.Help your family and friends look and feel their best with gifts such as lotion, cuticle oil, and scented soaps. These types of gifts are great for the woman who loves to be pampered.
  4. Heating pads & other first aid supplies. Injuries arise when we least expect them. Give the gift of a first aid kit so that your loved ones will always be prepared in the event of an emergency.
  5. Easy to use toothbrushes and intradental cleaners. Electric toothbrushes take the hard work out of brushing your teeth. Items such as floss sticks are a suitable alternative for people who find it difficult to floss with string floss.
  6. Family pictures. Putting together a nice photo album for family or friends who live far away or do not get to see you often is the perfect way to help them feel a little bit closer.
  7. Candles.
  8. Flowers. 
  9. Jewelry. Craft fairs are a great place to search for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces!
  10. Fruit. Give the gift of healthy, tasty fruit with a fruit bouquet or monthly fruit deliveries.
  11. Books. The perfect gift for a bookworm is a new book to enjoy while relaxing by the fire this winter!
  12. Board games / word puzzles. Word puzzles provide a fun challenge, and board games provide family  members and friends with opportunities for bonding experiences.
  13. Bingo. A timeless classic.
  14. Easy to use computer or tablet. For the senior who is interested in technology, but not all that familiar with it, user-friendly computers and tablets are best.
  15. A flat screen TV. 
  16. A large TV remote. Seniors sometimes have trouble reading small text. Buying them a larger remote with bigger, easy-to-read numbers and text will take some of the stress out of changing the channel.
  17. Pre-paid cell phone (with large buttons). A great gift for the senior who wants to be able to communicate with others on-the-go.
  18. Warm winter clothes. Winters in North Carolina can be quite frigid at times. Make sure that the seniors in your life have plenty of coats, sweaters, scarves, etc.
  19. Easy to put on shoes.
  20. Craft supplies. A great gift for someone who loves making things with their hands.
  21. Adult Coloring Books.
  22. Fitbits. These small devices keep track of your steps & more, making exercise more fun.
  23. Easy to put up holiday decorations. This will help those who love celebrate the holidays, but struggle with tangled lights and other heavy decor.
  24. Cookbooks. For the gourmet chef in your life.
  25. Coffee makers.
  26. Personalized Mugs. Make those love hot drinks feel special with a unique mug.
  27. Reading lamps.
  28. Personalized calendars.
  29. Robot floor cleaners. 
  30. A personalized water bottle. Encourage your loved ones to stay hydrated.
  31. A camera.
  32. A gas card.
  33. Restaurant gift card.
  34. Personal Emergency Response System.
  35. Bath Tub Remodel. It may be difficult for some seniors to climb in and out of the tub. Have their bath remodeled to have a door that opens so that they can simply step in and out.
  36. Shower  chair.
  37. A light-up magnifying glass.
  38. Stair climber. An option for those who are having trouble climbing stairs.
  39. New Recliner.
  40. A journal & pens/pencils that are easy to grip.
  41. Easy to use pill organizer.
  42. Massage chair/hand massager.
  43. Assistance with house/yard work.
  44. A watch with a bigger face.
  45. A small, low maintenance pet. Pets provide a sense of joy and companionship, but are a huge responsibility.
  46. Safe exercise equipment.
  47. Grocery store gift cards (& show them how to order groceries online).
  48. Foot baths.
  49. Electric fireplace.
  50. Time with family. Sometimes, the best gift is the opportunity to spend time with those you love.

Happy Holidays & Take Care of Your Smile!

Why the Danger of Tobacco Outweighs the Pleasure

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Smoking cigarettes provides smokers with a pleasing experience. Smoking is also addictive and can have harsh consequences on one’s oral health.

This post is not meant to make those who smoke feel judged for their habits. However, it is important that if you or a loved one smokes, you understand the risks associated.

As stated in our older post, Tobacco & Your Teeth, the CDC has found that a smoker is twice as likely to develop gum disease than someone who does not smoke. This infection of the gums can lead to tooth loss and bone damage. 

If you are a smoker, here is what you can do to protect your teeth:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily, as well as visiting your dentist every 6 months.
  • Stop smoking. This is likely the hardest advice to take, but your mouth – and the rest of your body – will be all the healthier if you stop smoking. If you are having trouble quitting or don’t know where to start, smokefree.gov has resources that can help.
  • Be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of gum disease. Early signs of gum disease are red, swollen gums that bleed.
  • If you suspect that you may have gum disease, talk to your dentist. You may need to be referred to a periodontist for treatment.

No matter how old you are, it is never too early or too late to quit smoking.

Take care of your smile!

 

Why Your Oral Health Matters

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Most of us have heard, “brush twice daily, floss once daily.” Some of us follow these directions, and some of us don’t. Those who don’t may be wondering why it matters how often we brush our teeth, besides the obvious reduction of bad breath, plaque, and cavities. The truth is, our oral health really does matter, and what’s going on in our mouths can affect our overall health.

Here are 3 reasons why the state of your teeth matters:

  1. When you don’t take care of your teeth, you’re likely to lose them, which can make daily functions more difficult. Without teeth, it can be hard to talk and eat solid foods.
  2. Failing to brush and floss can lead to the development of gum disease, which has been linked to other health issues. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer,54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.”
  3. People pay attention to your smile. One survey indicates that”52 percent of adults older than 50 and 45 percent of the 18-49 demographic are most likely to remember a smile after they’re introduced to someone for the first time.”

So, what can you do to take care of your teeth and gums? You guessed it…brush and floss. While these tasks aren’t complicated, you do want to make sure that you are brushing and flossing correctly. So, next time you pick up your toothbrush or a strand of floss, keep these tips in mind:

  • Brush correctly. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth.
  • Don’t forget your tongue. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.
    (Note: Do not swallow any toothpaste, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing.)
  • Brush at specific times each day. The best times to brush are
    • In the morning after breakfast
    • After lunch or right after school
    • After dinner
    • At bedtime
  • Use your middle fingers to floss. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque.
  • Switch to clean sections of floss as you go. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish.
  • Don’t forget the teeth in the back! Floss behind all of your back teeth.
  • Pay attention to your teeth when you floss. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not stop after the first few times flossing, let a staff member know at your next appointment.

We hope that the information in this article have encouraged you to take your oral health seriously. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our website or call our office to schedule an appointment – (919) 468-6410.

Take care of your smile!

 

 

In Case You Missed It: Oktoberfest 2016

Dr. Kazmer has been hosting an annual Oktoberfest celebration for 17 years now! While it is not nearly as big as the main Oktoberfest that is hosted in Germany every year, we’d like to think that our version is pretty fun, too! We sure put a lot of work into making it a success. In case you missed the festivities, here are the highlights of this year’s event.

1. The commemorative glasses were simple, yet still festive.

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Attendees receive an Oktoberfest glass, and every year the design is different. This year’s design featured a beer mug surrounded by wheat and a blue checker pattern.

2. We gave away a lot of great prizes!

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From pumpkin cookies to baskets filled with lotions and soaps, some of our lucky guests received wonderful goodies to take home!

3. We loved seeing everyone’s wonderful smiles!

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Our guests are the best, and Oktoberfest certainly would not be the same without you all. Thank you for coming!

4. Pelican’s SnoBalls came to share their icy treats with us again this year! 

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Mmm…looks good! 🙂

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Pelican’s makes the best “SnoBalls” (similar to snow cones, but the ice is fluffier!) If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re missing out. Go visit a Pelican’s in your area!

5. It was the perfect time for our team to enjoy some quality time together!20160929_134656

Front row: (from left to right) Sarah, Ramona

Back row: (from left to right) Christy, Jennifer, Jill, Dr. Kazmer, Erica, Niki, Angela, Janet

Whether you attended this year’s celebration or not, we hope to see your office at next year’s Oktoberfest!!

As always, take care of your smile! 🙂

50 Things that People 50+ Should Know

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  1. You matter. Even if your kids and other family and friends don’t call everyday, your are still special and have a purpose in this world.
  2. Exercise is important. It will make getting out of bed a little easier in the morning.
  3. It’s time to quit smokingWhile it can be hard, quitting smoking is worth it. Doing so will lessen your chances of getting diseases such as cancer and COPD.
  4. Know the signs and symptoms of gum disease. If you have bleeding, swollen, or red gums, you may have gum disease. See a periodontist to have your gums evaluated.
  5. Take advantage of those senior discounts. Look at this list from Gift Card Granny to find out where you can save money!
  6. Are you having trouble climbing stairs? Consider purchasing a stair lift. This guide from Easy Climber Stair Lifts provides tips on how to choose the one that is right for you.
  7. Enjoy your retirement. Now’s your chance to live life to the fullest.
  8. If you’re feeling down, talk to someone. Many senior citizens experience depression. Know the signs and symptoms of depression and how you can get help.
  9. Joining your local Kiwanis Club is a great way to get involved in the community. 
  10. Gray hair is “cool” now. Kids are coloring their hair gray now. So, don’t be ashamed – show off those silver locks!
  11. Having a pet adds excitement to your life.
  12. Now’s the time to take up that hobby that you have always wanted to. 
  13. You can become an AARP member. 
  14. Grandparents, there’s a holiday just for you. While Grandparent’s Day 2016 has already passed, plan to celebrate your special day next year!
  15. If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s, know that you are not alone. 
  16. You may be able to trade your dentures for dental implants.
  17. Plan for retirement as best you can. Take a look at these 10 Key Retirement Ages to Plan For, courtesy of US News.
  18. It’s not too late to start saving money.
  19. Eating healthy can give your brain a boost (and the rest of your body, too). Foods such as cherries, collard greens, and salmon can improve your memory.
  20. It is important that you have certain health screenings done. You can find the recommended screenings for women here and the recommended screenings for men here.
  21. Designers make clothes especially for older women. 
  22. Don’t be afraid of technology
  23. Be ready for flu season. Here’s what you should know, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  24. Fight back against obesity.
  25. Switch vehicles, if you need to. This article from Consumer Reports lists the best cars for seniors.
  26. It’s not bad to reminisce. 
  27. Don’t be ashamed if your going bald.
  28. It’s never too late to go back to school. 99 year old Doreetha Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons. If it’s something that you want, go get that degree!
  29. Following your dreams isn’t just for youngsters. 
  30. Your wisdom is valuable.
  31. Don’t let the changes taking place in society separate you from your community.
  32. Drink water. Seniors are especially susceptible to becoming dehydrated.
  33. Budgeting will help you manage your money.
  34. Find people you trust who will help you during times of need. Emergencies can be troubling. If your family lives far away or can’t help you, find a neighbor or friend who is willing to be there for you.
  35. Make moving from one house or apartment to another as easy as possible. 
  36. Comfortable shoes make a difference. As far as walking shoes go, podiatrists recommend models such as the Asics GT-1000 and the New Balance 990 for seniors.
  37. Seek help if you are having trouble hearing.
  38. Take care of your eyes, too.
  39. Wear sunscreen. Did you know that older Americans are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer?
  40. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have before undergoing surgery.
  41. If you have a chronic disease, living a healthy lifestyle is important. 
  42. Your old dental fillings may need to be replaced. Your dentist will most likely talk to you about this if he/she notices a problem.
  43. Beware of internet ad telephone scams.
  44. You can still get your news without going out for the morning paper. Newspapers are becoming less common, which can be disappointing to those who enjoy reading them. If your local paper stops printing the news, go online and see if they are still updating an online version or find a TV news station to watch.
  45. You can get your groceries delivered to you. Grocery stores, such as Lowes Foods, are now offering grocery delivery services. Check to see if any grocery stores in your area will deliver to you.
  46. Have a plan in case of an emergency situation. For adults, injuries and illness can cause serious setbacks – such as inability to work while recuperating. Have short-term and long-term plans in place in case an emergency occurs.
  47. Don’t just brush, floss, too. Like brushing, flossing is important – it helps prevent gum disease.
  48. Staying positive helps. 
  49. Social media is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. 
  50. You are always welcome at our office. Dr. Kazmer has plenty of experience treating seniors. If you are looking for a periodontist, schedule an appointment.

Take care of your smile!

20 Ways for People 50+ to Stay Current

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There are so many things changing in our world today. Technology is everywhere, and social media is changing the way we communicate. While keeping up with all of these changes is easier for younger people, older Americans may find staying up-to-date more challenging. However, it is important for those in the 50+ age bracket to be understanding of today’s society. Doing so will help you get jobs, stay in touch with your family, and live a happy and healthy lifestyle overall.

Below, we have listed 22 things that you can do to stay current. Not everything on this list will apply to you – for example, you may already have a computer and watch TV. Our advice is to select the tasks that you can handle and work on completing a few at a time. Some of these tasks are harder than others, such as learning to use a smartphone, so be patient with yourself!

Social Media & Technology

  1. Buy a smartphone and learn how to use it. Smartphones are everywhere now. Owning one will allow you to do everything from text and call your family to receive discounts while shopping. | Recommended article: Best Smartphones for Seniors
  2. Learn to text. Speaking of texting, it has become one of the most popular forms of communication. While you may prefer to talk on the phone, learning how to text will probably encourage your children and grandchildren to contact you. | Recommended article: Texting for Seniors
  3. Download apps on your smartphone, and learn how to use them. The word “apps” is short for applications. Think of them as digital tools that will make life easier for you, whether you need to track your blood pressure or make a grocery list.
  4. Create at least one social media account, and check it regularly. Social media provides us with a great way to keep in contact with one another, especially if you live far from your family or friends. There are so many options to choose from – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn – and it is free to create an account on any social media platform! | Recommended article: 11 Reasons Why Seniors Should Care About Social Media
  5. Create an email address. Email is used to communicate what does not necessarily need to be said over the phone or sent via traditional mail. Sites such as Gmail and Yahoo will let you create a new email account for free.
  6. Purchase a computer. While smartphones are like mini computers, it is also useful to have a desktop computer or laptop. Not all websites and softwares are mobile friendly, and having a bigger screen means that you can make text bigger and easier to see. | Recommended article: Computers Designed Specifically for Seniors
  7. Learn to video chat.  Video chatting is a wonderful way to keep in touch with others, and you may like it better than texting if you are the type of person who prefers communication by telephone. When you videochat, you can see the person that you are talking to on your computer or phone screen, and they can see you on theirs.
  8. Learn to use Google and YouTube. Nowadays, when someone is looking for information, they often search for it on Google or YouTube. Familiarize yourself with these websites, they can even help you accomplish some of the tasks on this list!
  9. Follow a blog. Bloggers often update their readers on the latest trends and events in their field. Find a blog on a topic that interests you (like ours!) and follow it. | Recommended article: Best Blogs for Senior
  10. Learn to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. If you want to get a job working in an office or substitute teaching, chances are you will need to know how to use Microsoft Office, and those working in other industries use these tools, too. Check with your local community college to see if they offer courses that teach you how to use these programs.
  11. Get WiFi. Laptops, tablets, and smartphones use WiFi to connect to the internet. Chances are, when your grandkids come to visit, they will want to know your WiFi password.

Lifestyle

  1. Get involved in your local community. Staying current involves more than understanding technology, you need to be able to interact with others. Visit your local community center to see if they have any activities planned that interest you. | Recommended article: Serving the Cary Community
  2. Engage with today’s youth. One of the easiest ways to understand today’s culture is to spend some time with young people. Whether that means having dinner with your children, inviting your grandkids to visit, or volunteering at a local elementary school, find a way to connect with those of the younger generation.
  3. Watch TV, even if you only watch the local news. Television programs say a lot about today’s culture. Take the time to watch TV, even if you simply watch the evening news. | Recommended article: Simple Television Remotes for Designed for Seniors
  4. Be aware of the latest US dietary recommendations. Advancements in technology have changed more than the way we communicate. They have also allowed researchers to learn more about how we can stay healthy. | Recommended: Nutrition after 50
  5. Do yoga, Zumba, go for walks, or find another fitness activity that you enjoy. Exercise to keep your body and mind feeling great. It will make accomplishing your daily tasks and keeping up with your family easier for you.
  6. Upgrade to an electric toothbrush. One of the wonderful things about technology is that it makes life easier for us. Swapping your traditional toothbrush for an electric one will make cleaning your teeth a breeze!
  7. Use your resources to learn more about managing your money. Preparing for retirement and managing your finances once you enter retirement can be difficult. There are countless articles, videos, and apps that will help you do this so that you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life. | Recommended article: Spending Plans & Money Management for Seniors 
  8. Swap out dentures for dental implants. Having to take your dentures in and out can be irritating, and having dentures limits the foods that you can eat. Visit a periodontist to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants. | Recommended article: Endosteal Dental Implants
  9. Try new foods and/or restaurants. From the cronut to sushi, there are tons of food trends out there. Indulge your tastebuds by trying something new! | Recommended article: 5 Local Restaurants/Bakeries  That Make Us Smile 

Know that you are not alone when it comes to struggling to understand all of the innovations and changes going on around you. In fact, the 2012 family movie Parental Guidance highlights some of the challenges that grandparents face. Here is the trailer for the movie, if you have not seen it:

We wish you the best of luck in trying to understand and stay connected to today’s culture and trends.

Remember to take care of your smile!

Forgetting to Brush & Floss? Use These Tips to Remind Yourself

Remember to Brush & FlossEveryone should brush twice and floss once daily. However, it can be easy to forget. Whether it is morning or night time, grabbing your toothbrush may be an afterthought if you are tired or in a rush. If you find yourself forgetting to brush or floss often, try these tips to help you remember.

Tip #1: Place sticky notes reminding you to brush/floss in places where you will see them.

Placing sticky notes around your house is a great way to leave yourself reminders. Here are some ideas for where you can leave notes:

  • On your nightstand
  • On your bathroom mirror
  • On your coffee maker
  • On your closet door

Tip #2: Leave your toothbrush where you can see it.

If you currently put your toothbrush in a drawer on some other container where you can’t see it, it’s a good idea to move it to a spot in  your bathroom where it’s more visible, such as on your bathroom counter. Plus, you should always leave your toothbrush out in the open to dry after using it to limit the growth of bacteria.

You can also use this tip for floss. If you keep your container of floss hidden, try leaving it on the bathroom counter or at least in a spot that is easier to access.

Tip #3: Set a reminder in your phone.

If you have an iPhone, you can use the Reminders app to set yourself a reminder to brush. You can also have the reminders repeat daily. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Reminders app.
  2. Click the “+” button to add a new reminder.
  3. Type your reminder. (ex: Brush for 2 minutes!)
  4. Click the “i” icon to edit the details of the reminder.
  5. Click the circle button to the right of “Remind me on a day” to turn this feature on.
  6. Tap the date beside “alarm” to edit the date & time of the reminder.
  7. Tap “Repeat” and choose “Every Day” to have the reminder repeat daily.

Set two reminders so that you are reminded to brush in the morning and at night!

Tip #4: Pick a certain time of morning/night to brush and floss, and stick to it every day.

If you establish a routine, it may be easier for you to remember to brush and floss. This goes along with Tip #3 – pick a certain time of morning and night to be reminded to brush, and stick to it!

We hope these tips help you remember to brush and floss! If you have any doubts about the importance of flossing daily, read our post Making Flossing a Priority. 

Take care of your smile!