Online Shopping Safety

Shopping online can be a quick, easy, and stress reducing way to shop for the holidays.  Just some clicks of the mouse and you’re done!  But, hold on a second!  Make sure to consider how safe your online shopping is before you buy.  Follow these tips for a safer shopping experience.Online Shopping Tips

The right plastic.  Use credit cards instead of debit cards.  Many credit cards have a limit to your liability if the card or card number is stolen.  If you use your debit card, that money is less protected.  It is even safer to use gift cards and reloadable Mastercard or Visa cards.

https.  Make sure when you are paying that the website is secure.  Often, you can check this by looking at the beginning of the web address.  If there is an “s” at the end of “http”, you are good to go.  If not, you may want to rethink your purchase. Continue reading

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5 Ways You Can Lend a Hand

Many of us take this time of year to help others and lend a hand in the local community.  However, sometimes it can be hard to figure out what you can do to give back.  Helping doesn’t always mean a big task or gesture.  Sometimes the best way you can help is by doing something relatively small.  Try these 5 ways you can lend a hand and you’ll see how seemingly a little effort can go a long way.

Hug your neighbor.  Well, what we mean is, if you have a neighbor who may be struggling to keep their lawn mowed or who may need a hand with their groceries, help them out!  Of course, if all they need is an actual hug, you can do that too!

Vet to Vet.  Veterans face a lot of challenges when they return home, Continue reading

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Basics of Retirement Planning

Planning for retirement can be a daunting task.  We hear stories of people who were “unprepared” financially or just aren’t enjoying the retirement life they wanted.  That doesn’t have to be you though!

To get you started, here are 2 helpful tips covering the basics of retirement planning.

Create a vision.  To start your retirement planning, make a “bucket list” of things you want to do and where you want to be for your retirement.  Where do you see yourself being?  It doesn’t have to be an exact place yet, just make a list of attributes you want. Do you want to live where it gets cold or hot?  Is it your dream to be near the mountains or beach?  What type of social life do you want in retirement?  Do you want to keep working or simply relax?  Don’t limit yourself at this stage. It’s fun to dream!  You may come up with a list of 40, 50, or even 60 things.  It’s okay to have a long list.  You’ve been working hard for this moment your entire life. Continue reading

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10 Vegetables To Plant In October

Backyard gardens have had a resurgence of popularity in recent years.  The thought of growing your own food can be pretty exciting and empowering.  Now that it is October in your Solstice community, try growing a vegetable garden in your backyard.  Since summer heat can be pretty brutal, the fall and spring are some of the best growing seasons.  Below are 10 vegetables to plant in October.

  1. Carrots10 Vegetables To Plant In October
  2. Cauliflower
  3. Strawberries
  4. Spinach
  5. Potatoes
  6. Onions
  7. Kale
  8. Turnips
  9. Radishes
  10. Zucchini

 

For more detailed information on these veggies and how to grow them, check out table 3 on this “Planting Guide for Florida Vegetables”.

Building your garden can be frustrating at first and overwhelming with all the information out.  Try one plant at a time and your new garden will feel much less daunting.

Let our friendly Sales Counselors here at Solstice Communities help point you in the right direction based on your retirement lifestyle dreams.  Plus, with a wide selection of custom, new or pre-loved homes and a wide range of prices, there is a home for nearly any retirement budget.  To learn more about our retirement communities and beautiful homes for sale, visit www.SolsticeCommunities.com for more information.

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Where to retire with the best weather

Where to retire with the best weatherYou don’t want to spend your retirement shoveling snow, braving a winter storm, or defrosting your windshield.  It’s time to worry less and enjoy life more, without the stress of bad winter weather to worry about.  We can recommend a few spots in the sunbelt where you can retire that have the best weather.

Florida.  With temperatures that average from lows in the 50s and highs in the 80s as well as sunny days over 70% of the year, Florida is an obvious choice for warm, sunny weather, especially during the winter months when northerners are counting the days until spring.  There are many wonderful areas in Florida where you can enjoy the warm winters and a beautiful setting.  Florida’s Gulf Coast is filled with beautiful beaches, outdoor recreational activities, wonderful cultural events, and native wildlife and preserves.  Continue reading

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3 Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Are you looking for a new exercise to try or add to your active 55+ lifestyle? Tai Chi is a great exercise for seniors since it is low-impact and can help people of all skill levels.  Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art and meditative exercise3 Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors that combines slow, controlled stretching movements and positions of bodily balance with mental concentration. Below are 3 benefits of Tai Chi for seniors.

Balance.  It is important to prevent a fall as much as possible as we grow older and balance exercises are key. Among adults ages 65 and better, falls are the leading cause of injury death and 1 in 3 people experience a fall each year (learn more here).   Tai Chi helps to prevent falls by strengthening ankles and knees and improving balance.  Given the benefits, it’s worth trying.

Joints.  Arthritis pain can be a huge impairment for a senior’s everyday life.  Tai Chi is used to help pain management and reduce arthritis and pain. You might even be able to cut back on pain medication which is always a good thing.  Learn more here.

Heart Health. Tai Chi is said to help reduce blood pressure and lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease by 44%.  It’s also a great way to Continue reading

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