Senior Housing Market Improves

According to the National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Market Index, single-family builder confidence among the senior housing development market increased over the last year. During the third quarter of this year, the index rose to 59. On the scale, a score of 50 marks the point where positive gains surpass negative. Additionally, the 55+ Housing Market Index for multifamily condos also increased from 37 in 2013 to 41 in the third quarter of 2014. Experts believe the growth is due to a growing population of seniors desiring relocation to a new home or an upgrade of their current home in their retirement years. More here

Protecting And Improving Your Home During Winter Weather

Much of the United States has already experienced its first snow of the season, whether it was a dusting in Des Moines or 80 inches in Buffalo. If you have not yet prepared for winter weather, now is the time to do so. A few things you can do to make sure you are safe during cold weather, snow or ice storms are: Pour sand on your walkways, porches and driveways to help create traction. You can also invest in tread tape to line your garage, which will decrease the risk of falling. Lay floor mats both outside and inside your doors so you can clean your shoes of snow or salt, which can be damaging to the interior of your home. Another helpful tip calls for placing markers or stakes alongside your pathways and driveway so you know where to stop shoveling. More here

Turmeric May Help Improve Memory

People in the beginning stages of diabetes who are at risk of cognitive decline may be able to prevent memory loss by consuming one gram of turmeric each day. Mark Wahlqvist, an emeritus professor and leader of the study said, “we found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes. Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance.” More here

Black Tea May Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer

According to a recent study, women who drink tea may reduce chances of developing ovarian cancer. Having just two cups of black tea each day can lower women’s chances of ovarian cancer by 31%. Tea is full of antioxidants that help fight the development of cancer. If you don’t like the taste of black tea, there are other healthy foods you can consume to lower ovarian cancer risk like, blueberries, grapes, onions, citrus fruits, dark chocolate, red wine and apples. More here

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

The holidays are right around the corner, and many people are preparing to decorate their homes, some elaborately so. While this can be fun for the whole family, it’s important to keep everyone safe. A few precautionary measures to take this holiday season are: Make sure your tree is not close to fireplaces or any other devices that create heat. When using artificial snow be sure to keep your distance, as the spray, if inhaled, can be bothersome to your lungs. Test all lights and make sure they work efficiently and safely. Also, when possible you should reduce the use of extension cords to avoid electrical danger. More here

Lack Of Sleep May Effect Brain Health

According to a recent study, not getting enough sleep could shrink your brain. The study took a close look at the correlation between insomnia and other sleep disorders and brain size. Neurologist, Dr. Neal Maru said, “We know that a lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems. Poor sleep can affect our immune systems, our cardiovascular health, weight and, of course, memories..”. Doctors say there are myriad treatments available for people who suffer from sleep disorders. More here

Frozen Pipe Prevention And Thawing Tips

Dealing with frozen pipes can be an unpleasant and expensive job. You can reduce the chances of your pipes freezing by taking some precautionary measures before extreme temperatures hit. Here are a few tips to help you avoid potential catastrophe: Insulate any exterior wall pipes; open cabinet doors to allow heat from your home to reach sink pipes; trickle water from faucets- moving water is less likely to freeze. When traveling away from home, do not set your thermostat any lower than 55 degrees. If your pipes do freeze, you should open the faucet letting water pass through, even if only a trickle- this will help the pipes to warm faster. More here

Many Underestimate Lifespan

Research has found that many Americans believe their lives will end sooner rather than later. The study, undertaken in 1992, involved 26,000 participants between the ages of 51 and 61 who were asked to estimate how long they would live. 22 years later, researchers re-visited the study and found that most of the participants underestimated the length of their lives considerably. 49% of participants were wrong when the said they didn’t think they would make it to the age of 75. The statistics raise concern that a large group may not be accurately planning to remain financially stable throughout their later years. More here

Boomer Housing Myths Debunked

Many Baby Boomers are indeed downsizing, but according to recent data, 46% plan to upsize. Not as many Boomers plan to relocate either, as analysts frequently report; 63% intend to stay in their current homes. Of those planning to relocate, 51% have no plans to move to a retirement community in a sunny locale; 67% will stay within their home State, with 51% planning to stay within 30 miles of their current address. Additionally, many of the survey participants plan on making large upgrades to their current homes. More here

Cleaning Out Home Gutters

While cleaning out gutters is a dreaded task for many homeowners, it must be addressed in order to keep potential structural disasters at bay. Blocked gutters can cause damage to the trim and siding of your home, interior walls, and can even cause leakage in your basement. Listed here are a few tips that may help you when cleaning out your gutters: By rule of thumb, you should clean out your gutters once in the fall, and once each spring. More maintenance may be required, depending on the number of trees in close proximity to your home. You will need a ladder in most cases, and you should use gloves. Remove all debris, and then flush the gutters out with a hose to remove anything that may be left over. If you find any leaks or damaged spots, you can quickly caulk them with gutter sealant. You may want to consider investing in gutter guards, which will make upkeep easier. More here