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Why Older Adults are Happier

“Getting older rules,” said no one ever. It’s true. Not many of us leap at the chance to age. There’s the well-documented cognitive and physical decline, not to mention the wrinkles and sensible shoes. But research suggests that there’s also a huge upside to aging: the older we are, the happier we feel. More specifically, our mental health – including our overall well-being and how we deal with stress – keeps getting better right up until our last breath. First, let’s look at a few studies: Study 1 In this study of 1,500 San Diego residents aged 21 to 99,

Four Scenic Drives Near Golden

There’s nothing like a Sunday drive to blaze a leisurely trail along a resplendent road of nature’s treasures. Grab your sunglasses and driving gloves and take a spin along one of these soul-soothing expeditions. Lariat Loop Taking its names from the historic Lariat Trail, this drive is billed as “forty miles of western adventure.” The Lariat Loop was one of the first routes that Denver developed to promote more travel up to the mountains. The road connects a series of two dozen parks including Red Rock Amphitheater, Buffalo Bill’s Grave and the buffalo overlook, where you might get to see

12 Bucket List Trips for Seniors

With more time to see the world, retirees are flocking to their dream vacations for relaxation and adventure, nostalgia and noshes. It’s no surprise retired boomers spend the most on leisure travel when it comes to must-see trips (an average of $3,700 per year, according to CNBC travel). AARP reports that the Caribbean/Latin America and Europe top the list in popular international destinations, while Florida and California continue to draw the most domestic vacationers. Here are 12 of some of the most iconic spots to consider for your next essential getaway. Island Paradise Fiji Escaping to the middle of nowhere

How to Keep Your Memory Sharp

While a lot of our memory prowess depends on genes, there’s plenty of studies that suggests lifestyle choices may actually help make memories stick. Here are some practical things you can do to rev up your recall. Memory is a complicated process, but science is continuing to target new ways we can make simple changes every day to boost our memory capacity. While memory loss is a normal part of aging, that doesn’t mean we can’t slow down the process with these tips. Get some shuteye. For decades, science has indicated that sleep is a critical time when memories consolidate

Spring Cleaning Your Home

Spring is here which means its time for a deep cleaning of your home. It is a satisfying way to prepare for the warm weather and fresh up after a long winter inside. Here are some tips to get the best out of your spring cleaning. De-Clutter Taking some time every so often to de-clutter your items is a great way to stay organize and be more efficient. Studies have also shown that a disorganized home can lead to increased stress. Getting rid of items can help release weight off your shoulders and help you start the year off fresh.

Eat the Evening Away at the Taste of Golden

Spring has sprung, and there’s no better way to herald in the most glorious season of all than an evening sampling some of Golden’s best treats and tipples. From fine dining and sweet shops to local breweries and distilleries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a “taste” of just some of the participants. Barrels & Bottles With 22 beers on tap and 24 wines on tap, this nano brewpub offers premium, hand-crafted beers and special guest taps, along with in-house staples like the Orange Creamsicle Ale, a Blonde Ale brewed with orange peel and vanilla beans. Holidaily Brewing Colorado’s

Fun Things to do with Out-of-Town Guests

Once you’ve grabbed them from the airport and had a chance to catch up, what’s next? Plenty, with this handy list of amusements in and around Golden. Take the quintessential Colorado mountain drive. It doesn’t get much better than a scenic spin up Lariat Loop Trail to the top of Lookout Mountain. The views are spectacular, and the thrill of hairpin turns and white-knuckle drop-offs is enough to delight even the most fearless of house guests. Plus, who doesn’t love gaining 1,300 feet in a mere mile. Do a brew. Golden has no shortage of great craft breweries to frequent,

12 Ways to Detox Your Home

Sure, you can cleanse your body, but what about your home? The average household can contain between 500 and 1,000 chemicals. Give your sanctuary a clean sweep with these toxin-busting tips. Crack a window. Ventilate your place periodically to keep fresh air circulating. Indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Avoid plastic. Toxic chemicals can leach from wear and tear, as well as heat, on plastic. Try to replace plastic containers with glass or steel ones. And go easy on microwaving food in plastic. Dust and vacuum often. Dust bunnies attract chemicals and toxins.

Date Nights (and Days) Around Golden

You can do better than dinner and a movie. Take a cue from these creative options to spice things up with your soulmate. Golden Puzzle Room Escape rooms are all the rage, providing the perfect mix of thrill, challenge and fun to commune with your better half. At Golden Puzzle Room, you’ll solve riddles and clues together in order to escape stimulated danger or reach a goal before time runs out. A nice options for a double date, too. Symmetry Massage Melt stress together with a massage a deux. Choose from several different treatments, including a Harmony Massage or Balance

Science-Based Ways to Stick to Your Fitness Routine

It’s winter. Why is it so hard to get off the sofa? Here are 5 proven ways to stay motivated to move. Wake up early. According to a study published in Health Pscychology, morning is the best time to develop a health habit. Why? Because your cortisol levels are higher, giving you a natural rev of energy. As the day goes on, decisions and activities can slowly start to erode your willpower. Get it out of the way first thing, no excuses. Find a buddy or two. Research shows that people who work out with a partner exert more effort and

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