Tips for Organizing a Child’s Messy Room

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Organizing your child’s room may seem like a process that will take forever. You know, it might too. But, once you have their room organized, it will be much easier to keep up with. Since few people are natural-born organizers, it takes you to help your child do it properly. Of course, you do not want to do it for them, and you want to ASSIST them. If you do it all for them, then they will not learn how to organize.

As a pre-warning, you will need to make a time commitment to help your child, but, with the tips below, you will find yourself off to a good start.

You Need Kid-Friendly Furniture

Kid friendly furniture can help your children keep their rooms clean and organized. In addition, the more kid friendly the items, the easier it is for your child to keep the room clean too. Think about it – children would have a hard time with canopies, fluffy curtains, and oversized pillows. The easier the items are to handle, the more likely your children will pick them up and take care of them.

Always choose kid friendly furniture such as platform or trundle beds, surfaces that can be easily cleaned or wiped down, and comfortable flooring.

Make it Easy to Make the Bed

There is nothing worse than a messy bed – it can turn a clean room into one that looks disorganized. To help you with this, swap out the top sheet your child uses for a duvet or comforter. This way, all they need to do is pull the comforter or duvet up and their bed is made.

Storage Needs to Be at Your Child’s Height

If you cannot reach something, how likely are you to continue to use it? Unlikely. You do not want to struggle over and over. You should get down on the floor and look at your child’s room from their point of view.

This way, you know exactly where you can put items in storage so that your child can reach them. If you keep items within your child’s reach, they will be more apt to put the items away when they are done using them and your child will be able to get the toys too without a struggle.

Put a System in Place for Clothes

Clothes are probably one of the most commonly found items on the floor in any bedroom. To help your child keep their clothes off the floor, find them a fun and playful laundry basket to keep in their room. You should also put a system in place that works for you and your child.

For example, set out the week’s clothes on Sunday night. This way, your child always knows what to wear the next day and does not have to scramble through their clothes.

Start Today for a Cleaner and Organized Room

Start the process today and take into account the tips above. You will find that these organization tips will ensure that your child’s room is no longer messy or disorganized.

Building Maintenance and Your Budget

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One thing first-time house buyers seldom consider is future maintenance cost. Not even the banks include it in their affordability calculations. Young couples are full of energy, and they are high on life. They do not think of such mundane things as leaking roofs and blocked drains when they are out house hunting.

More exciting things like an upmarket neighborhood and English bay windows are higher on their priority list.  At some point, things will start to break, and the starry-eyed couple will have to wrestle with the realities of homeownership.  

Let us take a closer look at some of the more common items that can potentially have an adverse effect on your budget and how to prevent them. (A sure way to reduce your maintenance bill is to prevent failures from occurring in the first place.)

Blocked Drains

The inevitability of blocked drains. It is only a matter of time before the shower or kitchen sink becomes stuffed up. With the right tools, you can unblock a greywater drain yourself. Do not even attempt to unblock a sewage pipe on your own. Use a professional, call a plumber. 

Prevention

Not much can be done to prevent blockages. As a general rule of thumb, use a filter and try not to flush fat down the kitchen sink drain. Do not flush diapers down the toilet.

Leaking Roof

A leaking roof will most certainly damage other parts of the house if left unattended. Ceilings and painted walls are the most common areas to suffer resultant damage from a roof leak. Do not try to patch a hole yourself; use professionals like dominionroofing.com to repair it. 

Prevention

Do a yearly roof inspection to identify weak areas where leaks may occur in the future. Repair leaks without delay when they occur.

Electricity

Blown light bulbs and malfunctioning stove plates are the most common occurring electric failures. More serious electrical failures can occur when water comes into contact with electrical wire. Most often than not, the cable will be damaged from the resultant short. Replacing wiring can be a costly affair. In theory, the new wire must be pulled into place. But in most cases the old wire breaks in the pulling process. Then new conduit must be installed that can include cutting into plaster or removing tiles. It can be costly.  

Prevention

Change your filament bulbs to LED bulbs. Although more expensive LED bulbs have a much longer lifespan. Attend to rising damp and leaking pipes urgently to prevent damage to wiring. Always switch stove plates off before removing the pot. The pot helps with heat dissipation from the stove plate and prevents damage.

Plumbing

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Dripping taps and burst geysers are some of the plumbing failures homeowners most often encounter. Water damage to sink cupboards also happen frequently.

Prevention

Not much can be done to prevent dripping taps and burst geysers. Make sure that the joint where the kitchen wall meets the sink top, is properly sealed. 

Structural Defects

The stuff of nightmares. A sagging foundation, leaning walls, and foundation cracks are costly and not easy to repair. Sometimes they cannot be fixed. Such a scenario will not only destroy your maintenance budget, but  it can potentially be a severe blow to your financial health. 

Prevention

Do NOT buy a brick house built on clay or turf. Before buying, do a complete and thorough inspection. If you find any structural defects, walk away. Remove any trees that are growing next to brick walls.

Maintain it!

The One Percent Rule. Having finances in place when something needs to be fixed will make the process much less unpleasant and more stress-free. In general, one percent of the purchase price must be allocated each year for maintenance. For example, if your home cost $200,000, you should set aside $2,000 per year. Budget $166 per month for maintenance.

Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident

No matter how careful you are when driving your vehicle, you can still become a victim of a car accident. Whether the accident involves injury and major property damage or is a minor fender-bender, it will entail making an insurance claim. You might also want to file a personal injury claim.

If you want to file a personal injury claim after a car accident to receive compensation for your injuries, do these things.

Things to Do At the Scene of the Accident

The first thing you must do is check yourself other passengers and the driver of the other vehicle for injuries. If anyone is injured, immediately call the paramedics. If someone has sustained serious injuries and aren’t able to move, don’t do anything to them until the paramedics arrive.

Once you have called the paramedics, alert the police and ask them to send an officer to file a police report. This is important for your personal injury case. The court may require you to provide the police report as evidence for your claim. If the police don’t arrive at the scene, then report the accident and get a copy of the police report.

In addition, exchange information with the other driver. Obtain their name, address, insurance information, and driver’s license number. If there are any witnesses to the accident, obtain their name, and contact information. If possible, take some photos or record a video of your vehicle and the accident scene. Take notes on road condition and weather at the time of the collision.

Remember not to make any statements or apologize to the other driver or police as this could be used against you at the court.

Things to Do After the Car Accident

·        Seek Medical Care

After the accident, make sure to obtain medical treatment for any injury you might have sustained. Inform the treating doctor that you’ve been involved in a car accident.

Don’t try to avoid going to a doctor thinking that your injuries are minor or you haven’t sustained an injury. Sometimes symptoms of an injury surface after a few days following the accident. If you don’t go to a doctor right after the crash, it can affect your personal injury case. The defending party may claim that your injuries weren’t serious enough to be compensated since you didn’t go to a doctor immediately.

The success of a personal injury claim will depend on a medical record that shows your injuries, the medical expenses, and how the injuries impacted on your life.

·        Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance company and report the accident. Provide them as much information as possible about the crash. However, don’t accept fault. If you say that you were at fault, the insurance company will likely deny your claim.

·        File a Personal Injury Claim

If you don’t live in a no-fault state like Florida, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the accident. By filing this claim, you may be able to receive compensation for the economic damages like medical expenses, lost wages, etc and non-economical damages like pain and suffering.

·        Hire an Attorney

If you want to file a personal injury claim, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you at the court and collect evidence that can strengthen your position.

The Sports Cars Face Off; Audi TT v/s Nissan 370Z v/s Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster serves as the benchmark for affordable sports cars. Of late though, it has been facing a lot of heat from its german nemesis, the Audi TT and the old warhorse Nissan 370Z.

The Audi TT is priced at $43,950 for the coupe and $47,450 for the convertible trims.

The Nissan 370Z is available in 4 trims, namely Base, Sport, Sport Touring, and Nismo. It is priced between $29,990 – $47,090.

The Porsche 718 Boxster, the most modern sports car of all three is priced between $57,400 – $81,900 and is available in 3 trims, namely Base, S and GTS. Such a wide price bracket ensures that there is a Boxster of almost everybody.

All the three cars offer good performance, but who will come out on top? Read further to find out.

Performance

Starting off with the heart(s) of the matter here, the Audi TT is available with a single powertrain, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cyl. engine, which produces 220 hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power figures surely don’t highlight the capabilities of this vehicle, as most of the power and torque is available lower down the rev-band, which translates into brilliant driveability.

The dual-clutch gearbox is lightning fast with shifts with no lag whatsoever. What’s most impressive though, is the ride and handling balance of this car. Steering is well calibrated, which offers lot of feedback and the pliant suspension ensures the car doesn’t feel unstable or subdued around corners. Icing on the cake is the AWD system, which literally makes it your ‘take anywhere’ sports car.

In this era of downsized 4 cyl. engines, the Nissan 370Z, on the other hand uses a 3.7-liter V6 motor, which produces 350hp of power and 276 lb-ft of torque. The car can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. While the manual gearbox is a joy to operate, the automatic gearbox too offers quick shifts without any delay. Power figures are surreal, and suspension is a bit firm, which translates into a brilliant ride quality. What lets the car down though, is the lifeless steering, which just fails to weight up as you gather pace. Straight line stability is good for the most part, but the car feels very subdued around the corners, because of the steering. This motor and gearbox combo is superb, its the steering which bogs its performance down!

The  Porsche 718 Boxster is available with two engine options, a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cyl. engine, which makes 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. The other engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cyl. engine, which is further available in 2 states of tunes, in 350hp and 365 hp. The top of the line trim is available with the 365 hp tune engine, which produces 317 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to either 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power is highest amongst its rivals, and the car feels sprightly right from the word go! Gear shifts are quick, and brakes are simply fantastic. What shines in this car the most is its steering and suspension setup, which make it a corner craver. Body roll is negligible, and ride quality is brilliant. Overall, this German trumps both its rivals in the performance department.

Design

All the cars here look like typical supercars, but its the 370Z which looks extremely dull and dated. Exterior design is nothing to write home about, and same is the case with interiors. The only saving brace are those alloy wheels, which give it a sporty and planted stance.

The Audi TT appears as the most understated, and its boxy design actually works to give it a very robust and bold look. The most pleasing looking of the lot though, is the 718 Boxster here, which looks like a proper ‘supercar’ from each and every angle.

Safety

The Audi TT ratings for safety are pretty good in comparison other cars. The car has the maximum safety features of all, and major automotive portals like CarHP have given it very good ratings as well. Standard safety features include multiple airbags, a rearview camera, and front and rear park assist, collision brake assist, blind-spot monitors and active lane control. Features like forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking are not available, which is disappointing.

As dated as the 370Z, it lacks almost all the modern safety equipment that competition offers. Standard equipment includes a rearview camera, but features such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control aren’t available.

The Porsche 718 Boxster, in comparison is available with better safety tech.Standard equiment includes multiple airbags are standard, smart traction and stability control, a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Automatic emergency braking and other advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control etc. are conspicuous by their absence.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for raw performance, then choosing the Porsche 718 Boxster is a no-brainer. With its mouth watering performance and driving dynamics, it is that ‘proper’ supercar which fulfils all your enthusiastic needs.

The Audi TT offers pure driving pleasure, albeit with a compromise on the practicality front. It is also the most feature loaded supercar of all, and is an extremely value-for-money proposition.

The Nissan 370Z is the most affordable of all the three, but looks dull and dated, inside out! What works in its favour though is the naturally aspirated V6 motor, which offers enough performance to please maximum enthusiasts.

The 2019 Toyota C-HR: Alien Styling in a Down-to-Earth Package

Overview

Toyota has launched the 2019 model of its sub-compact SUV, Toyota C-HR. which actually continues almost unchanged as compared to the 2018 model. made the competition to look for some new designs, but it seems like Toyota is pretty late to the party. The angular shape of C-HR looks pretty cool and stylish, both from inside & outside but does it drive well too? We will find it out.

Driving and Performance

Driving duty is done by a 2.0 liter 4-cyl. engine with 144-hp and 139 lb. ft. of torque with a CVT. This car sits true to a saying “it’s all show and no go”. This is a pretty lethargic engine and it takes more than 10 sec to cross the 60mph mark. If they could have used a turbocharger, the story might have gone a different way.

City driving is easy and fast as the throttle launches the car eagerly off the line but put your foot forward to get it to go faster, the engine revs and the CVT get confused about which gear to pick. The steering is light and precise and the quick turns are possible at medium speeds as the body roll is well contained. On the downside though, Toyota will not be offering AWD on this car even as an option.

The C-HR is pretty easy and comfortable to drive, but exceptionally so. The suspension is on a softer side and will glide over small potholes and road imperfections, but once you are on to a stretch of broken road, you will be bouncing around a lot with the way C-HR reacts.

Exterior

The design of this car can be best described as Hit or Miss. One might like all the spaceship-like curves and lines, another might absolutely abhor the awkward face of this car. Surely though, the CH-R will never be ignored. The curvy design of this car makes it unique in the category as no other car has such a bold approach towards styling. This car is not much different from its concept. It’s all about diamond patterns all around the car, be it headlights, seat texture, door pad stitch or even the buttons. The rear is much too busy though. It’s got angular taillamps which seems reminiscent of the Honda Civic. You have the rear spoiler, which enhances the looks and nothing more.

Interior

The material used inside is durable and looks nice. The diamond pattern stitch all across the dash, doors, and the headliner adds to the funkiness of the car and the use of piano black finish across the gear lever and the dash shines on a sunny day. These all tidbits add to the very youthful appeal.

Apart from Dual-zone climate control, there is nothing luxurious here. 2019 C-HR infotainment include an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay & Bluetooth standard across variants. If you are looking for some added features, you should upgrade to higher models.

Legroom is enough and headroom is just about acceptable. The major issue with integrating the rear door handle into the C-pillar is an increase in rear blind spot and all-black interior makes the inside claustrophobic. This is something your kids won’t like as it also hampers outward view, due to the uprising window line.

Safety

In the safety department, 2019 C-HR checks all the right boxes. All the variants come with Toyota Safety sense P which is actually a suite of active safety features which includes active cruise control, pre-collision warning with auto brake and pedestrian detection, and steering assists lane departure warning. What’s surprising is the addition of 10-airbags which is not common on the crossover.

The C-HR earned five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and performed well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests; it missed out on a Top Safety Pick award from IIHS because its headlamps performed poorly in testing.

Final Verdict

Toyota CH-R’s price starts from just $21,990 for the base XE variant, is $24,025 for XLE, and the top trim ‘Limited’ comes at $24,025. If you are looking for an SUV which is quite funky stylish and you are not something looking for much practicality, then this is something you should consider buying. Although if you are looking for an AWD SUV, the CH-R is straight-up out of your list. Off-roading is a strict no-no; it’s better you stick to the tarmac with this one.

2019 Subaru Impreza Sedan: Is It Really Impressive?

2019 Subaru Impreza Sedan; is it really impressive?

The Impreza Sedan is one car which is known to satisfy your AWD cravings on a budget. Subaru, as a brand which is generally perceived to cater to the mass market, who look for practicality and performance on a budget. For the year 2019, Subaru has updated its Impreza with a slew of features. It is available in 4 trims, namely Base, Premium, Sport and Limited. The 2019 Impreza MSRP range starts at $18,595 and goes till $25,190, which makes it an extremely value for money proposition. A 2.0-liter 4-cyl. engine is standard, which can be had with either a manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. Is the 2019 Impreza really different from its predecessor, or just an old wine in new bottle? Read ahead to find out.

What’s New?

-> Carries forward the design and features of fifth generation

-> Expansive feature list

-> Short throw gearbox from WRX STI for manual transmission trims

Likes:

-> Standard AWD; people who don’t want SUV’s will appreciate

-> Commendable NVH levels

-> Availability of Manual Transmission; purists will be pleased

Dislikes:

-> Engine is slow and unresponsive at lower RPM’s

-> Mediocre interior quality

-> Low Fuel economy

Performance

The heart of the matter is a 2.0-liter 4-cyl. engine, which churns out 152 hp of power and 145 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.0i and Sport models, and a CVT automatic is optional on those and standard on Premium and Limited trims. Both send power to all the four wheels, standard AWD is a joy for those who don’t want big SUV’s. Initial acceleration is sluggish to say the least, and the CVT gearbox dulls the initial acceleration even further. However, as you build the revs, the engine comes into its own and performance is satisfactory, but far from explosive.

The 2019 Subaru impreza acceleration does 0-60 mph sprint in a claimed 9.1 seconds, which is just about okay for the segment. While the 5 speed manual gearbox is great to use, the CVT gearbox is dull, and its rubber band effect is evident at higher revs. The highlight of the package though, is the well-tuned steering wheel, which is feedback rich. It instills a lot of confidence around corners, and mature suspension setup results in a very pliant ride quality. Braking performance too is good, and the car stops without any nosedive even under tricky situations. What’s disappointing though, is the fuel efficiency, which is rated at 24 mpg, and is poor by segment standards. Overall, the performance of the Impreza is impressive, apart from initial acceleration.

Design

The Impreza looks clean and elegant from certain angles, but it’s not a looker by any means. Its clean character lines will definitely age better than most modern cars. If you’re a fan of svelte and distinct lines, look elsewhere, this sedan will not draw attention, and will blend within the crowd.

Step inside and what you immediately notice is the space on offer. Front seats are extremely comfortable, with sufficient cushioning and bolstering, and that coupled with good all-round visibility ensures driving this car isn’t a task. What lets the cabin ambience down however, is the hard plastics on the dashboard. The cabin ambience is good, only if you look beyond the hard plastics. 

For a car that’s made on a budget, the feature list surely comes as a surprise. Standard features include daytime running lights, a rearview camera, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, cruise control, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system with a USB port and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

If that isn’t enough, the top trims get features like adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, fog lights, an 8-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver’s seat, rear armrest, automatic climate control, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and a sunroof.

Safety

The Impreza got above average ratings for its NHTSA and IIHS crash test results. Standard safety features include seven airbags, a rearview camera and stability control.

Optional safety features include host of crash-avoidance tech including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are optional on all but the base trim of Impreza.

Final Verdict

Want a capable sedan with AWD, practicality, features and safety? The Impreza fulfils all your requirements. With a choice of Manual and Automatic gearboxes, this Subaru sedan offers tremendous bang for the buck value. Yes, some interior bits do let one down, but as an overall package, Impreza will please all and offend none.

The 5 Coolest Street Helmets

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When you get on your motorcycle and hit the pavement, you put a lot of trust in the bike, but it’s even more important to have safety equipment that you can rely on too. Luckily, motorcycle helmets have come a long way in terms of style, so you can still look good shredding down the road. These are the top five helmets you need to stay safe, and also to look super rad.

Nexx XR2 Carbon Helmet

In terms of street motorcycle helmets, this one is as close to perfection as you can get. It combines style with safety, featuring a strong carbon shell among many other features. The removable neck padding, visor ventilation system, and classy aerodynamic trim make this the ultimate street helmet.

HJC Women’s IS-MAX II Mine Helmet With Electric Shield

Who said biking is just for the boys? This ultra-cool helmet is lightweight and has a removable interior so it can be washed. Sleek, with the perfect feminine touch, it’s great for the very coolest biker-chicks.

Bell Qualifier Solid Helmet

This is one of those motorcycle helmets that proves looking good going down the road doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The lightweight polycarbonate shell makes it functional, all the while being extremely cost effective.

Scorpion EXO Covert Helmet

This helmet is perhaps the most functional of all, with the radical ability to be converted so it works with any type of bike. Scorpion started with adding a drop-down sun visor to a half helmet, and a rear sleeve in order to make it open-face. From there, you can attach the front mask to create some mean-looking full headgear.

Bell Custom 500 Carbon Osprey Helmet

If you’re looking for a new take on an old classic, this is your helmet. It combines a vintage look with modern technology and graphics. It also boasts a padded chin strap in order to keep it secure.

Every time you put a helmet on before you get on your motorcycle, you’re making the right choice for your safety. Shop for a helmet that offers protection, style, and flair so that you look good while being smart.

What is the Right Amount of Online Time for Children?

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As parents, we understand the necessity of our children learning about technology, using technology and being online at school for educational purposes, but where do we as parents draw the line? And how do we draw the line if our children are being home schooled? We concern ourselves with the predatory realm the darkest corners of the internet holds but there are also other factors to take into account. We should also consider cyber bullying or too much online time stunting brain growth or imagination and creativity. All of these factors are a concern for parents and rightfully so. Now the question is how do you as a parent avoid this entirely and monitor the situation? Here are some guidelines that worked for parents sitting in the same position as you find yourself in today.

Limit Your Time Online

Children watch and learn from their idols which is unfortunately us as parents with bad habits. We more often than not don’t realize what we are doing in front of our kids. This means spending less time on your phone and more time with your kids. Basically, be the internet craving, casino sites loving, Netflix addict and ice cream after midnight parent when the lights go out!

Edit Program Access on Your Smart Devices

Programs can be removed or uninstalled. Go through your laptop, desktop, smartphones and tablets to edit these programs or download YouTube Kids. Programs such as YouTube Kids allows parents to control what their children are watching, set up passwords and remove anything parents may find offensive.

Set Online Time Limits for Your Kids

Designated times of the day, allowing children to be online, not only aids in prevention but it also teaches your child about a structured routine. Choose an hour of the day where your kids will be allowed to play games, watch movies or play online. During this hour, or however long you have chosen, discreetly keep an eye on their online activities.

Monitor Browsing History

As sneaky as it sounds, it is imperative parents monitor their children’s browsing history. If your child is old enough to understand what browsing history is and even edit it, keep this to yourself. If however, your child isn’t aware of a browsers history, share that you are able to monitor it. Prevention is better than cure they say!

Child Safety Locks

There are numerous applications available to download for your child’s online safety. Look into these to keep your little one’s safe. Speak to other parents and find out what works for them. You can also get loads of information from parenting forums and blogs. The internet may be an amazing place but it may also not be ideal for younger children.

As parents we don’t want our kids to feel as if we are policing them, but if you bring them up knowing boundaries and teaching them about respect, you should find your children will be more accepting than most.

 

Is It Ever Too Late to Start Learning?

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When was the last time you set out to learn something new? Some of us are only too happy to leave our studying days behind. We ditch the revision and plunge into the realities of working life without a backwards glance. But is that approach the right one?

Lifelong learning, and continuing to learn in later life has a whole host of benefits. It can bring great happiness, connection to a community, a sense of wellbeing and increase independence. In older citizens, the beneficial feeling of purpose can provide a counterbalance to the frustration of limited mobility or the emotional emptiness many often find in old age. And the benefits stretch beyond the mental realm into physical health, top. Research from the Alzheimer’s Society showed learning could delay the onset of the disease and reduce the dependency on support from others and even medication.

If you have elderly relatives or older friends, you may see the positives of convincing them to learn something new – but convincing them can be a problem. Going back to learning can seem intimidating, especially with the barrier of lots of new technology to find your way around – elder people will have been used to learning without tablets, computers or the Internet. Whether a person is retired or still working, learning can have a huge impact. And whether it’s attending an informal study group or going the whole way and bringing their skills to a formal degree like an online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. There are so many pathways and channels to keep learning going. You can choose a little or a lot – whatever your goals are there is a mode of study to suit. Even gaining the skills to start your own business as a senior can be a great incentive to keep learning.

 

Improving Brain Functions

 

The act of learning is pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy – the more that you learn, the easier it becomes, as neural pathways in the brain become more active. Your cognitive abilities actually improve the more that you use them. Especially in older people, learning becomes an inspiring cycle, and one that has the power to improve overall mental health and slash the odds of developing brain-related illnesses such as dementia. Just as physical exercise keeps your body stronger and more supple, so mental exercise does the same for your brain, which is especially beneficial for older people.

 

Keeping Pace With Technology

 

These days, knowledge has become more democratised than ever, thanks to the power of the Internet. Accessing learning is now quite simple, and online learning is especially suited to seniors, as it can take place at home, the learner can work at their own pace and help is easily accessible. Technology that is easy and intuitive to use – like tablets which can be swiped and pressed – are a boon to those who may have fine motor skills setbacks. Taking an introductory silver surfers course can be hugely beneficial to our elder citizens, teaching them valuable new skills which can really improve their lives, such as allowing them to order shopping online or Skyping relatives who don’t live nearby. There are technology solutions specifically tailored to seniors as well, or younger family members can often be really helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping a Friend Beat a Personal Problem

Your friend’s problem might be personal, but that doesn’t mean they need to face it and attempt to beat it alone. You can and should be helping them, as the support you offer could provide them with the assistance or even momentum they need to get their life back on track once more. No matter what your friend’s problem may be, whether it;’s addiction, depression or anxiety, advice on what you can do to help can be found below.

Help them beat addiction

Addiction is a terrible thing, and you should never allow your friend to suffer with it for too long. They might not like you for it, but you simply have to intervene in the way they are living their life, and you have to get them the support they need to overcome their plight. If this means having them move into a living space that is dedicated to the beating of drug addiction, then do it. By doing so, your friend could get the on-call, professional support they need to beat their substance abusing problem.

Help them beat depression

Whether your friend has been diagnosed with depression or not, if you see that they are not themselves and that they are, more often than not, down about life, then you need to step in. To help your friend beat their depression, first, you have to help them to understand why it is they do the things they do and why they feel the way they feel. When they figure out the meaning behind what it is they do in their day-to-day life, they’ll find the impetus they need to move on in life in as focused and purposeful a manner as possible. The most important thing that you need to do in this instance, however, is simply to listen. Ask them about how they are feeling, and truly listen to their answers. If you feel like they are hiding something, don’t be afraid to ask them again.

Help them beat anxiety

If your friend is particularly anxious about things in their life, especially if it is for no apparent reason, then, for their sake, you need to support them. When you do, just remember that it is easy to offer advice such as ‘you’ll be okay’ or ‘just snap out of it,’ as you have outside perspective on the situation. Inside their head, however, the story could be a whole lot different. For this reason, you have to listen to whatever they tell you, and you need to understand that the way they describe their plight is going to be a whole lot different to the way it looks.

If a friend of yours is struggling with a personal problem, then you should be putting as much effort into helping them beat as you would into beating it for yourself. You should do so because you’re a good friend, and you should do so because, you never know, you might need such assistance at some point in the future.