Evaluate Your Driving Ability

With years of experience behind the wheel, senior drivers likely are among the safest on the road. However, skills and abilities required for safe driving do deteriorate with age. The good news is that a few simple actions often can provide older drivers with years of safe driving.

To learn more about your driving abilities to drive safely, check out the resources below. They range from self-screening exercises to professionally administered assessments and feature a variety of tools that rate everything from driving skills to physical limitations and medical conditions of senior drivers.

Do you know the rules of the road? Test your driving knowledge by taking this brief interactive quiz.

Self-Rating Tool

Learn about your driving skills and habits by answering 15 short questions in a printable online brochure, and receive quick tips for senior drivers. Learn More »

Click on the links from SeniorDriving.AAA.com to take the self rating test for drivers 65 plus.

Discussing Driving with Senior Parents

Maybe it was the last time your parents picked you up at the train station when you came for a holiday visit, and you were alarmed by a change in their driving skills. Or perhaps you’re worried because your parents’ eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Whatever the reason, you know that it might be time to bring up the topic of their driving – but it’s not an easy conversation to have. In fact, a survey from the National Safety Council and Caring.com found that adult children ranked talking to elderly parents about their driving more difficult than talking to them about selling their house or even funeral wishes.

“Many family members and even medical professionals are reluctant to bring up this topic,” said Elizabeth Dugan, Ph.D., associate professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and their Families. “Driving is so closely tied to a sense of freedom and autonomy.” 

But having this conversation, difficult though it may be, is vitally important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), per mile traveled, fatal crash rates increase starting at age 75 and increase notably after age 80. Alarmingly, an average of 500 elderly adults are injured in the U.S. in car crashes every day. 

How can you know for sure when senior parents should stop driving and that it’s time to broach this sensitive topic? It’s not simply a matter of age; some elderly people can continue driving well into their 80s and others may have their driving compromised much earlier by illness, medication, or factors of aging. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has a helpful list of signs that indicate it may be time to limit or stop driving. The list includes things like frequent “close calls,” getting lost, issues with eyesight, and easily becoming distracted. Once you’ve decided to have the talk, here are some tips for making it comfortable and effective:

    • Take a ride to assess your parent’s driving skills yourself. It’s a great conversation starter. “It can be helpful to take a ride with your parent, and then debrief them afterwards,” recommends Dugan. “You can say, ‘I know this is difficult, but you seem to have trouble making left hand turns.'” Be especially observant about how your parent handles situations involving right-of-way. Studies of crashes involving seniors have found that failure to yield the right-of-way is one of the most common driving errors.

 

    • Keep your tone respectful and sympathetic. Driving represents autonomy, mobility, and social life. You’re not bringing up this topic to be cruel and take away your parent’s independence. You’re having the discussion because you love your parents and are worried about their health and safety. “You’re not saying, ‘Give me the keys,'” says Dugan, “but ‘I care for you and I want you to be as healthy, mobile and independent as possible. If you can’t drive, then we’ll work together to figure out something else.’ The tone you take can make a big difference.”

 

    • Provide alternative options. Follow up and help your parents find ways to continue their current activities even if they can’t drive. Perhaps friends and family members can pitch in. In many areas there are public transportation options specifically for seniors. Often church and community groups provide local senior transport too.

 

    • Get experts involved, if necessary. If your parent seems unreceptive to your message, schedule a medical appointment to see if illness or medication is affecting their driving. Make sure your parent has an annual eye exam. A doctor can also refer your parent to a driving clinic to have his/her skills assessed by a professional.

 

  • Keep an open, ongoing dialogue. Finally, don’t stop talking after just one conversation. Return to the topic periodically, and continually reassess your parent’s driving. A change in skills behind the wheel doesn’t necessarily mean going from driving anywhere to driving nowhere. A senior driver may be fine with familiar local driving, or driving only during daytime hours. “It’s not one conversation that you have to get right,” says Dugan. “Think about it as a process,” a process with the goal of keeping your parents as active as possible AND as safe as possible.

Reprinted from Liberty Mutual at https://www.libertymutual.com/safe-and-smart-living/blog-posts/talking-to-seniors-about-driving

 

AARP warns of phone scam

The Maine AARP is warning of a new scam in which a caller asks for personal information, including passwords.

The caller claims to be from a company called MCI-ITS S-Telesy.  The caller’s phone number is 213-337-0014, according to the AARP.  The caller asks for computer personal information because of a virus they claim to be monitoring. This company name and phone number have been used in other known scams.

The AARP advised that Maine residents who receive a call from this number should contact the state Attorney General’s Office at  207-626-8800.

Victims of the scam report that the callers have foreign accents, are aggressive on the phone and will call multiple times.

AARP is urging all residents to be aware of this scam and to NEVER give out such personal information such as a Social Security number, credit card number, computer passwords or bank information to unknown sources.

For more information on how to avoid scams, go to aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.

5 foods that fight insomnia

A good night’s sleep is one of the keys to more energy and better health. If you can’t fall asleep, or stay asleep – sleep deprivation can lead to physical and mental health issues such as dementia, sundowning and Alzheimer’s disease.  Do you have a senior loved one having trouble getting to sleep? Adding the following foods may help combat their sleeplessness. 

As we age, our sleep patterns may change. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of insomnia at least a few nights per week or more.”

It’s natural for our senior loved ones to need a little less sleep, or to wake up more during the night. But, if restless nights are causing problems during the day and you can’t attribute it to medication or illness, then you might want to try a little food therapy. A bedtimesnack containing the right nutrients can help seniors – and the rest of us – calm the body, relax the mind and promote better sleep.

Sleep-Promoting Foods for Senior Nutrition

  1. Nutrient-Rich Fruits

Many fruits contain minerals like potassium and magnesium, which help promote sleep by relaxing the muscles and calming the nervous system. Bananas are an excellent choice. Besides being rich in both potassium and magnesium, they also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that helps induce sleep. Tryptophan is converted by the brain into serotonin and melatonin, says the U.S. News and World Report: “Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation; melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleepiness.”

Cherries are also a rich source of melatonin, and fruits like apples, apricots and peaches contain plenty of magnesium. So, if your loved one is having trouble sleeping – and tends to crave sweets – reach for the fruit bowl.

  1. Complex Carbs

One of our Facebook users also suggested mashed sweet potato with honey as a good bedtime treat. Along with whole grains like oatmeal, popcorn, or even jasmine rice, sweet potato is a good source of complex carbohydrates, which can help increase levels of tryptophan. A small bowl of oatmeal or cereal, whole-grain crackers with a little lean protein (see below), and low-calorie, high-fiber popcorn are good choices. Oatmeal is especially good, says U.S. News, because it also has plenty of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon and potassium.

  1. Lean Protein

Lean proteins, too, are high in tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels and promotes good sleep. It’s the reason why we all end up in a turkey coma after Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t want to eat too much protein, or anything high in fat or deep-fried, but a dab of peanut butter on a banana, an egg on whole-grain toast, a little low-fat cheese on crackers, or a rice cake with lean turkey or fish can be satisfying and sleep-promoting snacks before bedtime.

  1. Heart-Healthy Fats

It might seem surprising, but heart-healthy fats are another good choice for some nighttime eating. “Unsaturated fats will not only boost your heart health but also improve your serotonin levels,” says the Cleveland Clinic. Think avocados, peanut butter and other nuts. such as walnuts, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Almonds, for instance, are full of protein, as well as magnesium, which promotes muscle relaxation. Just be sure to avoid unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats, which reduce serotonin levels and make sleep more elusive.

  1. Warm Drinks

There’s a reason why mom always recommended that glass of warm milk at bedtime – milk, like other dairy products, contains tryptophan. “Plus, it’s a good source of calcium, which helps regulate the production of melatonin,” says U.S. News. Warm milk with a dash of honey is especially soothing. Decaffeinated herbal teas can also help, particularly relaxing herbs like chamomile or peppermint. Many people drink teas with added valerian root, an herb that has been used for centuries as a natural sedative. Avoid caffeinated beverages, though; even small amounts of caffeine can prevent sleep.

What Not to Eat Before Bed

A quick note on foods to avoid: some edibles (and drinkables) may seem like tempting nighttime treats, but may actually have a negative effect on sleep and rest. Here are a few tips for what NOT to eat before bed:

  • Anything that tends to upset the digestive system, like greasy or spicy foods
  • Eating too much before bed, as it may lead to indigestion and weight gain
  • Eating large amounts of protein, which can be difficult to digest
  • Excessive sweets: “Diets high in refined sugar can cause indigestion and trigger insulin surges that interfere with the hormones that affect sleep,” notes Dr. Oz
  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages (or eat too much chocolate!) for at least three to eight hours before bed
  • Don’t use alcohol to try to fall asleep as it may initially make you sleepy, but it negatively affects the quality of sleep
  • Limit liquids before going to bed, particularly important for older adults: “It takes about 90 minutes for the body to process liquids, so limit liquids of any kind for at least 90 minutes prior to bedtime if the need to urinate wakes you up in the middle of the night,” suggests nutritionist Joy Bauer on the Today Show

Reprinted from A Place for Mom.

 

Sleep Problems in the Elderly

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week, and there’s no better time to remind ourselves of how critical sleep is for physical, mental and emotional health — not just for seniors but for caregivers, too.Hard Facts About Sleep Problems in the Elderly

Sleep disorders are a significant source of concern — especially in the geriatric population. Changes in sleep patterns are part of the normal aging process, but sleep disorders have been implicated with increased mortality, and side effects such as dementia, cognitive impairment and falls. This week, the National Sleep Foundation urges everyone to celebrate sleep and its health benefits for National Sleep Awareness Week. We’ve put together an overview of why sleep is critical for senior health, how conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease can change sleep patterns, and what caregivers can do to make sure they get enough rest.

Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia Increase Dementia Risk

We all know a good night’s sleep is the key to feeling energetic and clear-headed the next day, but sleeping soundly is also linked to a lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life. Unfortunately, older adults are more likely to have health issues that disturb their sleep, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. A 2011 study at the University of California, San Francisco, showed a clear association between sleep-disordered breathing in older women and the risk of cognitive impairment.

“Those who developed disruptions of their circadian rhythm were also at increased risk,” reports NPR. “So were those who awoke throughout the night, tossing and turning.”

For seniors who are under some form of psychological stress, this link may be even stronger. Not only does stress affect our sleep patterns, stress in itself has been associated with dementia risk. A study in 2010 found a link between stress in middle-aged women and the later development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Kristine Yaffe, who co-authored the UCSF study, advises older adults to get regularly screened for sleep problems, so that any issues can be caught early and treated before they lead to significant cognitive impairment.

Reprinted from A Place for Mom.

Important paperwork: What to keep and for how long

 

If you’re like most people, you have boxes and boxes of old files cluttering your closets. You’d like to clean out but don’t know what you need to keep, and for how long. Here are recommendations from a daily money manager and Certified Professional Coach.

The most common documents are listed below, but when in doubt don’t throw it out unless you are sure you can obtain the records electronically from the bank, insurance company, etc.

These recommendations apply to both caregivers and their elderly parents’ paperwork.

Tax returns and supporting documents

Anything to do with taxes should be kept for at least seven years. The IRS has three years from your filing date to audit your return if it suspects good faith errors and you have the same amount of time to file an amended return if you find a mistake. However, the IRS has six years to challenge your return if it thinks you underreported your income by 25 percent or more. If you fail to file a return or filed a fraudulent return, there is no limit on when the IRS can come after you. Specific items you should keep in addition to your tax returns themselves include documentation of income, alimony, charitable contributions, mortgage interest, and retirement plan contributions and any other tax deductions taken.

Medical bills and records

Keep all medical bills and supporting documentation such as cancelled checks or credit card statements until you are sure that the bill has been acknowledged as having been paid in full by you and/or your insurance company. If you are deducting unreimbursed medical expenses on your tax return, keep all supporting documentation as discussed above. Remember to keep all health-related bills including dental, eyeglasses or contact lenses, hearing aids, and over-the-counter medications, to name a few.

Retirement plan statements

Keep the quarterly statements until you receive the annual summary and if everything matches up, you can shred the quarterly statements. Keep the annual summaries until you close the account.

IRA contributions

If you made an after-tax contribution to an IRA, you will need to keep your records indefinitely to prove that you already paid tax on the money when it is time to make a withdrawal.

Brokerage statements

You must keep these until you sell the securities covered by them to prove whether you have capital gains or losses for your tax return. If you hold stocks or bonds for many years, you will need to keep the statements. The exception is if the cost basis and date of acquisition is listed on the statements. In this case, you only need to keep the year-end statements to support your tax return.

Reprinted from Agingcare.com

 

Identity thieves try to cash in during tax filing season

Scams target taxpayers as filing season gets underway

January 26, 2015

(AUGUSTA) Tax season may just be getting started, but tax scammers have been hard at work already. The Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have gotten thousands of complaints about one kind of scammer in particular — IRS imposters.

Here’s how they work: Scammers posing as IRS officials call and say you owe taxes. They threaten to arrest you, or deport you, or revoke your license, or even shut down your business if you don’t pay right away. They may know your Social Security number — or at least the last four digits of it — making you think it really is the IRS calling. They also can rig caller ID to make it look like the call is coming from Washington, DC.

You are the instructed to put the money on a prepaid debit card and tell them the number — something no government agency would ask you to do. Once you do it, you find out it was a scam, and the money is gone.

“This scam has become one of the most commonly reported phone scams that our Office has received. No governmental agency or legitimate business will call you up and demand an immediate payment by pre-paid debit card,” said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. “If you receive one of these calls, do not answer any of their questions. Hang up the phone immediately.”

If you owe — or think you owe — federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or go to irs.gov. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. The IRS doesn’t ask people to pay with prepaid debit cards or wire transfers, and doesn’t ask for credit card numbers over the phone. When the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they usually do it by mail, not by phone.

Report IRS imposter scams to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) online or at 800-366-4484, and to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. “Last year we also heard about a number of Mainers who when they filed with the IRS, discovered someone had fraudulently claimed their tax return already,” said Attorney General Mills. “People should file early, always take steps to protect their private information and review their credit report yearly to see if there has been any unusual activity.”

One Maine resident recently recorded his interaction with a scammer claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The call illustrates several tactics used by phone scammers. They claimed to be from an entity that the target is familiar with and who he has the potential to owe money to. When challenged about his authenticity, the scammer tried to reassure the target by giving a badge number in order to sound official. And finally, the payment could only be made by “Green Dot Money Pak,” available at places like WalMart or drug store chains, and not by other means. The scammers are also not easily dissuaded; different people called repeatedly making the same claims in order to make him think they were legitimate.

Tax identity theft happens when someone files a phony tax return using your personal information — like your Social Security number — to get a tax refund from the IRS. It also can happen when someone uses your Social Security number to get a job or claims your child as a dependent on a tax return. Tax identity theft is the most common form of identity theft reported to the FTC.

Tax identity theft victims typically find out about the crime when they get a letter from the IRS saying that more than one tax return was filed in their name, or IRS records show they received wages from an employer they don’t know. If you get a letter like this, don’t panic. Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. Learn more at ftc.gov/taxidtheft.

If you have questions about these or other consumer matters, please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office at 1(800) 436-2131 or consumer.mediation@maine.gov .

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Your Best Life–Bucket Lists and New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions, Bucket Lists, and Other Ways to Live Your Best Life

by Dr. Len Kayes, guest writer in MAINE SENIORS Magazine

The 2007 film The Bucket List portrays two terminally ill men, Edward Cole and Carter Chambers (played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, respectively) who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of “to-dos” before they die. Included in their list was skydiving, driving a race car, flying over the North Pole, riding motorcycles on the Great Wall of China, and going on a lion safari in Africa. This touching comedy/drama reminds us that there is much that can be accomplished in life regardless of our age or health status and striving to have new experiences before we die can be exceedingly satisfying and meaningful.

Call it what you like — a set of New Year’s resolutions, a bucket list of hopes and dreams, or a life list of goals and objectives — reaching out for new experiences can represent an exciting road map for achieving your best life. And, let there be no doubt about it – it is never too late to develop and enact such a plan. The arrival of 2015 represents a great time to plan your future, whatever your age.

Marelisa Fabrega, the author of How to Live Your Best Life, tells us that a life list is simply a set of goals which cover all the different areas of your life. Taken seriously, it can represent a powerful tool for making sure that you decide what you want to do and have in life, and who you want to be, and that you take the necessary action to accomplish these things.

Remember that bucket lists are not just for those in the latter stages of life. While bucket lists are meant to contain accomplishments that you want to achieve before you “kick the bucket”, you can build your list as early in your life as you choose. Everyone, regardless of age, deserves to have aspirations, hopes, and dreams yet to be realized but consistently sought after. Walt Disney put it well when he said “all our dreams can come true—if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Prudence Searl, 63, of Bangor has a bucket list – she wants to tour the western United States and see the Grand Canyon. She also wants to go to Florida one day and drive down one side of the state and up the other visiting the many friends she has living there…then return to Disney World along the way. She wants to do it in a new Toyota Camry, also on her bucket list.

Sara Dimmick, 65, of Augusta also has a bucket list. She tells me she would like to visit the pyramids in Egypt, travel to Australia, learn about other religions, and become proficient in a language other than her own – probably Spanish.

And, so does Frank Ober, 69, of Whitefield. Frank considers his bucket list to be a “to- do” list which tends to include various projects that “need” to get done or “have” to be done and are not necessarily projects that he “wants” to do. Included on his list was painting the garage floor (already accomplished), and building a sunroom and both refurbishing and expanding the deck that is attached to his house (yet to be accomplished). He checks his list regularly and he says it helps to keep him focused.

It seems that a lot of people tend to have various life goals that fall into one or more of the following categories. These may serve as a useful guide for readers to organize their own personal bucket lists:

*Adventure
*Career
*Entertainment
*Family
*Finances/Money
*Friends/Friendships
*Fun
*Health
*Hobbies
*Home
*Learning/Education
*Love/Love Life
*Marriage
*Relationships
*Self-improvement
*Spiritual Life
*Sports
*Travel

Here are a few suggestions to consider when developing your own bucket list:

  • Make sure that your list contains things that YOU really want to accomplish, obtain, or do. Don’t be influenced by the opinions of others. After all, it is YOUR list so let it contain things you want to have, things you want to do, things you want to be, places you want to visit, and people you want to meet. It should be about what you find meaningful and what brings you joy.
  • Even though the list is yours doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t share it with others. Go public with it. Doing so can give you additional motivation and incentive to pursue the items on the list. And, those you share your dreams with may be able to help you achieve them by offering helpful words of advice. Research actually suggests that success in reaching your goals is more likely when your goals are made public and support is received from friends. You may also discover along the way that your dreams are held by others and that pursuing them can become a joint venture.
  • Try to include some far reaching or longer term goals as well as some that are probably more easily attainable in the short term. The things you want should be a mix of both exceedingly challenging as well as more attainable accomplishments. Also, it is OK to think big, be creative, and go outside your comfort zone. If what you want is to lose weight, exercise more, and eat healthier, that is fine but don’t be afraid to reach beyond the usual resolutions–that are too often broken before the first week has passed.
  • Remember, and this is very important, don’t waste time creating your personalized bucket list if you don’t intend to take the actions required to achieve the items on it. Being engaged in goal setting, including keeping track of small but measurable progress toward reaching your goal, is helpful as well. Ultimately, however, whether you succeed or not may be less important than being able to honestly say you tried. And, maintaining a life list, even though you eventually are unable to achieve all that you set out to accomplish, in and of itself is a sign of an active mind, a vibrant spirit, and a motivated and positive thinker. It can help give you continued meaning, purpose, structure, identity, and direction in life as you grow older.

We have one precious life to live – be it resolved that in 2015 and beyond that we will live it well – with purpose and identifiable goals that we aspire to achieve.

Reprinted with permission from Maine Senior Guide.

 

Protecting Senior Skin from Winter Weather

Contrary to the popular jingle, Jack Frost doesn’t just nip—he often bites. And, far from attacking just your nose, he targets the largest organ you possess—your skin.

The bitter cold and blistering winds of winter can quickly strip skin of its moisture, leaving it prone to itching, cracking and bleeding. Broken skin is a recipe for infection, says Rebecca Baxt, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Even the welcoming warmth of a climate-controlled building adds to your skin’s suffering. According to James C. Marotta, a Long Island-based facial plastic surgeon, the same heating system that keeps your house toasty also sucks much of the moisture out of the air.

Seniors more susceptible to skin problems

Seniors are particularly prone to skin issues. Over time, a person’s skin becomes thinner, drier and more fragile.

Shingles and senile purpura—skin that bruises easily—are two ailments that often strike the elderly, regardless of the season.

According to Baxt, winter weather further compounds these problems, making a senior more prone to itchy skin and certain types of rashes, including:

  • Eczema craquele (xerosis) is an itchy rash that seniors sometimes develop, typically on their legs and arms.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis, a condition marked by patches of itchy, flaky skin, typically in oily areas such as the scalp, eyebrows, nose and chest is also worsened by winter weather. According to Baxt the yeast that causes this type of skin malady thrives in frosty, moisture-free climates.

Six skin-saving strategies

Baxt and Marotta offer six essential cold-weather skin protection tips:

  1. Make sure to moisturize: There’s no better cure for winter skin woes than a bottle of your go-to moisturizer. “It’s critical that people, especially elderly people, moisturize their skin in the winter months, says Baxt, who suggests applying moisturizer immediately after showering. She also says that, while lotion may provide enough protection for some people, seniors might want to seek out heavier creams or ointments. Just be sure to check the ingredients. Many heavy-duty moisturizers contain lanolin—a common allergen for the elderly. Vaseline petroleum jelly can be a skin saver—if you can get over the greasiness. Marotta offers the following tip for making moisturizers more effective: after application, immediately cover the area with clothing (i.e. pants, shirt, gloves, socks) to enhance absorption and prevent evaporation.
  2. Don’t forget to drink: By the time December rolls around, sweat-inducing temperatures may seem like a distant memory, but don’t assume that cooler weather means you can skimp on hydration. Keep your fluid consumption consistent—Marotta suggests sticking to eight glasses of water a day. One way to know if you’re getting enough water is to check your urine color. Unless you’re on certain medications that may affect your urine hues, aim for shades that lie somewhere in the range of pale-to-moderately-yellow.
  3. Bundle up: Before braving the frigid outdoors, be sure to cover as much exposed skin as you possibly can. The skin on your fingers and toes is particularly susceptible to frostbite and windburn.
  4. Remember your sunscreen: It may be a summertime staple, but according to Baxt, sunscreen is essential during cloudless winter days—especially if there’s sun-reflecting snow on the ground.
  5. Keep showers short: As satisfying as a steamy shower can be on a cold winter’s night, Marotta warns that basking in too much scalding water can strip your skin of much of its moisture.
  6. Crank up the humidity: Full room humidifiers can help re-infuse dry, artificially-heated air with some much-needed moisture.

Reprinted from Agingcare.com

 

Discounts for Seniors

Here is a list of restaurants, supermarkets,department stores, travel deals and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements.  YOU MUST ASK FOR THESE DISCOUNTS!

RESTAURANTS:
Applebee’s:            15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s:                   10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s:         10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s:             Discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy:        Discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market:       10% off (65+)
Burger King:            10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A:             10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s:                    10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza:            10% off (60+)
Denny’s:                 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts:       10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein’s Bagels:    10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s:          10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza:           10% off (60+)
Golden Corral:        10% off (60+)
Hardee’s:                $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP:                     10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box:       Up to 20% off (55+)
KFC:                       Free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme:         10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s:  Various discounts at locations (55+)
McDonald’s:            Discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields:             10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s:               10% off
Sonic:                    10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake:      10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway:                10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes:   10% off (62+)
Taco Bell :              5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY:                   10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe:    10% off (50+)
Village Inn:            10% off (60+)
Waffle House:       10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s:              10% off (55 +)
Whataburger:        10% off (62+)
White Castle :        10% off (62+)
RETAIL & APPAREL:
Banana Republic:    30% off (50+)
Bealls:                   20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s:                   15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Big Lots:                30% off
Bon-Ton Dept        15 % off on senior discount days (55 +)
C.J. Banks:           10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks :                 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn:           20% off (55+)
Goodwill:              10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark:              10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart:                  40% off (Wednesdays only) (50+)
Kohl’s:                  15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods:  30% off
Rite Aid:               10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores:        10% off every Tuesday (55+)

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores:  Up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart:           20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55 +)

GROCERY:
Albertson’s:                       10% off first Wednesday of each month (55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket:  10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets:      5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion:                          60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket:            Free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55 +)
Great Valu Food Store:      5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket:     10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter:                    5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee:                            5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger:                            10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket:   5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed:               10% off every Tuesday (50 +)
Publix:                             15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers  Markelace:          5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace:  15% off (62+)

TRAVEL:
Airlines:

Alaska Airlines:               50% off (65+)
American Airlines:           Various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+) and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines:        No initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines:          Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines:                 Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways:                    Various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Rail:  Amtrak:                  15% off (62+)
Bus:  Greyhound:           15% off (62+)  Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

CAR RENTAL:
Alamo Car Rental:           Up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis:                               Up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars:       40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members (50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car:         10% off (50+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car:  5% off for AARP members
Hertz:                            Up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car:      Up to 30% off for AARP members

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:
Holiday Inn:                     20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western:                40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites:            20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC: $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels:              20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn:                   20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites:             20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge:               40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels:                  25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group:  Various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites:          10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels:             25% off (62+)
Motel 6:                         Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort:   30% off (55 +)
Quality Inn:                    40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn:                20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn:                      40% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:
AMC Theaters:                          Up to 30% off (55 +)
Bally Total Fitness:                    $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL:     $13 off one-day tickets (50 +)
Carmike Cinemas:                    35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters:    Up to 35% off
Massage Envy – NYC:               20% off all “Happy Endings” (62 +)
U.S. National Parks:                  $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas:                         50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL :          $3 off one-day tickets (50 +)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:
AT&T:                          Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug:                     $10/month cell phone service (50 +)
Verizon Wireless:       Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).
MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips:      $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts:        $8 off haircuts (60+)

 

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