4 Indoor Activities To Beat The Storm
We may be inching toward spring, but the days seem to be getting colder. Add some snow and freezing rain, and we can pretty much guarantee you won’t be leaving the house anytime soon. Being stuck indoors isn’t all bad, thanks to these activities and ideas from At Home Services For Independent Living. (more…)
Sure, you had a few days off over the holidays, but they were packed with travel and family stuff, and you probably came back to work more tired than you were in December. Fortunately for you, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week is just around the corner. Book now for a Brooklyn mini-vacation during the week of January 23-31, and you can enjoy 20.15% off of select Brooklyn hotels!
Maybe you want your home base to be in central Downtown Brooklyn, with access to the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Heights. Or maybe you prefer to be near historic Prospect Park in quaint Park Slope. If you’re more into a hip nightlife scene, you might want to stay in Williamsburg. Either way, Explore Brooklyn Hotel Week has you covered with hotel discounts, many of which include discounts for local tour companies. Here’s what we have to offer:
Marriott NY at the Brooklyn Bridge (333 Adams St., Downtown Brooklyn)
Hotel Week deal: 20.15% off + 20% off Turnstile Tours (Offer valid only for stays January 23-25.)
Discount: Book your discounted rate. Corporate/promotional code is C1J
Now that you have to place to stay, here are some of the best ways to make your Brooklyn stay a memorable one.
— For recommendations of what to do and where to eat and drink, check out the Explore Brooklyn blog and neighborhood guides.
— Download the UrbanBuddy app to your smartphone and get personal recommendations from locals.
— Need a car to get around? AllCar Rent-A-Car is offering up to 50% off (excluding taxes) on any rental before February 28. Use the discount code HOTEL.
— If you haven’t seen the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center yet, you’re missing out! You can get up to 50% off tickets by using the discount code BKNETS. We’ll see you soon in Brooklyn!
— Hungry? Enjoy some brisket and sweet potato bourbon mash at Hill Country Barbecue Market & Hill Country Chicken Brooklyn! Just present the coupon provided by your concierge desk for 15% off a Hotel Week meal.
There’s no denying that it is cold outside. You’re probably experiencing some cabin fever, so why not brave the cold and get out of the house for a bit. If you need a little temptation, the residents at Riverhead Care Center have several picks for great comfort food to enjoy during lunch at affordable prices. These North Fork eateries are perfect for those on a fixed income, and will surely leave you cozy inside.
Buoy One – Riverhead
Long Islanders sure do love their seafood, and Buoy One in Riverhead is one of the best lunch spots around to get your fill. This laidback restaurant offers a number of seafood specials, and has recently added some options for landlubbers too! Panini combos are available for $12.95, and include half a panini and a soup or salad. Try the grilled shrimp with bacon, Monterey and cheddar cheese, spinach or tomatoes, or the veggie with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, red peppers and goat cheese.
Erik’s Breakfast and Lunch – Southold
You can’t beat a homemade soup and chili in the winter on the North Fork. Erik’s has a great selection that changes daily and will surely keep you warm during lunch. They also have platters for lunch that come with French fries, sliced melon and pickle. These platters begin at $9.95, and options include burgers, fried fish sandwich, chicken salad, and hot pastrami. For simpler options, the kids’ menu includes classic grilled cheese and chicken fingers.
O’Malley’s – Southold
If you want a really good burger, you have to go to O’Malley’s on Sound Avenue in Southold. With more than 30 burgers to choose from, a meal here will surely fill you up. All burgers are served with lettuce, tomato, raw red onion, pickle and French fries. Any additional topping you may want to add is just $1. Burgers start at $10.95. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home whether you dine at the bar or in the main dining room. Not a meat eater? O’Mally’s has a number of vegetarian options to cater to your dietary needs.
Phil’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge – Wading River
This place boasts not only delicious food, but also a casual atmosphere. Phil’s is perfect day or night for sports fanatics and families alike. The already reasonably priced appetizers are half off from 4 to 7 p.m. and include chicken quesadillas, steamed clams, chicken fingers, and more. The yummy sandwiches and burgers range from $6.95 – 8.95.
Spicy’s BBQ – Riverhead
Another Riverhead favorite is Spicy’s BBQ on East Main Street. They have an assortment of barbecue favorites at a great price, including their famous chicken wings, corn bread, mac and cheese, and fried seafood. Platters are the best deal here. There’s an assortment of sides that come with the seafood or barbecue plates, and they average around $8 each.
These hot dishes will surely entice you to brave the cold winter weather and get you out of the house for the afternoon. To make things even better, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank. Happy eating!
We live in a digital world and rely on technology for almost everything. Whether it is to stay connected with friends and family, work or entertainment, or accessing family and health records, technology is a vital part of our everyday lives. For those born before 1960 however, being able to learn and use technology effectively can be a challenge. Here are some ways older audiences can stay connected.
A challenge for seniors is not just that they were born before the start of the digital age, but health conditions that can make using devices more difficult. Those suffering from arthritis have difficulty typing on keyboards, dialing a telephone, and using a remote control. Touch screen devices like tablets are much more user friendly. They are also very visual, and settings can be customized to suit the needs of the user.
Many seniors have family spread out across the country that they would like to keep in touch with. Travel can be difficult and is often a hassle, but a great way to keep up with kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids is through Skype. It is a simple way to interact with loved ones online via video in real time. The software is free and can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and smart phones.
Want to learn something new? Take a class! There are a number of places on the North Fork to learn how to use computers and the Internet. The Riverhead Free Library offers instruction classes to teach e-mail basics, how to use Google, and even how to get to know your computer. Along with libraries, there are adult continuing education courses at local schools that can also provide lessons and workshops on computer use.
This type of technology is perfect for any age drivers. Maps are less common when traveling, and GPS allows you to type in the address of where you need to go, providing turn-by-turn directions with vocal prompts. It is important to remember to program your GPS before you hit the road so that you are not distracted while on your trip. Best Buy has some good choices to look through.
Wireless Home Monitoring
Seniors who live alone or in an assisted living facility face many risks. Wireless home monitoring devices can notify caregivers of emergencies such as a fall, or even track vitals. Certain devices with GPS wiring can also detect if a person has left their home or other areas they may normally spend time. These tools are perfect to allow your loved ones maintain their independence, but also provide help if needed. Here is an updated reprot from Consumer Reports that can help one choose the right device. Consumer Report – Home Monitor Device
A new form of technology is becoming more prominent across the nation, and is especially useful in rural areas where there are fewer healthcare providers. Telemedicine is the use of information that can be shared electronically from one site to another to help improve a patient’s clinical health status. With new apps coming out, this new technology is easy to use.
Technology continues to expand and develop on a regular basis, and even those born in the digital age have to keep up with the emerging trends. The tips above are a great starting point for those who wish stay connected and in the know.
The nights are getting darker and the wind seems to be howling louder these days. That’s right, Halloween is just days away! As we carve our pumpkins and don our ghoulish costumes for parties, special time needs to be set aside to truly get into the spirit of All Hallows Eve. Watch one of these classic horror films and experience a truly terrifying Halloween this year.
Notorious – 1946
Cary Grant graced the silver screen in a number of films that left his female fans swooning. His roles as the sophisticated, and very handsome, leading man landed him a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious in 1946. The film, released shortly after the end of the Holocaust, is a thriller centered around the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy and the love triangle involving a government agent (Grant) and the leading member of the Nazi group in which she was sent to spy on. From espionage to poison and murder, this thrilling tale leaves viewers on edge.
The Blob – 1958
While the plot of The Blob is completely fiction, the sense of fear from watching this movie is not. The indestructible alien amoeba consumes its victims and continues to grow in size as it does so. The teenage hero of the film spends his time not trying to defeat the monster, but alerting his fellow townsmen of the danger. Many of his claims are deemed a prank, but the naysayers all learn the hard way. If you fear the blob yourself, the good news is that it is vulnerable to the cold, and the Arctic is where the human-eating creature now resides.
Cape Fear – 1962
Attorney Sam Bowden sends a felon to prison for rape, only to have the convict released eight years later with a mission of seeking his revenge. The 1962 production of Cape Fear chronicles Bowden’s fight to keep his family safe from Max Cady as he continues to attack unknowing victims, stalk the family, and murder the innocent. Gregory Peck plays the leading role of the hero who triumphs in the end, but not without a psychologically thrilling fight first.
Carrie – 1976
Based on the novel by the ever-so-creepy Stephen King, Carrie is the supernatural horror film that became a household name. Starring Sissy Spacek as the tormented teenager, this movie includes a lot of supernatural happenings, tons of blood (both human and pig), and enough terrifying acts to keep you awake for weeks. The film has been remade several times, but nothing compares to Spacek’s portrayal of the ill-fated Carrie.
Silence of the Lambs – 1991
Serial killer films are perfect for Halloween, but few are truly scarier than Silence of the Lambs. With Anthony Hopkins as the incarcerated cannibal, and former psychiatrist, this movie will have your mind reeling and head turning in every scene. The heroine’s safety is secured at the end, but the fate of others is left unclear as cannibal Hannibal Lecter says “I am having an old friend for dinner.” Be sure to have your dinner first before watching.
Many of these classics have also had their remakes, but nothing beats the original. Visit the local library to rent one this week and get ready for Halloween. You may want to have a friend over to watch these horrifying flicks as well. Happy Halloween!