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If you're a California resident, odds are you've become accustomed to the signs and public notices warning of the state's now years-long drought. But even as Californians learn to adapt to drier and hotter temperatures, some side effects of the drought are proving harder to get used to—including higher water bills.

Earlier this spring, the Alameda County Water District and other Bay Area water suppliers enacted drought surcharges, and they're not the only ones. In March of 2022, the Voice of San Diego reported that even though residents of the city have been successful in decreasing their water usage nearly by half, the cost of water continues to rise.

Days are growing longer, temperatures are rising, and green things are emerging. Like everyone else, you've probably experienced the urge to leave the house and enjoy the outdoor world—and what better way to do so than to take your exercise outside? In addition to reaping the usual perks of exercise, you'll also get to enjoy all the benefits of spending time in nature—such as reduced stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and better mood.

Of course, some forms of exercise are better suited to the outdoors than others, and particularly for seniors, there are some important safety concerns to be aware of when exercising outside. Here, we'll go through a few of the best types of outdoor exercise for seniors, as well as ways to ensure that you're staying safe and healthy.

Ask a handful of volunteers about their motivation for donating their time and energy, and you'll likely get a slew of different answers. Whatever their reasons for volunteering, it's clear that the process of giving back to their community is a rewarding one. Even aside from the satisfaction of making a positive difference in the world, it turns out that volunteering comes with a host of other benefits, some of which are a lot more tangible and long-lasting than you might initially think.

There are a lot of benefits to making your home more energy efficient. First and foremost, an energy efficient home will save you money, both in terms of the cash you'll save on utility bills and the increased resale value of your home. Moreover, energy efficient buildings are more environmentally friendly, as they tend to use less power and resources. Further, in the event that you're ever without power—such as during a blackout caused by a storm or natural disaster—energy efficient houses will stay comfortable for longer. 

Good mental health is an essential part of being able to live a fulfilled, functional life. This is true for seniors as much as it is for anyone else. However, as they age, many individuals are at an increased risk for mental health issues due to changes in their lives and situations. Factors such as reduced mobility, health conditions and chronic pain, grief, and financial troubles can result in isolation and depression in senior citizens.