Learning Online: A New Option for Parents & Students

interneteducationRecently we talked about our grandson and how much he has excelled and succeeded after switching from a traditional high school to done he attends online. For years adults have been going back to school through the convenience of online universities. Now, the tide is shifting as more and more students look to learning online in place of a traditional classroom for high school. Getting your high school diploma or GED online is an excellent alternative for students who are struggling with traditional school or who need a faster paced environment.

It may sound strange, but there are four big reasons why online learning could be the right decision for your high school student.

1.) Less distractions. There are many benefits to the social aspects of traditional high schools, extra circular activities, friends and parties. Unfortunately a social setting has multiple downsides as well. Bullying is becoming more prevalent, peer pressure is on the rise and kids struggle to fit in. All of these things are huge distractions from learning.

2.) Do more in less time. The great thing about learning online is that your child can progress at their own speed. Concepts they don’t understand they can study further. Concepts they grasp quickly, they are able to move on to the next lesson. No more moving at the pace of the entire class. Studies have shown that this method of self pacing enables studies to learn faster, fail less and have more self confidence.

3.) Self motivating Who doesn’t want their student to become a self starter? Contrary to what you might think, students become more self motivated in this type of learning environment. To a certain extent, they are in charge of their education and feel empowered. Online learning also offers more elective courses so students can take courses that appeal to their personal interests alongside the required work. This is also an invaluable aspect of learning online. Students are more likely to be diligent in their work when they feel that their learning is personalized and providing them with something valuable that is relevant to them as individuals.

4.) Increased rates of graduation. Because students are engaged, less distracting and getting through their coursework faster, this improves the odds of graduation and possibly even graduating early.

There’s a lot to consider when deciding what is right for your family and your student, but online education is a great option with plenty of benefits.

Maintaining Your Health Past Age 50

healthVery few people are able to get all of the nutrients that they need from diet alone. Fortunately, you can supply your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy by taking a supplement. Below is a list of supplements for maintaining optimal health:

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Many people believe that all fat is bad. However, healthy fats are an essential part of a healthy diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are an example of healthy fats. They have been shown to help lower cholesterol and ward off cognitive decline. They can also help prevent heart disease.

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in salmon, flaxseed and walnuts. However, many people are still not getting enough of them from their diet. That is why doctors often recommend taking an omega 3 fatty acid supplement.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another nutrient that many people are not getting enough of. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to a host of illnesses, including poor nutrient absorption, weight gain and depression. It is hard to get adequate amounts of vitamin D because very few foods contain this nutrient. When the skin absorbs the sun’s rays, the body can produce vitamin D naturally. However, most people do not spend enough time in the sun for the body to produce vitamin D. That is why most people would benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement.


It is estimated that around 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. A magnesium deficiency can affect just about any organ in the body. Tension headaches, heart palpitations and back aches are some of the problems that have been linked to magnesium deficiency.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a compound that the body naturally synthesizes. The body needs it to produce ATP, which is the chief energy source. If you take birth control pills or Statins, then your Coenzyme Q10 levels may be lower than normal. The natural aging process also causes Coenzyme Q10 levels to decline.

High doses of Coenzyme Q10 have been shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions, including heart failure and Parkinson’s disease. Coenzyme Q10 rarely causes side effects even when it is taken in large quantities. This supplement can also help remove oxidized low-density lipoprotein from the body. Oxidized low-density lipoprotein can lead to atherosclerosis.

Tips For Choosing An Online High School Program

josephSometimes attending a normal high school isn’t an option. Kitty and I experienced this recently when our grandson decided to enroll in an online high school after experiencing trouble at our local public school. Going to an online high school has been tremendously helpful for Joseph and it’s made me think that more parents should consider sending their children to one. The fact is, there are some really good reasons to attend an online high school.

Issues such as disability and bullying can make looking for an online high school the better option. It is also handy for adults who never completed high school who would like to go back and get their diploma. The complicated matter is ensuring that you choose the online high school that is right for you or your child. Here are a few tips that will help you to make a wise choice in choosing the right online high school.

Special Programs

In cases in which you or your child suffers from a learning disability you will want to make sure you check out potential online high schools for special programs that are made to help individuals in your situation. This is pretty straight forward in many cases as many online high schools cater to such needs. If you are in doubt about whether or not a particular school can meet your needs, don’t be afraid to give them a call or send an email inquiring about certain features and programs that you need to get information about.

What Classes are Offered

While many classes will be mandatory and aren’t really negotiable in your quest for a high school diploma, other classes will be optional. Classes such as home economics, language courses, and others offer you or your child a chance to pick which ones would be the best fit for your needs. If you or your child has a particular interest in one of these subjects, for example if you wanted to take a German language course, make sure you find out whether or not such a class is offered at the online school. Also keep in mind that your choices for these classes can have an impact later when it comes to applying for college if you intend to go that rout.

Teachers vs Automation

In most cases online high schools will provide a mix of actual teachers and standardized lesson plans/tests/etc. You should take the time to consider how much teacher involvement you need for you or your child and how much you can get by with on your own. If you are an adult seeking to get your high school diploma online you may not need quite as much teacher supervision and assistance. On the other hand, a child may require a bit more oversight from a teacher for various assignments.

Making Due On Social Security & Medicare

medicaressWithout a doubt, when a person has to survive on Medicare and social security, he or she is going to face an uphill battle. Yes, while it can be done, especially in low cost of living areas, one will have an uphill battle when they want to get by. With this in mind, here is a short guide on what it’s like to survive solely on Medicare and social security.

Only basic medical care: Sadly, even in a wealthy country like the United States, a person who is only getting Medicare and social security is going to have to forego some medical treatments. While he or she will obviously be admitted to a hospital if there is a serious problem, they may have to skimp on medications and checkups. Simply put, if you are only getting by, you are not going to have the best medical care. For this reason, anyone with a lot of money will rush out and buy private insurance as a way to cover themselves in case of more pressing and serious issues.

Housing: Now, if a person bought a house a long time ago, they probably have some equity in it. But, while this is true, when owning a house, a person will often have to pay high property taxes. In some areas, one can get a break, but it’s still not easy when living in high cost of living areas like New York or California. Simply put, when receiving little money outside of social security, one will have to make a tough decision and either sell the place or get a reverse mortgage.

One incident away from serious financial problems: Many seniors are one bad incident away from losing it all. For example, if you are on social security and Medicare, you are going to be out of luck if you have a disaster at your home and don’t have insurance. Or, if you lose any savings you have, you will struggle to get by. This is becoming more common, and many seniors are returning to the workforce, even if they have to struggle to compete for jobs.

Problems getting access to food: Believe it or not, a lot of people who are retired don’t have enough money for food. This is hard to believe, but it’s true as many retired people simply can’t get everything they need to enjoy healthy meals. For this reason, many senior citizens rely on family or friends to help out. Others go to local churches to collect free food. Finally, when looking to cover the food bill, plenty of senior citizens resort to food stamps to get some food so they don’t starve.

While a lot of people retire in comfort, plenty of [people live off social security and only have Medicare to cover their health. This is the sad reality that people face and will continue to face in greater numbers. Even when trying to live a frugal life while on social security and Medicare, most still have serious issues.

Working Out Past Age 50

elderlyexerciseKitty and I make it a point to exercise everyday. Whether that’s just taking a walk around the neighborhood or doing yoga together in the evenings. We’ve learned in order to stay feeling healthy, we need regular exercise. Not only does it improve our overall health, but it also makes us both feel more empowered and strong even though we are approaching the final leg of our life.

Several individuals make the mistaken assumption that aging means they cannot be active anymore. However, for the elderly, working out is one of the most beneficial things they can do for their body in order to keep it healthy. While a senior citizen may not be able to do the same exercises that they could do when they were young, there are several exercises that are custom made for a senior workout routine.

Building Up Endurance

Endurance exercises are essential to keeping a strong heart and circulatory system. These exercises can be taken slow for someone who moves with difficulty, but can also be stepped up a notch for those in better shape.

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

These even more strenuous endurance exercises can be used for seniors who are in excellent shape.

  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Tennis

Establishing Strength

In order to reduce the risk of weakened bodies or fragile bones, establishing good strength-building exercises are ideal for any senior citizen. As a person ages, their metabolism slows down but, by using these exercises, it can reduce the risk of a weak metabolism, osteoporosis and bone loss.

  • Lifting free weights
  • Using resistance bands
  • Squatting while holding onto a side chair
  • Push-ups against the wall

Daily Stretching

Stretching keeps the body limber whether it is young or old, but an older body does not fight against a lack of stretching as well as a young body does, therefore, it is important to stretch before any workout in order to prepare the body for strenuous activity.

  • Sit close to the front end of a chair and lean back on the hands
  • Stretch legs out straight in front
  • Stretch the feet and ankles by extending the foot toward the stomach and then away from the body

Other stretching venues, such as yoga or Pilates, can be entire exercise routines that involve stretching the whole way through.

While getting old often has to mean making some sacrifices, a healthy body does not have to be one of them. With the right exercises, seniors can run right alongside the young ones without one thought of a broken hip.

Kratom: A Natural Pain Relieving Supplement



I have suffered from chronic back pain for over 10 years due to a serious on-the-job accident. Because of this, I have used a myriad of different prescription pain medications and tried a variety of different treatments to reduce my pain. At first the prescriptions worked great. They relieved my pain and allowed me to function normally.

But after awhile, my body began to develop a tolerance and it took more and more to achieve the same effect. Little did I know it, but my doctor was turning me into a drug addict. After realizing this, I made the tough decision to quit taking pain medication. Since then, I’ve been searching for a healthy, natural alternative to treat my pain. Recently, I discovered the plant based supplement Kratom.

Kratom has become increasingly popular, thanks to its mild psychoactive properties. With a variety of effects, including stimulating, sexual, analgesic and sedative, it seems like an all-around answer to what ails us, but it all depends on the dose of ingested.

Low doses of Kratom stimulate and enhance mental awareness, and provide a boost in energy and sociability. In contrast, higher doses are similar to painkillers and sedatives. Because the fresh leaves are rarely used in the Western world, most consumers are continually experimenting with this plant to find different ways of consuming it.

The three most popular ways to take Kratom include chewing fresh leaves, mixing with juice to sweeten the taste, and drinking as a tea.

1) Consume dried leaves directly

The usual mode of consumption for Kratom is chewing fresh leaves, usually between thirty and sixty daily. In fact, many people consume the dried leaves to retain the effects longer, and while the leaves can be chewed, they are bitter and tend to be hard to swallow, not to mention, it can cause indigestion problems. Also, you must chew for a long time to get the desired effect.

2) Mixing Kratom and juices

You can also mix Kratom powder or Kratom extract with fruit juice or applesauce, which avoids the bad taste. Fruit juices with high acid content, such as lemon or grapefruit provide stronger effects when mixed. The Kratom alkaloids produce these desired effects because they become soluble in certain acids. Vitamin C tablets which are soluble in water can be used for the same purpose, as they contain ascorbic acid.

3) Making Kratom tea

Kratom dried leaves can be made into a tea, and you can infuse a variety of spices and herbs for taste. Simply boil the leaves in water for 10 to 20 minutes, then reduce the water and boiled again; this is usually performed a couple of times. Some users claim that including a lemon or lime in the water beforehand makes it easier to release the alkaloids during boiling. Freezing the leaves before making tea also facilitates enhanced extraction of the alkaloids.

If you’d like to give this amazing plant a try, I recommend Kraken Kratom. I’ve tried many different online vendors and so far they are the best. Their product is good quality and their prices are competitive. They also provide free shipping on all orders. Click here to give them a try today!