With warmer weather, we are sure to be more on the go than during the cooler months of the year. Daily activities with friends and neighbors become more of a regular occurrence outside the home. As we leave and rejoin new activities, items can end up left haphazardly on tables and floors. It is especially important that we keep our senior’s home safe by keeping trip hazards out of harm’s way.
When it comes to living independently at home for a senior loved one, it’s important to always keep their safety in mind. One key step for living safely at home is to keep a list of important doctor names and numbers near the home phone.
June marks the end of school, the start of summer and a special holiday created for celebrating fathers everywhere. If your dad is like a lot of other dads, he’s probably expecting a new tie. This Fathers Day, step out of the box and give Dad something he won’t expect.
Summer is a highly traveled time of year for most people. The weather is warmer and attractions are open for visitors. As you may already know, traveling with an aging loved one can be complicated at times. It is important to keep our aging loved ones actively involved in family outings, including on vacations.
There are many reasons why we celebrate. The primary reason we celebrate is to bring family and friends together. There are many calendar dates that provide reason to get together and spend time, but they don’t have to be the only time friends and family gather together. Take the time find little reasons to celebrate.
There is nothing quite as binding in a family as a passed down recipe, holding secret ingredients and loving memories. Some of the most comforting smells are the smells of home. Take the time to pull out your mom’s favorite recipes, and try to recreate those special scents and delicious meals.
Day-to-day life can get pretty hectic and even stressful at times. With busy schedules and time consuming projects, we can get wrapped up in our to-do lists and find it difficult to unwind. Long term stress can have long term effects if not kept in check.
Caregivers are special people. Those who spend their days caring for another human being are very giving to others. Because caregivers are often performing tasks that are time-consuming and often thankless, it is important to remember to take time to take care of themselves.
The long sought-after secret to feeling better and living longer is staying active. Finding a workout routine that works for your aging loved one and helping them stick with it can pay big dividends. Regular exercise helps older people stay independent and may even prevent diabetes, heart trouble, arthritis pain, anxiety and depression.
Some families are facing the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease in their elderly loved one. Since dementia makes it difficult to remember events and deteriorates memory, remaining at home in a familiar environment can prove to be very beneficial for your loved one.
Earth day falls on April 22nd each year to remind us to treat our planet with love and care. We want to treat our Earth with kindness and this day is a yearly reminder for environmental protection. There are many ways we can show our support for this movement to care for the land we live on.
When a family is learning to cope with a loved one who is recently diagnosed with a dementia related disease, they may feel weighed down with the many options available for assistance. In some cases, a family may choose to move their loved one to an assisted living facility or nursing home. They may feel that they are unable to give their loved one the type of care they need to function.
Now more than ever it is important to find ways to build a healthy heart. There are a few ways to maintain a healthy heart like eating a balanced diet, not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and exercising. Regular heart screenings will help to monitor blood pressure and cholesterol levels and help you to maintain healthy cardiovascular function. While it is important to stay physically healthy, it is equally vital to have a happy heart.
Eating well is crucial for maintaining good health. Choosing foods that are good for our bodies help to prevent many diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure/cholesterol, some cancers and heart disease. We have all heard the saying that “you are what you eat”. We have learned that the better foods we eat, the better we will feel.
When it comes to coming up with Valentine’s Day crafts for seniors, the most important element is love. Time spent with an elderly loved one is more important than the activity itself. Take the time to visit with your loved one. The gift of time spent together is more valuable than anything money can buy.