Posted on Jul 23, 2015
When helping seniors with everyday activities, it is important to engage in a variety of activity types. Focusing too much in one area may result in neglect of another area. Senior Helpers aims to assist seniors with being productive, enjoying leisure time, self-care and restorative activities.
Productive activities provide a sense of value and purpose for the senior but make sure you are working with them on these activities, not just supervising. Household chores are a good example of productive activity that many seniors take pride in being able to do, they just may need a little help with dusting the hard to reach spots or taking out a heavy trash bag. The same goes for grocery shopping and food preparation. The senior still wants to be the decision maker for meals but may need help with carrying groceries from car to home and/or chopping veggies.
Leisure activities are all about having fun and socializing. The range of leisure activities is as wide as the senior’s interests and can go from attending church to going for a walk. Creating a family tree is a popular pursuit that many senior enjoy and caregivers can assist them by helping to sort photos, asking questions and accessing online resources like ancestry.com. If your senior could use some new connections with other seniors, visit a local senior center with them and see what activities the center has to offer.
Self-care covers personal care of body and mind. Helping a senior care for their body could include applying personal care products, grooming and getting manicures/pedicures. It may be hard for a senior to ask for help with these personal tasks so caregivers should keep the mood light and easygoing so that the senior feels comfortable with receiving the help. Self-care also means engaging and challenging the mind with reading, games, puzzles and other critical thinking activities. Take your senior to a used bookstore and pick out interesting titles or talk about your respective favorite books. Or even better, discuss a book you both have read while taking a walk for exercise!
Restorative activities restore and energize the spirit. Listening to music is a powerful restorative activity. Not many people can say they aren’t moved by music and it is something that can be enjoyed even in the later stages of dementia. If your senior doesn’t offer any leads as to what music they would like, try playing some popular selections from their younger years as it may trigger good memories. If your senior used to play an instrument, bring it out, have it fixed up or replaced if needed and encourage them to play again.
If you would like to learn more about dependable in-home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional senior care at home or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-461-5892! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.