Elderly Care Dripping Spring TX - How the Elderly Can Stay Busy After Retiring

How the Elderly Can Stay Busy After Retiring

When your elderly loved one retires, they might get angry, upset, or sad. They might feel like they are losing a big part of themselves. Many people who retire feel this way. It is difficult to work for so many years and then, all of a sudden, be home most of the time without being able to work. If your loved one is having a tough time in their retirement, it might be a good idea to have them stay busy. There are some ways that you and their elderly care aides can help them to keep busy in their retirement.

Playing a Game

One of the things that you and/or elderly care aides can do with your elderly loved one is to play a game. There are so many games that can keep your elderly loved one occupied. Some of the best games to keep them busy include the following:

  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly
  • Charades
  • Uno
  • Yahtzee

These are just some of the many games that you and/or elderly care aides can play with them. If your senior wants to play games when nobody is at their house, there are many one-player games they can play, too.

Doing Crafts

Crafts could help to keep your elderly loved one busy in their retirement. There are so many different craft ideas that your loved one could start with. Some of the ideas that they might be interested in include the following:

  • Painting
  • Crocheting
  • Making picture frames
  • Drawing
  • Coloring
  • Doing paper mache

This is just the start of all the different crafts your loved one could do in their retirement. Pinterest is a great place them to find craft ideas, as well.

Listening to Podcasts

Does your loved one just want to sit around, but they don’t want to be bored? If this is the case, you can help your senior to find some podcasts. There are so many different types of podcasts including the following:

  • Comedy
  • Informational
  • Educational
  • Storybooks
  • Life lessons

If there is something your loved one is interested in, they can likely find a podcast about it.

How Elderly Care Services Can Help

These are some of the ways that your elderly loved one can stay busy after retiring. They don’t have to be angry, sad, or bored. If they put these things into their daily schedule, they are much more likely to find happiness in their retirement. If needed, you and their elderly care services providers can sit down and do some of these things with them.

Sources:  https://blog.cheapism.com/retirement-ideas-14233/

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elderly Care Services in Dripping Springs TX please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today. 512-394-4124 

Elder Care South Austin TX - The Benefits of Birdwatching for Seniors

The Benefits of Birdwatching for Seniors

For seniors who are confined to their homes, wheelchairs or beds, birdwatching can be a very therapeutic pastime, according to the Institute on Aging. They cite numerous ways that birding can benefit seniors, including the past time’s adaptability, and its positive impact on stress, anxiety and cognition.

Birdwatching is Adaptable to Numerous Circumstances

Whether walking along a nature trail, spending time in a relaxing garden, or simply lying in bed watching birds bustle around a feeder out the window, birdwatching can be undertaken in all sorts of situations.

Birdwatching Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Widespread research has repeatedly demonstrated that spending time in nature, or viewing natural scenes, contributes to lower stress and anxiety levels. Blood pressure, pulse and the stress hormone cortisol are consistently lowered, and people report feeling calmer. Being able to watch natural stimulation, such as birds and tree branches swaying in the breeze, has especially powerful healing effects.

Birdwatching Improves Cognition

Not only are natural scenes calming and healing, studies show that they improve mental functioning. Research participants are better able to complete demanding mental puzzles and enjoy restored attention. Attention restoration therapy, or ART, is based on research that shows urban or manmade environments tend to drain and exhaust attention stores, while plants, forests, bodies of water or birds replenish them. There seems to be something about the way that they are constantly moving and changing, gently stimulating the mind without overwhelming it, that is not only extremely restorative, but also unique to nature.

Elder Care can Help Support Bird Watching Seniors

Whether birdwatching at the park, feeding the ducks or pigeons at the downtown plaza fountain, or resting on the backyard patio or garden, elder care aides can assist a senior to engage in the world around them regardless of their mobility or activity level.

Elder care aides can walk along with a senior, keeping them safe at the same time as keeping them company. Elder care aides can drive a senior to a local easy-access pond, city center or aviary. They can help seniors in and out of the vehicle and assist with walkers or wheelchairs as needed. Elder care aides can assist a homebound senior out to the garden to experience the fresh air and listen to the sweet birdsong.

Elder care aides can also help seniors maintain bird feeders, again meeting the senior exactly where they are at and providing only as much or little assistance as needed. They can take the senior shopping for a bird feeder and bird seed, help them set it up outside of the window, and help them to fill it on a regular basis. For some seniors, this could look more like companionship, reminders and transportation assistance, while for others the elder care aide would act on the senior’s behalf.

Many seniors already have elder care services for things like housework, personal care, companionship and mobility assistance. Because elder care services are designed to be customized, it’s easy to add little extras like “fill bird feeder”, or “take a stroll through the garden” to the list. Doing so can really benefit a senior’s health and brighten their day.

Sources:  https://madisonaudubon.org/blog/2020/8/24/coronavirus-elderly-birds
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-nature-resets-our-minds-and-bodies/274455/

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care Services in South Austin TX  please contact the caring staff at Halo Senior Care today512-394-4124