How to get active with your aging client or loved one this month

By Roz Jones

As caregivers, we are always looking for fun activities to do with our aging clients or loved ones. This month, we’ve put together a list of some fun activities that you can enjoy with your loved one! Whether you’re looking for something to keep them active and engaged, or just want to spend some quality time together, these activities are sure to please. So get out there and have some fun!

  • Visit the different farmer’s markets in your community: August is a great time for you and your aging client or loved one to visit your local farmer’s market and support local farmers! Take your client or loved one out to enjoy some quality time by picking fresh produce to make a healthy meal this month!

  • Make a list of good lunch ideas the children might like at school: With school swiftly approaching, many parents are preparing for their children to go back to school. If this is the case for you, be sure to have your aging client or loved one help write down different lunch ideas the children might enjoy! 

  • Make homemade ice cream: Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? Check out this link to learn how you can make homemade ice cream in 5 minutes!

  • Go to lunch for National Senior Citizens Day on August 21st! Show your aging client or loved one some love and appreciation by taking them to their favorite restaurant on August 21, 2022. 

  • Go for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood: The summer months are a perfect time to go bike riding in your neighborhood. Take your aging client or loved one out for some exercise and fun. I’m sure they will love it!

Aging doesn’t have to mean slowing down. In fact, with a little creativity and plenty of love, it can be a time for fun and exploration. So go ahead and try out one of these activities – we guarantee you won’t regret it! And if you do, well, there’s always homemade ice cream waiting for you.

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Enjoy Family Fun for Free with a Summer Staycation

By Roz Jones

The annual summer vacation is a treasured family tradition that ensures family fun and relaxation. These days, the cost of a family get-away can seem astronomical due to the expense of vacation, entertainment and accommodations. Also some Caregivers may not be able to leave the home for vacation due to their loved ones diagnosis. 

However, you can avoid the cost and fuss of travel and lodging by making the most of your home. By prepping your home, you can create a fun, vacation-like atmosphere that’s relaxing for you and your client or loved one. 

Staycations also allow you to vacation with your pets and other family members in a place that’s familiar and comforting for them, reducing stress on your furry friends and the entire family.

Try these steps when planning for your next staycation: 

  1. Clean and organize your living space. A great deal of the enjoyment from staying in a hotel or resort is the clean, comfortable atmosphere surrounding you. 
  • Clean the house for tidiness and sanitation. Knowing you’re in an extremely clean environment will free your mind of worries that plague you during normal days at home. 
  • Completely catch up on laundry. After all, even on a vacation outside of the home you would need clean laundry for the week. The goal of having clean laundry is to match the atmosphere and comfort level that you and your client or loved one would experience at a place away from home. 
  • If you would prefer not cleaning the home yourself, search the numerous websites that give the customer coupons or discounts on cleaning services. Websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial offer such coupons for most cities in the United States.
  1. Plan activities to do in the home or surrounding area. A staycation should still be active. Staying at home the entire week of vacation is impractical and can cause friction after a few days. Survey and utilize your surroundings to plan fun activities for your clients or loved ones and the rest of the family.
  • Do some research in the weeks beforehand and have a game plan in place.
  • Look into low-cost or free local attractions to visit during the day. Depending on the interests of your family, these may include a museum, butterfly garden, aquarium, or a picnic at the local park. Many local education-related venues allow kids in for free. 
  • Not every activity has to be outside of the home. Plan activities that your client or loved oned, and children would enjoy doing, such as arts and crafts. If your children are older, play sports or set up a slip and slide in the backyard.
  1. Turn off the electronics. In order to create a relaxing atmosphere it’s important to disconnect from everyday life.
  • Turn off your cell phone and shut down your computer. Make arrangements with work beforehand and communicate that you’ll be out of touch for the entire duration of your vacation. 
  • On your work email account, you can set an automatic response that will reply to senders to let them know that you’re out of the office. This way, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your responsibilities at work will be handled.

Having a staycation is a positive, cost-effective way to take a break from your everyday life. Taking a short break from life’s responsibilities will allow you to become inspired to do better in other aspects of your everyday life. 

Your mind, body, and soul deserve a break, even if an extravagant vacation is not financially viable at the moment. With a little creativity and some extra effort in planning, you, your clients or loved ones, and the rest of your family can experience a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation – right in your own home.

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Did you check out Part 1? Check out Part 2 to hear more from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Christine Psalms continues her story with us in this episode.

As a caregiver for both her parents, Christine shares:

1. How she worked on herself to prepare to be her father’s caregiver
2. How therapy, counseling, and journaling changed her life as  a caregiver
3. Navigating relationships with loved ones without resentment.

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Meditating Throughout the Summer

By Roz Jones

When Caregivers meditate, you can use your surroundings to help you. Many people try to block out the world and simply look within themselves when they meditate. This can be very useful, but there are also other ways in which you can practice meditation. While you may want to avoid noisy rooms and other distractions, Caregivers can certainly use warmth and nature to your benefit.

Meditating in a summer environment can help you focus on the continuation of life. There is great beauty to be found in existence, and there is a season for everything. As you work to internalize an innate understanding of nature, you’ll be more likely to feel peaceful, complete, and where you should be in your life.

Warmth and Meditation

In order to meditate more easily and focus on what matters most, you should be comfortable. That means sitting or lying somewhere that makes you happy and peaceful, but it also means enjoying the right temperature. If you’re too distracted by the fact that you’re too chilly, meditation will be more difficult for you. You can escape that challenge by staying warm and cozy during meditation.

The summer is ideal for meditating because the days are longer and the nights are warm. The soft noises of crickets and other small creatures can bring you peace and make you feel more connected with the world around you. As you start to relax and feel more comfortable, the warmth will help you focus on harmony and joy.

Avoid meditating in the extreme heat, as this can make you feel worse and can result in a heat stroke. Instead, find a place where it’s simply warm and comforting. 

Evenings in the summertime are often good for meditation, and the pitter-patter of rain can be peaceful as well. If you live in a desert environment, rain can bring about relief, great joy, and a deep appreciation for nature that you can use to help focus your meditation.

Grow and Develop Throughout the Summer Months

The object of meditation is growth, and the summer months provide several factors that you can use to speed that growth along, such as:

  • Warmth
  • Longer days
  • Quiet, restful, peaceful nights
  • Occasional rainstorms to renew and refresh you
  • A break in between caregiving tasks
  • A stronger bond with nature and existence

There are many ways you can benefit from the warmth of summer when you want to meditate. The longer days are often helpful, and perhaps you’ll take that vacation you need, so you may have lower stress levels than you otherwise would. Even if you’re not able to take a break from Caregiving, you can still use meditation to help you feel better, calmer, and more relaxed.

Focus your mind on the beauty that summer has to offer. Blooming plants, quiet nights, small creatures and insects, rain, and the joy of being part of the cycle of life and existence can all be wonderful triggers for meditation and help bring peace and happiness.
Use what works for you. Everyone is different, and meditation is a very personal experience. The way one person uses the summer might not be the same way someone else uses it. Your meditation time is your own special getaway. Take the warmth, peace, and beauty of summer and use it in the way that feels most comfortable to you.

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What Activities Can an Elderly Parent Participate In?

By Roz Jones

Whether you’re living with your parents to provide care or dropping in to provide them with care, you may find that their wellbeing is always at the forefront of your mind. We note, however, that a rise in age comes with the decline of certain aspects of a person’s life. These include a person’s health and their ability to engage in physical and social activities. 

Engaging in a variety of activities stimulates your client or loved one’s brain and encourages a healthy lifestyle, which leads to a better quality of life. 

Our aging parents, unfortunately, may be hard-pressed to engage in the activities younger people actively enjoy. Still, there are several appropriate activities you can help your parents and loved ones enjoy. Let’s walk through some of these activities.

Activities elderly parents can engage in:

  1. Outdoor walks. Walking is one of the healthiest activities for humans. It requires little effort or equipment, but it still has long-term health advantages.
  • Our elderly parents, who have a harder time moving, should go for a stroll at least once every two days. It doesn’t have to take long, and it doesn’t have to be far.
  • Set a date with your parents, take a walk through a park and enjoy the scenery together. This would certainly be an activity your parents would enjoy.

  1. Playing board games. Enjoy classic games of old or learn new ones together.
  • Board games and card games are not only entertaining, but they can also assist your parents to keep their minds sharp.
  • Like board games, puzzles of all kinds can work too!

  1. Reading. For parents who may find it difficult to take part in activities that involve higher physical energy, reading is a fun pastime you can do with them.
  • Reading might help you relax and boost your memory, as well as your parents. Consider going to a park or beach to read together.
  • You could also try forming a book club for your parents with a few of their acquaintances. This is a good way to keep your parents engaged in vibrant discussions while also socializing as they get older.

  1. Gardening. Gardening is a relaxing and enjoyable activity your older parents might enjoy. It’s simple to enjoy in the sun or shade from the comfort of your parents’ house. You can still plant or re-pot flowers with your elderly parents even if they just have a small balcony or a windowsill.
  • Gardening is also an activity that may be enjoyed by multiple generations. You, your parents, and any children you have can all take part in planting bulbs or seeds and watching them grow into flowers or food that you can all eat together.

  1. Family bonding. Family activities that allow your elderly parents to interact with their children and grandchildren would surely appeal to them. Spend time with them while preparing meals for the family. Plan family cookouts or picnics.
  • Take them on vacations with the family. Spending quality time with loved ones is an activity that the elderly, who are more likely to be lonely, would enjoy.

Today’s culture, with its technological advancements, has led to a transfer of most people’s activities and attention to virtual spaces, and it’s easy for our aging parents to feel left out as they can’t keep up.

We can reassure our elderly parents that they are cherished and can still find delight in their later years by participating in these activities.

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Did you check out Part 1 of last week’s episode? Check out Part 2 to hear more from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Christine Psalms continues her story with us in this episode.

As a caregiver for both her parents, Christine shares:

1. How she worked on herself to prepare to be her father’s caregiver
2. How therapy, counseling, and journaling changed her life as  a caregiver
3. Navigating relationships with loved ones without resentment.

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