Including Your Senior in Fall Festivities!

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Including Your senior in Fall Festivities!

October is a wonderful time to reach out to your seniors and shuts ins, to help them prepare for the winter ahead. The winter months are fast approaching and your seniors may need help in the weeks to come. Raking leaves, grocery shopping, ensuring proper heating system ability, and even taking the trash out may become problematic issues for seniors who have limitations. Seniors who live on their own may be feeling alone or depressed this time of year. The holidays are on their way and the seasons are changing.

There are so many ways you can keep your senior safe and happy this holiday season. Most importantly, safety is the key to providing your senior peace of mind during the holidays. Including the seniors of your life to your fall celebrations will prove to be rewarding and appreciated by all. Here are some tips to ensure your seniors safety during this fall season:

  • Help your senior dress appropriately (coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots)
  • Check that your seniors’ heating systems are working properly
  • Make sure your seniors prescriptions are filled before inclement weather
  • Check to make sure your senior had adequate groceries
  • Lastly, remind your senior to use the appropriate assisitive walking devices (ie, canes, walkers, wheelchairs)

Providing proper safety to your seniors during the colder weather months will allow you and your senior to focus more on the happiness of the holidays. Seniors love to spend time with their families. While visiting a haunted house may not be a safe alternative for fun, your senior may enjoy helping to decorate the home. Here’s a few easy ideas to include your senior in the holiday fun:

  • Help your senior send holiday cards
  • Play holiday music while decorating their home
  • Pick apples or visit a family friendly farm
  • Make a holiday dish together
  • Play a family favorite board game

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Having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia can be frightening news. There may be overwhelming feelings of fear and anxiety for everyone involved.  The best way to ease peoples fear and anxiety from this terrible diagnosis is to ask many questions.  Consult your doctor about support groups and educational seminars.  Be proactive and learn about tips for caregivers which are specifically targeted to helping loved ones living with this disease.  Building a good support system is crucial to adjusting to this new reality, especially if you are going to be the primary caregiver.

As the primary caregiver your life may change just as dramatically as your affected senior. You’re now responsible for financial matters, assisting with physical inabilities, emotional support, transportation needs, and many other activities of daily living.  As a caregiver, it is important to realize that you do not have to do everything on your own.  Create the support system and continuously re-evaluate your own stress levels.  Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s can become extremely tedious and might eventually cause resentment. Consider taking time off to prevent burnout.  Hiring a professional agency may provide some respite and help ease the tension as well as give the primary caregiver time to get back on their feet and catch their breath.    A caregiver who is not well cannot properly take care of someone with Alzheimer’s.  Reach out to other family members, friends, religious organizations, and of course your primary care physicians to help guide you through this difficult time in your lives.

Here are a few great tips for keeping your stress levels down while caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s:

  • Evaluate your seniors level of independence
  • Establish a Routine for your senior based on their personal preferences
  • Encourage your senior to do as much as possible to promote a sense of accomplishment
  • Give plenty of support and praise their personal accomplishments
  • Offer clothes that are easy to put on (less buttons)
  • Provide plenty of time for your senior to accomplish their activities of daily living
  • Tell your loved one what you are doing and give plenty of verbal cues so they understand
  • Smile, make eye contact, and show positive body language
  • Ask closed ended questions that can be answered yes or no
  • Make sure you prepare yourself for repetition

There are many ways to help your senior living with Alzheimer’s.  Take the time to learn what they are.  The importance of establishing a consistent routine and a good support system is going to help you and your senior get through this. If you would like to learn more about possible options for care giving management, please click the link below.

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